Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, July 27, 2015

Jennifer Lorenzen, CPA, was named a tax manager of Lucas Horsfall, said Mike Amerio, managing partner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State Univ. and a master’s degree in taxation from Golden State University. Lucas Horsfall is one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in Southern California.


Navé & Cortell is pleased to announce that Janet Kerr has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Kerr brings to the firm her expertise in corporate and securities law, startups, angel and venture capital funding, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, and technology strategies. She is also CEO of Kerr Strategic Consulting. Navé & Cortell specializes in business formation, business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, general counsel services, and public entity law.

Jim Slouber, Managing Director of CBIZ MHM, LLC, was a featured speaker for the Lawyers and Legal Professionals Affinity Group in Century City on June 12th. He presented “Business & Tax Issues in Immigration Law” to professional members of the group and provided an overview of U.S. Income taxation of US nonresident aliens, tests for determining residency status, pre-immigration US income tax and estate tax planning as well as the potential impact of US income tax treaties. Jim has over 30 years of public accounting experience in partnership and corporate tax planning, tax and business consulting, transactional tax structuring, tax controversy, tax compliance, federal aspects of international taxation, and bankruptcy and insolvency taxation.


Tes Baradas, CPA, joins Lucas Horsfall as a manager. A Philippines native, B.S. in Accountancy from St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, Baradas is a tax manager with experience in both public accounting firms and in corporate accounting positions. Lucas Horsfall is a 56-person, 84-year-old accounting and consulting firm in Pasadena.

McKool Smith has announced that Robert Allen has joined the firm as a principal in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Allen specializes in copyright-related disputes in the entertainment and new media sectors. He was instrumental in formulating the legal theories supporting the successful class action brought by his clients, two founding members of rock band The Turtles, against SiriusXM Radio concerning misappropriation of their pre-1972 recordings that recently resulted in a partial settlement of $210 million.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Felicia Williams opened the Los Angeles office in Downtown for Clean Fund. Headquartered in Sausalito, Clean Fund provides direct financing to property owners for energy/water efficiency and renewable energy improvement projects. The loan is re-paid through an annual assessment on the owner’s property tax bill through State legislation known as PACE Bonds. The financing is fixed rate, long term, and tied to the property so transferable upon sale.

Fralin Commercial welcomes Julian B. Curry, an apartment investment specialist focused on representing sellers and buyers in auction-environment dispositions and strategic acquisitions. With an emphasis on serving the Mid-City L.A., South L.A., and Inglewood markets, Julian has amassed a wealth of practical knowledge and strong relationships. Over the last 24 months, Mr. Curry has closed over $25M in apartment transactions.


Watt Companies President Nadine Watt was installed today as the first female board chair in the history of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). As President of the 12th largest woman-owned business in LA County, Watt brings significant development expertise and knowledge about LA’s evolving business landscape to the post.

Diana Hallal and Christina Johnson (from Union Bank) have joined TMC Financing’s Southern California commercial real estate lending team of Jennifer Davis and Jennine Gilmer. In the past three years, TMC has participated in financing projects of more than $612 million to Southern California businesses, primarily through the SBA 504 loan program.


Mark S. Luttrell, CPA/ABV/CFF, of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., was a featured speaker on complex forensic accounting issues for the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists in Walnut Creek on June 9th, presenting to attorneys who have been designated a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California. Mark manages the firm’s offices in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Irvine and Oxnard. In addition to managing these offices, Mark works in complex litigation matters, testifying as an expert witness on issues related to accounting and finance.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Kamus + Keller Interiors|Architecture, is proud to announce the transition of David Keller into the role of President|CEO. David, along with partner John Kamus, recently celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of their firm, which began in his home office and has grown into a thriving business with three SoCal locations. David’s new position will allow him to focus on developing long-term relationships with the firm’s diverse clientele, and nurturing the talents of his dedicated staff.

Women’s Foundation of California supporters gathered at City Club Los Angeles June 25 with community leaders for updates on plans to strengthen women’s economic security in the Southland. The evening was underwritten by The California State University (CSU) and Board member Maryann Reyes Jackmon. www.womensfoundca.org

Manhattan Beach-based CPA Michael Allmon was named the 2015 Saul Braverman Award recipient by the California Society of CPAs and the State Committee on Taxation. Honored for his strong ethics, professionalism and creativity, Allmon is recognized for distinguished service in tax & estate planning at the individual & corporate levels.


Todd C. Pennington has joined Build Group as President of Southern California and will be responsible for all Southern California operations. Todd will leverage his 30 years of experience and contacts to position the company in this region across all business units, including ground-up, tenant improvements, and structures.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Justin Weissman has been promoted to Senior Vice President of 1st Century Bank. Justin manages the bank’s Business Banking Group that serves the needs of entrepreneurs, service professionals and business managers in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.1cbank.com


California Bank & Trust has hired Ardy Farokhirad as Senior Vice President, Regional Manager for the Greater Southern California East Region. Farokhirad oversees branches spanning from the Inland Empire to Downtown Los Angeles. Farokhirad brings to the California Bank & Trust team 25 years of extensive professional experience in financial services as well as an entrepreneurial background in small business as a business owner and Chief Financial Officer. (www.calbanktrust.com)

Team One–Saatchi & Saatchi’s fully integrated premium, luxury and aspirational brand agency–announced veteran Julie Michael as its new president effective August 1. Former executive director, communications Paul Silverman was named executive director, account management and will head the agency’s Texas office as managing director when it opens.

Monday, June 29, 2015


David Comfort has been promoted to Executive Vice President of 1st Century Bank. Dave is responsible for the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Commercial Real Estate teams. Dave focuses on commercial and private banking, serving professional firms and locally-held businesses in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.1cbank.com

Emily Schaub Lichtman joins Sklar Kirsh LLP as Director of Administration. A seasoned legal management professional, Lichtman will lead all aspects of the firm’s business operations. Lichtman joins Sklar Kirsh from Valensi Rose where she worked for nearly a decade.


Gerard Fox Law P.C. is proud to announce the addition of Eva Plaza as a Partner. Eva brings a wide range of experience in civil litigation in matters including business, real estate, constitutional and environmental torts, medical malpractice, and banking litigation. Eva has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America and has received numerous awards for outstanding achievement.

Peter A. Alford has joined City National Bank as a senior vice president and senior private client advisor with the bank’s private client services team. Based in Beverly Hills, he advises high net worth families, non-profits and professional services firms on comprehensive wealth management strategies and private banking solutions.


Jacqueline Griffith Crowley has joined City National Bank as a vice president and private banker with the bank’s Beverly Hills private client services team. Crowley serves the needs of entrepreneurs and investors, specializing in customized lending, estate planning related to liquidity events, and investing focused on fixed income securities.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Harry Oetojo joins 1st Century bank as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management Group Manager. Harry brings in to the company 25 years of expertise in commercial lending and credit portfolio management. He will be assuming leadership of the bank’s underwriting group and management of the bank’s growing portfolio. www.1cbank.com


Real estate and corporate attorney Ted M. Handel has joined Valensi Rose, PLC. Ted works with clients in developing the most effective strategies to acquire, sell, and develop properties; lease commercial and office space; and finance affordable housing projects. He also assists clients in establishing for-profit and nonprofit business entities and qualifying nonprofits for tax-exempt status. Century City-based Valensi Rose serves clients in the areas of Tax and Wealth Planning, Banking and Creditors’ Rights, Business Transactions, Entertainment, Family Law, Litigation, and Real Estate.

St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, an international Catholic non-profit serving the poor and homeless is pleased to announce the hiring of Oscar Valenzuela as General Operations Director. Oscar will be responsible for all functions of St. Vincent’s Los Angeles and Long Beach thrift stores. Oscar brings over 30 years of industry knowledge and experience. He has a Bachelors’ Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Masters’ Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Oscar will apply leadership concepts and principles to achieve the mission and vision of St. Vincent’s. For more information: www.svdpla.org

Monday, June 15, 2015


St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, an international Catholic non-profit serving the poor and homeless is pleased to announce the hiring of Oscar Valenzuela as General Operations Director. Oscar will be responsible for all functions of St. Vincent’s Los Angeles and Long Beach thrift stores. Oscar brings over 30 years of industry knowledge and experience. He has a Bachelors’ Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Masters’ Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Oscar will apply leadership concepts and principles to achieve the mission and vision of St. Vincent’s. For more information: www.svdpla.org

Kamus + Keller Interiors|Architecture, a leading Southern California commercial design firm, is proud to announce its 10 Year Anniversary of taking clients from ordinary to extraordinary through customized, innovative design. The company’s creative visionary and principal architect, John Kamus, has 35 years experience and is licensed in over 20 states. John recently transitioned into the role of CMO|Chairman, a position that will allow him to focus on the firm’s future as an imaginative thought leader throughout the design community.


Gerard Fox Law P.C. is proud to announce the addition of Calvin Cheng as a Partner and Head of the Corporate Group. Calvin joins us from Morrison & Foerster. Calvin brings a wide range of experience including corporate practice, venture capital funds, REITs, corporate governance, commercial agreements and general corporate matters.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Northern Trust has announced that Heidi Sandoval has joined them in the role of Senior Wealth Strategist for their Foundation & Institutional Advisors Group. Heidi will be based in Northern’s Pasadena office and brings with her 22 years of business development experience in the institutional segment. Heidi will focus on advising and developing institutional clients throughout Southern California.


Richard M. Grimes has joined InSite Wireless Group, LLC as Chief Operating Officer of InSite’s DAS and Small Cells Group. InSite is one of the largest privately owned tower and wireless infrastructure companies in the U. S. Grimes was formerly Chief Executive and Co-founder of Capital Tower Group, LLC and has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in wireless telecommunications infrastructure design, development and project management. Grimes will be based at InSite’s Western Region office in Pasadena, CA.

David Nelson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Electrical Engineer, was promoted to Associate Principal in GLUMAC’s Irvine office, where he leads academic, healthcare, commercial, hospitality and retail projects throughout California. David has 15 years experience in power systems design integration, construction administration, and sustainable design. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-j-nelson-pe-leed-ap-bd-c/2/a14/923


Electrical Engineer David Rushforth was promoted to Associate Principal in GLUMAC’s Las Vegas office where he leads electrical design as well as BIM, lighting, and AV coordination for various markets throughout the US. David has 10 years experience in project management, BIM, and sustainable design. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-rushforth/12/330/862

Robin Mosley, PE, LEED AP, Mechanical Engineer, recently became Associate Principal in GLUMAC’s Irvine office, where he leads mechanical projects in the high rise residential, academic, science and technology, and renewable/net zero energy markets. Robin has 18 years experience in project management, sustainable design, and complex building system innovations. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/robin-mosley/5/248/480

Monday, June 1, 2015


LEO A DALY, an internationally renowned healthcare-design firm, has made two new additions to its Los Angeles team. Steven Powell, AIA, a senior medical architect and planner, has devoted over 20 years to helping hospitals improve operational efficiency and care through building design. Gerard Gulpeo, AIA, a senior project architect, has spent 13 years taking highly technical healthcare projects from conception to execution for clients such as Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai, and UC-Irvine.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net), which has been serving children and adults with special needs since 1946, announces the appointment of Jeff Aidikoff, Esq., to its Board of Directors. Jeff is the owner of Aidikoff Law, a boutique firm specializing in elder abuse, personal injury and business litigation. Connect at www.Facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.


Chris Carr has been promoted to Vice President of Clune Construction Company. Chris will continue to provide leadership to the management of projects in Southern California. Clune Construction is a national General Contractor with offices in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Washington DC. Clune Construction specializes in interior construction projects as well as heavy renovations including mission critical projects.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Alison Kermode has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Director of National Marketing of Clune Construction Company. In this role, Alison will continue to manage the company’s marketing and communications nationwide as well as continue to oversee the marketing efforts for the downtown Los Angeles office. Clune Construction is a national General Contractor with offices in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Washington DC. Clune employs nearly 300 professionals and manages $550 million in commercial interior and mission-critical projects annually.


Marie Ebersbacher, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, Managing Director, CBIZ MHM, LLC and shareholder with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., a national accounting firm, presented “What is Advocacy? Expert Opinion vs. Applied Legal Theory” and “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas” at the 2015 AICPA Family Law Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 13, 2015. The conference was attended by CPAs from around the country that concentrate in Business Valuation and Family Law. Marie is also a member of the conference steering committee.

Congratulations to Kelly O’Neil, CPA and Shareholder with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., a national accounting firm on her nomination for the Los Angeles Business Journal Women Making a Difference Awards. Kelly is the Audit Practice Leader of the Southern California offices. She has been in public accounting since 1998 with extensive experience with publicly and privately held companies.

Monday, May 18, 2015


LA MARATHON LLC has named Sheri Wish as Vice President of Business Development. Wish has held the positions of Chief Revenue Officer for the Tournament of Roses/Rose Bowl Game and Director of Sports & Entertainment with The Tribune Company. Most recently, Wish was managing Director, Business Development for the National Association of Television Programming Executives. Wish will help further develop and enhance LA MARATHON LLC events and programs with a strong emphasis on business development and engaging onsite experiences for corporate partners and participants.

Mark Holbrook has joined Kinecta Federal Credit Union as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, where he is responsible for oversight of all enterprise risk management activities. Holbrook brings nearly 15 years of experience in risk management for financial institutions to his new role. Founded in 1940 and now celebrating its 75th anniversary, Kinecta is one of the largest credit unions in Los Angeles County, with $3.6 billion in assets.


Brandy Davis, CPA has joined the partnership of MGO. With over 15 years of Business Management and Taxation experience, Brandy specializes in entertainment industry executives, artists, and high net worth individuals. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, she is active in the AICPA, CalCPA, and Women in Film.

KPRS Construction welcomes Keith Taylor and Rob Kaneko, along with other team members from Los Angeles-based Inner Space Constructors. Keith as Senior Project Manager, Rob as Project Manager, and their team bring over 30 years’ experience in the industry. KPRS is proud to continue supporting the needs of our clients.


CBIZ has hired Dan Fein as a property and casualty sales producer for the Los Angeles office of CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc. Fein will be responsible for identifying both new business opportunities for the CBIZ property and casualty team in Los Angeles and cross-serving other CBIZ services.