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Diane Haithman

Stories by Diane

Community Centered

Business partnerships help Ketchum YMCA adapt to a changing downtown

The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA is adapting to changing neighborhood.

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Lorena Camargo • Pearl Transportation & Logistics

A different approach

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Carl Daikeler I Beachbody

Beachbody’s Carl Daikeler says staying fit shouldn’t be complicated

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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.”

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Champion for Change

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie I Human Rights Watch

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie left entertainment to focus on activism.

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Joachim Splichal I Patina Restaurant Group

STYLE Joachim Splichal, founder of Patina Restaurant Group, likes to keep it simple.

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Amy Neben

20 in their 20s

Partner and talent manager at Select Management Group

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Thea Pham

20 in their 20s

Co-founder of U-Defi Inc.

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Drew Boyles I Mayor, City of El Segundo

El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles toes line between business professional and surfer chic.

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Rochelle Maize I Nourmand & Associates

Nourmand & Associates’ Rochelle Maize makes properties pop for high-end clients.

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Heather de Michele • The Groundlings Theatre and School

Groundlings’ Heather de Michele boasts of theater’s direct line to SNL.

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Ken Pratt I Union Station

Old-school approach for Union Station’s Ken Pratt.

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Deep-Pocket Donors Drive Massive Projects at Museums, Arts Venues

Special Edition: LA500

Deep-pocket donors provide funding for multiple big projects

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Michael Watkins I NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Out of this world

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A Taste of Old Hollywood

Mark Echeverria • Musso & Frank Grill Co.

Committed to the classics

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Center Stage

Michael Ritchie • Center Theatre Group

Here’s looking at you

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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.

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Putting On The Dog

Retail: On Rodeo Drive, retailers have tails wagging

Shops on Rodeo Drive are going to the dogs.

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Accessible by Design

Lorne Buchman • ArtCenter College of Design

Classical style

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Natalie Tran • CAA Foundation

Sharing the wealth

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Companies turn toward sustainability and transparency

Companies strive for B Corp. certification.

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Shilla Kim-Parker I Thrilling Inc.

Second-hand style

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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.

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Speakeasy Spaces

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

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STYLE | Artful Authenticity

Nurit Siegel Smith • House of Blues Music Forward Foundation

Artistic authenticity

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STYLE | Script Doctor

Neal Baer • Baer Bones Productions

Script doctor

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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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$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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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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Still Style

Brad Beckerman • Stillhouse Spirits Co.

Intoxicating spirit

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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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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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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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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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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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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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