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Monday, March 18, 2019

Jason Lawit has been named President of Northern Trust’s Century City office. In this role, Jason will be responsible for the wealth management practice in our thriving Los Angeles market.

A Senior Managing Director, Jason joined Northern Trust in 2010 following the acquisition of a Los Angeles based investment and advisory firm, where he served as a Director. Jason has been an important leader in Northern Trust’s launch of Goals Driven Wealth Management.

Jason earned his Bachelor's in American History, with honors, from Union College, and his Juris Doctorate from The New York University School of Law. He is a longtime volunteer with AYSO Santa Monica Soccer and supports Northern Trust's partnership with the United Way.

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Yeshiva Universityn appointed Dr. Noam Wasserman as the new dean of the Sy Syms School of Business, effective May 2019. A prominent authority on business startups, he is the bestselling author of The Founder’s Dilemmas and Life Is a Startup. He also served as the Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California and was the founding director of USC's Founder Central Initiative. Dr. Wasserman brings more than 15 years of expertise in higher education, having taught at Harvard Business School for 13 years. His appointment represents YU’s commitment to preparing students for success in the marketplace and bringing Jewish values to the world. Dr. Wasserman received a PhD from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BSE in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nate Cherry, FAIA, AICP, LEED BD + C, is now Gensler LA’s Director of Urban Planning. He is a nationally recognized planner and urban designer with 30 years of experience in transit, sports, entertainment, universities and resilience. He is a board member of the LA Chapter of the APA, and teaches at USC.

Douglas Wilson Companies welcomes Ryan Baker as Senior Managing Director, overseeing the firm’s new LA/OC office, at 19200 Von Karman Ave. in Irvine. Baker brings extensive national regulatory Receivership experience involving financially challenged operating companies and real estate ventures, including assignments from the SEC, DOJ, and State Courts.

City National Bank has named Nick Zappia Los Angeles regional manager to lead its Private Banking teams in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and Manhattan Beach. Zappia is responsible for City National’s team of highly skilled private bankers and advisors who provide an array of sophisticated banking, credit, planning and wealth management services for high-net-worth families, professional services firms and select nonprofit organizations.

Peter Barbara, who previously served as Los Angeles regional manager, now will assume a newly created national role responsible for the integrated delivery of investment solutions and services for City National’s Private Banking Division. Barbara will work closely with City National’s investment specialists to refine the capabilities and how they are used to enable clients to better achieve their financial goals.

City National Private Banking is dedicated to providing private banking and wealth management solutions that are aligned with the objectives of its clients, their families and their businesses. For more information, go to

Katherine L. McDaniel, former Chair of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section and a former Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, has joined Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP as head of its Intellectual Property Department.

McDaniel’s career has included work at Los Angeles law firms before and after her stint as The Times Mirror Company’s only Director of Intellectual Property. During her years at Times Mirror, she set up and managed the publishing giant’s IP Department and was named Corporate Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association.

Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP, with offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, handles personal injury, business litigation, corporate, real estate, intellectual property and criminal defense.

“Joe Cane and I were in the same firm years ago, and have continued to work together,” said McDaniel. We are old friends and colleagues.”

“We are delighted to have Katherine join us,” said Cane. “She has managed large and small dockets, worked on major litigation and resolved more minor disputes, and sold and licensed intellectual property of all types – basically everything a general practice firm needs, all right here.”

Ms. McDaniel’s practice has focused on trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, rights of publicity, domain names and related intellectual property for clients that are usually startups and small to medium size companies and serve as the business base for Southern California.

She has a JD and MBA from UCLA and an AB in History from Occidental College.

Ms. McDaniel can be reached at 310-299-8624 or

Cause Communications, the leading purpose-driven nonprofit communications organization, has promoted Vanessa Schnaidt to Vice President, overseeing programs and innovation initiatives.

Vanessa has more than 15 years of achievement in communications and program development. Vanessa will spearhead Cause’s efforts to expand its suite of free skill-building resources and the development of an incubator-style lab for strategic communications, a cross-sector initiative designed to catalyze public discourse and action.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Elizabeth Y. J. Oh has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Banking Practice, she advises on debt financing for direct lenders in the late stage growth and lower middle market space, including technology and life sciences companies. She also represents private equity sponsors and public companies in leveraged finance transactions, with a focus on acquisition financings.

Kenneth D. Askin has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Banking Practice, he advises on domestic and cross-border acquisition financings, structured financings, and other secured and unsecured leveraged finance transactions. He represents a range of clients across industries including financial institutions, gaming entities, private equity sponsors, real estate investment trusts, and other institutional investors.

Ghaith Mahmood has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Technology Transactions Practice, he advises companies and investors on corporate technology and intellectual property-related transactions in a broad range of digital media and technology sectors including in software, video games, virtual and augmented reality, social media, digital media, digital health, e-commerce, and information technology.

Thomas Jenkins, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as a national transit/rail consultant. He will focus on advancing HNTB’s growth in the transit industry while providing strategic advice to the firm’s transit team and clients in Southern California and nationwide. Jenkins has more than five decades of extensive experience in highway and transit planning, engineering, financing and project management. He specializes in delivering complex, multimodal and multidisciplinary infrastructure projects.

Previously, Jenkins was principal professional associate and project manager for another consulting firm where he served as project team leader on Public-Private Partnership Consulting Services for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also served as project manager of the project management consultant team on the 11-mile Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project for the San Diego Association of Governments.

Earlier in his career, he served as the first executive director of the Orange County Transportation Commission (now Orange County Transportation Authority) and was the staff director of planning and engineering for the then newly formed Orange County Transit District.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies, welcomes Mitch Baker as Vice President of Marketing. With a variety of marketing experience across many industries, Baker plans to take Robeks to the next level with his knowledge and expertise. Baker is also no stranger to Robeks; he led the Robeks marketing department in mid-2000’s.

In his role, Baker will lead the marketing team and its various support agencies in its continued brand enhancement with a focus on local store marketing initiatives. According to his vision, the partnership with the franchisee community is key for Robeks’ continued success.

Financial controls and automation software leader BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq:BL) continues its investment in new executive talent with the hiring of Pete Hirsch as chief technology officer (CTO). Mr. Hirsch is a seasoned software engineer, architect and strategist with more than 30 years of experience scaling technology organizations for dynamic, fast-growing companies, as well as larger enterprises.

As CTO at BlackLine, Hirsch will be responsible for the technology direction of BlackLine’s flagship cloud platform 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 financial operations. He also will spearhead the company’s internal technology roadmap, overseeing Technical Operations, Engineering, IT and Governance, reporting to CEO Therese Tucker.

“BlackLine’s technology needs, both internal and external, have grown exponentially along with our global customer base. We’ve been searching for someone with that rare mix of exceptional interpersonal and management skills, as well as the technical knowledge and expertise to run a leading-edge technology organization,” Ms.Tucker said. “Pete is that person. He has a broad range of skills, including leading IT and tech ops in addition to engineering, at companies of various sizes where he has been instrumental in providing the technology vision, strategy and leadership to help the organizations scale from concept through acquisitions and beyond.”

In a strategic move designed to amplify regional and sector growth, Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading national construction management firm, announced the appointment of construction industry veteran, Reza Amirkhalili, as chief operating officer. In his role as COO, he will implement construction strategy and growth plans with a key focus on client experience, ensuring Shawmut continues to deliver exceptional, white-glove client service nationwide. Amirkhalili brings over 30 years of construction industry expertise across diverse sectors. This announcement comes as Shawmut reports 2018 as its highest revenue year yet at $1.4 billion. Shawmut is projecting significant year-over-year growth across multiple divisions, including 50% growth in the Los Angeles market.

“As we strive to revolutionize exceptional client service delivery methods and accelerate our expansion across multiple sectors, I’m excited to welcome Reza to the Shawmut executive leadership team,” said Les Hiscoe, CEO of Shawmut. “As COO, he will utilize his vast project delivery expertise and transformational leadership style to help strengthen our position and market share in all emerging markets.”

“What drew me to Shawmut is its unyielding commitment to client service and people-centric approach to culture,” said Reza Amirkhalili, COO of Shawmut. “I have never seen a construction company so relentlessly pursue greatness in delivering the ultimate client experience. I look forward to joining Shawmut and working with Les and the executive leadership team to drive the firm forward, especially as it comes off a record revenue year.”

Ignite International, Ltd. today announced the appointment of Jim McCormick as President reporting to Dan Bilzerian.

Mr. McCormick joins the company as a highly experienced global consumer goods executive with a deep understanding of brand and trade marketing, operations and supply chain, finance and scaling a business internationally. Mr. McCormick has operated extensively in regulated markets and built strong brands in these environments. At Ignite, Mr. McCormick will oversee all aspects of the company, reporting to Founder and Chairman Dan Bilzerian.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Dave Francis, CCEP, has been promoted to Chief Compliance and Human Resources Officer at Dewberry. A former nuclear engineer, submarine officer, and industrial engineer, Francis has directed human resources nationwide at Dewberry since 2008. He earned a master’s in business administration from the University of South Carolina, a master’s equivalent in nuclear engineering and power plant operations from the Naval Nuclear Power School, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. Francis is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Society for Human Resources Management.

Digital wealth management company Personal Capital announced this week that Porter Gale has joined the leadership team as Chief Marketing Officer. Porter is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and building businesses. The company just raised $50 million in its latest round of funding and is using that capital to invest in new resources to accelerate business growth.

"Porter is an essential part of the next growth stage of our business," said Jay Shah, CEO of Personal Capital. "Her experience building customer-focused brands that use technology to transform their respective industries dovetails perfectly with how we're leading change in the wealth management industry here at Personal Capital and our vision for the future."

Responding to ongoing growth and a robust U.S. transportation market, HNTB Corporation announced a new national leadership structure.

John Friel, PE leads the Western Region, which includes the firm’s Northwest and West Divisions. He has served in many significant roles of responsibility in his 25 years with HNTB. During the last five years, he successfully led the firm’s Design Build unit, coordinating with offices and project teams throughout the firm, establishing strong relationships with contractor clients, and developing firmwide processes while successfully delivering over $9 billion in constructed design build and public-private partnerships. Other named presidents include Michael Inabinet, PE, Central Region; James Thomson, PE, Northwest Division; and Keith Hinkebein, PE, Design Build.

As a leading engineering consultant to departments of transportation, transit agencies, airports and tolling authorities, and other public- and privatesector owners, HNTB is advancing on a strong growth trajectory. The firm currently is No. 16 on “The Top 500 Design Firms” list as ranked by revenue in Engineering News-Record, up three spots from last year.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Steven L. Mohr, CPA, MBA, has joined Huntington Hospital as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mohr brings over 20 years of experience in leadership roles for integrated healthcare delivery systems, including an academic medical center, community hospitals, ambulatory facilities, joint ventures and physician foundations. At Huntington Hospital, Mohr will be responsible for the coordinated execution of key financial activities including revenue cycle, treasury & capital structure management, financial operations, investments, and financial controls.

CohnReznick LLP, one of the top U.S. advisory, assurance, and tax firms, has announced two new partners at the Firm’s Los Angeles office.

Mohamed Ghattas, CPA, has been with CohnReznick since 2013, most recently serving as a Tax Director before his election to the partnership effective February 1, 2019. Ghattas is a key member of the specialized industry teams for the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Retail and Consumer Product, and Cannabis Practices. He has more than 12 years of experience of diversified public accounting experience serving companies in a variety of industries. Ghattas was also named among Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2018 list of “Most Influential Minority CPAs.”

Darin James, CPA, joined the Firm on January 28, 2019 from RubinBrown LLP, where he led the firm’s subchapter C tax practice. James specializes in commercial tax and works across a range of industries. He has served as a subject matter expert for ASC 740 (Accounting for Income Taxes) and technical consultations in the areas of subchapter C, mergers and acquisitions, and partnership and subchapter K taxation issues.

“Darin is an important addition to help drive our growth. Along with Mohamed and the rest of our tax department, we look forward to driving value and success for our firm and our clients,” said Scott Sachs, CPA, Managing Partner – Los Angeles Offices.

Monday, February 11, 2019

CannonDesign is proud to announce David Hunt, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP has stepped into the role of Health Practice Leader for its Southern California region. Bringing his proven record of success to our global health practice, David will be leading our team of healthcare experts in Southern California while advancing our brand in the region and developing new client relationships

Steve Zielinski joins Burns & McDonnell in California as an IT project manager, providing digital system design and IT process optimization services for airport and federal projects. He has nearly two decades of experience in integrating IT platforms and supporting special systems, including aviation security, airport IT and baggage screening systems.

City National Bank has hired Craig Robb and Jonathan M. Bouvet to launch a power project finance team. Led by industry veteran Robb, the team provides City National’s full range of financial solutions to businesses and entrepreneurs developing and managing energy projects, with a focus on renewable energy projects nationwide. Robb has nearly two decades of financial services experience. Bouvet is a vice president and credit officer with more than a decade of financial services experience and reports to Robb. They are both based in Phoenix.

Ropers Majeski has appointed Steven Spiess as its new chief executive officer. He is the first CEO in the firm’s 69-year history and will be based in their Los Angeles office. Heading up the firm’s leadership team, Spiess will focus on the business of the business, including building new strategic models to continue their steep growth trajectory.

Global real estate investment and services firm Kennedy Wilson has hired Kyle Fishburn as a senior associate in its Los Angeles brokerage division. Fishburn specializes in the leasing of anchored shopping centers and currently represents properties in Agoura Hills, the San Fernando Valley, and on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.

Payne & Fears LLP is pleased to welcome three new business and insurance attorneys to its growing Los Angeles office.

Robert C. Leventhal joins the firm as a partner from Foley & Lardner LLP. Leventhal’s practice for over 30 years has focused on complex business litigation, health care litigation and insurance coverage disputes, which provides a natural synergy with the Los Angeles team. He has successfully represented many hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, religious orders, and construction suppliers. These matters have resulted in several published decisions addressing cutting edge health care reimbursement and insurance issues

Roza C. Rosner arrived at the firm after several years as an associate with Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP. She regularly handles complex commercial litigation, insurance disputes, product liability, and general liability matters. Rosner earned her J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and her LL.M. (Juristexamen) from Uppsala University, Sweden

Randy R. Haj left Wilson Elser to join the firm as a senior associate. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage and general dispute resolution. Early in his career, Haj clerked for two years for several judges at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Haj received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and his B.A. from Gonzaga University.

Payne & Fears is excited about the exponential growth of this crucial office. For more information, visit

Anthony Bauer, PE, joined HNTB Corporation’s national tunnel group as national tunnel practice operations manager-West. Based in Los Angeles, he supports tunneling projects throughout the West Coast and nationally. Bauer serves as an accomplished resource to the firm’s clients and projects across the country. Previously, he was a senior tunnel engineer for a Los Angeles hyperloop technology startup. Most of Bauer’s experience is with conventional and mechanical tunneling methods for transportation projects in congested urban areas. His experience spans the entire project lifecycle — feasibility design, conceptual engineering, detailed design, construction and rehabilitation — and contracting methods, including design-bid-build, design-build and public-private partnership.

He founded the UCA Young Members committee of the Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Tunnels and Underground Structures Committee and is published internationally. Bauer’s high-profile, complex underground projects expertise includes working with clients such as Virgin Hyperloop One, California High Speed Rail, London Underground, Sound Transit (Seattle), Maryland Transit Administration and others.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( welcomes two emerging leaders to its Board of Directors.

Mark Cecchini, CFP, has diversified experience in financial planning, investment management and tax planning. At Aspiriant, LLC, he assists high net worth clients and coordinates Family Office Services (FOS) for ultra-high net worth families. Previously, Cecchini worked as a Senior Manager & Client Advisor at Sullivan Bruyette Speros & Blayney LLC. A part-time instructor at UCLA Extension's Personal Financial Planning program, he also serves as a board member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Los Angeles.

Brandon J. Stoker is an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP where he serves in the Appellate & Constitutional Law, Crisis Management, Class Actions, and Labor & Employment practice groups. Previously, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable N. Randy Smith in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2018, Stoker was named a “Rising Star” in the Super Lawyers edition of Los Angeles Magazine.

Public works general contractor, AMG & Associates, Inc. (AMG), was awarded the construction project of Santa Maria’s $41M newest elementary school in Enos Ranch by the Santa Maria- Bonita School District Wednesday evening January 30, 2019 at the district’s board of education meeting. This will be AMG’s second job with the district since 2015.

Enos Ranch’s long-awaited project had been in discussions for many years until voters passed Measure T in 2014, a $45M bond measure that eventually turned the conceptual discussions into planning. Construction will consist of three new buildings, totaling approximately 67,700 square feet, 26 classrooms, and will hold up to 900 kindergarten through sixth grade students. In addition to a large multipurpose building, space will be devoted to Therapeutic Learning and Special Education. Two softball fields, a soccer field, and four basketball courts will also be included in the scope of work. Construction is expected to begin in roughly 30 days and complete in late summer of 2020.

In addition to this project, AMG was also recently awarded two separate projects from the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Community College District: Cuesta College North County Campus R&B Schultz Early Childhood Education Building and the Cuesta College SLO Campus Data Center Project. Construction of the $10.9M Childhood Education Building began in January of 2019 and is slated for completion in May 2020. Construction will consist of a new 10,935 square foot singlestory classroom and daycare facility, including all associated underground utilities, earthwork, parking, site work, and landscape.

The $5.6M SLO Campus Data Center will consist of a new Data Center Building and all associated underground utilities, earthwork and site work. Construction began in the fall of 2018, and is expected to complete in the fall of 2019.

These awards put AMG’s total backlog to around $100M—an achievement that reflects the 104% three-year average growth that earned AMG the #3152 spot on Inc. 5000’s 2017 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, which was AMG’s sixth time on the list. Only 4% of the tens of thousands of companies who have applied for recognition realize such an accomplishment.

To learn more about AMG, visit:

Stella Debibi, joins Nadel Architects, an award-winning U.S. architecture firm as managing director, business development in Los Angeles, California. She brings over 20 years of experience in real estate development, finance, A&E, and strategic marketing, further strengthening Nadel’s brand and presence in Los Angeles. For more, visit www.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Rachel Vandenberg, PE, has been promoted to senior vice president in Dewberry's Long Beach, California, office. With nearly 30 years of industry experience, Vandenberg serves as the firm’s director of ports and harbors and has overseen the growth and expansion of its ports and intermodal practice across the east and west coasts, including California, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Design Principal at CO Architects. He leads the design direction for numerous projects, including higher education, K 12, and healthcare facilities. Also, Fabian Kremkus, AIA, LEED GA, Design Principal, has been elected to the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Ryan Gedney, NCARB, AIA, has joined HNTB Corporation as national design director of architecture and vice president, overseeing the firm’s architecture and interior design work in several offices across the country and spanning a variety of market sectors, including sports, aviation and transit/rail.

Over the past 20 years, Gedney has played a lead design role on large projects, both domestically and internationally, with a focus on innovative master planning of sports and entertainment districts. This includes work on Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, State Farm Arena Renovation in Atlanta for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons; and Avaya Stadium for the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes.

The promotion of five Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) architects to principal, as well as the elevation of thirteen others to associate principal and associate, comes on the heels of a strong year for the firm, says HED’s CEO Peter Devereaux, FAIA. HED was founded 111 years ago; today, it’s 365 people strong, including 44 principals in six offices across the country. Devereaux notes the firm has seen growth and development in a range of sectors this year. He says: “We are seeing creative design thinking transfer from one area to another, and the cross-pollination makes for exciting public and private projects. As an integrated, multidisciplinary practice, we are particularly well positioned to optimize the transfer of design ideas from realm to realm.”

Architect Jerome “Otis” Odell, AIA, LEED AP, has become a principal at national architecture and engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). Odell is a leader at the firm’s Los Angeles office; more than 30 years experience on housing and hospitality projects give him a unique perspective on the housing challenges facing California and the nation.

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland LLP (GMSR) is pleased to announce that David Hackett has become the firm’s newest partner. Before joining GMSR, David was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and a law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Gary A. Feess of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

At GMSR, David has represented a wide range of corporate, public, and private clients and successfully prosecuted and defended numerous appeals and writ petitions. He has also briefed dispositive and post trial motions and monitored trials and hearings to preserve legal issues and objections for appeal. He has obtained multiple published and unpublished appellate victories, including Kanno v. Marwit Capital Partners II, L.P. (2017) 18 Cal.App.5th 987, and Novak v. Fay (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 329.

David received his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

GMSR, which has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is one of the nation’s leading civil appellate law firms. Its appellate attorneys 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.

Linda Duncombe has joined City National Bank as executive vice president of marketing and product strategies. Duncombe leads a growing team that is responsible for advancing City National’s brand, articulating its value proposition and supporting business development. She oversees marketing, client experience, advertising and communications as well as digital channels, product development, credit cards and multicultural outreach.

A native of Australia, Duncombe brings to City National 16 years of financial services marketing experience that includes business and private banking. She was previously the global head of design for Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank and the chief marketing officer and head of growth for Citi FinTech, the bank’s innovation arm.

Now with more than $50 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 71 offices, including 19 fullservice regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $67.5 billion in client investment assets. City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 34 other countries. For more visit

Architect Michael Bulander, AIA, LEED AP, has become a principal at national architecture and engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). Bulander is an architectural design leader in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He develops design solutions that exceed the client’s mission and are embedded with leading-edge sustainability strategies. He speaks and writes frequently about holistic, high-performance design.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced that Benjamin White has been promoted to office managing partner, tax services. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing professionals and managing client relationships for the tax practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office, which moved to downtown Los Angeles effective January 14, 2019.

“Ben’s leadership will continue to elevate our strong position in Los Angeles and provide a hands-on approach with our clients, professionals, and prospects. His knowledge of the market and our primary industries will help foster the growth of our practice and allow us to continue to provide exceptional client service,” stated Hoon Lee, tax regional managing partner for the west region at BDO USA, LLP.

Ben has over 22 years of professional experience in accounting for income taxes, tax department processes and technology, corporate tax matters, accounting methods, and tax consulting issues. He has served clients in various industries including manufacturing, distribution, technology, hospitality, gaming, energy, and entertainment.

Ben is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs, and Nevada Society of CPAs. He is a licensed CPA in California, Nevada, and Ohio. He received his Masters of Accountancy and Bachelors of Science in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

BDO USA, LLP recently added Sangeet Rajan as a governance & compliance managing director in the firm’s San Francisco office. Sangeet has over 20 years of experience providing Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) solutions, data protection, and information governance services to companies in various industries. In this role, he will help the firm’s clients meet regulatory and compliance mandates such as the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Union Bank today announced that Una Fox has joined as Head of Business Data and Insights. Fox will be responsible for leading the overall data driven philosophy for both Union Bank and PurePoint® Financial and for working with the product, marketing, and business line teams to help enable them to push the business forward.

She and her team will work to strengthen the bank’s analytical approach and deliver impactful, actionable business insights for the bank. Fox is based in the Union Bank office in Woodland Hills, California, and reports to Pierre P. Habis, Head of Consumer Banking.

Mario Loria has joined CIT Bank N.A., the parent company of OneWest Bank, as vice president and market manager of Residential Mortgage. In this role, Loria will service Downey, California and the surrounding communities where he will focus on providing excellent service and competitive home loan products for local residents.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Schuyler Jackson has been hired by Fralin Commercial, an urban real estate brokerage company established in 2010 that specializes in South and East Los Angeles markets. Schuyler has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. His previous experience includes acquisition management duties for McDonald’s, Smart & Final, Grocery Outlet, Fresh & Easy Markets, Centex Homes and Archstone-Smith. Schuyler will specialize in multifamily sales and development along with retail tenant representation. Schuyler holds multiple degrees from UCLA and USC.

Charles, Blank & Karp is merging with Lucas Horsfall, it was announced today by the two managing partners, Mike Amerio and Jim Karp, respectively. The combined firm will be known as Lucas Horsfall.

Charles, Blank and Karp traces back to a firm founded in Beverly Hills by Max Seiff in the 1920s and operating over the generations under a sequence of names reflecting its succeeding partners. The firm has operated out of the San Fernando Valley for many years.

Jim Karp, managing partner of Charles, Blank and Karp said that the merger with the larger Lucas Horsfall firm will give his clients deeper in-house resources and experience. “Over the years we helped launch and enlarge a number of businesses only to pass along their care to much larger CPA firms. We now have the resources to serve larger companies,” he said. “With Lucas Horsfall we also have the kind of in-house specialties that only larger accounting firms offer, such as expertise in international taxation.”

Amerio said, “Our merger with Charles, Blank & Karp is significant because it adds to our growing geographical reach. Charles, Blank and Karp’s generations of relationships with successful businesses and families in Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley fits hand-in-glove with the personal relationships that have been our strength in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley areas where our home office is located.”

HGA Architects & Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of Jake Henry, AIA to an associate vice president in their Los Angeles office. Henry has contributed to HGA’s growth as a national, multi-disciplinary design firm through his expertise with education, healthcare and corporate projects.

JOHNSON FAIN congratulates the following individuals for their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to the firm. Christopher Roades, AIA, LEED AP and Mark Owen have been promoted to Associate Principal. Andrew Palmer, Angela Bankston, Craig Lawrence, John Gralewski and John Jackson have been promoted to Senior Associate. 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. Current Los Angeles area projects include LA Plaza Village, under construction in Downtown, the design of multiple highrise towers throughout the city, a renovation of the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove and the master plan of the Veterans Affairs Campus in West Los Angeles. The firm is currently leading the design team providing planning and architectural services for the proposed Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit project linking Union Station and Dodger Stadium.

eTribez Labs, a leading provider of comprehensive digital solutions for the production of scripted and non-scripted TV content for the global entertainment industry, names Ted Bookstaver Vice President, Client Relations, North America. Based in Los Angeles, Bookstaver will service the company’s client base using the new eTribez Production Management Platform. Earlier, Bookstaver was Senior VP, Alternative Programming Sales, for Lionsgate, and VP, International Distribution, for dick clark productions.

Bill Swain joins as vice president of Marketing in their Long Beach headquarters. As the head of the global marketing organization, Bill will lead the talented and creative team, including the company’s marketing strategy, product marketing, communications, new user acquisition and branding.

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (“HSBC Bank”) is pleased to announce that Reza Tabatabai has joined the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Finance team as Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager. Reza has 15 years of industry experience and reports to Senior Vice President & Regional Manager Todd Popovich. Mr. Popovich, a 24 year industry veteran, was hired in June as the new Regional Manager based in Los Angeles and is continuing to expand the team as the real estate lending platform grows. In addition, HSBC Bank is also looking to add an Underwriter to the Los Angeles team. HSBC Bank provides a wide array of comprehensive lending and banking solutions for both domestic and international real estate sponsors.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Pradeep Budhiraja, CPA, a Shareholder at Gumbiner Savett Inc., a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has been appointed for a twoyear term to the California Board of Accountancy’s (CBA) Qualifications Committee. The committee serves to provide consumer protection. Michael Savoy, CPA, CGMA, also a Shareholder, was reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the board of the CBA for another four-year term. Savoy is immediate past-president of the CBA.

HGA Architects & Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of two senior team members to Vice President in their Los Angeles office. Satoshi Teshima, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a design principal working on healthcare, corporate and education projects and Jennifer Ries is a senior medical planner.

Pankow is pleased to announce the promotion of Frank Murphy, to Vice President of Operations for Pankow Builders. 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 Operational Planning and Concrete to achieve operational excellence for a better client experience.

“Frank has led the creation of mentoring and education programs across Pankow, bringing together 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.

Dr. Giovanna Brasfield, Southern California Outreach & Diversity Manager for Hensel Phelps Construction has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Women Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) - Western Region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam to aid in building, fostering and developing competitive Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) in procurement and contracting. Visit for more information on WBEC-West.

Sierra Investment Management Welcomes Sebastian Hoppe as Business Development Director

Santa Monica, CA (Date TBD) – Sierra Investment Management is excited to announce the addition of Mr. Sebastian Hoppe as Business Development Director. In this newly-created role, Mr. Hoppe will focus on bringing the value & message of Sierra to high-net-worth individuals, family offices, charities, endowments, and other institutional audiences.

“Sierra’s unique rules-based investment disciplines provide important benefits to investors of all kinds; and most importantly during this period of market volatility,” said Mr. Hoppe. “The firm’s methodology is borne from decades of strategic research and market analysis, and I’ve seen firsthand how crucial investment approaches like this can be for investors concerned with total returns while managing downside risk. I am excited and eager to demonstrate the value of Sierra’s investment solutions to new potential investors”

Mr. Hoppe has over 15 years of investment management experience, having previously specialized in working with high-net-worth families as a wealth manager at Morgan Stanley. “Sebastian’s understanding of Sierra’s tactical, conservative investment approach and its particular value to high-net-worth investors is a natural fit with our firm,” said Dr. Kenneth Sleeper, Sierra principal and co-founder. “Coupled with his substantial investment industry expertise and knowledge, it is clear why we are so excited about welcoming him to the Sierra team.”

Mr. Hoppe graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and holds his JD and MBA from Harvard University.

Pankow is pleased to announce the promotion of JR Gunter, to Vice President of Operational Planning for Pankow Builders. Pankow has over half a century of continuous presence in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions.

In this role, JR will enhance synergies amongst Preconstruction Planning, MEP Coordination, Safety, Virtual Design and Construction, Lean and Quality to bring complete efficiency to the forefront of the project. JR will provide leadership for full and early collaboration as well as ensure continuous flow of information sharing between Preconstruction and Operations to realize efficiencies and cost savings in constructability.

“JR has provided meaningful leadership and a commitment to operational excellence on three pressure-filled projects in the Ford Theatre and the Edition Hotel in Hollywood and the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building. His ability to listen and establish trusting relationships will greatly enhance and streamline the way we set our projects to support client success,” says Dave Eichten, Chief Operation Officer.

Dreyer, Robbins and Associates to Join Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP

Joseph Lee Promoted to Partner and Julia Chan Promoted to Principal

Dreyer, Robbins and Associates (DRA), a specialized CPA firm located in Los Angeles, has joined Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt (HCVT), effective January 1, 2019. Mike Dreyer founded DRA over 30 years ago. Phil Holthouse, managing partner, shared these comments, “Many of us at HCVT have had the pleasure to work with DRA’s founder, Mike Dreyer, and his team over the past several years. The firm focuses on serving high net worth individuals, and their related entities—a great fit for many of our niche practices including our High Net Worth and Wealth Transfer niche practices. Their core values, focus on technical excellence and approach to client service, align so well with HCVT.” Mike Dreyer will become a partner and will serve on the firm’s Executive Committee. Mike added, “When I decided to merge my firm, I only had one call to make, and that was to HCVT. Their partners and the entire team share the same attributes I most admire in this business (or any business). Integrity, intelligence, sophistication, a solid work ethic, and the ability to think outside the box. These attributes, coupled with a dedication to excellent client service and strong firm culture, are simply unparalleled.”

The partners of HCVT also announced that Joseph Lee was admitted to the partnership effective January 1, 2019. Joseph is located in the firm’s Pasadena office and has over 20 years of experience providing tax consulting and compliance services to clients in the private equity, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and distribution industry sectors. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Joseph began his career in private industry overseeing the tax and internal audit functions for an international transportation company and was a tax director at PwC before joining HCVT.

The firm also announced the promotion of Julia Chan to tax principal. Julia is located in the firm’s West Los Angeles office.

About HCVT
The firm provides tax, audit and assurance, business management, and mergers & acquisition services to private companies, closely held businesses, public companies and high net worth individuals and family offices. The team consists of over 600 members, including over 100 partners and principals. HCVT serves its clients from eight offices in Southern California and offices in Northern California, Ft. Worth, Texas, Park City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm is highly specialized and focuses on specific industries and market niches. To learn more about HCVT, see

The West Hollywood Travel + Tourism Board appoints James O’Callaghan as Executive Director of the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood Design District Business Improvement Districts. O’Callaghan will be charged with leading the BIDs in their efforts to market the renowned commercial districts and increase member engagement and financial success.

Jennifer Reyes Named Principal
Jennifer Reyes joined MMA in 2009 and is Director of Risk & Loss Advisors for the firm’s OC and LA offices. With 15 years of experience, she oversees workers’ compensation claims and risk consulting. Reyes holds “Associate in Risk Management” and “Certified Ergonomics Evaluation Specialist” certifications.

Michelle D. Young was appointed the next dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Education, for a term beginning June 1, 2020. She is currently a professor of educational leadership and policy at the University of Virginia, and is in her 18th year as executive director of the University Council for Educational Administration.

Gibbs Giden announces new leadership, partners, and associates. Effective January 1, 2019, Christopher Ng serves as the 5th managing partner in the firm’s 40 - year history, Sara Kornblatt takes over as hiring partner, Jeffrey Love and James Montgomery Jr. have both been promoted to partners. Senior litigator Jason Adams, and associate attorneys Missy Griffin and Christopher Trembley joined the firm’s LA office, while associate Daniel Hansen joined the Las Vegas office.

Monday, January 7, 2019

KAA Design Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of four senior staff members to Associates. Our new Associates (left to right) are David Vazquez, Todd Paolillo, Sara Pijuan, and Matthew Paola. David earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and Sara earned her Master of Architecture degree from USC as well. Todd graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and Matthew graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Architecture degree. In their cumulative 54 years of experience at the firm, they have helped to advance architectural design and to mentor their fellow coworkers.

These dedicated individuals continue to play a vital role in KAA Design Group’s commitment to design excellence as well as project and firm management for both the KAA Design and Evens Architects studios. We are excited to acknowledge their continued success and watch their leadership grow. To learn more about this talented group, please visit our website at

Jim Karp has joined Lucas Horsfall as a partner after merging his 24-person Encino firm, Charles, Blank & Karp, with Lucas Horsfall. Karp will head Lucas Horsfall’s Encino office. Karp holds an accounting degree from Cal State Northridge and a Masters in the Science of Taxation from Golden State University. He joined his former firm in 1988 and became a partner there in 1991.

Fisher Phillips is honored to announce the election of Zack Domb and Andrew Hoag as Partners in our Los Angeles office.

Zack is an aggressive litigator who represents employers in various aspects of labor and employment law, including single-plaintiff and class action employment matters involving wrongful termination, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.

Zack regularly counsels employers and assists them in establishing policies and practices in order to manage risk and avoid litigation. 213.330.4469

Andrew’s practice includes representing employers in various aspects of labor and employment law, including training employees and management on wage-and-hour issues and mandatory sexualharassment- prevention trainings; counseling employers on legal compliance; drafting transactional documents such as employee contracts, severanc agreements, settlement agreements, and employee handbooks; and litigating single-plaintiff and wageand- hour class and collective actions. | 213.330.4451

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Katie Carley joins HGA Architects & Engineers as an associate vice president/business developer in their Los Angeles office. With more than 18 years of architecture/engineering/construction experience, she supports new business opportunities in the higher education market throughout California.

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

Joanna has served the Los Angeles and Orange County business communities over the past 18 years and has built a solid reputation for providing outstanding tax services to both publicly traded and privately held companies. She has advanced technical expertise in income tax provision areas, including international tax provision, business combination, and stock based compensation. Her industry expertise includes technology, automotive, media and entertainment, apparel, and manufacturing and distribution.

“We are very excited to have Joanna join our team and are especially pleased with the specialized global expertise and industry knowledge she brings to our tax practice,” said Joe Mazza, Los Angeles Office Managing Partner.

Joanna earned her business law degree at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and later graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting. She is also an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University and is a frequent speaker at multiple CPA organizations, including Tax Executives Institute.

About RSM
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. Learn more at

Psomas has appointed Brett Barnett and Richard Sullivan as principals of the firm. The construction management team leader in Orange County, Barnett has over 30 years of experience and is credited with building Psomas’ strong Southern California transportation construction management team. As Los Angeles survey team leader, Richard Sullivan leads one of the largest and most profitable teams in the company. He has 19 years of professional surveying experience, including large-scale mapping and construction surveys.

Restaurant industry veteran, Scott Thomas, has officially joined the Stonefire Grill family as Executive Vice President. In his new role, Thomas will be involved in every aspect of operations, from new restaurant site selection to where the salt and pepper shakers are placed on the tables.

“Bringing Scott to Stonefire Grill was an important strategic decision for us as we continue growing the brand throughout Southern California and beyond,” said Justin Lopez, Stonefire Grill CEO. “His experience, insights and vision are invaluable and we’re thrilled to not just have him join us, but also for the impact he will undoubtedly make.”

Thomas comes to Stonefire Grill from The Cheesecake Factory where he worked for 26 years, most recently as Senior Global Director of Operations. During his tenure, he led the opening of ten restaurants domestically and nine internationally.

Trial attorney Enrique A. Monagas joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Litigation Group. Monagas’ practice focuses primarily on business, intellectual property, entertainment, and constitutional matters. He has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, and other courts throughout the country. As a former California Deputy Attorney General, he has been on the front lines of major legal battles against, and between, government agencies and private entities.

Litigator D. Jason Lyon elevated to Partner at Hahn & Hahn LLP. Lyon, who joined the firm two years ago from Latham & Watkins, focuses his practice on business disputes, consulting on pre-litigation risk mitigation strategy, and high stakes trust contests. Lyon, the firm’s first openly LGBTQ partner, is also a dedicated advocate for greater diversity in the legal field. He spearheaded Hahn & Hahn’s certification last year as a majority Women & Minority Owned Business Enterprise.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Phil Thiel has been promoted to executive vice president at Dewberry. In his new role he will lead Dewberry’s federal market strategy and business development. A consulting industry executive with nearly 35 years of experience, Thiel will direct and broaden Dewberry’s engagement with federal agency clients throughout the enterprise.

City National Bank, which celebrates 65 years of service in January, has promoted Stuart Adair to franchise finance manager. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Adair leads a dedicated team offering the bank’s full suite of products and services, including loans, treasury management and capital markets, to franchised restaurants nationwide.

Karla Chavez Luna, CPA, MST, of Gumbiner Savett Inc., a full-service tax, audit and advisory firm, has been elevated to Shareholder beginning January 1, 2019. Luna began her career with Gumbiner Savett Inc., in Santa Monica, immediately after graduating from UCLA. She is the first Latina to rise to Shareholder at the firm and works extensively with high-net-worth clients and mid-sized private companies in various industries. She most recently held the distinction of CalCPA’s Woman to Watch and LABJ’s Influential Women in Accounting.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s CEO Anthony Scaduto, M.D., joined Santa to welcome nearly 2,000 children and families to the 28th annual Toys and Joy holiday party on OIC’s downtown L.A. campus. Highlights of the day included Santa’s dramatic arrival on the LAPD’s SWAT helicopter and distributing gifts to young underserved children from the surrounding community.

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman welcomes prominent litigator Andrew Struve as a partner in its San Diego office. One of the most experienced senior litigators serving the health care industry today, Struve has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, unfair competition actions, and regulatory compliance.

Ian Lawson, CPA, joins Weaver as an audit partner in its Manhattan Beach Office. Lawson will help lead the firm’s accelerating growth in the Los Angeles area. He has particularly focused on clients in the manufacturing and distribution, hospitality, franchise and service industries, as well as employee benefit plans.

Jayesh Patel is a partner with the Litigation practice group at, Greenspoon Marder LLP. He is a trial litigator focused on complex financial, real estate, and commercial litigation. He often litigates matters that involved business across sovereign borders, particularly in relation to India, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia.

Huitt-Zollars announces that Joel S. Colwell, AIA, FHFI, has joined as a Vice President and National Healthcare Director. In this new role, Joel will implement and lead initiatives to expand the firm’s national healthcare practice. Joel brings nearly three decades of experience extending across major private and public healthcare institutions.

Gensler, the leading global design firm, announced that Suman Sorg, FAIA has joined the firm’s LA office as Design Director. Sorg’s 35 plus years of experience ranges from government, mixed-use and multifamily developments, to civic and education projects, both domestically and internationally. The award-winning architect was most recently based in Washington, D.C. at her namesake firm, Sorg Architects.

Pamela Wohl recently joined the American Technion Society as Senior Director of Development, where she will shape philanthropic and outreach strategies in Southern California on behalf of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Previously, she served as Director of Development, Health Sciences at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California.

James Lee has joined LEO A DALY to lead the Los Angeles hospitality team as director of design. The celebrated interior designer has an award-winning portfolio of five-star hospitality work on five continents. In 2017, he was a Boutique Design BD18 winner, recognized as one of top stars in the hospitality industry.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies welcomes Robert Campos as Vice President of Franchise Sales. With nine years of experience in the franchise industry, Campos plans to grow the Robeks franchise system nationwide and provide dynamic content to potential franchisees. Campos plans to implement better communication channels to connect with franchise leads and provide more accessibility to connect with the brand. He will serve as the gatekeeper between Robeks and potential franchisees.

Stacey Torrico joins leading commercial builder Snyder Langston as Senior Director, Employee Development & Organizational Health, following an 18-year tenure at Fluor Corporation. Torrico will support Snyder Langston’s ‘People First’ strategic initiative through developing programs focused on leadership and career development, employee engagement, building exceptional teams, and promoting a high performing culture.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

William (Bill) Reifsteck II, director of preconstruction at Webcor in Los Angeles, was named to the inaugural 20-member class of Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Fellows. The designated Design- Build Professional™ Fellow status is the highest level of DBIA certification and acknowledges the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished design-build professionals.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Howard Privette joined Pepper Hamilton’s Orange County office as a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. An innovative trial lawyer with a significant track record of taking on his clients’ most difficult cases, Mr. Privette also provides counsel in sensitive internal investigations and government enforcement actions.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( welcomes Malcolm McNeil to its Board of Directors. A partner with Arent Fox, McNeil is co-leader of the Firm’s International Practice Group. He has more than 35 years of litigation and commercial experience with international contracts, trade, and real estate, and over 20 years-experience resolving civil disputes as a mediator. A service provider for children and adults with special needs since 1946, ECF also partners with businesses across L.A. County to meet their staffing, fulfillment and commercial art needs.

El Segundo hires David Serrano as Director of Human Resources. Serrano brings over 20 years of human resources experience in both the private and public sectors. David will lead the City’s efforts to fulfill on Strategic Planning goals to Develop as a Choice Employer and Workforce.

L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, welcomes George Greene, the President and CEO of the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), and Courtney Powers, Director of Government and External Affairs at Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), to its Board of Governors.

“L.A. Care is fortunate to have these two accomplished individuals join our board,” said L.A. Care CEO John Baackes. “Their experience in the health care industry and beyond will be of great value to our members.”

HASC has more than 180 member hospitals across six counties, including Los Angeles County. Greene will represent Private Non- Disproportionate Share Hospitals on L.A. Care’s 13-member stakeholder board.

“This is an exciting time to be on the L.A. Care Board,” said Greene. “The health plan has grown dramatically in recent years, and I am happy to help ensure each member continues to receive high quality care.”

CCALAC is an association of 65 community clinics serving underserved patients.

“I am pleased to serve as the representative for community clinics which serve so many L.A. Care members,” said Powers. “I look forward to working with the other board members and plan leadership to pursue our common vision of healthy communities and a strong safety net.”

Prior to joining CCALAC, Powers provided legal counsel to GRACE, a non-profit addressing child poverty in California. Greene served as the President/CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii before joining HASC.

El Segundo promotes Barbara Voss as Deputy City Manager. Voss is a community and economic development professional with extensive experience in managing business attraction, retention and expansion initiatives for state and local government. Barbara will take on the additional strategic role of enhancing citywide communications.

Bringing two decades of financial management experience with global A/E firms, Frederick Braggs, Assoc. AIA, joins Steinberg Hart as Principal & Chief Financial Officer. Braggs will lead the award-winning, full-service architecture firm’s business and financial operations, playing a key role in advancing its strategic objectives and financial goals.

Lucas Horsfall names two new principals.

Lucas Horsfall CPAs has named two new principals.

Matt Cochran, CPA, audit principal, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

Eric So, CPA, MBT, tax principal, holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a master’s of business taxation from USC, and is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Lucas Horsfall is a 92-person, 61-year-old firm, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in Southern California, with offices in the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys, Inland Empire and Orange County.

Monday, November 19, 2018

John Stremel joins Davis Elen, one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies on the West Coast, as Executive Vice President - Director of Media Strategy. In his new role, Stremel will lead media strategy, planning and negotiations as well as oversee overall operations of the media group.

Noe Castillo has joined CDC Small Business Finance as a commercial loan officer to provide affordable financing to Los Angeles small businesses. Castillo will provide SBA Community Advantage loans and SBA microloans. He will also educate entrepreneurs about the Small Business Finance Fund for Latino- and African American-owned small businesses.

Jennifer Vanore, Ph.D. has been appointed to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of UniHealth Foundation. In her new role, Dr. Vanore will be responsible for overseeing all grantmaking and the day to-day functions of the Foundation. She most recently served as the Foundation’s Vice President of Programs, overseeing nearly $15 million annually in grants in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.



SulmeyerKupetz was founded in Downtown Los Angeles over 65 years ago and we've never strayed far from our original location on Spring Street.

Nor have we strayed from our mission to deliver our deep experience and expertise in business reorganization and bankruptcy to our clients.

We are pleased to announce SulmeyerKupetz is marking a company milestone by relocating our Hope Street office to South Grand Ave in Downtown Los Angeles.

This move represents another milestone in our history as a premier business, financial restructuring and litigation firm.

Although we aren't going far, we're looking forward to fresh space and the numerous benefits this move will offer.

Visit our NEW location at:
333 S. Grand Ave.
Suite 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90071
PHONE: 213.626.2311

Liz Suh and Lilly Acuña HNTB Corporation has added two environmental planning professionals in transportation to its growing environmental practice in the West Division. Elisabeth “Liz” Suh joined the firm as director of environmental planning (highway) and Lilly Acuña serves as environmental planner. Both are based in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

Liz Suh brings more than 17 years of experience developing, managing and delivering the environmental aspects of various transportation studies for the most complex highway projects in Southern California. Her responsibilities include work planning, fee estimating, quality management and control, project reviews, resource allocation and staff management, as well as project management expertise to deliver key projects.

Lilly Acuña has more than 12 years of transportation experience, including environmental planning, project coordination and community outreach support. Acuña provides environmental support for the firm’s highway, bridge and transit projects and is also responsible for establishing community initiatives in the L.A. office that will promote employee engagement within the region.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Burns & McDonnell cut the ribbon on its new office in downtown Los Angeles, which will allow the company to accommodate its growing team and create up to 20 new jobs by 2023. The firm is ranked No. 1 in power in the U.S. by Engineering News-Record.

Ted A. Dillman has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Finance Department, Mr. Dillman focuses his practice on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and workouts, as well as special situations financing, distressed M&A, and other transactional matters.

Brent T. Epstein has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. Mr. Epstein represents public and private companies and financial institutions in a variety of corporate transactions, including capital markets and M&A matters, with particular experience in real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Jennifer B. Yoo has been promoted to counsel Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Corporate Department, Ms. Yoo advises clients in the healthcare and life sciences sectors on regulatory and transactional matters, focusing on M&A, joint ventures, affiliations, and regulatory compliance matters.

Drew Levin has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, his practice focuses on insurance coverage, with emphasis on representations and warranties insurance, and negotiating transactional insurance, tax, and other liability policies and pursuits of claims.

Lauren E. Paull has been promoted to counsel Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, Ms. Paull focuses her practice on land use, environmental, and real estate development matters through all stages of the entitlement and development process.

Kristen M. Tuey has been promoted to counsel Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, Ms. Tuey’s white collar defense practice involves conducting internal investigations, defending clients against allegations of criminal conduct, and litigating related securities and complex commercial matters.

Darlene Gee

Darlene K. Gee, PE, was named national pursuit Champion for HNTB Corporation. A prominent industry professional, Gee brings a successful combination of client relationships, strategic transportation marketknowledge and community engagement to her new role. She will continue offering counsel for HNTB’s clients in Northern California while growing the firm’s national footprint as part of the national sales team. Gee joined HNTB in 2012 as Northern California office leader and vice president and has been instrumental to building HNTB’s regional presence. Gee worked directly with key clients including California High Speed Rail Authority; California Department of Transportation; Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Bay Area Toll Authority; San Francisco International Airport; and SamTrans/Peninsula Joint Powers Board.

Greg Ahearn and David Moranville have been named Co-Presidents at Davis Elen, one of the largest independently owned advertising agencies on the West Coast. Ahearn, former Head of Marketing Strategy and Creative for Uber North America will be responsible for business development, account services, media, data science and strategic planning as the agency’s Chief Operating Officer. Moranville will lead the agency’s creative, production and social media teams as its Chief Creative Officer.

Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) agency Golin announced today its new progressive approach to reclaiming public relations, redefining it and moving it forward. In an era of unprecedented communications confusion, Golin’s plan is designed to drive pride in their profession and deliver stronger, measurable business results to their clients. Golin’s actions will include significant investments across their core competencies – media and influencer relations, customer experience (CX) tools and earned-first creative talent.

As part of Golin’s progressive PR strategy, the agency recognized that earned is no longer a marketing option, but rather, a business imperative because it affects the entire customer journey from awareness to sales. Leveraging the latest technology, including a new global operating system with a suite of products to support data and analytics, the agency will help brands predict and inform strategies and measure results throughout the entire customer journey. Progressive PR reinforces the importance of effective public relations for companies and brands, while also cementing the value of public relations for professionals who have dedicated their careers to it.

Monday, November 5, 2018

AECOM congratulates Dianne Lee, Associate Vice President, on her recent board appointments.

Lee, Business Development leader for AECOM's Program and Construction Management business line in the West Region, has been appointed to board positions with 3 respected industry organizations.

She will serve as President of the Board for the 2019 Healthcare Institute’s (HCI) Southern California Chapter and will stay on as Program Chair to ensure a continuous focus on critical healthcare issues related to the Construction industry.

She also has been appointed as a 2019 Board of Director and Program Chair with the prestigious Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Southern California Chapter, and will be returning to the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association’s (AAa/e) Southern California Chapter board. Lee’s in-depth industry experience and knowledge within the public, healthcare, education and transportation sectors brings strong client relationships to each organization.

In addition, Lee is a volunteer and mentor for the CMAA and Society of Marketing Professionals (SMPS) internship program, and is a host and mentor to the CSU LA Fully Employed Master of Business and Administration (FEMBA) program providing guidance and leadership to students and career professionals as they embark on the development of their careers.

AECOM is a global network of design, engineering, construction and management professionals partnering with organizations and communities to imagine and deliver a better world. AECOM is a Fortune 500 company serving clients in more than 150 countries across 7 continents.

Child360, a national early learning nonprofit, proudly welcomes William (Bill) Sperling as their next CEO. Sperling has been part of the Child360 family for 12+ years, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. As CEO, Sperling hopes to pave a future where quality early learning supports children, empowers their families, and equips the educators who set the foundation for their success in school & in life.