Newsmakers

Banking & Finance

James L. Greene has joined Sanli Pastore & Hill Inc., a business valuation firm, as director of business development. Previously, Greene was business development director for Singer Lewak Greenbaum & Goldstein LLP, a Westwood-based accounting firm.

Consulting

Walker Parking Consultants, a parking construction consulting firm, has appointed Daniel Johns managing principal for its Los Angeles office. Johns was previously vice president and managing principal at the firm's Kalamazoo, Mich., office.

Engineering

The Los Angeles office of Parsons, a national engineering and construction company, has hired Mark Canter as director of biologics systems and technology in its life sciences division. Canter previously served as engineering team leader for Biokinetics Inc., a design and engineering firm serving the life science industry.

Entertainment

Marguerite Pacacha has been named senior vice president of business affairs and legal for Paramount Domestic Home Entertainment. Previously, Pacacha was senior vice president of business affairs and legal for pay TV and home entertainment at Paramount.

Prescriptive Music, a music branding and consulting company, has hired Alix Rumsey as director of music. Rumsey was previously head of music for Musicstyling, a European music branding company.

Hospitality

The JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live has named Karen Englund director of sales and marketing; Claudia Franco sales coordinator; and Larisa Faust, Ed Polistico and Kris Umstattd directors of national accounts. Englund was previously director of sales and marketing at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Franco was tour and travel coordinator at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Faust was senior account executive at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Polistico was director of national accounts at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, and the JW Marriott Orlando. Umstattd was senior account executive of Marriott International.

Human Resources

Michele Foster has joined the Manhattan Beach office of McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based executive search firm, as a principal consultant. Foster was previously an independent contractor specializing in staffing consulting.

Insurance

Margee Harris has been named area vice president of small groups at Gallagher Benefits Services Inc., a commercial insurance and risk management company. Harris was previously account manager and vice president at Aon Consulting and Insurance Services, a management consulting firm.

Law

Winston & Strawn LLP, an international commercial law firm, has named David L. Aronoff and Gayle I. Jenkins as partners in its Los Angeles office. Both Aronoff and Jenkins were previously partners at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP.

Ford & Harrison, a labor and employment law firm, has named Sergio Bent and Stephen R. Lueke as partners in its Los Angeles office. Bent was previously managing partner of Bent & Associates, a Los Angeles-based firm. Lueke was partner at Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, a Universal City firm.

Scott Edel has joined the Los Angeles office of Loeb & Loeb LLP as partner. Edel was previously a partner at the entertainment law firm Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy Edel & Klein LLP in Los Angeles.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP has named Gary E. Gans as partner in its Los Angeles office. Gans was previously a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

Marketing

Marketing Arm, an event marketing agency that focuses on sports, entertainment and promotions, has named Dan Belmont president of consulting and activation, and Simon Temperley president of events and retail. Previously, Belmont was the Marketing Arm's chief marketing officer and president of Millsport, one of the agency's five brands. Temperley was president of the agency's brand Usmp.

Media

Jonathan L. Block has been named of counsel at Salem Communications Corp., a media company with radio, online and publishing operations. Block was previously vice president, general counsel and secretary with the company.

Non-Profit

Exposition Park and California Science Center has elected William J. Chadwick as chairman. Chadwick is managing director of Chadwick Saylor & Co. Inc., a real estate investment bank, and CS Capital Management Inc., an investment adviser.

Real Estate

Old Republic Title Holding Co. Inc., a Los Angeles-based real estate services company, has hired Judee Heineman as senior account executive in the commercial services and major accounts division. Heineman was previously an account manager in commercial services division of Fidelity National Title Co.

Scott Martin has been promoted to senior executive vice president of the Pasadena office of NAI Capital, a commercial real estate firm. Martin was previously senior vice president.

Technology

Guidance Software, a Pasadena-based digital information company, has appointed Marshall Geller, Stephen Richards, Robert G. van Schoonenberg to its board. Geller is president of St. Cloud Capital LLC, an investment company. Richards is a former chief financial officer and chief operating officer of McAfee Inc. Van Schoonenberg is secretary and chief legal officer of Avery Dennison Corp., which makes self-adhesive products.

Linda White has joined MESoft Inc., a software development company for film and video productions, as vice president of sales. White was previously director of worldwide sales at MTI Film, a post-production software development company.

Transportation

The Port of Los Angeles has named Ralph Hicks director of economic development and Karl Pan chief financial officer. Hicks was previously director of land use and planning for the San Diego Unified Port District. Pan was chief financial officer of Los Angeles World Airports.


Donations

Comerica Bank has donated $30,000 to AbilityFirst, a non-profit social service organization that helps people with physical and developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down syndrome and other impairments. The money was used to sponsor a fundraising 5K marathon.

Yoo Mi Chin

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