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Monday, February 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 5, 2018

Bob Maxwell Joins Layton Construction as Executive Vice President

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakwood Worldwide Bolsters Leadership Team To Help Drive Global Transformation Strategy

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

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

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

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

Monday, January 22, 2018

Servicon Systems, Inc., the leading provider of sustainable cleaning services for complex aerospace, commercial, public and healthcare facilities, has appointed Tim Schultz as General Manager for the company’s Floor Coating Division. Schultz, a former Floor Coating Specialist at Tennant Co, Inc., will lead the expansion of Servicon’s Floor Coating Division.

City National Bank has expanded in Manhattan Beach, opening a Private Banking office across the street from the full-service branch the bank opened a decade ago. The seasoned team of private bankers in Manhattan Beach, including Lisa Farley, Jim Fenton and Mariko Plumlee, each with an average of 18 years of industry experience, will advise high-net-worth individuals, families, and their related professional services firms and non-profits, on all aspects of growing, protecting and transferring their wealth.

With $48.7 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 73 offices, including 18 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta and Minneapolis. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $62.2 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 35 other countries.

SulmeyerKupetz Welcomes Associate Attorney Claire Wu

SulmeyerKupetz is pleased to welcome Claire Wu to the firm as an Associate Attorney. Wu focuses on representing bankruptcy trustees and creditors in chapter 7 and 11 cases. Prior to joining the firm, Wu served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert N. Kwan, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California.

SulmeyerKupetz is one of the premier financial restructuring and litigation firms, with a legacy of more than 60 years.

Gursey | Schneider LLP, a full service accounting firm specializing in litigation support, tax services and business management announces the promotions of Natalie J. Murvin, CPA/CFF and Alexandra A. Peais, CPA to partner. Ms. Murvin specializes in forensic accounting in family matters including determinations of gross cash flow available for support, marital lifestyle analyses, and contract and royalty analyses for the film, television, and music industries. Ms. Peais opened the firm’s San Francisco office and specializes in forensic accounting for complex family matters.

Children’s Bureau of Southern California, a 114-year-old nonprofit leader in protecting vulnerable children, proudly announces Ronald E. Brown, Ph.D., as its new President & CEO. He will be responsible for all aspects of the $34 million nonprofit that operates 21 sites throughout Los Angeles and Orange County that serve low-income, at-risk children and families. Ron joined Children’s Bureau in 2000 where he managed the operations of the agency’s foster care, adoption, mental health and child abuse prevention programs.

A seasoned public and private sector executive well known in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, Mr. Armando G. Ramirez recently joined SAFNA Engineering and Consulting, a division of Heateflex Corporation, as the firm’s Principal Officer. Mr. Ramirez will be a member of SAFNA’s senior leadership team, and will be directly responsible for SAFNA’s business development activities in the areas of public infrastructure projects. He will also serve as a member of the Heateflex Board of Directors.

Mr. Ramirez joins SAFNA from AECOM, a global leader in technical and management services focused on major infrastructure projects including transportation design, water systems, and environmental implementation. Most recently, Ramirez was AECOM’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Strategy, where he successfully positioned the firm in a broad range of public infrastructure markets. Prior to joining AECOM, he held a variety of positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, most recently as Vice President and registered securities financial advisor for high net worth clients.

Mr. Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has completed coursework towards a Masters of Science degree in Public Administration at the California State University, Los Angeles. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, including the Eastern Extension Light Rail Joint Powers Authority (board member), the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (Executive Committee Member).

CGS3 Expands L.A. Offices; Adds Two New Partners

Significantly expanding its Southern California presence, Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3) has announced the addition of two new Los Angeles partners – David Alvarado and Eoin Gubbins. To accommodate its rapidly growing platform in California, the firm – which specializes in commercial real estate law – recently relocated its L.A. office from Brentwood to larger offices at the Tower located at 10940 Wilshire Blvd in Westwood.

Alvarado was most recently a partner at Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP in Los Angeles, and Gubbins joins CGS3 from Santa Monica-based Harding Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP, where he was senior counsel.

“Both David and Eoin are instrumental to achieving our goal of being the preeminent commercial real estate law firm in California and beyond,” said CGS3 partner Sean Southard. “Each brings years of experience in getting deals done and broad practice skills that complement our unwavering commitment to providing our clients with an unparalleled experience – we’re thrilled to bring them on board.”

Alvarado has built a successful commercial real estate practice focusing on purchase and sale, debt and equity financing, development, construction and leasing transactions. He has broad-based experience across all asset classes and property types, from retail and residential to office, industrial and raw land.

With a more than 10-year background in representing publicly traded REITs, large developers and smaller property owners on projects throughout the Western United States, Gubbins has negotiated and documented complex purchase and sale agreements and commercial leases.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sklar Kirsh adds Litigation Practice; selects trial attorney Justin M. Goldstein to lead new group. Adding Litigation capabilities to the firm’s services perfectly complements and enhances its Corporate, Real Estate and Entertainment transactional practices. Goldstein, who previously practiced at Carlsmith Ball, O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, has successfully represented public and private businesses in a variety of complex commercial disputes.

Loyola Marymount University announced that Dayle M. Smith of Clarkson University will lead the College of Business Administration as its next dean, beginning her term on June 1. Smith is dean of Clarkson’s David D. Reh School of Business, and has worked on the faculty at USC, Georgetown University and the University of San Francisco.

“Dean Smith possesses the expertise, creativity, and vision to chart the promising future of one of the country’s top-ranked business schools,” said Thomas Poon, LMU’s executive vice president and provost. “Our Silicon Beach and Los Angeles location provides unmatched opportunities for our ambitious students and successful alumni around the globe.”

Psomas is pleased to announce that Rose Fistrovic will be the new leader of the firm’s Land Use Entitlements practice. A senior project manager on the team, Ms. Fistrovic brings over 25 years of public and private sector experience to securing land use approvals for Psomas clients. She is the former manager of the Orange County Planning Department Expedited Division and also worked at the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.

Puchlik Design Associates, Inc. is proud to announce the promotion of Michelle Ferial Asadies, AIA, ARB, LEED AP to Senior Associate. With over 18 years of experience in the architecture and construction industry, Michelle brings her expertise in programming, medical planning, design and management to a range of healthcare, educational and institutional projects at PDA.

Since joining PDA, Michelle has spent the last 7 years developing successful client relationships and establishing new partnerships while mentoring staff as the Design Element Leader. As a Senior Associate, she will continue to focus on the growth and development of the firm and advancing PDA’s vision of “transforming design and shifting the paradigm.”

Monday, January 8, 2018

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has promoted Laura Langberg to of counsel. She litigates complex commercial matters and represents commercial and gaming clients in a variety of disputes, including intellectual property and defamation matters. She represents clients in Nevada and California and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has promoted Nury Yoo to of counsel. She has a diverse commercial litigation practice in state and federal courts, as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Her practice includes federal regulatory compliance before the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Food and Drug Administration.

Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott M. Anderson to President. Scott is a 23-year Pankow veteran. Since joining the company in 1995, Scott has served as Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, Project Executive, Project Sponsor, Project Engineer and Field Engineer. In his new role, Scott provides leadership of the strategic and cultural direction of the company. He leads the company’s external facing efforts such as sales and marketing. He drives and supports the development of high performing teams by focusing on the well-being and development of Pankow’s people. Scott will work closely with Chief Operating Officer, Dave Eichten to ensure alignment as they establish standards and continuously improve the operations at Pankow to achieve its organizational goals. “Scott is keen on articulating the unique brand of Pankow to the industry and I look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership,” says Eichten.

“Scott represents the next generation leader; he is highly capable of keeping us at the top of the industry and guiding us well into the future with confidence, compassion and curiosity” states Kim Lum, Chief Executive Officer of Pankow.

Scott’s contributions can be seen in a number of significant projects such as San Francisco’s Public Safety Building, a state-of-the-art LEED Gold Certified building that houses the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Police Command Center, the Southern District Police Station and a neighborhood San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) Fire Station, the historic rehabilitation of the vital civic asset, the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building and the Sutter Health Van Ness Medical Office Building and Parking Structure.

Throughout his career, Scott has actively supported the advancement of construction industry education. He currently serves on the American Concrete Institute Scholarship Council and is a member of the San Francisco Partnering Steering Committee. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Lean Construction Institute. Scott holds an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Accenture has named David Wolf as Office Managing Director for all Southern California locations, and he will continue to lead Accenture Digital for the West. David served Accenture’s Southern California leadership team and is the executive sponsor for campus recruiting at UCLA, where he graduated with a BS in Mathematics of Computation. An avid cyclist, David lives in Encino with his wife of 25 years and three daughters.

Jack Schaedel joins The Scali Law Firm. Schaedel, one of California’s leading labor and employment lawyers, joins the firm as a Partner and will co-chair its Labor and Employment Law practice. Schaedel’s experience includes numerous favorable verdicts and dismissals for companies accused of discrimination or harassment, including a million-dollar reverse fee award in favor of a client wrongly accused of sexual harassment by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Aminian Baghai
Rick Offsay
Latham & Watkins LLP
Rick Offsay has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Corporate Department, he advises clients in transactions across the entertainment and media industry, handling complex transactions, with a focus on strategic joint ventures and M&A deals.

Laura R. Washington
Latham & Watkins LLP

Laura R. Washington has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, she focuses on complex commercial litigation in the entertainment and media industry and represents clients in a range of intellectual property disputes.

Sean C. Denvir
Latham & Watkins LLP

Sean C. Denvir has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Corporate Department, he represents private equity firms, as well as public and private companies, in M&A and other corporate transactions.

Josh Holt
Latham & Watkins LLP

Josh Holt has been elected to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Finance Department, he advises both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of transactional matters. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various financial transactions.

Arash Aminian Baghai
Latham & Watkins LLP

Arash Aminian Baghai has been elected to counsel, effective January 1, 2018. A member of the Corporate Department, he advises on complex equity derivative transactions across diverse industries, with a particular focus on the power, healthcare, life sciences, and automotive sectors.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., has joined the board of directors of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm headquartered in Fairfax, Va. A professor of policy and engineering at the University of Southern California, Knatz previously served as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Her expertise includes seaport management, environmental impact analysis, and regulatory compliance. Knatz is a senior advisor to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Port Services Network and founding chair of the World Ports Climate Initiative.

Brett Curry joins Skanska as a Vice President, Project Executive. Curry will provide management oversight across many market sectors. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, he has worked in construction and construction management in Southern California for more than 30 years.

Steve Cho, LEED AP joins Skanska as Project Executive. Steve brings over 20 years of experience in the general contracting industry in Southern California and he will oversee a large portion of the company’s aviation sector work in the region.

Chris Maslyk joins Skanska as Scheduling Director. His more than 32 years of experience managing the planning, production, and construction of both domestic and international projects afford him the keen analytical skills and expertise to develop CPM schedules, evaluate build sequences, and assess risk to ensure a timely delivery of projects throughout the region.

“We are thrilled to have Brett, Steve and Chris join our Skanska family. Their wealth of experience and industry relationships will contribute to the growth of our market position in Southern California,” said Skanska Senior Vice President and Account Manager Raul Rosales.

Gensler has promoted six design leaders to the role of Design Director in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

As Design Directors, Chris Mitchell, Daniel Stromborg, Greg Sherlock, Katie Buchanan, Peter Himmelstein and Sung Suk Yoo are responsible for advancing Gensler’s mission of design excellence and innovation.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate investment company based in Beverly Hills, has announced the addition of Avik Mukhopadhyay as Managing Director in the company’s investment management platform. With $6B in transactional experience, Mukhopadhyay will be instrumental in sourcing investment opportunities for Kennedy Wilson’s comingled funds, separate accounts and balance sheet.

Horvitz & Levy LLP is proud to announce the promotion of Mark Kressel to partner beginning January 2018. Mark served on the firm’s business development committee for two years and is a past fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. His practice includes entertainment, government entity defense, CEQA, and elder abuse.

RSM US LLP, the 5th largest accounting firm in the U.S., is pleased to announce Steven Edwards as a partner in the Los Angeles office, and as the West Region Consumer Products Industry leader. Steven brings 25 years of experience in servicing clients both nationally and internationally. With a focus on the middle market, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships, and supporting other regional offices.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Kinecta Federal Credit Union, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., announced the promotion of Nancy Elander to VP, Mortgage Lending Operations. With 20 years of experience in all aspects of mortgage processing, fulfillment and delivery, Elander will oversee all aspects of the Credit Union’s fulfillment of conforming and non-conforming residential loans.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Kris Kaufmann as an Assurance Partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kris joins BDO with more than 28 years of public accounting experience working with clients in various industries including technology, media, and private equity. Kris will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships for the firm and providing support to other west region offices. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities – has appointed Dr. Barsam Kasravi, MD, MPH, MBA, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Kasravi, Playa Vista, Calif., is the Chief Medical Officer and Regional VP of California’s Medicaid, County and State Programs with Anthem Blue Cross. Over the past decade at Anthem, Dr. Kasravi has had extensive experience with California’s most complex and underserved patient population, including seniors and persons with disabilities; patients with behavioral health challenges; and children with various disabilities and health concerns hoping to address their physical and social determinants of health. He has also volunteered nationally and internationally in South Africa, South America and in Louisiana with the disaster of Katrina, providing medical care to vulnerable populations.

Dr. Kasravi graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine, where he was chief of the Los Angeles Salvation Army Homeless Clinic. He completed his residency as Chief Resident at the UCLA/Kaiser Woodland Hills Family Medicine Programs. After his training, he was one of two physicians in California to be accepted into the California Endowment Fellowship in Health Policy at Harvard University, where he received his Masters in Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health with a focus in health management and policy. He subsequently worked at Blue Cross in Massachusetts for two years before returning to Los Angeles to work at Anthem Blue Cross. Dr. Kasravi also received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Commented Mark Whitley, president & CEO, ESSC, “Dr. Barsam Kasravi’s stellar background in private sector medicine, public policy addressing medical care and the needs of underserved populations brings a unique and valuable perspective to the board of directors of Easterseals Southern California. We look forward to his input on furthering our mission of making a profound difference in the daily lives of more than 10,000 people with disabilities and their families in communities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.”

Added Dr. Kasravi, “I have experienced first-hand the positive impact a frontline organization like Easterseals Southern California has in the lives of people with disabilities and look forward to working with them to further programs to help even more people lead happy and productive lives in our communities.”

Monday, November 27, 2017

James Arom has joined Luther Burbank Savings, an FDIC insured commercial bank with over $5.6 billion in assets, as Income Property Loan Officer. Leveraging over 14 years of commercial and multifamily lending experience, James offers industry and market expertise to Greater Los Angeles area clients considering purchase or refinance transactions.

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), announced that Joel Graves, an insurance executive with 30 years of experience, has been appointed Director of Business Development in the firm’s Orange County office. Graves, who will work in the firm’s Aliso Viejo location, will lead business development initiatives in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire.

“Joel Graves is a highly accomplished insurance executive who will be a terrific addition to our growing team of professionals in Southern California,” said Paul Hering, MMA Western Region CEO. “Joel will help us meet the accelerating demand for strategic, customized insurance and employee benefit programs to employers in the region.”

Sergei Mytko was promoted to managing director of international tax services at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. Mytko has extensive experience assisting clients with all aspects of domestic and international taxation, both inbound and outbound.

Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors, today announced the addition of three new bankers to its growing team: Al Guerrero, Managing Director, DeMarcus Williams, Director in the Early Stage Practice, and Kirk Stafford, Director in the Private Bank. The team’s expansion supports the Southern California region’s growing number of software, hardware, life science, healthcare, and energy companies, as well as their investors. Silicon Valley Bank has had a presence in Southern California since 1993 and works with private and public technology and life science companies of all sizes.

David Sternberg
Green Hasson Janks’ (GHJ’s) development of innovative leaders has led to the cultivation and promotion of David Sternberg to partner starting in January 2018. A member of GHJ since 2009, David’s transaction advisory experience is an asset to GHJ’s Transaction Advisory Practice, and his consultative mindset contributes to GHJ’s Consulting Practice’s growth. With his promotion to partner, David will help advance the Firm’s robust middle-market Audit Practice with a concentration on high-growth, entrepreneurial-minded organizations.

Polina Chapiro
Encouraging new ideas and fostering growth is a Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) core value. This belief is demonstrated through our exciting announcement that Partner Polina Chapiro is transitioning to a new role on GHJ’s Executive Committee beginning in January. Polina will be a key decision maker with a focus on the vision and direction of GHJ. In her previous role as GHJ’s Tax Practice leader, Polina expanded the practice through hiring employees with deep expertise and cultivating next-generation talent.

Akash Sehgal
Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is committed to transforming vision and passion into tangible result. Partner Akash Sehgal will be leading GHJ’s Tax Practice starting in January 2018 and this is an example of growing great people. This celebrated succession comes on the heels of a rigorous strategic planning process by the partner group. As the head of GHJ’s State and Local Tax Team for several years, Akash is known as an innovative leader within the firm, and his deep knowledge and expertise will help the practice continue to grow.