NEWSMAKERS

ACCOUNTING

Moss Adams LLP, a Seattle-based accounting firm, has named Stacy Stelzriede a partner in the firm’s West L.A. office. Previously, Stelzriede was an assurance partner at KPMG.

ARCHITECTURE

Landscape architectural and urban design firm SWA Group has named Gerdo Aquino president. Aquino is managing principal in the firm’s downtown L.A. office.

BANKING & FINANCE

Wells Fargo has named Angel Zapata, based in Century City, national manager of the bank’s Hands on Banking financial literacy program. Previously, Zapata was a community development manager.

Farmers & Merchants Bank, a Long Beach-based bank, has named Ankit Shah vice president and manager of its Torrance office. Previously, Shah was assistant manager at the bank’s Belmont Shore office.

San Francisco-based Union Bank has promoted Bita Ardalan to executive vice president of its Greater Los Angeles commercial banking group in the bank’s Woodland Hills office. Previously, Ardalan was a vice president of the commercial banking group.

HEALTH CARE

L.A. Care Health Plan, a downtown L.A.-based public organization serving Los Angele County, has named Jim Brown chief of operations. Previously, Brown was chief operating officer at Presbyterian Health Plan, an Albuquerque, N.M.-based non-profit health care plan.

HOSPITALITY

Utopia Entertainment Inc., a Newhall creator and producer of themed attractions, live shows and special events, has named Rebecca Pontius director of special projects. Previously, Pontius was a production manager for the firm.

LAW

Foley & Lardner, a Milwaukee-based law firm, has promoted Jeffrey R. Atkin, Jaime Guerrero and John G. Yslas to partners in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Atkin, Guerrero and Yslas were senior counsels with the firm.

NON-PROFIT

California Endowment, a downtown L.A.-based non-profit health foundation, has named Ruth Wernig chief investment officer. Previously, Wernig was treasurer at USC.

Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, a South L.A. non-profit group that provides after-school educational services, has named Renee White-Stoeckle executive director. Previously, White-Stoeckle was associate director at the center.

American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles has named Charlie Sardou chief communications officer at its West L.A. headquarters. Previously, Sardou was interim chief communications officer.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Olmstead Williams Communications Inc., a West L.A. PR firm, has named Trent Freeman president of its PRTechConnect division, focusing on biotech, clean tech and other tech firms. Previously, Freeman was a vice president at Olmstead Williams.

REAL ESTATE

Bruce Ratliff, a director in the downtown L.A. office of Irvine-based Action Property Management has been named chairman of California Association of Community Managers, a Laguna Hills-based non-profit representing community association professionals.

RebuildUS LLC, a Woodland Hills operator of an online foreclosure marketplace, has named Chet Pipkin to its board. Pipkin is founder of Belkin International Inc., a Playa Vista-based maker of computer connectivity products.

Escrow of the West, a Beverly Hills-based escrow company, has named Mark Fishman senior escrow officer, Christopher Marquez vice president of sales and marketing, and Marcine Kline manager of its Sherman Oaks branch. Previously, Fishman was an escrow officer and Marquez was a sales executive at Irvine-based Heritage Escrow. Kline was a manager at San Diego-based Pickford Escrow.

Colliers International, a Seattle-based real estate service firm, has named Shawn Bakke senior vice president and William Gloege a vice president in the downtown L.A. office. Brock Burnett was named an associate in the Encino office. Previously, Bakke was a vice president at Marcus & Millichap, an Encino real estate services firm; Gloege was a director at C&C RiverRock and Burnett was a sales associate at Jones Real Estate. Also, Colliers International has promoted Bret Hardy and Darrin Kennedy to executive managing directors in the downtown L.A. office. They were previously managing directors.

SALES

Marshall Face2Face, an Encino lead-generation services firm, has named Beth Benson director of franchise development. Previously, Benson was franchising sales director at Monkey Bizness, a chain of indoor play areas for children.

TECHNOLOGY

CyberDefender Corp., a downtown L.A.-based maker of computer security software, has named Jeff Gove senior vice president of call center operations. Previously, Gove was director of operations at Epiq Systems Inc., a Kansas City, Kan.-based maker of software for the legal industry.

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