Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, July 25, 2016

HNTB Corporation continues expansion
Art Hadnett, HNTB West Division president, announced the firm is preparing to meet the growing infrastructure needs in the region by tapping key industry talent in top leadership positions and opening a new office in the Inland Empire. Plans are in place to add more than 60 new positions by the end of 2017 including: architecture and engineering, administrative support, firm wide and regional management, and information technology. Key hires included:
Kevin Haboian, chief business development officer
Maureen “Mo” Hayes, government relations and business development leader
Dennis Henderson, senior project director of transit planning
Dan Louis, SoCal project management and construction management director, tunnel practice
Laura Mohr, SoCal rail and transit group director
Andres Ocon, SoCal office leader and vice president
Khalil Saba, PE, Inland Empire Group Director and vice president
John Trautmann, RA, AIA LEED AP, transit architecture studio leader
Ian Choudri, national rail and transit business development director


Michael Mackiewicz and Casey Winters have joined the KPMG Deal Advisory’s Financial Due Diligence practice. Mackiewicz joins the firm as a partner and Winters has joined the firm as a managing director, and both will focus on assisting private equity clients in the acquisition and disposition of companies. www.kpmg.com/us

The Board of Directors of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net) is pleased to announce a three-year contract extension for President and CEO, Scott Bowling, who has been serving in this role for 17 years. Under Bowling’s leadership, ECF’s operating budget increased from $9.6m to $26m, and its capacity grew from serving 900 to 3,700 clients and family members annually at 15 service sites across Los Angeles County. Today ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to offer a continuum of lifespan services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs. The Board looks forward to the strength and stability that Bowling’s continued leadership will bring to the upcoming opening of a new ECF service site in the City of Inglewood and its launch of enhanced programs that will extend the ECF’s reach in the community.

Monday, July 18, 2016


City National Bank has hired Brandon Hovard as a senior vice president and business development officer with the bank’s commercial banking services division. Based in the Long Beach area, Hovard provides an array of financial products and services to the business community in the region. For more information go to: www.cnb.com

The American Heart Association has elected Union Bank Managing Director Pierre Habis as Chairman of the Western States Affiliate Board of Directors, serving for two years, starting July 2016. A volunteer since 2010, Habis has held various positions within the affiliate board, including director-at-large and treasurer. Under his leadership, Union Bank has raised over $7 million in support of the association’s lifesaving mission. He also leads efforts to promote health and wellness among bank employees, customers and their families.


Vanir welcomes Randy Britt, LEED AP, as the Chief Sustainability Officer to develop and implement Sustainability projects throughout the company. Randy brings more than 35 years of experience in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Water Use Optimization, and Sustainable Design and Construction.
Randy comes to Vanir after holding positions as Director of Sustainability for Parsons and LAUSD, as well as the VP of Engineering and Energy Management for Robinsons-May. Randy holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Illinois State University with Post-Graduate work in Education.
Randy is a LEED Accredited Professional and Board Member Emeritus of USGBC-LA. He is currently Chair of the CMAA Sustainability Committee, sits on the Steering Committee for USGBC-LA’s Resilience Initiative, and serves as a mentor for USGBC’s National Center for Green Schools program. Randy is also Co-chair of the Host Committee for USGBC’s Greenbuild event to be held at the LA Convention Center in October of 2016.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors, has hired Navid Shahrestani, Vice President, and Ashley Fairon, Vice President and Relationship Manager, to support its growing Santa Monica office. Shahrestani joins SVB from Wells Fargo and Fairon came from MUFG Union Bank.


Darryl Gross has been promoted to Partner at gish SEIDEN, CPA’s and Advisors, located in Warner Center. Darryl’s promotion from Manager blazes a path for other Millennials as he is one of the youngest Partners in the firm’s 74 year history. Darryl will continue to manage a wide variety of small and mid-size entrepreneurial businesses as well as successful individual clients guiding them with his Business Advisory, Financial Accounting, Tax Preparation and Planning experience. Darryl leads the firms Marketing Committee and is responsible for the development of the “818 Group”, a networking group for professionals with up to 7 years of experience.

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Klabin Company announces that Tyler Rollema has joined the firm as senior associate in its Los Angeles office. Rollema comes to The Klabin Company after gaining four years of experience with Coldwell Banker Commercial where he served as an associate. Tyler can be contacted at 310.329.9000. www.klabin.com


Easter Seals Southern California congratulates Paula Pompa-Craven, Psy.D, Chief Clinical Officer (CCO)/V.P. of Autism Services for being named Pepperdine University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumna for Psychology during the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) 2016 commencement ceremony. Dr. Pompa-Craven has been with Easter Seals since 1995 and currently supervises an Autism Therapy Services staff of 1,100, which provides weekly ABA, speech, physical and occupational therapy for individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their families.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ultimate New Home Sales & Marketing Inc. Announces the Hiring of Melissa Reese
Celebrating 30 years of success, Ultimate New Home Sales & Marketing is a full service new home Real Estate Brokerage providing builders, nationally and internationally, a turnkey solution for their sales and marketing needs, and is less expensive than an in-house staff. Recently, Ultimate added another stellar individual to its exceptional management team in hiring Melissa Reese. Melissa brings 25 years of experience and is recognized as one of the top high-rise sales management specialists nationwide. Welcome and congratulations Melissa!


Suzi Rosen, PG has joined Partner as Technical Director of Site Mitigation. Ms. Rosen will apply her national experience and expertise providing environmental due diligence, remediation, site closures and litigation support to help clients around the country better mitigate environmental risks. Contributing over 20 years of experience within the engineering, environmental, and energy consulting industry, Ms. Rosen will be an exceptionally valuable addition to the Partner team.

City National Bank has hired Lisa Farley as a senior vice president and senior private client advisor with the bank’s private client services division. Based in the South Bay, Farley advises and counsels wealthy individuals and families, professional service firms and nonprofit organizations on a full range of financial solutions and expertise. For more information go to: www.cnb.com


The Klabin Company announces that Tyler Rollema has joined the firm as senior associate in its Los Angeles office. Rollema comes to The Klabin Company after gaining four years of experience with Coldwell Banker Commercial where he served as an associate. Tyler can be contacted at 310.329.9000. www.klabin.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

Brittany Knott, PE, ENV SP, QSD, LEED AP has joined Fuscoe Engineering’s downtown Los Angeles Office as a Project Manager and we couldn’t be more thrilled! She has successfully executed significant developments throughout the City of Los Angeles and surrounding areas, and is currently managing a wide portfolio of retail, mixed-use and residential development projects. Tel 213.988.8802 / www.fuscoe.com


Kunal Shah, PE, RCDD, LEED AP, President of PBS Engineers, Inc., is being honored in Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine’s 2016 issue: 40 Under 40. These forty engineers under the age of forty are described as exceptional, dedicated, and driven. PBS is a consulting firm of mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers with offices in Glendora, Los Angeles, and San Diego. www.pbsengineers.com

Robert M. Heller joins Freeman Freeman & Smiley as Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Heller focuses his practice on business litigation with an emphasis on shareholder disputes. He represents corporate shareholders (both majority and minority), limited liability company members, as well as corporations and limited liability companies.


Marie Montgomery has joined L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, as Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for all accounting, actuarial, financial reporting, financial planning, and related activities. She previously served as SVP, Corporate Controller at Health Net. Marie brings 30 years of financial management experience and is a member of the AICPA.

Grand Performances is celebrating 30 years of free performing arts downtown at Cal Plaza and is growing its board of directors with three new members: Janet Chung, a litigation and white collar attorney with Holland & Knight; Greg Salter, vice president, corporate business development & strategy with Warner Bros. Entertainment; and Debora Vrana, a senior vice president and media relations manager with City National Bank. For more: www.grandperformances.org


Cara MacArthur, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, has been promoted to senior vice president and director of interiors in HOK’s Los Angeles office. MacArthur has more than 16 years of interior design experience, with over a decade at HOK. She is commitment to design excellence and building long-term relationships with clients.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dino Kasdagly has joined L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, as Chief Operating Officer. He will manage the organization’s operations including member services, human resources, information technology, claims and provider network. He brings over 35 years of experience in global operations, information management, general management and product development in health care and technology.


Gensler, the leading global design firm, announces interior designer Yvonne Colacion, has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a Design Director. An accomplished and award-winning lifestyle design leader, Colacion brings expertise in the luxury yachting, residential, hospitality and commercial marketplaces, creating intellectually stimulating spaces focused on the guest experience.

Loyola Marymount University’s Board of Trustees named Paul S. Viviano as board chair, succeeding Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, who held the position for five years. Viviano’s term began June 1.
Viviano, who serves as president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has been a member of LMU’s Board of Trustees since 2010. He also served on the university’s Board of Regents from 2007-2010.
“Paul Viviano is an inspiring leader who devotes his experience and passion to advancing LMU’s mission and goals. In his new capacity as board chair, Mr. Viviano brings an extraordinary record of success and accomplishment, which will continue to benefit our university,” said LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.

Monday, June 6, 2016


City National Bank has hired Zach Mayo as senior vice president and commercial banking manager in New York. Based out of City National’s Park Avenue office, Mayo will lead a team of commercial bankers, delivering City National’s customized financial solutions to mid-sized businesses in the New York region. For more information go to www.cnb.com.

RSM US LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Dean Joaquin to West region tax leader. In this role, Dean will help develop national tax strategy and execute and localize that strategy in the firm’s West region. Dean joined RSM in 1991 and has served as the tax practice leader for the LA office since 2009. He provides federal and state consulting and compliance services to middle market companies in a variety of industries. www.rsmus.com.