Perkowitz+Ruth Architects, a Long Beach design and construction administration firm, has named Rick Martin sustainability manager. Martin previously served as construction contract administrator with the firm.

Banking & Finance

Chris Lewis has been named senior vice president and regional private banking manager in the downtown L.A. office of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Lewis was previously senior vice president of commercial mortgage origination with the bank.

Stone & Youngberg, a financial services company based in San Francisco, has promoted Sara Oberlies to public finance group managing director in its downtown L.A. office. Oberlies was previously director of the firm's public finance group.


Caltech has appointed Brigitte Bren and Louis J. Lavigne Jr. to the Pasadena university's board. Bren is co-founder of International Strategic Planning Inc., a business consulting firm. Lavigne was previously executive vice president and chief financial officer of Genentech, a South San Francisco-based biotechnology company.


The Los Angeles County Small Business Commission has appointed Cecilia S. Wu as chairwoman. Wu is managing partner of the Alhambra office of law firm Wasserman Comden & Casselman LLP.


Gerard N. Casale Jr. has joined the corporate department of TroyGould, a Century City law firm, as member. Casale was previously nonequity partner for Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods George LLP, a Santa Monica law firm.

The downtown L.A. office of Alston & Bird LLP, an Atlanta law firm, has named Maureen Gorsen partner in its environmental and land development practice. Gorsen was previously director of California's Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a Chicago law firm, has named Mark T. Hansen and Edward J. McCaffery of counsels, and Alan T. Yoshitake partner of the trusts and estates practice group in its Century City office. Previously, Hansen and Yoshitake were partners, and McCaffery was of counsel in the downtown L.A. office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, a Chicago law firm.

Vicky Pham has been named associate of business/complex litigation practice group in the downtown L.A. office of Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps LLP, a San Diego law firm. Pham was previously associate at Moldo Davidson Fraioli Seror & Sestanovich LLP, a Century City law firm.

Mark Shinderman has been named partner in the downtown L.A. office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, a New York-based law firm. Shinderman was previously partner and head of the bankruptcy and restructuring department at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, a downtown L.A. law firm.


Juliette Lim has been hired as vice president of key accounts for the coatings and building materials group of E.T. Horn Co., a La Mirada company that distributes, manufactures and markets specialty chemicals and ingredients. Previously, Lim served as technical sales representative at Tri-iso Inc., a Claremont company that distributes specialty chemical raw materials.


Henrik Markarian has joined AvatarLabs, a Hollywood online marketing agency, as director of technology. Markarian was previously director of development with NovaLogic, an Agoura Hills computer game developer and publisher.


PRSA Foundation, a New York non-profit that supports scholarships and research for public relations, has appointed Alfredo E. Padilla secretary of the board. Padilla is vice president of corporate communications in the Los Angeles office of Comerica Bank.

Perry Yick has been named vice president of risk analytics for Kinecta Federal Credit Union, a non-profit credit union in Manhattan Beach. Previously, Yick headed his own financial consulting firm, Yick Financial Corp.

Real Estate

Brian Estes has joined the Torrance office of Re/Max Commercial & Investment Realty as senior associate. Estes was previously an associate broker with CB Richard Ellis.

Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc., a commercial real estate services firm, has named Cherri Blessing Honig associate and Margie Jones senior vice president and principal. Honig was previously senior adviser at Sperry Van Ness, an Irvine commercial real estate firm. Jones was vice president at Sperry Van Ness.


Richard Chilcott has joined J. Robert Scott Inc., an Inglewood textiles and furnishings manufacturer, as chief operating officer. Chilcott was previously executive vice president for St. John Knits, an Irvine women's knitwear manufacturer.

Farmer Bros. Co, a Torrance coffee company, has named Hortensia R. Gomez vice president and controller, and Heidi L. Modaro vice president of sales and operations for coffee and tea. Gomez was previously controller with the company. Modaro was vice president of sales and operations with Sara Lee Foodservice's U.S. direct-store delivery coffee business.


1-800-Got-Junk, a junk removal service, has named Allan Miller key commercial account manager for the Western United States, working out of the company's Burbank office. Miller was previously sales manager with Consolidated Disposal Service LLC, a Valencia-based solid-waste services company.

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