NEWSMAKERS
Creative Director Car Hops to Competing Agency

The local car wars continue. Chris Graves, creative director at TBWA/Chiat Day's L.A. office, has been named executive creative director at Team One Advertising, a unit of ad giant Saatchi & Saatchi.

Graves, who worked on the Nissan and Infiniti accounts at TBWA/Chiat Day, will be involved in the Toyota and Lexus accounts at the new shop.

Though no specific projects have yet been designated to him, Graves, 41, expects a heavy immersion in automotive work. "There's a lot of work in the pipeline," he said.

Saatchi & Saatchi originally formed Team One to service Lexus, and is the agency is behind the slogan, "The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection."

"Lexus is a brand I have always admired and coveted," said Graves. "It's a rare brand. In the past, I've dealt with brands that are still finding themselves."

Other Team One clients include Boost Mobile, Los Angeles Times and the City of El Segundo.

"I hope to affect the culture over there with my experience and add to what is already a great body of work," Graves said. "I know Los Angeles well enough to recognize the best opportunities in the industry."

Graves was with TBWA/Chiat Day for 10 years, in both New York and Los Angeles, where he worked with Reebok, Sony PlayStation and Energizer.

He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and began his career at Ogilvy & Mather in New York, working on American Express and Seagram's accounts.

Graves lives in West Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

Michael Thuresson



Advertising

Darren Jordan has joined Bear Advertising Inc. of Westlake Village as an account executive. He will serve clients in the technology, home and garden as well as health and beauty industries. He is the former vice president of corporate communications for Zkey.



Architecture

Melissa Salamoff has been named project manager in the Los Angeles interiors group of Ware Malcomb. She has been with the firm since 2001, managing accounts for Carr America, Dorn Platz and Transwestern Commercial Services.



Automotive

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has promoted Marco Iven to regional rental manager for the San Fernando Valley where he will supervise 80 employees at 23 rental offices. He previously was area manager for the western San Fernando Valley. He is based in Sherman Oaks.



Biotechnology

NeoStem, an Agoura Hills stem cell therapeutics firm, has named Edward Garnett to its business advisory board. Garnett recently retired as a senior executive at Amgen to become a business advisor and angel investor.



Consulting

Frederic Z. Samelian has been named senior vice president at Hill International Inc., a construction consulting company. Rejoining the firm after a brief hiatus, Samelian previously was founder and partner with Conex International and director with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, where he managed the firm's construction claims consulting practice in Southern California.



Education

R. Stephen Wheatly has been appointed vice president for university advancement at California Lutheran University. He had been serving as interim vice president for the advancement division. Wheatly will oversee the major fund-raising operations.



Susanne Faulstich has been named director of development and campaign manager for The Webb Schools, a group of college preparatory schools. Previously, Faulstich held a variety of development positions at Pitzer College.



Entertainment

Dick Clark Kids, a new division of Dick Clark Productions Inc., has filled two positions. Cindy Clark will serve as the division's vice president of production. Kelly Sole Holscher will serve as media marketing executive. Clark will focus primarily on development and production at the division, while Holscher is charged with establishing the brand and securing marketing, distribution and other strategic alliances.

Finance

GE Business Credit, a unit of GE Corporate Financial Services, has named David Williamson vice president of origination for the Southern California market. Williamson, a former vice president and business development officer for Bay View Financial Corp., will help manage business development for all asset-based lending transactions between $5 million and $30 million.



USBX Advisory Services LLC has promoted Jeff Chung to vice president and head of the logistics industry practice group. Chung joined USBX in 2000 and is one of the founding members of the company's investment banking team.



Government

Steven B. Rubin has been named managing director of finance and administration at the Port of Long Beach. Rubin, formerly assistant director in the City of Los Angeles' office of finance, will oversee the port's administration, finance, information management and maintenance divisions.



Health Care

Mitchell Hall has been named vice president and general manager of Healthcare Administrative Management Corp., a subsidiary of Thaon Communications Inc. Hall most recently was senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Hawaii Medical Alliance.



HemaCare Corp. has appointed Wm. Andrew L. Heaton, M.D. and Terry Van Der Tuuk to its board. Heaton is vice president of regulatory/scientific affairs and chief medical officer of Chiron's blood testing division. Van Der Tuuk is vice chairman of Graphic Technology and chairman of Mid-America Merchandising Inc.



Law

James Allen has joined Skousen and Skousen as a civil litigator. He spent the last several years as deputy county counsel in the Superior Court of California's Tehama County office.



Jim G. Grayson has been named a partner in the commercial real estate department at Richards Watson & Gershon.. Grayson, who joined the firm three years ago, specializes in complex real estate acquisitions and sales, project entitlement, financing, workouts and restructuring transactions and leasing.



Ramsey Hanna has been named partner in the transactional department of Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP. Hanna was formerly with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC. His practice has included advising corporations on general corporate and commercial matters, mergers and acquisitions, private and public securities offerings and SEC compliance.



Manufacturing

Natrol Inc. a manufacturer and marketer of dietary supplements, announced that Ronald J. Consiglio has joined its board and will be chairman of the audit committee. Consiglio has held the positions of executive vice president and chief financial officer of Trading Edge Inc., a national automated bond trading firm; chairman and chief executive of Angeles Mortgage Investment Trust; senior vice president and chief financial officer of Cantor Fitzgerald and Co.; and senior vice president of Wedbush Morgan Securities.



Media

Tony Beswick has been named vice president and managing director, media management services, at Ascent Media Management Services in Burbank. He most recently served as vice president and general manager of Audio Plus Video, which, like Ascent, is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp.



Scott Redlich has been named vice president, operations at the Post Group, a postproduction provider serving the entertainment and media industries. Redlich, who joined the company in 1991, will oversee operations of the company's Hollywood facility, including technical, scheduling, and staffing issues.



Ed Horwitz has been named vice president of production at LMNO Productions in Studio City. He will oversee production, financial and administrative matters with the reality television production company. Horwitz had served as supervising producer for Nash Entertainment's "Meet My Folks," on NBC.



Suzanne Lezotte has been named director of public relations for Woodland Hills-based Panavision Inc. She will handle public relations strategies for the company and its subsidiaries, including EFilm. Lezotte previously served with film and television equipment-maker ARRI Inc.



North Hollywood-based Megatrax Production Music has named Debra Grobman and Steve Sackett account managers for the company's new radio division. Grobman and Sackett will seek new clients and service existing ones.

Mortgage Banking

WMC Mortgage Corp. has named Dan Rawitch to the position of senior vice president, national production adviser. Rawitch was formerly chief executive of alt-A and subprime lender Monument Mortgage, a subsidiary of FiNet.com Inc.

Technology

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. has named Brian D. Urban as its new chief financial officer. Urban joins Gemstar-TV Guide from Unilab Corp., where he served most recently as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.

Michael Radin has joined InfoPro Solutions as director of clinicopia products, assuming responsibility for the entire products division at the company. Prior to joining InfoPro, Radin was senior vice president at SunGard Treasury Systems.

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