Accounting & Consulting

Christina Carroll, Todd Moody and Michael Okabayashi have all been promoted to partner in the downtown Los Angeles office of Ernst & Young. Carroll is with the company's center for strategic transactions, an independent unit that advises top executives on a range of capital market issues. Before joining the firm in 1998, she was a vice president at Duff & Phelps. Moody serves as West Coast relationship manager for Ernst & Young's technology, communications and entertainment industry group. He was an analyst for J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York before joining the firm. Okabayashi is a member of the firm's specialty services tax practice, which provides customized tax strategies to high-growth companies. He serves clients in technology, communications and manufacturing industries.

Rose Chan has joined Deloitte & Touche as a senior manager in the federal tax controversy services group in the Los Angeles office. Chan previously worked for Atlantic Richfield Co.

Banking & Finance

Robert A. Brito has been appointed senior vice president and manager of the loan participation group at Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles. The unit develops relationships with other financial institutions to sell and purchase participations in middle-market commercial loans. Brito previously served as relationship manager at Community Bank. He also was executive vice president and chief credit officer at Sterling Bank.

Karen L. Yamamoto has been promoted to senior vice president of the Los Angeles office of U.S. Trust Co. N.A., an investment management company that also provides fiduciary and private banking services to affluent individuals, families and institutions. Yamamoto has served as a compliance and risk manager for the West Coast division of the firm. Yamamoto previously worked for First Interstate Bank.


Mitchel Zelinger has been appointed vice president of sales at Carr Construction, a general contractor in Los Alamitos specializing in commercial tenant improvements. Prior to joining Carr, Zelinger served as president of On-Site Fabricare, a furniture refurbishing company.


Chris Lin has been named finishing editor of Studio City, a broadcast marketing company in Los Angeles that creates on-air promotion campaigns for television studios. He will work on promotions for such series as "Change of Heart," "The Pretender," "The X-Files," and "3rd Rock From the Sun." Lin was previously a freelance editor and an assistant editor for Open Films Productions.

Rod Perth has been named president of television and will lead the development of a new network for Moviewatch, which uses multimedia to provide information about movies. He will be responsible for all operations and programming. Previously, Perth was president of USA Networks Entertainment and has also been president of Jim Henson Television. Also, Gary Thorne has been named president and chief operating officer. Thorne will oversee all multimedia operations. His previously worked at U.S. Satellite Broadcasting and Audio King Inc.

Michael Pogorzelski has been named director of the film archive by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Previously, he held the position of film archivist and preservation officer with the organization.


Phillip J. Pace has been re-elected chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. As head of MWD's 51-member board, Pace represents district policies and programs at national, state and local levels, in addition to chairing the monthly meetings of the board and its executive committee. He is currently the president of Pace Land & Development in Montebello.

Frank M. Panico has been appointed plant manager of Worldway Air Mail center, the L.A. basin's air mail facility. He is responsible for processing the 3.6 million pieces of mail that enter and exit the Los Angeles area each day via the airlines, and also for the administration of Worldway's $80 million annual budget. Panico was the manager of international operations support at postal headquarters in Washington, D.C., prior to his promotion.

Health Care

Louise White has been promoted to vice president of the Memorial Heart Institute at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She will be responsible for managing all operating rooms as well as overseeing the post-anesthesia and recovery area. White previously served as executive director of the institute.

High Tech

Matthew DeVoll has been hired to the newly created post of chief marketing officer at PDQuick, an online shopping company in Camarillo. He will head the marketing group as well as oversee the development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives. Previously, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Protection One Alarm Monitoring, as well as the founder of DeVoll Consulting, which developed and implemented business plans for Internet startups.


Deborah Donaghey has been named national sales manager for California and Texas at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The current national sales manager, Steven Boswell, has been promoted to director of sales. Donaghey formerly worked in sales and marketing for Marriott Hotels and Resorts. Boswell serviced a group of clients in the Midwest prior to his recent promotion. Also, Loews announced that Jeffrey Nimer will become chef de cuisine for Lavande Restaurant in Santa Monica. He comes to the company from Baleen restaurant at the Grove Isle Club in Coconut Grove, where he was executive chef.

Robert L. Susswein has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Le Merigot hotel in Santa Monica. His main responsibility is increasing occupancy through direct selling, advertising and public relations activities, with a focus on corporate business.


Aaron P. Allan has been named senior counsel at the Los Angeles office of Proskauer Rose LLP. Allan is a litigation and dispute resolution attorney who represents clients in cases involving trade secrets, new media, insurance coverage and toxic tort claims.

Bryan C. Jackson has joined the Los Angeles office of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP, a business law firm, as a partner in the real estate practice. He will work with the firm's offices statewide on construction and architectural matters. Previously, Jackson served as of counsel at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. His expertise includes drafting and negotiating construction contracts for projects including sports facilities, mass transit systems, hotels and hospitals.

Joon Yong Kim has joined the law firm of Sidley & Austin as a partner in its Los Angeles office. Kim's practice targets corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and international trade matters. Kim was formerly a partner with the law firm of Graham & James/Squires, Sanders & Dempsey. Also, Allen C. Kim has been appointed a partner. He handles commercial and intellectual property litigation for Korean, Japanese and European corporations in court and in arbitration. Previously, he was a partner with the law firm of Graham & James/Squires, Sanders & Dempsey. In addition, David T. Miyamoto has been named a partner. He is a commercial litigator with 19 years of experience representing multinational clients in court actions, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings in the United States and Japan. Miyamoto was previously a partner with the law firm of Graham & James/Squires, Sanders & Dempsey.


Patricia A. Neville has been appointed director of finance for El Nido Family Centers, a social services agency with 14 locations throughout Los Angeles County. Neville is a certified public accountant and will oversee El Nido's $10 million budget and tackle a variety of other fiscal and administrative assignments. Prior to joining El Nido, she worked at the Chinatown Service Center as director of finance and administration.


Peggy V. Chong has joined the Berkhemer/Clayton Inc. executive search firm in Los Angeles as vice president and will lead the technology practice group handling Internet, e-commerce, and new-media clients. Chong was previously a senior consultant with TMP Worldwide and earlier at SpencerStuart. She also led human resources departments with Ernst & Young and Twentieth Century Fox.

Real Estate

Mark Nester has joined the downtown Los Angeles office of Cushman & Wakefield as managing director for structured finance of the advisory group. Before joining, Nester was with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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