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Monday, February 20, 2017

Paul Weiss has joined City National bank as an executive vice president and leader of the bank’s Residential Lending team. In addition, he will join the bank’s Executive Committee. City National specializes in originating first mortgages and concurrent equity lines of credit. City National provides mortgages in 24 states, and its portfolio of home mortgages and equity lines of credit has grown to $7.6 billion. www.cnb.com


Cerrell Associates announced that Tracey Chavira was named Associate Vice President. Tracey will work with the firm’s leadership to manage Cerrell’s extensive LA City Hall client roster. Tracey has 19 years of government experience working for four Councilmembers, and was previously Director of Government and Member Relations at Central City Association.

Alma Banuelos has joined City National Bank in Los Angeles as the head of two complementary trust businesses at City National and RBC Wealth Management-U.S. Banuelos is responsible for leading RBC’s state-chartered Delaware trust company and the nationally chartered City National trust business. Together, these groups administer significant assets for clients of City National Bank, RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and several other prominent wealth management firms. www.cnb.com

Monday, February 13, 2017


Western Dental & Orthodontics continues to expand with the appointment of Michael Roub as Vice President of Business Development, and Natalie Arranaga as Vice President of Dental Implants. Roub brings significant experience in acquisitions to the company’s leadership team. Arranaga joined Western Dental to accelerate expansion of the company’s Dental Implants program.

Psomas is pleased to announce that Rose Fistrovic has become a senior project manager in the company’s Land Use Entitlements practice. The former deputy director, Orange County Planning Department, Fistrovic brings over 25 years of public and private sector experience. Previously, she was with the Los Angeles CRA.


Psomas is pleased to announce the appointment of Alysen Weiland, PE, ENV SP, DBIA a Principal of the firm. Weiland has 17 years of experience in site development, with a niche in higher education campuses. She is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America and a Designated Design-Build ProfessionalTM.

Skanska, one of the world’s leading construction and development firms promoted Raul Rosales to Senior Vice President/Account Manager and will lead Skanska USA Building’s operations in Los Angeles. Rosales has more than 30 years of industry experience, the last 10 of which have been with Skanska. Over the course of his career, he has worked to deliver projects that support positive outcomes for a variety of customers and the communities they serve up and down the west coast. He is well-versed in a variety of delivery methods, including integrated project delivery.


Joe Edson has joined City National Bank as a division credit manager for the Personal & Business Banking division in Los Angeles. In this newly created role, he is responsible for the credit teams that support the bank’s growing small business and SBA lending groups.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck welcomes Robert Weiss who will serve as Of Counsel in the firm’s Real Estate Department in Los Angeles. He brings with him more than 30 years of business and legal experience serving companies with real estate holdings in a variety of transactional and financial matters.


Kinecta Federal Credit Union announced the promotion of Brett Stubbs to FVP, Chief Financial Officer. Reporting to Keith Sultemeier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kinecta, Stubbs will oversee the Credit Union’s overall financial management and internal controls including accounting, financial and management reporting, treasury, budgeting/forecasting and asset liability management.

Vroozi, a leading mobile-first, user-centric purchasing and spend management platform, has appointed Gregg Parise as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Parise, a recognized SaaS and finance industry leader, will focus on overall innovation, culture and elevating Vroozi’s purchasing suite with the end user and maximum efficiency in mind. He plans to increase the Company’s already impressive revenue growth, while up-leveling its superior quality solution for the procure-to-pay marketplace.
“This opportunity is tailor-made for my experience and expertise,” said Parise. “Vroozi is an inspiring company that adds the perfect modern touch to the task of ‘business shopping.’ Spend management is so important for companies to focus on, now more than ever. Growing the reach and impact of a much-needed solution like Vroozi is something I sincerely look forward to.”
Leveraging his top-tier investment background, Parise is keenly aware of trends and shifts in markets that potentially affect the profitability of operations in large organizations. His background contains a distinctive, strategic combination of visionary leadership and business acumen, which has allowed him to be instrumental in building multimillion-dollar businesses, establishing successful financial operations, securing competitive positions and effectively leading teams through periods of growth, volatility and transformation.
As Parise assumes his new role as CEO, former CEO Steve Olds will stay on as President and Chairman of Vroozi. Parise joins Vroozi from his most recent role as CEO of Events.com.

Monday, February 6, 2017


Hillel Elkins expands Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Entertainment & Media Group.

Elkins, formerly EVP Business Affairs at Relativity Media and General Counsel, Head of Business Affairs at Blumhouse Productions, will focus his practice on film/TV development, production, distribution and finance. Elkins joins Michael Rosner and Scott Ehrlich as the third former general counsel to join Sklar Kirsh from an Entertainment company.

Jaya Kumar joins Lamb and Kawakami LLP as Partner.

Kumar’s practice focuses on Family Law, Trusts and Estate Administration and Elder Care, especially as it relates to protecting elders or dependent adults that have been taken advantage of or unduly or wrongfully influenced. Areas of expertise include family law, conservatorships, elder and dependent adult abuse, trust and probate litigation, and guardianship.


Tangram welcomes Lindsey Sage as our newest Sales Director. Lindsey will be responsible for managing Tangram’s Studio, Technology and Business Development sales teams. Lindsey brings 12 years of experience, most recently as the VP of Strategic Accounts for Custer. Sage reunites with Tangram where she started her career. Welcome Lindsey!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Sean Casey to the firm’s Los Angeles Office. Casey handles all aspects of intellectual property law. He regularly advises clients on the development and management of patent portfolios in the mechanical and electrical arts. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Casey was a corporate counsel at Boeing.

Rami S. Yanni joins Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman LLP as Partner. Yanni, formerly SVP of Business & Legal Affairs for Saban Brands LLC, will round out Rosenfeld’s entertainment and media group with his expertise in all aspects of intellectual property, brand and content licensing, protection and enforcement, consumer products, and IP-focused mergers and acquisitions.


Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) promotes Patsy Shigetomi to Principal, Studio Leader, Corporate + Commercial Design Studio. Patsy is the lead interior designer for the office, working across housing, workplace and higher education markets. She leads interior design on the amenity spaces at LA’s two-tower CIRCA residential development, designed by HED.

Robert J. Slimp, PE, has been named chairman, president and CEO of HNTB Holdings Ltd. Slimp has held a number of leadership roles within HNTB since joining the firm in 2005. He continues to serve in his role as CEO for HNTB Corporation, a post he has held since 2013. Slimp has more than two decades of industry leadership and client service experience on large-scale infrastructure and transportation programs throughout the United States.

Monday, January 23, 2017


Natalie Ikhlassi has been elected to partnership at Thompson Coburn. Natalie represents clients facing a diverse range of business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts across Southern California, including appeals. She advocates for clients in real estate disputes, contracts, general business torts, probate disputes, and employment litigation.

Lendlease Construction welcomes Mark Turner as the Director of Operations and Joe Wathen as the Director of Preconstruction Services of the Los Angeles office. Mark and Joe join Lendlease each with over 35 years each of experience in the Southern California construction industry. Most recently, Mark led the construction of Metropolis Phases I & II and Columbia Square in LA; Joe recently completed the Californian, Montage Hotel, 12100 Wilshire and Disney Circle 7.


Loyola Marymount University announced the selection of John T. Sebastian, Ph.D., as the next vice president for mission and ministry.
Sebastian, who currently serves as vice president for mission and ministry at Loyola University New Orleans, will succeed Vice President Robert Caro, S.J., on June 12, 2017. “I am honored to join LMU and lead its mission and ministry programs, which play a vital role in articulating and advancing a deeper understanding of the university’s Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount identity,” Sebastian said. “LMU’s values resonate within the community, and the university produces engaged alumni committed to lives of meaning and purpose.” Sebastian earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in medieval studies from Cornell University. He has an M.A. in English from Georgetown University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English and medieval studies.

Freeman Freeman & Smiley welcomes partner, Richard D’Amura, who has a multi-jurisdictional practice representing securities firms and financial advisors in litigation in state and federal court, and before FINRA Dispute Resolution. He is admitted to practice law in California, New York and Florida.


JOHNSON FAIN recognizes the following individuals for their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to the progressive values of the firm. Steve H. Chung, AIA, LEED AP and James Donaldson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C have been promoted to Principal and Amber Langlois has been promoted to Associate Principal. The following individuals have been promoted to Senior Associate: Hyeyoon Chung, AIA, LEED AP, Margie Dianco, Mark Owen, and Sean Yun, AIA. Alexander Sexsmith, AIA LEED AP has been promoted to Associate. JOHNSON FAIN, an international architecture, urban design + planning and interior design firm, is well-known for the design of a diverse range of project types.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Douglas Elliman welcomes power broker Scott Segall back to its fast-growing California team. With more than two decades of award-winning experience representing the most prestigious properties and clientele, Segall’s current focus is luxury homes and development opportunities throughout Los Angeles.

Rick Keating partners with Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). A recognized leader in design, Keating brings his vast experience as a designer on large-scale, complex projects, including Los Angeles’ 52-story Gas Company Tower and the ultra-luxurious Beverly West Condominiums. Keating will provide design services for all five of HED’s offices.


Will Troutman has been promoted to partner at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He concentrates his practice on consumer markets, regulatory compliance, environmental disputes and business and human rights. Practicing in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Troutman’s experience includes consumer products, food and cosmetics; Superfund; chemical and pesticide regulation, including Proposition 65; and federal and state hazardous waste generation, handling and management.

Growing great people is an essential core value at Green Hasson Janks. Promoting Satpal Nagpal to partner was a direct result of his passion for mentoring and training our young professionals and his superior technical acumen. Satpal has almost 15 years of public accounting experience providing audit, accounting and general business consulting service and is an essential component of the firm’s Waste Management Group and the Nonprofit Practice.


Green Hasson Janks is not only an accounting firm, but a strategic advisor. The addition of David Horwich as Managing Director is an investment in the growth and expansion of the firm’s Consulting and Transaction Advisory Practice. By leveraging his 23 years of extensive experience, he will lead the firm’s Growth Strategy and Value Planning service line. David brings his focused approach to strategic advisory and his personal passion for travel to the firm.

Cultivating talent and providing a personalized approach to client service is one of Akash Sehgal's core attributes. “His promotion to partner was well-deserved as he truly nurtures and empowers emerging leaders at the firm,” said Managing Partner Leon Janks. With nearly 20 years of state and local tax experience, Akash is a passionate leader in the firm’s State and Local Tax Practice and focuses on multistate income and franchise tax, sales/use tax and credits/incentives.

Monday, January 9, 2017


Wells Fargo Bank announced the appointment of Charles Wilmot as Senior Vice President and Group Lead, joining the Los Angeles commercial banking services team. Charles brings more than 20 years of financial services experience in the corporate and mid-corporate markets, with a focus on growth capital, leveraged finance, the debt and equity capital markets, and a client-centered focus delivering innovative solutions. He and his team will be focused on collaborating with area clients and prospective clients to profitably grow their businesses and achieve their strategic financial goals.

Paola Amaro Alvarez, MS, SPHR, PHRca, SHRM-SCP, ACC is VP of HR, West for Reyes Beverage Group. She’s an experienced HR leader who achieves business results. She has held various teaching and leadership positions including being a UCLA Extension Instructor in HR and the Immediate Past-Chair of PIHRA Pasadena.


Polaris Property Management, a division of MWest Holdings, LLC, is thrilled to announce the promotion of Jay Rey-Hipolito to Vice President of Operations, where he oversees the operations of the company’s nationally owned and managed portfolios. In his new role, Rey-Hipolito will be focusing on developing and implementing best-in-class policies, systems and procedures, and establish new metrics and performance expectations. “Rey-Hipolito joined the company as Director of Property Management just last year, but has quickly established himself as a leader. We are excited about his new level of responsibility,” says MWest Holdings President Karl Slovin.

Catherine Nguyen joins Cathay Bank as First Vice President, Corporate Banking Division. With 19 years of experience, she will focus on outreach to domestic and international companies with a need for commercial and industrial financing, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, mergers and acquisition financing, and global capital markets.


MWest Holdings, LLC is pleased to announce that Vlady Sheynin has been promoted to Vice President and Director of Asset Management. Vlady joined the company three years ago, and has run the Asset Management department since that time. In his new role, Sheynin will be responsible for profit maximization of the firm’s 2 million square foot real estate portfolio, investor relations, and business-plan execution. “With his 20-year career in ground-up development and asset management, Sheynin brings a wealth of experience to this new role. We are excited about his new level of responsibility and authority at the company,” says MWest Holdings President Karl Slovin.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Ravi S. Rajan, Dean of School of the Arts at Purchase College, State University of New York, has been selected as the fourth President of California Institute of the Arts. Rajan will begin his tenure June 1, 2017, and succeeds Steven D. Lavine.

Debra Mathias has been named chief operating officer of Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Mathias has served as executive VP/COO for Children’s Hospital of Orange County and senior VP/COO at Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver. OIC is focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children and receives 60,000 patient visits a year. ortho-institute.org.


Gursey | Schneider LLP, a full service accounting firm, announces the promotions of Kristen L. Gillespie, CPA/ABV/CFF and Shannon Ward, CPA to partner. Ms. Gillespie specializes in forensic accounting in family law matters and performs a wide range of accounting services including business appraisals, analyses of gross cash flow available for support, analyses of marital standard of living and reimbursement claims. Ms. Ward specializes in income, gift, and estate tax planning, as well as income tax compliance and audit defense for high-net-worth individuals and their business interests, trusts, and private foundations. She designs and helps implement tax-efficient estate plans to meet the business succession and wealth transfer goals of her clients. Ms. Ward also has significant experience consulting on tax issues related to divorce. G | S has offices in Century City, Irvine, Torrance, San Francisco, Encino and San Diego.

KAA Design, one of the nation’s leading residential architectural firms dedicated to advancing the California lifestyle through contemporary architecture, is excited to announce the promotion of Duan H.M. Tran, AIA to Partner, effective January 1, 2017. Mr. Tran has been a member of KAA Design since 2000, and was previously named Principal at the firm in 2014. During his tenure as Principal, Duan has been invaluable in his role, providing palpable leadership and a distinctive voice in promoting several key-initiatives related to the firm’s strategic growth within the areas of organizational and business development.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Berbay Marketing & Public Relations is pleased to announce the elevation of Amy Rossetti to Account Manager. For two years, Amy has spearheaded marketing and public relations campaigns for clients. Berbay specializes in working with professional services firms. Since 1995, we create the visibility and credibility that fuel revenue growth.

Loyola Marymount University announced the promotion of Lynne Scarboro to chief administrative officer, overseeing the university’s administration and business operations. Scarboro, currently senior vice president for administration, joined the university in 2002 and has been responsible for the administrative areas serving the university’s core operating needs – IT, human resources, facilities, parking, conference and event services, and public safety, as well as capital projects. Her expanded role will add the university’s business and finance operations to her existing responsibilities.

Tangram has been honored with a 2016 REmmy Award for Most Innovative Project in the less than 50,000 square foot category for the remodel of their Santa Fe Springs Headquarters. The REmmy Awards is a ceremony organized by CoreNet each year recognizing the best of the best in the commercial real estate industry.
Tangram’s Headquarters, completed in late April 2016, was a collaborative project between Tangram, MOZU and Holwick Constructors. As a company specializing in commercial interiors, Tangram needed an updated space that incorporated the most cutting edge workplace trends. The headquarters also serves as a showroom for the many markets they service. Susie Tashiro, of MOZU, describes the design process, “Tangram services Southern California. The main design idea represents a duality to capture the energy and color in our vibrant landscape. Southern California is famous for its sunny weather and dramatic Pacific Coastline, but we are a community where one enjoys the outdoors as much as the indoors. The design is inspired by the unique lifestyle that is made possible because of our location, surrounded by beaches, mountains, lakes and deserts.”
Nick Meter, who headed the project for Tangram says, “Now when people ask, ‘What is Tangram?’, we can actually show them. This space is a Tangram, puzzle pieces in forms of business units, clients, vendors and employees, fitting together to create this beautiful space.” The project showcases products from various manufacturers including Steelcase, Buzzispace and Vitra as well as custom workstations from Tangram Studio. Additionally, Tangram Flooring and Tangram Technology sourced and installed all flooring applications and A/V systems.
One of the ways Tangram measures the success of any project is the ability to see a client’s culture, brand and values fully integrated into the way they work. In their new headquarters, the Tangram culture is not only present, but obvious; the brand is represented clearly through the products in the space, the people that work there and the energy that can be felt all throughout the building.