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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mhare Mouradian has joined Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, P.C.’s Los Angeles office as a partner and Transactional Group member. His clients span a variety of industries, including entertainment, technology and transportation, as well as individuals. A seasoned litigator, Mouradian is experienced in business, commercial, contracts and products liability law.

Revere Capital Founder Clark Briner announced the firm has hired industry veteran Sarah Woodward as Senior Vice President to spearhead its new Southern California office, with responsibility for commercial real estate loan originations throughout the United States. Revere is a direct lender with fully discretionary private capital. (949) 339-1937.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles announces management and human resources expert Ray Sweet as new President of the Board. Sweet has a record of spurring growth in workforce size and efficiency. He guides a Catholic charity serving the poor and homeless. For more info:

Psomas appointed Brett Barnett, PE, CCM, QSD, ENV SP to head up their Southern California Transportation Construction Management Team. With 30 years’ experience, Barnett has overseen the construction management of some of the state’s largest transportation projects including California High-Speed Rail, I-405 Sepulveda Pass in Los Angeles, and California SR-22.

Monday, April 17, 2017

C.W. Driver Companies is proud to announce the promotion of project executive Paul Ruig to vice president of the Greater Los Angeles Region. In his new role, Ruig will work with project owners and architects to oversee construction projects from preconstruction and planning phases to final project delivery. He will also develop new business opportunities, with a focus on hospitality, commercial, education, entertainment and studio work. With 20 years of experience, 15 of which is with C.W. Driver Companies, Ruig has worked on more than 30 major projects. He can be reached at or (949) 261-5100.

Monday Properties, a dynamic real estate investment firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Carl Groner and David Terian to the firm. As an industry veteran with 18 years of experience, Carl Groner (senior vice president) will lead efforts in acquisitions and capital markets for the west coast market. With nearly two decades of industry experience, David Terian (vice president) will focus on new acquisitions, development and capital markets activity on the west coast. For more information, visit

Stout Completes Acquisition of FMV Opinions
Stout Risius Ross, Inc., a premier global advisory firm, has completed its acquisition of FMV Opinions, Inc., a valuation advisory firm headquartered in California.
This acquisition further solidifies Stout’s estate and gift tax practice as the market-leading valuation provider in the United States focused on high and ultra-high net worth clients. We welcome Directors Nathan Gallagher, Bryce Geyer, Eric Ward and Managing Directors Philip Schwab and John Ashbrook to Stout.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fuscoe Engineering Promotes Miguel Cabanas, PE to Project Manager in its Los Angeles Office

Dedicated and tenacious, Miguel possesses an innate drive to exceed client expectations and takes a full circle thinking® approach to his projects. He brings a strong commitment to the success of our downtown Los Angeles office and that’s why we’re pleased to announce his promotion to Project Manager.

Peter Bahruth has been promoted to Managing Director at Clune Construction. Bahruth heads up the company’s field operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as their national safety program. Clune is a national general contractor and managed more than $900 million last year.

Arthur Kozinski, Senior Vice President, Oversees Marketing & Business Development at Hathaway Dinwiddie’s Los Angeles Office

With 33 years at Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, Senior Vice President Arthur Kozinski oversees all marketing and business development efforts for Hathaway Dinwiddie’s Los Angeles office. In addition to successfully overseeing major projects, Mr. Kozinski takes on an additional role of providing strategic direction for the company’s marketing and business development efforts in Los Angeles. He is currently involved with Los Angeles Business Council, Los Angeles Headquarters, Design-Build Institute of America, Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He received his B.S. in Construction Management from Purdue University.

NxT studio is excited to announce that Ziya Cetik will be joining our studio as an Interior Design Lead. Ziya has 12 years of experience as an interior designer in workplace, corporate, retail, residential and product design. He is also an instructor at UCLA Extension teaching interior design and visual presentation related classes. His past clients include LinkedIn, ICM Talent Agency, Rusnak Auto Group, RNT 23, SAP and Novartis. He will be starting in his position the second week of April, 2017.

Christine Timbre, Marketing Manager, Joins Hathaway Dinwiddie’s Los Angeles Office

Christine Timbre has joined Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company as Marketing Manager in its Los Angeles office. With over ten years in the construction industry, Ms. Timbre brings her expertise in marketing and communications to serve as a central resource for both internal and external communications to streamline the company’s messaging and brand identity in Los Angeles. She currently serves as President-Elect for Society for Marketing Professional Services, Los Angeles Chapter (SMPS/LA) and received her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from California State University, Northridge.

C.W. Driver Companies is proud to announce the promotion of project executive Paul Ruig to vice president of the Greater Los Angeles Region. In his new role, Ruig will work with project owners and architects to oversee construction projects from preconstruction and planning phases to final project delivery. He will also develop new business opportunities, with a focus on hospitality, commercial, education, entertainment and studio work. With 20 years of experience, 15 of which is with C.W. Driver Companies, Ruig has worked on more than 30 major projects. He can be reached at or (949) 261-5100.

Fuscoe Engineering Promotes Samson Kawjaree, PE to Project Manager in its Los Angeles Office

Samson is always cool and calm under pressure, but underneath has a hard resolve to deliver innovative solutions. When presented with unique challenges, he is always adaptive and willing to step up. His dynamic approach to projects is why our clients enjoy working with him.

Monday, April 3, 2017

On National Doctor’s Day, we want to take the time to thank all of our doctors. While all of our Heal doctors are highly qualified to offer the best quality care, there are three doctors that have firmly made their mark with our patients. Congrats to Dr. Andrew Oliver, Internal Medicine Doctor of the Year; Dr. Shauntelle Bonman, Family Medicine Doctor of the Year; and Dr. Ryou, Heal Pediatrician of the Year!
Dr. Oliver: Heal’s Internal Medicine Doctor of the Year (San Francisco, CA) Dr. Oliver enjoys working with Heal because of the amount of time he was allowed to spend with patients.
Dr. Bonman: Heal Family Medicine Doctor of the Year (Los Angeles, CA) Dr. Bonman is a board certified in Family Medicine physician and a native Los Angeleno. She completed her residency with USC’s Family Medicine Residency at California.
Dr. Ryou: Heal Pediatrician of the Year (Los Angeles, CA) Dr. Ryou has a BA from Harvard, MD from Stanford and completed his residency in pediatrics at UCLA.
Without the dedication from our highly qualified and trusted physicians, Heal wouldn’t exist. On National Doctors Day, we’re so grateful to all of our Heal doctors and their families.

Matthew D. Taggart joins Thomas Employment Law Advocates, APC.

Taggart, a noted trial attorney, will enhance the firm’s arsenal for defending Southern California employers in employment-related matters. Taggart previously practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, and Venable LLP. In addition to employment, Taggart also has experience in intellectual property and complex commercial disputes.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Byron Tobey, PE, LEED AP, QSD, ENV SP has been promoted to lead Construction Management at Psomas companywide. Tobey brings 27 years of senior-level experience to his new role. Previously, he led the firm’s Transportation Construction Management Team in Southern California.

Alan Wright joins Cathay Bank as Senior Vice President and Team Manager, Business Development. With over two decades of experience, he will lead a commercial banking team focused on providing solutions for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and traditional financing needs for middle market companies throughout Southern California.

Stout Welcomes John Calcagnini

John Calcagnini has joined Stout in Los Angeles as Managing Director in the Investment Banking group’s healthcare industry practice. A veteran of CRT Capital Group, Mr. Calcagnini has successfully executed more than 40 transactions in the healthcare industry across a variety of sectors, including biotech, specialty pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Mr. Calcagnini brings extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, restructuring, and equity and debt financing for both public and private companies. For more information, visit

Systems Source, a Furniture Program Management Company that offers Interior Architecture and Furniture Solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Tina Conway and Ramona Quinn to its staff. Systems Source is a certified Woman-Owned Business and the 2nd largest Knoll dealer in the US.
Tina, Vice President, Business Development, comes to Systems Source with an extensive career in the contract furniture industry. Since 1990 she has served clients in both, public and private sectors, and has a long track record of executing major projects in Corporate Accounts. Her clients know Tina for her passion to find the best solutions; as well as being consistently responsive, creative and accountable. In her new role at Systems Source, she is charged with developing and expanding business in the LA market.
Tina holds a degree in Interior Design from FIDM and is a native of Los Angeles.
Ramona, Vice President, Business Development, is an experienced business development professional who has worked on corporate, government, higher education and healthcare projects in Southern California and throughout the United States. Ramona is well-respected within the industry for consistently creating a positive work environment and building great teamwork. Her strategic focus at Systems Source will be to bring that expertise to the government, healthcare and education sectors in the LA market.
Ramona is a native of Los Angeles and is passionate about volunteerism and actively involved with The Hope Street Project.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Equinox Strategy Partners’ Jonathan R. Fitzgarrald named to College of Law Practice Management (COLPM)

COLPM, comprised of nearly 250 professionals internationally who have made significant and sustained contributions to the legal profession, will induct Fitzgarrald as a Fellow during a ceremony in October for his achievements to the profession. Fitzgarrald coaches and trains services professionals on strategies for increasing revenue.

Gensler, the leading global design firm, announced Greg Sherlock, AIA, NCARB, has joined the Los Angeles office as a Director in its sports practice area, Gensler Sports. An industry expert in the evolution of sports design, Sherlock has led large-scale sports and hospitality projects at the professional and collegiate level.

R&A Architecture + Design, whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes Principal Shawn Gehle. As a nationally-recognized design and thought leader, Gehle brings to the firm his track record of success specializing in projects that include creative workplace, educational institutions, and large-scale commercial developments.

Loyola Marymount University announced the appointment of Thomas Poon, Ph.D., as executive vice president and provost, overseeing the university’s colleges, schools, faculty, academic programs, and student development. Poon is currently professor of chemistry at Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, and Scripps colleges. At Pitzer, he served as acting and interim president and senior associate dean of faculty. In his new position, Poon will serve as chief academic officer and lead the university’s strategic planning and budgeting processes.

SierraConstellation Partners LLC, an interim management and advisory firm serving middle-market companies in transition, is excited to announce the promotion of Drew McManigle to Southwest Regional Head, effective March 1st, 2017. Mr. McManigle has more than 27 years of experience in operational leadership, business turnarounds and financial restructurings, and he has conducted complex litigation worldwide. His global experience spans a wide variety of industries, including oil & gas, healthcare, manufacturing, real-estate and transportation where he has held numerous C-level and fiduciary leadership roles. Mr. McManigle attended Texas Tech University and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

KAA Design Group is proud to announce newly appointed Lisa Copeland to Senior Associate; Michael McGowan and Meghan Beckmann to Associates, effective March 9, 2017. Copeland, CFO, continues to contribute her financial expertise with her tenure at KAA Design Group. Managing operations, financial reporting and processes, her development of financial strategies and best practices continue to be invaluable to the firm. As Landscape Studio Director, McGowan’s vision leads the design and implementation of large-scale custom residential landscape architecture. Beckmann supervises the BIM and design workflow initiatives and has successfully pioneered its integration into the firm.

Effective January 1, 2018, Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) has appointed Tom Barry as its next Managing Partner. Tom will transition into the role currently held by Leon Janks. Tom has been with GHJ for 20 years and partner for 10 years. He leads the Waste and Recycling Practice, as well as a number of key functions at the firm. Tom will continue Leon’s strong legacy of positivity and collaboration that has attracted world-class talent and grown them into future leaders. As part of his vision for the firm, Tom has launched the firm’s #BeMore commitment, which encourages employees to live their best lives – professionally and personally. “I could not be happier to see someone I respect and trust take over as managing partner,” Leon said. “Tom’s leadership within the firm, passion to #BeMore and drive to achieve results will carry GHJ well into the future.” Tom believes in leveraging technology and innovation to create flexible schedules that allow employees to take care of themselves and their families in addition to their GHJ clients. He sees his role as a combination of entrepreneur, partner, consultant, mentor and business advisor to help both clients and employees #BeMore. When Tom is not working, you will find him fishing, coaching or spending time with his wife and four children. By continually investing in next generation leadership and top talent, resources and technology, Green Hasson Janks has committed itself to transforming vision and passion into tangible results for its clients and people.

Monday, March 13, 2017

R&A Architecture + Design, whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes Director of Design Brooks Atwood, IDSA, IIDA. Atwood, who’s attained international acclaim in the fields of architecture and industrial environments, will devote his experimental design approach to the rapidly expanding firm.

Portia Gonzalez, PE, joined HNTB Corporation’s growing Southern California team as project manager. She supports the Interstate 405 Improvement Project, and plays a key role to help grow the firm’s transportation practice. Gonzalez has over 25 years of experience in transportation engineering, predominately in drainage design, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and storm water management. Her expertise also includes river modeling, floodplain delineation studies, water resource planning, sediment transport and project management.

PCL Construction Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jack Sample is promoted to vice president of California Buildings, where he will oversee all buildings work in California. Under Jack’s leadership in Los Angeles, PCL has been awarded the billion-dollar, joint-venture LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse North, as well as the Banc of California Stadium. Cathy Orquiola is appointed district manager and will oversee buildings work in the Los Angeles area. Cathy, a 22-year industry veteran, joined PCL in 2015 after successfully overseeing a regional office for a large commercial contractor.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP is pleased to announce that partners Geraldine A. Wyle and Jeryll S. Cohen, and of counsel Kenneth S. Wolf have joined its Trusts and Estates Litigation and Administration Department in the Los Angeles office. Geraldine A. Wyle’s practice focuses on the areas of complex litigation and dispute resolution concerning trusts and estates, conservatorships and guardianships, often involving fiduciary and inter-generational family controversies, as well as appellate law. She is equally adept at handling both high-conflict cases involving contentious litigation, and more collaborative cases focusing on mediated solutions. Jeryll S. Cohen’s practice focuses on complex trust and estate administration and estate planning, as well as dispute resolution with regard to trusts, estates and estate tax matters. Ms. Cohen has particular expertise in issues arising from careers in the entertainment, music, film and real estate industries. In complex matters, Ms. Cohen applies her numerous strengths to develop and execute creative and tax-efficient strategies, whether in the context of estate planning, trust, probate administration or litigation. Kenneth S. Wolf possesses more than forty years of experience in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Wolf is also an experienced mediator of trust and estate litigation matters, having handled more than 100 mediations with a 95% success rate. Mr. Wolf has qualified and testified as an expert witness in several Los Angeles County Superior Court cases involving probate and trust issues.

Sutton, Pakfar & Courtney LLP has elected Daniel Dubelman to the firm’s partnership in its corporate department. Mr. Dubelman represents clients in a wide range of M&A, financing, venture capital and other strategic transactions, and securities law compliance and corporate governance matters. Mr. Dubelman joined the firm in 2012 as a lateral attorney from Latham & Watkins LLP.

The American Heart Association’s 2017 Go Red For Women campaign will be led by Johnese Spisso, president, UCLA Health, and CEO, UCLA Hospital System. As Go Red chairwoman, Spisso will spearhead efforts to empower Los Angeles women to live longer, healthier lives. She will also lead three events in May that will unite women in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Learn more at

R&A Architecture + Design, whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes new Studio Director Alex Anamos, AIA, LEED AP. Anamos, recently elected to AIA|LA’s esteemed Board of Directors, brings more than 20 years of expertise to the rapidly expanding firm.

Monday, February 27, 2017

HUB International announced that Seth Cohen, Vice President of Entertainment, and Bob Jellen, Managing Director of Entertainment, have won the 2017 Power Broker award by Risk & Insurance magazine. Now in its 12th year, the Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® contest recognizes the best commercial property & casualty brokers based on their accomplishments and client testimonials.
Both Bob and Seth were praised by their clients for their industry knowledge, creative problem solving and responsiveness.

Cerrell Associates announced that Tori Chica and Dan Loeterman have been named Vice President. Tori and Dan spearheaded the firm’s campaign and public relations expansion in 2016. Tori manages the firm’s Campaigns & Issues Management practice and managed successful local, county and statewide measures in 2016. She previously served on President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Dan manages the firm’s PR & Crisis Communications practice and has extensive experience in local and state politics and communications.

Holly Hitt-Zuniga joins Kamus + Keller Interiors | Architecture’s Westlake Village office as a Senior Project Manager. This seasoned design professional of 20 years has worked with a diverse array of corporate, entertainment, and healthcare clientele. An ardent supporter of green design principles, Holly is currently finishing up her Masters in Sustainable Design.

Gensler, the global design firm, has promoted three leaders, Peter Barsuk, Annmarie Brintnall and David Herjeczki to the role of Principal in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

Peter Barsuk, AIA, LEED® AP, DBIA
Practice Area Leader, Principal
With a proven track record of successful projects, Peter is an expert in sustainable design; a Civic and Government practice area leader; and a studio director for Gensler’s Los Angeles office. With over 20 years of experience as an architect, Peter designs and delivers integrated project solutions for both public and private, institutional, educational and commercial clients.

Annmarie Brintnall, NCIDQ
Practice Area Leader, Principal
In her role as a Firmwide Director of Retail Centers, Annmarie brings over 20 years of professional experience specializing in retail expansion and repositioning. Adept at developing designs that provide a connection between the user and the community, Annmarie demonstrates a thorough understanding of the environment and an acute attention to detail.

David Herjeczki, AIA, LEED® AP
Design Director, Principal
As a Design Director and a Studio Director in Gensler’s Los Angeles office, David oversees a collaborative process of rigorous creative investigation and strong technical integration for both commercial and institutional clients. Over the course of 20 years of professional experience, David has been recognized consistently for his innovative design work, leadership and commitment to sustainability.

Tech industry veteran, Neil Patil, has been named Chief Operating Officer at Santa Monica-based startup, Reaction Commerce, the first completely open and real-time commerce platform for modern retailers. With an extensive background in retail and ecommerce, Neil brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in all areas of management. He will oversee the company’s day-to-day operations and assume responsibility for the sales, marketing, client success, product management and business development teams.

Chris Harrer joins Northern Trust as a Senior Wealth Strategist for the firm’s Los Angeles Region. Based in Century City, Chris works with high net worth families and entrepreneurs to develop comprehensive wealth management solutions. Chris has 15 years of business development and relationship building expertise within an array of industries. Most recently as Senior Director at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business where Chris directed the school’s $40 MM annual fund campaign.