NEWSMAKERS


Accounting

Kevin Dougherty has been hired as managing director of Outsource Partners International Inc., a finance and accounting outsourcing firm. Dougherty previously served as president of Headstrong.


RBZ LLP, a Los Angeles-based accounting and business consulting firm, has promoted Thomas Leaper and Stephen Rickert to partners. Leaper and Rickert were formerly principals with the firm.


Architecture

BRC Imagination Arts, a designer and creator of museums, corporate visitor centers, theme parks and cultural heritage sites, has promoted Scott Ault to chief operating officer. Ault was previously vice president at BRC.


Mitchell E. Sawasy has been named president-elect of International Interior Design Association. Sawasy is executive vice president of Rothenberg Sawasy Architects, a Los Angeles-based architecture and interior design firm.


Banking & Finance

Kinecta Federal Credit Union in Manhattan Beach has hired Linda Edwards as director of talent development. Edwards was curriculum design manager for Maritz Learning, a company that provides computer-based training.


City National Bank has named Rebecca Sanchez Estrada as vice president and manager for its Ontario office. Estrada was previously director of business banking services at SCE Federal Credit Union in Irwindale.


Alon Haim has been named vice president and relationship manager of California United Bank. Haim was most recently a relationship manager at Mellon Bank in Encino.


IDB Bank, a New York-chartered commercial bank, has named Adrian Ward as vice president of entertainment, sports and media for its branch in Beverly Hills. Ward was formerly vice president of portfolio management at Lewis Horwitz Organization.


Consulting

Bain & Co., a business consulting firm, has promoted Ivan Hindshaw to the position of managing partner for its Los Angeles office. Hindshaw was previously a partner with the company.


Entertainment

Tom Emrey has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Emrey was previously chief financial officer.


Government

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the following appointments: Sharon Delugach to the Rent Adjustment Commission; Mia M. Lehrer to the Cultural Heritage Commission; Victor Narro to the Board of Education Compensation Committee; Michelle Segura to the Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families; Steven Uranga to the City Employees' Retirement Board; and James E. Zaferis to the Industrial Development Agency. Delugach is staff director at UCLA Labor Center. Lehrer is founding principal of the design firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. Narro serves as project director for the UCLA Labor Center and lecturer for the Chicano studies department. Segura is an 18-year-old graduate from Immaculate Heart High School. Uranga formerly served as a senior analyst for the Community Development Department, Youth and Employment Services Division. Zaferis is president of United Melon Distributors and chief financial officer of Pegasus Foods.


Health Care

City of Hope has appointed Alexander L. Cappello, Rodney Freeman and Ronald J. Silverman to its board. Cappello is chairman and chief executive of the Cappello Capital Corp., a global merchant banking boutique. Freeman is founder of Freeman Group Inc., a construction management and consulting firm. Silverman is managing director of Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC.


Daniel F. Kelly has been named medical director of the Neuro-Endocrine Tumor Center at Saint John's Health Center. Kelly most recently served as director of the UCLA Pituitary Tumor & Neuro-Endocrine Program.


Specialists On Call Inc., a medical services company in Westlake Village, has named Joe Peterson as chief executive and director. Peterson was previously a partner in United Westlabs LLC.


Insurance

Lenders First Choice, a settlement services and title insurance company in Simi Valley, has hired Paulette O'Donnell as vice president and national sales director. O'Donnell previously served as vice president of national sales for Express Financial Service.


Law

Christopher J. Heck has been elected to the board of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. Heck is senior counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP.


Marketing

Deutsch LA, a marketing communications agency, has promoted Michael Bryce, Michael Kadin and Eric Springer to executive vice presidents and group creative directors. Bryce, Kadin and Springer most recently served as senior vice presidents.


Non-Profit

Changing Our World Inc., a fundraising and philanthropic consulting firm, has named Jeanne Barry as managing director for its West Coast office in Pasadena. Barry was previously vice president of development of Hollygrove/EMQ Children & Family Services.

Yoo Mi Chin

KUDOS

The Travel and Tourism Marketing Association bestowed its Anastasia K. Mann Leadership Award L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge. The association gave its Landmark Award to Universal Studios. LaBonge is being recognized for his contributions to the tourism industry, especially his support of Griffith Park. Universal Studios received the Landmark Award.


Robert and Diane Malone received the KCET Visionary Award in honor of support for the arts, health care and education. Robert Malone is president of BP America which has supported several programs on KCET (Channel 28).


The Inamori Foundation of Japan awarded Caltech seismologist Hiroo Kanamori with the Kyoto Prize. Kanamori received the award for his contributions to earthquake science.


Diana Scott, co-chairwoman of Greenberg Traurig's national labor and employment practice, was named Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Scott was recognized for raising $35,000 for the organization over a nine-week period.


The National Association of Mortgage Brokers awarded Countrywide its 2007-2008 Eagle Award. Countrywide sponsored NAMB's 2007 Legislative and Regulatory Conference.


The Real Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association presented the Real Estate Achievement award to Wayne Ratkovich, president and founder of Ratkovich Co. He was honored for "personal and business excellence."


Mark Stagen, founder and chief executive of Emerald Health Services, was honored with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for business services. Emerald Health Services is a health care staffing company that employs over 650 people.


The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley honored the Westfield Group, Los Angeles Valley College, and actress Betty White with its "Stars of the Valley" awards. Westfield Group received the Business Award for setting new standards in shopping centers, Los Angeles Valley College received the Education Award for bringing learning to the Valley for 58 years, and White received the Arts & Entertainment Award for lifetime achievement as an actress in television.

DONATIONS

Farmers Insurance raised $2.6 million in one day for the March of Dimes program, which helps prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Naming June 7th "Be a Hero for Babies Day," the company originally set a goal of $2 million and has contributed over $20 million to the organization in the past.

Sean Chalk

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