NEWSMAKERS

ARCHITECTURE

Harrison Design Associates, an Atlanta-based architecture and design firm, has named Jesse Harrison director of business development in its Beverly Hills office. Previously, Harrison co-founded LeaseLuxuryProperties.com, a website that brands, markets and manages luxury properties.

KNA Interior Design, an L.A. interior design firm serving the hospitality industry, has named Thomas Johnson principal. Previously, Johnson was director of business development at Hirsch Bedner Associates, a Santa Monica-based interior design firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

First Bank, a Creve Coeur, Miss.-based bank, has promoted Walter Bakly III to assistant vice president at its Woodland Hills branch. Previously, Bakly was a branch manager.

NMS Capital Asset Management Inc., a Beverly Hills-based financial services firm, has named Schad E. Brannon managing director. Previously, Brannon was managing director at Creative Capital Group LLC, a Seal Beach investment consulting firm.

CONSTRUCTION

Rose Paving Co., a Bridgeview, Ill.-based parking lot maintenance business, has named Tony Arauz sales manager in its Pomona office. Previously, Arauz was a sales manager at High Valley Construction, an Anaheim asphalt and concrete contractor.

CONSULTING

Buxbaum Jewelry Advisors, an Agoura Hills firm that provides financial and administrative services to the jewelry industry, has named Michael Lebowitz vice president. Previously, Lebowitz was vice president of merchandise at Royal Jewelers, an Andover, Mass., jewelry and watch store.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. has named Robert Swayze senior vice president of economic development. Previously, Swayze was manager of economic development and cultural affairs for the City of Long Beach.

EDUCATION

Woodbury University School of Business, a Burbank higher-education institution, has named Brian Flynn director of development. Previously, Flynn was director of major gifts at Huntington Medical Research Institute, a Pasadena non-profit biomedical research institute.

CalArts, a Valencia fine arts university, has named Randy Alpert, Alan Bergman and William M. Campbell III to its board. Alpert is owner of Scream Studios, a Calabasas music recording studio. Bergman is president of Walt Disney Studios. Campbell was most recently president of Panavision, a Woodland Hills-based supplier of film production equipment.

HEALTH CARE

PerfectServe, a Knoxville-Tenn.-based health care advisory services firm, has named Melayne Yocum to its advisory board. Yocum is founder of Yocum & Co., an L.A. health care consultancy.

LAW

The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board has named Robert Rose administrative law judge. Previously, Rose was a partner at Sheldon Mak Rose & Anderson PC, a Pasadena intellectual property law firm.

Linda Auerbach Allderdice has been named president of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. Allderdice is a partner at the downtown L.A. office of Holland & Knight LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, a New York-based corporate and securities law firm, has named Kerin Cantwell project finance counsel at its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Cantwell was a real estate broker at Coldwell Banker, a Joliet, Ill.-based real estate brokerage.

MEDIA

Global Media Exchange, a Santa Monica-based online media content marketplace, has promoted Mara Sternthal to general manager. Previously, Sternthal was senior vice president of business development at the company.

NON-PROFIT

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, a Pasadena non-profit children’s mental health and welfare agency, has promoted Debbie Manners to senior executive vice president. Previously, Manners was executive vice president for programs at the non-profit organization.

Petersen Automotive Museum on Miracle Mile has named Buddy Pepp executive director. Previously, Pepp was co-founder of Titan Industries, a South Gate manufacturer of industrial hoses.

REAL ESTATE

Verona Capital Markets Inc., a Century City real estate investment services firm, has named Jason Taylor vice president. Previously, Taylor was an associate director at the Mindlin Cos. LLC, a West L.A. real estate investment services firm.

TECHNOLOGY

OriginOil Inc., an L.A.-based biofuel company, has named Brian Goodall chief technology officer. Previously, Goodall was vice president at Sapphire Energy Inc., a San Diego alternative energy company.

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