NEWSMAKERS

Accounting

RSM McGladrey, a national accounting, tax and business consulting firm, has named Don Natenstedt managing director of the Western region based at the company's Los Angeles office. Natenstedt was previously executive vice president of operations with the firm.

John Samore III has been elected president of the Los Angeles chapter of California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Samore is senior manager with True Partners Consulting LLC, a tax and business advisory firm.

Advertising

Inter/Media Advertising, an Encino-based agency, has promoted James Christensen to vice president. Christensen previously served as account director.

Banking & Finance

Union Bank of California has named Stephen M. Flynn senior vice president and regional manager for the commercial banking team in its Los Angeles office. Previously, Flynn was senior vice president for G.E. Commercial Finance.

Wells Fargo has hired Desiree Pierce as vice president and family wealth adviser in Greater Los Angeles. Pierce was previously vice president of wealth strategist at Northern Trust.

David Guzman has been named district manager for Wells Fargo's Beverly Hills corridor region. Guzman was previously district manager in the Santa Barbara and Ventura market for the Wells Fargo Pacific Coast Community Bank.

Engineering

Tim Angers has joined the Los Angeles office of Miyamoto International Inc., a global structural and earthquake engineering firm, as senior project engineer. Angers was previously senior project engineer with Nabih Youssef Associates, a structural engineering firm.

Hospitality

Kerry Kramp has been named president of Culver City-based Sizzler USA. Kramp was previously franchisee of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurants in Minnesota.

Stephanie Mehali has been named manager of the Langham, Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena. Previously, Mehali served as manager at the Langham, Boston Hotel.

Law

The Los Angeles office of Dykema, a national law firm, has appointed Laura P. Worsinger counsel of its employment practice group. Worsinger was previously senior counsel with Buchalter Nemer, a business law firm.

Marketing

Helen Huang has joined Avatar Labs, an online marketing agency in Encino, as production designer. Previously, Huang was a freelance designer.

Campos Creative Works, a Santa Monica-based marketing event company, has named Robin Bronner associate producer. Bronner was previously assistant director with Warner Bros. Television.

Non-Profit

Assistance League of Southern California, a non-profit organization that serves children, families and seniors in financial need, has named Judy Kloner president. Kloner was previously vice president of the league's auxiliaries.

Na'ama Amit has been appointed director of program services of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, a non-profit organization that offers school-based mentoring programs. Amit previously served as program director of the organization's Monmouth County chapter in New Jersey.

Publishing

Gwendolyn Whitfield has been named editor of Global Supply Chain Review, a journal published by the Global Supply Chain Leaders Group in Santa Clara. Whitfield is an assistant professor of strategy at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Real Estate

Daum Commercial Real Estate Services has named Tom Festa senior vice president in its Woodland Hills office. Previously, Festa was senior vice president at the Los Angeles office of Grubb & Ellis.

Studley has named Eric Hanke managing director of its Los Angeles-based national Structured Finance Group, which provides services related to private debt or equity. Hanke was previously chief investment officer at BellaVista Capital, a real estate fund specializing in residential and commercial developments.

CityView, a Los Angeles-based real estate investor, has named Richard Lange chief financial officer. Lange was previously president of the Northern California division of house builder Ryland Homes.

Cheri Zeeb has joined the Santa Monica office of Watt Cos., a California-based real estate services company, as vice president of leasing. Zeeb was previously vice president of real estate with Wild Oats Supermarkets.

Retail

Gramicci, an Agoura Hills-based company that manufactures apparel for the outdoor industry, has hired Jackson Chandler as art director. Chandler was previously art director at BandMerch Inc., an Agoura Hills-based music merchandise company.


KUDOS

Kevin Reilly will be honored with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award from the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. The award will be presented at the foundation's Taste for a Cure event June 21. Reilly is president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Co.

The Rotary Club of Century City has honored film producer Sherry Lansing with the Service Above Self humanitarian award for commitment to philanthropy. Lansing is founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to cancer research, education, art and culture.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association has honored Caroline Dreyfus, Diane Hvolka and Chris Safarian with awards as outstanding young lawyers. Dreyfus is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Cox Castle & Nicholson, a California-based real estate law firm. Hvolka is an associate with Gilchrist & Rutter PC, a Santa Monica-based real estate law firm. Safarian is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a California-based business and real estate law firm.

Yoo Mi Chin

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