Accounting & Consulting

Three members of Singer Lewak Greenbaum & Goldstein LLP have received promotions. Kevin Recker has been promoted to supervisor in the firm's non-profit division. He has over five years experience in public accounting. Jim Pitrat has been promoted to supervisor in the firm's accounting and auditing department. He has worked in public accounting for three years. Also, Jerry Dampf has been promoted to semi-senior in that department. Previously, he was a vice president and commercial loan officer at City National Bank.

John Dohm, Tom Hochhausler, Tim McKay, Sean Peasley, and Stephen Thompson have all been named assurance and advisory partners at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Dohm specializes in computing infrastructure, Hochhausler specializes in health care providers and HMOs, McKay is a member of the mergers and acquisitions group, Peasley specializes in process and systems integrity, and Thompson heads up the firm's West Coast capital markets practice and focuses on risk management consulting.


Pickard Architects and Pickard Construction have hired three new executives. E. Fay Rippon has been named principal architect, Valerie J. Master will serve as executive administrator in charge of contract administration, internal legal affairs, and business development, and William E. Kemper has been named project manager/estimator.


Ken Peterson has been promoted to the position of area manager of the Southwestern United States for Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank. He will be based in Los Angeles and will direct business development efforts and will coordinate activities between the Trade Bank and Wells Fargo's 18 regional commercial banking offices in the Southwest.

Robert L. Tiedemann has been promoted to managing director of Los Angeles County for Northern Trust Bank. Most recently, he was managing director of the bank's Westwood office. Also, Gail Matthews has joined Northern Trust Bank as managing director of the new Beverly Hills office, slated to open next month. Previously, he was vice president and manager of private banking and investment services at Bank of America, Century City.


James A. Muenzer has been named vice president of design-build services at Matt Construction in Santa Fe Springs. He has been with the company since 1995 and specializes in museums and entertainment facilities.


Graham Hopper has been named vice president of business planning for global merchandise licensing at Disney Consumer Products in Burbank. He will be responsible for setting strategies and identifying opportunities for improving the performance of Disney's licensing business. Previously, he was vice president of finance for licensing in the United States. Also, Melissa Segal has been promoted to vice president of category management and business development. She will assist Tom Conforti, executive vice president, in managing Disney merchandise on a global basis. Prior to her promotion, she was director and divisional merchandise manager of toys and sporting goods.

Mark S. Rafalowski has been named senior vice president of business development for Dick Clark Productions Inc. He will be responsible for expanding business development efforts and investigating new communications technology. He was the founder, president, and CEO of Tradewinds Television, a production and distribution company.

Jack Shishido has been named senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Iwerks Entertainment Inc. in Burbank. He was most recently senior vice president of business development for Spectra F/X Inc, where he oversaw the company's sales and marketing strategy. Also, Cindy Cronkite has been appointed to the position of vice president of field operations. She will be responsible for the touring division and the "owned and operated" division of Iwerks. Formerly, she was vice president of operation for Mann Theatres and director of operations for Sony Theatres in New York. Gary Starr has been promoted to director of financial planning. He joined Iwerks in 1994 as a financial analyst. Finally, Scott Zdunkawicz has been promoted to director of human resources. Most recently, he served as Iwerks' human resources manager.

Bob Turner and Tony Cohen have been named co-chairmen, North America for Pearson Television. Turner will serve as president and chief executive, North America for Pearson Television and Cohen will hold the position of president, North American Productions. Turner most recently served as chairman, All American Orbis Inc., which specialized in the co-production of international television programming in the talk and reality genre. Cohen most recently served as managing director of the broadcasting division of Pearson Television. He was responsible for the management of the company's broadcasting investments around the world.


Roy Knight has joined The Bach Corp. as vice president of sales. The Bach Corp. is a new chocolate manufacturer based in South Pasadena. Knight will be responsible for coordinating the introduction and distribution of J.S. Bach Chocolates. He was formerly a Pepperidge Farm sales executive.

Health Care

Steven Spigarelli has been named vice president of group and member services for PMI Dental Health Plan, an affiliate of Delta Dental Plan. He will oversee customer relations and eligibility departments for PMI. He will also be responsible for management of DeltaVision and for establishing relationships with other health care organizations. He will be based in Cerritos.

High Tech

Gary Blackburn has been appointed vice president of scientific affairs for Pasadena-based Clinical Micro Sensors Inc. He will manage CMS's research and developmental activities. He will also manage the company's intellectual property and technology development. Blackburn joins CMS after serving as director of technology management at Boehringer Mannheim Corp.

Manuel DePonte has been promoted to corporate chief engineer at Aerospace Corp. In his new position, DePonte will focus on technical issues for the Space and Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, the company's principal customer. Previously, he was principal director of the systems engineering directorate. He will be based in El Segundo.


Sharmila Lodhia has joined Los Angeles-based California Women's Law Center as a staff attorney in its Breast Cancer Legal Clinic. The clinic provides free legal assistance for women with breast cancer. Lodhia has a background in public interest law focusing on civil rights/civil liberties.


Janet Clayton, editor of the editorial pages and vice president of the Los Angeles Times, has been named a corporate vice president of Times Mirror Co. The appointment is in addition to her current responsibilities. She has been editor of the editorial pages since 1995 and Times vice president since 1997.

Bob Donley has joined KCAL-TV Channel 9 as a prime-time news anchor. Previously, he was a weekend anchor at KTTV-TV Channel 11, Los Angeles.

New Media

Paran Johar has been named director of business development for iXL-Los Angeles, an Internet agency. He will be responsible for all internal and external business development and client services. Prior to joining iXL, Johar was business development manager for ad agency Poppe Tyson, where he was responsible for generating new business and creating new partner relationships.

Real Estate

Patrick L. Nally has joined Cushman & Wakefield as senior director. He will be based in the downtown Los Angeles office and will focus on tenant representation and office leasing requirements. He has provided consulting and brokerage services to a wide variety of clients including AT & T;, the Parsons Corp., Aon Corp. and L.A. Cellular.

Mickey M. Siam has been named chief operating officer of Investment Development Services Inc. He has been with IDS since 1988 and has served as portfolio manager/principal for the firm since 1994. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of IDS, including overseeing real estate management activities, leasing, personnel, and corporate and financial management.

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