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Monday, September 17, 2018

Randy Soewers has joined HED's Los Angeles office as Project Management Leader. Randy spent the past 12 years at CallisonRTKL where he was a member of the firmwide Leadership Council. Prior to that he was with AC Martin Partners for five years and Gensler for five years. Randy recently served as President of the Los Angeles Headquarters Association, and has a strong background in highrise residential, hospitality, entertainment, corporate and institutional projects both domestically and internationally.

DPI Retail welcomes James R. Kruse as its Chief Executive Officer. Jim joins DPI with a 30-year career in the Southern California commercial real estate market, most recently as Senior Managing Director for CBRE’s Los Angeles South Region, and prior was Executive Vice President with Grubb and Ellis, Greater Los Angeles Region. DPI is a multi-faceted real estate investment company with expertise in management, development/ redevelopment, finance and leasing. The firm’s focus is to manage, develop and/or renovate shopping centers to institutional quality standards to benefit the company, its tenants, and the communities it serves.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Arixa Capital congratulates Kristina Sawyer on her promotion to Director of Loan Operations. In her six-year tenure, Sawyer has spearheaded strategic priorities for the firm that have enabled the company to expand and deliver exceptional client service. We salute her dedication and rigor in upholding Arixa’s core values.

Songtradr welcomes Clare Nicholls as its Chief Financial Officer. Based in the company’s UK office, Nicholls will work in concert with Paul Wiltshire, CEO and founder to develop an investment strategy to support international expansion and accelerate Songtradr’s product development. Nicholls will also oversee the evaluation and execution of M&A opportunities and strategic partnerships as well as the integration of blockchain technology into Songtradr’s licensing ecosystem.

Ulysses Solis joins Arixa Capital with over 14 years of real estate lending experience, ranging from direct-to-consumer and wholesale to small business debt financing. His experience includes positions at First Direct Lending, Bay Equity and Asgard Capital and received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Channel Islands State University.

Onisko & Scholz is pleased to announce that Jeannie Clark has been named partner. Jeannie has worked at Onisko & Scholz since 2007 and has been in public accounting since 1987. Her areas of expertise include tax planning and preparation for closely held businesses, accounting services and state and local tax compliance engagements. Her industry experience includes: service companies, real estate development, construction, and manufacturing among others.

Jeannie has represented clients with the Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board and has acted as an “off-site controller” for various clients including interviewing and training candidates. She has also written policies and procedures for accounting departments.

Onisko & Scholz, established in 2004, is a full-service CPA firm serving Southern California privately held businesses. In addition, they also serve high-net-worth individuals, and have a specialty in estates and trusts.

BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL), a leading provider of finance and accounting automation solutions, announced that B2B cloud software marketing veteran Andres Botero has joined the company as chief marketing officer. As CMO, Mr. Botero will be responsible for driving BlackLine’s global marketing strategy as the company seeks to capitalize on the growing worldwide demand for solutions that drive greater efficiency, financial governance and risk management across the spectrum of accounting and financial operations. Botero will report to Chief Operating Officer Marc Huffman.

“Andres is a global B2B marketing leader skilled at driving results across all functions of Marketing, as well as disparate geographies, cultures and time zones,” said Mr. Huffman. “He has demonstrated tremendous success working in alignment with sales organizations to help grow several leading enterprise SaaS/cloud companies and build their brands globally. We expect Andres’ leadership and expertise will help us clearly articulate to the market all the capabilities and benefits that BlackLine brings to our clients.”

Monday, September 3, 2018

Lisa Roger, PMP, has been promoted to chief information officer at Dewberry. Roger will oversee all aspects of the firm’s technology and IT operations, including project management, data center management, cyber security, planning, assessment, integration, restructuring/reorganization, and process improvement.

Susan Grueneberg, one of California’s highly regarded franchise law attorneys, has joined Am Law 100 law firm Cozen O’Connor in Los Angeles to lead its global franchise practice. Susan advises clients on franchise and distribution law issues, including compliance with federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws.

Northern Trust, a leading global investment firm with a client-centric culture, has named Michele Havens as President of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, Michele serves as President with oversight for offices in Century City, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Orange County and San Diego. In addition, she is a member of Northern Trust’s Western Region Executive Leadership Team and the firm’s Global Business Leadership Council.

Prior to this role, she served as President of the Los Angeles region since 2012 after leading the Pacific Northwest as Region President from 2009 to 2011.

Michele serves on the Board of Directors for YPO Los Angeles where she chairs the membership committee. She is a member of the Board of the Jonathan Club and the Board of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Slater Builders Inc. names Mike Kearon as Principal and Chief Operating Officer

“Promoting our customer centered family culture, while expanding in market segments of Healthcare, Living Environments, Office/Industrial, and Education, are key to our success. Our People are our progress.” – Mike Kearon.

Slater Builders Inc. is proud to announce Mike Kearon’s role as VP of Operations has expanded to Chief Operating Officer. Slater, a full service WBE construction firm, specializes in commercial general contracting in LA, OC, and the IE. Mike’s 30 years of industry experience offers Slater’s clients a sophisticated business approach while maintaining the foundational aspects of Slater Builder’s family business culture. This powerful combination is why SBI is on track to realize a projected revenue in excess of $50M in this, their 25th year of business.

Togawa Smith Martin (TSM) announces new leadership changes. Jim Dixon, AIA, LEED AP, has been appointed President of the prominent architectural firm specializing in multi-family residential and mixed-use design. As President, Jim will be responsible for leading the firm in major projects, pursuing new business opportunities, and interfacing with current and future clients. He brings over 30 years of specialized experience, and has been a vital part of TSM since 2012.

Another leadership addition to the TSM family is Kyle Peterson, who will be the new Senior Director focusing on business development, as well as the startup and early management of projects. Fluent in Mandarin, Kyle’s early career in global business before entering the architectural field brings a unique perspective to the firm.

Former President, Tom Hsieh, has been elevated to the President of TSM’s parent company, Planning Architecture and Engineering Alliance (PAEA.)

COPE Health Solutions is proud to announce the addition of two new leaders to support operations and growth for the COPE Health Scholars service line and subject matter expertise for consulting projects.

Dr. Elizabeth Dubois joins as Vice President of Operations. Her responsibilities include executing the goals, objectives, and strategic plan for the service line.

Danielle Westermann, Director, will oversee the COPE Health Scholars programs at multiple locations in Southern California within the Kaiser Permanente system.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation in Beverly Hills welcomes Christopher Clinton Conway as new Executive Director. Mr. Conway will serve as a highly-visible representative of the foundation, responsible for planning, implementing and assessing the foundation’s direction. Mr. Conway is an accomplished and globally engaged nonprofit leader serving high-net-worth individuals in pursuit of meaningful impact.

Patrick Nygren has joined Union Bank as Regional President for Los Angeles and the Central Coast (LACC), which also includes Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Nygren will oversee the branch banking activities of more than 86 branches and 580 employees.

Estate Planning Team Welcomes Craig Szabo as DST Trustee

Furthering our dedication to expand our professional network with the best in the business, Estate Planning Team is pleased to announce its new strategic partnership with Craig Szabo, CPA. Craig is the proud owner and CEO of DST Advisors Inc. and Szabo Accountancy. We are excited to announce that Craig has been elected as a Trustee to the Deferred Sales Trust™ (DST).

This business collaboration was a natural fit, as Craig works with high net worth and high-profile clients who are looking to defer significant capital gains tax. Craig has practiced accounting for over 40 years and has extensive experience in many industries. Estate Planning Team is a membership organization with a network of experienced professionals who offer the Deferred Sales Trust™. These professionals include financial advisors, insurance and real estate professionals, business brokers, attorneys, CPA’s, Qualified Intermediaries, and other professional partners. EPT’s organization stretches throughout the United States, providing significant capital gains tax deferral via the Deferred Sales Trust™, a flexible 1031 Exchange alternative.

Craig Szabo, CPA
CEO/DST Trustee

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is pleased to announce the promotion of Mari-Anne Kehler to partner. Mari-Anne Kehler has over 30 years of experience and leads the Firm’s strategy, business development and marketing initiatives.

In her new role as partner, Mari-Anne will focus on driving the firm’s future success. She will spearhead the transformation of GHJ’s “Client Experience” by advancing the implementation of technology and data strategies to expand future growth. By leveraging the firm’s membership with HLB International, GHJ’s affiliated global advisory and accounting network, Mari-Anne will help guide expansion of the Firm’s international footprint.

Along with her lengthy career in the marketing field and deep expertise into strategy and business development, Mari-Anne has been a featured speaker at conferences on topics such as professional services growth, social media and marketing strategy. She has also been active in the community in the areas of disability awareness and fundraising and in mentoring families and professionals for almost two decades. In addition to serving on numerous nonprofit boards she is also a speaker at universities and conferences on the topic of disabilities: awareness, transition to adulthood and the impact on families.

Mari-Anne’s experience as a high-impact leader and her client-centric and industry approach has helped GHJ successfully expand its business. Her promotion to partner was a well-deserved and strategic move by GHJ’s partner group as the Firm looks towards expanding its footprint in the marketplace and creating business growth. Mari-Anne’s leadership within the firm, passion to inspire others to #BeMore and her drive to achieve results will help propel the Firm well into the future.

Matt Loorya joins the Howard Building Corporation team as Vice President, located in the Los Angeles Office. Matt brings over 20 years of construction experience, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Driver SPG. He will be assisting with the day-to-day operations of our organization and will serve as an additional layer of executive support for our project teams. Matt is well respected in the industry and has the qualifications to prove it:

• As a native Californian, Matt graduated from UC Santa Barbara and is a licensed General Contractor.

• Impressive client list that includes Cedars-Sinai, DreamWorks Animation, Mastro’s Restaurants, Sony Pictures, and the University of Southern California.

• Extensive experience working with our industry colleagues at the executive level, including CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Irvine Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kilroy Realty Corporation, LBA Realty, and Savills Studley.

• Project Executive for the KISS Tolman-Bacher Compound at California Institute of Technology, a multi-award winning project also honored for its “green” construction and LEED Platinum certification.

• Executive-level experience working with large, complex projects, such as the Newport Beach Country Club, a project that has won multiple awards for safety management and outstanding architecture, and the 14-story Netflix headquarters in Hollywood.

Assuredly, Matt’s past operational experience at one of our market’s most respected competitors will result in HBC’s continued success. We are excited to add another team member who shares our vision of being the premier tenant improvement general contractor in Southern California.

Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is excited to announce the promotion of Daniel Rowe, CPA, to partner (effective Jan. 1, 2019). Daniel has been at GHJ since 2014 and is a key member of the Tax Practice.

With more than 15 years of experience, Daniel is a recognized tax resource in the area of pass-through entities, including partnerships, S-Corporations and LLCs. He is known for providing technical and strategic advice to partnerships, S-Corporations and their individual owners, including tax advice on restructuring and buy/sell transactions. His tax compliance and consulting experience is an asset to the Firm, and his passion for serving clients will contribute to GHJ’s ongoing growth within its Tax Practice.

Daniel has been published in many tax and real estate journals such as The Tax Adviser, The Journal of Property Management and Commercial Investment Real Estate. He has written and presented continuing education sessions for attorneys and CPAs and frequently delivers tax updates to real estate professionals. He currently serves as an editorial adviser to The Tax Adviser and as a member of the AICPA’s Technical Resource Panel for S-Corporations.

Having Daniel move into the role of partner is just one more example of how Green Hasson Janks is showing its commitment to growing great people and transforming vision and passion into tangible results for its clients and people. His deep technical expertise and talent has helped the Firm provide unparalleled service to its clients. In his role as a partner at the Firm, he will have meaningful contributions to help GHJ’s Tax Practice grow.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Hunvey Chen, AIA, LEED AP, has been named regional leader of healthcare for HOK’s Los Angeles practice and is responsible for the visioning, development, construction and implementation of projects. With a background in architecture and planning, she has played a vital role on major healthcare projects at HOK since 2006.

Dave Mahoney, PE, has been promoted to alternative project delivery operating unit manager at Dewberry. An executive vice president who has been with the firm for more than 30 years, Mahoney will oversee Dewberry’s vertical, horizontal, and water/wastewater design-build services nationally, including public-sector facilities as well as major bridge, highway, and transit projects.

Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP Expands its Litigation Group. Beverly Hills-based law firm Ervin Cohen & Jessup bolsters its litigation capabilities with the addition of trial attorney Michael D. Murphy. Murphy is an aggressive litigator specializing in corporate governance, real estate, entertainment and general business disputes.

Anahid N. Silah is a partner and the managing attorney at Pearlman, Brown & Wax in our Glendale office. She specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims, from case inception through trial and appeal, as well as insurance defense. Since 1997 Anahid has worked as a litigator representing a variety of commercial and individual clients. She has a unique interest and background in the handling of complicated medical and medical-legal issues.

Anahid is a graduate from the University of California Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, graduating cum laude. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She is a member of the State Bar of California, and was admitted to the United States District Court, Central District. She is a current member of the Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association.

Bonnie V. Stern, a valuable partner at Pearlman, Brown & Wax since 2001, is based in our Encino office. Bonnie specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims from case inception through trial and appeal. She is an experienced litigator, having spent two decades trying various complex issues before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. She has successfully developed and cultivated long-term relationships with numerous employers, insurance companies and third-party administrators.

Bonnie graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego. Bonnie is a member of the State Bar of California and is an active member of both the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

Meline H. Sirounian has been with the firm for 15 years and we are proud to announce her new position as partner in our Glendale office of Pearlman, Brown & Wax. Her emphasis is in the defense of workers’ compensation claims. She is an experienced litigator and has successfully tried various and complex issues before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Meline is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School. Meline is a member of the State Bar of California, as well as a member of the United States District Court Central District and is an active member of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association.

Brian Dreyfus is a partner with Pearlman, Brown & Wax in our Ventura County office. He specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation claims and other employment law related issues. He is an experienced advocate and has successfully litigated various and complex cases before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and other Courts in the State of California. Brian’s past experience includes work as an advocate in the Children’s Court, as well as the foster care system.

Brian is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier College School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is an active member of the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court Central District of California.

Nicole Golob Minkow is a partner and the Chair of Pearlman, Brown & Wax's Employment Law Department. Prior to joining the firm, Nicole was Of Counsel with Jackson Lewis LLP, a national employment law defense firm. Nicole specializes in handling all aspects of employment defense litigation on behalf of employers and management.

Nicole’s experience includes cases involving claims for wage and hour violations under state and federal law, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation, fraud and unfair business practices.

She also assists employers in defending against wage and hour class actions regarding alleged overtime violations, meal and break violations and minimum wage claims. Nicole regularly provides advice and counsel to management on all employment issues and conducts seminars and training for in-house counsel, risk managers, human resources managers and other personnel administrators on a variety of employment related issues with an eye towards litigation prevention. In addition, Nicole drafts employment policies including employee handbooks and keeps her clients updated on new employment law developments.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Crowe, LLP is excited to announce that Kathy Lai, Partner, and Jennifer Richards, Senior Manager, have joined our audit services business unit and will be working with our government and not-for-profit industry group in Southern California.

With approximately 20 years of experience in public accounting, Ms. Lai has deep experience servicing large, complex state and local governmental entities, higher education institutions, school districts, utilities and not-for-profit organizations. She will oversee Crowe’s Public Sector Services Practice throughout California.

During her career, Ms. Richards has spent the majority of her time focusing on the public sector, including performing and supervising audit and attest services for a variety of not-for-profit, higher education, public and privately held companies, and governmental entities, with a focus on exempt organizations and colleges and universities.

L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly-operated health plan, welcomes Ilan Shapiro, MD, the Medical Director for Health Education and Wellness at AltaMed Health Services, to its Board of Governors. He is actively involved in creating public health programs aimed at reaching Latinos on both sides of the border, aiming to improve the health of children and parents. Dr. Shapiro, a board certified pediatrician, will represent Children’s Health Care Providers on the L.A. Care Board.

City National Bank has hired two new bankers in Los Angeles as it expands its services to the legal industry. Led by Peyman Salehi, senior vice president and head of City National’s Private Banking Law Firm Group, the team will provide tailored financial and wealth management solutions to attorneys and firms in the “Am Law 200,” a list of the top 200 law firms in the nation.

Ray Martinez brings 18 years of experience to City National and assumes the role of private banker and trusted client adviser focusing on individual wealth management, trust and estate planning, access to individual and business credit and other financial services.

Erik K. Larsen joins City National as a client manager. Larsen has 17 years of financial services experience working with high-net-worth families and law firms in the Los Angeles area.

HGA has hired Scott Laoboonmi, Associate AIA, as Associate Vice President and Project Manager in the Los Angeles office. He will manage integrated design-team processes and client relations for the Healthcare Practice Group serving the southern California market. Laoboonmi has more than 15 years of experience focused on healthcare design.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Daniel Im has joined Environmental Contracting Corporation as Project Manager. With over 18 years commercial construction experience, Daniel brings strong leadership skills, as well as the technical expertise to ensure exceptional quality control and state of the art solutions for each client.

Steinberg Hart welcomes Amy Hartwell, AIA, LEED BD+C and Homes, as a Senior Associate / Senior Project Manager. She joins the leading full-service architecture firm as a seasoned architect who has developed and managed projects across diverse sectors including affordable housing, higher education, and hospitality.

Sameer Shah joins Burns & McDonnell as the company expands its service offerings in California. As a project manager, Sameer brings 12 years of experience in environmental engineering, particularly air quality permitting and compliance, remediation and process optimization. Shah’s experience spans multiple industry sectors, including manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation and heavy metals.

Pelican Products, the global leader in the design and manufacture of protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting has appointed Stacey McGuire as General Counsel. She brings more than 15 years of transactional and litigation experience to her new position.

Mark Ejnes, AIA, has joined HOK’s LA studio as a design principal. Over his nearly three-decade career, Ejnes has worked worldwide on many different types of projects. He comes to HOK from Aedas in LA and joins Ernest Cirangle and Anne Fletcher on the leadership team for HOK’s LA office.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Donna McNeely has joined Kinecta Federal Credit Union, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. With 20 years of leadership, strategic planning, marketing and communications expertise within the financial services industry, she will oversee member service centers, marketing, business development, corporate communications and community outreach.

Robert Gross, AIA, LEED AP, joins Nadel Architects, a top U.S. architecture firm, as studio director of the multi-family division in Los Angeles, California. He brings over 25 years of professional architecture experience and will manage, mentor and work hands-on in the firm’s multi-family studio. For more, visit

Pelican Products, the global leader in the design and manufacture of protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting has appointed Chris Powell as Corporate Controller. He brings more than 15 years of financial management experience. Powell will have direct oversight of the company’s global Accounting department supporting Pelican’s Commercial/Government, Consumer, BioThermal and International divisions.

Megan Horn Assumes Principal Role with BrightView Design Group, Strengthening the Firm’s Solutions-Based Approach, Collaborative Culture

BrightView Design Group, which provides comprehensive design solutions that consider the entire lifecycle of landscapes, has promoted Megan Horn to Principal. Through Horn’s nearly 15 years of design and planning experience, she has cultivated an approach that results in environments that deliver memorable experiences and create lasting value.

“Megan has proven a strong leader whose expertise, creativity, and solutions-based approach all contribute to the development of more effective, meaningful relationships with our clients. Our team, clients and projects will all benefit from her stepping into the principal role.” said Po-Sun Chen, Executive Director of BrightView Design Group.


Move Reflects Business Expansion and Category Growth

Irwin Naturals, a leading producer of supplements and natural products, announced today that it has appointed Marc Washington as the company’s CEO. The move comes in the wake of growing consumer demand for natural, healthy products and the company’s ambitions to expand into new lines of business.

“Irwin Naturals is committed to delivering the best natural health products to meet the growing needs of consumers, which positions us for explosive growth,” said Irwin Naturals founder and Executive Chairman, Klee Irwin. “We’re thrilled to have Marc join our team because of his exceptional track record transforming and scaling health and wellness businesses.”

Most recently, Washington served as President & COO of Beachbody, a $1 billion nutrition and fitness company. Prior to that, he acted as CFO of The Wonderful Company (formerly Roll Global), a $3.5 billion consumer products business focused on health and wellness. Washington holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a degree in Operations Research Engineering from Princeton.

“This is an exciting time for Irwin Naturals and the natural products industry, and I’m thrilled and honored to be taking on the CEO role for such a strong brand,” Washington said. “Klee Irwin’s marketing and product creation genius and his vision for where we will go inspired me to come on board. I’m eager to build upon our solid foundation and help the company achieve an even greater level of impact, growth, and social good.”

Interim management and advisory firm SierraConstellation Partners is pleased to welcome financial industry veteran Tom Lynch as Managing Director and head of the firm’s newly-opened Boston office.

Lynch’s career in finance and management spans over 25 years. Before joining SCP, Lynch was the Managing Partner and Founder of Woods Hole Capital, an asset management platform utilizing ABL strategies in the consumer sector. Prior to Woods Hole, he was the Chairman and CEO of Frederick’s of Hollywood, a publicly-traded apparel retailer, where he oversaw a six-year turnaround plan which culminated in a successful sale to a private equity buyer. Earlier in his career, Tom served as the CEO of a significant global hedge fund, and as a senior executive with Mellon Institutional Asset Management.

In his new role, Tom will oversee the firm’s strategy, client engagements, operations and business development activities for the region, while also advising clients on complex business matters.

SierraConstellation Partners serves middle-market companies and their partners and investors that are navigating their way through difficult business challenges. Our team’s real-world experience, operational mindset and hands-on approach enable us to deliver effective operational improvements and financial solutions to help companies restore value, regain creditor confidence, and capitalize on opportunities.

As former CEOs, COOs, CFOs, private equity investors and investment bankers, our team of senior professionals have decades of experience operating and advising companies.

For more information, please visit

Monday, July 23, 2018

Free Wheelchair Mission Welcomes Capital Group’s COO/CFO David Hummelberg to Board of Directors

David Hummelberg, COO/CFO of North American Distribution at Capital Group, joins Free Wheelchair Mission’s Board of Directors, bringing 30+ years of experience in the financial industry. Hummelberg also volunteers as Miracle of Mobility Event Chair for the Irvine-based nonprofit that distributes wheelchairs to people in need in developing nations.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Austin Carlson
Head of Business Development

Parkview Financial has appointed Austin Carlson as the Head of Business Development. Previously, he was Head of West Coast Sales and Marketing for SkyBridge Capital, a NYC based hedge fund investment firm. Mr. Carlson will work closely with current and prospective investors of Parkview’s investment fund.

Melissa Punim JD, LL.M. has been named Principal with Aspiriant, a leading LA based independent wealth management firm. As Manager in the Strategic Planning group, Melissa brings together her academic training in psychology and tax law to assist high net worth clients with estate, tax and charitable planning. In addition, Melissa is a member of Aspiriant’s Wealth Planning Committee and a leader of Family Office Services’ Associates Group.

HED welcomes Enrique Ceniceros to the firm as Associate and Studio Leader in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices. He will oversee Science + Technology and Higher Education projects in Southern California. With 27 years of experience, his extensive portfolio has established him as an expert in his field.

Gumbiner Savett Inc., one of the largest full-service public accounting firms in Southern California has joined with Katz Fram & Co., a West Los Angeles CPA and business management firm, as of June 1, 2018. Katz Fram partner, Arnold I. Fram, comes to Gumbiner Savett as a principal and will spearhead the new business management practice. Katz Fram partner, Kurt Yamaguchi, also joins as a principal.

Headed by Arnold Fram, Katz Fram served the Los Angeles community since it was established in 1972. The firm provided a full spectrum of tax, accounting, and business management services to its roster of clients, with a special focus on serving clients in the entertainment industry. Arnold Fram is a counselor to a significant clientele in real estate, manufacturing, import and wholesale distribution, retail and professional services. He also works with many high net worth individuals in the entertainment industry providing accounting, tax, business management and financial planning services. Arnold also works extensively in the areas of estate and gift planning, post-death planning, estate and trust accounting, estate and trust income, and estate tax compliance.

Kurt Yamaguchi is an experienced accounting and tax practitioner who works with clients in a wide variety of industries, including real estate, entertainment, hospitality and restaurants, non-profit organizations, manufacturing and distribution, apparel and professional service firms. Before joining Katz Fram, Kurt served as a partner at a Los Angeles tax practice.

Monday, July 9, 2018

John Pallante has joined condominium sales and marketing company Polaris Pacific as Project Director in Los Angeles.

With more than 15 years of experience in residential development consulting, sales and marketing, Pallante will guide sales programs for the company’s growing portfolio of residential developments across Southern California and Arizona.

Monday, July 2, 2018

LEO A DALY announced today that Steven A. Lichtenberger, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined the firm as president. As part of the executive leadership team, he will be responsible for leading the firm’s global planning, architecture, engineering, and interiors practice worldwide. Lichtenberger was formerly Practice Manager for Architecture in the Americas at AECOM.

“I am thrilled to appoint Steve to lead LEO A DALY,” said Leo A. Daly III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “He is a respected leader in the architectural profession who shares our dedication to design excellence. His depth of experience building and leading an award-winning, design-focused architectural practice will strengthen our global presence,” said Daly.

“LEO A DALY’s legacy of design excellence goes back 103 years. I am excited to lead the firm into the next century, advancing a design culture of excellence that builds on that legacy, while amplifying its impact for our clients and the communities they touch,” said Lichtenberger.

As president of LEO A DALY, Lichtenberger will lead the firm’s workforce of design professionals, drive long-range strategy, and build new markets and capabilities.

Lichtenberger has more than 40 years of experience in architecture, ranging from designing major projects in a wide range of market sectors, to leading a national architectural practice and overseeing 18 managing principals. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects at both local and national levels, and has participated in AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable. He attended the Arizona Institute of Design, and is licensed in Arizona, California, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, Texas and Utah.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Global architecture firm CallisonRTKL has promoted Grace Cheng to vice president. Grace is a leader in the commercial office sector and a licensed architect with more than 24 years in the industry. With an expertise in mixed-use design, she has a diverse global portfolio including waterfront developments and corporate campuses.

David Tiberi, PE, PMP, CCM, rejoined HNTB Corporation as construction program manager and vice president for its expanding West Division transportation infrastructure practice. He is responsible for the firm’s growing highway and bridge planning, design and construction practices and supporting the firm’s project and construction management team on the I-10 Express Lanes Design-Build project for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

Tiberi has over three decades of diverse industry experience leading cross-functional units in several aspects of transportation engineering consulting, including work with Caltrans, LA Metro, SANBAG and OCTA. HNTB is a leading infrastructure solutions firm in the U.S., with roots to the West since 1914.

We are pleased to recognize our DIL Los Angeles leaders.

Muhammad Shahzad
Chief Financial Officer
The Honest Company
DIL US Board Chair

Adam Fakhri
Vice President
International Trading Company
DIL Los Angeles Chapter Co-President

Omer Saeed
VP of Product Management
DIL Los Angeles Chapter Co-President

At Developments in Literacy (DIL) we believe all children should have equal opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute toward the socio-economic betterment of their communities.

The DIL Los Angeles Chapter will be hosting their 20th Anniversary Gala on September 30th, 2018. For more information about DIL, please visit
Developments in Literacy (DIL) is a registered 501c3 and a Zakat approved charity.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Conexus, a Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources focused Executive Search Firm, has promoted Becky deSouza to Partner. Becky leads the Firm’s rapidly growing HR Search practice, focusing on recruiting executives and experienced professionals in all disciplines of HR. Before joining Conexus in 2017, Becky led Corporate Recruiting for DreamWorks Animation.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Stephen Masterson as Managing Director and West Region Leader for the Risk Advisory Services practice. He will also serve as the practice’s National Leader for the Financial Services industry. In this role, he will be responsible for the oversight, market strategy, and delivery of risk advisory services including internal audit, risk assessment, internal control assessment and testing, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley, and complex capital, finance and treasury risk management. Stephen joins BDO with over 26 years of experience in public accounting, consulting, and private industry.

John Merille has joined White Oak Commercial Finance as Senior Vice President and Director of Originations where he will leverage his decades of experience providing small and middle market companies with solutions to promote growth and improve cash flow. Mr. Merille joins White Oak from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The LA Promise Fund, an education nonprofit serving students and families across LA County, is pleased to announce the addition of 3 new board members: Cathy Bender, Laura Rogers, and Jaime Uzeta. Cathy Bender is the VP for Microsoft’s Enterprise Commercial Southwest region; Laura Rogers is a partner and head of Trading in the Ares Credit Group, and Jaime Ernesto Uzeta is the VP of Innovation and Partnerships at BUILD.

L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly-operated health plan, welcomes Antonia Jiménez, the Acting Director of L.A. County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), to its Board of Governors. Jiménez currently oversee 14,000 employees and a $4 billion budget at DPSS, which provides services to 3.5 million low-income residents. L.A. Care serves more than two million of those same residents. Jimenez will be a voice for the county on the board.

Rose Nordbrock, Jeff Breskin, Pabla Barros and Jose Fuentes Join EPIC in Southern California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced that risk management and insurance professionals Rose Nordbrock, Jeff Breskin, Pabla Barros and Jose Fuentes have joined the firm's operations in Southern California. Nordbrock joins EPIC as Principal and Practice Group Leader; Breskin as Vice President in his specialty of workers' compensation; Barros as Vice President and Account Executive; and Fuentes as Senior Account Manager.

The practice group will be based in EPIC's Downtown Los Angeles office and report to Jim Gillette, President of EPIC's Pacific South Region.

Nordbrock, Breskin, Barros and Fuentes will be responsible for the design, placement and management of property/casualty and workers' compensation insurance programs, and providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients across a range of industries.

All join EPIC from the Los Angeles office of Crystal & Company (recently acquired by Alliant Insurance Services).

Nordbrock has over 30 years' experience in risk management and insurance, specializing in risk management solutions for high-risk clients. She began her insurance career as an insurance company underwriter before moving to the brokerage/consulting side of the business.

Reach Rose Nordbrock at: or 213-629-8934
Reach Jeff Breskin at: or 213-629-8935
Reach Pabla Barros at: or 213-629-8936
Reach Jose Fuentes at: or 213-629-8937

Monday, June 11, 2018

The American Institute of Architects bestowed honorary membership to Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA, Principal of Taylor & Company, the public relations firm for architecture and design. The designation is one of the highest honors for non-architects from architecture’s top organization, and acknowledges Taylor’s dedication to the architectural profession since 1984.

Craig Pintens has been named athletic director at Loyola Marymount University. He will oversee the university’s Division I athletics program, which includes 22 varsity sports. Pintens joins LMU from the University of Oregon, where he was senior associate athletic director, managing fan experience, athletics operations, strategic planning, promotions and fundraising. He starts June 25.

Michael G. Betz joins Burns & McDonnell as a project manager in its Aviation & Federal Group. His 32 years of experience includes design and construction specialization of Department of Defense and aerospace facilities in the U.S. and Guam, in addition to traditional and design-build projects.

Curt Ingraham, PE, joins Burns & McDonnell as a section manager in its Aviation & Federal Group. Curt brings 32 years of experience, with a focus on general and public works civil engineering projects. Curt specializes in airfield design and construction management for general, commercial airport and federal aviation clients.

SierraConstellation Partners is pleased to announce that Timothy Bossidy has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a Director. In this role, he will provide financial and operational consulting services to companies in transition. Mr. Bossidy brings with him years of experience, as he previously worked in Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division.

PwC is pleased to announce that Doug Cooper has been elevated to partner. Doug has been with the firm for 14 years and is in the Assurance practice in the Banking and Capital Markets and Insurance industries. He holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Buffalo.

PwC is pleased to announce that Maarten Derksen has been elevated to partner. Maarten has been with the firm for two years and is in Tax in the Asset & Wealth Management practice. He holds a V.W.O. degree from St. Bonifatius College Utrecht and an LLM in International and Corporate Tax Law from the University of Groningen.

PwC is pleased to announce that Mike Giampa has been elevated to partner. Mike has been with the firm for four years and is in the Deals Practice. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

PwC is pleased to announce that Chris Hefty has been elevated to partner. Chris has been with the firm for over four years and is in the Tax Reporting & Strategy practice. He holds a BS in Business Administration from LaSalle University and a Master of Taxation from Villanova University.

PwC is pleased to announce that Ryan Keefer has been elevated to partner. Ryan has been with the firm for 11 years and is in the Deals Practice. He holds a BA in Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

PwC is pleased to announce that Alexandra Markovich has been elevated to partner. Alexandra has been with the firm for 16 years and is an Assurance partner in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. She holds a BA in International Economics from UCLA.

PwC is pleased to announce that Donna Tiocao has been elevated to partner. Donna has been with the firm for over 3 years and focuses on tax compliance and consulting in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. She holds a BS in Accounting from USC.

PwC is pleased to announce that Andrea Uhm has been elevated to partner. Andrea has been with the firm for 12 years and is in Tax in the Private Equity practice. She holds a BS in Accounting and a Master of Business Taxation from USC.

Monday, June 4, 2018

El Segundo has selected Melissa McCollum as its new Library Director. She will oversee all operations in the Library Services Department as well as the four branch libraries located on school campuses, and will be responsible for continuing the community’s high-level of service, growing library programming and outreach, and providing an important perspective on the City’s executive team.

Arixa Capital welcomes Adam Candler as a Commercial Loan Officer. In this role, he will bolster Arixa’s growing platform to finance commercial real estate developers operating in California’s urban areas, focusing on unparalleled customer service and reinforcing the company’s reputation for white-glove loan servicing and intelligent private lending solutions.

Wilmington Trust has appointed Irene A. Kung CFA, CPA as Vice President and Senior Investment Advisor. She is responsible for developing customized investment portfolios for her clients based on their unique parameters for risk, return, liquidity, and other factors. After taking the time to listen to her client’s objectives and to understand any tax, legal, and personal considerations, Irene then structures a diversified portfolio in keeping with the client’s asset allocation plan. Irene continually monitors and periodically rebalances her clients’ portfolios to reflect their evolving needs and to pursue new investment opportunities.

Irene has more than two decades of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, she launched the Investment Management function at City of Hope, a nonprofit cancer research hospital based in Duarte, CA. Irene provided portfolio management and oversight of City of Hope’s $2.6 billion endowment portfolio.

Earlier in her career, Irene served as a senior research analyst at Transamerica Investment Management, where she analyzed senior loans, investment grade and high-yield bonds, and convertible securities. While working at hedge fund firms, she focused on convertible arbitrage, capital-structure arbitrage, and event-driven strategies.

Irene holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned both the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) and CPA certifications, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Kung is based in Wilmington Trust’s Los Angeles office, at 10250 Constellation Blvd., Suite 2800. She can be contacted at (310) 300-3055 or

Monday, May 28, 2018

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Shareholder Jonathan Sandler will serve as the managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. An experienced trial litigator, Sandler is an advocate for his clients’ interests with numerous jury and court trials completed throughout Southern California.

Steve Snow rejoins PwC as Partner in the Los Angeles Tax Financial Services practice, focusing on serving companies in the Asset & Wealth Management practice. He comes to us from BYU-Idaho where he was a professor of Financial Accounting and Income Taxation. He also served as Senior VP of Tax at PIMCO and was formerly a PwC Tax Director. Steve brings 15 years of experience to his role advising clients on tax issues including federal, state and international tax filings, distressed debt, financial products, investor reporting, and asset acquisitions.

Adam McArthur, CFA, ASA and partner, forensics and litigation services, oversees Weaver’s valuation and litigation support services in California. He provides business and intangible asset valuations for shareholder disputes, economic damage disputes, tax compliance and financial reporting. McArthur has qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts, Federal Courts and the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. hosts The Deciders every Saturday at 5:30 pm, KABC 790AM. CEO of Fraser Communications, Renee is a well-known entrepreneur and consumer psychologist leading LA’s successful female-owned ad agency. On “The Deciders”, Renee interviews business and community leaders who discuss tough decisions, practical tips, proven strategies, and inspiring stories.

Tom Ellis, PE, has been named HNTB Corporation’s Southern California office leader, based in the firm’s downtown L.A. office. A senior vice president, Ellis brings more than three decades of transportation planning and design experience for both the public and private sectors in this growing region. Most recently, he served as HNTB’s Central Division president, based in Houston. As Southern California office leader, Ellis leads more than 100 multidisciplinary transportation infrastructure and architecture professionals in the firm’s five Southern California locations. Employees deliver aviation, toll, highway, transit, rail, planning, program/construction management, tunneling and other services to clients in this region.

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

Richard has 25 years of extensive experience in providing tax consulting services to real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate investment funds, home builders and developers. He has also served corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of industries including health care and technology. Throughout his career, Richard has written articles and has presented at several conferences and events.

“We are very excited to have Richard join our team and help us expand our capabilities in real estate in Southern California,” said Joe Mazza, Southwest market managing partner. “His experience serving private and public middle market clients will be a great benefit to our firm.”

Richard earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is also involved in the community and has served on several boards, most recently on the board of Trellis, a non-profit organization devoted to resolving homelessness in Costa Mesa, California.

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

EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, announced the expansion of its leadership team with clean energy industry veterans to advance opportunities for DC fast charging across the country. Jonathan Levy has been named Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and Sara Rafalson has been named Director of Market Development.

LAC Group Chief Executive Officer and founder Deborah Schwarz has named Robert Corrao as the organization’s next CEO. Schwarz who started the company in 1986 and grew it from a one-person consultancy into an information management firm employing nearly 400 employees in the U.S. and U.K. will become the firm’s chief strategy officer, a newly created position.

“Rob has been instrumental in building up LAC and guiding its growth, he’s the right choice to prepare our company to be a much larger information services organization,” said Schwarz. “As CSO, I’ll focus on developing new business and LAC’s projects and plans for growth.”

Corrao previously served as LAC Group president, reporting to Schwarz. He joined LAC Group in 2009 after Schwarz recruited him. While at LAC Group, Corrao worked closely with Schwarz to develop and implement strategy. He helped the company: create and achieve its strategic initiatives; acquire and integrate several business units under one brand, while preserving the autonomy of unit leaders; streamline operations; expand internationally; connect its hundreds of remote employees with innovative collaboration technologies; launch a virtual research offering and build and launch new business lines.

“In her role as our new chief strategy officer, Deb will cultivate new deals in collaboration with our division leaders, maintain select client relationships, and continue to work closely with me on strategy development and execution,” added Corrao. “Her deep institutional knowledge, networks and relationships and experience gained over the past 31 years perfectly suits her new role.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

CRB is proud to announce it has recently moved to a new office location.

The new address is 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 600, El Segundo, CA 90245. CRB is a global design, construction and consulting firm that relentlessly pursues and delivers success for clients in advanced technology industries.

CRB Los Angeles office leadership is led by Keith Higgins, Core Team Leader, and Sean Fowler, Project Director.

For more information:
Main Phone: (424) 488-7600

Skanska announced the promotion of Raul Rosales to Executive Vice President and General Manager for its Los Angeles building construction operations. In his new role, Rosales will implement Skanska’s business plan for its Los Angeles office, driving the strategic growth of building construction markets throughout Southern California.

City National Bank is pleased to announce that Bill E. Sappington has joined as executive vice president and head of Private Banking and Wealth Management. In this role, he oversees all private banking and wealth management businesses at City National. Based in Los Angeles, he is also a member of City National’s executive committee and the senior management committee of RBC Wealth Management-U.S.