NEWSMAKERS

ARCHITECTURE

RTKL Associates Inc., a Baltimore-based architectural and planning firm, has named Stephen Stokes a principal in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Stokes was a principal at NTD Architecture, a San Diego-based architecture firm.

BANKING & FINANCE

SourceCorp Professional Services, a Fort Worth, Texas-based tax consultancy business, has named Roderick Smith business development director at the company’s L.A. office. Previously, Smith was western regional manager at O’Connor & Associates, a Houston-based real services firm.

First Standard Bank, a downtown L.A.-based bank, has named Min J. Kim chief executive. Previously, Kim was chief executive at Nara Bank in Koreatown.

PondelWilkinson Inc., a Century City investor relations and corporate communications company, has promoted Robert Jaffe to principal. Previously, Jaffe was a senior vice president with the firm.

First Republic Bank, a San Francisco-based bank, has named Al Paisley senior business banker in its Century City office. Previously, Paisley was a vice president at Citibank, a New York-based bank.

Moelis & Co., a New York-based banking and investment services firm, has named John P. Joliet and Brian M. Webber managing directors at its Century City office. Previously, Joliet and Webber were managing directors at UBS Investment Bank, a division of New York-based financial services company UBS.

EDUCATION

Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management has named Gary L. Mangiofico associate dean of fully employed programs and executive programs. Mangiofico is chief executive of Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a downtown L.A.-based preschool funding program.

The USC Rossier School of Education has named Linda J. Wong executive director of its Center for Urban Education. Previously, Wong was vice president at the California Community Foundation, a downtown L.A.-based non-profit that funds other non-profits’ programs.

ENTERTAINMENT

Mark Zoradi has been named nonexecutive strategic adviser at the Santa Monica office of Imax Corp., a Mississauga, Ontario-based large-screen film technology company. Previously, Zoradi was president at the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group in Burbank.

Brickyard VFX, a Santa Monica-based visual effects and graphics firm serving the commercial, film and new-media industries, has named Jeff Blodgett executive producer. Previously, Blodgett was an executive producer at Radium/ReelFX, a Dallas-based production services firm.

GOVERNMENT

West Basin Municipal Water District, a Carson public water utility, has named Shivaji Deshmukh assistant general manager. Previously, Deshmukh was groundwater replenishment system program manager at the Orange County Water District.

HEALTH CARE

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has named DeAnn Marshall vice president of marketing and communications. Previously, Marshall was chief health sciences marketing and communications officer at the University of California, San Diego.

HOSPITALITY

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel has named Sal Abaunza general manager and Spencer Yeo hotel manager. Previously, Abaunza was general manager at Carmel Valley Ranch, a Carmel hotel. Yeo was director for Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel.

LANDSCAPING

ValleyCrest Landscape Cos., a Calabasas landscaping services firm, has named Karen Kennedy vice president of sales. Previously, Kennedy was executive vice president of sales at Hoover’s Inc., an Austin, Texas-based business research firm.

LAW

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a downtown L.A.-based law firm, has named Scott Leipzig a partner in its Century City office’s litigation practice group. Previously, Leipzig was a partner at Alston + Bird LLP, an Atlanta-based law firm.

Gordon Kemper LLP, a downtown L.A. law firm, has named Robert G. Wilson a partner. Previously, Wilson was the managing shareholder at Cotkin & Collins, a downtown L.A. law firm.

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP, a Century City-based law firm, has named Daniel M. Grigsby chairman of the firm’s national sports law group. Grigsby is a partner in the firm’s Century City office.

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, a Houston-based law firm, has named Rudy Perrino a partner in its downtown L.A. office. Previously, Perrino was director of litigation for Dole Food Co. Inc., a Westlake Village-based food company.

MARKETING

MarketShare Partners, a West L.A. marketing analytics firm, has named Peter Kellis chief products officer. Previously, Kellis was a senior vice president at Vivaki at Publicis, a software firm.

MEDIA

BuzzMedia, a Hollywood operator of pop culture Web sites, has named Todd Dufour head of marketing and talent relations. Mary Michael Marlo was named director of integrated marketing. Previously, Dufour was executive director of integrated and strategic marketing at MySpace, a Beverly Hills-based social networking website. Marlo was an account director at Fanscape, an L.A. marketing agency.

NON-PROFIT

The Southern California chapter of CoreNet Global, an association for corporate real estate professionals and executives, has named Mike Nuby chairman. Nuby is manager of project management division economic development services at Southern California Edison, a Rosemead electricity utility.

REAL ESTATE

Jones Lang LaSalle, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm, has named Wayne Alldredge senior vice president of renewable energy at the firm’s downtown L.A. office. Previously, Alldredge was owner-principal of Improvement Facilitation LLC, an energy-efficiency consultancy.

TECHNOLOGY

Equator, an L.A. provider of mortgage industry tech services, has named John Vella chief operating officer. Previously, Vella was executive vice president at GMAC Mortgage, a Horsham, Pa.-based mortgage broker.

Mojix Inc., a Santa Monica company that makes inventory-tracking radio frequency technology, has named Samuel Levy senior vice president of global professional services. Previously, Levy was vice president of global sales engineering at Zebra Enterprise Solutions, a division of Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Zebra Technology Corp.

USamp, an Encino-based market research services firm, has named Steven Sobolevsky chief technology officer. Previously, Sobolevsky was vice president of technology at RazorGator Interactive, a West L.A.-based online event ticketing services firm.

RealD Inc., a Beverly Hills-based maker of 3-D cinema and consumer products, has named Bob Mayson president of its consumer electronics division. Previously, Mayson was managing director of RealD Europe at the company.

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