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Diane Haithman

Stories by Diane

STYLE | Pasta Pride

Leah Ferrazzani • Semolina Artisanal Pasta

Pasadena pasta

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Boundary Walker

Andy Lipkis • TreePeople Inc.

Tree whisperer

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Celebrity Bid

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.

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Artful Attorney

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.

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STYLE | Closet Chemistry

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.

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Storied Sweets

Lee Zeidman • Staples Center

Sweet tooth

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STYLE | Pie in the Sky

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.

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Social Capital

Clubs oriented toward the creative class are popping up around Los Angeles

Social club scene expanding with two new offerings.

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STYLE | Trend Senders

Katie Rosen Kitchens • FabFitFun Inc.

Beauty in a box

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STYLE | Showbiz Sanctuary

Rene Reyes • Paley Center for Media

Show biz style

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Creative Control

Tweaks to office trend include accommodations for some peace, quiet

Stand by for tweaks to the creative office concept.

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STYLE | Funereal Festivities

Tyler Cassity • Hollywood Forever Inc.

Cemetery style

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STYLE | On the Dot

Sol Yamini • Pink Dot Inc.

Delivery dynamo

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STYLE | Dress Rehearsal

Scott Harrison • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Society Inc.


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STYLE | Deco Debonair

Lloyd Greif • Greif & Co.

Art of the attack

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STYLE | Higher Calling

Ryan Jennemann, co-founder of THC Design, was eager to show off the treasures the company discovered under the surface in the 103,000-square-foot warehouse-turned-cannabis cultivation center it has occupied for about two years.

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STYLE | Personal Professional

Blair Lawson • Goop Inc.

Elegant, casual Goop

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Architect Thom Mayne has helped raise L.A.’s profile as a design leader

L.A.’s Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne’s challenging designs.

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STYLE | Foodie in Chief

Rob McDougall • Gelson’s Markets Inc.

Rob McDougall on his healthy respect for customers

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STYLE | Cream of the Crop

Justin Woolverton • Halo Top Creamery

Simple style; posh dessert

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STYLE | Mission Control

Devorah Lieberman • University of La Verne

Breaking glass ceiling

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STYLE | Untypical, Impeccable

Evie Jeang • Surrogacy Concierge

“I don’t look or dress like a typical lawyer,” said Evie Jeang, family attorney, founder and chief executive of Surrogacy Concierge, headquartered in Alhambra with offices in New York.

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STYLE | Creature Comfort

Ophir Tanz I GumGum Inc.

Ophir Tanz is co-founder and chief executive of GumGum Inc., self-described as an artificial intelligence company with expertise in computer vision

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Nuances of Influence

LA 500

You don’t get ahead without thinking outside the box, after all, and that often means embracing new technology.

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STYLE | Dressing for Dual Life

Dana Hollinger • Dana Hollinger Group

Dana Hollinger, founder of Dana Hollinger Group in Century City, said she leads a double life.

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STYLE | Grandma’s Guy

Robert Atallah • Cedarlane Natural Foods Inc.

Robert Atallah, chief executive of Cedarlane Natural Foods Inc., founded the natural food company in 1981, basing the company’s first products on his grandmother’s recipes for hummus, tabouli and other Mediterranean treats.

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STYLE | Dancing in Color

Glorya Kaufman • Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation

“I’m a stylish person,” said philanthropist Glorya Kaufman during a recent Business Journal visit to her Beverly Hills estate.

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STYLE | Leading Light

C. Freeman • Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

C. Freeman’s self reflection.

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Sky’s Gourmet Tacos still going strong after quarter century

How one woman scored a cross-over hit.

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STYLE | Failing Forward

Martin Biallas I Special Entertainment Events Inc.

Martin Biallas, chief executive of Hollywood-based Special Entertainment Events Inc., has a strong sense of personal style.

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STYLE: Cutting Edge

Benjamin Mohapi • Benjamin Salon

British-born stylist Benjamin Mohapi, founder of Benjamin Salon, is bored with beachy waves.

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STYLE | Sold on Sophistication

Sally Forster Jones • Compass

Sally Forster Jones, executive director of luxury estates for Compass real estate in Beverly Hills, occupies a fourth-floor-view office on Wilshire Boulevard.

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Entertainment ventures hunt movie licenses

Escape rooms turn to movies to help with marketing, hope to convince studios it’s a two-way street.

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STYLE | Stand Up Guy

Paul Weiss • City National Bank

Paul Weiss, executive vice president and manager of residential lending at City National Bank, had significant input on the design of the bank’s second downtown space.

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STYLE | Bold Broker

Max Sharkansky • Trion Properties

Max Sharkansky offers this definition of the tie – as in “suit and tie” – the traditional uniform of the businessman: “I find them a useless piece of fabric that just chokes men. I don’t wear ties unless I absolutely have to.”

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STYLE | Breaking Bread

Fabienne Souliès – Pitchoun French Bakery & Café

Don’t try to impress the staff at downtown’s Pitchoun French Bakery and Café by approaching the bakery counter to order a bag of fresh pitchouns to go.

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Women & Wealth

L.A.’s wealthiest Women Include Business Leaders, Investors, Heirs

Just how far have women come in the business world?

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STYLE | Accounting for Taste

Alyssa Weinberger I Lido Advisors

No need to tell Alyssa Weinberger, senior managing director at Lido Advisors in Century City, about the value of a dollar.

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Dodger delicacy laps competition 56 years after introduction

Dodger Dogs lead the big leagues with 2.7 million sold at the ballpark.

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STYLE | Cassowary Tale

John R. Lewis – Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo Director John R. Lewis worked hard to tidy up his office the day before a visit from the Business Journal but confessed that when no one’s watching he tends to cover his desk and tables with carefully sorted books and papers.

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STYLE | Monochromatic Manager

Scott Fisher I Select Management Group

Scott Fisher, 26-year-old founder and chief executive of Select Management Group in mid-Wilshire, might not be the first person you’d peg as the manager of fashion-forward internet personality Gigi Gorgeous.

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STYLE | Showbiz Shark

Thomas C. Grane I Mob Scene

Thomas C. Grane, founder and chief executive of entertainment marketing agency Mob Scene, was probably not the only 6th grader who switched his career aspirations from professional baseball to the movie biz after seeing “Jaws” in a sold-out theater when the blockbuster opened in 1975.

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Same Ribbon, New Rep

All-women support group for Music Center brings new vibe to longstanding mission

Music Center’s 50-year-old fund-raising organization plans for the future.

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STYLE | Eclectic, Adventurous Style

Rachael Worby I Muse/ique

Rachael Worby has devised a uniform that works for her as founder, artistic director and conductor of the Muse/ique performing arts collective.

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STYLE | Comfort and Class

Adam R. Simmons I Tangram Interiors

Tangram Interiors’ Director of New Business Development Adam R. Simmons lives downtown, walking distance from the company’s 12th floor offices and showroom on West 7th Street.

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Intrepid Outlook on Next Generation

Investment banker’s door, mind open to younger staff

Intrepid’s Jim Freedman wants his company to “outperform and outdeliver.”

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STYLE | Delicate Shades

Chris Jackson I Lionshare Partners

Chris Jackson, founder and chief executive of Lionshare Partners financial planning firm, knows from experience that many potential clients are surprised when an athletic, 6-foot-4-inch, 240-pound, 35-year-old walks into the room.

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STYLE | Getting in Gear

Terry L. Karges - Petersen Automotive Museum

When Terry L. Karges, executive director of Petersen Automotive Museum, talks about the institution, he’s more likely to compare the place to Disneyland than to nearby Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the California Science Center in Exposition Park.

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STYLE | Buzzworthy Brand

Josh Zad I Alfred Inc.

Josh Zad, chief executive of Alfred Inc., parent of Alfred Coffee & Kitchen and Alfred Tea Room, may have a supersized latte in his hand, but these days his mind is on beer.

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STYLE | Dancing with Stars

Brad Gluckstein I Apex Realty / Conga Room

Brad Gluckstein calls himself a real estate executive by day and a salsa dancer by night. He’s chief executive of Apex Realty in mid-Wilshire, with a $500 million portfolio of shopping centers and multi-tenant industrial buildings, as well as founder and co-owner of the Conga Room, a music venue and nightclub celebrating Latin music.

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