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Monday, November 20, 2017

Andrea Baker, CEng, has been hired as a rail project engineer in the Long Beach office of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm. Baker is a civil engineer with expertise in the site assessment, design, coordination, and construction of light and heavy rail systems, including engineering of track alignment and rail structures and integration of railroad signal systems. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, she has engineered projects throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Healthcare design expert Laurie McCoy has joined CannonDesign as a principal to lead the firm’s Los Angeles office. Laurie will focus on the growth and development of the firm’s Southern California practice - forging successful client relationships, mentoring staff, and creating new partnerships across health, education, corporate/commercial and science industries.

Swinerton Builders Special Projects and Corporate Services is proud to announce Christopher Carr, LEED AP joining our Downtown Los Angeles and Orange County Team as Project Executive. Chris brings over 30 years of experience in the general contracting industry and he will oversee a large portion of the Special Projects, Tenant Improvement and Corporate Account Services work in our region. Chris has spent the last several years managing accounts as an executive for other reputable general contracting firms and brings a vast portfolio of strengths and relationships to the Swinerton team.

Douglas Elliman, California is proud to announce Jennifer Fematt as the newest addition to the California brokerage. A successful broker, Jennifer’s success in real estate is attributed to her ten-year career in wealth management.

Jennifer understands that with substantial wealth comes substantial responsibility. She works closely with Ultra High Net Worth Individuals & Families and collaborates with their Trusted Advisors (Attorneys, CPAs, and Business Managers) to effectively navigate the complexities of their estates.

Jennifer’s priority is to ensure her client’s best interests are top of mind. Whether purchasing or selling a primary residence or vacation home (domestically or internationally); investing in development or income property; or transitioning wealth to future generations through real estate, Jennifer’s approach is thoughtful and holistic in nature.

As she carefully considers all aspects of her client’s balance sheet, Jennifer is able to recommend custom tailored strategies to achieve her clients’ goals. Her financial acumen, and analytical nature position her clients at an advantage. This is balanced by her innate ability to immediately build rapport with clients and agents alike. Her relationships and reputation have enabled her to outshine the competition, often beating out multiple offers and creatively keeping escrows together that the average agent would have shied away from, consistently keeping her client’s ultimate goals top of mind and flawlessly executing to achieve them.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tim Hepworth has joined BAR Architects as Director of Interiors, reinforcing BAR’s philosophy of seamlessly integrating Architecture and Interiors. He brings a strong background in concept driven design solutions for hospitality, custom homes and workplace environments.

Erica Nelles, AIA, Joins Dewberry to Lead Sacramento, California, Office

Nelles’ multidiscipline expertise is welcomed as firm’s West Coast architecture practice grows. Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announced that Erica Nelles, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been hired as the business unit director and a senior associate in the firm’s Sacramento, California, office.

Nelles is responsible for the firm’s architecture practices in its Sacramento and Pasadena offices, where she works as a client and project manager and oversees general office operations. She is currently leading multiple efforts on statewide contracts for criminal justice facilities. Nelles has extensive experience in both the design and management of multi-faceted architecture projects, including retail, new construction, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and sustainable policy development. Her areas of expertise include concept design, design research, project management, sustainable design and developing studio culture.

Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a senior vice president for a design group in northern California. Throughout her 16-year career, Nelles has worked as an architect for various clients, including Philz Coffee, Young at Art Children’s Museum, and General Electric. She also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University and as a senior associate for a nationally recognized engineering firm in Miami, Florida.

“Our architectural practice continues to grow in the western U.S. and Erica’s delivery experience, technical acumen, and client focus are central to expanding our base of operations in California,” says Joseph Wells, AIA, principal for Dewberry. “As our clients look to expand and develop more sustainable and state-of-the-art facilities, Erica will play a key role in leading the design and delivery of these projects.”

Nelles earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in bio-resource engineering from Rutgers University (2001). She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Dewberry’s full range of architectural services includes programming, design, sustainability, production, construction administration, program development, architectural design, interior design, cost estimating and scheduling, sustainable strategies, 3-D modeling, and contract documentation. Its experienced staff provides services for a wide range of clients, including healthcare, higher education, justice, K-12, libraries, and recreation and wellness.

About Dewberry Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

Pepperdine University selected Dr. Scott Bowling, President & CEO of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (, as one of their inaugural “Top 40 Over 40” business leaders - recognizing alumni who excel in their industry and have a strong philanthropic commitment. In his 18+ years with the nonprofit, Bowling has demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership resulting in over 3,800 children and adults with special needs accessing services annually via 15 sites throughout LA County. He has also tripled the size of the operating budget to $27M, developed innovative programming, established collaborative partnerships with over 100 businesses, and launched social enterprises and

Michael E. Ross joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Corporate Group. Ross, formerly Assistant General Counsel of Platinum Equity and VP and General Counsel at NewEnergy, Inc., has deep experience with licensing and distribution arrangements, technology and commercial contracts, as well as general corporate matters. Ross represents the fourth attorney Sklar Kirsh has added to its Corporate practice who has previously served in an in-house general counsel role.

Zena Gardner Brings Customer Service Expertise to CDC Small Business Finance

Zena Gardner has joined Team L.A. of CDC Small Business Finance to initiate and expedite the SBA-504 loan process for bankers and commercial real estate brokers advising small business owners on buying commercial/industrial buildings and large equipment. Direct: 305-900-7052

Monday, November 6, 2017

Yangchen Lama Named to Working Mother Magazine’s List of Top Wealth Advisor Moms

NEW YORK - Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced that Yangchen Lama, a Family Wealth Director, Financial Advisor in the Firm’s Beverly Hills Wealth Management office, has been named to Working Mother magazine’s inaugural list of Top Wealth Advisor Moms. This new listing recognizes a select group of individuals who, while pursuing careers as successful Financial Advisors, also juggle the responsibilities of having one or more children living at home.

“I am pleased that Yangchen is representing Morgan Stanley and our working mothers,” commented Robert Perry, Complex Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Beverly Hills office. “To be named to this inaugural list recognizes Yangchen’s professionalism and dedication to the needs of her valued clients.”

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 42 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals.

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BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Kevin Anderson as a Business Development Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kevin has been providing executive leadership to professional service and management consulting organizations for over 25 years. He most recently served as Office Managing Partner for a national professional services firm.

BlackLine, Inc. a leading provider of financial controls and automation software solutions that enable Continuous Accounting, has appointed veteran Finance and Accounting (F&A) executive Tammy Coley as chief strategy officer. Formerly executive director, Enterprise Accounting and Internal Controls Governance at leading broadband communications company and long-time BlackLine customer Cox Communications, Ms. Coley brings deep industry and product experience to BlackLine.

Coley is a visionary accounting leader with a deep understanding of how accounting processes intersect with modern technology. In her new role, she will help direct BlackLine’s strategic vision as the financial automation software provider continues to help customers transform their F&A operations through the use of BlackLine’s cloud software tools. More importantly, Coley’s background as a customer herself ensures that, even as BlackLine continues to grow, the customer experience remains the company’s core focus.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Chad Coombs was promoted to managing director in tax services at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. Coombs, both an attorney and a CPA, has vast experience in insolvency tax and represents clients in a wide range of tax controversies.

Crystal & Company, a leader in insurance and risk management, is proud to welcome Julie Branstetter as a Managing Director within the Commercial Property & Casualty department and team leader in the Southern California region. Julie has over 30 years of experience and specializes in the construction industry.

Randy Starbird has been promoted to Executive Managing Director, West Region for Clune Construction. Randy has been with Clune for 25 years and has been instrumental in growing the volume of Clune’s work in the West Region and has overseen the execution of hundreds of projects in a leadership role for large tech companies, high-profile law firms, and Fortune 500 companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Southern California. Clune is a national, full-service general contractor with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Crystal & Company, a leader in insurance and risk management, is proud to welcome Nick Donovan as the Business Development Leader for Southern California. He is responsible for growth in the region, further establishing the Crystal brand and recruiting talent within the industry to support and sustain that growth.

Sasia Mellinger has joined David N. Schultz, Inc. Real Estate Investments and Property Management as its human resources manager, it was announced by president Jennifer Schultz Bertolet. Mellinger brings to the firm a diverse background in project management, recruiting, talent and development, employee retention programs and improving company culture. She will primarily be working on maintaining labor and payroll law compliance as well as improving company culture.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) and NHM President and Director Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga announced that civic leader Shannon Faulk has been elected the new president of the museum’s Board of Trustees. On the eve of its 105th anniversary, the Natural History Family of Museums is embarking upon an ambitious 10-year program to revitalize the Natural History Museum, its historic anchor in Exposition Park, and re-imagine the physical space and programs of its world-renowned Ice Age fossil site and museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Hancock Park.

Faulk’s involvement with the museum began in 2008, when then Second District Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke appointed him to the NHM Board of Governors. Faulk was later reappointed by current Supervisor and Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas. “As the museum fulfills its strategic goal to become ‘a museum of, for, and with L.A.’, we have made a commitment to access a critical priority. Shannon will help us as we make a long-term investment in understanding, hosting, reflecting, and embedding in our local communities,” said Bettison-Varga.

Faulk is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Clark Atlanta University. After executive sales management and development positions at companies including the Pitney Bowes Corporation, he established his own independent insurance agency through the Farmers Corporation. He focuses on urban development by providing insurance and financial services products to urban-based community businesses and the private sector.

Usman Tariq, PE, CEM, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, is the new managing principal of HDR’s Los Angeles architecture studio. Having played an instrumental role in HDR’s successful growth in Washington, D.C. as associate managing principal, he is looking forward to being part of a renewed sense of identity for the firm in its new downtown Los Angeles office.

Named by Building, Design + Construction magazine as a “change agent” and receiving the magazine’s 2015 40 Under 40 award, Tariq is an electrical engineer with over 16 years of experience. His expertise spans the entire design process, from pre-design through construction-phase services for a wide range of building types. An avid learner, Tariq holds graduate degrees in mechanical engineering and operations research. He enthusiastically promotes literacy in the business of design through his involvement in the AIA, as well as through academic endeavors including university adjunct teaching positions. Tariq is passionate about the role of technology in redefining the design profession for the built environment. A strong proponent of data-driven design, he thrives on the challenge to reinvent the ways in which we deliver value-add services to our clients and communities.

“The Los Angeles studio has reshaped itself over the past few years,” said Tom Vandeveer, HDR’s director of professional services. “We’re better connected with our community and our clients, and we’re winning significant work. With Usman’s strong business acumen and a leadership style that promotes engagement and consensus, I am very optimistic about the future.”

Cheryl Teeter-Balin and Marco Valverde were admitted as partners in the firm’s Los Angeles, California, office. Cheryl specializes in advisory services to both publicly traded and privately owned companies in the technology, manufacturing and distribution, not-for-profit, and higher education industries. She has significant experience with issues of revenue recognition, internally developed software, share-based compensation, intangible assets, business combination, redeemable and convertible stock, and convertible debt.

Marco has practiced public accounting since 2004. He has significant audit experience directing all phases of audits and reviews for a variety of privately held middle-market apparel, manufacturing, distribution, and retail companies.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Major Properties is proud to announce the promotion of Anthony S. Behar to Executive Vice President and Partner. Mr. Behar has been with the firm since 2002, starting as a sales associate. He is the firm’s first associate to be named Partner. He will continue to serve his clients in the acquisition and disposition of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Additionally, he will oversee the hiring and training of new agents as Major Properties grows its sales force.

Mr. Behar also consults on development site dispositions and has worked extensively with affordable housing developers. He represents buyers as well as for-profit and non-profit organizations. He distinguishes himself through his in-depth knowledge of the ever changing real estate market and by providing individualized marketing plans for each property. Mr. Behar earned Major Properties’ President’s Award in 2005 and 2010 and Salesman of the Year award in 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2015. Jeff Luster, CEO, says “Anthony has been a consistent top performer and we welcome him as a Partner as our firm continues its extraordinary success.” As a leader in the Downtown Los Angeles real estate market since 1964, Major Properties has brokered over $4 billion in transactions and has served thousands of property sellers, buyers, lessors and lessees. Major Properties specializes in industrial, commercial and residential investment real estate located in Downtown Los Angeles, Central, South and East Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Koreatown and Mid-City areas.

Huntington Hospital has named Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, as President and CEO. Dr. Morgan brings nearly 30 years of healthcare and healthcare administration experience with a focus on developing programs that support patient care, strengthening physician relationships and enhancing financial performance. She most recently served eight years as Corporate Vice President of Legacy Health, Portland’s largest local health system, and as President of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, the system’s largest hospital.

CohnReznick, a top accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States, is pleased to announce that Kash Hussain has joined the Firm as an Assurance Partner, based in Los Angeles. Kash has more than 20 years of diverse experience providing audit and consulting services to privately held and public companies. He has worked with clients in numerous industries including media and entertainment, real estate, technology, manufacturing and distribution and consumer products.

Monday, October 16, 2017

CohnReznick, a top accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States, is pleased to announce that Marc Wolf has joined the Firm as Regional Financial Services Industry leader, based in Los Angeles. Marc has more than 25 years of diverse audit, tax and consulting experience, specializing in Regulated Investment Companies (RICS), venture capital funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, real estate funds, management companies, registered investment advisors and broker-dealers.

Todd J. Lerner, Financial Advisor
LBW Insurance and Financial Services

Mr. Todd J. Lerner joined LBW in September, bringing 15 years experience in the financial planning industry and doubling LBW’s assets under management. Lerner is valued by his clients for his proactive approach, ability to communicate in “plain English”, and his 24/7 availability. From 2011 to 2017, Lerner operated a sole practitioner financial planning practice through Morgan Stanley, offering long term retirement and estate planning alongside custom portfolio management.

Businessman and philanthropist Michael A. Nemeroff assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 27, 2017. He succeeds David C. Bohnett, who has been named Chairman of the Executive Committee, a new leadership position charged with leadership initiatives critical to the future growth and success of The Wallis. “I am delighted that Michael Nemeroff will steer The Wallis into its next chapter,” said Bohnett. “As The Wallis continues to emerge as a premier world-class performing arts institution and major cultural destination, it is vital that we continue to have strong Board leadership. Michael is a veteran non-profit board strategist who displays the successful leadership, energy and passion that will help The Wallis elevate its position on the world’s stage.” Michael A. Nemeroff is President and CEO of Vedder Price, a global law firm with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, London and Singapore. He counsels companies and private equity firms in transactions and governance matters. Nemeroff is one of two legal advisors to the G100, an elite international organization of leading CEOs from Fortune 500 publicly traded corporations who meet regularly to share practical collective experience about deal making and leadership challenges.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Kerbanu Pudumjee has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Pudumjee is immediate past president of Las Madrecitas, an auxiliary of the Charitable Children’s Guild of OIC dedicated to promoting the welfare of children. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business at USC.

Former EY Executive Diane Gramil Appointed VP Market Development, Western US for Surgent CPA Review. Leveraging her 16 years’ experience in talent acquisition at EY, Gramil will work with firms and universities across western states to foster even more rapid growth of Surgent, the emerging force in CPA Exam Prep.

SierraConstellation Partners, LLC (SCP), an interim management and advisory firm to middle-market companies in transition, announced that it has hired John Farrace as a Managing Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office. “We are very pleased to have John join our team,” said Larry Perkins, SCP’s founder and CEO.

“His depth and breadth of experience as an operating executive, commercial lender and investor brings a differentiated point of view to bear for our clients, and will further enable us to elevate the level of counsel that we are offering both current and future clients as they confront a range of complex business challenges.”

Before joining SCP, Farrace was a Managing Director and Group Head in CIT Group’s Commercial Finance unit and was Head of Corporate Banking at OneWest Bank prior to its acquisition by CIT Group Inc. Farrace’s responsibilities included management of Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Commercial Underwriting, and Syndications. Prior to that he was a Co-Head of Leveraged Finance for North America at Allied Irish Bank (AIB) where he helped establish AIB’s Corporate Banking business in the U.S., which included the bank’s successful middle market, ABL and gaming practices. Prior to that, he was a Portfolio Manager at Harch Capital Management, a hedge fund specializing in leveraged loans and high yield bonds and earlier in his career was Vice President in the Syndicated Finance division of Imperial Bank.

Farrace holds a BS in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Monday, October 2, 2017

California-based healthcare consultancy Freed Associates hired healthcare veteran Gay Fright as a new Vice President. Fright will strengthen Freed’s current relationships and leverage her clinical skills and 25 years of health care organization experience. Gay is well versed in business process redesign, strategy execution, IT development and revenue cycle enhancement.

Kim Walls has been promoted to the role of Lime Crime’s Global General Manager. Walls brings an extensive and impressive track record of successfully building brands from startups to global multinationals to her new role. As Global GM, she will continue to grow Lime Crime’s team, build out its technology infrastructure, and expand both brick-and-mortar presence, as well as its global cross border eCommerce business.

J.P. Morgan Private Bank announced that Bob Graziano has been appointed to the role of Vice Chairman. In his new position, Graziano will work to build significant client relationships throughout the West and serve as a senior resource in developing new business across all of JP Morgan Chase’s lines of business. He will continue to report to Olivier de Givenchy, West Region Head for the Private Bank.

“There are few people in the industry more deeply engrained in the Los Angeles market than Bob Graziano,” said de Givenchy. “We are delighted that he has accepted this new role. Bob’s insight and experience will be essential to our clients’ success not only in LA, but across the West region more broadly.”

Graziano has served on the Private Bank’s regional leadership team since 2013. Previously, he was a Managing Partner, Family Advisory Services at Northern Trust. In addition to his financial services experience, Graziano spent 18 years as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization where he held roles including President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He also worked for the 1989 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and for Ernst & Young.

Graziano is extremely active in the community. As Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, he was instrumental in the city’s successful bid for the 2022 NFL Super Bowl and is helping to attract other world-class sports and entertainment events to the region. He also remains active with the LA84 Foundation, YPO and, his alma mater, The University of Southern California. In both 2016 and 2017, he was recognized on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Most Influential People” list.

Julianne Knox, Director of Client Services

Julianne joins Wolcott as Director of Client Services. Her experience working with manufacturers and dealerships provides her a keen sense of the marketplace.

“We are thrilled to have Julianne join Wolcott. She brings firepower to our business development division as we continue to expand Wolcott’s market position.”
– AJ Wilder, President, Wolcott Architecture Interiors

Year Up Los Angeles (“YULA”), a one-year career development and internship program for low-income young adults (18-24), welcomes Michael Faught as Executive Director. Following a 35-year career in investment banking, investment management and technology start-ups, Michael most recently spent five years creating and teaching a career-centric business and finance program at high schools in south central Los Angeles. Among Michael’s top priorities is expanding YULA across Los Angeles in partnership with Los Angeles community colleges.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Vroozi, a leading mobile-first, user-centric purchasing and spend management platform, announced today Greg Butterfield, founder and managing partner at SageCreek, as their new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Butterfield brings more than 30 years of executive-level experience in enterprise software to Vroozi. This new pivotal appointment coincides with unprecedented growth as Vroozi’s customer and user base increased 132 percent in the last year. This growth is the new driving force for the organizational expansion of the Company’s structure, strategy, and market presence to be overseen by Butterfield as Chairman.

“Greg’s successful history in growing software, hardware, and SaaS-based companies will be a catalyst for Vroozi’s continued growth,” said Stephen Olds, Vroozi President.

Build Group, Southern California offices has hired Doug Hogg as director of operations for our Special Projects Group. He is responsible for managing – at both a strategic and operational level – the division’s key frontline functions and regional office. His years of experience in commercial construction have forged a clear understanding of the operational complexities of running a special projects group such as ours.

“We couldn’t be happier to have recruited someone of Doug’s caliber to a role that will be integral to continuing the successful growth of the Build Group’s Southern California office,” said Todd Pennington, president of the Southern California division for Build Group. “Doug is a widely respected veteran in the commercial construction market, and his wealth of experience, knowledge, and industry relationships assures that he will be an impact-maker from Day One. We’re excited to welcome Doug to the Build Group team, and I know we’re all looking forward to working with him.”

Doug moves into this role after an impressive pedigree of experience with industry leaders such as Illig construction, Tasei, Webcor and Matt Construction and most recently the owner rep on the $1b century Plaza hotel project. “I am honored to take on this role and look forward to helping Build Group achieve continued growth operational efficiency. With firm-wide support, we can focus on the long-term initiatives and work process improvements that will help ensure a long and successful future for the business,” adds Doug Hogg.

About Build Group, Inc.: Build Group provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout Southern and Northern California. Having just reached its 10-year anniversary, it is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves, with a mission statement: “WE BUILD: Values…People…Trust.”

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International real estate investment and services firm, Kennedy Wilson, has named Ed Sachse president of Kennedy Wilson Properties LTD, the company’s commercial brokerage and property management division. Since 2010, Sachse has served as the executive managing director of the firm’s brokerage operations, leading a national team of agents under the Kennedy Wilson Properties banner.

“With tens of millions of commercial square feet under management combined with hundreds of millions of dollars in brokerage transactions, I am honored take an already driven and entrepreneurial team to the next level,” Sachse said. “Our clients’ properties are our priority.”

Kennedy Wilson Properties offers brokerage and property management to third party clients throughout the country. The division is headquartered in Los Angeles, with regional offices in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Seattle, Chicago and Austin.

“Using the celebrative expertise of our team members, we are focused on adding value and creating operating efficiencies for each client,” Sachse said.

Prior to joining Kennedy Wilson, Sachse was the founder and president of Sachse Real Estate Company in Beverly Hills for 17 years, a full-service real estate firm specializing in commercial brokerage and property management that was ranked among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 25 Brokerage Firms. Sachse currently serves on the U.S. Bank Advisory Board in Los Angeles as well as the president of the Los Angeles Real Estate Council for the City of Hope, which has more than $22 million for cancer research and new life saving treatments. Sachse holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University.

Monday, September 18, 2017

JOHNSON FAIN is pleased to announce SUMA SPINA, AIA has been promoted to Principal and will lead the Interior Design Studio within the firm. Ms. Spina has more than 20 years of professional experience in major projects including creative office, hospitality, residential, civic, and education.

Juliann Rooke has been selected as executive director of Descanso Gardens. Rooke, previously the chief operating officer at the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden, succeeds David R. Brown who retired in August. Rooke has 22 years of experience in nonprofit management. She joined Descanso Gardens in 2008 as chief financial officer. In 2012, she moved up to chief operating officer with responsibility for all revenue-producing operations of the Gardens, including development.

Lori Rock was recently promoted to Partner in Marcum LLP’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Rock has more than 13 years of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services to publicly traded and privately held companies in various industries, including retail, distribution, manufacturing, and technology. Her background also includes extensive experience with consolidated returns, state and local tax issues, mergers and acquisitions, as well as accounting for income taxes. Ms. Rock can be contacted at

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Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA) has named Heather Cooper Ortner as President and Chief Executive Officer. Cooper Ortner is responsible for overseeing all organizational and administrative duties, programs, staff, and strategic planning. Prior to ALZGLA, she served as CEO at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and EVP Development at the International Myeloma Foundation. ALZGLA is the only full-service, dementia-focused nonprofit with 36 years’ experience and 5 locations serving Greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Nessa Williams has joined HNTB Corporation’s expanding Southern California team as project manager, program management. She specializes in program planning and management and will help support HNTB’s growth in California. She is based in the firm’s Ontario office. Williams joins HNTB after spending more than 10 years with San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. She will primarily be supporting the firm’s work on the I-10 Corridor project management and construction management contract with the SBCTA. She brings extensive professional experience in transportation project and contract management, program management and operations to the firm’s clients.

Woodside Homes has announced that Chris Chambers has joined the company as the new President of the Southern California Division. In this role, Chambers will be responsible for land acquisition, real estate development and P&L assessments. Chambers has 25+ years of experience in home building and master planned community development.

Owen-Dunn has hired Mark Johnson as a Property & Casualty Broker for our Southern California office. Mark specializes in tailoring solutions for his client’s specific risk management and insurance needs and will work to expand Owen-Dunn’s Southern California presence.

Chirp, the global leader in data-over-sound technology solutions, has announced that Marco Carvalho has joined the company as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Carvalho will be responsible for leading Chirp’s growth and further accelerating their dominant position across the US. Carvalho is also the founder of Immersive Play.

Monday, September 4, 2017

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of John Blakey as an Assurance Partner and the Southern California Healthcare Practice Leader in the firm’s Los Angeles office. John joins BDO with more than 25 years of experience, most of which have been focused on serving healthcare organizations. In this role, John is responsible for managing client and prospect relationships in the healthcare industry, as well as growing the firm’s West Coast footprint in the healthcare industry.

Southern California-based master builder, Snyder Langston, has expanded its Los Angeles executive team with the addition of Max Burcham as Project Executive. A LEED AP, Max brings three decades of broad, award-winning experience to his role, with a strong background in healthcare construction. His expertise also includes preconstruction services, construction management, and LEED-certified projects. Max’s leadership adds to the firm’s growing Healthcare portfolio and reinforces its prominent Los Angeles market presence.

Interpublic Group agency Golin announced today that Executive Creative Director Charlie Coney will now oversee creative for Golin’s Western Region in the U.S. This is
not a new hire for the agency but an important transfer for one of Golin’s creative leaders. Charlie will be based in L.A. and will work with teams in L.A. and San Francisco to build out their creative departments and deliver award-winning work for a blockbuster roster of clients. He reports directly to Caroline Dettman, Chief Creative and Community Officer, and will oversee all creators on the West Coast.

After 10 years in the London office, Charlie has helped drive creative for brands such as Magnum, Johnny Walker, Dove, npower, Smirnoff, Cadbury, Sainsbury’s, Great Western Railway and many more. In more recent years, he has served as the global chair for Golin’s Creator Community: a diverse mix of creative talent including writers, designers, web developers, copywriters, video editors, photographers and creative directors.
“Not only is Charlie a bright, creative mind; he’s also an incredibly important member of our Golin leadership team,” said Dettman. “This move is yet another proof point of our commitment to provide our best and brightest talent with new and exciting opportunities. Charlie has done amazing things for our London office. And now he has the opportunity to bolster our creative chops in a very important market for us.”

About Golin Golin is the Relevance Agency: an integrated agency with PR, digital and content at its core. With 50 offices around the world and more than 60 years of experience, Golin’s purpose is to create change through relevant, brave work worthy of awe, action and awards. “Go All In” is the agency’s ethos and commitment to bravery over mediocrity. Since 2014, Golin has been named PRWeek Global’s International Agency of the Year, PRmoment’s Large Agency of the Year, PRWeek UK’s Best Agency to Work For and UK Consultancy of the Year, and a Best Place to Work by The Holmes Report. Within its revolutionary g4 model, specialist communities drive relevance using proprietary tools to plan and execute powerful campaigns. Golin is a member of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). Learn more at

The Child Development Institute (CDI) hosted their Annual Back to School Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at CDI’s Early Learning Center, in Canoga Park. This event was shared by over 25 community partners and was a true testament to the power of partnership! With the generous support of local organizations housed throughout the San Fernando Valley--free services, activities, and health screenings were provided to school-aged children and their families.

Child Development Institute 6340 Variel Ave, STE A, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 (818) 888-4559

CDI’s Early Learning Center 7260 Owensmouth Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303 (818) 712-0453