Accounting & Consulting

Michael E. Wilford has been named a partner of the accounting firm King, King, Alleman & Jensen in Burbank. He specializes in tax, audit and quality control matters.

Architecture

Bill Hartman, Steve Smith and Mike Williams have all been hired to senior positions at Melendrez Babalas Associates, a Los Angeles architecture firm. Hartman is responsible for project management and design, specifically working on projects with Amgen Inc. and Howard Hughes Corporate Center. Previously, he served as a senior designer and project landscape architect for SLA Studio Land Inc. in Houston. Smith, who was a partner at Benshoof, Withers, Sandgren & Smith in La Canada prior to joining Melendrez Babalas, will be focusing on urban design and will initially work on the Los Angeles Pasadena Blue Line project. Williams will be involved with projects at the Los Angeles Zoo and the Antelope Valley Transit Facility. Prior to joining the firm, he was principal of his own consulting firm.

Timothy Rommell has been promoted to associate principal at Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering and planning firm in Los Angeles. He has been with the Los Angeles office since 1996 and is a recognized expert in design for psychiatric care facilities, the focus of his practice. Prior to his promotion, Rommell was a vice president.

Banking & Finance

John C. Hyche has been promoted to senior vice president of syndications for Sanwa Bank's commercial banking group. Hyche's group works with the bank's commercial banking centers and real estate industries department to structure, underwrite, arrange and distribute syndicated credit facilities. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president and team leader of insurance and financial services, a specialized lending group for Sanwa's Los Angeles commercial banking center.

Jim McComb has been appointed to vice president, strategic management at Western Corporate Federal Credit Union in San Dimas. He will steer the day-to-day operations supporting the strategic planning and market research groups. Most recently, he served as senior consultant of strategic marketing at the Center for Strategic Management in Denver.

Wally Rodriguez has joined California Bank & Trust as vice president and branch manager of the Long Beach main office. He came from Bank of America, where he was a business market manager. Also new to the company is Stacey Ehrlich, who has joined as vice president and branch manager of the Century City office. She has over 18 years of professional banking experience, most recently as vice president and branch manager with Union Bank of California's Westwood office.

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