NEWSMAKERS

Accounting

John Di Carlo has been named managing partner-elect of Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp., a Long Beach-based accounting and consulting firm. Di Carlo will become the firm's managing partner in June 2009. He was most recently chairman of the tax and accounting services department at the firm.


True Partners Consulting LLC, a tax and business advisory firm headquartered in Chicago, has hired Charlene Greene as managing director of its Los Angeles office. Greene was managing director at RSM McGladrey Inc.


Arts

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has named Andrew M. Gordon chairman, and has elected Ann Barry Colgin, Kelly Day, Victoria Jackson and Michael Lynton and Florence Low Sloan to its board. Gordon is the head of Goldman Sachs & Co.'s west region investment banking division. Colgin is owner of Colgin Cellars, a Napa Valley-based boutique winery. Day is a Los Angeles philanthropist. Jackson is chairwoman of Victoria Jackson Cosmetics. Lynton is chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sloan is a journalist, children's author and head of a production company.


Banking & Finance

Daniel J. Lykken has joined Countrywide Bank's Thousand Oaks office as executive vice president of business banking. Most recently, Lykken was director and banking consultant at UBS Financial Services Inc.
City National Bank has promoted Joe Pacis to senior vice president and manager of its metro Los Angeles commercial banking services unit. Pacis was formerly vice president and senior relationship manager at the bank's South Orange County office.


Michael Cohen has joined Global Capital Markets, a middle-market merger and acquisitions advisory firm, as principal. Cohen was previously director of merger and acquisitions for Honeywell International.


Education

USC's Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy has named Louise Nelson Dyble associate director for research. Dyble is currently on the steering committee of the California Studies Association.


Los Angeles Unified School District food services has hired Mark M. Baida as executive chef. Baida was formerly executive chef for USC.


Entertainment

Alexandra Munster has been hired as director of new business development in Los Angeles for Captivate Network, which provides news and entertainment in office building elevators. Munster was previously senior account manager at KNX-AM (1070).


Government

Linda Smith has been named director of Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center, a program operated by the city that offers services to Minority Business Enterprise firms. Smith was formerly executive vice president of the community development entity Fame Renaissance.


Hospitality

Innovative Dining Group, a Los Angeles-based restaurant group that operates Sushi Roku, BOA Steakhouse, Katana and Robata Bar, has promoted Brent Berkowitz to operations director, Tom Cardenas to vice president of operations and Christian Corben to operations director. It also has hired Darren Wightman as director of development/operations. Berkowitz was most recently general manager of BOA Steakhouse Santa Monica. Cardenas was director of operations of IDG. Corben was general manager of Katana. Wightman was operations manager of London-based Yo! Sushi chain.


Law

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a business and real estate law firm, has named David C. Bolstad partner at the firm's Los Angeles office. Bolstad was formerly a partner with Mayer Brown.


Gregory B. Mouroux has been hired as litigation associate at Gilchrist & Rutter PC, a Santa Monica-based real estate and business law firm. Mouroux was most recently an associate at Goldstein Gellman Melbostad Gibson & Harris LLP, a San Francisco-based firm.


Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, an international law firm, has promoted Daniel Perry to partner of litigation at the firm's Los Angeles office. Perry was previously an associate.


Non-Profit

The Hollywood Entertainment District's business improvement district has named Christopher V. Bonbright president. Bonbright is chief executive of Ramsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services Inc.


DONATIONS
Mercury General Corp., an automobile and homeowner insurer, has donated $1 million to the Los Angeles Police Department. The money will help fund the LAPD's program that pays bonuses to recruits graduating from the Police Academy. Mercury's contribution will fund bonuses for 381 graduates.


KUDOS

The YWCAs of Greater Los Angeles has honored Gloria Allred with the Silver Achievement Award for her commitment to empowering women and eliminating racism. Allred is a founding partner of Allred Maroko & Goldberg, a Los Angeles-based law firm.

Bill Finkelstein, a partner at Santa Monica-based law firm Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP's intellectual property practice group, has received the International Trademark Association's 2007 President's Award. The honor goes to individuals who have made significant contributions to the trademark law profession.


Yoo Mi Chin

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