Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, October 5, 2015

UniHealth Foundation has elected Bradley C. Call as its Chairman and CEO. He succeeds David R. Carpenter, who led the establishment of the Foundation in 1998 and who will remain a board member and Chairman Emeritus.
UniHealth Foundation is an independent, private health care Foundation and a leader in healthcare philanthropy. It provides support to hospitals and nonprofit healthcare organizations including partner hospitals, community clinics, respite care providers, social service agencies and supportive housing providers.
Mr. Call has been involved with the Foundation since its inception, most recently as Vice Chairman.

CPA Firm NSBN LLP Ranked #7 of The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles, According to the Los Angeles Business Journal
NSBN LLP, CPAs and Business Consultants in Beverly Hills, was ranked #7 of The Best Places to Work in LA for 2015 by the Los Angeles Business Journal, in the medium-sized company category. NSBN is a full service firm with 20 partners and 85 staff, and rated among the Top 200 CPA Firms nationwide, the Best Firms to Work For nationwide, the Top 10 Best Firms Nationwide for Equality Leadership for Women and the Top 25 CPA Firms in LA County.
“Our employees are our strongest asset,” said Ken Miles, CPA, Managing Partner. “We’ve established a fun environment where everyone loves to come to work, and it is because of all the wonderful staff at NSBN that we received this prestigious award again this year.”

CalCPA Los Angeles Chapter Named NSBN Partner Tayiika Dennis as President
Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA, of NSBN LLP, Beverly Hills, was elected president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) for 2015 – 16.
Tayiika Dennis is a Partner at NSBN, a full service CPA firm, and provides audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations. She was given the 2014 Women to Watch Award from CalCPA.


Erler & Kalinowski, Inc. welcomes Dr. Andrew Sheldon to our team. Dr. Sheldon is a senior project manager and supervising environmental engineer specializing in hazardous substance site mitigation, human health risk assessment, and water/wastewater engineering. Prior to joining EKI, he served as the Environmental Programs Manager at City of Malibu and was an environmental consultant for URS. He is based in EKI’s newly relocated Southern California office, 12424 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 740, Los Angeles.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Los Angeles-based litigation firm Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevation of Timothy B. Yoo to Principal. Formerly Senior Litigation Counsel for CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate, Mr. Yoo joined Bird Marella in early 2015 and served as Of Counsel. He focuses on business litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes.


BlackLine, provider of the industry’s leading cloud platform for finance controls and automation, today announced the appointment of Karole Morgan-Prager as the company’s chief legal officer. In this role, Morgan-Prager will oversee BlackLine’s legal functions on a global basis.
Morgan-Prager brings more than 25 years of legal experience to BlackLine, with special expertise in corporate finance and securities matters, investor relations, internal audit, corporate development and public company governance, disclosure and compliance issues.

Laura Mohr joined HNTB Corporation as vice president and rail and transit group director in the Los Angeles office. She brings more than 25 years of industry experience in the planning, design and construction of public transportation projects, including light, heavy, commuter and intercity rail and bus rapid transit. In addition, she has led analysis, design and implementation of safety improvements for existing and new at-grade rail crossings. Mohr will be responsible for managing rail and transit projects for clients such as Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink.
As an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm, HNTB has been involved in some of the region’s most complex infrastructure programs, including the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion.

Monday, September 21, 2015


Mark Gamble, SVP/COO of the Hospital Association of Southern California, was named chairperson of L.A. Care Health Plan’s Board of Governors. The board is comprised of 13 members representing various stakeholder groups. L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving more than 1.8 million members.

Kevin Joseph has joined Luther Burbank Savings, a privately held bank with over $4 billion in assets, as Income Property Loan Officer. In this role, Kevin leverages nearly 20 years of experience in commercial and multifamily lending to expand the Bank’s direct to investor channel. A portfolio long known for competitive rates, Kevin brings a superior level of service and industry expertise to clients seeking financing from Los Angeles County to Santa Barbara County.


Tom Donohue has been promoted to Vice President of Turner Construction’s Southern California Special Projects Division. In this leadership role, his work will primarily focus on tenant fit-out and renovation projects throughout the region. Tom has been an invaluable part of Turner’s team for 20 years. In his most recent role, Tom was instrumental in developing flexible, efficient and cost effective building solutions for Turner’s interiors clients.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net), which has been serving children and adults with special needs since 1946, announces the appointment of Larry Rabineau, Esq., to its Board of Directors. A graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School, Larry has been a practicing lawyer for 44 years specializing in civil litigation. Connect at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.


The Jefferson Awards Foundation (www.JeffersonAwards.org) has been dedicated to activating and celebrating public service for over four decades. National Board Chair Joseph N. Sanberg recently tapped Adeena Bleich to head a Los Angeles office to expand the Foundation’s efforts in the Golden State. A native of Southern CA, Sanberg is a public and private-sector entrepreneur and active venture investor in companies that combine profit and purpose. He is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Advisors for Aspiration.com.

Karen Layfield, CPA, CMA, CPM joins United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) as the Chief Operations Officer. UCPLA is one of the largest nonprofit direct care providers of services in Southern California for persons with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. As the COO, Karen will provide vital leadership in the design and implementation of UCPLA’s 40 programs and services.


Citizens Business Bank is pleased to announce that Beatriz Villagomez has been promoted to Vice President and Center Manager of the Covina Business Financial Center. Ms. Villagomez joined Citizens Business Bank as a Relationship Manager in May 2002. Prior to joining the bank, she had a successful career at California State Bank and Wells Fargo where she served as Relationship Manager. Ms. Villagomez graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration.

McGladrey LLP, a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, is pleased to announce that Peter Lee has joined the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office as an assurance services partner. Peter has over 20 years of experience providing accounting and auditing services to both public and privately held entities in a variety of industries, with a focus on those in consumer and industrial products and technology sectors. www.mcgladrey.com.


John D. Stuart has joined InvestCloud, Inc. as Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Hybrid Solutions in Beverly Hills. Stuart will focus on defining and executing the firm’s strategic marketing and business development initiatives. He will also manage the vision and distribution plan for InvestCloud’s digital advisory products. www.InvestCloud.com

Tabitha Blaylock, General Manager of the Red Lobster in Palmdale, has been presented with the company’s top honor – The Lighthouse Club Award. This prestigious award, which has been an integral part of the company’s culture for nearly 20 years, is presented annually to General Managers throughout North America who have achieved top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year. This year, Blaylock joins an elite group of 34 General Managers selected from the more than 700 Red Lobster restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive honor. Blaylock accepted this award on behalf of the entire Palmdale team.


Cresa Los Angeles congratulates Seth Wellisch on his promotion to Principal
Seth Wellisch began his real estate career in 2002, building a practice focused on Los Angeles’ Westside creative office market. Since joining Cresa in 2010, Seth has grown his client roster to include many of the most recognizable high-growth companies in the city.
Seth serves as vice-chairman of Cresa’s Emerging Leadership Council as well as on the board of Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization helping children with disabilities.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Arthur Brown Joins Marcum LLP as Tax Partner
Arthur Brown, CPA, has joined Marcum LLP as an Assurance Partner in Marcum’s National Alternative Investment Group. He provides audit and advisory services for private equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds, including fund of funds, offshore funds and real estate funds. Mr. Brown has more than 19 years of public accounting and private industry experience in the alternative investment industry and will lead Marcum’s California Alternative Investment Group practice. He graduated with a B.S. degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from Marist College and is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a member of the 74th Army Band at Fort Harrison, Indianapolis.


Cresa Los Angeles congratulates Dan Gallup on his promotion to Principal
Dan Gallup joined Cresa in 2005 after receiving his MBA from the University of Southern California and has focused on tenant representation for his entire career. His client list includes many well-known emerging growth companies in the tech and entertainment sectors as well as established public and Fortune 500 companies.
Dan is also part of Cresa’s Mission Critical Solutions team and negotiates data center and other mission critical facilities on behalf of his clients.

The Mani Brothers Real Estate Group (MBRG) announced that Gregory Day will join their team on September 1, 2015, as president of luxury hospitality. Day, the former general manager of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., will also serve as the general manager of the firm’s Malibu Beach Inn, which is the jewel of the company’s expanding real-estate portfolio that includes luxury office buildings located across Los Angeles.


Manoucher Estami recently joined Harley Ellis Devereaux as a Senior Project Architect. Manoucher spent ten years with Gehry Partners on demanding technical design projects, as well as four years with Samsung Construction in Seoul as the Director of Design-Build Projects. He has more than 25 years’ architectural experience including high-rise residential mixed-use towers of 77, 82 and 92 stories in New York and Toronto. Manoucher has a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture degree from USC.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Rudolph I. Estrada, CEO of Estradagy Business Advisors, Lead Director of East West Bank, an adjunct professor of Business and Management at California State University, Channel Islands, and Executive Director of the university’s Small Business Institute, has re-joined the Board of Directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Estrada served on the board between 2003 and 2008. Estrada’s interest in mental health advocacy was inspired by his experience living with depression and the suicide of his younger brother years ago.


Lewis C. Horne, the President of the Greater Los Angeles-Orange County Region for CBRE, Inc., has joined the Board of Directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Horne, the father of four children including a son who was a victim of suicide in 2003, is passionate about suicide prevention and ensuring all people who suffer from mental illness have access to resources so they can get the help they need.

Eric Li has joined Bank of the West as vice president, SBA business banking officer providing SBA 504 and 7 (a) loans to small- and medium- sized business clients in the Pac Rim Market in Los Angeles. Li has more than 10 years of business banking experience and is a graduate of Indiana University.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Barbara Voss has joined the City of El Segundo as Economic Development Manager. Ms. Voss comes from Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). Ms. Voss is a community and economic development professional with extensive experience in managing business attraction, retention and expansion initiatives for state and local government.

RNL, an international architecture and urban design firm, hired design architect Curtis M. Hung, AIA, as Senior Designer. Leveraging two decades of experience, Hung will direct design efforts for the Los Angeles office and help expand RNL’s commercial practice. The firm also hired Phil Klinkon, AIA, as the Pacific Region Transit Director for RNL’s nationally recognized transit facilities practice. Klinkon brings over 30 years of experience working on transit, urban public, and private sector projects.


David Callahan Joins Hughes Marino as Senior Vice President
LOS ANGELES, CA – Hughes Marino, an industry-leading California tenant representation company, is pleased to announce that David Callahan has joined the firm as Senior Vice President. Callahan, previously with Avison Young, will be based in Hughes Marino’s newly expanded West LA office, and will serve as a key member of the firm’s rapidly growing Los Angeles team. As Senior Vice President, Callahan will focus on representing Los Angeles business owners and corporate real estate decision makers in the entertainment, technology and healthcare industries. He specializes in helping corporate tenants and buyers develop real estate strategies aligned with their business objectives, taking advantage of existing market conditions to give clients maximum flexibility and help them plan for the future. Callahan is also president of the Southern California chapter of CoreNet Global, the world’s leading association for corporate real estate professionals. His involvement with CoreNet gives him exceptional insight into local market trends and industry best practices, which he leverages for the benefit of his clients throughout the region. Prior to joining Hughes Marino, Callahan spent the majority of his real estate career with Cresa Los Angeles. He has also held management positions with Oracle and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer). Callahan earned his MBA at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree at Tufts. He is an active member of the Tufts University Alumni Association, and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Julia Mewbourne, MEd., ERMp has joined Williams Data Management in the role of Vice President of Information Governance and Advisory Services. Mewbourne held previous positions at both Recall and Iron Mountain, where she grew multi-national client relationships through the implementation of information governance strategies. Mewbourne has also served as ARMA president, providing information governance professionals with further education and training. At Williams Data Management, Mewbourne will lead the consultancy division with a particular focus on corporate information and regulatory compliance, and business continuity planning. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/julia-mewbourne-med-ermp/4/785/619


As Wolcott Architecture Interiors celebrates its 40th anniversary, the company’s success is reflected by the firm’s stature and success in the industry. Helping to expand Wolcott’s market position is Melani Atkinson, a highly successful business development executive with an acute sense of the marketplace. Her diverse industry experience adds value to projects further solidifying Wolcott’s professional client relationships. Strengthening Wolcott’s leadership team is Studio Director Betty Duffy, who utilizes her extensive experience in retail development business and strategic planning to achieve creative results that place people at the center of solutions and emphasize the importance of community engagement. A key employee added to bolster the firm’s architectural and conceptual design reputation, Studio Director Carlos Carrasquillo is a design guru and leader with notable professional accomplishments. He has spent over sixteen years designing award-winning architectural and interior spaces. Design Lead, Pam Juba, has an impressive industry reputation attributable to her contributions in increasing the visibility of the design community. With over twenty-two years of interior design and architecture experience, she is an active member of IIDA, and a number of her projects have been featured in various design publications.

Art Hadnett joined HNTB Corporation as senior vice president and president of the firm’s West Division, overseeing vital and complex infrastructure programs in growth markets, including rail/transit, tolling and aviation. A well-known transportation professional, Hadnett brings more than 30 years of infrastructure and transportation experience gained on high-profile megaprojects in the West and throughout the U.S., including work with LA Metro, OCTA, LAWA and SCRRA. As West Division president, Hadnett leads the operations of the nine-state division, including 10 offices and over 400 employees. He will oversee strategic planning and operations, represent HNTB in civic- and industry-related associations, help recruit top talent to the firm, and foster relationships with clients. HNTB has been involved in the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are reshaping the West. The firm’s signature infrastructure projects include: the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements project, Seattle’s Sound Transit University Link light-rail and tunnel project, Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion for Los Angeles World Airports, and San Diego International Airport’s “Green Build” expansion.