In preparation for the launch of its panoramic video technology, Be Here Technologies has hired five new executives, led by Connecticut native Brian Terkelsen, 38, to join its media and entertainment business unit.

As vice president and general manager of media and entertainment, Terkelsen will be responsible for overseeing the sales and marketing arm of the Los Angeles-based company. This includes developing strategic partnerships with entertainment and media companies, including those involved in sports, television and music.

Be Here's TotalView product, which had its live broadcast television debut during the 2001 NBA finals, allows viewers an up to 360-degree view of the action. Unlike similar technologies, the TotalView system utilizes a single camera lens combined with software to create a seamless panoramic view.

Terkelsen declined to comment on the details of any partnerships thus far, though he said viewers would see more widespread use of the TotalView technology.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in business administration in 1986 from Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., Terkelsen worked as an investment banker in New York for six years. In 1992, he came to Los Angeles and began working with Mark Burnett of "Survivor" fame. The pair created and produced "EcoChallenge" for which they received an Emmy nomination.

Terkelsen then joined San Francisco-based Quokka Sports, where he managed the development of production methods and programming that turned traditionally non-arena sports such as sailing and mountaineering into spectator-accessible online products.

While working for a Bay Area company, Terkelsen said he maintained his Los Angeles residence, which, interestingly enough, is on a sailboat in Marina Del Rey. "I love living in L.A.," he said.

Conor Dougherty

Accounting & Consulting

Justine Hunter has been made partner in the Long Beach office of Ernst & Young. She is a member of the firm's assurances practice and serves high growth, manufacturing, consumer products, aerospace, defense and distribution companies. Hunter also participates in due diligence consultations and helps clients obtain funding through various public and private offerings.

Banking & Finance

Raquel Donahue has been elected assistant vice president at PFF Bank & Trust in Pomona. She is responsible for PFF's asset management program, 401(k) plans, investments and conducting employee benefit meetings. Donahue has been with the company since 1996, serving as a branch manager and area sales manger.

Ted Mergenthaler has been named senior vice president and director of human resources at Manufacturers Bank in Los Angeles. He will be responsible for overseeing all human resources activities including compensation, recruitment, training, benefits administration, payroll and operations. In addition, he will advise management about industry trends and legislative changes affecting human resources programs. Mergenthaler previously held a senior position at Tokai Bank of California. Also new to the company is Dwain Miller, who has been appointed vice president and headquarters branch manager. He will be responsible for overseeing the operations of the downtown Los Angeles branch, in addition to staff development, products and services training and management of the branch's profitability. Miller had also been at Tokai.


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