Accounting

Douglas W. Samuelson was appointed senior manager in the Sarbanes-Oxley consulting practice at Good Swartz Brown & Berns LLP at the company's Sherman Oaks office. Samuelson was previously director of accounting for Rand Corp.


Advertising
Richard Alcott has been named executive vice president, managing director at Initiative North America, a media services company. He will be based in the Los Angeles office. He was previously executive vice president of marketing for AudioAudit.


Art
Superior Galleries Inc. named Paul Inho Song vice president, auctions. Song was most recently vice president of Teletrade, a unit of Spectrum Numismatic Auctions.


Banking & Finance
Froley Revy Investment Co. Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment management firm of convertible securities, has announced several promotions. Michael Opre was promoted to senior vice president and portfolio manager. Opre was previously a vice president and analyst at the firm. Matthew Weisbarth was named senior arbitrage trader. He was previously working for PaineWebber and Exis Capital Management. Pavel Sokolov was appointed research analyst, with responsibility for the company's technology and materials sectors. Sokolov formerly worked for Odyssey Advisors.


L. Andrew Gifford has been promoted to managing director in the Los Angeles office of U.S. Trust, a wealth management company. Gifford was previously senior vice president and senior fiduciary manager for the West Coast.


Kayne Anderson MLP Investment Co. named David LaBonte senior managing director at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP, the company's investment adviser. LaBonte formerly worked as managing director in the U.S. equity research division of Citigroup's Smith Barney unit.


Consulting
Anteo Group has named Craig Applehof director of sales at its new Los Angeles office. Applehof was previously director of business operations with Aerotech, a technology staffing firm.


Education
Cameron Smith was named director of development at the Rolling Hills Preparatory School. She was previously assistant director of athletics at the University of Southern California.


Government
William A. Baker was appointed to the West Basin Municipal Water District Board. The board represents Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills and portions of Carson City. Baker is an independent consultant in law enforcement and public safety management issues.


Marian Balay of Fullerton and Stanley Goldenberg of Los Angeles were appointed to the state Board of Pharmacy. Balay is a paralegal for American Suzuki Motor Corp. and Goldenberg is its current president and an independent consultant to pharmacists.


Douglas Failing of Arcadia was appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles County. Failing is currently district director for the Department of Transportation, District 7, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

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