NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

John Di Carlo has been named managing partner in the Long Beach headquarters of Windes & McClaughry Accountancy Corp., a Southern California accounting and consulting firm. Previously, Di Carlo served as managing partner-elect at the firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

Greg Peterson has been named L.A. metro market leader of Mutual of Omaha Bank. Peterson was previously senior vice president for CB Richard Ellis subsidiary Trammell Crow Co., a real estate development and investment firm.

Charles C. Kwak has been appointed to the board of Hanmi Financial Corp. Previously, Kwak was professor of law at Handong Global University in Pohang, South Korea.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union has promoted Sam Oriel to vice president of the Nix Check Cashing unit of Kinecta Alternative Financial Solutions. Oriel was previously director with Kinecta.

COMMUNICATIONS

MBI Media, a Covina-based communications company, has hired Jim Hattendorf as vice president of operations, and has promoted Chris Michel to vice president of administration and finance. Previously, Hattendorf was assistant news director at KCBS/KCAL-TV. Michel was office manager at MBI Media.


EDUCATION

Mount St. Mary's College in downtown
Los Angeles has appointed Mark Foster to its board. Foster is president and founder of Foster Investment Consulting LLC in Los Angeles.

Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester has elected Thomas R. Miller to its board. Miller is executive vice president of marketing at Beverly Hills-based City National Corp.

HEALTH CARE

Anthony E. Scott has been appointed to the national board of City of Hope in Duarte. Scott is corporate vice president and chief information officer of Microsoft Corp.


INSURANCE

Pom & Associates Insurance Brokers Inc. in Woodland Hills has named David Beeton account executive and Gregg Carpenter senior vice president for preferred client insurance services group. Beeton was previously risk consultant for the private client services group at Marsh & McLennan Agency, an insurance broker and risk adviser. Carpenter served as west zone leader at Marsh & McLennan Agency.

Colin Baird has joined the Pasadena office of SullivanCurtisMonroe Insurance Services, an insurance and risk management services company, as vice president. Baird was previously broker at Walter Mortensen Insurance, a Bakersfield-based insurance company.

LAW

Richard J. Frey has been named partner in the Century City office of Venable LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. Frey was previously partner in the Century City office of law firm McDermott Will & Emery.

Dykema, a Detroit-headquartered law firm, has named Thomas F. Hanley III member of the real estate practice group in its downtown L.A. office. Hanley was previously partner at Freeman Freeman & Smiley LLP, a Southern California law firm with offices in Mar Vista and Irvine.

Steven O. Kramer has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, a downtown L.A.-headquartered law firm, as partner in the firm's business trial practice group. Previously, Kramer was partner in the downtown L.A. office of Mayer Brown.

Bryan Cave LLP, a St. Louis-based law firm, has named Douglas Thompson partner in its Santa Monica office. Thompson was previously managing director and general counsel of litigation at Countrywide Financial Corp.

NON-PROFIT

Lynda I. Chung has been elected vice president of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles. Chung is an attorney with Valensi Rose PLC, a Century City law firm.

Downtown Women's Center, a downtown L.A. non-profit organization providing
housing and services to homeless women, has elected Judith Reichman and Shelly Strong to its board. Reichman is an independent doctor in West Los Angeles. Strong is senior vice president of production at DreamWorks.

REAL ESTATE

Jones Lang LaSalle, a Chicago-based commercial real estate company, has named Anthony C. Gatti managing director in its Century City office. Gatti was previously shareholder at Cushman & Wakefield.

Chad Lund has joined the Beverly Hills headquarters of Teles Properties, a Brentwood real estate agency, as agent. Best was previously an agent in the West L.A.s office of Re/Max Marquee Partners Inc., a real estate company.

Madison Partners, an L.A.-based commercial real estate brokerage firm, has hired Karly Nolen as director in the firm's Century City office. Nolen was previously associate with Thomas Properties Group Inc., a downtown L.A. real estate company.

RESEARCH

Dohring Co., a Glendale-based market research firm, has named Thyra Lees-Smith vice president of business development and Rick Wilson chief operations officer. Lees-Smith was previously director of sales for GMI, a market research firm in Bellevue, Wash. Wilson was chief operations officer for Worldwide Panel Inc., a Calabasas market research company.

KUDOS

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has honored Carol Rowen with the Stanley T. Olafson award for her contribution to the advancement of world trade. Rowen is founder and chief executive of International Trade Education Programs Inc., a Glendale-based organization that introduces high school students to careers in maritime trade, transportation and logistics.

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