Los Angeles Business Journal


Monday, September 22, 2014


Smith
Beltran
Kayne
  
NONPROFIT
Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net) announces the appointment of its first woman Chairperson of the Board in over 60 years. Shelley I. Smith, Esq., has 30 years of legal experience, has served on several fiduciary and investment group Boards, and has been a member of ECF’s Board for five years. Also, Steven P. Beltran, a lawyer with extensive experience advocating for individuals with special needs, and Mary Kayne, a former TV programming executive and philanthropist, have joined ECF’s Board of Directors. ECF provides services for children and adults with special needs. Connect at facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.


O'Neil
  
ACCOUNTING
Congratulations to Kelly O’Neil, CPA, Shareholder and Attest Practice Leader with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., a national accounting firm for being named to the “40 Under 40” program by CPA Practice Advisor. This award honors distinguished individuals under 40 who have made an impact on the accounting and tax profession.


Fenton

  
LAW
U.S. News and World Report “Top Tier” healthcare law firm Fenton Law Group, experiencing solid growth in its first year of operation, has opened a Northern California office to meet demand. Fenton Law Group, with offices in Los Angeles and, now, Oakland, CA, represents physicians, medical groups and other healthcare providers.



Guerrero
  
NONPROFIT
Alex Guerrero has joined VEDC as Chief Operating Officer. In his newly appointed position, Guerrero will provide day to day oversight of the entire national organization. Alex comes to VEDC from his previous position as the Executive Vice President of Tower General Contractors where he was a vital part of their success. Mr. Guerrero joins VEDC at a time of tremendous growth as the organization expands into Nevada, Salt Lake City, Chicago and the New York Tri-State area.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Block

  
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Accretive Solutions, a national consulting firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Block to lead the Southern California market as Vice President. Gavin brings vast experience and knowledge in a variety of industries, including venture capital & private equity. Gavin’s practice focuses on delivering services in technical accounting & finance and enterprise governance, which also includes business transformation. Previously, Gavin worked for several professional services firms including the investment banking industry.



Niedzwiecki
  
HEALTHCARE
Matthew Niedzwiecki has been named chief operating officer of Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC). Niedzwiecki will direct the strategic operation of OIC and oversee its administrative functions. OIC is a world leader in pediatric orthopaedic care, research and education, and has locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Westwood.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Moggs

  
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Team One, a full-service marketing communications agency specializing in aspirational brands, and a division of Saatchi & Saatchi, appointed Howard Moggs as Director, New Business Development. With more than 13 years experience developing global creative agencies, Moggs will lead Team One’s expansion plans and report to President Paul Mareski.



Sangster
  
FINANCE
In response to demand from our clients and to further enable the growth of our business, Northern Trust is pleased to announce the addition of Claudia B. Sangster as the Director of Family Education and Governance in Wealth Management, based in Northern Trust’s Century City office. With 25 years of experience, Claudia will collaborate with clients, their advisors and wealth planning partners in identifying and establishing appropriate educational programs and governance structures for multi-generational families.


Tucker

  
NONPROFIT
Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), a national civil rights organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities and chronic disease announces Kathryn L. Tucker as Executive Director and Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs.Tucker expands DRLC’s national advocacy and education efforts. Tucker served as lead counsel in two landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court and has extensive litigation experience in the field of health rights. DRLC is part of the Public Interest Law Center of Loyola Law School Los Angeles.



Song
  
ACCOUNTING
McGladrey LLP, a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, is pleased to announce that Mike Song has joined the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office as an assurance services director. Mike has over 18 years of experience providing accounting and auditing services to both public and privately held entities in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, technology and professional services. He also assists clients with International Financial Reporting Standards reporting requirements. www.mcgladrey.com.

Monday, September 1, 2014


Cornell

  
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Resources Global Professionals (RGP) is pleased to announce that Lisa Ashworth Cornell will lead its Los Angeles practice as managing director. Cornell was most recently managing director of RGP’s O.C. office, but began her RGP career in the L.A. office. Prior to RGP, she served as director of finance for the Staples Center.



Lager
  
LAW
H. Jacob Lager has joined the law firm Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP’s Los Angeles office as partner in its Business Transactions and Tax; Tax Planning, Advice and Controversy; and Estate Planning practices. Lager’s practice is concentrated in domestic tax, international taxation, and trust and estate matters.


Kirshenbaum

  
LAW
Business transactions lawyer William B. Kirshenbaum rejoins Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman LLP as a partner. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture formations, financings, licensing and commercial transactions. He also provides outside general counsel services to businesses of every size from entrepreneurs to family enterprises to companies with multiple locations operating in multiple countries.



Takai
  
ACCOUNTING
CohnReznick, the 10th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the U.S., has announced the appointment of Peta Takai as a Client Relationship Executive in the Los Angeles office. Peta brings vast knowledge and experience in a variety of industries, including private equity and their portfolio companies. Prior to joining CohnReznick, Peta worked on the teams of several international accounting firms.

Monday, August 25, 2014


Lager

  
LAW
H. Jacob Lager has joined the law firm Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP’s Los Angeles office as partner in its Business Transactions and Tax; Tax Planning, Advice and Controversy; and Estate Planning practices. Lager’s practice is concentrated in domestic tax, international taxation, and trust and estate matters.



Hutchison
  
FINANCIAL SERVICES
Shuster Financial Group, LLC, a leading provider of Financial Services, has named Teri Hutchison as Executive Director, Retirement Services of their Pasadena headquarters. Teri brings over 20 years’ experience in the Retirement Planning industry specializing in public, private and tax exempt consulting services. Teri has held similar positions at TIAA CREF, Pensionmark Retirement Group, Gallagher Benefit Services and MassMutual Financial Services.


King

  
FINANCE
Duane King has joined Grandpoint Bank as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the Bank’s Brentwood office. An accomplished Southern California commercial banker, King will be developing new client relationships and providing a broad range of commercial banking services. Grandpoint operates seven banking offices in Los Angeles and Orange counties.



Grodan
  
FINANCE
Eric Grodan, a veteran in wealth transfer and foundation planning, has joined Abbot Downing as relationship manager. Grodan will work with a team of Abbot Downing professionals in Los Angeles and the Western Region who provide planning and family dynamics services, asset management, private banking, and trust, fiduciary and administrative services to individuals, families, foundations and endowments. Abbot Downing, with $37.9 billion in client assets and a 40-year history of serving ultra-high-net-worth clients, is a Wells Fargo business.
www.abbotdowning.com.


Vahdat

  
INFRASTRUCTURE
Shahram Vahdat, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as group transportation director and vice president as the firm expands its transportation infrastructure and construction management practice. Vahdat will lead highway planning and design projects in California using his expertise in roadway and interchange design and arterial access improvements. With more than 30 years’ experience serving the infrastructure construction industry, Vahdat has provided leadership for numerous infrastructure projects in Pasadena, Irwindale, Vernon and Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America.



Chavira
Loeterman
  
PUBLIC RELATIONS
Two veteran public affairs and public relations professionals, Tracey Chavira and Dan Loeterman, are joining the industry leading Cerrell Associates team as public affairs managers. Chavira, who brings more than 17 years of government and political experience, joins the firm’s local government practice. Loeterman, who has worked for numerous elected officials in a variety of capacities, is a part of the firm’s media relations, crisis communications and campaigns practice. Cerrell is one of the country’s leading independent public affairs and public relations firms.


Scoggins

  
SPORTS
LA MARATHON LLC has named nationally renowned sports executive Mark Scoggins as Vice President of Business Development, a new position reporting to Chief Executive Tracey Russell. Scoggins has held executive positions with the Los Angeles Lakers, the National Basketball Retired Players Association and with Magic Johnson Enterprises. “Mark’s extensive experience with industry leading sports properties will prove to be invaluable as we enter a phase of expansion and growth” said Tracey Russell.


Monday, August 18, 2014


McDaniel
  
EDUCATION
Ryan McDaniel recently joined Vistamar School in El Segundo as the Director of Development. With a lifetime of experience in independent schools on the east coast and a B.A. in Public Relations from Hofstra University, he served in the same role for the past four years at The Wesley School in North Hollywood, after having spent three years as the Director of Admissions at Chatsworth Hills Academy.


Newsom
Lewis
  
ARCHITECTURE
AC Martin announces new leadership changes. Robert ‘Bob’ Newsom, FAIA has joined the firm as President, bringing over 40 years of experience and leadership to the firm. He has been involved with an extensive body of work, spanning several markets and building types across the nation. As President, Bob Newsom will be responsible for leading the firm in major projects, pursuing new business opportunities, interfacing with current and future clients, and representing AC Martin in the greater community. Ken Lewis, AIA, LEED AP will now serve as Chief Operating Officer for the firm, and will be responsible for managing the firm’s operations and resources. He will continue to serve as the AC Martin’s Sustainability Leader, providing guidance on all projects, and overseeing sustainable practices in the firm’s business operations.


Lee

  
ACCOUNTING
Jean Lee has been promoted to Principal within RBZ’s Business Management department. Lee has 21 years of experience providing business management and accounting services to the entertainment industry, high-net-worth individuals, and company executives. Lee’s expertise is focused on assisting clients with the long-term preservation and growth of their net worth through day-to-day financial and business management services.



Tiberi
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
HNTB Corporation tapped David Tiberi, PE, PMP, CCM, as regional construction leader and vice president for its expanding West Division transportation infrastructure practice. He will oversee the construction of public works and infrastructure projects and maintain strong relationships with the California Department of Transportation, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and the Orange County Transportation Authority. Tiberi has nearly three decades of industry experience providing planning, engineering, construction and program management for California infrastructure projects.


Reback

  
REAL ESTATE
Howard Reback, a veteran within the office facilities and real estate industry has formed Reback Realty Services. His new company provides real estate brokerage and consulting services to select clients as he will continue to represent tenants in the leasing and purchase of office space as well as buyers of investment properties. Howard is currently active within professional and non-profit organizations which include membership chair of CCIM LA Chapter and board of directors of Step Up On Second.



McTiernan
  
FINANCE
1st Century Bank N.A., a premium service business bank focused on the needs of entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals in the West Los Angeles community, warmly welcomes Neil McTiernan as Vice President, Relationship Manager. Neil brings in to the company over 10 years of banking expertise and successful track record, previously serving as Manufacturer’s Bank’s Business Development Officer. In his new position at 1st Century Bank, Neil, a native of the West Side, will be focused on catering to the commercial banking needs of middle-market companies, and developing creative banking solutions for high net worth individuals.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Nyquist

  
LAW
Peter Nyquist joins Greenberg Glusker as a Partner in its Environmental Group. Nyquist represents clients in matters involving state and federal Superfund; investigation, remedial or corrective action requirements at contaminated sites; and litigation of cost recovery, toxic tort and citizen suits. He serves as the 2014-2015 Chair of the L.A. County Bar Association’s Environmental Section. Nyquist and Greenberg Glusker’s team of environmental attorneys are recognized as leading environmental lawyers by Chambers USA.



Eshenbaugh
  
ARCHITECTURE
Wolcott Architecture Interiors has appointed Jennifer Mathews Eshenbaugh as the new Director of Operations, Administration and Human Resources. Jen has a BA from UC Irvine and career experience in for and non-profit. She brings to Wolcott expertise in management, operations, human resources and strategic planning.


Chung

  
ARCHITECTURE
Harley Ellis Devereaux welcomes David Chung as Healthcare Design Studio Leader for its Los Angeles office. Chung brings 20 years of experience within the design and construction industry, with a focus on medical care facilities under OSHPD jurisdiction. Chung’s extensive experience includes hospitals, medical towers, health clinics, and imaging centers.



Salas
  
ACCOUNTING
Sergio Salas has been promoted to Principal in RBZ’s growing tax practice. Salas began his career at RBZ in 2005. He has 15 years of tax and consulting experience specializing in corporate, individual, and partnership taxation. Salas’ industry expertise includes working within the real estate and high-net-worth marketplace.


  
REAL ESTATE
CIRE Commercial Real Estate Inc., Broker, Eric Friedland, has opened a new office in Woodland Hills, CA. CIRE specializes in assisting Retailers, Schools, Service businesses, Car Dealerships and any others in need of Commercial Space in the all of the trade areas of Northern and Southern California. CIRE also represents Landlords in procuring new Tenants as well as consulting services regarding lease/landlord/tenant issues. Eric Friedland has been in the business over 20 years and brings to CIRE both knowledge and tenacity to assist retailers and users of Commercial space in navigating everything from location sourcing, lease negotiation, and ancillary issues that arise in opening a new location. For Real Estate Assistance, please call Eric at 818 398 0354. www.cirecre.com


Monday, August 4, 2014


Chun
  
ACCOUNTING
Lynell Chun has been promoted to Principal at RBZ. Lynell has over 20 years of tax and consulting experience serving the family wealth industry. Her expertise includes working with high-net-worth individuals, family office groups, trusts and estates, S and C corporations, partnerships and other pass through entities. From 2011 through 2013, Lynell has been recognized as Five Star Professional Wealth Manager by Los Angeles Magazine.


Shigetomi
  
ARCHITECTURE
Harley Ellis Devereaux welcomes Patsy Shigetomi, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP as Corporate Commercial Design Studio Leader for its Los Angeles office. Shigetomi brings 20 years of leading interior architecture design teams for major education, institutional, commercial and hospitality projects in Los Angeles and on projects across the country.


Volkmann-Viola
Jones

  
CIVIL ENGINEERING
Hall & Foreman, Inc. (HFI), a civil engineering, land planning, and surveying firm, announces two promotions. Deering Volkmann-Viola, P.E., Project Manager/Associate is named Project Director/Associate. As a key player in HFI’s successful infill and multi-family housing business, she will provide project oversight and team leadership.
Chris Jones, P.L.S., Survey and Mapping Manager, is appointed to Associate. He is instrumental to the growth of the firm’s survey and mapping business. As Associate, he will assist the management team with strategic planning.


Monday, July 28, 2014


Hutchison
  
FINANCE
Mark Hutchison joins Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno as Partner in the Tax practice. Mr. Hutchison will focus on broadening tax services for clients in the entertainment industry as well as high net worth individuals. Mr. Hutchison was formerly a partner at Rothstein Kass, and prior to that, at KPMG.


Jett
  
FINANCE
Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, a leading investment advisory firm to high net worth individuals, families, trusts and foundations, announced today the addition of Aaron Jett as Vice President to its Manager Research group. Aaron will provide investment research and advisory services to Bel Air’s clients.


Avakian

  
TECHNOLOGY
Enterprise financial software company BlackLine Systems has expanded its executive management team, hiring Alain Avakian as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Mr. Avakian joins BlackLine with 25 years of extensive experience scaling technology organizations for dynamic, fast-growing Internet and e-commerce companies as they’ve grown to the point of public offerings and/or acquisition. As CTO, Mr. Avakian will be responsible for the technology direction of BlackLine’s flagship Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)- based account reconciliation and financial close suite 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.



Coler
  
FINANCE
Torrey Pines Bank is announcing it has hired Catherine “Cathy” Coler as Vice President, Relationship Manager at the bank’s Beverly Hills office. She will focus on business development for closely held businesses and professionals in the Beverly Hills and West L.A. area. Prior to joining Torrey Pines Bank, Ms. Coler held high level positions with other successful Los Angeles area banks. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles.


Hurst

  
NONPROFIT
Lawrence A. Hurst, LCSW, BCD joins the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles as Director of Social Services. The council is a Catholic charity serving the disadvantaged of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Hurst was last with the L.A. County Department of Mental Health in Skid Row as district chief for eight mental health programs consisting of over 200 staff and serving over 10,000 persons annually. For more information: www.svdpla.org.



Saetia
  
ACCOUNTING
Tammy Saetia has been promoted to Partner in RBZ’s highly respected Law Firm Services Group. Tammy began her career as a new RBZ staff member in 1997. In 2007, she left RBZ to become the CFO of a large, Southern California-based law firm. Saetia returned to RBZ in 2012 as a Principal. With 17 years of experience serving law firms, Saetia brings a depth of expertise that makes her an indispensable asset to RBZ’s leadership team.


Pendergist

  
FINANCE
Luther Burbank Savings is pleased to announce that Jason Pendergist has been named Chief Lending Officer. Mr. Pendergist’s responsibilities will include the leadership and oversight of all commercial and consumer lending functions within Luther Burbank Savings.
Mr. Pendergist brings a broad range of management experience with more than 12 years of expertise in commercial and multifamily lending. Prior to joining Luther Burbank Savings he served as Managing Director and Head of the Eastern Region for the Commercial Term Lending business at JPMorgan Chase.
“We are delighted to have Jason join the Luther Burbank Savings senior management team” said John Biggs, Luther Burbank Savings’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “His industry experience and lending expertise will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we continue to expand our Commercial, Multifamily and Single Family Real Estate businesses.”
Luther Burbank Savings is an FDIC insured privately held, California based savings association with over 3.6 billion in assets and 10 locations. Luther Burbank Savings offers a variety of consumer and wholesale banking services focusing on retail deposits and originating single and multifamily mortgage loans. For more information, please visit www.lutherburbanksavings.com.


Monday, July 14, 2014


Kiel
  
REAL ESTATE
Laurus Corporation, a private real estate investment and development firm, has named Douglas S. Kiel as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Kiel brings more than 25 years of financial, accounting and operations management experience in both public and private companies. He was previously Chief Operating and Finance Officer of Makar Properties.


Roe
  
CONSTRUCTION
Christopher Roe, veteran of the AEC industry and real estate development arena, joins Gilbane Building Company to lead business development in the greater LA and OC markets. His professional expertise spans the Aviation, Transportation, K-12, Higher Education, Civic, Hospitality, Corporate/Commercial and Healthcare markets. Chris graduated from the University of Washington.


Saetia

  
ACCOUNTING
Tammy Saetia has been promoted to Partner in RBZ’s highly respected Law Firm Services Group. Tammy began her career as a new RBZ staff member in 1997. In 2007, she left RBZ to become the CFO of a large, Southern California-based law firm. Saetia returned to RBZ in 2012 as a Principal. With 17 years of experience serving law firms, Saetia brings a depth of expertise that makes her an indispensable asset to RBZ’s leadership team.



Brown
  
ACCOUNTING
McGladrey LLP, a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, is pleased to announce that Art Brown has joined the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office as an assurance services partner with a focus on serving clients in the alternative investment industry. Art brings over 12 years of experience providing assurance and advisory services to investment advisers, hedge funds and private equity firms ranging from startup entities to multi-billion-dollar international firms. www.mcgladrey.com.


Milford

  
NONPROFIT
Kay Milford, a Director with CBIZ MHM, LLC has been appointed to the Board and two committees of Fit 4 The Cause. Fit 4 The Cause is a non-profit organization raising funds for health related causes through group fitness programs and wellness education throughout the Conejo Valley. Kay specializes in providing tax and business consulting services to high net worth individuals and companies in the real estate, manufacturing, entertainment, financial and legal services industries.



Harrer
Wolper
  
HEALTHCARE
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services appointed two new directors to its Board: Christopher H. Harrer, Senior Director and Adjunct Professor at the USC Marshall School of Business; and Michael L. Wolper, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Mindful Education and co-founder of Operation Mindful Warrior. Both are committed to Didi Hirsch’s mission of erasing the stigma of mental illness. Didi Hirsch provides mental health and substance use services to children and adults in 11 locations throughout LA and Orange Counties and operates a 24/7 suicide prevention Crisis Line.


Cornejo

  
TECHNOLOGY
AT&T has appointed Lupita Sanchez Cornejo as the new Director of AT&T External Affairs for the greater Los Angeles area. Sanchez Cornejo has 14 years of experience with AT&T and will head the greater Los Angeles area team and work with policymakers on AT&T’s new technology deployment and infrastructure investment.


Monday, July 14, 2014


O’Grady
  
FINANCE
City National Bank has hired seasoned technology and venture capital banker Billy O’Grady in Los Angeles. O’Grady, who will head up the Southern California Technology and Venture Capital Group will be responsible for providing the growing number of technology companies and entrepreneurs in Southern California with a wide array of credit, banking and investment solutions. In the past 12 months, City National has helped about 75 companies grow with various products and services.


Ardebili
  
LAW
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has promoted Hajir Ardebili to special counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Ardebili has extensive trial experience in a range of practice areas, including complex business cases, entertainment litigation, intellectual property matters, real estate disputes and First Amendment litigation.


Raizman

  
FINANCE
Nathan Raizman has joined Grandpoint Bank as Vice President and Relationship Manager at the Farmers Market office on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Raizman is responsible for addressing the commercial banking needs of small and mid-sized businesses. He was previously Vice President at First Foundation Bank in West Los Angeles.



Scholz
  
ARCHITECTURE
Alyssa Scholz, IIDA, joins HGA Architects and Engineers as Principal, Associate Vice President and Director of Interior Design in California. With more than 20 years of experience, Scholz will build the firm’s interior design services in healthcare, higher education and public/corporate practice groups.


Kazerani
Segil

  
TECHNOLOGY
Alex Kazerani and James Segil, EdgeCast Networks co-founders, received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Greater Los Angeles award in the technology category. Kazerani and Segil were recognized as visionary leaders for building a next-generation content delivery network that provides the fastest, smartest content delivery for the rapidly changing demands of consumers who want instant access and flawless Web experiences. In late December 2013, Verizon acquired EdgeCast Networks, in the industry’s largest private CDN acquisition.


Monday, July 7, 2014


Miu
Zhao
  
FINANCE
Torrey Pines Bank is announcing the hiring of Anthony Miu as Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer, and Emily Zhao as Vice President, Loan Officer. The new executives will be responsible for building customer relationships in Los Angeles and Orange County by providing personalized service to address local businesses’ specific needs. Prior to joining Torrey Pines Bank, they each have had responsibilities for managing loan portfolios over $100 million.
“We look forward to further expanding our team with the addition of Anthony and Emily, who share our dedication to helping local business owners and professionals,” said Regional President for Torrey Pines Bank, Paul Donaldson.


Pires
Molina
  
ADVERTISING
MVC is a boutique creative agency in Los Angeles founded by Creative Director Jason Pires and Art Director Marioly Molina. MVC specializes in creating emotionally compelling brand experiences to connect and unite clients with their audiences.
MVC has been recognized for their excellence in advertising and integrated branding with eleven international awards in the first half of 2014. MVC received seven Horizon Interactive Awards and four Summit Creative Awards for branding, advertising, and website design projects.


Berry

  
ACCOUNTING
McGladrey LLP, a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, is pleased to announce that Ralph Berry has joined the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office as a portfolio business development executive with focus on the consumer and industrial products, food, beverage, and distribution industries. Ralph brings significant experience in the professional services industry and will focus on middle-market business development throughout the firm’s western region, which includes ten offices in California, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. www.mcgladrey.com.