The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate has promoted Nicole McAllister to executive director of development and external affairs. Previously, McAllister was director of development and external affairs for the Lusk Center.

Perkins+Will announced that Gabrielle Bullock had been named managing principal of its Los Angeles office, responsible for the strategic and financial leadership of the firm's California practice. She has served as co-director of operations for the Los Angeles office since the firm merged its Pasadena and Santa Monica practices and moved downtown in December 2002.

Banking & Finance
American Business Bank has hired Mark Martinez as vice president and manager of asset based lending. Martinez comes from Mellon 1st Business Bank, where he was vice president of the asset-based loan department.

FTI Capital Advisors has hired Robert M. Werle and Joseph C. Sherwood III as senior managing directors in the firm's corporate finance/restructuring practice, based in Los Angeles. Previously, Werle founded an independent advisory firm and Sherwood was managing director, head of the investment banking and merchant banking and a director of Seidler Cos. in Los Angeles.

Lord Abbett & Co. announced that Andrew D'Souza had been named Los Angeles regional manager of its national sales group. He was previously with Evergreen Funds, where he was a regional sales consultant.

PKF Consulting, a national consulting and real estate firm specializing in the hospitality industry, has promoted Jeff Lugosi to senior vice president. Since joining PKF Consulting in 1988, Lugosi has overseen projects in the U.S. and Mexico, Costa Rica, the West Indies, Indonesia and China.

Earth Tech Inc., a Long Beach-based unit of Tyco International Ltd., providing consulting, engineering and construction services, has named Scott Derby vice president of project finance. Previously, Derby was project finance manager for International Water Ltd., a Bechtel/Edison SpA company.

Bruce Russell was named senior vice president and managing principal for the Los Angeles office of engineering and design firm Carter & Burgess. Russell has held a variety of positions, including senior posts on transportation programs with the firm.

Pro Sports & Entertainment Inc., a live entertainment company, has appointed Randall Chafetz to its board advisory committee. Chafetz is a senior vice president and head of the Capital Markets Group of Mitsubishi Securities, the U.S. broker/dealer affiliate of Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.

Rick Sands has joined DreamWorks SKG as president and chief operating officer. Previously, Sands was chief operating officer for Miramax Films and helped join Miramax with Disney. Sands will oversee day-to-day operations, reporting directly to principal partner David Geffen.

Health Care
Conway Collis was named vice president of advocacy and chief government affairs officer for the Daughters of Charity health system in Los Altos. The system has six medical centers in Northern and Southern California. Collis was previously working with Daughters of Charity as public policy counsel.

Diagnostic Products Corp., a provider of medical products, has appointed Sidney A. Aroesty president. Aroesty previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Roxborough Pomerance & Nye LLP, an employers' rights law firm with offices in Westwood and Woodland Hills, has named Michael Adreani a partner. Adreani has been an associate at the firm since 1997.

Proskauer Rose LLP has appointed Neil Cummings as a partner and head of the Los Angeles office's lending and mezzanine finance practice. Cummings was formerly a partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins.

Document Systems Inc., a mortgage technology developer for compliant loan document preparation and customer contact management, has appointed attorneys Melanie A. Feliciano and Renee M. Smith to its legal department. Feliciano was previously a senior associate attorney at the Los Angeles firm of Swedelson & Gottlieb. Smith most recently worked for Parker Stanbury LLP.

KTLA-TV (Channel 5), the WB affiliate in Los Angeles, has named Janet Choi enterprise reporter. Previously, Choi was senior international correspondent for Channel One News.

David Lyle was appointed chief operating officer and general manager of the new Fox Reality Channel in Los Angeles. He was previously president of entertainment for FremantleMedia.

NBC Universal promoted Araceli De Leon to vice president and general manager of KWHY, the company's independent Hispanic TV station in Los Angeles. De Leon previously served as vice president and general manager of KDRX in Phoenix and KHRR in Tucson, NBC's Telemundo stations in Arizona.

Robertson Barrett was appointed general manager of Los Angeles Times Interactive. Barrett is the founder of and Most recently, he was vice president at Actual Reality Pictures.

The Commercial Finance Association has elected Mark Hafner vice president for 2005. Hafner is president of Celtic Capital Corp., a Santa Monica-based independent finance company.

The Maple Counseling Center, a community mental health counseling center based in Beverly Hills, has named Brian David Goldberg its chief executive. Previously, Goldberg was executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater San Jose.

David Swanson Hollinger was appointed director of Grace Center in Pasadena, a support center for victims of domestic violence in the San Gabriel Valley. He previously was manager of the strategic planning and community benefit departments for Los Angeles Care Health Plan, a non-profit organization.

Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Commercial, a subsidiary of Cendant Corp., has promoted Mike McLean to vice president of commercial services. McLean was director of commercial services.

Norm Plotkin has joined 99 Cents Only Stores as senior vice president of store development. He joins the one-price retailer from Factory 2-U Stores Inc., an off-price apparel store once known as Family Bargain, where he was chief executive.

Technology, a subsidiary of PC Mall Inc., has appointed Elizabeth Murray as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, Murray was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Digital Insight Corp.

Parsons Commercial Technology Group, a unit of Parsons Corp., has appointed Charlie Raubacher vice president and deputy technology division manager. Raubacher joins Parsons from Brookwood Program Management, where he was vice president.

New Age, a Carson-based digital entertainment and technology firm, has appointed Fred Towns as senior vice president, Rick Whitmore as director of customer operations, and Sam Changizi as director of information technology. Towns was previously a vice president at Panasonic. Whitmore was group manager for operations and administration at Panasonic, and Changizi was vice president of @Comm and director of information technology at IFE.

Travel & Tourism
The West Hollywood Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Theo Kitchen director of business development. Kitchen previously worked at LA Inc., the Convention and Visitors Bureau, as sales and marketing representative for both international and domestic leisure travel markets.

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