Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, April 21, 2014

Barlow Respiratory Hospital (BRH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Zolfo to head the Barlow Foundation as Executive Director. She was appointed in January 2014. Zolfo is a dynamic leader with more than a decade of experience in fundraising. She most recently served as Senior Director of Development and Interim Chief Development Officer at Doheny Eye Institute. Prior to Doheny, Zolfo served in a number of capacities at Braille Institute of America, Los Angeles, culminating in her directing the planned and major gifts programs.



Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net), which has been serving children and adults with special needs since 1946, is pleased to announce the appointment of two Board Members. William Basel, Certified Financial Planner, is a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual and brings his 14 years of investment experience to the Board. Chell Chelliah, CEO of C&A, Inc., specializes in business turnarounds, operational and financial restructuring, and has over 32 years of financial management experience. ECF welcomes both men to the Board and looks forward to their service. Learn more at facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

CriticalPoint Partners, a leading M&A advisory firm headquartered in Los Angeles, is pleased to announce that Samuel Hirsch has joined as Managing Director. With over 18 years as a financial advisor and executive, Sam enhances CriticalPoint’s already extensive experience in lower middle-market mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. Sam most recently served as Managing Director of Conway MacKenzie’s LA office. Previously, he was Managing Director of XRoads Solutions Group and Vice President of The Blackstone Group.


Real Estate veteran Peter Becronis has formed Wembley Realty Advisors to provide outsourced real estate portfolio consulting and strategic real estate services. Becronis brings a quarter of a century of commercial real estate expertise to advise companies, syndicates and investor groups on their real estate holdings, and to manage or advise on site searches, negotiations, due diligence, financing and development. Prior to forming Wembley Realty Advisors, Becronis was at Kaiser Permanente, where for the previous eight years he managed nearly thirty capital transactions and approximately a hundred lease renewals for much of Kaiser’s Southern California portfolio. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Becronis managed development, leasing and portfolio management for real estate syndicates and investor groups for fifteen years.


Wolcott Architecture Interiors (WAI) is pleased to announce new leadership changes.
Scott Johnson has been named Principal. With over 30 years of experience in all aspects of architectural interior design and lighting design, Scott heads up Brilliant, Wolcott’s in-house specialty lighting studio. As Design Principal since 1996, Scott provides the firm’s design teams with mentoring and encouragement of collaborative efforts to deliver a wide range of architectural, interior and lighting designs.
Tim Gajewski is now the Design Director, bringing over 26 years of experience as a registered architect and designer contributing to and directing teams in developing all aspects of interior architecture. Tim’s designs have received several AIA and IIDA design awards, and his design and project work has been featured in Contract Design and Interior Design Magazine.

Monday, April 14, 2014


LT Public Relations (LTPR), a Portland-based communications firm specializing in the financial and professional services sector, today announced that it will officially open a Los Angeles office to expand its presence in California and across the Southwest.
The announcement coincides with the hire of L.A.-based PR veteran Eric Miller, who will serve as managing director of LTPR’s new office. Miller brings 20 years of financial public relations experience and a deep knowledge of the local markets. He has held high-profile positions at top public relations and financial services firms and led award-winning campaigns across numerous industries.

AC Martin is pleased to announce that Donna Barry, AIA has joined our exceptional team as our new Design Principal. Donna brings nearly 30 years of design experience and leadership and will focus on advancing our vision, promoting innovation and stretching our creative capabilities. Recognized by her clients and peers for her sharp intellect, thoughtful approach, design vision and collaborative process, her award winning body of work includes Higher Education, Justice, Performing Arts and Sports.


Tatum, a leading professional services firm, is pleased to announce that Julie Francis has joined its Los Angeles Office as Client Service Partner. With more than 15 years of business development experience in the Southern California market, Julie will be responsible for developing and expanding key relationships.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar (CD14) presented Ed McSpedon, PE, HNTB board member and CEO Advantage Business Unit, with a resolution commemorating HNTB’s 100-year history of providing infrastructure solutions that improve transportation, create jobs and contribute to economic vitality. Originating as a small business in 1914 and surviving the Great Depression, HNTB’s landmark design of Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Viaduct led to a century of notable projects including the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Widening, University of Southern California Galen Center, Sixth Street Viaduct and new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.


Brooke Lauter and Nadene Gallagher, two Southern California marketing executives known for creating successful branding and marketing solutions for corporate and entrepreneurial clients, have joined forces to form Lauter + Gallagher, LLC. The new firm specializes in delivering integrated, revenue-driving brand strategies for companies that are making growth transitions by expanding market share, launching new business models and unique projects, or preparing for an IPO or sale. Lauter was formerly SVP with Arden Realty/GE Capital, where she was responsible for developing and executing brand and asset strategies. Gallagher provides full service public relations for major firms nationally.

Phelps, an integrated marketing company, welcomes Jon Haley as SEM specialist. Haley brings experience in digital marketing and competitive analysis. At Phelps, he supports marketing tactics, campaign optimization, reporting and analysis for the agency’s Public Storage client. Haley graduated from College of Charleston with a degree in international business.

Monday, March 31, 2014


The American Heart Association has named Kathy Rogers as the new Western States Affiliate Executive Vice President. Rogers, who has been with the organization for nearly 20 years, will lead 300 employees and oversee the mission impact, fundraising and volunteer engagement activities of one of the association’s largest affiliates, which serves 10 states, including California. The longtime AHA executive has been a key player in signature initiatives that have defined the past two decades of the association.

Phelps, an integrated marketing communications agency, announced that Steffenie Zorner has joined the Santa Monica-based company as team manager for its American Licorice Company client. Zorner brings five years experience managing the development and execution of print, digital, social Zorner media and promotions campaigns.


Harley Ellis Devereaux, a full service national architectural firm, is pleased to announce that Martha Ball, AIA has joined the firm as a Higher Education Studio Leader. Martha will focus on client development efforts, manage key stakeholder relations, and enhance HED’s presence and visibility within the region.

Global real estate investment and services firm Kennedy Wilson has named J. Eric Johnson, a 20-year industry veteran, as Senior Managing Director of the Property Services Group. With extensive experience in marketing and business development, Johnson’s role will focus on expanding the firm’s national management and leasing operations, as well as building up a recurring revenue stream for the company. Previously, Johnson was the Regional Managing Director at Colliers International.


Los Angeles-based litigation firm Bird Marella announces the addition of Ariel A. Neuman as Of Counsel. Mr. Neuman focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Assistant United States Attorney representing the U.S. in numerous high-profile criminal Neuman investigations and prosecutions.

Los Angeles-based litigation firm Bird Marella welcomes Gopi Panchapakesan as an associate to the firm. Mr. Panchapakesan’s practice focuses on complex civil and white collar criminal matters in both state and federal court. He obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Northwestern University.

Monday, March 24, 2014



Phelps, an integrated marketing communications agency, is pleased to announce Hai Tran as interactive creative director and Tatyana Zeltser as a digital producer. Bringing 17 years experience to Phelps, Hai is developing digital strategy and designs for the Southern California Gas Company, Public Storage, Tyson Foods and other clients. With seven years experience, Tatyana is producing digital projects for Los Angeles World Airports and Circle Foods, among others.

Ellen Fitzgerald is re-joining Psomas’ Entitlements Team to facilitate land use approvals through the County of Los Angeles. Psomas clients will get the benefit of Fitzgerald’s nearly two decades of experience with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, where she reviewed major land development projects Fitzgerald throughout the region.


RNL, a global, full service design firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Anglada, AIA, LEED AP, to Director of RNL Los Angeles. With more than 15 years of experience, Anglada focuses on project outcomes, improving client satisfaction, staff mentoring, sustainable design, and contributing to the LA community.

Monday, March 17, 2014


David A. Burt joins Malaga Bank as Vice President of Income Property Lending. With 27 years experience originating commercial real estate loans, he will be focusing on multifamily and commercial real estate loans, up to $10MM, in the Southern California area. Malaga Bank has been an active lender since 1985.

Barton, Klugman & Oetting LLP, a law firm specializing in commercial litigation and transactional matters, announced that partner William D. Herz is retiring after 46 years with the firm. Following his retirement, partner Jeffrey B. Harris has been elected to the firm’s Management Committee.

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NSBN LLP, CPAs & Business Consultants in Beverly Hills, CA, is pleased to announce the merger with Zusman & Associates, LLP of Ojai, California, as of January 1, 2014. Alan M. Zusman, CPA, and Pamela A. Zusman, CPA, have joined NSBN LLP as Partners. They each bring extensive experience serving the medical industry, healthcare providers and entrepreneurial businesses.


In honor of HNTB Corporation’s 100th anniversary of service in Southern California, Vic Martinez, PE, vice president and Southern California office leader accepted proclamations for the firm’s contributions to regional infrastructure solutions. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn recognized HNTB’s work which can be seen among the largest, most complex bridges, highways, airports, public buildings and public works projects in California. HNTB has five offices and employs approximately 250 full-time, multi-disciplinary professionals who are dedicated to shaping the region and improving transportation infrastructure.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Channel Partners magazine, a resource for indirect sales channels offering IT and telecom solutions, is pleased to announce that Network Solutions Provider has been named as a Top 10 winner of the 2014 Channel Partners 360° Business Value Awards. Fifty winners were honored during an awards ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Spring 2014 Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, for providing holistic telecom and IT solutions that deliver business value to their customers. In addition, Channel Partners recognized the Top 10 companies, which received the highest scores from the judging panel, including Channel Partners editors and leading channel analysts. Phillip Walker, CEO of Network Solutions Provider says, “This is a huge honor which is also a testament to the business value we bring to our clients. The ability to evaluate, engage and create a great customer experience as well as provide actual bottom line results makes NSP a solid business value for our customers.”

Congratulations to Konstantine Poulios, CISA of CBIZ MHM, LLC, the 8th largest accounting services provider in the nation. Mr. Poulios has been promoted to Senior Manager in our Los Angeles office. He has over 15 years of IT audit and consulting experience. He has performed information systems reviews in connection with Service Organization Controls audits performed for public companies, information security reviews on financial systems, and assisted companies with their compliance of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.


Congratulations to Kimberly Alvarado, CPA/ABV, CFF of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. Ms. Alvarado has been promoted to Director in our Bakersfield office litigation practice. Kim has over 10 years experience in litigation and business valuation services.

Monday, March 3, 2014

EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a nationally expanding retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today that Jim Gillette has been named as a 2014 Risk and Insurance Retail Industry Power Broker. Nominees must be considered a top performer in a particular industry practice sector to qualify for Power Broker consideration. Gillette was specifically recognized for developing creative risk management, pricing and coverage programs for retailers, wholesalers and product distributors.


Jarrett Barrios, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts since 2011, will join the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region as CEO on March 3. A graduate of Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, as well as the State Senate. He has also been president/CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and GLAAD.

BFC SBA Lending, among the top SBA 504 lenders in SBA’s Los Angeles District, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carly Naples as Business Development Officer overseeing the firm’s expansion in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Naples, a CPA, was previously associated with Grant Naples Thornton LLP.



Perkowitz + Ruth Architects (P+R), a full-service international architecture firm, is pleased to announce that David Sheldon and Bee Rarewala have joined the firm as the new Director of Business Development and Director of Marketing, respectively. David oversees the firm’s business development and client relations strategies globally, and Bee will focus on strategic brand, communication and market growth. Collectively, they have over 30 years in experience working in the A/E/C industry.

Momentous Insurance Brokerage is pleased to announce that Winnie Wong, senior vice president of the firm’s Film & TV Department, has been named a 2014 Entertainment Power Broker by Risk & Insurance magazine. The award is presented to entertainment insurance brokers for exceptional client work, creativity in solving risk-related problems and industry knowledge.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Fragomen Worldwide, the leading immigration law firm with 43 offices globally, is pleased to announce the addition of partner Chad Blocker to our Los Angeles office. Chad comes to Los Angeles from the firm’s New York office where he joined the firm in 1998. Previously, he held a two-year clerkship with a federal administrative law judge in Washington, DC. He received his JD with honors from Tulane Law School. Chad represents companies ranging from Fortune 500 to start-ups as well as individuals in all aspects of immigration law. cblocker@fragomen.com www.fragomen.com


Turner Construction Company has promoted Brendan Murphy to Vice President and Operations Manager and Scott Borland to Vice President and Construction Executive. Murphy will lead operations for a wide range of high-profile construction projects throughout Southern California. Borland will oversee construction services for Turner’s marquee, iconic projects in the region. www.fragomen.com


G.D. “Gus” Soteropulos has joined Austin Commercial as vice president of California operations and will be based in the company’s regional office in Los Angeles. Soteropulos brings 30 years of engineering and construction experience to Austin. Twenty of those years were spent in California where he worked as a vice president for Webcor Builders and Swinerton Builders leading each company’s California operations. He has worked on aviation projects for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport. Federal experience includes projects for the JPL Flight Projects Center in Pasadena, California, and the National Guard Readiness Center in Los Alamitos, California. Austin Commercial’s most recent completion in California is the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, which is the largest project to have ever been awarded the prestigious Cal OSHA Sharp Award for safety excellence. It also won a Best Projects award and an award of merit for safety from Engineering News-Record California magazine 2013. The project at LAX is also the largest public works project in the history of the City of Angels. Other California projects include the iconic Runway Project at Playa Vista in Los Angeles, the Sacramento International Airport Terminal B, UCLA Medical Center CT and Angiography installation, and the consolidated rental car center at San Diego International Airport. Building on our proud past, we’re now constructing your future.

The Los Angeles office of Austin Commercial, one of the largest, most diversified builders in the United States, announces the appointment of Dianne Lee as director of strategic initiatives and client relations for California. Dianne will lead strategic marketing and client development efforts, manage key stakeholder relations, and enhance Austin Commercial’s presence and visibility within the region. Dianne will interface internally and externally with leaders in the education, healthcare and aviation markets. These initiatives will be developed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Austin Commercial’s multidisciplinary expertise and commitment to delivering projects with exceptional safety records and innovative construction solutions. Dianne comes to Austin Commercial from Parsons International Limited. She served Parsons as business development manager for more than three years and completed her last two years in the Middle East supporting offices in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Dianne is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction. Austin Commercial is a subsidiary of Austin Industries, which is one of the largest contractors in the United States. Founded in 1918, Austin Industries is 100 percent employee owned and made up of 6,000 employee owners.


CohnReznick, the 11th largest accounting, tax, and advisory firm in the U.S., has announced the appointment of a new Transactional Advisory manager to their Century City office. Brian Choi, CIRA is joining from Grant Thornton and will work with Principal Margaret Shanley and team.