True Agency has promoted Valencia Gayles to president. Also, Perry Fair has rejoined the agency as executive creative director. Gayles previously served as chief operating officer of the agency. Fair was previously lead creative at Element79 Partners in Chicago.

Culver City-based Rachlin Architects has hired Peter Sun as project manager. Sun previously served as senior designer at Urban Studio.

Banking & Finance
Guy Candido was named executive vice president of Financial & Public Institutions at Bank of the West. Candido had previously served as senior vice president and Western division manager of Wells Fargo's treasury management sales department.

Indymac Bank, a Pasadena-based savings and loan, has announced the promotion of Jason Sharp to vice president, human resources division. Sharp had served as assistant vice president at corporate headquarters.

Charles J. Larsen has been chosen as chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief consultant and senior vice president of Financial Management Advisors LLC. Larsen previously was senior vice president of operations and business development at Tower Asset Management in Beverly Hills.

Heinz Jaeggi and Stefan Lendi have been appointed director and private banker of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management's Los Angeles office. Both Jaeggi and Lendi previously served as executive directors at UBS Wealth
Management of Los Angeles.

Kevin McCarthy has been named chief executive of PFF Bancorp Inc. McCarthy maintains the position of president of the company.

Credit Suisse's Los Angeles office has hired David Berman and Dean Decker as managing directors. Sung Chun and Jonathan Rein were hired as directors. Both Berman and Decker previously served as co-head of the gaming, lodging and leisure group at CIBC World Markets. Chun was formerly an executive director at CIBC and Rein served as a director at CIBC.

Melissa M. Hatef has been named vice president and portfolio manager of Morlin Asset Management LP's Southern California region. Hatef was previously assistant vice president of leasing and brokerage services at Union Bank.

Perry Moreth was named head of the trade bank in Los Angeles for Wells Fargo's international finance arm. Moreth recently served as vice president and senior relationship manager at the Wells Fargo's San Gabriel Valley regional commercial banking office.

W.Y. Campbell & Co., an investment-banking firm of Comerica Inc., has promoted Carl P. Genberg to director in the firm's Los Angeles office. Genberg recently served as vice president for the bank.

Arcadis, a consultancy and engineering company, has hired Shenping Chou as principal structural engineer for the transportation business practice of the Los Angeles office. Chou previously was structure section manager at HDR Engineering in Orange County.

Parsons Corp., a Pasadena-based engineering and construction company, has hired William Shelor as design-build business development manager for road and highway operations. Shelor formerly was regional manager of business development at APAC Inc.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Anthony Williams to the California Science Center Board. Williams is a developer of residential property.

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, has appointed Jon Vein as a member of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. Vein is an attorney at MarketShare Partners LLC in Santa Monica.

Health Care
Orion Systems International, a provider of health care information systems, has promoted Michael Burke to vice president of North American sales. Burke has been with the company since 2002.

Gary Beil will assume the role of acting chief financial officer at DaVita Inc., a provider of dialysis services. Beil continues his position as vice president and controller for the company.

Hub International Limited, an insurance brokerage, has appointed Jonathan Axel as senior vice president of the Kagan-Kozberg division based in Culver City. Axel previously served as client executive and senior vice president with Marsh Risk and Insurance Service's middle market practice.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has hired John P. Stigi III as partner in the Los Angeles office business trial practice group. Stigi had recently served as partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in San Francisco.

Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP has hired Bruce S. Ross as partner-in-charge. Ross was formerly executive partner at Holland & Knight. Nine Holland & Knight attorneys are joining him at Luce Forward: John T. Rogers Jr., Geraldine A. Wyle, Nelson J. Handy and Sean K. Higgins were named partners; Jeryll S. Cohen, Shelley Meacham and Linda M. Rottman were named senior counsel; and Vivian Lee and Jonathan H. Park were named associates of the firm's Los Angeles office. Rogers, Wyle, Handy and Higgins were partners at Holland & Knight; Cohen, Meacham and Rottman served as senior counsels; and Lee and Park were both associates.

John Harris joined Meyers Nave's Los Angeles office as principal. Harris was previously principal and chair of Richards Watson & Gershon's environmental, energy, oil and gas department.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has selected K. Kristine Dunn, Lance A. Etcheverry, and Casey T. Fleck as partners in the Los Angeles office. Dunn, Etcheverry, and Fleck were previously associates at the firm.

Jessica Holmes has joined KTLA Morning News as a Skycam reporter. Holmes previously was a host of Outdoor Life Network's "Bragging Rights.", a men's entertainment media company, has hired Michael A. Weiss as vice president of licensing and distribution. Weiss formerly was general counsel and senior vice president of new business development for ei Independent Cinema.

Pic TV, a provider of placement promotional spots, has promoted David Hansfield to senior vice president of business development. Hansfield was previously vice president of the division.

Joshua Deighton and Holly Becker have joined Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as senior vice presidents of production. Deighton previously was vice president of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures. Becker was vice president of production and development at IFC Entertainment.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has appointed Pamela Barnes as president and chief executive. Barnes has served as chief operating officer since 2004 and has also been selected to serve on the foundation's board.

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica hired Shirley Strom as director of resource development, Betty Martinez as customer service supervisor and Michele McKean as development associate. Strom was previously executive director at Johnson Country Missouri Community Partnerships. Martinez was a health and safety assistant and nurse's assistant coordinator at the Los Angeles chapter. McKean was a senior staff assistant at the Getty Villa Museum.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has appointed Edmund J. Cain as vice president of grant programs. Cain was director of the global development initiative at the Carter Center.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors Urban Water Council has awarded the City of Cerritos the 2005 Municipal Water Conservation Achievement Award. The award was given to the city due to its water conservation program that uses recycled water to irrigate more than 200 acres of city-owned property.

Conductor, a Los Angeles-based marketing company, was awarded the silver award in the national consumer promotion category at the Promotion Marketing Association's annual Reggie Awards in Chicago. The award honored the original properties Conductor created for its Unilever AXE client.

The Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association will present the 2006 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Award to Ken Ziffren, co-founder and partner of Ziffren Brittenham Branca Fischer Gilbert-Lurie Stiffelman Cook Johnson Lande & Wolf LLP. Ziffren will be honored for his work in the entertainment law field.

Fluidesign, a Los Angeles-based brand and Web development agency, has won four Davey awards, the highest honor granted by the International Academy of Visual Arts. The agency also won a gold award and three silver awards. The Davey awards honor creative work from the best small agencies worldwide.

Research Magazine has recognized David Hou and Mark Sear of Century City's Merrill Lynch office in their "Winner's Circle" as two of the top-ranked financial advisors in California. Hou and Sear were chosen by R.J. Shook, who has ranked America's top advisors for more than 10 years.

KCET and Cal National Bank will present the 2006 "Local Heroes of the Year" awards to Judith F. Baca for the arts; Kerry Morrison for business; and Hee Pok Kim for community activism. The awards are presented to women for their outstanding efforts to improve the community.

Mercer Human Resource Consulting was named Benefits Consultant of the Year in the annual Global Pensions Awards for 2006. The award was granted to recognize the group's skill in bringing together expertise across different markets.

Culver City-based Rachlin Architects was the only Los Angeles-based firm to receive an Award of Honor in the New Built Category at the 27th Annual Coalition for Adequate School Housing Conference's Design Awards. The firm was awarded for the recent completion of Dena Primary Center in Boyle Heights.

The American Institute of Architects has elected Michael Franklin Ross, managing principal at HGA Architects & Engineers' Los Angeles office, to the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows. Ross's election recognizes his achievements as a design advocate, educator and writer.

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