NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

The California Society of Certified Public Accountants, a Redwood City-based industry advocate, has named Barbara Rosenbaum a trustee. Rosenbaum is an executive vice president at Santa Monica accounting firm Gumbiner Savett Inc.

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Trailer Park, a Hollywood-based entertainment marketing agency, has named Tom Walker co-managing director, digital. Previously, Walker was executive director at Firstborn Multimedia Group, a design and technology studio with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Outcast, a Santa Monica-based maker of gas-station digital advertising screens, has named Gregory Dunn sales director, central region, and Greg Mongelluzzo vice president, eastern region. Previously, Dunn and Mongelluzzo were sales directors at NBC Universal.

BANKING & FINANCE

Westlake Village-based First California Bank has promoted Edmond R. Sahakian to executive vice president. Previously, Sahakian was senior vice president and manager of the retail banking division at the bank.

EDUCATION

Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business has named John G. Shearer entrepreneur-in-residence. Shearer is founder of Powercast Inc., a Pittsburgh maker of wireless power systems.

The Southern California Institute of Architecture in downtown Los Angeles has named Jamie Bennett chief operating officer. Previously, Bennett was a director at Pasadena Angels, a venture capital fund.

HEALTH CARE

City of Hope, a Duarte cancer hospital and research center, has named Patricia Kassab vice president of quality and patient safety. Previously, Kassab was an assistant vice president at St. Joseph Health System in Orange.

Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Century City developer of gastrointestinal therapies, has named Howard Foyt executive vice president of development and chief medical officer. Previously, Foyt was vice president of clinical development at Metabasis Therapeutics Inc., a La Jolla biopharmaceutical company.

INSURANCE

Insurance brokerage Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co. has named Alan Gordon L.A. district general agent in its Century City office. Previously, Gordon was a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley, a New York-based financial services firm.

LAW

Raines Law Group LLP, a Beverly Hills business and real estate law firm, has named Daniel Brozost, Randal Ivor-Smith and Jennifer Tullius partners. Previously, Brozost, Ivor-Smith and Tullius were associates at the firm.

Khorrami Pollard & Abir LLP, a downtown L.A. law firm, has named Adam E. Kerns controller. Previously, Kerns was a senior internal auditor at Aramark, a food and professional services firm based in Philadelphia.

Legal services firm Axiom has hired David G. Chang as engagement officer in its Century City office. Previously, Chang was a litigator at Hogan & Hartson LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.

NON-PROFIT

The Los Angeles Mission, a non-profit organization assisting the homeless in L.A.’s downtown, has named Marilyn McCoo chairwoman, and Donald R. Dancer, Roy Jasso and Vincent Hruska board members. McCoo is an entertainer. Dancer is executive vice president at International Rectifier Corp., an El Segundo maker of semiconductors. Jasso is a vice president of community development at Wells Fargo Bank. Hruska is a senior vice president at City National Bank.

The Hollywood Radio Television Society, a Sherman Oaks-based non-profit that serves as an advocate and networking forum for the entertainment industry, has named Jeffrey Bader, Gary Marenzi, Christina Norman and Jeff Wachtel to its board. Bader is executive vice president of planning, scheduling and distribution at ABC Entertainment Group. Marenzi is president of worldwide television at MGM Studios Inc. Christina Norman is chief executive of the Oprah Winfrey Network. Wachtel is president of original programming at USA Network.

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has named Rod Banks and Robert Lagace to its board. Banks is an executive vice president at City National Bank. Lagace is Middle Market Banking Group manager for the L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara regions at JPMorgan Chase.

The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum in Exposition Park has named John Long vice president of research and collections. Previously, Long was head of sciences for Museum Victoria in Melbourne,

Australia.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has named Jay Sanderson president. Sanderson is chief executive of the Jewish Television Network, a Sherman Oaks-based non-profit producer of Jewish-themed TV programming.

REAL ESTATE

Real estate investment services firm Marcus & Millichap has named Raymond Rodriguez senior associate as its Encino office. Previously, Rodriguez was a senior adviser at real estate services firm ReMax Commercial.

Calabasas real estate services firm Lee & Associates – L.A. North/Ventura Inc. has named Gary Wagmeister senior vice president and principal. Previously, Wagmeister was founder of boutique real estate services firms Corporate Real Estate Services and Corporate Realty Consultants.

KUDOS

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs has honored Leonor McCall-Rodriguez with a Brillante Award for Excellence in the entrepreneur category. McCall-Rodriguez, founder of Redondo Beach-based One Voice Insurance Services, was singled out as an inspiration for other MBAs.

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