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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

Cooper Ortner
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


Monday, August 28, 2017

Kinecta Federal Credit Union, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., announced the promotion of Mike Squire to SVP, Residential Mortgage. Reporting to Joseph E. Whitaker, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kinecta, Squire will oversee the Credit Union’s real estate lending areas, including Retail Loan Production and Retail Mortgage Operations.

Joanne Jung, CPA, joins Lucas Horsfall as a tax manager, according to Mike Amerio, managing partner. A graduate of U.S.C. with a B.S. in Accounting, Jung brings 15 years of tax and auditing experience to the firm. Lucas Horsfall is a 56-person, 60-year-old accounting and consulting firm in Pasadena.

Cumming, an international project management and cost consulting firm, announced that Jim O’Reilly has joined its growing Los Angeles team as Vice President. O’Reilly has more than 20 years of experience managing major, multi-billion-dollar construction programs. In addition to managing large capital programs, he also focuses on operational organization, profit and loss analysis, account management, and multi-unit operations management.

NRPR Group LLC (NRPR), an award-winning strategic PR firm, announced it has signed AVETTA Global as a new digital marketing client. AVETTA Global provides customized, end-to-end technology solutions for companies of all sizes.

Additionally, NRPR is celebrating a new hire and internal promotion.

Jen Rogers joins NRPR as a Public Relations and Marcom Account Director, bringing more than 16 years of experience in public relations, social media, speaking management, brand building, television programming, and promotions.

Jennifer Buonantony, previously a Senior Account Executive at NRPR, was promoted to Public Relations Account Manager for the agency’s Consumer Division.

John R. Randall has joined City National Bank as an executive vice president and chief credit officer. He’s also a member of the bank’s Executive Committee. Mr. Randall is responsible for City National’s credit management and plays a critical role in the company’s growth.

LEO A DALY, has hired Phan Luc, AIA, EDAC, as Vice President, Project Director. Luc has over 20 years of healthcare experience domestically and internationally. With special expertise in design-build and LEAN concepts, Luc has successfully led various large, complex, fast track healthcare projects through collaborative integrated process.

Starcom USA announced the appointment of Danielle Gonzales to President, Chief Client Officer and Kristina Lutz to President of Investment. Gonzales will serve as a U.S. client lead with oversight of the Starcom Los Angeles office. Lutz rejoins Starcom from iHeartMedia and previously spent 16 years at Starcom.

Trent Brown has extensive experience in public accounting with a focus on emerging growth companies, SEC filers and IPOs. His experience serving clients with complex technical accounting issues has given him valuable insight into issue identification and resolution, and in understanding the considerations unique to such companies.

Partner and Founder Michael “Mikey” Tanha is reuniting with Matt Celenza, Partner and Founder, of the newly-formed Boulevard Family Wealth. Boulevard Family Wealth, based in Beverly Hills, recently launched as an independent RIA and is a premier wealth management firm catering to ultra-high net-worth individuals and families. Previously at the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch, the $1 billion advisory team has now become a member of the Dynasty Financial Partners network. Matt Celenza says, “I am delighted to be reunited with Mikey at Boulevard Family Wealth. As a Founding Partner, Mikey will be instrumental as we grow and take our firm to the next level. He has a unique ability to build relationships and maintain the trust of ultra-affluent clientele, which will give us an advantage in high-end marketplace.” The partners wanted to go independent and run their own business for a while. The deciding factor was the partners’ potential to provide more to their clients. Mr. Tanha added, “Affluent clients do not like to be constrained. Rather, they require sophisticated and customized solutions that can be best provided through an open-architecture platform. Our move into the independent RIA space provides such a platform and, simply put, allows us to do more.” Prior to working as a Private Wealth Manager in the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Tanha began his career in financial services as a Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual. There, he received national recognition as a top new advisor.

Gensler welcomes four design leaders to the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Chris Mitchell, AIA, NCARB joins as Creative Director, bringing over 25 years of award-winning architectural and interior design experience.

Dan Grubb, AIA, LEED AP has been hired as Director of Aviation & Transportation, with three decades of both national and international experience delivering large-scale complex projects.

Jill Wittnebel joins as Director of Brand Design, with over 20 years of brand experience including visual identity, digital design, and environmental graphic design expertise.

Alyssa Scholz, IIDA, NCIDQ, Assoc. AIA, a healthcare industry expert with two decades of experience, joins Gensler as the Regional Director of Health & Wellness.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced that Kevin Karo has joined the Los Angeles office as co-Office Managing Partner, Assurance Services. Kevin also currently serves as the West Region Managing Partner, Assurance Services and has over 26 years of experience, working with various privately held and public clients. He will oversee the growth of the assurance practice and manage BDO’s professionals, clients, and prospect relationships.

Allyson Kelley has joined the Los Angeles office of Webcor Builders as Director of Business Development. Allyson brings over 15 years of business development and marketing experience in the healthcare, legal, and construction industries. Allyson’s Southern California expertise and client relationships will further enhance Webcor’s local presence and progressive team.

Monday, August 21, 2017

General contractor AMG & Associates, Inc., has named Tryggvi Helgason as Vice President of Construction. Tryggvi joined AMG in 2011 as Senior Estimator, moving up to Chief Estimator, and finally Director of Purchasing and Estimating. With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Tryggvi has overseen the estimating and bidding process of $255 million of AMG’s awarded projects, earning a well-deserved promotion. Congratulations, Tryggvi!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Community Foundation Seeking CEO

The Community Foundation in Riverside, CA is seeking its next President and CEO, a leader who demonstrates exceptional passion for philanthropy. The ideal candidate is a consummate leader with an informed commitment to the Foundation’s grantmaking, development, donor services and community leadership work. Apply online at

Michael Barbour, PE, joined HNTB Corporation’s growing Southern California team as senior project director and associate vice president. His focus is the California High-Speed Rail Construction Package 4 project, where he oversees project and construction management of technical and management staff. Barbour has 30 plus years of experience in rail and highway design and construction management working with local agencies, contractors, military and consultants. His experience includes an 18-year tenure with Caltrans, serving as acting deputy for design in District 7 in L.A. and office chief for structure design in Sacramento.

Decron Properties is pleased to announce the hiring of Les Kormann as Senior Director of Construction and Development to assist Decron in its growing pipeline of re-development and construction projects across its legacy portfolio and recently acquired residential value add communities. Since starting its value add residential platform in 2012, Decron has acquired 12 multifamily communities across six counties in California totaling 3,339 units with the intention of completing a full unit interior and exterior common area renovation. The total construction budget for these 12 communities exceeds $120,000,000. Upon completion, the renovated communities offer an affordable luxury housing option to renters at rents 15%-20% less than brand new construction.

Les will be responsible for all construction and development activities for the entire Decron portfolio. He will also serve on the senior management team to help guide Decron’s short and long term-planning goals. Les comes to Decron with over 25 years of multi-family residential and commercial construction and project management experience with organizations such as Tishman, J.H. Snyder, TrizecHahn and AECOM. He has a B.A. in Construction Management and maintains a CA Class B Building Contractor license.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Khary Knowles joins Vanir Construction Management, Inc. as Executive Director of Education. Knowles will provide leadership and guidance to the executive management team and oversight as needed on projects. With over 18 years of experience working for and with school districts across Southern California, he brings significant value, understanding and expertise of the education sector. As a senior-level executive experienced in directing multiple programs, Knowles has orchestrated successful multi-million dollar programs, practices, and offices. His unique experience as client, educator, designer, program manager, planner, contractor, board member, parent volunteer, and community representative makes it possible for him to achieve client goals in a creative and cost-effective manner, with both transparency and accountability. Knowles holds Masters degrees in both Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and in Architecture from University of California Los Angeles. Additionally, he has a Business Management certificate from University of Southern California, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Easterseals Southern California recently elected four new members to its Board of Directors.

Beatriz Sandoval, Managing Director of Marketing & Brand Management, Robert Bosch, Region North America – BSH Home Appliances

Anthony “Tony” Pagano, CVS Director/Field Merchandising Manager (retired)

Nic Novicki, Actor/Comedian/Producer

Jenni Wilson, Plant Controller, Packaging Corporation of America, Los Angeles Facility

During their three-year term, the new board members will support Easterseals’ ongoing efforts to increase awareness and funding for services that support those with disabilities and special needs and their families in local Southern California communities.

Easterseals Southern California

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families living with developmental disabilities or other special needs. The services provided throughout Southern California make profound and positive differences in people’s lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,300 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, each year ESSC serves more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 87% of our income is spent on services, meeting Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance standards.

Join us at to support our effort to change the way the world defines and views disability and register for our Strides for DisABILITY 5K Run and 3K Family Fun Walk being held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Vanir Construction Management, Inc. has named Gary Simon as Area Manager for their Los Angeles office. Simon, a LEED Accredited Professional and Architect AIA, brings a wealth of knowledge that encompasses all facets of design and construction. With over thirty-five years of successful delivery on a wide-range of building projects, Simon’s past project management experience encompasses approximately $50 million to $2 billion in development across the Southern California region. His areas of expertise include: education, acute-care facilities, county jails, federal courthouses, office buildings, airports, hotels, baseball stadiums, historic renovation, central utility plants, wind farms, and telecommunication systems. Simon will lead all aspects of operations for the office including day to day execution of contracts, client relations and business development. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute, New York.

Gafcon, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dale Noriyuki as the Los Angeles Regional Manager for operations and business development. Since 2013, Dale has been in a senior project management position successfully completing projects, including the award-winning renovation of the “Fabulous” Forum for The Madison Square Garden Company, the new Accelerated Charter Elementary School, Dry Lakes Production facility for Disney, relocation of Nikken’s international headquarters, and feasibility studies for the City of Gardena’s new Public Safety Facility. His resume includes long term stints with Gensler, Syska Hennessey Group, and gkkworks. “Dale is currently working with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District on their $30M HVAC Modernization program, as well as providing oversight on other projects and strategic development of Gafcon’s Los Angeles regional growth,” says Gafcon COO Robin Duveen. “From a business development perspective, Dale was instrumental in securing the opportunity for a significant BIM/VDC assignment with a Fortune 100 client.” Gafcon is recognized by Engineering News Record as a Top 50 Program Management Firm in the nation. The firm has been responsible for the success of hundreds of projects, including high profile projects such as: The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront and Promenade, Wende Museum, the redevelopment of the “Fabulous” Forum, Los Angeles Community College District Bond Program, various capital projects for the University of California, Los Angeles, and Martin Luther King Medical Center. Additionally, Gafcon is the program manager for Seaport San Diego, the proposed $1.2 billion redevelopment project by Protea Waterfront Development.

Valensi Rose, PLC, announced that Nitasha Khanna has joined the firm as member of its Family Law Group. Ms. Khanna’s practice focuses on cases involving dissolution of marriage and other family law-related issues. She is a graduate of UCLA and Southwestern University School of Law, and has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star list from 2014 through 2017.

AMG & Associates   
Local General Contractor to
Renovate Nearly Century-Old Stadium

AMG & Associates, Inc., public works general contractor, to renovate Santa Barbara High School’s 93-year-old Peabody Stadium.

SANTA CLARITA, California, July 25, 2017 – Public works general contractor, AMG & Associates, Inc. (AMG), was awarded the $29M Santa Barbara High School Peabody Grandstand Replacement & Stadium Renovation project by Santa Barbara Unified School District. The award comes as a result of two bonds approved by voters last November. The school board made the formal announcement Tuesday evening.

The Peabody project, designed by KBZ Architects, will be an update to the nearly century-old stadium at Santa Barbara High School. The 40-acre campus was built in 1924, making it the third oldest high school in California. Since the current grandstand does not meet today’s building or accessibility codes, the major renovation will include a new 2,300-seat concrete grandstand, with a classroom, team room, weight room and press box; a synthetic surface track, which meets California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) standards, to replace the current asphalt track—one of the last in California; a combination football, soccer and lacrosse field with artificial turf; directional and shielded stadium lights; sound amplification system; a major storm water drainage system; and site underground utilities upgrades. The project is to serve not only the high school students, but also the surrounding community as a resource for exercise, family play time, and sports groups. Completion is slated for the spring of 2019.
The addition of this project puts AMG’s work in progress and total backlog to just under $100M. This coincides with company president Albert Giacomazzi’s projection of a 40% company revenue increase from 2016 to 2017, which dovetails the 134% three-year average growth that caused AMG to be recognized on Inc. 5000’s 2016 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.

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