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Monday, April 16, 2018

James George has joined MUFG Union Bank, N.A. as Director and Business Development Officer in the Transaction Banking - Global Trust Services Division. A respected professional in the banking industry with more than 11 years of business development experience, he brings a deep knowledge of the corporate escrow and bond trustee markets in Southern California along with experience working with transactional attorneys to serve the diverse needs of our clients in this important region.

David Huey, AIA, LEED AP, has been named president of Dewberry’s architectural practice. An award-winning architect with a career spanning 36 years, he will oversee a national practice of more than 135 design professionals in multiple offices from coast to coast. In his new role, he will continue to lead Dewberry’s healthcare facilities initiative, and will also oversee the firm’s work in the education, criminal justice, municipal, public safety, institutional, and commercial market segments.

Jeffrey Miller, operations manager, returns to Southern California from the Minneapolis area to oversee construction operations for PCL’s California Buildings. With more than 28 years of experience, Jeff has delivered numerous iconic projects including UCLA’s Terasaki Life Sciences Building and Pauley Pavilion Expansion, as well as Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Jeff brings tremendous value to the California market through his experience, strong client relationships, and his commitment to the community.

HDR’s Los Angeles architecture studio is pleased to announce that Neil Cristal, Diane Hamlin and Paul Rizzo have been promoted.

Neil Cristal, AIA, LEED AP, associate vice president, has been promoted to project principal, focusing on healthcare and civic projects. Formerly a senior project manager, he has been with the firm for 18 years. In his new role, Neil will develop innovative, creative, integrated and effective design solutions as an integral design team member. He will guide concepts and ideas throughout the entire design process, from the pursuit and selection for projects through completion. Neil’s proven leadership skills in project management, business development and marketing will enhance HDR’s position in the civic and healthcare markets.

Diane Hamlin, AIA, LEED AP, associate vice president, has been promoted to project principal, focusing on education, science and technology projects. Diane joined HDR six years ago as a project manager, and she has demonstrated initiative on the essentials of excellent design, effective mentoring and her colleagues’ professional development. With strengths including a positive attitude and team-building skills, Diane will continue to develop strategies to grow HDR’s education, science and technology practice, while effectively spearheading innovative designs.

Paul Rizzo, RA, has been promoted from an architectural discipline lead to an operations lead. His new role will focus on the daily operations of the architecture studio, staff recruiting and development, profitability, quality control and marketing support. He will also implement, monitor and support company policies, seeing that all work is planned, organized, controlled and evaluated through a proactive project management system. Having joined HDR 12 years ago, Paul’s expertise and institutional knowledge bring a rigor to the practice that further enhances its ability to deliver successful projects.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Nhan Nguyen has joined Clune Construction as Project Executive in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. The executive-level hire brings additional leadership and expertise to Clune’s Los Angeles existing executive team in the midst of the national general contractor’s accelerated growth in the region. Nhan and his project team will be integral in the management of a number of large projects the office has recently secured.

Nhan brings nearly 20 years of construction industry experience to the position and a track record of leading successful projects for high-profile clients throughout Southern California. He also carries a passion for mentoring junior staff and growing the careers of project managers on his team. His leadership abilities and desire to mentor is particularly valuable to Clune as the Los Angeles office has recently added a substantial amount of staff in the office and in the field.

Clune Construction is a national general contractor with offices in Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Today, they employ more than 500 employees and manage over $900 million in commercial and mission-critical projects annually. Clune believes the hallmark of their success is grounded in their dedication to consistently delivering their clients’ projects on time and under budget, with honesty, integrity, and a great deal of emphasis on client satisfaction.

AdQuick, which offers the easiest way to buy and measure outdoor advertising, announced that Brooke Partelow has joined as Vice President, Sales. Partelow has a proven track record in media and tech, with deep experience in Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising. She is working with brands and agencies across the US.

Glenn Gines, a new managing director of Tax services at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. Glenn has over 25 years of experience in corporate taxation and is an ASC 740 technical advisor for public and privately held companies.

Mr. Sayeed Shaikh was hired by SAFNA Engineering & Consulting as a project manager for SAFNA’s major facility programs. Mr. Shaikh has over 20 years’ experience in project management, cost control, and financial systems implementation at California firms including Kaiser Permanente and Southern California Edison. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Karachi and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of La Verne.

SAFNA Engineering & Consulting has added Mr. Jose Molina as a program manager for the company’s public infrastructure projects. Mr. Molina has over 30 years’ experience in the planning and operation of major potable water and sewer facilities for local municipalities. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Los Angeles, and is a certified Grade 5 Water Distribution Operator & Grade 2 Water Treatment Operator.

Steven H. Santoro has joined Dewberry as director of rail and transit. Santoro most recently served as executive director of NJ TRANSIT, where he managed 11,000 employees and a combined annual operating and capital budget of around $3 billion. A recognized expert in mass transit and mobility, Santoro will lead Dewberry’s multidisciplined practice that works with rail and transit agencies nationwide.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – welcomes Maryellen Sebold, a financial advisory services partner, to our Los Angeles office.

Throughout her 30 year career, Maryellen has led teams in developing strategies specific to complex financial fraud matters and internal investigations of public and private companies. She has also performed investigations into allegations of fraud and mismanagement, including preparing and evaluating employee dishonesty and fidelity bond claims. She has been involved in investigating misappropriation of assets, Ponzi schemes and financial statement irregularities, as well as evaluating alter-ego issues. She is experienced in calculating economic damages, evaluating shareholder and partner disputes, and analyzing budget overruns.

Maryellen has also testified as an expert witness in trials, depositions and arbitrations, applying her specialized knowledge to a wide range of industries, including construction, entertainment, health care, insurance, manufacturing, publishing, real estate and property management, securities and transportation.

"We are thrilled to have Maryellen aboard and are confident her leadership and experience will make her an excellent addition to our team and firm,” said Joe Mazza, Los Angeles Office Managing Partner.

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. For more information, visit

Monday, April 2, 2018

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) Elevates Principal Petrina Gooch to its Board of Directors

Petrina K.M. Gooch, SPHR, is a principal and corporate leader in Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), a more than 350-person design firm where she has led human resources for 10 years. She is now also a voting member of the company’s Board of Directors, making her one of a few female, African American members of AEC boards of directors in the country. Petrina is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT) Diversity Task Force and an Executive Committee member of the AIA LFRT Human Resources group. Peter Devereaux, FAIA, HED’s chairman and CEO, commented, "The elevation of Petrina Gooch to the HED Board of Directors signals our commitment to building a leadership team -- and a firm -- that celebrates collaboration among people with a diversity of experiences and views. Such collaboration leads to more creative thinking and better results."

Kirstyn Bonneau, RA, LEED®AP, Project Architect has been elevated to Associate of PBWS Architects, LLP, Pasadena. A native of Glendale, Kirstyn joined PBWS in 2006, upon graduation from the USC School of Architecture. Her emphasis is on educational and civic projects, often serving as a workshop leader and consensus-builder with user groups as well as public stakeholders. Kirstyn’s role as Associate involves direct participation in the firm’s management activities—with particular focus on strategic planning, staffing, and client relations.

High Times has named Brian Rucker, the former Head of Live Industry Relations and Partnerships at Pandora, Head of Events and Partnerships. In his new role, Rucker will oversee the company’s fast-growing lifestyle and music operations, leading strategy, implementation and execution of all events on behalf of the most iconic brand in Cannabis, including the company’s signature Cannabis Cup series. Rucker will bring this iconic brand to new highs and new destinations.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Integral Group has promoted Andrew Reilman, P.E., LEED AP BD+C to Managing Principal in Los Angeles. Andy will continue work with current and future clients and oversee office operations and business development. Andy provides expertise in high-performance building design to institutional and commercial market sectors. Andy serves as Vice-Chair of both ASHRAE Region X and the Center for the Built Environment. He is planning commissioner for Culver City and a member of USGBC-LA.

Shajira Hope has joined Primestor Development as its Director of Marketing and Community Relations. She is responsible for establishing and maintaining excellent community relations, as well as developing and implementing marketing plans and budgets. Hope has over 10 years of experience and comes with a background in sales.

Steven J. Bash, senior vice president and manager of City National Bank’s International Banking and Trade Finance Division, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council, a non-partisan committee, where he will help identify ways to grow access to export financing for U.S. companies, specifically small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Ben Levin has joined Gensler, the leading global design firm, as a Design Manager in the Los Angeles office. An accomplished architect and project manager, Ben has over three decades of experience delivering corporate, retail, hospitality, healthcare and education projects across America and around the globe.

John Sykes joins AECOM’s Construction Services as Vice President. An industry veteran of over 30 years, John’s experience spans a wide range of markets in Southern California, including residential, commercial, entertainment, and education. In his new role, John will handle private client pursuits and provide executive leadership for future projects.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (, a regional service provider operating 15 sites across L.A. County benefiting over 3,800 children, students and adults with special needs annually, recently welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors.

Marques Dickson, a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo, Dickson provides personalized investment plans and financial advice to individuals, families, and business owners. He specializes in business succession, retirement and estate planning strategies. Dickson has also worked with First Republic Wealth Management.

Kevin G. Lohman, Partner at ReedSmith, is a member of their Life Sciences Health Industry Group. Lohman’s practice focuses on product liability litigation, primarily on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex actions in both state and federal courts. He has served on multiple high-profile mass tort trial teams.

Anil Ranavat, Partner & Senior Managing Director at Reservoir Capital Group, Ranavat focuses on private equity investments, seeding of new alternative investment firms, and a wealth management business for a large family office. He has also worked in Reservoir’s New York office and started a Los Angeles office for the firm. Prior to joining Reservoir, Ranavat was an analyst in investment banking at Goldman Sachs.

Montgomery K. Zimmerman, Associate Vice President & Wealth Advisor Analyst at Bessemer Trust’s western region, Zimmerman initiates client relationships and presents solutions including Investment Management, Wealth Planning, and Family Office Services. He has also served as an Associate Client Advisor on the 2016 Client Advisor Council, and on the 2017 Next Generation Workshop Council at Bessemer.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Full-service commercial real estate firm Avison Young has announced the promotion of Andrew Berk and Dan Wakumoto to Principals. Berk, a multi-faceted 24-year industry veteran with a successful track record, is in the Los Angeles North office and specializes in industrial property. Wakumoto has 26 years of experience and is based in Downtown Los Angeles. He will continue to serve as the Regional Director of Finance and Operations for Avison Young’s six Southern California offices.

West Monroe Partners, a national business and technology consultancy, has promoted Ken Siegman to Managing Director. Ken founded and leads the firm's Los Angeles office, and oversees the West Coast Financial Services practice. He has more than 35 years of experience guiding technology-enabled business solutions for the financial services industry.

Matthew Peron has joined City National Bank’s investment management division, City National Rochdale, as its new chief investment officer. Peron will lead investment strategy at the asset management firm, which manages $37 billion in assets.

Drawing upon nearly 30 years of extensive financial services experience, he will manage all equity and fixed-income teams, lead the firm’s asset allocation committee, and develop research and strategies to support asset allocation decisions.

As Chief Operating Officer, Jesus Chavez drives all aspects of mitú's business strategy including audience development across social platforms, data and analytics, account management, and client success across branded partners. He also continues to lead the framework and workflow to support the expansion of mitu's strategic branded partnerships as well as digital network platforms from Snapchat Discover to YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Larry Perry
Vice President of Loan Originations

Parkview Financial has appointed Larry Perry as Vice President of Loan Originations for the Western United States. As a pioneer in the private lending space with over 50 years of experience, Mr. Perry will handle loan originations for ground up construction financing for Parkview

GMSR Appellate Attorney Gary Wax Elevated to Partner

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland LLP (GMSR) is proud to announce that Gary Wax has become the firm’s newest partner, following eight years as an associate and two years as a law clerk with the firm.

As an appellate lawyer, Gary represents a wide range of corporate and private clients in both civil appeals and writ proceedings, including insurers, property owners, employers, public entities, bankruptcy creditors, and trademark-holders. He also regularly advises trial counsel on record preservation issues, drafting jury instructions and post-trial motions.

Before becoming a lawyer and joining GMSR, Gary worked as a film-industry executive developing and acquiring feature films for Oscar winning producers and distributors. He received a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

GMSR, which has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is one of the nation’s leading civil appellate law firms. Its appellate lawyers have extensive experience and success in handling cases in the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and in federal and state appellate courts across the country.

Peggy Rajski, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, leading academic and nonprofit founder, was appointed dean of the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University. She joins LMU from New York University, where she is a professor and head of the graduate film production program in the Tisch School of the Arts. She won the 1995 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – recently named Michael Giuliano as leader of the firm’s Southern California transaction advisory services (TAS) practice. He joins the Los Angeles practice after spending his first three years at RSM in its New York City office.

With over 20 years of accounting and M&A experience, Michael advises private equity firms and corporate development teams on both buy-side and sell-side transactions. Focusing on financial due diligence for the last ten years, he has led engagements in multiple industries, including energy and infrastructure, consumer products and media and technology.

"Michael brings tremendous experience and energy to this role," said Kartik Sundar Raj, RSM’s TAS west regional leader. "I am very much looking forward to working with him as we continue growing and building the practice here in the west region."

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. For more information, visit

SWCA has promoted John Dietler, Ph.D., to the position of Southern California Principal, leading more than 80 scientists and support staff in the execution of multidisciplinary environmental projects in compliance with CEQA and NEPA. A program manager and archaeological principal investigator, John has more than two decades of professional experience.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Payne & Fears LLP, a law firm focused on labor and employment, business litigation and insurance coverage, is proud to announce two recent changes in our Los Angeles office:

Scott O. Luskin has been named Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Damon Rubin started as a Business Litigation Partner at Payne & Fears. Before joining Payne & Fears, LLP, Damon was with Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C. and Foley & Lardner LLP.

Gumbiner Savett Inc., a certified public accounting and business advisory firm in Santa Monica, is pleased to announce that Pradeep Budhiraja, CPA has been named a shareholder of the firm effective January 1, 2018. Pradeep provides audit, financial reporting and business consulting services for startup, SEC registered and privately held entities across a wide variety of industries. Janna Kantsyreva, CPA, MBT, was also promoted to the position of tax principal.

Huntington Hospital has named Scott Groom as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Groom brings over 20 years of experience in advanced technology, clinical integration, management of physician and outpatient operations, strategic planning/marketing, business development and consulting across multiple healthcare and Fortune 500 environments. He most recently served as Network Vice President for New York-based, Bassett, a top 50 integrated delivery network (IDN) and academic medical center comprised of an integrated medical group of 500 providers.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Mark O. Morris has been elected a partner of Latham & Watkins. A member of the Banking Practice, he represents private equity sponsors and public companies in cross-border and domestic leveraged financings, asset-based financing, mezzanine financing, and restructurings. His range of experience includes managing complex borrower-side transactions, secured and unsecured credit facilities, and acquisition financings.

Eric Cho has been elected a partner of Latham & Watkins. A member of the Transactional Tax Practice, he has broad experience in transactional matters, particularly the taxation of real estate investment trusts, and advising on M&A and capital markets matters including taxable and tax-free mergers, stock and asset purchases, joint venture and partnership transactions, financings, and securities offerings.

Jonathan D. West has been elected a partner of Latham & Watkins. A member of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, he represents studios, production and media companies, advertisers, and corporate clients in the licensing of IP and development, production, distribution, and financing of motion pictures, TV programs, and advertising campaigns. He also advises individuals in negotiating personal services and employment agreements.

Bessolo Haworth, a leading West Coast accounting, tax and business advisory firm, has promoted Chris Laug, CPA to partner, effective January 1, 2018. Laug holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University. A member of the firm since 2008, Laug focuses on major corporate clients and high net-worth individuals and family groups.

Trisha Clark has joined CannonDesign as its Los Angeles Business Development Leader. In this role, Trisha will work closely with the firm’s local healthcare, education, commercial and science + technology teams to strengthen client relationships, identify new business opportunities and enhance the CannonDesign brand throughout Southern California.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Steven Gin as a Risk Advisory Services Managing Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Steven joins BDO with over 15 years of experience delivering internal audit, SOX compliance, IT audit, and GRC consulting solutions. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a member of ISACA and the IIA.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Arcadis has promoted Christi Fu, P.E., CCM to Associate Vice President and Deputy Operations Manager for Contract Solutions in the Western United States. She has 15 years of experience in construction and dispute resolution on buildings and transportation projects. Christi is active in WTS, CMAA, and the ACE Mentor Program.

Terry Boston, PE, has joined the board of directors of Fairfax-based Dewberry, a nationwide professional services firm. As a retired president and CEO of PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., Boston brings electric power industry perspective to the engineering company. He currently runs a consultancy focused on power supply planning, cybersecurity, transmission, and renewables development and storage.

Sean Fowler joins CRB's Construction Services Group as project director in the Los Angeles office where he will continue his notable career in construction—managing large and complex projects. As a member of CRB, Fowler will play a leading role in project management and business development. He will also be hands-on in key account management and client services for CRB's design and construction groups. The pace and scope of those initiatives continues to increase given CRB’s impressive regional growth over the past few years. Chuck Glynn, CRB’s Western Regional Leader for Construction Services said, “We are excited and proud to have Sean join CRB's leadership team in Los Angeles. Sean’s excellence in delivery of Life Science projects is a perfect fit for CRB’s culture. As a Los Angeles area local, Sean has strong ties to the construction industry and the community. This is a real boon to our LA area team and clients.”

Sean Fowler, Project Director
Direct 424.488.7526
Cell 949-633-9576

1515 W. 190th Street, Suite 550, Gardena, CA 92048

Oakwood Worldwide Names Rebecca Tann as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Company looks to accelerate global business growth through new appointment

Oakwood Worldwide, wholly owned by Mapletree Investments, today announced the appointment of Rebecca Tann as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Her strong expertise in sales and marketing, as well as her leadership in global organizations are skillsets that will support Oakwood’s global transformation and growth strategy. Tann’s appointment follows a series of leadership announcements from Chief Executive Officer Chris Ahearn as he strengthens the organization’s executive team.

This spring, Ellie Kitta becomes the newest member of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors. As a board member, her aim will be to advance the school’s development alongside Dean Robert Cutietta, Vice Dean Jodie Gates and the USC Kaufman staff.

Kitta has always been passionate about dance, given that her father was a professional dancer with the Igor Moiseyev Ballet. She also received classical ballet training while growing up in Moscow, Russia, which she continues to practice today.

Outside of her love for the arts, Kitta is a new mother, an avid blogger (on the topic of women’s issues) and an active philanthropist. She currently serves on the Board of the Beverly Hills Literary Society and, alongside her husband Ron Goldie, supports the United Friends for the Children—an organization that helps current and former foster care youth with their college aspirations. Together, they also support Cedars-Sinai and the Tower Cancer Research Foundation.

Furthermore, the couple have been stalwart supporters of USC, since Goldie is an alumnus, Trojan parent and current faculty member. In addition to his private practice as a corporate and transactional business attorney, he works as an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law.

Says Dean Cutietta, “Through Ellie’s love of dance and commitment to USC, she will be an important ally in furthering USC Kaufman’s hallmark vision of ‘The New Movement.’”

Monday, February 19, 2018

Arthur Byrd joins COPE Health Solutions as EVP and Chief Financial Officer bringing deep expertise on financial pro formas, financial analytics and managed care strategy to our clients. The former CFO of Emblem health plan, Art has over 25 years of experience in health care finance and medical group operations.

Jeffrey Bjork has joined Latham’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice. Bjork represents debtors and creditors in all aspects of restructurings across industries, and has notable experience in municipal restructurings. He joins from Sidley Austin in Los Angeles, where he was a partner.

Gensler, the global design firm, has promoted three leaders, John Circenis, Philippe Phaneuf and Deborah Shepley to the role of Principal in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

John Circenis, AIA
Project Architect, Principal
John brings 30 years of experience in architectural design and implementation to his leadership role in Gensler’s Aviation and Transportation practice area. As a technical architect, John has a unique talent for executing complex building systems for large projects that include international airports and tall buildings.

Philippe Phaneuf
Firmwide General Counsel, Principal
Leading a global team of professionals, Philippe Phaneuf is responsible for Gensler’s legal, compliance, and risk management strategies and functions across the firm’s 10 regions that serve clients in over 100 countries. Philippe also provides guidance to the firm’s Board of Directors in his role as corporate secretary.

Deborah Shepley, AIA, LEED® AP
Director of Higher Education, Principal
As Director of Higher Education, Deborah Shepley partners with leaders from colleges and universities to facilitate planning and design efforts that support the institution’s vision, mission and goals. She is skilled at integrated planning and building consensus across a variety of interest groups. She is a recognized thought leader, a frequent speaker at state and national conferences and a facilitator for the SCUP Planning Institute.

Arixa Capital welcomes Dan Frankel as Director of Investor Relations and Business Development. In this role, he will support a community of investors and developers operating within the small balance lending niche for urban residential renovation and construction projects. His focus will help Arixa expand its evergreen real estate lending funds and strengthen its capabilities to support its growing origination volume.

HNTB Corporation announced two new leadership roles on its national tunnel and underground team that support the firm's growing number of tunnel and underground projects in the Western U.S. Gordon Clark, PE, vice president, was named West Division tunnel practice leader, and Mark Ramsey was named West Division tunnel practice construction management and delivery leader and vice president.

Clark has over 30 years of experience directing the planning, design and construction of large, multidisciplinary civil infrastructure projects and previously served as HNTB’s technical director-tunnels and complex underground structures.

Ramsey has 25 years of experience, including tunnel engineering, construction engineering and management, planning, scheduling, cost control and cost projections. He was the firm’s West Division tunnel practice leader.

L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, welcomes Robert Curry, the President and CEO of Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) to its Board of Governors. Curry will represent private Disproportionate Share Hospitals in L.A. County which receive government subsidies to care for very low-income patients. Curry transformed CVHP into a sustainable, quality provider in the East San Gabriel Valley, and through L.A. Care he will be the voice of similar facilities throughout the county.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Craig Denson, CPA, has been named chief financial officer of HNTB Corporation. Denson has been with the firm for 17 years in roles including corporate controller and corporate treasurer. He has been responsible for all accounting and finance functions, including long-range capital planning. As CFO, he oversees 57 professionals who support the corporate financial operation.

Kimberly Slaughter joined HNTB Corporation as transit/rail market sector leader. She brings 30 years of comprehensive experience in transportation and public transit and will work with transit clients nationally. She’s responsible for collaborating with leadership on strategic planning and implementation, business development and client satisfaction.

Lonnie Vidaurri has joined commercial real estate investment and operating firm StarPoint Properties as Head of Investments and Capital Markets.Vidaurri will be responsible for directing and executing investment strategy for Starpoint which focuses on under-valued multifamily and commercial properties in select sub-markets. Since its inception, StarPoint has acquired more than 10 million square feet of commercial and residential properties with an aggregate value of more than $1 billion.

Jeffrey H. Kikuta, Esq. was elected to Partner at Fragomen Worldwide – a leading provider of immigration guidance and support worldwide – in its Los Angeles office. Jeffrey counsels individuals and companies on employment-based visas, immigration compliance, family-based permanent residence, and applications for U.S. citizenship, and provides strategic guidance on corporate immigration policies and best practices.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Bob Maxwell Joins Layton Construction as Executive Vice President

Bob Maxwell recently joined Layton Construction as Executive Vice President for Business Development in Southern California. Maxwell will use his construction expertise and experience to expand opportunities for Layton Construction within California, focusing on the Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego areas. More info can be found at

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Malve Ildefonso to the West Region. Malve joins BDO as an Assurance Partner in the firm’s Asset Management Practice where she serves as engagement leader and business advisor for alternative investment funds. Malve joins BDO with more than 19 years of experience in public accounting and industry.


Pankow is pleased to announce the promotion of Frank Murphy, to Director of Operations for Pankow Builders company-wide. Pankow has over half a century of continuous presence in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions.

In this role, Frank will bring regions and people together to create regional work consistency, effective shared resources, and quicker, seamless integration and alignment with Planning and Concrete to achieve operational excellence.

“Frank has led the creation of a mentoring and education program in Northern California, bringing together office and field employees to increase relatedness and assist those on a personal level in further developing the skills necessary to advance their careers. His dynamic leadership skills combined with his dedication to achieving operational excellence make Frank an excellent fit to increase our focus on learning & development” says Dave Eichten, Chief Operating Officer.

Frank has been with Pankow for over 20 years and has delivered great value to countless projects and their teams across the skylines in both New York and Northern California. Best known for his enthusiasm and passion for building, Frank’s value extends well beyond his ability to deliver a highly successful project; he is a driving force and invaluable contributor to the mentoring and continuing development of our employees.


Russ August & Kabat proudly announces that preeminent entertainment litigator Stanton “Larry” Stein, his long-time partners Bennett A. Bigman and Ashley R. Yeargan, and senior associate Diana A. Sanders are joining the firm, as it expands its intellectual property practice into entertainment and media litigation.

A trailblazing entertainment litigator, Stein conceived and pursued groundbreaking litigation and strategies protecting the rights of talent and production companies, including orchestrating talent walk outs, developing theories by which profit participants could challenge vertically integrated accounting, and creating copyright and trademark protection for reality television formats. Stein’s team recently handled high-profile disputes including Blake Shelton’s defamation case against Bauer Publishing, Drake’s defense in a trade libel case, a claim for credit and compensation by producers dropped from the first “Godzilla” motion picture, and numerous other confidential disputes.

Describing this next phase of his career, Stein said, “RAK’s highly respected IP practice and extensive trial experience fit perfectly with the entertainment, branding, and business needs of our clients. We are very excited about this opportunity for our clients and ourselves.” RAK managing partner and co-founder Larry Russ said the minute he learned that Stein was looking for a new home, RAK jumped at the opportunity to add his dynamic entertainment team to the firm’s flourishing IP practice. “This opportunity was far too good to pass up. Larry Stein and his team have an impeccable reputation and we provide a broad legal and business platform to serve all of their clients’ needs and grow our firm,” Russ said.

RAK is one of the top plaintiff’s patent, trademark, and copyright protection and infringement law firms in the U.S., with its lawyers litigating and trying cases nationwide. RAK is also no stranger to high-stakes strategic planning, litigation, and trials. RAK represents celebrities and their companies in trademark acquisition and licensing, branding, privacy, real property, and business matters. The firm represents celebrity firms such as Jessica Alba’s “The Honest Company,” consumer products companies, apparel companies, and iconic fashion retailers such as American Rag et Cie, Fred Segal, and Forever 21. In 2016 and 2017, RAK pursued a highly publicized class action against LinkedIn that resulted in a settlement of $13 million and LinkedIn’s agreement to change its privacy disclosures.

Russ further emphasized the synergies: “We are trial lawyers. We regularly go to trial against the likes of Apple, LG, Hyundai, and other tech titans.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Charles Mallory joined the City of El Segundo as the Director of the newly created Information Services Department. Charles brings over 20 years of IS/IT experience implementing technology solutions in both the private and public sectors. Charles has a BS in IS Management from Azusa Pacific University.

Peter Devereaux, CEO of 400-person architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), was honored by USC’s Kidney Research Organization with its “Extraordinary Achievement in Civic Leadership Award”. Peter spoke about architecture as a service to advance the human cause, and video testimonies were given by Cesar Pelli, Mike Woo, Gil Garcetti, Eric Garcetti, Rick Caruso and Max Nikias.

SLBIGGS, A Division of SingerLewak, a professional services firm specializing in insolvency and forensic accounting, business operations management, trust & probate accounting, and tax, is pleased to announce Brian J. Landau, CPA has been named a partner of the firm. Mr. Landau has extensive experience in the areas of corporate accounting, taxation, bankruptcy, and litigation support.

Wilmington Trust has appointed Brian Oard as president of the Western Region for Wealth Advisory. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, he will lead the expansion of Wilmington Trust’s wealth management services throughout the Western United States. A seasoned wealth management executive, Oard has over two decades of experience helping clients with issues such as investment management, risk management, business succession and retirement planning.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, he was senior wealth strategist for Northern Trust. Before that, he was a senior director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Additionally, Oard was previously an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University, where he taught employee benefits and retirement planning for their CFP certification program.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Davis. He also received the CFP® designation from the CFP Board in 1999. Oard served as U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, and was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for action during Operation Desert Storm. He also took part in humanitarian relief operations during Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993. He currently serves on the Scarlet and Gold Committee of the West Coast Gala for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. He is also a member of the executive board of the Veteran’s Park Conservancy, which is a support organization of the National Cemetery and Veteran Affairs property in Westwood, Calif. Oard is based in Wilmington Trust’s Los Angeles office, located at 10250 Constellation Blvd., Suite 2800. He can be contacted at (310)300-3060 or

Oakwood Worldwide Bolsters Leadership Team To Help Drive Global Transformation Strategy

Company names new Vice President Global Sales, Vice President Global Marketing, Vice President Global Corporate Services, Enterprise Risk and Compliance

Oakwood Worldwide, the global leader in furnished and service apartment solutions, today announced the appointment of TJ Spencer as vice president global sales, Christine Moore as vice president global marketing and Tiffany Felix as vice president global corporate services, enterprise risk and compliance. The announcement supports Oakwood’s transformation strategy as it looks to accelerate long-term growth for the organization by aligning resources to better serve the changing needs of the market. For more information on Oakwood Worldwide's services, please visit

JOHNSON FAIN congratulates the following individuals for their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to the progressive values of the firm. In 2018, Alejandro C. Pijuan and Christopher Roades, AIA, LEED AP have been promoted to Senior Associate status. Yasaman Barmaki, John Gralewski and Evan Jenkins, AIA have become Associates.

JOHNSON FAIN, an international architecture, urban design + planning and interior design firm, is well-known for the design of a diverse range of project types. Among its many Los Angeles area architecture projects, LA Plaza Village is under construction in Downtown; design is underway on numerous high-rise residential towers throughout the city; and a renovation of the Crystal Cathedral for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is under construction in Garden Grove. Local urban design + planning projects include the master plan of the Veterans Affairs Campus in West Los Angeles; a Transit Oriented Development Visioning Study for the City of Culver City; and a master plan in Simi Valley. International projects are underway in Taiwan, Indonesia and the People’s Republic of China including the Great Wall Winery Hotel and Visitor Center in Changli, HeBei Province.