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Monday, June 18, 2018

Conexus, a Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources focused Executive Search Firm, has promoted Becky deSouza to Partner. Becky leads the Firm’s rapidly growing HR Search practice, focusing on recruiting executives and experienced professionals in all disciplines of HR. Before joining Conexus in 2017, Becky led Corporate Recruiting for DreamWorks Animation.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Stephen Masterson as Managing Director and West Region Leader for the Risk Advisory Services practice. He will also serve as the practice’s National Leader for the Financial Services industry. In this role, he will be responsible for the oversight, market strategy, and delivery of risk advisory services including internal audit, risk assessment, internal control assessment and testing, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley, and complex capital, finance and treasury risk management. Stephen joins BDO with over 26 years of experience in public accounting, consulting, and private industry.

John Merille has joined White Oak Commercial Finance as Senior Vice President and Director of Originations where he will leverage his decades of experience providing small and middle market companies with solutions to promote growth and improve cash flow. Mr. Merille joins White Oak from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The LA Promise Fund, an education nonprofit serving students and families across LA County, is pleased to announce the addition of 3 new board members: Cathy Bender, Laura Rogers, and Jaime Uzeta. Cathy Bender is the VP for Microsoft’s Enterprise Commercial Southwest region; Laura Rogers is a partner and head of Trading in the Ares Credit Group, and Jaime Ernesto Uzeta is the VP of Innovation and Partnerships at BUILD.

L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly-operated health plan, welcomes Antonia Jiménez, the Acting Director of L.A. County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), to its Board of Governors. Jiménez currently oversee 14,000 employees and a $4 billion budget at DPSS, which provides services to 3.5 million low-income residents. L.A. Care serves more than two million of those same residents. Jimenez will be a voice for the county on the board.

Rose Nordbrock, Jeff Breskin, Pabla Barros and Jose Fuentes Join EPIC in Southern California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced that risk management and insurance professionals Rose Nordbrock, Jeff Breskin, Pabla Barros and Jose Fuentes have joined the firm's operations in Southern California. Nordbrock joins EPIC as Principal and Practice Group Leader; Breskin as Vice President in his specialty of workers' compensation; Barros as Vice President and Account Executive; and Fuentes as Senior Account Manager.

The practice group will be based in EPIC's Downtown Los Angeles office and report to Jim Gillette, President of EPIC's Pacific South Region.

Nordbrock, Breskin, Barros and Fuentes will be responsible for the design, placement and management of property/casualty and workers' compensation insurance programs, and providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients across a range of industries.

All join EPIC from the Los Angeles office of Crystal & Company (recently acquired by Alliant Insurance Services).

Nordbrock has over 30 years' experience in risk management and insurance, specializing in risk management solutions for high-risk clients. She began her insurance career as an insurance company underwriter before moving to the brokerage/consulting side of the business.

Reach Rose Nordbrock at: or 213-629-8934
Reach Jeff Breskin at: or 213-629-8935
Reach Pabla Barros at: or 213-629-8936
Reach Jose Fuentes at: or 213-629-8937

Monday, June 11, 2018

The American Institute of Architects bestowed honorary membership to Julie D. Taylor, Hon. AIA, Principal of Taylor & Company, the public relations firm for architecture and design. The designation is one of the highest honors for non-architects from architecture’s top organization, and acknowledges Taylor’s dedication to the architectural profession since 1984.

Craig Pintens has been named athletic director at Loyola Marymount University. He will oversee the university’s Division I athletics program, which includes 22 varsity sports. Pintens joins LMU from the University of Oregon, where he was senior associate athletic director, managing fan experience, athletics operations, strategic planning, promotions and fundraising. He starts June 25.

Michael G. Betz joins Burns & McDonnell as a project manager in its Aviation & Federal Group. His 32 years of experience includes design and construction specialization of Department of Defense and aerospace facilities in the U.S. and Guam, in addition to traditional and design-build projects.

Curt Ingraham, PE, joins Burns & McDonnell as a section manager in its Aviation & Federal Group. Curt brings 32 years of experience, with a focus on general and public works civil engineering projects. Curt specializes in airfield design and construction management for general, commercial airport and federal aviation clients.

SierraConstellation Partners is pleased to announce that Timothy Bossidy has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a Director. In this role, he will provide financial and operational consulting services to companies in transition. Mr. Bossidy brings with him years of experience, as he previously worked in Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division.

PwC is pleased to announce that Doug Cooper has been elevated to partner. Doug has been with the firm for 14 years and is in the Assurance practice in the Banking and Capital Markets and Insurance industries. He holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Buffalo.

PwC is pleased to announce that Maarten Derksen has been elevated to partner. Maarten has been with the firm for two years and is in Tax in the Asset & Wealth Management practice. He holds a V.W.O. degree from St. Bonifatius College Utrecht and an LLM in International and Corporate Tax Law from the University of Groningen.

PwC is pleased to announce that Mike Giampa has been elevated to partner. Mike has been with the firm for four years and is in the Deals Practice. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

PwC is pleased to announce that Chris Hefty has been elevated to partner. Chris has been with the firm for over four years and is in the Tax Reporting & Strategy practice. He holds a BS in Business Administration from LaSalle University and a Master of Taxation from Villanova University.

PwC is pleased to announce that Ryan Keefer has been elevated to partner. Ryan has been with the firm for 11 years and is in the Deals Practice. He holds a BA in Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Arizona.

PwC is pleased to announce that Alexandra Markovich has been elevated to partner. Alexandra has been with the firm for 16 years and is an Assurance partner in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. She holds a BA in International Economics from UCLA.

PwC is pleased to announce that Donna Tiocao has been elevated to partner. Donna has been with the firm for over 3 years and focuses on tax compliance and consulting in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. She holds a BS in Accounting from USC.

PwC is pleased to announce that Andrea Uhm has been elevated to partner. Andrea has been with the firm for 12 years and is in Tax in the Private Equity practice. She holds a BS in Accounting and a Master of Business Taxation from USC.

Monday, June 4, 2018

El Segundo has selected Melissa McCollum as its new Library Director. She will oversee all operations in the Library Services Department as well as the four branch libraries located on school campuses, and will be responsible for continuing the community’s high-level of service, growing library programming and outreach, and providing an important perspective on the City’s executive team.

Arixa Capital welcomes Adam Candler as a Commercial Loan Officer. In this role, he will bolster Arixa’s growing platform to finance commercial real estate developers operating in California’s urban areas, focusing on unparalleled customer service and reinforcing the company’s reputation for white-glove loan servicing and intelligent private lending solutions.

Wilmington Trust has appointed Irene A. Kung CFA, CPA as Vice President and Senior Investment Advisor. She is responsible for developing customized investment portfolios for her clients based on their unique parameters for risk, return, liquidity, and other factors. After taking the time to listen to her client’s objectives and to understand any tax, legal, and personal considerations, Irene then structures a diversified portfolio in keeping with the client’s asset allocation plan. Irene continually monitors and periodically rebalances her clients’ portfolios to reflect their evolving needs and to pursue new investment opportunities.

Irene has more than two decades of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, she launched the Investment Management function at City of Hope, a nonprofit cancer research hospital based in Duarte, CA. Irene provided portfolio management and oversight of City of Hope’s $2.6 billion endowment portfolio.

Earlier in her career, Irene served as a senior research analyst at Transamerica Investment Management, where she analyzed senior loans, investment grade and high-yield bonds, and convertible securities. While working at hedge fund firms, she focused on convertible arbitrage, capital-structure arbitrage, and event-driven strategies.

Irene holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned both the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) and CPA certifications, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Kung is based in Wilmington Trust’s Los Angeles office, at 10250 Constellation Blvd., Suite 2800. She can be contacted at (310) 300-3055 or

Monday, May 28, 2018

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that Shareholder Jonathan Sandler will serve as the managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. An experienced trial litigator, Sandler is an advocate for his clients’ interests with numerous jury and court trials completed throughout Southern California.

Steve Snow rejoins PwC as Partner in the Los Angeles Tax Financial Services practice, focusing on serving companies in the Asset & Wealth Management practice. He comes to us from BYU-Idaho where he was a professor of Financial Accounting and Income Taxation. He also served as Senior VP of Tax at PIMCO and was formerly a PwC Tax Director. Steve brings 15 years of experience to his role advising clients on tax issues including federal, state and international tax filings, distressed debt, financial products, investor reporting, and asset acquisitions.

Adam McArthur, CFA, ASA and partner, forensics and litigation services, oversees Weaver’s valuation and litigation support services in California. He provides business and intangible asset valuations for shareholder disputes, economic damage disputes, tax compliance and financial reporting. McArthur has qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts, Federal Courts and the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. hosts The Deciders every Saturday at 5:30 pm, KABC 790AM. CEO of Fraser Communications, Renee is a well-known entrepreneur and consumer psychologist leading LA’s successful female-owned ad agency. On “The Deciders”, Renee interviews business and community leaders who discuss tough decisions, practical tips, proven strategies, and inspiring stories.

Tom Ellis, PE, has been named HNTB Corporation’s Southern California office leader, based in the firm’s downtown L.A. office. A senior vice president, Ellis brings more than three decades of transportation planning and design experience for both the public and private sectors in this growing region. Most recently, he served as HNTB’s Central Division president, based in Houston. As Southern California office leader, Ellis leads more than 100 multidisciplinary transportation infrastructure and architecture professionals in the firm’s five Southern California locations. Employees deliver aviation, toll, highway, transit, rail, planning, program/construction management, tunneling and other services to clients in this region.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – welcomes Richard Gabaldon, tax partner, to our Los Angeles office.

Richard has 25 years of extensive experience in providing tax consulting services to real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate investment funds, home builders and developers. He has also served corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of industries including health care and technology. Throughout his career, Richard has written articles and has presented at several conferences and events.

“We are very excited to have Richard join our team and help us expand our capabilities in real estate in Southern California,” said Joe Mazza, Southwest market managing partner. “His experience serving private and public middle market clients will be a great benefit to our firm.”

Richard earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is also involved in the community and has served on several boards, most recently on the board of Trellis, a non-profit organization devoted to resolving homelessness in Costa Mesa, California.

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. For more information, visit

EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, announced the expansion of its leadership team with clean energy industry veterans to advance opportunities for DC fast charging across the country. Jonathan Levy has been named Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and Sara Rafalson has been named Director of Market Development.

LAC Group Chief Executive Officer and founder Deborah Schwarz has named Robert Corrao as the organization’s next CEO. Schwarz who started the company in 1986 and grew it from a one-person consultancy into an information management firm employing nearly 400 employees in the U.S. and U.K. will become the firm’s chief strategy officer, a newly created position.

“Rob has been instrumental in building up LAC and guiding its growth, he’s the right choice to prepare our company to be a much larger information services organization,” said Schwarz. “As CSO, I’ll focus on developing new business and LAC’s projects and plans for growth.”

Corrao previously served as LAC Group president, reporting to Schwarz. He joined LAC Group in 2009 after Schwarz recruited him. While at LAC Group, Corrao worked closely with Schwarz to develop and implement strategy. He helped the company: create and achieve its strategic initiatives; acquire and integrate several business units under one brand, while preserving the autonomy of unit leaders; streamline operations; expand internationally; connect its hundreds of remote employees with innovative collaboration technologies; launch a virtual research offering and build and launch new business lines.

“In her role as our new chief strategy officer, Deb will cultivate new deals in collaboration with our division leaders, maintain select client relationships, and continue to work closely with me on strategy development and execution,” added Corrao. “Her deep institutional knowledge, networks and relationships and experience gained over the past 31 years perfectly suits her new role.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

CRB is proud to announce it has recently moved to a new office location.

The new address is 100 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 600, El Segundo, CA 90245. CRB is a global design, construction and consulting firm that relentlessly pursues and delivers success for clients in advanced technology industries.

CRB Los Angeles office leadership is led by Keith Higgins, Core Team Leader, and Sean Fowler, Project Director.

For more information:
Main Phone: (424) 488-7600

Skanska announced the promotion of Raul Rosales to Executive Vice President and General Manager for its Los Angeles building construction operations. In his new role, Rosales will implement Skanska’s business plan for its Los Angeles office, driving the strategic growth of building construction markets throughout Southern California.

City National Bank is pleased to announce that Bill E. Sappington has joined as executive vice president and head of Private Banking and Wealth Management. In this role, he oversees all private banking and wealth management businesses at City National. Based in Los Angeles, he is also a member of City National’s executive committee and the senior management committee of RBC Wealth Management-U.S.

EPIC Adds Sean Conrad as a Principal in Southern California

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced that risk management and insurance professional Sean Conrad has joined the firm’s operations in Southern California as a Principal. Conrad will be based in EPIC’s Irvine, CA office and report to Jim Gillette, President of EPIC’s Pacific South Region working closely with Irvine Managing Principal and branch leader Tony D’Asaro.

Conrad will be responsible for new business development and the design and oversight of property casualty insurance programs, risk management strategies, and employee benefit brokerage and consulting services for mid-market and large clients across a range of industries. Additionally, Conrad will work on recruitment and team building as as EPIC continues to add talent throughout the region.

Sean Conrad can be reached at:
Phone: (949) 417-9171 (direct)

Monday, May 14, 2018

HUB International Insurance Services Inc. in Westlake Village is pleased to announce that Mark S. Dobbs has joined HUB as a new Vice President of the Real Estate Practice Group bringing over 15 years of real estate industry experience to the HUB team.

Mark Kriegsman has joined the Orthopaedic Institute for Children as senior director of marketing, communications and strategy. In that role Kriegsman will oversee OIC’s marketing strategy, brand awareness, communications and business development initiatives. Kriegsman previously served as senior director of marketing & communications for Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Sunny Jenkins has been promoted to Executive Vice President at HL Group’s LA office. Jenkins now oversees the leadership and growth of the firm’s West Coast division, including its consumer lifestyle and fashion practices and VIP services. She will also be responsible for expanding HL Group’s overall West Coast presence.

City National Bank is pleased to announce that Jared Wolff has joined as executive vice president and general counsel. Jared is responsible for Legal and Corporate Governance, Community Reinvestment, Corporate Premises and Corporate Security. He is also a member of City National Bank’s Executive Committee. Jared has broad management experience in the financial services industry and substantial expertise in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, risk management, governance, capital formation and strategic planning.

Oakwood Worldwide, wholly owned by Mapletree Investments and one of the leading global providers of furnished and serviced apartments for business travelers, today announced the appointment of Mandeep Singh as Chief Operating Officer. His proven track record in hospitality, excellent skills in business operations, and impressive leadership experience will help progress Oakwood’s global transformation and drive an industry-leading customer experience. Singh’s appointment marks the most recent addition to the Oakwood leadership team, following a series of announcements from Chief Executive Officer Chris Ahearn to strengthen the organization’s executive team.

“Singh’s background and track record makes him an exciting addition to our leadership team,” said Chris Ahearn, Chief Executive Officer, Oakwood Worldwide. “We believe Mandeep has the ability and experience to move Oakwood forward as the market dynamics change and customer needs are evolving. He will also be driving efficiency that we’ll need as Oakwood expands our branded and managed portfolio through business development efforts. We have confidence in Mandeep as a valuable member of our senior team.”

In his new role, Singh will be focused on ensuring that Oakwood has the right operational structure, process, and reporting procedures to meet customer expectations while achieving the company’s business objectives. He will report directly to Chris Ahearn and have responsibility for the Americas Operations, Home Services and Oakwood’s industry-leading 24/7 customer service center.

Before joining Oakwood, Singh led a variety of teams across a range of hospitality businesses including, Woodspring Hotels, MasterCorp, Extended Stay Hotels, and Comfort Inn-Choice Hotels. His expertise in management, strategic planning and execution, along with revenue optimization has helped Singh drive real change within this ever-evolving industry.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sampling company InnovateMR has appointed Toluna Group’s Michael Anderson as president to grow the company’s self-serve and B2B panels. Formerly senior vice-president of sales for North America at Toluna, Anderson will focus on expanding InnovateMR’s sales team and leading business strategy and new product development.

InnovateMR is a fiercely independent sampling company that delivers Faster Answers from business and consumer audiences. Innovate helps market research agencies answer business questions and uncover insights with online surveys.

LA-based startup CoBird has named Naj Wright as its Chief Operating and Human Resource Officer. As COO/CHRO, Wright will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company, as well as human resource management and compliance. Wright brings with her more than 20 years of business and HR experience from global top 1000 companies in the areas of CPG, education, aerospace and media, among others.

She is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and holds a BA in History from Howard University and an Executive MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Wright serves on the board of the Loyola Marymount University Alumni Association, the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) and is an active member of several professional organizations, including National Sales Network of Los Angeles (NSNLA).

Stephen Epstein joins CO Architects as Chief Financial Officer. With MArch and MBA degrees, Epstein combines his enthusiasm for the built environment with a passion for organizational and human resource functions to help design firms create the optimal balance between operating a successful business and fostering a dynamic design environment.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Gerard Orozco has been appointed to Executive Account Manager for Los Angeles at Jacobs following the recent merger with CH2M. At the engineering firm, he will be in charge of bringing in new business. Orozco currently works on projects such as program management at LAX, LA Sanitation and the 6th Street Bridge.

Mr. Orozco will use his extensive network of elected and appointed officials to advance the company’s interests. He will also continue to work on projects at the local, state and federal level.

LA based start-up CoBird has named Peter Lebow as its Theater Director. As Theater Director, Lebow will oversee the reimagining of the 100-year-old Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles’ Downtown Historic Theater District.

Lebow brings with him 20 years of entertainment experience in live-entertainment and media. He is the co-founder and producer of LA’s long-running Instant Films and has been involved with projects for FilmOn, News Digital Media, Hologram USA, CW North America and Fremantle Media. Lebow is a 5th generation Los Angeles native, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and The Academy of Magical Arts. He is also a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Cordoba Corporation is pleased to announce that Sam Unger recently joined its growing Water Infrastructure Sector as a Senior Project Manager and Commercial Development Specialist. With more than 40 years of experience and leadership in both the public and private sectors in environmental policy, water infrastructure development, and water quality, Sam is a recognized expert in program and project development, project management and environmental compliance. His experience includes water and wastewater treatment; site cleanup; development of water quality standards for municipal and industrial stakeholders; and design, construction and start-up of water treatment and storage systems.

Sam previously served as the Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and he brings valuable experience in developing the regulatory framework for development of multiple beneficial uses and social equity for water resources in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. His direct experience supporting and creatively working with both municipal and private sectors clients include the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, LA Sanitation, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, the County of Ventura Public Works Department and the City of Santa Monica, among many others. Sam’s experience in assisting water organizations identify opportunities to obtain low-cost funding and grants for water infrastructure improvement projects is a valuable skill he will be able to offer to future clients. Sam earned his Masters of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is licensed as a Professional Chemical and Mechanical Engineer in California.

Monday, April 23, 2018

L.A. Care Health Plan is pleased to announce the promotion of Phinney Ahn, MPH, to the position of Executive Director for Medi-Cal at the largest publicly operated health plan in the country. She is now responsible for managing the quality, compliance and operational performance of the L.A. Care Medi-Cal product. Ahn joined L.A. Care in 2003, and served in a variety of positions in Health Services, and Executive Services, most recently as Chief of Staff to the CEO.

Mark Demos, 37, was promoted to partner of audit services at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. Demos serves clients in the financial services industry and specializes in banks, credit unions and fintech.

HOK has named Anne Fletcher, AIA, LEED AP, as managing principal of its Los Angeles office. She is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the practice. Fletcher was previously a senior project manager in HOK’s New York office.

Chris Lamberth is the new marketing principal for HOK's Los Angeles studio. He is dedicated to expanding the office’s client base and developing new business. Lamberth was previously director of business development for HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. Fletcher and Lamberth will continue to collaborate with HOK leaders to serve clients across markets in southern California and Arizona.

Monday, April 16, 2018

James George has joined MUFG Union Bank, N.A. as Director and Business Development Officer in the Transaction Banking - Global Trust Services Division. A respected professional in the banking industry with more than 11 years of business development experience, he brings a deep knowledge of the corporate escrow and bond trustee markets in Southern California along with experience working with transactional attorneys to serve the diverse needs of our clients in this important region.

David Huey, AIA, LEED AP, has been named president of Dewberry’s architectural practice. An award-winning architect with a career spanning 36 years, he will oversee a national practice of more than 135 design professionals in multiple offices from coast to coast. In his new role, he will continue to lead Dewberry’s healthcare facilities initiative, and will also oversee the firm’s work in the education, criminal justice, municipal, public safety, institutional, and commercial market segments.

Jeffrey Miller, operations manager, returns to Southern California from the Minneapolis area to oversee construction operations for PCL’s California Buildings. With more than 28 years of experience, Jeff has delivered numerous iconic projects including UCLA’s Terasaki Life Sciences Building and Pauley Pavilion Expansion, as well as Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Jeff brings tremendous value to the California market through his experience, strong client relationships, and his commitment to the community.

HDR’s Los Angeles architecture studio is pleased to announce that Neil Cristal, Diane Hamlin and Paul Rizzo have been promoted.

Neil Cristal, AIA, LEED AP, associate vice president, has been promoted to project principal, focusing on healthcare and civic projects. Formerly a senior project manager, he has been with the firm for 18 years. In his new role, Neil will develop innovative, creative, integrated and effective design solutions as an integral design team member. He will guide concepts and ideas throughout the entire design process, from the pursuit and selection for projects through completion. Neil’s proven leadership skills in project management, business development and marketing will enhance HDR’s position in the civic and healthcare markets.

Diane Hamlin, AIA, LEED AP, associate vice president, has been promoted to project principal, focusing on education, science and technology projects. Diane joined HDR six years ago as a project manager, and she has demonstrated initiative on the essentials of excellent design, effective mentoring and her colleagues’ professional development. With strengths including a positive attitude and team-building skills, Diane will continue to develop strategies to grow HDR’s education, science and technology practice, while effectively spearheading innovative designs.

Paul Rizzo, RA, has been promoted from an architectural discipline lead to an operations lead. His new role will focus on the daily operations of the architecture studio, staff recruiting and development, profitability, quality control and marketing support. He will also implement, monitor and support company policies, seeing that all work is planned, organized, controlled and evaluated through a proactive project management system. Having joined HDR 12 years ago, Paul’s expertise and institutional knowledge bring a rigor to the practice that further enhances its ability to deliver successful projects.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Nhan Nguyen has joined Clune Construction as Project Executive in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. The executive-level hire brings additional leadership and expertise to Clune’s Los Angeles existing executive team in the midst of the national general contractor’s accelerated growth in the region. Nhan and his project team will be integral in the management of a number of large projects the office has recently secured.

Nhan brings nearly 20 years of construction industry experience to the position and a track record of leading successful projects for high-profile clients throughout Southern California. He also carries a passion for mentoring junior staff and growing the careers of project managers on his team. His leadership abilities and desire to mentor is particularly valuable to Clune as the Los Angeles office has recently added a substantial amount of staff in the office and in the field.

Clune Construction is a national general contractor with offices in Chicago; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Today, they employ more than 500 employees and manage over $900 million in commercial and mission-critical projects annually. Clune believes the hallmark of their success is grounded in their dedication to consistently delivering their clients’ projects on time and under budget, with honesty, integrity, and a great deal of emphasis on client satisfaction.

AdQuick, which offers the easiest way to buy and measure outdoor advertising, announced that Brooke Partelow has joined as Vice President, Sales. Partelow has a proven track record in media and tech, with deep experience in Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising. She is working with brands and agencies across the US.

Glenn Gines, a new managing director of Tax services at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S. Glenn has over 25 years of experience in corporate taxation and is an ASC 740 technical advisor for public and privately held companies.

Mr. Sayeed Shaikh was hired by SAFNA Engineering & Consulting as a project manager for SAFNA’s major facility programs. Mr. Shaikh has over 20 years’ experience in project management, cost control, and financial systems implementation at California firms including Kaiser Permanente and Southern California Edison. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Karachi and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of La Verne.

SAFNA Engineering & Consulting has added Mr. Jose Molina as a program manager for the company’s public infrastructure projects. Mr. Molina has over 30 years’ experience in the planning and operation of major potable water and sewer facilities for local municipalities. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Los Angeles, and is a certified Grade 5 Water Distribution Operator & Grade 2 Water Treatment Operator.

Steven H. Santoro has joined Dewberry as director of rail and transit. Santoro most recently served as executive director of NJ TRANSIT, where he managed 11,000 employees and a combined annual operating and capital budget of around $3 billion. A recognized expert in mass transit and mobility, Santoro will lead Dewberry’s multidisciplined practice that works with rail and transit agencies nationwide.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – welcomes Maryellen Sebold, a financial advisory services partner, to our Los Angeles office.

Throughout her 30 year career, Maryellen has led teams in developing strategies specific to complex financial fraud matters and internal investigations of public and private companies. She has also performed investigations into allegations of fraud and mismanagement, including preparing and evaluating employee dishonesty and fidelity bond claims. She has been involved in investigating misappropriation of assets, Ponzi schemes and financial statement irregularities, as well as evaluating alter-ego issues. She is experienced in calculating economic damages, evaluating shareholder and partner disputes, and analyzing budget overruns.

Maryellen has also testified as an expert witness in trials, depositions and arbitrations, applying her specialized knowledge to a wide range of industries, including construction, entertainment, health care, insurance, manufacturing, publishing, real estate and property management, securities and transportation.

"We are thrilled to have Maryellen aboard and are confident her leadership and experience will make her an excellent addition to our team and firm,” said Joe Mazza, Los Angeles Office Managing Partner.

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. For more information, visit

Monday, April 2, 2018

Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) Elevates Principal Petrina Gooch to its Board of Directors

Petrina K.M. Gooch, SPHR, is a principal and corporate leader in Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), a more than 350-person design firm where she has led human resources for 10 years. She is now also a voting member of the company’s Board of Directors, making her one of a few female, African American members of AEC boards of directors in the country. Petrina is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT) Diversity Task Force and an Executive Committee member of the AIA LFRT Human Resources group. Peter Devereaux, FAIA, HED’s chairman and CEO, commented, "The elevation of Petrina Gooch to the HED Board of Directors signals our commitment to building a leadership team -- and a firm -- that celebrates collaboration among people with a diversity of experiences and views. Such collaboration leads to more creative thinking and better results."

Kirstyn Bonneau, RA, LEED®AP, Project Architect has been elevated to Associate of PBWS Architects, LLP, Pasadena. A native of Glendale, Kirstyn joined PBWS in 2006, upon graduation from the USC School of Architecture. Her emphasis is on educational and civic projects, often serving as a workshop leader and consensus-builder with user groups as well as public stakeholders. Kirstyn’s role as Associate involves direct participation in the firm’s management activities—with particular focus on strategic planning, staffing, and client relations.

High Times has named Brian Rucker, the former Head of Live Industry Relations and Partnerships at Pandora, Head of Events and Partnerships. In his new role, Rucker will oversee the company’s fast-growing lifestyle and music operations, leading strategy, implementation and execution of all events on behalf of the most iconic brand in Cannabis, including the company’s signature Cannabis Cup series. Rucker will bring this iconic brand to new highs and new destinations.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Integral Group has promoted Andrew Reilman, P.E., LEED AP BD+C to Managing Principal in Los Angeles. Andy will continue work with current and future clients and oversee office operations and business development. Andy provides expertise in high-performance building design to institutional and commercial market sectors. Andy serves as Vice-Chair of both ASHRAE Region X and the Center for the Built Environment. He is planning commissioner for Culver City and a member of USGBC-LA.

Shajira Hope has joined Primestor Development as its Director of Marketing and Community Relations. She is responsible for establishing and maintaining excellent community relations, as well as developing and implementing marketing plans and budgets. Hope has over 10 years of experience and comes with a background in sales.

Steven J. Bash, senior vice president and manager of City National Bank’s International Banking and Trade Finance Division, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council, a non-partisan committee, where he will help identify ways to grow access to export financing for U.S. companies, specifically small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Ben Levin has joined Gensler, the leading global design firm, as a Design Manager in the Los Angeles office. An accomplished architect and project manager, Ben has over three decades of experience delivering corporate, retail, hospitality, healthcare and education projects across America and around the globe.

John Sykes joins AECOM’s Construction Services as Vice President. An industry veteran of over 30 years, John’s experience spans a wide range of markets in Southern California, including residential, commercial, entertainment, and education. In his new role, John will handle private client pursuits and provide executive leadership for future projects.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (, a regional service provider operating 15 sites across L.A. County benefiting over 3,800 children, students and adults with special needs annually, recently welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors.

Marques Dickson, a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo, Dickson provides personalized investment plans and financial advice to individuals, families, and business owners. He specializes in business succession, retirement and estate planning strategies. Dickson has also worked with First Republic Wealth Management.

Kevin G. Lohman, Partner at ReedSmith, is a member of their Life Sciences Health Industry Group. Lohman’s practice focuses on product liability litigation, primarily on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex actions in both state and federal courts. He has served on multiple high-profile mass tort trial teams.

Anil Ranavat, Partner & Senior Managing Director at Reservoir Capital Group, Ranavat focuses on private equity investments, seeding of new alternative investment firms, and a wealth management business for a large family office. He has also worked in Reservoir’s New York office and started a Los Angeles office for the firm. Prior to joining Reservoir, Ranavat was an analyst in investment banking at Goldman Sachs.

Montgomery K. Zimmerman, Associate Vice President & Wealth Advisor Analyst at Bessemer Trust’s western region, Zimmerman initiates client relationships and presents solutions including Investment Management, Wealth Planning, and Family Office Services. He has also served as an Associate Client Advisor on the 2016 Client Advisor Council, and on the 2017 Next Generation Workshop Council at Bessemer.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Full-service commercial real estate firm Avison Young has announced the promotion of Andrew Berk and Dan Wakumoto to Principals. Berk, a multi-faceted 24-year industry veteran with a successful track record, is in the Los Angeles North office and specializes in industrial property. Wakumoto has 26 years of experience and is based in Downtown Los Angeles. He will continue to serve as the Regional Director of Finance and Operations for Avison Young’s six Southern California offices.

West Monroe Partners, a national business and technology consultancy, has promoted Ken Siegman to Managing Director. Ken founded and leads the firm's Los Angeles office, and oversees the West Coast Financial Services practice. He has more than 35 years of experience guiding technology-enabled business solutions for the financial services industry.

Matthew Peron has joined City National Bank’s investment management division, City National Rochdale, as its new chief investment officer. Peron will lead investment strategy at the asset management firm, which manages $37 billion in assets.

Drawing upon nearly 30 years of extensive financial services experience, he will manage all equity and fixed-income teams, lead the firm’s asset allocation committee, and develop research and strategies to support asset allocation decisions.

As Chief Operating Officer, Jesus Chavez drives all aspects of mitú's business strategy including audience development across social platforms, data and analytics, account management, and client success across branded partners. He also continues to lead the framework and workflow to support the expansion of mitu's strategic branded partnerships as well as digital network platforms from Snapchat Discover to YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Larry Perry
Vice President of Loan Originations

Parkview Financial has appointed Larry Perry as Vice President of Loan Originations for the Western United States. As a pioneer in the private lending space with over 50 years of experience, Mr. Perry will handle loan originations for ground up construction financing for Parkview

GMSR Appellate Attorney Gary Wax Elevated to Partner

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland LLP (GMSR) is proud to announce that Gary Wax has become the firm’s newest partner, following eight years as an associate and two years as a law clerk with the firm.

As an appellate lawyer, Gary represents a wide range of corporate and private clients in both civil appeals and writ proceedings, including insurers, property owners, employers, public entities, bankruptcy creditors, and trademark-holders. He also regularly advises trial counsel on record preservation issues, drafting jury instructions and post-trial motions.

Before becoming a lawyer and joining GMSR, Gary worked as a film-industry executive developing and acquiring feature films for Oscar winning producers and distributors. He received a B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

GMSR, which has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is one of the nation’s leading civil appellate law firms. Its appellate lawyers have extensive experience and success in handling cases in the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and in federal and state appellate courts across the country.

Peggy Rajski, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, leading academic and nonprofit founder, was appointed dean of the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University. She joins LMU from New York University, where she is a professor and head of the graduate film production program in the Tisch School of the Arts. She won the 1995 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – recently named Michael Giuliano as leader of the firm’s Southern California transaction advisory services (TAS) practice. He joins the Los Angeles practice after spending his first three years at RSM in its New York City office.

With over 20 years of accounting and M&A experience, Michael advises private equity firms and corporate development teams on both buy-side and sell-side transactions. Focusing on financial due diligence for the last ten years, he has led engagements in multiple industries, including energy and infrastructure, consumer products and media and technology.

"Michael brings tremendous experience and energy to this role," said Kartik Sundar Raj, RSM’s TAS west regional leader. "I am very much looking forward to working with him as we continue growing and building the practice here in the west region."

RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 43,000 people in over 120 countries. For more information, visit

SWCA has promoted John Dietler, Ph.D., to the position of Southern California Principal, leading more than 80 scientists and support staff in the execution of multidisciplinary environmental projects in compliance with CEQA and NEPA. A program manager and archaeological principal investigator, John has more than two decades of professional experience.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Payne & Fears LLP, a law firm focused on labor and employment, business litigation and insurance coverage, is proud to announce two recent changes in our Los Angeles office:

Scott O. Luskin has been named Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Damon Rubin started as a Business Litigation Partner at Payne & Fears. Before joining Payne & Fears, LLP, Damon was with Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C. and Foley & Lardner LLP.

Gumbiner Savett Inc., a certified public accounting and business advisory firm in Santa Monica, is pleased to announce that Pradeep Budhiraja, CPA has been named a shareholder of the firm effective January 1, 2018. Pradeep provides audit, financial reporting and business consulting services for startup, SEC registered and privately held entities across a wide variety of industries. Janna Kantsyreva, CPA, MBT, was also promoted to the position of tax principal.

Huntington Hospital has named Scott Groom as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer. Groom brings over 20 years of experience in advanced technology, clinical integration, management of physician and outpatient operations, strategic planning/marketing, business development and consulting across multiple healthcare and Fortune 500 environments. He most recently served as Network Vice President for New York-based, Bassett, a top 50 integrated delivery network (IDN) and academic medical center comprised of an integrated medical group of 500 providers.