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Monday, January 16, 2017

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

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


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

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


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

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

Monday, January 9, 2017


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

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


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

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


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

Monday, January 2, 2017

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

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


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

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

Monday, December 19, 2016


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

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

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

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net), a regional service provider since 1946 for children and adults with special needs, welcomed Kathryn Linehan and Leonard Washington to its Board of Directors. Linehan is Senior Advancement Officer and Assistant Director of Pepperdine’s Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture. She is also a documentary filmmaker with financial sales experience at Mellon Bank and Wells Fargo. Mr. Washington was the founding President of Paramount Studios Digital Entertainment and has served in leadership roles for media start-ups and established networks. He owns The Washington Consultancy Group, serving clients in the OTT and IHO spaces.

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) —one of California’s largest children’s services agencies—has named Martine Singer, MBA, as President and CEO of the 110-year-old organization. Singer is a veteran of the Los Angeles nonprofit sector, and brings extensive management experience and a passionate commitment to improving the lives of children. Singer will manage an annual budget of $66 million and a staff of more than 800 at CII’s nearly 40 centers across Los Angeles.


Robert Antin, co-founder of VCA, Inc., the largest family of animal health care providers nationwide, accepted the Corporate Excellence Award in Health Care presented by Western University of Health Sciences at their annual gala fundraiser.

Since the College of Veterinary Medicine opened, VCA has been a clinical partner supporting WesternU by providing students the opportunity to work extensively with animals alongside veterinarians at many VCA practices in the area to prepare them for careers in veterinary medicine. VCA operates more than 650 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Gibbs Giden announces two new equity partners in the construction practice group, Sara Kornblatt and Victor Luke. Gibbs Giden also welcomes new associate hires Sterling Henderson, Jillian Morphis, Baber Khan and Kendra Leghart, to the firm’s Los Angeles office and Morgan Shah, to the firm’s Las Vegas office..

Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of David A. Randall to the firm’s Los Angeles Office. Randall 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. He also specializes in patent litigation and post-grant proceedings. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Randall was a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of David A. Randall to the firm’s Los Angeles Office. Randall 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. He also specializes in patent litigation and post-grant proceedings. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Randall was a partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

Leading West Coast condominium sales and marketing company Polaris Pacific appointed Mike Akerly as Vice President, Regional Manager to spearhead the company’s strategic growth in Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii. A licensed attorney and real estate broker, Akerly is based out of the company’s Los Angeles office.

Monday, November 21, 2016


BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, today announced that Lewis Sharpstone has joined the Los Angeles office as a Partner in the Assurance Practice. In this role, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships and will serve as the West Region Practice Leader for BDO’s Nonprofit industry group.

Union Bank announced the appointment of Adam Feit as a Managing Director and Los Angeles Market President for Commercial Banking. He replaces Karim Teymourtache, who will retire in December. Based in downtown Los Angeles, Feit reports to Scott R. Connella, Managing Director and Head of Commercial Banking for Southern California.


Eric Garfield, MAI, CCIM has joined Cushman & Wakefield as a Managing Director in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
He will work within the Valuation & Advisory group and focus on valuation for estate planning, non-cash charitable contribution/donation and financial reporting (ASC Topics 805, 350 and 360). He has qualified as an expert witness in Superior Court and clientele include REITs, attorneys, trusts and CPAs / Auditors.
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Eric was a Managing Director and the National Partner-in-Charge of Tangible Asset Valuation at Andersen Tax, LLC. Eric earned his MBA in Real Estate from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Retail Design Collaborative, formerly P+R Architects, is excited to welcome Sean Slater, AIA, as the newest Principal to the firm. Thought leadership in retail design is a core tenet of Retail Design Collaborative. Sean’s role will be heavily involved in furthering this tenet, as well as working closely with the Principals in all aspects of the practice. Additionally, he will be mentoring and energizing design staff to contribute to the evolution of the firm’s retail design platform.

Snyder Langston, one of Southern California’s largest and most respected builders, is pleased to announce it has named Gary Campanaro as Chief Financial Officer. Gary has over 30 years of accounting, finance, and real estate experience, and has served both privately and publicly owned companies over the past 18 years, including CBRE, KPMG, The Keith Companies, and others. He brings with him a breadth of knowledge and experience that complements Snyder Langston’s Trusted Advisor culture.


Gensler has promoted five design leaders to the role of Design Director in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office. Design Directors Darren Adkisson, Elizabeth Pritchett, John Cho, Michael Volk and Roger Sherman are responsible for advancing Gensler’s design excellence and innovation. Darren Adkisson oversees architectural design of education and commercial building projects. Elizabeth Pritchett leads interior design of sports venue projects. John Cho delivers architectural design of mixed use and retail developments. Michael Volk executes architecture and urbanism projects. Roger Sherman oversees architecture and urban design projects and serves as an adjunct professor at UCLA.