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Monday, March 27, 2017

Byron Tobey, PE, LEED AP, QSD, ENV SP has been promoted to lead Construction Management at Psomas companywide. Tobey brings 27 years of senior-level experience to his new role. Previously, he led the firm’s Transportation Construction Management Team in Southern California.

Alan Wright joins Cathay Bank as Senior Vice President and Team Manager, Business Development. With over two decades of experience, he will lead a commercial banking team focused on providing solutions for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and traditional financing needs for middle market companies throughout Southern California.

Stout Welcomes John Calcagnini

John Calcagnini has joined Stout in Los Angeles as Managing Director in the Investment Banking group’s healthcare industry practice. A veteran of CRT Capital Group, Mr. Calcagnini has successfully executed more than 40 transactions in the healthcare industry across a variety of sectors, including biotech, specialty pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Mr. Calcagnini brings extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, restructuring, and equity and debt financing for both public and private companies. For more information, visit www.SRR.com.

Systems Source, a Furniture Program Management Company that offers Interior Architecture and Furniture Solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Tina Conway and Ramona Quinn to its staff. Systems Source is a certified Woman-Owned Business and the 2nd largest Knoll dealer in the US.
Tina, Vice President, Business Development, comes to Systems Source with an extensive career in the contract furniture industry. Since 1990 she has served clients in both, public and private sectors, and has a long track record of executing major projects in Corporate Accounts. Her clients know Tina for her passion to find the best solutions; as well as being consistently responsive, creative and accountable. In her new role at Systems Source, she is charged with developing and expanding business in the LA market.
Tina holds a degree in Interior Design from FIDM and is a native of Los Angeles.
Ramona, Vice President, Business Development, is an experienced business development professional who has worked on corporate, government, higher education and healthcare projects in Southern California and throughout the United States. Ramona is well-respected within the industry for consistently creating a positive work environment and building great teamwork. Her strategic focus at Systems Source will be to bring that expertise to the government, healthcare and education sectors in the LA market.
Ramona is a native of Los Angeles and is passionate about volunteerism and actively involved with The Hope Street Project.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Equinox Strategy Partners’ Jonathan R. Fitzgarrald named to College of Law Practice Management (COLPM)

COLPM, comprised of nearly 250 professionals internationally who have made significant and sustained contributions to the legal profession, will induct Fitzgarrald as a Fellow during a ceremony in October for his achievements to the profession. Fitzgarrald coaches and trains services professionals on strategies for increasing revenue.

Gensler, the leading global design firm, announced Greg Sherlock, AIA, NCARB, has joined the Los Angeles office as a Director in its sports practice area, Gensler Sports. An industry expert in the evolution of sports design, Sherlock has led large-scale sports and hospitality projects at the professional and collegiate level.

R&A Architecture + Design, whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes Principal Shawn Gehle. As a nationally-recognized design and thought leader, Gehle brings to the firm his track record of success specializing in projects that include creative workplace, educational institutions, and large-scale commercial developments.

Loyola Marymount University announced the appointment of Thomas Poon, Ph.D., as executive vice president and provost, overseeing the university’s colleges, schools, faculty, academic programs, and student development. Poon is currently professor of chemistry at Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, and Scripps colleges. At Pitzer, he served as acting and interim president and senior associate dean of faculty. In his new position, Poon will serve as chief academic officer and lead the university’s strategic planning and budgeting processes.

SierraConstellation Partners LLC, an interim management and advisory firm serving middle-market companies in transition, is excited to announce the promotion of Drew McManigle to Southwest Regional Head, effective March 1st, 2017. Mr. McManigle has more than 27 years of experience in operational leadership, business turnarounds and financial restructurings, and he has conducted complex litigation worldwide. His global experience spans a wide variety of industries, including oil & gas, healthcare, manufacturing, real-estate and transportation where he has held numerous C-level and fiduciary leadership roles. Mr. McManigle attended Texas Tech University and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston.

KAA Design Group is proud to announce newly appointed Lisa Copeland to Senior Associate; Michael McGowan and Meghan Beckmann to Associates, effective March 9, 2017. Copeland, CFO, continues to contribute her financial expertise with her tenure at KAA Design Group. Managing operations, financial reporting and processes, her development of financial strategies and best practices continue to be invaluable to the firm. As Landscape Studio Director, McGowan’s vision leads the design and implementation of large-scale custom residential landscape architecture. Beckmann supervises the BIM and design workflow initiatives and has successfully pioneered its integration into the firm.

Effective January 1, 2018, Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) has appointed Tom Barry as its next Managing Partner. Tom will transition into the role currently held by Leon Janks. Tom has been with GHJ for 20 years and partner for 10 years. He leads the Waste and Recycling Practice, as well as a number of key functions at the firm. Tom will continue Leon’s strong legacy of positivity and collaboration that has attracted world-class talent and grown them into future leaders. As part of his vision for the firm, Tom has launched the firm’s #BeMore commitment, which encourages employees to live their best lives – professionally and personally. “I could not be happier to see someone I respect and trust take over as managing partner,” Leon said. “Tom’s leadership within the firm, passion to #BeMore and drive to achieve results will carry GHJ well into the future.” Tom believes in leveraging technology and innovation to create flexible schedules that allow employees to take care of themselves and their families in addition to their GHJ clients. He sees his role as a combination of entrepreneur, partner, consultant, mentor and business advisor to help both clients and employees #BeMore. When Tom is not working, you will find him fishing, coaching or spending time with his wife and four children. By continually investing in next generation leadership and top talent, resources and technology, Green Hasson Janks has committed itself to transforming vision and passion into tangible results for its clients and people.

Monday, March 13, 2017

R&A Architecture + Design, whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes Director of Design Brooks Atwood, IDSA, IIDA. Atwood, who’s attained international acclaim in the fields of architecture and industrial environments, will devote his experimental design approach to the rapidly expanding firm.

Portia Gonzalez, PE, joined HNTB Corporation’s growing Southern California team as project manager. She supports the Interstate 405 Improvement Project, and plays a key role to help grow the firm’s transportation practice. Gonzalez has over 25 years of experience in transportation engineering, predominately in drainage design, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and storm water management. Her expertise also includes river modeling, floodplain delineation studies, water resource planning, sediment transport and project management.

PCL Construction Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jack Sample is promoted to vice president of California Buildings, where he will oversee all buildings work in California. Under Jack’s leadership in Los Angeles, PCL has been awarded the billion-dollar, joint-venture LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse North, as well as the Banc of California Stadium. Cathy Orquiola is appointed district manager and will oversee buildings work in the Los Angeles area. Cathy, a 22-year industry veteran, joined PCL in 2015 after successfully overseeing a regional office for a large commercial contractor.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP is pleased to announce that partners Geraldine A. Wyle and Jeryll S. Cohen, and of counsel Kenneth S. Wolf have joined its Trusts and Estates Litigation and Administration Department in the Los Angeles office. Geraldine A. Wyle’s practice focuses on the areas of complex litigation and dispute resolution concerning trusts and estates, conservatorships and guardianships, often involving fiduciary and inter-generational family controversies, as well as appellate law. She is equally adept at handling both high-conflict cases involving contentious litigation, and more collaborative cases focusing on mediated solutions. Jeryll S. Cohen’s practice focuses on complex trust and estate administration and estate planning, as well as dispute resolution with regard to trusts, estates and estate tax matters. Ms. Cohen has particular expertise in issues arising from careers in the entertainment, music, film and real estate industries. In complex matters, Ms. Cohen applies her numerous strengths to develop and execute creative and tax-efficient strategies, whether in the context of estate planning, trust, probate administration or litigation. Kenneth S. Wolf possesses more than forty years of experience in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Wolf is also an experienced mediator of trust and estate litigation matters, having handled more than 100 mediations with a 95% success rate. Mr. Wolf has qualified and testified as an expert witness in several Los Angeles County Superior Court cases involving probate and trust issues.

Sutton, Pakfar & Courtney LLP has elected Daniel Dubelman to the firm’s partnership in its corporate department. Mr. Dubelman represents clients in a wide range of M&A, financing, venture capital and other strategic transactions, and securities law compliance and corporate governance matters. Mr. Dubelman joined the firm in 2012 as a lateral attorney from Latham & Watkins LLP.

The American Heart Association’s 2017 Go Red For Women campaign will be led by Johnese Spisso, president, UCLA Health, and CEO, UCLA Hospital System. As Go Red chairwoman, Spisso will spearhead efforts to empower Los Angeles women to live longer, healthier lives. She will also lead three events in May that will unite women in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Learn more at lagored.heart.org.

R&A Architecture + Design, whose extensive breadth of work includes commercial, hospitality, residential, and mixed-use projects, welcomes new Studio Director Alex Anamos, AIA, LEED AP. Anamos, recently elected to AIA|LA’s esteemed Board of Directors, brings more than 20 years of expertise to the rapidly expanding firm.

Monday, February 27, 2017

HUB International announced that Seth Cohen, Vice President of Entertainment, and Bob Jellen, Managing Director of Entertainment, have won the 2017 Power Broker award by Risk & Insurance magazine. Now in its 12th year, the Risk & Insurance® Power Broker® contest recognizes the best commercial property & casualty brokers based on their accomplishments and client testimonials.
Both Bob and Seth were praised by their clients for their industry knowledge, creative problem solving and responsiveness. www.hubentertainment.com

Cerrell Associates announced that Tori Chica and Dan Loeterman have been named Vice President. Tori and Dan spearheaded the firm’s campaign and public relations expansion in 2016. Tori manages the firm’s Campaigns & Issues Management practice and managed successful local, county and statewide measures in 2016. She previously served on President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Dan manages the firm’s PR & Crisis Communications practice and has extensive experience in local and state politics and communications.

Holly Hitt-Zuniga joins Kamus + Keller Interiors | Architecture’s Westlake Village office as a Senior Project Manager. This seasoned design professional of 20 years has worked with a diverse array of corporate, entertainment, and healthcare clientele. An ardent supporter of green design principles, Holly is currently finishing up her Masters in Sustainable Design. www.kkaia.com

Gensler, the global design firm, has promoted three leaders, Peter Barsuk, Annmarie Brintnall and David Herjeczki to the role of Principal in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.

Peter Barsuk, AIA, LEED® AP, DBIA
Practice Area Leader, Principal
With a proven track record of successful projects, Peter is an expert in sustainable design; a Civic and Government practice area leader; and a studio director for Gensler’s Los Angeles office. With over 20 years of experience as an architect, Peter designs and delivers integrated project solutions for both public and private, institutional, educational and commercial clients.

Annmarie Brintnall, NCIDQ
Practice Area Leader, Principal
In her role as a Firmwide Director of Retail Centers, Annmarie brings over 20 years of professional experience specializing in retail expansion and repositioning. Adept at developing designs that provide a connection between the user and the community, Annmarie demonstrates a thorough understanding of the environment and an acute attention to detail.

David Herjeczki, AIA, LEED® AP
Design Director, Principal
As a Design Director and a Studio Director in Gensler’s Los Angeles office, David oversees a collaborative process of rigorous creative investigation and strong technical integration for both commercial and institutional clients. Over the course of 20 years of professional experience, David has been recognized consistently for his innovative design work, leadership and commitment to sustainability.

Tech industry veteran, Neil Patil, has been named Chief Operating Officer at Santa Monica-based startup, Reaction Commerce, the first completely open and real-time commerce platform for modern retailers. With an extensive background in retail and ecommerce, Neil brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in all areas of management. He will oversee the company’s day-to-day operations and assume responsibility for the sales, marketing, client success, product management and business development teams.

Chris Harrer joins Northern Trust as a Senior Wealth Strategist for the firm’s Los Angeles Region. Based in Century City, Chris works with high net worth families and entrepreneurs to develop comprehensive wealth management solutions. Chris has 15 years of business development and relationship building expertise within an array of industries. Most recently as Senior Director at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business where Chris directed the school’s $40 MM annual fund campaign. www.northerntrust.com

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.