Timothy R. Slapnicka has been appointed new Western region managing partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles. He will oversee the assurance and business advisory services practice for clients in states west of Colorado.

Advertising & Marketing

Erin Barr has been named account supervisor at Inter/Media Advertising in Los Angeles. He will oversee accounts and develop direct marketing and direct response TV programs. Most recently, Barr was an account manager at Hawthorne Direct.

Diane Wilson has been named MIS manager at Horizon Media's Los Angeles office. She will oversee the operation of all computer systems. Previously, Wilson worked in MIS support at Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory in Los Angeles. Also, Cindy Lee has been promoted to senior broadcast buyer, and Kimberly Zohar has joined the company as a senior broadcast buyer. Lee and Zohar will buy media time among broadcast outlets. Previously Zohar worked as senior marketing manager at Media That Works.


Stephen B. Straughan has been promoted to partner at Kirkpatrick Associates Architects in Santa Monica. His responsibilities include project management, new project development and business development. Previously, Straughan was senior associate at the firm. Also, Michael O. Eserts has been promoted to senior associate. His responsibilities include project management and new project development. He previously was a project manager. In addition, Patricia Poundstone has been promoted to senior associate at the firm. Her responsibilities include company-wide project design management and new project development.

Teena A. Videriksen has joined Los Angeles-based firm Dworsky Associates as director of marketing. She will be responsible for strategic planning of the firm's marketing and business development.


Jonathan Gat has been appointed executive director of the California-Israel Chamber of Commerce. He will be responsible for developing bilateral trade between the United States and Israel, and managing the day-to-day operations of the chamber. Previously, Gat directed the Israeli Government Trade Office in Los Angeles.

Banking & Finance

Kathy Fergen has joined the Century City office of Mercantile National Bank as vice president and relationship manager of the business banking division. Her duties will include development of new client deposit and commercial loan relationships. Fergen was most recently vice president and loan officer/business development at Santa Monica Bank.

Mario Ortega has been appointed loan production officer of Redwood Commercial Funding's new Los Angeles office. He will analyze, originate and structure income property financing requests. Most recently Ortega was chief underwriter of correspondent credit at Aames Capital Corp.


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