Stories by Diane
Business partnerships help Ketchum YMCA adapt to a changing downtown
The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA is adapting to changing neighborhood.
Lorena Camargo • Pearl Transportation & Logistics
A different approach
Carl Daikeler I Beachbody
Beachbody’s Carl Daikeler says staying fit shouldn’t be complicated
Amina Belouizdad I The Private Suite
Amina Belouizdad, chief commercial officer of 2-year-old Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport, jokes that she keeps bottles of Dom Perignon champagne on hand at all times “in case of emergency.”
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie I Human Rights Watch
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie left entertainment to focus on activism.
Joachim Splichal I Patina Restaurant Group
STYLE Joachim Splichal, founder of Patina Restaurant Group, likes to keep it simple.
20 in their 20s
Partner and talent manager at Select Management Group
20 in their 20s
Co-founder of U-Defi Inc.
Drew Boyles I Mayor, City of El Segundo
El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles toes line between business professional and surfer chic.
Rochelle Maize I Nourmand & Associates
Nourmand & Associates’ Rochelle Maize makes properties pop for high-end clients.
Heather de Michele • The Groundlings Theatre and School
Groundlings’ Heather de Michele boasts of theater’s direct line to SNL.
Ken Pratt I Union Station
Old-school approach for Union Station’s Ken Pratt.
Special Edition: LA500
Deep-pocket donors provide funding for multiple big projects
Michael Watkins I NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Out of this world
Mark Echeverria • Musso & Frank Grill Co.
Committed to the classics
Michael Ritchie • Center Theatre Group
Here’s looking at you
Zoey Taylor I The Warren Tattoo
Zoey Taylor, owner of The Warren Tattoo, draws a distinction between the “street tattoo” parlor offering walk-in service and a standard choice of designs, and a custom design studio such as her own.
Retail: On Rodeo Drive, retailers have tails wagging
Shops on Rodeo Drive are going to the dogs.
Lorne Buchman • ArtCenter College of Design
Natalie Tran • CAA Foundation
Sharing the wealth
Companies turn toward sustainability and transparency
Companies strive for B Corp. certification.
Shilla Kim-Parker I Thrilling Inc.
Mhair Zeitounian I Reload Management
Mhair Zeitounian, president and talent manager at Reload Management, lives in Glendale, and technically that’s where his talent agency is based.
Workplace amenities shift away from foosball tables, toward cocktail lounges
Los Angeles has long been infatuated with the retro cool and exclusivity of hidden bars and speakeasies
Nurit Siegel Smith • House of Blues Music Forward Foundation
Neal Baer • Baer Bones Productions
Special Report: Entertainment
Chefs can be the big winners as catering high-profile events boost reputation
Sprawling facility will house tennis courts, soccer fields and an academic center
Plans revealed for new Carson sports, education complex.
Gary Mozer • George Smith Partners Inc.
Dress for success
A portion of Los Angeles County-owned Victoria Park Golf Course in Carson is expected to be transformed into a new sports and education center with a focus on tennis and STEM studies pending completion of a public review process led by the county.
Tom Gallop • Beverly Hills teuscher-Chocolates of Switzerland
Labor of love
Shabnam Mogharabi • SoulPancake
Brad Beckerman • Stillhouse Spirits Co.
PE firm gets aggressive with flurry of health care tech deals as industry heats up
Marlin Equity reeled in another health IT buy with AdvancedMD.
Mellisa Nielsen • Charity Angels
Pretty in pink
REAL ESTATE: Renovation trend seen for art institutions
Old is new for L.A.’s real estate developers.
Ben Goretsky • USAePay
Toys as art
Derek Hydon • MaCher
A decade ago, Derek Hydon, president of MaCher Inc. in Venice, said, company leaders had no clue about the definition of a sustainable business.
Christopher Mercier • (fer) studio
Rose Parade participants get bang for buck
Sweet smell of success
Dana Asher Levine | DhStyle Inc.
Stylist Dana Asher Levine, chief executive of DhStyle Inc., will tell you pretty much anything you want to know. Age? 55. Height? 4 feet 11 inches. Her divorce? Now that was messy although she celebrated her 50th birthday by marrying an old flame, Burbank periodontist David Levine, who luckily turned out to be her Mr. Right after 17 years with Mr. Very, Very Wrong.
Leah Ferrazzani • Semolina Artisanal Pasta
Andy Lipkis • TreePeople Inc.
Dan Clivner I Sidley Austin
International law firm Sidley Austin, headquartered in Chicago, has occupied downtown offices at 555 W. 5th St. for 30 years.
Julien’s Auctions finds gold in star’s memorabilia
It didn’t take long after Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee’s death for speculation to begin swirling over the settlement of his estate.
Lisa Adams • LA Closet Design
Lisa Adams, chief executive of LA Closet Design in West Los Angeles, never thought her undergraduate science education would come in handy for designing high-end luxury closets instead of working in a chemistry lab.
Lee Zeidman • Staples Center
Brianna Abrams • Winston Pies
Brianna Abrams, founder of Winston Pies, opened in Brentwood in September 2017 and added a West Hollywood location a year later.
Clubs oriented toward the creative class are popping up around Los Angeles
Social club scene expanding with two new offerings.
Katie Rosen Kitchens • FabFitFun Inc.
Beauty in a box