Julie Root has joined Pasadena-based Gonzalez Goodale Architects, a firm specializing in civic, health care, educational and special-needs housing-design projects, as a senior project architect. She was previously with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership.

Banking & Finance
Warren Woo was appointed global head of financial sponsors of UBS Investment Bank and to serve on the UBS-IB board. Woo will continue to serve as a member of the IBD Americas executive committee and as vice chairman of IBD.

Rustic Canyon Partners named Shoa-Kai Liu senior advisor of the investment firm. Formerly, Liu served as director of network technology community at MCI.

Michael Opre was promoted to senior vice president and portfolio manager of Los Angeles-based Froley Revy Investment Co. Opre was previously a vice president and an analyst covering the financial, industrial, and material sectors.

Swinerton Management and Consulting appointed Samuel R. Ramirez as operations manager for its Los Angeles office. Ramirez was formerly an executive of business development at Turner Construction Co.

James R. Nahin has been named director of leasing at the L.A. Mart in downtown Los Angeles. Previously, Nahin was responsible for gift and home leasing at the California Market Center.

Catherine Showalter was named director of UCLA Extension's public policy program, which hosts the annual Arrowhead Public Policy and Research Symposium and the Land Use and Policy Conference in Los Angeles. Showalter most recently led the non-profit Rides for Bay Area Commuters Inc.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts appointed Desmond Acheson general manager of Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. Acheson was previously the acting general manager of the property.

White & Co. Insurance Inc. named Zach Spann, Jeff Voorhees and Erin M. de Lucia CIC, vice presidents of commercial property and casualty. Formerly, Spann was a sales representative at the Auto Club of Southern California; Voorhees was previously a claims administrator for Integrated Claims Administrators; and de Lucia was a casualty claims examiner for Allstate Insurance.

Nate E. Akiva was named associate at the Los Angeles office of Pircher Nichols & Meeks, a national real estate law firm. Previously, Akiva worked as a management consultant in the field of supply chains, distribution and strategic sourcing. Also, Robert J. Cooper was appointed associate at the Los Angeles office of Pircher. Previously, Cooper was a research and teaching assistant in real estate transactions and finance at the University of Southern California.

Christopher J. Kondon was named partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP's Los Angeles office.

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