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Monday, July 15, 2019

Layton Construction recently announced the appointment of Boone Hellmann, FAIA to its Board of Directors. He’ll offer valuable insights to the company based on his 30 years of experience consulting and serving as Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Design and Construction and Campus Architect for the University of California, San Diego.

Fuscoe Engineering Welcomes Amanda Sigafoos, Los Angeles Regional Marketing Manager

Amanda Sigafoos comes to Fuscoe with over 15 years of professional marketing experience in the A/E/C field. Amanda oversees marketing strategies and activities for the region, including cultivating client relationships and overseeing project proposals, public relations, social media and collateral materials content. She is also active in local chapters of A/E/C industry organizations.

Dianne Lee joins Kitchell CEM as Los Angeles Director of Business Development, working to build the company’s portfolio of construction and program management clients in the region. Her 15-plus years of experience includes leading teams on several multi-billion dollar contracts in the public sector, higher education, K-12, aviation and healthcare markets.


The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) announced on Thursday, July 11 the appointment of Paul Bessire as the new Chief Advancement Officer to oversee all fundraising responsibilities for the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, La Brea Tar Pits in mid- Wilshire, and the William S.nHart Museum in Newhall. Bessire will join NHMLAC in his new role in early August. “We are delighted to welcome Paul to the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County at such an exciting moment in the institution’s 106-year history, as we embark upon major fundraising initiatives around a new building project at NHM in Expo Park and a master plan to reimagine La Brea Tar Pits,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director of NHMLAC. “His breadth of knowledge, including art and natural history, combined with a proven track record of successful campaigns and fundraising initiatives makes him a strong addition to our team.” Bessire brings more than 25 years of development and campaign experience in prestigious U.S. museums, including MOCA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the American Museum of Natural History, New York. He also founded an independent fundraising consulting practice, Art+Philanthropy, providing strategic counsel to clients such as Fundacion Casa Wabi, Harvard Art Museums, and the Public Art Fund.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced that Stephen Masterson has been promoted to National Practice Leader for the Financial Institutions & Specialty Finance industry group, working directly with assurance, tax, and advisory. He will also continue to serve his two leadership roles within the Risk Advisory Services group: as the West Region Practice Leader and as the group’s National Financial Services Leader. Stephen has 27 years of combined experience in public accounting and in industry.

AMPAM Parks Mechanical is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Dow as CEO, effective May 6, 2019. Kevin brings over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry,holding several key leadership positions. Prior to joining AMPAM, he was the VP of Southern California for Turner, overseeing the organization’s 320 professionals and annual construction volume in excess of $900 million. AMPAM is the largest design-build multifamily residential plumbing subcontractor in the nation, with operations throughout California.

Ken Golovko has joined integrated architecture and engineering firm HED as the National Engineering Practice Lead, bringing over 25 years of experience in design and project leadership to the national firm. He is a well recognized leader in integrated design with a particular focus on sustainability. Ken most recently worked with AECOM.

Monday, July 8, 2019

John Dreher has been elected by Rincon's Board of Directors as the next President and CEO, effective July 1, 2019. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, John has worked closely with Michael P. Gialketsis (President and CEO since 2012) to ensure this smooth transition as Michael steps into a Strategic Advisor role within the company.

Since 2002, John has proved his leadership aptitudes and has played a significant role in positioning Rincon as a market leader in the environmental consulting industry in California.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Howard Chang as a tax managing director to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Howard has over 20 years of experience in public accounting and in industry, including accounting for income taxes, tax department processes and technology consulting. In this role, he will be responsible for providing a variety of tax services to the firm’s clients, including corporate tax compliance and tax consulting services.

HDR, a global architecture, engineering and consulting firm, is pleased to announce Satoshi Teshima and Paul Nagashima as Design Principals within its Los Angeles architecture practice. With more than 16 years of design experience, Satoshi’s talents will be focused on the firm’s education, science and technology practice in the greater Los Angeles area. In his new role at HDR, Satoshi is most looking forward to leading the process of innovative planning, design and execution of purpose driven environments to positively impact our communities. An award-winning architect and thought leader, Satoshi is the recipient of numerous accolades including AIA Young Architect Award (2018), ENR California’s Top Young Professional (2017), and SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Honor Award (2016). Boasting more than three decades of design leadership experience in corporate, commercial, cultural and mixed-use projects, as well as aviation, healthcare projects, Paul Nagashima has been with the firm for 14 years and will continue leading the practice’s portfolio of civic architecture projects. Paul has an incredible zest for discovering innovative ways to create healthy, vital and functional environments for people, particularly as it relates to Civic institutions. Ranked by ENR as one of the top ranked design firms in the industry, HDR is an employee-owned firm with nearly 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world.

Prager Metis CPAs welcomes Christopher Curry to the Business Management Group as Director in Woodland Hills. Christopher has 20 years of experience in entertainment, wealth management, financial planning and business management. He specializes in providing Business Management services to the entertainment industry, executives, and high-net-worth individuals. Christopher is a Los Angeles native with degrees from both UCLA and USC.

Marcelo Brutti has joined City National Bank as executive vice president and chief risk officer. Mr. Brutti will design, implement and lead the bank’s risk management and compliance programs, which support business growth strategies and meet market and U.S. regulatory requirements. He has more than two decades of broad experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining City National, Brutti served as chief risk officer at Hyundai Capital America.

Monday, July 1, 2019

MARC HERNANDEZ lands at Compass.

Known throughout Southern California and across the country as one of the most empathetic, innovative, and connected agents in the real estate industry, Marc Hernandez brings his business acumen and refined expertise to Compass, where he joins the national real estate platform as Luxury Real Estate Agent.

With a national footprint of over 12,000 agents, Hernandez is now helping buyers, sellers, and renters in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco,Miami, and New York.

9454 Wilshire Boulevard, Ground Floor
Beverly Hills, California 90212
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Instagram: @themarchernandez

The City of El Segundo Appoints Scott Mitnick as New City Manager.

El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Pirsztuk and El Segundo City Council Members Dr. Don Brann, Scot Nicol and Chris Pimentel have appointed Scott Mitnick as the new City Manager.

Mitnick brings more than 30 years of public service and leadership experience to the position. Mitnick assumes the role from current City Manager Greg Carpenter, who is set to retire at the end of the month.

He begins his new role at City Hall on July 1st, 2019.

Stefan Lehner has joined Pacific Premier Bank as SVP, Director of Commercial Banking for the Pasadena area. With over 17 years of commercial banking experience, Stefan has held positions at Community Bank and Bank of America. He leads a team of experienced Commercial Bankers who support clients with customized banking solutions.

Sutton, Pakfar & Courtney LLP has elected Andrew Lurie to the firm’s partnership in its corporate department. Mr. Lurie’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of artists, entrepreneurs, and executives in music, television, branding, sponsorships, and digital media. Mr. Lurie previously practiced at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, in-house at SONY Music, and as a partner at Baker & Hostetler.

Rosemarie Smith, Founder, President and CEO of Systems Source, Inc. (SSI), was recently recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of 2019’s top Women in Business.

Rosemarie started her career as a successful furniture manufacturer’s representative before launching Systems Source out of a rented cubicle space. With a passion for both furnishings and people she saw great opportunity to make a name for herself in Southern California’s burgeoning design and commercial real estate industries. Driven by her personal mantra “to do the best and highest good, for all concerned,” Rosemarie has created long-lasting, honest relationships by providing thoughtful, tailored workplace solutions.

Over twenty years later SSI is 200+ people strong with showrooms across the West Coast, and boasting a diverse range of clientele like Microsoft, Netflix, Nickelodeon and Red Bull. Rosemarie’s mantra is not only ingrained within each of her offices but serves as the guiding principle for every operational and cultural decision made throughout the firm.

About Systems Source
Systems Source, Inc. provides furnishing and workplace management solutions to local, nationwide, and global commercial clients. We are the world’s largest Knoll dealer, the Pinnacle Sponsor for CoreNet Southern California, and a certified woman-owned firm. SSI is headquartered in Orange County, with locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle and Spokane.

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Health and wellness design firm, Puchlik Design Associates is proud to announce the promotion of two key members of PDA’s Leadership Team – Peter Schubin to Senior Associate, and William Anaya to Associate & Project Manager

As a seasoned Senior Project Architect and Project Manager, Peter Schubin has over 35 years of professional experience, with over 15 years focused on healthcare and senior living design. Peter’s holistic project design and management approach enhance his contributions to PDA’s projects and leadership team. As a Senior Associate, Peter will continue to build on PDA’s design expertise through leading the Design Lab 360, an in-house collaborative, interactive series of workshops focusing on health and wellness design research.

William Anaya’s promotion to Associate and Project Manager at Puchlik Design Associates is in recognition of his exceptional team leadership and focus on making the client experience free of obstacles. William joined PDA in 2015 and has over 20 years of professional experience in architecture. William’s outstanding people skills are enhanced by his belief that collaboration is key in achieving the best project outcomes.

PDA is thrilled to congratulate Peter and William and look forward to the outstanding leadership and quality client service they will continue to foster into the future.

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Burbank, Ca – National Assistance League®, a nationwide, all-volunteer nonprofit organization, has named Matthew Zarcufsky, CFRE executive director, it was announced by Susan Dolan, National Assistance League president.

A seasoned professional in nonprofit management, Mr. Zarcufsky brings to National Assistance League extensive experience in all facets of fundraising and institutional advancement.

National Assistance League® is composed of more than 22,000 volunteers at 120 chapters that serve 1.6 million people annually. For more information visit

Monday, June 24, 2019

Ian S. Landsberg and Lisa K. Skaist join Sklar Kirsh LLP. Landsberg specializes in business and real-estate litigation and in bankruptcy. He will launch the firm’s bankruptcy practice, handling secured transactions, reorganizations, insolvency, bankruptcy litigation, workouts and creditors’ rights. Landsberg also represents business owners, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors in possession, financial institutions and real estate developers. Skaist is a skilled business litigator, defending and prosecuting partnership, fraud, and complex contract dispute claims. Lisa also has extensive appellate experience in district and state courts.

California Bank & Trust (CB&T) welcomes Christine Alexander to the Premier Wealth Management Team in Los Angeles as a Vice President and Private Banking Relationship Manager. Christine has more than 15 years of experience in providing comprehensive financial solutions to highnet- worth clients. Prior to joining CB&T, Christine was a Private Banker at MUFG Union Bank. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.

California Bank & Trust (CB&T) has hired Raymond Khechumyan as Vice President and Private Banking Relationship Manager for the Premier Wealth Management team in Century City. Before he joined CB&T, Raymond was a Vice President, Private Banker at MUFG Union Bank with more than 11 years of experience in the industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Health and wellness design firm, Puchlik Design Associates is pleased to announce the promotion of Jose Larco to Principal. Since 2011, Jose has delivered superior team and project management. As a Principal, Jose will take on more leadership responsibility with clients, business development, contract improvement, and team coaching and mentoring.

Newport Beach-based Corient Capital Partners is pleased to welcome Jake Halladay as a Managing Director. In this role, Jake will be responsible for providing investment advice to ultrahigh net worth individuals and their families, companies and foundations. Prior to joining Corient, Jake was Managing Director at Bel Air Investment Advisors in Los Angeles.

Aaron Alhady has joined Clark Pacific as general manager of its Design-Build Parking Division. A 30-year construction veteran and former Vice President at McCarthy Building Companies, Alhady oversees Clark Pacific's expanding expert team of preconstruction and construction management professionals, architects and engineers. This design-build team delivers prefabricated parking structures for owners who value cost and schedule certainty and actively seek solutions that reduce project risk.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Peter Aarons joins Burns & McDonnell leading teams to plan, design and construct airport facilities and aviation infrastructure. With nearly three decades of experience, Peter has managed more than $1 billion in projects, including on-site management and oversight for master plans and capital improvement programs for major international airports.

HNTB has named Wayne Feuerborn president of the firm’s West Division, overseeing vital and complex infrastructure programs in growth markets, including rail/transit, tolling and aviation. He is based at the firm’s expanding California headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

As West Division president, Feuerborn is responsible for leading operations and strategic planning in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii and Nevada, and overseeing seven offices, numerous field offices and nearly 500 professionals. He actively represents HNTB in civicand industry-related associations, helps recruit top talent to the firm, and fosters relationships with clients and thought leaders.

“The firm’s West Division has experienced significant success and continues to build strong momentum in our core market sectors,” said John Friel, PE, HNTB West Region president. “I am confident that we will continue our positive trend under Wayne’s leadership as trusted advisers to our infrastructure clients.”

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. The firm has been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are reshaping the West.


City National Bank has hired three accomplished commercial bankers to support the bank’s nationwide growth. The bank has hired Jasleen Patel as senior vice president and commercial banking manager of its commercial banking team in the San Fernando Valley. Nuzha Bukhari, regional manager, has also joined to lead commercial banking in Northern California, and Cristina Givelechian, senior vice president and senior relationship manager, will strengthen the bank’s team in Long Island.

Patel provides middlemarket clients and real estate investors in the San Fernando Valley with portfolio management expertise, cash management and the bank’s full suite of custom financial solutions. She has nearly 20 years of financial services experience. Bukhari leads a team of commercial bankers in Northern California, delivering the bank’s customized financial solutions to midsized businesses. Givelechian works with midsized companies to finance their operations, expansion, new product lines, and acquisitions and real estate in Long Island.

City National is the largest bank headquartered in Los Angeles. The bank offers a full complement of banking, trust and investment services through 70 offices in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. Its 5,000 colleagues deliver highly personal service and complete financial solutions to entrepreneurs, professionals, their businesses and their families. City National’s Commercial Banking team delivers banking, credit and treasury management services to the bank’s commercial clients.

Wilmington Trust has appointed Jeffrey R. Felix as vice president and senior private banker. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, he is charged with meeting the financial needs of clients throughout the Western United States by helping them obtain the right sources of funding for significant purchases, including real estate, yachts, aircraft, artwork, and other collections; business expenses; annual gifting; and the payment of taxes. Felix also has expertise in strategic asset allocation and personal trust administration. He joins Wilmington Trust’s growing team of wealth advisors in Los Angeles, which includes president of the Western Region Brian Oard, as well as Tracy Nickl, Julie Weiss, Melissa Graf and Victoria Flores-Manrique.

Wilmington Trust has experienced 12 percent year-over-year loan growth while its Los Angeles team has grown by double digits. The firm deploys the power of the M&T Bank balance sheet and a credit culture that delivers a suite of lending solutions, including structured and securities-based lending for high-net worth and ultra-high-net worth clients.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Felix was a senior private banker at East West Bank. Previously, he was a private banker at Wells Fargo and Union Bank, where he provided his clients with advice and customized solutions to meet their residential, real estate, and personal asset-backed lending needs.

Felix received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the California State University, Northridge. Wilmington Trust’s Los Angeles office is located at 10250 Constellation Blvd., Suite 2800. Felix can be contacted at (310) 300-3072.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Chloe Cotoulas has been named creative director for 9thWonder/Los Angeles. At 28, she is the youngest female creative director for the agency, which merged seven previously independent agencies into one entity last October. She will lead the Los Angeles team handling creative development for nine brands including Natrol, Valvoline and Samsung.

Cotoulas joined 9thWonder predecessor Phelps six years ago as a junior copywriter and rose to associate creative director. In the past year, she has changed the advertising approach of Natrol, creating funny, snackable content to keep the melatonin brand #1 in America despite much heavier media spending by competitors, which have begun to mimic the relatable approach she created.

City National Bank has expanded its successful Food and Beverage team with new hires in New York and Midwest who will support key clients. City National has appointed Jennifer Pricco Braasch and Zachary Chubb as managing directors in Milwaukee and New York, respectively. City National’s Food and Beverage team specializes in “farm to fork,” serving food and beverage processors, packers, distributors, agribusinesses and grocery retailers with expertise in sales, credit, sales management, operations and capital markets.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Christie Kong has been named asset manager responsible for Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate's West Coast portfolio, including four properties comprised of 1.2 million square feet of Class A office space. The properties include the ESET Building at 610 West Ash at Little Italy (San Diego, Calif.), Clipper (Belmont, Calif.), One Twelfth @ Twelfth (Bellevue, Wash.) and Central Technology Park (Santa Clara, Calif.).

CommonSpirit Health has appointed Julie Sprengel, President for Dignity Health Southern California, to lead the new Southwest Division of CommonSpirit Health. The Southwest division includes both Southern California and Nevada and is comprised of nine acute care hospitals and four micro-hospitals.

“We are thrilled that Julie has accepted this expanded role,” states Marvin O’Quinn, president and chief operating officer for CommonSpirit Health. “Her leadership and vision has transformed our Southern California hospitals. I am confident that she will bring the same passion and vision to our hospitals and health care facilities in Nevada.”

With nearly 20 years of progressive health care experience, Julie has successfully led a largescale strategic planning process for the Southern California market, with a focus on safety, quality and patient experience. She expanded the focus on the future state of health care, including the migration to population health and wellness, which benefits the underserved in particular. Her leadership will support our efforts to expand services beyond hospital walls and into patient’s homes and their communities via new innovative care models.

Julie is known across Dignity Health as an innovator whose leadership and collaborative style is both respected and admired. “It’s an honor to have been chosen to lead this division,” shared Sprengel. “I’m looking forward to working with our teams to continue to expand access to affordable high quality care for the families who live, work and visit our communities.”

Julie holds a nursing degree from the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Jennifer Ries has been appointed Los Angeles office director at HGA. She will oversee daily administrative and operational functions of the growing 50-person architectural office specializing in healthcare, higher education and workplace design, in coordination with HGA’s 11 national offices. In addition to her new leadership role, Ries will continue in her primary position as senior medical planner and vice president. She joined the firm in 2015.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Aspiriant, a leading independent wealth management firm, voted Devin Cruise as a new partner. He exemplifies Aspiriant’s mission to transform the wealth management industry by remaining durably independent and objective, with a hard-wired succession model and 100% employee ownership. Devin enhances the firm’s culture and dedication to helping high net worth individuals and families live ideal lives.

Fiber connection specialist Julie Lopez joined Cogent Communications as a NAM providing businesses with Tier 1 internet and Ethernet services for North America.

Secure fiber connection gives you the same up and down speed 24/7 with our Dedicated Internet Access connectivity that your business deserves without objectives of cost constraints, cloud connection latency.

Julie can be reached at 818-470-7916 or

Global design firm, HKS, welcomes Brooke Walbuck to its Los Angeles office as Director of Business Development. With 16 years’ experience in real estate and interior design, she will lead efforts with developers on private and public-private partnership opportunities within the Commercial and Hospitality sectors. Brooke serves on the Executive Board of Directors for IIDA Southern California and is an active member of the Los Angeles Business Council, Central City Association and Urban Land Institute.

Monday, May 20, 2019


Seasoned sommelier brings viticulture passions and a refined palate to Patina’s celebrated wine inventory

Patina, the flagship restaurant of Patina Restaurant Group, located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, is pleased to announce Jon Cross as the new head sommelier. Cross joins Patina after serving as the corporate wine director for Culinary Lab Restaurant Group, (Hinoki and the Bird, Rosaline, Black Ship) in Los Angeles.

"I love looking for up-and-coming regions that are noted for particular wine trends that encompass Patina’s mission and character," says Cross.

Damon Aldrich joins Burns & McDonnell to continue expanding the firm’s transportation electrification services. He will support electric utilities, transit agencies, municipalities, airports, seaports and automobile OEMs in the design, construction and installation of electric vehicle infrastructure systems and the development of zeroemissions roadmaps.

Catholic charity St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, serving the poor and homeless of any religion, announces David Garcia as its new Executive Director. Garcia was Deputy Executive Director for eight years, and a Vincentian volunteer for 15. Prior to the Society, David was in the tape and plastics industry and a trade and marketing director for a Fortune 100 Company.

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced the promotion of Redonna Carpenter-Woods to Market Executive for Business Banking, leading a 10-person team serving mid-sized companies with annual revenues of $5 million to $50 million that are located in the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Ventura. She will work from offices in Thousand Oaks and Encino.

Carpenter-Woods is responsible for delivering the full capabilities of the bank, including treasury, credit, investment banking, risk management, international and wealth management, to current and prospective clients, helping them meet their financial goals.

She joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2011 as a member of the Small Business Banking team and transitioned to Business Banking the following year. She will graduate Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS) at the University of Washington, earning a Master’s Degree in Banking in August, 2019. Carpenter-Woods has also taken an active leadership role with the bank’s employee networks, including its Black Executive Leadership Team and LEAD for Women (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development). She has also been honored with a Trusted Advisor Award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.


A new America THINKS survey by HNTB shows Americans believe transportation is vital to our country’s economic prosperity and we need a dedicated source of funding needed to pay for it.

Key findings include:
• Almost eight in 10 Americans believe a national transportation policy is critically needed
• Nearly three in four Americans believe a highquality transportation system is vital for economic prosperity
• Two in three respondents (66 percent) believe a reliable and consistent source of funding to pay for infrastructure investments is extremely or very important
• Fifty-five percent of respondents prefer tolls and other user fees rather than taxes (45 percent) as the means to fund infrastructure investments

According to the HNTB survey, transitioning to more environmentally friendly transportation options such as electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, more use of bicycles and walking, was seen as extremely or very important by 62 percent of all respondents, including two-thirds (67 percent) of millennials. John Barton, PE, HNTB’s transportation market sector leader and senior vice president said,“The United States needs a long term, meaningful, and sustainable funding source for our transportation infrastructure. We must find a consensus on funding to maintain our way of life


As Downtown Los Angeles continues to flourish in a regenerative renaissance, Dan Cote, General Manager of The Bloc, stands out as he continues to lead a successful mixed-use project that recently announced it has nearly reached full capacity, with approximately 78% of its office space and 92% of its retail space leased.

Most recently, Drybar has announced its opening this summer, adding its premier blowout services to The Bloc’s lifestyle offerings. The next few months will see a steady stream of retailer openings at The Bloc, including Drybar, Marugame Udon (opening Summer 2019), Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (opening Summer 2019), JOEY DTLA (opening Summer 2019), and more. In addition, The Bloc has secured new office tenants including J2 Global, KPFF (expansion), Carr Workplaces, Weingart Foundation, Pfeiffer Partners Architects, The James Irvine Foundation and Axos Financial.

Anchored by mainstays Macy’s Flagship store and the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles hotel, The Bloc has neared full capacity following a $250 million renovation by National Real Estate Advisors. The announcement reveals The Bloc’s consistent growth in a market that is seeing otherwise static leasing progression, according to CBRE. Continuing steady momentum, The Bloc is currently in 30,000 square feet of retail negotiations with athleisure apparel, fashion, stationery/paper goods, beauty services, full service and QSR restaurants along with entertainment retail providers.

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (, welcomes Kimberly Lewis to its Board of Directors. An attorney with Erwin, Cohen and Jessup, Kimberly is Of Counsel in the Land Use and Litigation Departments. She has over 25 years of general business litigation experience with an emphasis in environmental law and litigation in insurance coverage. A service provider annually benefiting 4,800 children and adults with special needs, ECF also partners with businesses across L.A. County to meet their staffing, fulfillment and commercial art needs.

Snell & Wilmer welcomes Rose Sorensen to its Los Angeles office. She joins the firm as a partner in the Corporate and Securities practice group. Sorensen has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations, commercial finance, venture capital financing, corporate governance, telecommunications services, licensing and entity structure and formation. Rose has represented domestic and international clients in the technology, healthcare, food processing, manufacturing, retail consumer brand, business services, construction and building materials industries.

Little, a national architecture and design firm, is pleased to announce the addition of their newest partner, James Farnell. Recently named leader of Little’s Retail Practice, Farnell has over 27 yrs. of experience designing award-winning retail projects around the world and has been instrumental in broadening Little’s reputation for breakthrough thinking and design excellence.

Parkview Financial has appointed Carl Dulay as its Controller. Mr. Dulay will handle loan servicing and the accounting for Parkview’s investment fund. Prior to joining Parkview, he was with the investment management firm, Crescent Capital Group LP, and focused on the firm’s private debt funds.

We are pleased to announce former Buffalo Zoo President/CEO, Dr. Donna Fernandes, as the new Director of Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista. Additionally, Dr. J.J. Rawlinson, who served as Veterinarian & Animal Care Manager, is transitioning to a new role as Senior Manager, Community Partnerships and Welfare Initiatives. Wallis Annenberg PetSpace continues to solidify its position as a visionary destination to learn about the human-animal bond through education and programming, animal adoptions, and through the work of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Leadership Institute.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Jacob Tsimanis has rejoined Syska Hennessy’s Los Angeles office, where he serves as an associate partner and technical manager for the Western region. Mr. Tsimanis is a registered mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience. His previous tenure at Syska spanned 2007 to 2011.


Citadel Environmental Services, Inc. is proud to officially change its name to Citadel EHS to reflect the full breadth of the firm’s capabilities and technical excellence.

Over the last 25 years, Citadel EHS has become the market-leader for public and private entities - big and small - in need of unique, integrative solutions to environmental, health, safety, and sustainability challenges. The firm’s expert team possesses an expansive knowledge base of architecture, industrial hygiene, safety, construction, building sciences, environmental compliance, geology, sustainability and more that together ensure the most comprehensive EHS&S strategies and solutions for the region’s most prominent projects —from concept to completion, design to development, and operation to disposition.

“Citadel has a reputation for exceptional E&ES and Building Sciences work. However, we’ve always had an interest, and a real technical expertise, in the IH&S space,” said Loren Witkin, CEO and Founder of Citadel EHS. “This name change signifies what we’ve been doing for 25 years - environmental AND health and safety. We’re proud to have our name reflect our capabilities.”

Citadel EHS has the power and expertise of big firms, which is why Citadel is involved in the majority of the region’s most substantial projects according to the LABJ, but the personal touch and customer service of a people-centric, medium-sized one. Recognized both nationally and internationally for everything from its workplace culture to its LEED Platinum certified headquarters, Citadel EHS is 100% employee owned and embraces its family-oriented culture to support the stakeholders it serves.

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Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading $1.4 billion national construction management firm, announces new leadership role and unveils state-of-the art safety innovations in a strategic move to enhance its world-class safety program. The company has promoted Shaun Carvalho to vice president of safety, adding safety representation at the executive leadership level. Carvalho, previously the firm's safety director, will lead Shawmut in piloting and implementing programs and technologies, ultimately advancing the firm's commitment to creating a safer industry for all.

"At Shawmut, we are establishing a truly unique combination of cutting-edge technology, dedication of corporate resources, and unmatched passion to further our world-class safety program," said Les Hiscoe, CEO of Shawmut. "As such, I'm pleased to welcome Shaun Carvalho to our executive leadership team. Throughout his tenure with Shawmut, he has been a driving force behind our industry-leading safety programs and initiatives. By spearheading new safety innovations and task forces, his leadership will allow us to create an injury-free environment and help shape best practices for the industry at large."

With over 16 years of experience in construction safety, starting off in the field as a site safety manager, and working his way up to a leadership role, Carvalho has been instrumental in developing, implementing, and managing safety policies, programs, and procedures. This year, Carvalho launched new task forces and pioneered innovative software platforms that identify and document hazards in real time, allowing teams to immediately address issues and prevent incidents.

Green Hasson Janks is excited to announce the expansion of its service offerings with the addition of Todd Sigler who joined the Firm as a principal to further develop new and existing segments in the Firm’s Royalty and Licensing Practice. Sigler is an accountant who brings with him over 15 years of experience in royalty audit services with an emphasis in internal investigations and litigation support. As a leader in the Firm’s Royalty and Licensing Practice, he provides services in various industries including gaming, high technology, health sciences, and consumer products, among others.

In his role as a principal, Sigler will focus on expanding GHJ’s Royalty and Licensing Practice into new areas, such as gaming, life sciences, and manufacturing.

Prior to joining GHJ, Sigler worked for RSM as a director in their litigation support and forensic accounting practice. His experience includes leading royalty audit engagements and internal investigations. He started his career in consulting at Deloitte in their financial advisory services practice.

Sigler’s appointment as principal is an example of GHJ’s commitment to drive the momentum generated in existing segments within the Royalty and Licensing Practice.

Jackiewicz & Peden
Tom Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, and Carol Peden, MD, MPH, executive director of the USC Center for Health System Innovation, are co chairing the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart & Stroke Ball.

Scheduled for June 15, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, the AHA Heart & Stroke Ball aims to raise $1 million for the Association’s mission of building a world of longer, healthier lives. This year’s event will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Teaching Gardens, the AHA’s outdoor garden laboratory where kids learn about growing food and eating healthy. Teaching Gardens, which has its roots in Los Angeles, has grown to more than 400 school gardens nationwide, including 60 in South and East Los Angeles, where the program has reached more than 50,000 students and parents.

The American Heart Association and Keck Medicine of USC have been working together on accelerating lifesaving cardiovascular research for the past 50 years. Today, their commitment extends to making health equity a reality for all, focusing on improving healthy food access and affordability through programs like Teaching Gardens and free farmers markets, building active communities and connecting the homeless to health care in Los Angeles County.

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Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) is pleased to announce the expansion of its service offerings with the addition of Brian Watson, who joined the Firm as a principal to grow the Firm’s Royalty and Licensing Practice. Watson is an accountant who brings with him 10 years of experience in contract advisory services with an emphasis in software asset management, royalties and license compliance. His experience includes building and managing global license compliance and asset management programs resulting in millions of dollars in revenue recovery and cost savings for his clients. He has a deep understanding of business process and a technical information systems background specific to technology, IT management and data analytics.

In his role as a principal, Watson will focus on expanding GHJ’s Royalty and Licensing service in the high-technology space to allow the Firm to better serve our clients in the future.

Prior to joining GHJ, Watson worked for a Big Four firm as a director in their major projects and contract advisory practice. While there, he managed and helped grow multiple software publishers’ license compliance programs.

Watson’s appointment as principal is a strategic move in GHJ’s plan to expand the Firm’s Contract Compliance and Forensics Practice beyond the entertainment industry. Watson’s expertise and commitment makes him a true asset to expanding the Firm’s service offerings.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Robert Minkin joined COPE Health Solutions, a top 20 health care consulting firm, as principal and head of West Coast consulting operations, working with Evan King, principal/COO. An expert on payment models and an experienced hospital CEO, Minkin led one of the first CMS demonstrations to bundle payments for cardiac care.

Christopher J. Condon has joined Coretrust Capital Partners as Vice President-Development & Construction. He will be based in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, responsible for capital and tenant improvement projects at the company’s major office properties in Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Philadelphia and Virginia.

Greenspoon & Marder
Reaching its one-year anniversary, national law firm Greenspoon Marder’s Los Angeles office has grown tremendously to accommodate the legal and business needs of clients in the region and plans to continue growing to meet that demand.

“As the largest city on the West Coast, Los Angeles is an important legal and business market,” said Gerald Greenspoon, Co-Managing Director of Greenspoon Marder. “Our Los Angeles team supports our ongoing efforts to expand our national footprint and to provide seamless client service across the country.”

“Our goal is to provide the highest quality of service where our clients need us to be, and that requires our firm to constantly evolve alongside our clients with offices in key business centers,” added Michael Marder, Co-Managing Director of Greenspoon Marder.

In 2018, Greenspoon Marder opened its 24th office in Los Angeles with six attorneys and one staff member. Since then, the office has more than tripled in size to include 15 attorneys and 10 staff members. Greenspoon Marder Los Angeles is the fastest growing location within the firm and consists of members of the firm’s Entertainment, Media & Technology, Cannabis Law, Corporate & Business, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate and Wills, Trust & Estates practice groups with the additional resources of a full-service national firm offering an array of practice areas.

The office is led by experienced trial attorney James H. Turken, who is preparing to welcome new attorneys to the office in 2019: “With the surge of work coming into our office, we have plans to bring on talented attorneys to join our team and help us continue providing top-notch service to our clients.”

With a handshake over a kitchen table over 38 years ago, Gerald Greenspoon and Michael Marder founded Greenspoon Marder in 1981. The co-managing directors still actively manage the growing firm with 240 attorneys and 469 staff, totaling 709 in headcount, and 26 locations across the U.S.

Greenspoon Marder has continued on the firm’s path of explosive growth throughout the last three years. The firm posted its third consecutive year of double-digit revenue growth and has steadily risen on the Am Law 200 since entering the list in 2015. Not only has the firm seen extensive growth in size and geographic footprint, but the firm has also seen steady and pronounced growth in revenue with over 10% each year. For more details, please visit

Please join us for our 3rd annual Owner’s Roundtable, a half-day, value-packed workshop designed for business owners who want to maximize the value of their businesses and exit on their terms.
Owners will walk away with:
• Personalized business score & marketability report;
• Self-identified action items to immediately begin improving your business value; and
• Invaluable connections with like-minded professionals and business experts

“If you are not ready to sell your business, you are not ready to grow it.”Chris Snider, CEO and President, Exit Planning Institute

May 21, 2019
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Toyota Meeting Hall
3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA 90503
Buffet Breakfast & parking included
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Monday, April 22, 2019

Sam Devorris joins Truss as a LA broker to help small business owners find, tour and lease office space. He has worked in technology and commercial real estate for the past 10 years. Sam strives to make the leasing process for office tenants a more enjoyable, transparent and efficient experience.

Jason Grinnell joins Thompson Coburn’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the firm’s nationally recognized Real Estate Group. Jason handles acquisitions, dispositions and leasing across multiple asset classes, with particularly deep experience in the retail space. He represents several global clients in office and retail leasing matters. Additionally, he advises financial institutions in construction, permanent and mezzanine debt financing. Jason also represents clients in loan workouts, forbearances and other distressed debt transactions.

Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate, a leading real estate investment company with holdings of approximately eight million square feet of commercial office space, has appointed industry veteran Jon Dishell as its Chief Business Development Officer. Dishell oversees investor relations, corporate marketing, and public relations, and along with the rest of the executive management team, the company’s overall strategy.

Gensler, the leading global design firm, has promoted Elizabeth Brink to Southwest Regional Director of People and Strategy. In this new role she will partner with office and regional leadership to integrate business strategy, talent engagement and leadership development across teams. A Principal and Studio Director in Gensler’s LA office, she has worked with innovative companies as a senior strategist, helping them create and implement high-performance, people-focused workplaces that leverage both changing technologies and shifting employee expectations.

Bridge Development Partners Adds Scott Denham and Brendan Kotler to California Development Team.

Bridge Development Partners, LLC announced that it has hired Scott Denham as Senior Vice President of Development and Brendan Kotler as Vice President of Development in its Los Angeles office. Denham will oversee Bridge’s development activity and its development team for southern and northern California, working with Kotler to manage all development and entitlement processes for both new and value-add industrial projects.

Denham and Kotler will be responsible for interaction with City staff and elected officials, managing consultants during the entitlement process, overseeing the preparation of construction drawings, obtaining necessary permits for value-add and groundup construction, and overseeing general contractors during project demolition and construction.

“In addition to overseeing Bridge’s project-related development efforts in California, I’m excited to leverage my experience in team management to streamline and grow our development and construction operations in the state,” said Denham. “We plan to continue the expansion of our development team, and I’ll be focused on identifying and recruiting top-of-theline talent in order to achieve this.”

Kotler added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Bridge at what is an incredibly exciting and active time for the company, as the firm continues to aggressively pursue new ground-up and value add industrial projects throughout California’s sought-after infill locations. I look forward to leveraging my development and leadership experience in this new role, guiding the Bridge team in successfully executing on prime development opportunities in the state.”

How modern expectations are shaping the way we travel.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

City Club Los Angeles
555 S. Flower Street, 51st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Southern California is one of the world’s most visited destinations – a place where ideas shape businesses on a global level and a culture that defines tomorrow. Aviation is critical to the success of our region. According to CalTrans, aviation’s overall contribution to the California economy amounts to nearly 9% of both total state employment and of total state output. As SCDF continues to explore the wealth of inherent potential in the region, we are focusing on what it means to broaden our reach in a world that’s become more physically accessible than ever. Access to international venues is raising the bar for user experience. This month, we’ll focus on how air travel allows SoCal to both receive and commission global change and influence. We will explore trends around:
• Enhanced passenger expectations around facilities, services and amenities
• The movement towards experiential design
• Airports and airlines as international leaders in customer experience

George Makrinos, AIA
AC Martin

Barbara Yamamoto
Chief Experience Officer
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Katherine Goudreau
Managing Director – Corporate
Real Estate, Facilities
American Airlines

Kirk Demers
Airport Manager
Virgin Australia

$50.00 SCDF Members
$75.00 Non-Members
$450.00 Event Sponsor (2 comps)
$750.00 Table Sponsor (8 comps)
$10.00 Onsite Fee

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Monday, April 15, 2019

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen), a national professional services firm, is pleased to announce that Manny M. Trelles, CPA, MBA, MBT, has joined the real estate practice as a principal at the Ontario office. Trelles has an extensive background in strategic tax planning for the real estate industry. He has in-depth experience overseeing the deployment of foreign source capital into U.S. assets, advising international clients on the acquisition, repositioning, operation, and disposition of U.S. real estate.

Marsh & McLennan Agency has named Andrew (Andy) Welt leader of the firm’s compensation consulting practice. Welt leads business development, consulting and operational strategies.

MMA’s compensation consulting practice provides broad-based rewards consulting, board advisory services, sales effectiveness consulting, and compensation co-sourcing solutions to organizations seeking to attract and retain talent.

Integrated Demolition and Remediation, Inc. Welcomes Victor M. Ramirez as Vice President, Project Development and Project Manager

Managing the largest remediation and demolition project in Stanton, Victor Ramirez has been involved in Orange County's largest projects with regard to preconstruction. With 8 years in commercial real estate, 4 years in preconstruction experience, a majority of his clients are owners, homebuilders and large utility firms. Whether you are decommissioning an industrial plant or clearing commercial buildings for new development, you can reach Victor.

Contact: or 714-944-4180

The American Heart Association recognized Patrick D. Lyden, M.D. with the 2019 Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke.

Lyden is the Carmen and Louis Warschaw Chair in Neurology at Cedars-Sinai. He helped lead the pivotal NINDS t-PA for Acute Stroke Trial, the first proven therapy for stroke, and edited the premier text on thrombolytic therapy for acute stroke.

The William M. Feinberg Award is named for a prominent stroke clinician-researcher and American Heart Association volunteer who contributed to a fuller understanding of the causes of stroke. The award recognizes significant contributions to the investigation and management of clinical research in stroke.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Germain D. Labat joins Greenspoon Marder as a partner in the firm’s Litigation group in Los Angeles. With 20 years of experience, Germain represents companies and their executives across various sectors, including financial services, commercial real estate, health care, food and beverage, retail and technology, in business and commercial disputes.


Gensler, the leading global design firm, has promoted John Adams, AIA, LEED® AP to Co-Regional Managing Principal. He joins Rob Jernigan, FAIA, in co leading Gensler’s Southwest region, in addition to his current role as co-Managing Director at Gensler Los Angeles. John has 25 years of experience as an architect, real estate strategist and urban designer. He is a thought leader in office building design and development, and delivery of complex, large-scale projects with a focus on the continued renewal of downtown LA. He serves as President of the L.A. Headquarters Association and is actively involved with NAIOP, LAEDC and ULI.

Gelman LLP is excited to announce the merger of Chris Strong, CPA, MST to the Gelman Team as Tax Partner. Previously, Chris was with KPMG (Peat Marwick), BDO Seidman, and was a founding partner with Torrance-based Brigante, Cameron, Watters, and Strong.

Gelman LLP is proud to announce that Larry Ling, CPA will be joining the Gelman Team as Tax Manager. Larry has extensive experience in income tax, corporate tax, tax research and accounting from firms like Kling & Pathak, Allen, Haight, & Monaghan (formerly), and Brigante, Cameron, Waters, & Strong. He received his undergrad from CSULB and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

In addition to our new team members, Gelman LLP is getting a new home. We have enjoyed our time at our current location, but we feel it is time to upgrade. Open house details will follow.

For more information, please contact us at 714-667-2600 or

Join us for one last chance to golf the world-famous Riviera in support of LA’s Blind Children’s Center! This marks the 25th and final installment of the tournament and the Center’s 80th anniversary. Spearheaded since its inception by blind entertainer and philanthropist Tom Sullivan, the Center’s flagship fundraiser has grossed more than $4 million during its run.

Last year’s celebrities included Reggie Bush, Terrell Davis, Derek Fisher and Steve Garvey, and this year promises to be even bigger. All proceeds raised will directly support the Blind Children’s Center. We need your help to break the $5 million barrier!

Individual golfer: $1,850
Foursome: $7,000

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Mark Mizrahi has joined Freeman Freeman & Smileyas a partner in the Intellectual Property practice group. Mr. Mizrahi’s law practice includes all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright matters, including: preparing trademark and copyright applications, drafting and negotiating IP rights licenses and agreements, and managing patent filings and portfolios.

Ignite International, Ltd. announced the appointment of Curtis Heffernan as the company’s new SVP, Global Head of Sales, reporting to Ignite’s President Jim McCormick. As a highly experienced consumer goods sales and revenue executive with a career spanning nearly 25 years, Mr. Heffernan joins Ignite with a deep understanding of global sales, trade marketing, business development and high-level packaged goods management experience. At Ignite, Mr. Heffernan will oversee all sales activities and fully manage revenue sales streams for both Ignite’s cannabis and CBD products.

KDG Construction Consulting is pleased to announce that Jess Romo, A.A.E., has joined our team as Vice President of Aviation. As an executive with over 20 years of aviation experience, Mr. Romo brings extensive knowledge in planning, development, financing and project management. During his career, he specialized in delivering complex and multidisciplinary aviation projects.

Most recently, Mr. Romo served as Director at Long Beach Airport. During his tenure, he oversaw the reconstruction of Runway 8R-26L, a capital project that rehabilitated the airport’s busiest runway, which was completed on time and on budget; and the implementation of a modernized, commercial ground transportation program to improve airport access and traffic flow. Other projects executed under Mr. Romo’s leadership included major projects and initiatives, such as the Phase II Terminal Area Improvement Project, a capital project that will improve the functionality of terminal facilities, create welcoming community engagement and hospitality spaces in pre-screening areas and enhance the customer experience.

Before overseeing Long Beach Airport, Mr. Romo spent 19 years with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Mr. Romo served as Interim Deputy Executive Director for Operations and Emergency Management. His role also included Airport Manager of Ontario International and Van Nuys Airports and Director of Airport Real Estate. Prior to his tenure at LAWA, Mr. Romo worked for nearly a decade in numerous real estate positions for the City of Los Angeles.

KDG provides project and construction management services for multiple market sectors including aviation, transportation, education, water and power infrastructure. The firm is an established Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) and is certified by the State of California as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE).

Monday, March 25, 2019

Nano Banc is pleased to announce the opening of its Loan Production Office in Westwood. Our Bankers deliver specialized loans for commercial real estate, equipment/industrial and lines of credit to businesses throughout Southern California. Through Irvine and Murrieta, CA branches; partnering to enhance your business growth. Call us!

Nano Banc
10900 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 320
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Dr. Brasfield
Flatiron West, a division of Flatiron Construction, has named Dr. Giovanna Brasfield as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for its Southwest Division and Inclusivity Manager for the LINXS Joint Venture project. In the role, Dr. Brasfield will serve as Flatiron’s Senior Supplier Diversity and Community Inclusion, assisting the District and Division Managers in positioning to meet contractual requirements on current and upcoming projects.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Jason Lawit has been named President of Northern Trust’s Century City office. In this role, Jason will be responsible for the wealth management practice in our thriving Los Angeles market.

A Senior Managing Director, Jason joined Northern Trust in 2010 following the acquisition of a Los Angeles based investment and advisory firm, where he served as a Director. Jason has been an important leader in Northern Trust’s launch of Goals Driven Wealth Management.

Jason earned his Bachelor's in American History, with honors, from Union College, and his Juris Doctorate from The New York University School of Law. He is a longtime volunteer with AYSO Santa Monica Soccer and supports Northern Trust's partnership with the United Way.

Dr. Wasserman
Yeshiva Universityn appointed Dr. Noam Wasserman as the new dean of the Sy Syms School of Business, effective May 2019. A prominent authority on business startups, he is the bestselling author of The Founder’s Dilemmas and Life Is a Startup. He also served as the Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California and was the founding director of USC's Founder Central Initiative. Dr. Wasserman brings more than 15 years of expertise in higher education, having taught at Harvard Business School for 13 years. His appointment represents YU’s commitment to preparing students for success in the marketplace and bringing Jewish values to the world. Dr. Wasserman received a PhD from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BSE in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nate Cherry, FAIA, AICP, LEED BD + C, is now Gensler LA’s Director of Urban Planning. He is a nationally recognized planner and urban designer with 30 years of experience in transit, sports, entertainment, universities and resilience. He is a board member of the LA Chapter of the APA, and teaches at USC.

Douglas Wilson Companies welcomes Ryan Baker as Senior Managing Director, overseeing the firm’s new LA/OC office, at 19200 Von Karman Ave. in Irvine. Baker brings extensive national regulatory Receivership experience involving financially challenged operating companies and real estate ventures, including assignments from the SEC, DOJ, and State Courts.

City National Bank has named Nick Zappia Los Angeles regional manager to lead its Private Banking teams in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and Manhattan Beach. Zappia is responsible for City National’s team of highly skilled private bankers and advisors who provide an array of sophisticated banking, credit, planning and wealth management services for high-net-worth families, professional services firms and select nonprofit organizations.

Peter Barbara, who previously served as Los Angeles regional manager, now will assume a newly created national role responsible for the integrated delivery of investment solutions and services for City National’s Private Banking Division. Barbara will work closely with City National’s investment specialists to refine the capabilities and how they are used to enable clients to better achieve their financial goals.

City National Private Banking is dedicated to providing private banking and wealth management solutions that are aligned with the objectives of its clients, their families and their businesses. For more information, go to

Katherine L. McDaniel, former Chair of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section and a former Trustee of the Los Angeles Copyright Society, has joined Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP as head of its Intellectual Property Department.

McDaniel’s career has included work at Los Angeles law firms before and after her stint as The Times Mirror Company’s only Director of Intellectual Property. During her years at Times Mirror, she set up and managed the publishing giant’s IP Department and was named Corporate Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association.

Arendsen Cane Molnar LLP, with offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, handles personal injury, business litigation, corporate, real estate, intellectual property and criminal defense.

“Joe Cane and I were in the same firm years ago, and have continued to work together,” said McDaniel. We are old friends and colleagues.”

“We are delighted to have Katherine join us,” said Cane. “She has managed large and small dockets, worked on major litigation and resolved more minor disputes, and sold and licensed intellectual property of all types – basically everything a general practice firm needs, all right here.”

Ms. McDaniel’s practice has focused on trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, rights of publicity, domain names and related intellectual property for clients that are usually startups and small to medium size companies and serve as the business base for Southern California.

She has a JD and MBA from UCLA and an AB in History from Occidental College.

Ms. McDaniel can be reached at 310-299-8624 or

Cause Communications, the leading purpose-driven nonprofit communications organization, has promoted Vanessa Schnaidt to Vice President, overseeing programs and innovation initiatives.

Vanessa has more than 15 years of achievement in communications and program development. Vanessa will spearhead Cause’s efforts to expand its suite of free skill-building resources and the development of an incubator-style lab for strategic communications, a cross-sector initiative designed to catalyze public discourse and action.