NEWSMAKERS

ARCHITECTURE

The American Institute of Architects, a New York-based non-profit, has named Thomas W. Chessum a fellow. Chessum is a founding principal at L.A. architecture firm CO Architects. Members of the AIA College of Fellows are voted in by a college of their peers for their contributions to the advancement of architecture.

BANKING & FINANCE

San Francisco-based Bank of the West, has promoted Steve Beilinson to commercial credit officer for the regional banking group at the bank’s downtown L.A. office. Previously, Beilinson was a senior vice president at the bank.

Comerica Bank has named Gurgen Hakobjanyan assistant vice president at the Brand and Milford banking center in Glendale. Previously, Hakobjanyan was an assistant banking center manager at the bank’s Hollywood branch.

Steven Hall & Partners, a New York-based executive compensation consulting firm, has named James V. Hughes Western region managing director in the firm’s West L.A. office. Previously, Hughes was senior managing director of the downtown L.A. office of Pearl Myers & Partners, a New York-based executive compensation consulting firm.

EDUCATION

University of Phoenix, a Phoenix-based operator of secondary education programs and campuses, has named Michael Geraghty director of academic affairs for its Southern California Campus group. Previously, Geraghty was director of academic affairs for its South Florida Campus group.

ENTERTAINMENT

Fishbowl Worldwide Media, a West L.A. entertainment production company, has named Susan Levison executive vice president of creative affairs. Previously, Levison was senior vice president of comedy development at TV network Fox.

Front Row Marketing Services, a Philadelphia-based sports marketing firm, has named Kim Hawkins director of corporate sponsorships in Los Angeles, working exclusively with Hollywood-based concert producer Nederlander Concerts. Previously, Hawkins was an account executive at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C.

HOSPITALITY

London West Hollywood hotel has named Alison Montgomery private events manager and Summer Stearns director of private events in its catering department. Previously, Montgomery was event and sales group manager for Viceroy Hotel Group in Santa Monica.

LAW

BuckleySandler LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based financial services law firm, has named Donna L. Wilson a partner in the firm’s Century City office. Previously, Wilson was a partner at Kelley Drye LLP, a New York-based law firm.

Lax & Stevens, a downtown L.A. construction law firm, has named Jason Suh an associate. Previously, Suh was an associate at Lee & Gafni LLP, a Koreatown law firm.

Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has promoted Emanuel S. Shirazi to partner in the firm’s downtown L.A. office. Previously, Shirazi was an associate at the firm.

Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo, a Cerritos-based law firm, has named Robert Roginson a partner in its employer services department. Previously, Roginson was chief counsel for the California division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

NON-PROFIT

The J. Paul Getty Trust, a Brentwood-based arts non-profit, has named Mark S. Siegel chairman. Siegel is president of ReMy Investors and Consultants Inc., a Century City investment services firm.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Miracle Mile has named Steve Tisch to its board. Tisch is chairman of the New York Giants pro football team.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Digney & Co., a Hollywood PR firm, has named Dan Harary president of multimedia entertainment. Previously, Harary was president of Asbury Communications Inc., a Hollywood PR firm.

REAL ESTATE

StarPoint Properties LLC, a Beverly Hills real estate services firm, has named Aden Kun director of business development. Previously, Kun was a partner at Buchanan Street Partners, a Newport Beach real estate investment firm.

TECHNOLOGY

VZillion Inc., a Miami-based operator of a 3-D Web browser, has named Yves Berquist chief strategy officer at the firm’s San Pedro office. Previously, Berquist was an academic adviser at Singularity University, a tech education program based in Moffett Field.

CitySearch LLC, a West Hollywood-based online business and entertainment search service, has named Christophe Louvion chief technology officer. Previously, Louvion was chief technology officer for Gorilla Nation Media, an L.A. online ad sales rep firm.

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