RBZ LLP, a West L.A. accounting and business consulting firm, has named Andy Soemardi principal in its tax department. Previously, Soemardi served as senior director of corporate tax at Abraxis BioScience Inc., a West L.A.-based biotechnology company.
Heery International, an architecture, engineering and construction management firm based in Atlanta, has promoted Robert T. Chomiak to manager of the west region in its Los Angeles office. Previously, Chomiak was vice president in the company's Dallas office.
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Paul R. Nevans has been named senior vice president and family wealth adviser for the Southern California and Arizona regions in the Los Angeles office of Wells Fargo's Family Wealth Group. Nevans previously served as senior vice president and private client adviser at Wells Fargo Private Bank in downtown Los Angeles.
John Davis has joined Base Productions in Hollywood as vice president of production. Davis previously served as executive in charge for Granada America, a TV producer in Sherman Oaks.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed Sophia Chang to the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, John Kim to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, Javier Lujan to the Quality and Productivity Commission, Jaime J. Rodriguez to the Board of Transportation Commissioners and Paul W. Sweeney Jr. to the Board of Civil Service Commissioners. Chang is an associate in the downtown L.A. office of Jones Day, a law firm headquartered in Cleveland. Kim is director of the Healthy City Project, an L.A.-based online community service and policy research tool. Lujan is an academic recovery teacher at Options for Youth charter schools in Sylmar. Rodriguez is senior legal counsel for Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish-language media company based in Century City. Sweeney is a partner in the Century City office of law firm K & L; Gates LLP.
Lorena Bendig has been promoted to customer service manager in the Monterey Park office of State Compensation Insurance Fund, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides workers' compensation insurance to California employers. Bendig was previously sales manager in SCIF's Woodland Hills office.
Scanlon Guerra Burke Insurance Brokers, a Woodland Hills insurance brokerage firm, has promoted Jonathan Monnereau to benefits account executive and Steve Pfundstein to director of technology. Monnereau was previously human resources consultant and risk services coordinator with the firm. Pfundstein was systems administrator.
Allison Elmore has joined the downtown L.A. office of Hunton & Williams LLP, a law firm based in Richmond, Va., as associate. Elmore was previously an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins, an international law firm headquartered in downtown Los Angeles.
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