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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.

Visit the new site at and get to know the firm’s extensive expertise.

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
Register at:

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

Visit to register

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

For tickets and information:

For information about the Center:

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.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Elizabeth Y. J. Oh has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Banking Practice, she advises on debt financing for direct lenders in the late stage growth and lower middle market space, including technology and life sciences companies. She also represents private equity sponsors and public companies in leveraged finance transactions, with a focus on acquisition financings.

Kenneth D. Askin has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Banking Practice, he advises on domestic and cross-border acquisition financings, structured financings, and other secured and unsecured leveraged finance transactions. He represents a range of clients across industries including financial institutions, gaming entities, private equity sponsors, real estate investment trusts, and other institutional investors.

Ghaith Mahmood has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Technology Transactions Practice, he advises companies and investors on corporate technology and intellectual property-related transactions in a broad range of digital media and technology sectors including in software, video games, virtual and augmented reality, social media, digital media, digital health, e-commerce, and information technology.

Thomas Jenkins, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as a national transit/rail consultant. He will focus on advancing HNTB’s growth in the transit industry while providing strategic advice to the firm’s transit team and clients in Southern California and nationwide. Jenkins has more than five decades of extensive experience in highway and transit planning, engineering, financing and project management. He specializes in delivering complex, multimodal and multidisciplinary infrastructure projects.

Previously, Jenkins was principal professional associate and project manager for another consulting firm where he served as project team leader on Public-Private Partnership Consulting Services for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also served as project manager of the project management consultant team on the 11-mile Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project for the San Diego Association of Governments.

Earlier in his career, he served as the first executive director of the Orange County Transportation Commission (now Orange County Transportation Authority) and was the staff director of planning and engineering for the then newly formed Orange County Transit District.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Robeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies, welcomes Mitch Baker as Vice President of Marketing. With a variety of marketing experience across many industries, Baker plans to take Robeks to the next level with his knowledge and expertise. Baker is also no stranger to Robeks; he led the Robeks marketing department in mid-2000’s.

In his role, Baker will lead the marketing team and its various support agencies in its continued brand enhancement with a focus on local store marketing initiatives. According to his vision, the partnership with the franchisee community is key for Robeks’ continued success.

Financial controls and automation software leader BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq:BL) continues its investment in new executive talent with the hiring of Pete Hirsch as chief technology officer (CTO). Mr. Hirsch is a seasoned software engineer, architect and strategist with more than 30 years of experience scaling technology organizations for dynamic, fast-growing companies, as well as larger enterprises.

As CTO at BlackLine, Hirsch will be responsible for the technology direction of BlackLine’s flagship cloud platform as the company seeks to capitalize on the growing worldwide demand for solutions that drive greater efficiency, financial governance and risk management across the spectrum of financial operations. He also will spearhead the company’s internal technology roadmap, overseeing Technical Operations, Engineering, IT and Governance, reporting to CEO Therese Tucker.

“BlackLine’s technology needs, both internal and external, have grown exponentially along with our global customer base. We’ve been searching for someone with that rare mix of exceptional interpersonal and management skills, as well as the technical knowledge and expertise to run a leading-edge technology organization,” Ms.Tucker said. “Pete is that person. He has a broad range of skills, including leading IT and tech ops in addition to engineering, at companies of various sizes where he has been instrumental in providing the technology vision, strategy and leadership to help the organizations scale from concept through acquisitions and beyond.”

In a strategic move designed to amplify regional and sector growth, Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading national construction management firm, announced the appointment of construction industry veteran, Reza Amirkhalili, as chief operating officer. In his role as COO, he will implement construction strategy and growth plans with a key focus on client experience, ensuring Shawmut continues to deliver exceptional, white-glove client service nationwide. Amirkhalili brings over 30 years of construction industry expertise across diverse sectors. This announcement comes as Shawmut reports 2018 as its highest revenue year yet at $1.4 billion. Shawmut is projecting significant year-over-year growth across multiple divisions, including 50% growth in the Los Angeles market.

“As we strive to revolutionize exceptional client service delivery methods and accelerate our expansion across multiple sectors, I’m excited to welcome Reza to the Shawmut executive leadership team,” said Les Hiscoe, CEO of Shawmut. “As COO, he will utilize his vast project delivery expertise and transformational leadership style to help strengthen our position and market share in all emerging markets.”

“What drew me to Shawmut is its unyielding commitment to client service and people-centric approach to culture,” said Reza Amirkhalili, COO of Shawmut. “I have never seen a construction company so relentlessly pursue greatness in delivering the ultimate client experience. I look forward to joining Shawmut and working with Les and the executive leadership team to drive the firm forward, especially as it comes off a record revenue year.”

Ignite International, Ltd. today announced the appointment of Jim McCormick as President reporting to Dan Bilzerian.

Mr. McCormick joins the company as a highly experienced global consumer goods executive with a deep understanding of brand and trade marketing, operations and supply chain, finance and scaling a business internationally. Mr. McCormick has operated extensively in regulated markets and built strong brands in these environments. At Ignite, Mr. McCormick will oversee all aspects of the company, reporting to Founder and Chairman Dan Bilzerian.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Dave Francis, CCEP, has been promoted to Chief Compliance and Human Resources Officer at Dewberry. A former nuclear engineer, submarine officer, and industrial engineer, Francis has directed human resources nationwide at Dewberry since 2008. He earned a master’s in business administration from the University of South Carolina, a master’s equivalent in nuclear engineering and power plant operations from the Naval Nuclear Power School, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. Francis is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Society for Human Resources Management.

Digital wealth management company Personal Capital announced this week that Porter Gale has joined the leadership team as Chief Marketing Officer. Porter is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and building businesses. The company just raised $50 million in its latest round of funding and is using that capital to invest in new resources to accelerate business growth.

"Porter is an essential part of the next growth stage of our business," said Jay Shah, CEO of Personal Capital. "Her experience building customer-focused brands that use technology to transform their respective industries dovetails perfectly with how we're leading change in the wealth management industry here at Personal Capital and our vision for the future."

Responding to ongoing growth and a robust U.S. transportation market, HNTB Corporation announced a new national leadership structure.

John Friel, PE leads the Western Region, which includes the firm’s Northwest and West Divisions. He has served in many significant roles of responsibility in his 25 years with HNTB. During the last five years, he successfully led the firm’s Design Build unit, coordinating with offices and project teams throughout the firm, establishing strong relationships with contractor clients, and developing firmwide processes while successfully delivering over $9 billion in constructed design build and public-private partnerships. Other named presidents include Michael Inabinet, PE, Central Region; James Thomson, PE, Northwest Division; and Keith Hinkebein, PE, Design Build.

As a leading engineering consultant to departments of transportation, transit agencies, airports and tolling authorities, and other public- and privatesector owners, HNTB is advancing on a strong growth trajectory. The firm currently is No. 16 on “The Top 500 Design Firms” list as ranked by revenue in Engineering News-Record, up three spots from last year.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Steven L. Mohr, CPA, MBA, has joined Huntington Hospital as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mohr brings over 20 years of experience in leadership roles for integrated healthcare delivery systems, including an academic medical center, community hospitals, ambulatory facilities, joint ventures and physician foundations. At Huntington Hospital, Mohr will be responsible for the coordinated execution of key financial activities including revenue cycle, treasury & capital structure management, financial operations, investments, and financial controls.

CohnReznick LLP, one of the top U.S. advisory, assurance, and tax firms, has announced two new partners at the Firm’s Los Angeles office.

Mohamed Ghattas, CPA, has been with CohnReznick since 2013, most recently serving as a Tax Director before his election to the partnership effective February 1, 2019. Ghattas is a key member of the specialized industry teams for the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Retail and Consumer Product, and Cannabis Practices. He has more than 12 years of experience of diversified public accounting experience serving companies in a variety of industries. Ghattas was also named among Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2018 list of “Most Influential Minority CPAs.”

Darin James, CPA, joined the Firm on January 28, 2019 from RubinBrown LLP, where he led the firm’s subchapter C tax practice. James specializes in commercial tax and works across a range of industries. He has served as a subject matter expert for ASC 740 (Accounting for Income Taxes) and technical consultations in the areas of subchapter C, mergers and acquisitions, and partnership and subchapter K taxation issues.

“Darin is an important addition to help drive our growth. Along with Mohamed and the rest of our tax department, we look forward to driving value and success for our firm and our clients,” said Scott Sachs, CPA, Managing Partner – Los Angeles Offices.

Monday, February 11, 2019

CannonDesign is proud to announce David Hunt, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP has stepped into the role of Health Practice Leader for its Southern California region. Bringing his proven record of success to our global health practice, David will be leading our team of healthcare experts in Southern California while advancing our brand in the region and developing new client relationships

Steve Zielinski joins Burns & McDonnell in California as an IT project manager, providing digital system design and IT process optimization services for airport and federal projects. He has nearly two decades of experience in integrating IT platforms and supporting special systems, including aviation security, airport IT and baggage screening systems.

City National Bank has hired Craig Robb and Jonathan M. Bouvet to launch a power project finance team. Led by industry veteran Robb, the team provides City National’s full range of financial solutions to businesses and entrepreneurs developing and managing energy projects, with a focus on renewable energy projects nationwide. Robb has nearly two decades of financial services experience. Bouvet is a vice president and credit officer with more than a decade of financial services experience and reports to Robb. They are both based in Phoenix.

Ropers Majeski has appointed Steven Spiess as its new chief executive officer. He is the first CEO in the firm’s 69-year history and will be based in their Los Angeles office. Heading up the firm’s leadership team, Spiess will focus on the business of the business, including building new strategic models to continue their steep growth trajectory.

Global real estate investment and services firm Kennedy Wilson has hired Kyle Fishburn as a senior associate in its Los Angeles brokerage division. Fishburn specializes in the leasing of anchored shopping centers and currently represents properties in Agoura Hills, the San Fernando Valley, and on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.

Payne & Fears LLP is pleased to welcome three new business and insurance attorneys to its growing Los Angeles office.

Robert C. Leventhal joins the firm as a partner from Foley & Lardner LLP. Leventhal’s practice for over 30 years has focused on complex business litigation, health care litigation and insurance coverage disputes, which provides a natural synergy with the Los Angeles team. He has successfully represented many hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, religious orders, and construction suppliers. These matters have resulted in several published decisions addressing cutting edge health care reimbursement and insurance issues

Roza C. Rosner arrived at the firm after several years as an associate with Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP. She regularly handles complex commercial litigation, insurance disputes, product liability, and general liability matters. Rosner earned her J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and her LL.M. (Juristexamen) from Uppsala University, Sweden

Randy R. Haj left Wilson Elser to join the firm as a senior associate. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage and general dispute resolution. Early in his career, Haj clerked for two years for several judges at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Haj received his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and his B.A. from Gonzaga University.

Payne & Fears is excited about the exponential growth of this crucial office. For more information, visit

Anthony Bauer, PE, joined HNTB Corporation’s national tunnel group as national tunnel practice operations manager-West. Based in Los Angeles, he supports tunneling projects throughout the West Coast and nationally. Bauer serves as an accomplished resource to the firm’s clients and projects across the country. Previously, he was a senior tunnel engineer for a Los Angeles hyperloop technology startup. Most of Bauer’s experience is with conventional and mechanical tunneling methods for transportation projects in congested urban areas. His experience spans the entire project lifecycle — feasibility design, conceptual engineering, detailed design, construction and rehabilitation — and contracting methods, including design-bid-build, design-build and public-private partnership.

He founded the UCA Young Members committee of the Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Tunnels and Underground Structures Committee and is published internationally. Bauer’s high-profile, complex underground projects expertise includes working with clients such as Virgin Hyperloop One, California High Speed Rail, London Underground, Sound Transit (Seattle), Maryland Transit Administration and others.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( welcomes two emerging leaders to its Board of Directors.

Mark Cecchini, CFP, has diversified experience in financial planning, investment management and tax planning. At Aspiriant, LLC, he assists high net worth clients and coordinates Family Office Services (FOS) for ultra-high net worth families. Previously, Cecchini worked as a Senior Manager & Client Advisor at Sullivan Bruyette Speros & Blayney LLC. A part-time instructor at UCLA Extension's Personal Financial Planning program, he also serves as a board member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Los Angeles.

Brandon J. Stoker is an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP where he serves in the Appellate & Constitutional Law, Crisis Management, Class Actions, and Labor & Employment practice groups. Previously, he served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable N. Randy Smith in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2018, Stoker was named a “Rising Star” in the Super Lawyers edition of Los Angeles Magazine.

Public works general contractor, AMG & Associates, Inc. (AMG), was awarded the construction project of Santa Maria’s $41M newest elementary school in Enos Ranch by the Santa Maria- Bonita School District Wednesday evening January 30, 2019 at the district’s board of education meeting. This will be AMG’s second job with the district since 2015.

Enos Ranch’s long-awaited project had been in discussions for many years until voters passed Measure T in 2014, a $45M bond measure that eventually turned the conceptual discussions into planning. Construction will consist of three new buildings, totaling approximately 67,700 square feet, 26 classrooms, and will hold up to 900 kindergarten through sixth grade students. In addition to a large multipurpose building, space will be devoted to Therapeutic Learning and Special Education. Two softball fields, a soccer field, and four basketball courts will also be included in the scope of work. Construction is expected to begin in roughly 30 days and complete in late summer of 2020.

In addition to this project, AMG was also recently awarded two separate projects from the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Community College District: Cuesta College North County Campus R&B Schultz Early Childhood Education Building and the Cuesta College SLO Campus Data Center Project. Construction of the $10.9M Childhood Education Building began in January of 2019 and is slated for completion in May 2020. Construction will consist of a new 10,935 square foot singlestory classroom and daycare facility, including all associated underground utilities, earthwork, parking, site work, and landscape.

The $5.6M SLO Campus Data Center will consist of a new Data Center Building and all associated underground utilities, earthwork and site work. Construction began in the fall of 2018, and is expected to complete in the fall of 2019.

These awards put AMG’s total backlog to around $100M—an achievement that reflects the 104% three-year average growth that earned AMG the #3152 spot on Inc. 5000’s 2017 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, which was AMG’s sixth time on the list. Only 4% of the tens of thousands of companies who have applied for recognition realize such an accomplishment.

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Stella Debibi, joins Nadel Architects, an award-winning U.S. architecture firm as managing director, business development in Los Angeles, California. She brings over 20 years of experience in real estate development, finance, A&E, and strategic marketing, further strengthening Nadel’s brand and presence in Los Angeles. For more, visit www.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Rachel Vandenberg, PE, has been promoted to senior vice president in Dewberry's Long Beach, California, office. With nearly 30 years of industry experience, Vandenberg serves as the firm’s director of ports and harbors and has overseen the growth and expansion of its ports and intermodal practice across the east and west coasts, including California, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Arnold Swanborn, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Design Principal at CO Architects. He leads the design direction for numerous projects, including higher education, K 12, and healthcare facilities. Also, Fabian Kremkus, AIA, LEED GA, Design Principal, has been elected to the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter’s Board of Directors.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Ryan Gedney, NCARB, AIA, has joined HNTB Corporation as national design director of architecture and vice president, overseeing the firm’s architecture and interior design work in several offices across the country and spanning a variety of market sectors, including sports, aviation and transit/rail.

Over the past 20 years, Gedney has played a lead design role on large projects, both domestically and internationally, with a focus on innovative master planning of sports and entertainment districts. This includes work on Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, State Farm Arena Renovation in Atlanta for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons; and Avaya Stadium for the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes.

The promotion of five Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) architects to principal, as well as the elevation of thirteen others to associate principal and associate, comes on the heels of a strong year for the firm, says HED’s CEO Peter Devereaux, FAIA. HED was founded 111 years ago; today, it’s 365 people strong, including 44 principals in six offices across the country. Devereaux notes the firm has seen growth and development in a range of sectors this year. He says: “We are seeing creative design thinking transfer from one area to another, and the cross-pollination makes for exciting public and private projects. As an integrated, multidisciplinary practice, we are particularly well positioned to optimize the transfer of design ideas from realm to realm.”

Architect Jerome “Otis” Odell, AIA, LEED AP, has become a principal at national architecture and engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). Odell is a leader at the firm’s Los Angeles office; more than 30 years experience on housing and hospitality projects give him a unique perspective on the housing challenges facing California and the nation.

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland LLP (GMSR) is pleased to announce that David Hackett has become the firm’s newest partner. Before joining GMSR, David was an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and a law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Gary A. Feess of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

At GMSR, David has represented a wide range of corporate, public, and private clients and successfully prosecuted and defended numerous appeals and writ petitions. He has also briefed dispositive and post trial motions and monitored trials and hearings to preserve legal issues and objections for appeal. He has obtained multiple published and unpublished appellate victories, including Kanno v. Marwit Capital Partners II, L.P. (2017) 18 Cal.App.5th 987, and Novak v. Fay (2015) 236 Cal.App.4th 329.

David received his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

GMSR, which has offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is one of the nation’s leading civil appellate law firms. Its appellate attorneys have extensive experience and success in handling cases in the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and in federal and state appellate courts across the country.

Linda Duncombe has joined City National Bank as executive vice president of marketing and product strategies. Duncombe leads a growing team that is responsible for advancing City National’s brand, articulating its value proposition and supporting business development. She oversees marketing, client experience, advertising and communications as well as digital channels, product development, credit cards and multicultural outreach.

A native of Australia, Duncombe brings to City National 16 years of financial services marketing experience that includes business and private banking. She was previously the global head of design for Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank and the chief marketing officer and head of growth for Citi FinTech, the bank’s innovation arm.

Now with more than $50 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 71 offices, including 19 fullservice regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $67.5 billion in client investment assets. City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 34 other countries. For more visit

Architect Michael Bulander, AIA, LEED AP, has become a principal at national architecture and engineering firm Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). Bulander is an architectural design leader in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He develops design solutions that exceed the client’s mission and are embedded with leading-edge sustainability strategies. He speaks and writes frequently about holistic, high-performance design.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced that Benjamin White has been promoted to office managing partner, tax services. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing professionals and managing client relationships for the tax practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office, which moved to downtown Los Angeles effective January 14, 2019.

“Ben’s leadership will continue to elevate our strong position in Los Angeles and provide a hands-on approach with our clients, professionals, and prospects. His knowledge of the market and our primary industries will help foster the growth of our practice and allow us to continue to provide exceptional client service,” stated Hoon Lee, tax regional managing partner for the west region at BDO USA, LLP.

Ben has over 22 years of professional experience in accounting for income taxes, tax department processes and technology, corporate tax matters, accounting methods, and tax consulting issues. He has served clients in various industries including manufacturing, distribution, technology, hospitality, gaming, energy, and entertainment.

Ben is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of CPAs, and Nevada Society of CPAs. He is a licensed CPA in California, Nevada, and Ohio. He received his Masters of Accountancy and Bachelors of Science in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

BDO USA, LLP recently added Sangeet Rajan as a governance & compliance managing director in the firm’s San Francisco office. Sangeet has over 20 years of experience providing Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) solutions, data protection, and information governance services to companies in various industries. In this role, he will help the firm’s clients meet regulatory and compliance mandates such as the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Union Bank today announced that Una Fox has joined as Head of Business Data and Insights. Fox will be responsible for leading the overall data driven philosophy for both Union Bank and PurePoint® Financial and for working with the product, marketing, and business line teams to help enable them to push the business forward.

She and her team will work to strengthen the bank’s analytical approach and deliver impactful, actionable business insights for the bank. Fox is based in the Union Bank office in Woodland Hills, California, and reports to Pierre P. Habis, Head of Consumer Banking.

Mario Loria has joined CIT Bank N.A., the parent company of OneWest Bank, as vice president and market manager of Residential Mortgage. In this role, Loria will service Downey, California and the surrounding communities where he will focus on providing excellent service and competitive home loan products for local residents.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Schuyler Jackson has been hired by Fralin Commercial, an urban real estate brokerage company established in 2010 that specializes in South and East Los Angeles markets. Schuyler has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate. His previous experience includes acquisition management duties for McDonald’s, Smart & Final, Grocery Outlet, Fresh & Easy Markets, Centex Homes and Archstone-Smith. Schuyler will specialize in multifamily sales and development along with retail tenant representation. Schuyler holds multiple degrees from UCLA and USC.

Charles, Blank & Karp is merging with Lucas Horsfall, it was announced today by the two managing partners, Mike Amerio and Jim Karp, respectively. The combined firm will be known as Lucas Horsfall.

Charles, Blank and Karp traces back to a firm founded in Beverly Hills by Max Seiff in the 1920s and operating over the generations under a sequence of names reflecting its succeeding partners. The firm has operated out of the San Fernando Valley for many years.

Jim Karp, managing partner of Charles, Blank and Karp said that the merger with the larger Lucas Horsfall firm will give his clients deeper in-house resources and experience. “Over the years we helped launch and enlarge a number of businesses only to pass along their care to much larger CPA firms. We now have the resources to serve larger companies,” he said. “With Lucas Horsfall we also have the kind of in-house specialties that only larger accounting firms offer, such as expertise in international taxation.”

Amerio said, “Our merger with Charles, Blank & Karp is significant because it adds to our growing geographical reach. Charles, Blank and Karp’s generations of relationships with successful businesses and families in Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley fits hand-in-glove with the personal relationships that have been our strength in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley areas where our home office is located.”

HGA Architects & Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of Jake Henry, AIA to an associate vice president in their Los Angeles office. Henry has contributed to HGA’s growth as a national, multi-disciplinary design firm through his expertise with education, healthcare and corporate projects.

JOHNSON FAIN congratulates the following individuals for their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to the firm. Christopher Roades, AIA, LEED AP and Mark Owen have been promoted to Associate Principal. Andrew Palmer, Angela Bankston, Craig Lawrence, John Gralewski and John Jackson have been promoted to Senior Associate. JOHNSON FAIN, an international architecture, urban design + planning and interior design firm, is well-known for the design of a diverse range of project types. Current Los Angeles area projects include LA Plaza Village, under construction in Downtown, the design of multiple highrise towers throughout the city, a renovation of the former Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove and the master plan of the Veterans Affairs Campus in West Los Angeles. The firm is currently leading the design team providing planning and architectural services for the proposed Los Angeles Aerial Rapid Transit project linking Union Station and Dodger Stadium.

eTribez Labs, a leading provider of comprehensive digital solutions for the production of scripted and non-scripted TV content for the global entertainment industry, names Ted Bookstaver Vice President, Client Relations, North America. Based in Los Angeles, Bookstaver will service the company’s client base using the new eTribez Production Management Platform. Earlier, Bookstaver was Senior VP, Alternative Programming Sales, for Lionsgate, and VP, International Distribution, for dick clark productions.

Bill Swain joins as vice president of Marketing in their Long Beach headquarters. As the head of the global marketing organization, Bill will lead the talented and creative team, including the company’s marketing strategy, product marketing, communications, new user acquisition and branding.

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. (“HSBC Bank”) is pleased to announce that Reza Tabatabai has joined the firm’s Commercial Real Estate Finance team as Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager. Reza has 15 years of industry experience and reports to Senior Vice President & Regional Manager Todd Popovich. Mr. Popovich, a 24 year industry veteran, was hired in June as the new Regional Manager based in Los Angeles and is continuing to expand the team as the real estate lending platform grows. In addition, HSBC Bank is also looking to add an Underwriter to the Los Angeles team. HSBC Bank provides a wide array of comprehensive lending and banking solutions for both domestic and international real estate sponsors.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Pradeep Budhiraja, CPA, a Shareholder at Gumbiner Savett Inc., a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has been appointed for a twoyear term to the California Board of Accountancy’s (CBA) Qualifications Committee. The committee serves to provide consumer protection. Michael Savoy, CPA, CGMA, also a Shareholder, was reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the board of the CBA for another four-year term. Savoy is immediate past-president of the CBA.

HGA Architects & Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of two senior team members to Vice President in their Los Angeles office. Satoshi Teshima, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a design principal working on healthcare, corporate and education projects and Jennifer Ries is a senior medical planner.

Pankow is pleased to announce the promotion of Frank Murphy, to Vice President of Operations for Pankow Builders. Pankow has over half a century of continuous presence in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions.

In this role, Frank will bring regions and people together to create regional work consistency, effective shared resources, and quicker, seamless integration and alignment with Operational Planning and Concrete to achieve operational excellence for a better client experience.

“Frank has led the creation of mentoring and education programs across Pankow, bringing together employees to increase relatedness and assist those on a personal level in further developing the skills necessary to advance their careers. His dynamic leadership skills combined with his dedication to achieving operational excellence make Frank an excellent fit to increase our focus on learning & development” says Dave Eichten, Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Giovanna Brasfield, Southern California Outreach & Diversity Manager for Hensel Phelps Construction has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Women Business Enterprise Council (WBEC) - Western Region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam to aid in building, fostering and developing competitive Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) in procurement and contracting. Visit for more information on WBEC-West.

Sierra Investment Management Welcomes Sebastian Hoppe as Business Development Director

Santa Monica, CA (Date TBD) – Sierra Investment Management is excited to announce the addition of Mr. Sebastian Hoppe as Business Development Director. In this newly-created role, Mr. Hoppe will focus on bringing the value & message of Sierra to high-net-worth individuals, family offices, charities, endowments, and other institutional audiences.

“Sierra’s unique rules-based investment disciplines provide important benefits to investors of all kinds; and most importantly during this period of market volatility,” said Mr. Hoppe. “The firm’s methodology is borne from decades of strategic research and market analysis, and I’ve seen firsthand how crucial investment approaches like this can be for investors concerned with total returns while managing downside risk. I am excited and eager to demonstrate the value of Sierra’s investment solutions to new potential investors”

Mr. Hoppe has over 15 years of investment management experience, having previously specialized in working with high-net-worth families as a wealth manager at Morgan Stanley. “Sebastian’s understanding of Sierra’s tactical, conservative investment approach and its particular value to high-net-worth investors is a natural fit with our firm,” said Dr. Kenneth Sleeper, Sierra principal and co-founder. “Coupled with his substantial investment industry expertise and knowledge, it is clear why we are so excited about welcoming him to the Sierra team.”

Mr. Hoppe graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and holds his JD and MBA from Harvard University.

Pankow is pleased to announce the promotion of JR Gunter, to Vice President of Operational Planning for Pankow Builders. Pankow has over half a century of continuous presence in the Los Angeles and Bay Area regions.

In this role, JR will enhance synergies amongst Preconstruction Planning, MEP Coordination, Safety, Virtual Design and Construction, Lean and Quality to bring complete efficiency to the forefront of the project. JR will provide leadership for full and early collaboration as well as ensure continuous flow of information sharing between Preconstruction and Operations to realize efficiencies and cost savings in constructability.

“JR has provided meaningful leadership and a commitment to operational excellence on three pressure-filled projects in the Ford Theatre and the Edition Hotel in Hollywood and the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building. His ability to listen and establish trusting relationships will greatly enhance and streamline the way we set our projects to support client success,” says Dave Eichten, Chief Operation Officer.

Dreyer, Robbins and Associates to Join Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP

Joseph Lee Promoted to Partner and Julia Chan Promoted to Principal

Dreyer, Robbins and Associates (DRA), a specialized CPA firm located in Los Angeles, has joined Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt (HCVT), effective January 1, 2019. Mike Dreyer founded DRA over 30 years ago. Phil Holthouse, managing partner, shared these comments, “Many of us at HCVT have had the pleasure to work with DRA’s founder, Mike Dreyer, and his team over the past several years. The firm focuses on serving high net worth individuals, and their related entities—a great fit for many of our niche practices including our High Net Worth and Wealth Transfer niche practices. Their core values, focus on technical excellence and approach to client service, align so well with HCVT.” Mike Dreyer will become a partner and will serve on the firm’s Executive Committee. Mike added, “When I decided to merge my firm, I only had one call to make, and that was to HCVT. Their partners and the entire team share the same attributes I most admire in this business (or any business). Integrity, intelligence, sophistication, a solid work ethic, and the ability to think outside the box. These attributes, coupled with a dedication to excellent client service and strong firm culture, are simply unparalleled.”

The partners of HCVT also announced that Joseph Lee was admitted to the partnership effective January 1, 2019. Joseph is located in the firm’s Pasadena office and has over 20 years of experience providing tax consulting and compliance services to clients in the private equity, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and distribution industry sectors. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Joseph began his career in private industry overseeing the tax and internal audit functions for an international transportation company and was a tax director at PwC before joining HCVT.

The firm also announced the promotion of Julia Chan to tax principal. Julia is located in the firm’s West Los Angeles office.

About HCVT
The firm provides tax, audit and assurance, business management, and mergers & acquisition services to private companies, closely held businesses, public companies and high net worth individuals and family offices. The team consists of over 600 members, including over 100 partners and principals. HCVT serves its clients from eight offices in Southern California and offices in Northern California, Ft. Worth, Texas, Park City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm is highly specialized and focuses on specific industries and market niches. To learn more about HCVT, see

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