NEWSMAKERS


Architecture

IA Interior Architects, a global architectural firm, has promoted Tim Gajewski to principal and Chris Lindes to associate in its Los Angeles office. Gajewski was previously a senior associate with the firm. Lindes was project manager.

Banking & Finance

Holly Roark has joined Levene Neale Bender Rankin & Brill LLP, a Century City-based bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization specialist, as associate. Roark was previously an associate with the Los Angeles office of California-based law firm Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato LC.

Education

Bruce Baron has been named vice president of administrative services of Los Angeles City College. Baron previously served as vice president for administration in the Victor Valley Community College District in Victorville.

Engineering

Parsons Corp., an international engineering and construction company based in Pasadena, has named John C.L. Guyer vice president and associate general counsel representing Parsons Transportation Group, which provides construction, engineering and project management services for roads, railways, bridges, tunnels, airports and public transit. Guyer was previously senior counsel with Alcoa Inc.

Entertainment

Village Roadshow Pictures Group, a company that co-produces and finances major Hollywood movies, has promoted Kevin P. Berg to senior vice president of legal and financial affairs. Berg was previously vice president of legal and financial affairs.

Hospitality

Jessica Root has been named conference services manager of the Beach House Hotel Hermosa Beach. Root was previously with For Catering Inc., where she was a liaison with the hotel, providing food and beverage service for group functions.

Investment

Marvin Barth has joined Tennenbaum Capital Partners LLC, a Santa Monica-based private investment firm, as chief investment strategist. Barth was previously chief economist for international affairs at the U.S Department of the Treasury.

Law

Goodwin Procter LLP, a national law firm, has appointed Brooks R. Brown a member of its Southern California pro bono program committee. Brown was previously a partner with the firm.

Robb Klein has joined the Century City office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as special counsel in the firm's entertainment and media practice group. Klein was previously a partner in the media and communications group of European law firm SJ Berwin LLP's London office.

Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP has named Robert H. Rotstein partner in the litigation group of its Los Angeles office. Rotstein was previously a partner at the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery.

Non-Profit

United Way of Greater Los Angeles has appointed Brett Bittel to its board. Bittel is senior vice president and general manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.


Michael J. Januzik has been named chief financial officer of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Januzik was previously chief financial officer with the California Endowment, a private health foundation that provides grants to community-based organizations throughout the state.

Production

Justin Bergeron has joined Indie Ranch Media, an Internet TV studio and production services company, as president and chief executive. Bergeron was previously chief executive of his own company, HD Studios, which provided production and consultation services to independent filmmakers.

Public Relations

Christine Anderson & Associates Public Relations, a Los Angeles-based public
relations agency, has hired Leigh Hope Fountain as vice president of its fine arts and luxury lifestyle division and Jacqueline Martinico as vice president of the architecture and design division. Fountain was previously an account supervisor for Cooper Beavers, a public relations and marketing agency. Martinico was marketing coordinator at the Beverly Hills office of HKS Inc., an architectural firm.

Real Estate

Matt Brainard has joined the West Los Angeles office of Studley as corporate managing director. Previously, Brainard served as vice president at Bailes & Associates, a commercial real estate services and advisory firm.

Heger Co., a Los Angeles-based industrial and commercial real estate firm, has hired Hak Chung as vice president in its downtown Los Angeles office. Chung was previously director of the commercial properties group with Charles Dunn Co.

DONATIONS


City Spaces Inc., a Pasadena-based commercial space planning and interior design firm, raised $55,600 at its annual golf tournament to benefit children in Kenya orphaned by the AIDS crisis. The event, at the Angeles National Golf Course in Sunland, was attended by 150 real estate brokers and developers. The City Spaces golf tournament was launched in 1996, and the firm has now raised almost $400,000 for children's causes.

KUDOS


Francine Gordon has received the Melnik Award from the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Gordon is a senior managing consultant with the El Segundo office of Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC, a company that provides technology for the legal and financial industries. The Melnik Award, named in honor of the organization's founding chairwoman, Selinda Melnik, is given to a member who has provided an exceptional contribution to the organization over the past year.

Yoo Mi Chin


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