Eric Chang has been promoted to senior associate in the Century City office of HGA Architects and Engineers, a Minneapolis-based architecture, engineering and planning firm. Chang was previously project manager with the firm.

HMC Architects has hired Dimitris Klapsis as senior project manager and James Woolum as principal and director of design in its downtown L.A. office. Klapsis was previously senior associate at Torti Gallas and Partners, an architecture firm based in Silver Springs, Md. Woolum owned James Woolum Design Inc. in West Hollywood.

Chester Salit has joined the Pasadena office of Gkkworks, an Irvine-based architecture and construction services firm, as director of operations. Salit was previously vice president and director of operations for the downtown L.A. office of Leo A Daly, an architecture and engineering firm based in Omaha, Neb.


The downtown L.A. office of Accretive Solutions, a New York-based business consulting and executive search firm, has appointed George Alexander vice president and market leader for its Southern California offices. Alexander was previously a founder of Alexander Consulting LLC.


Rick Richter has been named principal of Partner Engineering and Science Inc., an El Segundo-based environmental and engineering consulting firm. Richter was previously principal of National Assessment Corp., a San Diego-based real estate due-diligence firm.


Trailer Park, a Hollywood entertainment marketing agency, has promoted Matt Brubaker to president of its theatrical division. Brubaker was previously executive vice president and creative director with the company.


Gail Farber has been named public works director for Los Angeles County. Farber was previously director of public works and city engineer for the City of Orange.

Health Care

The South Robertson office of the American Cancer Society has appointed Charles G. Smith chairman. Smith is a partner with Towle Denison Smith & Tavera LLP, a Westwood law firm.


Javier Cano has been appointed general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles in downtown Los Angeles. Cano was previously general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Hawaii.


Paul A. Barrs and Ryan D. Staley have joined Buchalter Nemer, a downtown Los Angeles business law firm, as associates in the real estate practice group. Barrs and Staley were previously associates at law firm Heller Ehrman LLP.

Levene Neale Bender Rankin & Brill LLP, a Century City-based bankruptcy law firm, has hired Krikor John Meshefejian as an associate. Meshefejian was previously a law clerk to Judge Victoria Kaufman of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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