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Diane Haithman

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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 | Accessory to Obsession

Maggie Drake • Bandolier

Maggie Drake, co-founder and chief executive of Bandolier, admits to being fashion-obsessed since she was a tween growing up in Monterey.

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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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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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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 | 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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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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TOP DOG

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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New Survey: Disneyland Employees Report Low-Pay Hardships

Disneyland may be the Happiest Place on Earth for visitors, but low wages have caused homelessness, hunger and financial woes for its employees, according to a report released on Feb. 28.

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Disney Celebrates “Black Panther” With $1 Million Youth STEM Gift

Walt Disney Co. is celebrating the box office success of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” by donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, the company announced on Feb. 27.

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STYLE | On the Move

Jennifer Ferro - KCRW-FM (89.9)

Public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9) on the Santa Monica College campus contains just about everything but the kitchen sink.

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LAist to Return Under New Ownership

Local news website LAist, which has been shut down for about four months, will be revived under a new owner.

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How Oscar, Pals Pay off for Hometown

Shows as economic drivers

The entertainment industry’s major awards shows bring millions to the home economy.

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Report: E-sports, Social Media Stars Drive Digital Media Job Growth

Employment in the entertainment industry in the Los Angeles Basin grew 19.6 percent from 2006 to 2016, outpacing 4 percent growth across all industries in the area over the same 10-year period, a new report says.

STYLE | Artful Adaptability

Rachel Fine | Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Rachel Fine, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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Adaptive Studios Raises $16.5 Million in Series B Funding

Adaptive Studios Inc, an entertainment studio that creates premium content for emerging and traditional platforms located in Culver City, has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding, the company announced on Feb.15.

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Auto Brand Genesis Gives $500,000 to J. Paul Getty Museum

Luxury auto brand Genesis has awarded $500,000 to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood in support of arts education and youth community programs.

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STYLE | ‘Nice, Symbiotic Fit’

Christopher Gavigan I Honest Co.

Christopher Gavigan, a co-founder and chief purpose officer of Jessica Alba’s six-year-old Honest Co., said customers who contact the company, which creates eco-friendly products for babies and the home, might be shocked to receive a callback from Gavigan himself.

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Ace of Arts

Boutique hotel’s theater makes guests “feel plugged into the local scene”

Perks offered to guests of the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles go beyond the typical.

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Workforce Report Details Rise in Entertainment, Digital Media

Employment in the entertainment industry in the Los Angeles Basin grew 19.6 percent from 2006 to 2016, outpacing 4 percent growth across all industries in the area over the 10-year period, a new report says.

Soon-Shiong Confirmed Buyer of L.A Times; Publisher Levinsohn Stays With Tronc

Los Angeles Times parent company Tronc Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and various titles in the California News Group division to Nant Capital, the private investment vehicle of L.A. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

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Soon-Shiong Reportedly to Buy L.A. Times, San Diego Union-Tribune

Los Angeles biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong is buying the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, according to the news reports.

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New Leadership at Trailer Park Inc.

Engine Group North America has announced new executive leadership at content creation and entertainment marketing agency Trailer Park Inc.

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Hollywood Agency Shutters Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

Hollywood manager Vincent Cirrincione, who has represented stars including Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson, has shut down his management agency in Hollywood following allegations that he sexually harassed aspiring black actresses over a period of 20 years.

Billboard-Hollywood Reporter, Dick Clark Productions and MRC Merge as Valence Media

Eldridge Industries is consolidating three of its high-profile entertainment properties into a new company, Valence Media, the company announced on Feb. 2.

iHeartMedia Inc. Skips $106 Million Interest Payment

Struggling under a $20 billion debt burden, San Antonio, Tx.-based iHeartMedia Inc. said its subsidiary, iHeartCommunications Inc., has decided to not make a $106 million interest payment to its creditors, the company said this week.

STYLE | Stating Her Fashion Case: Ellie Altshuler I Nixon Peabody

Ellie Altshuler | Nixon Peabody

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Levity Acquires Improv Comedy Brand

Levity Entertainment Group in Westchester has acquired The Improv, the 54-year-old comedy club brand owned by Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow, Levity announced on Feb. 1.

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