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Diane Haithman

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STYLE | Script Doctor

Neal Baer • Baer Bones Productions

Script doctor

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$40M Donation for Carson Center

Sprawling facility will house tennis courts, soccer fields and an academic center

Plans revealed for new Carson sports, education complex.

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Academy Awards Parties a Culinary Affair

Special Report: Entertainment

Chefs can be the big winners as catering high-profile events boost reputation

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STYLE | Dressing for Success

Gary Mozer • George Smith Partners Inc.

Dress for success

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80-Acre Sports and Education Center Planned for Carson

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.

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STYLE | Chocolate Facilitator

Tom Gallop • Beverly Hills teuscher-Chocolates of Switzerland

Labor of love

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STYLE | Bright Ideas

Shabnam Mogharabi • SoulPancake

Colorful creatives

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Marlin’s $700M Health IT Deal Sets Stage

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.

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Still Style

Brad Beckerman • Stillhouse Spirits Co.

Intoxicating spirit

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STYLE | Talking The Walk

Mellisa Nielsen • Charity Angels

Pretty in pink

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Old Building, New Look

REAL ESTATE: Renovation trend seen for art institutions

Old is new for L.A.’s real estate developers.

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Toy Story

Ben Goretsky • USAePay

Toys as art

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SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS

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.

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STYLE | Focused Form

Christopher Mercier • (fer) studio

Sustainable style

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Parade Payday

Rose Parade participants get bang for buck

Sweet smell of success

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STYLE | Power Dresser

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.

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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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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 | 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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STYLE | Trend Senders

Katie Rosen Kitchens • FabFitFun Inc.

Beauty in a box

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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 | Showbiz Sanctuary

Rene Reyes • Paley Center for Media

Show biz style

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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.

Performance-oriented

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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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MAYNE ATTRACTION

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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TIMELESS TACOS

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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ESCAPE VELOCITY

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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