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.

Banking & Finance

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.

Levene Neale Bender Rankin & Brill LLP, a Century City law firm specializing in bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization, has hired Anthony A. Friedman as associate. Friedman was previously an associate at Moldo Davidson Fraioli Seror & Sestanovich LLP, a Century City law firm.

Thomas E. Jeffry Jr. has been named partner in the health care practice at the downtown L.A. office of Arent Fox, a Washington, D.C., law firm. Jeffry was formerly partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, a Seattle-based law firm.

The downtown L.A. office of law firm Buchalter Nemer has named Armen Martin and Daniel Slate shareholders of its insolvency and financial solutions practice group. Marin was previously partner with DLA Piper, a Chicago-based law firm. Slate was partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, a New York law firm.


Ascent Media Group in Santa Monica has named Mick Bass vice president of alliance management and Robert Blatt senior vice president of product development in its Santa Monica office, and Mark Laudenslager vice president of digital media operations and content management in its Burbank office. Previously, Bass was services principal manager at Hewlett-Packard's digital entertainment services business. Blatt was vice president and general manager of AOL Software. Laudenslager was an independent consultant at Strategy Caf & #233;, a Web and software development company in Richmond, Va.


The board of March of Dimes' L.A. division, a national non-profit health agency, has appointed A. Ronald Berryman as chairman. Berryman is president of Berryman and Co., a Pasadena-based management consultantcy firm.

Kinecta Federal Credit Union, a Manhattan Beach non-profit financial cooperative, has named John Greenlee director of sales for its property and casualty subsidiary Apollo Agencies Inc. Greenlee previously served as first vice president and national sales manager for Washington Mutual Insurance Services Inc. in Irvine.

Janet Schulman has been appointed interim executive director of Westside Children's Center, a Culver City non-profit agency supporting underserved children and their families in western Los Angeles County. Schulman was formerly interim executive director at Bienvenidos Children's Center, a Pasadena non-profit organization.

Real Estate

Sean Westgate has joined the Los Angeles office of CresaPartners, a Boston-based corporate real estate firm, as senior vice president. Westgate was previously vice president at JLL/Staubach, a global real estate company headquartered in Chicago.

Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, an Encino real estate services firm, has named Stephen Stein regional manager. Stein was previously vice president of investments at the firm.


Michael Zerah has been named business development manager of the DigiTrust Group, a Century City information security consulting firm. Zerah was previously business development manager for the Cherokee Group, a Van Nuys brand management and licensing company.

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