RBZ LLP, a Los Angeles-based accounting and tax consulting firm, has named Yunna Barats partner in the real estate practice group. Barats was previously a principal with the group.

Gursey Schneider & Co. LLP, a Century City-based accounting firm, has promoted Nazfar B. Afshar to partner and Marie Ambrosino to principal. Afshar was previously a manager in the tax and accounting department and Ambrosino was a director in the business management department.


Superior Industries International Inc., a Van Nuys-based supplier of aluminum road wheels and related components for the automotive industry, has named Ken Stakas senior vice president of manufacturing. Stakas was previously vice president of operations for Amcast Automotive.

Banking & Finance

Dimensional Fund Advisors, an investment management firm based in Santa Monica, has hired Darla M. Hastings as chief marketing officer. Hastings was recently senior vice president of customer experience at Benchmark Assisted Living.

B. Riley & Co., a financial and investment banking firm headquartered in Los Angeles, announced the following appointments at its Los Angeles office: Aaron Solganick was hired as senior vice president in the corporate finance group; John Alexander was hired as sales trader in the institutional sales department; Howard Zhou and Kent Do were named as associates in the research department; and Nolan Gaudreau was named a research associate in the research department. Solganick was recently vice president with KPMG corporate finance; Alexander was formerly a sales trader with MDB Capital Group LLC in Santa Monica; Zhou was a senior financial analyst at Belkin Corp.; Do was recently a structured finance analyst with Wilshire Associates in Santa Monica; and Gaudreau was chief architect at Who Is Around in San Francisco.

Monika Rye has joined City National Bank's Encino office as vice president and manager and Mirna Batarseh was promoted to manager at its Glendale banking office. Rye had recently served as vice president and manager of the bank's Glendale office and Batarseh was a financial sales officer and financial sales manager.

Robert Feyder was named president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, a national organization that focuses on public disclosure under securities laws that affect corporate authority. Feyder is currently partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Gates.


Morrow-Meadows Corp., an electrical contractor based in the City of Industry, has appointed Joe Babcock to vice president of preconstruction and Mark Freedman as vice president of corporate marketing. Babcock was previously preconstruction specialist with the company and Freedman was director of corporate marketing.


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