BDO Seidman LLP hired Randel P. Friedman as a tax senior manager. Friedman was previously director of the tax projects delivery group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Los Angeles.

Harley Ellis Devereaux in Los Angeles promoted Brent Miller to principal and Daniel Benjamin, Craig Park and Ben Caffey to associate principals. Miller was previously an associate principal and Benjamin, Park and Caffey were associates.

Banking & Finance
Trinity Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based boutique investment banking firm, hired Robert J. Woolway as senior managing director. Woolway was previously a managing director at Relational Advisors in Newport Beach.

USBX Inc., a Santa Monica-based investment bank, hired Michael McManus as a managing director in the security practice group. McManus was previously founder of SmallCap Corporate Advisors LLC in Los Angeles.

Entertainment & Media
20th Century Fox Television hired Michael Peikoff as vice president, licensing. Peikoff was previously president and founder of Peik Performance in Los Angeles.

Captivate Network, a national news and entertainment network, hired Michael Hurwitz as vice president of sales. Hurwitz was previously vice president of business development at Del Mar-based CampusLink.

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment hired Jeff Hastings as vice president of sales planning and forecasting. Hastings was previously director of marketing planning and analysis at Warner Home Video in Burbank.

Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. in Los Angeles hired Steve Shannon as executive vice president and general manager, product development and Michael Starkenburg as senior vice president, technology. Shannon was previously executive vice president, sales and marketing at San Mateo-based Akimbo Systems Inc. and Starkenburg was managing director of the Starkenburg Group in Palo Alto.

Channel One, a national news and public affairs content provider for middle schools and high schools, promoted Beth Mayall to senior vice president, creative development. Mayall was previously vice president of interactive content.

Health Care
Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting in Los Angeles hired Michael B. Sullivan as managing director of revenue cycle operations and Dinh Nguyen as director of compliance consulting services. Sullivan was previously vice president of healthcare operations at Oakland-based Windham Health and Nguyen was corporate compliance and privacy officer at Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System.

Calabasas-based Countrywide Insurance Group hired Tom Feia as vice president of the company's real estate property practice in the new Glendale office. Feia was previously a vice president at Armstrong/Robitaille in Los Angeles.

Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLP in Los Angeles hired James E. Hornstein as of counsel. Hornstein retains his position as vice president and general counsel at Culver City-based Moldex Metric Inc.

Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP promoted Thomas S. Cohen, Deborah Yoon Jones, Scott J. Leipzig and James D. Sloan to partners. Cohen was previously of counsel and Jones, Leipzig and Sloan were associates.

Whitmont Legal Technologies Inc., a Los Angeles-based litigation support services and consulting company, hired Ronnie Banerjea as executive vice president. Banerjea was previously vice president of outsourcing services at Ikon in Toronto.

Pelican Products, a Torrance-based manufacturer of flashlights, hired Mark Rolfes as vice president of sales. Rolfes was previously national sales manager at Bata Footwear Co. in Baltimore, Md.

Campos Creative Works, a Santa Monica-based international producer of business-to-business and marketing events, hired Sue Stahl as senior sales executive. Stahl was previously founder of the Stahl Group in Los Angeles.

White Memorial Medical Center, a Los Angeles-based acute care teaching hospital, hired Lynne Whaley as chief nurse executive and senior vice president of clinical operations. Whaley was previously vice president for patient care at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.

Workway, a Burbank-based staffing firm specializing in serving mortgage lenders, banks and credit unions, hired Dennis Sherman as regional vice president. Sherman previously served in various executive positions at several staffing firms.


Beginning with this issue, the Business Journal will publish Kudos, a list of local people and companies that have been given an award or honor by a third party. For instructions on how to submit a Kudos, see the box on this page.

The American Institute of Architects California Council named Ronald A. Altoon the 2006 recipient of its lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service. Altoon is a founding partner of Altoon + Porter Architects and a member of the USC School of Architecture Board of Councilors.

Samuel Wacht Associates, a member of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects, received the organization's "Best Community Development Award" for his design and development of the Laughlin Bay Marina.

Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Leiweke received Dream Keeper Awards for their commitment to mentoring and fostering academic achievement in Los Angeles from the I Have a Dream Foundation at the Eighth Annual Gospel Brunch.

The American Friends of Hebrew University honored Thomas Girardi with the Harvey L. Silbert Torch of Learning Award in at the organization's annual Law Society Dinner. The award was granted for his pursuit of difficult tort cases.

Doreen DeLaney, chief operations officer of Countrywide Insurance Group, was named Corporate Trailblazer by Minorities in Business magazine at the publication's 10th annual Multicultural Prism Awards Gala.

Porter Valley Country Club was named Outstanding Large Business of the Year by the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley. Porter Valley was honored for its charitable contributions.

White Memorial Medical Center received a Eureka Silver Award from the California Council for Excellence in recognition of its overall performance as an institution.

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