NEWSMAKERS

BANKING & FINANCE

Encino-based California United Bank has named Paul Verdon senior vice president and regional manager for Santa Monica. Previously, Verdon was a vice president and regional manager with First Regional Bank in Santa Monica.

Citizens Trust, the wealth management division of Ontario-based Citizens Business Bank, has named William V. Zaleski manager of trust services at its Pasadena office. Previously, Zaleski was a senior wealth adviser at Dubuque Bank & Trust in Iowa.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo & Co. has named Zorik Yegiaian a district manager in its Encino office. Previously, Yegiaian was a banking store manager in Burbank for the company.

Entertainment Partners, a Burbank-based payroll services firm for the entertainment industry, has named Mark Prior chief operating officer. Previously, Prior was chief executive of Rainmaker Income Fund, a Vancouver, British Columbia, investment firm.

CONSULTING

New York-based Deloitte Financial Advisory Services has named John VanderHooven a director in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, VanderHooven was a case manager at Santa Ana-based XRoads Solutions Group.

DINING

Shakey’s USA, an Alhambra pizza restaurant chain has named Jake LaJoie chief financial officer and Craig Hopkins Sr. vice president of corporate and franchise development. Previously, LaJoie was vice president at Argonne Capital Group, an Atlanta private equity firm. Hopkins was vice president of franchise development at California Crisp Café, a Ventura restaurant chain.

ENTERTAINMENT

Ka-chew, a Hollywood commercial production company, has named Corky Quakenbush and Joel Trussell directors. Previously, Quakenbush was a director for “MadTV.” Trussell was a director for Six Point Harness, a Hollywood animation studio.

Tennis Channel, a Santa Monica-based cable TV channel, has named Lee Schlazer vice president of distribution. Previously, Schlazer was a vice president of sales in the Century City office of New York-based Lifetime Entertainment Services.

INTERNET

Buzzmedia, a Hollywood-based publisher of pop culture Web sites, has named Judah Wiedre senior director of sales. Previously, Wiedre was a director of sales for Heavy.com, a New York-based online video site.

LAW

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, an Atlanta-based law firm, has promoted David Fishman to shareholder at its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Fishman was an associate at the firm.

Holland & Knight LLP a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, has named Veronica Perez partner in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Perez was vice president of legislative and legal affairs at the Central City Association, a non-profit promoting business in downtown Los Angeles.

The Disability Rights Legal Center, a downtown L.A. non-profit that protects the rights of disabled people, has named Charles D. Siegal president of its board. Siegal is a partner in the downtown L.A. office of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP, a San Francisco-based law firm, has promoted Mark Mermelstein to partner at its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Mermelstein was of council at the firm.

NON-PROFIT

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, a downtown L.A. non-profit that supports the Los Angeles Public Library, has named Kenneth Brecher president. Previously, Brecher was executive director of Sundance Institute, a Park City, Utah-based non-profit organization that supports filmmaking.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Englander Knabe & Allen, a downtown L.A.-based public relations firm, has named Jennifer Forkish vice president. Previously, Forkish was communications director for L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine.

REAL ESTATE

Colliers International, a Seattle-based commercial real estate firm, has named Morgan McEvoy senior vice president at its downtown L.A. office. Previously, McEvoy was a senior associate at CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., a West L.A.-based real estate services firm.

TECHNOLOGY

In-Three Inc., a Westlake-village based company that converts films into 3-D format, has named Robert Heller outside general counsel. Heller has a private practice in Century City.

Topanga Technologies, a Canoga Park lighting technology firm, has named Greg R. Barry chief executive. Previously, Barry was vice president at Hubbell Lighting, a Greenville, S.C., lighting firm.

UTILITIES

West Basin Municipal Water District, a Carson-based water supply agency, has named Gloria D. Gray president and Ronald Smith vice president of its board. Gray is a retired L.A. County Department of Health administrator. Smith is chief executive of RealtySmith Group.

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