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Monday, October 26, 2020

Chris Martin Joins Burnham Benefits as Chief Growth Officer.

Burnham Benefits Insurance Services , an industry leader in the employee benefits broker and consulting arena, has added to its leadership ranks by hiring Chris Martin as chief growth officer.

Chris brings 30 years of experience in the healthcare and insurance industry. He has a proven track record of developing teams; innovating products and services to more effectively manage population health; and deploying data science to understand better and manage health risk. At Burnham, Chris will focus on both current and prospective clients bringing new perspectives and insight to best serve them in a rapidly changing healthcare climate. He brings a degree of confidence to the growing healthcare and regulatory complexities that large enterprise clients face.

Chris will utilize his experience consulting with Fortune 500 companies across all verticals to broaden Burnham’s client base: “I like working with companies that are early adopters, that are looking to be disruptive or innovative—there are these in every industry. It’s more about working with employers who are looking to try to figure out what’s next, how do we get in front of healthcare trends versus react to them.”

Chris was drawn to Burnham by its record of growth, culture, passion for service excellence, its commitment to transparency and social responsibility through its B Corp status, and its approach to data science and modeling.

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L.A. Care welcomes Victor Hurtado as its new Executive Director of Cal MediConnect, a product line covering those eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare. Hurtado worked at L.A. Care previously, but was mostly recently at Molina Healthcare. Hurtado holds a BS in Health Care Administration from California State, Long Beach.

Mauria McPoland is president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Los Angeles , one of 240 chapters of Global AFP. For over six decades, AFP has promoted ethical fundraising for nonprofits. On November 13, the GLA chapter celebrates National Philanthropy Day 35th anniversary, where people/organizations are recognized for extraordinary contributions to the LA community. Join virtually for the educational Conference & Awards Program.

Fox Rothschild LLP announces Heidy Vaquerano has joined the firm as a partner in Los Angeles. She has nearly two decades of experience in tech and entertainment law, representing actors, Grammy®-nominated musicians, global merchandise companies, film and television producers, writers, production companies, independent record labels, tech startups and consultants in a broad range of intellectual property and transactional matters.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Terry Feit has been named Los Angeles Managing Partner at Deloitte . Bringing 30 years of experience to this role, Feit will oversee the local multi-disciplinary practice to drive client and business growth and further enhance Deloitte’s strategic positioning in the marketplace.

JPMorgan Chase has appointed Dr. Betty Uribe as the firm’s new Consumer Bank Divisional Director for California. In this role, Dr. Uribe will oversee the firm’s entire network of nearly 1,000 branches and over 10,000 retail employees across the state. She will be based out of Los Angeles.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Uribe to JPMorgan Chase. She is a true culture carrier, spending the past two and a half decades focused on transforming business, culture and people,” says Stevie Baron, Head of Consumer Branch Banking at JPMorgan Chase. “Dr. Uribe has a long track record of blending academic research with her strategic insight to impact positive change. Her entrepreneurial and corporate experience gives her invaluable perspective on business and industries across the U.S. and global markets. Dr. Uribe’s leadership will help us build upon our leading market share and customer experience across California and throughout our business.”

Dr. Uribe joins JPMorgan Chase from California Bank & Trust where she was an Executive Vice President of Business & Personal Banking. In this role, she led mergers & acquisitions, as well as growth strategies, where she oversaw the opening of over 100 new business and retail locations over the course of a nearly three year period. Dr. Uribe and her team were recognized for increasing employee and community engagement by creating a culture of sustainable business practices. She was the first woman at California Bank & Trust to hold an executive role leading a line of business.

Dr. Uribe holds four post-graduate degrees, including a Doctorate and MBA from Pepperdine University and an advanced degree from the University of Virginia. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from St. Mary’s University. Dr. Uribe and her husband Juan Carlos have five children and reside in Southern California. She started with the firm on October 15.

LACBA's Domestic Violence Project thanks Clyde & Co. for their Platinum Sponsorship of the #BeAware Campaign. This effort raises awareness for a crucial public safety issue and supports the DVP’s tangible efforts, annually assisting more than 4,800 victims to obtain potentially life-saving assistance.
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Brea, CA – Nevell Group Inc. (NGI) commercial interior and exterior wall system trade partner is excited to announce Rick Stegelvik has joined the NGI Team as Director of Business Development. Rick has been a leader in the construction industry for over 22 years. Rick will be responsible for leading project procurement, preconstruction process, and responsible for managing and developing key client relationships.

Nevell Group incorporated (NGI) performs the scopes of Metal-Stud framing, Drywall, Lath Plaster, Exterior Pre-fab STO Panels, Interior Pre-fab walls, ACT/Specialty Ceilings, Fireproofing and has an in-house BIM department using the latest technology.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Leading diabetes scientist Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., who joined City of Hope in 2015, has been named the new director of City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute, which continues diabetes research at City of Hope that was started more than 70 years ago.

Fuscoe Engineering, Inc.'s announces Brittany Knott, PE’s promotion to Senior Project Manager in its downtown Los Angeles office. Brittany has effectively delivered services for medical campuses, higher education facilities and commercial/retail projects, as well as urban mixed-use, senior housing and multi-family residential developments. Brittany’s clients appreciate her creative design expertise and focused dedication to the success of their projects.

Togawa Smith Martin, Inc. welcomes David González as a new Design Director/Associate Principal. David possesses over 30 years of industry experience with award-winning design. He has worked for prominent architectural firms in Los Angeles and San Diego, and has been the Project Design Leader for various mixed-use, residential, office and student housing projects across Southern California.
“Eighth & Grand” in DTLA and “The Brand” in Glendale are but a few of his recent major mixed-use design accomplishments prior to joining TSM.

LACBA's Domestic Violence Project thanks Steptoe Foundation for their Platinum Sponsorship of the #BeAware Campaign. This effort raises awareness for a crucial public safety issue and supports the DVP’s tangible efforts, annually assisting more than 4,800 victims to obtain potentially life-saving assistance.
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Monday, October 05, 2020

LACBA's Domestic Violence Project thanks Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company for their Platinum Sponsorship of the #BeAware Campaign. This effort raises awareness for a crucial public safety issue and supports the DVP’s tangible efforts, annually assisting more than 4,800 victims to obtain potentially life-saving assistance.
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Environmental Science Associates (EAS), a leading environmental consulting and planning firm, welcomes Ruta Thomas as SVP and Regional Director of its Southern California region. With 25 years of industry experience, Thomas directs ESA’s operations and leads the strategic growth and development of the firm, with a focus on the evolving client and community needs of this vital region.

Gensler welcomes Rene Quintanar, SPHR, as Regional Director of Human Resources. Quintanar will work across Gensler’s six offices in the Southwest region supporting leadership, talent development, and people and strategy. With more than 20 years of experience, Quintanar was previously in HR roles at AEG, ABM Industries and Aramark, and was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.

Sonnet Hui has been named Vice President and General Manager of Project Management Advisors, Inc., leading overall business strategy, operations and growth in the L.A. market. Sonnet's 20-year career spans architectural design, development, business strategy and planning for national and international firms, across multiple real estate sectors.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Jason Taketa joins Sklar Kirsh LLP. Taketa is an M&A and corporate finance attorney who spent the last 18 years practicing at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Often serving as outside general counsel to his clients, Taketa guides companies, business owners and investors through complex and transformative middle-market transactions. Taketa’s interdisciplinary practice and cross-industry skill set allow him to expertly handle a wide variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, fund formations, debt and equity financing, venture capital investments, joint ventures, entertainment financings and strategic partnerships.

Joseph Dashuta, partner, has transferred from RSM’s New York financial services practice to Los Angeles. He has 15 years of experience in serving publicly traded business development companies, venture capital funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, fund of funds, registered investment companies and business investment companies. Joe is active in both developing and facilitating firmwide training for investment and business development companies, partnership accounting, investment valuation, carried interest and waterfall models, investment products, and financial reporting.

As the new Business Banking Market Executive for Southern California at Union Bank, Tom Thompson is responsible for leading a team of client relationship managers throughout Southern California. Tom brings has more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently serving as the bank’s San Fernando Valley Regional Manager, Commercial Banking.

Claudia Walraven has been named Head of Asset Management for the U.S. commercial group at global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW), with oversight of the company’s growing commercial portfolio across the Western United States. Claudia will be responsible for setting asset management strategy, executing business plans and overseeing the performance of Kennedy Wilson’s 10.5 million square-foot portfolio in the U.S., including leasing, capital improvements and development initiatives.

“We are thrilled to have Claudia join the team, and to tap into her many years of experience setting strategy and driving value at commercial properties as we continue to expand Kennedy Wilson’s presence within our key markets in California, the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain States,” said Mary Ricks, President of Kennedy Wilson. “Claudia has delivered tremendous results over her career, and the depth of her expertise in asset management across a variety of product types will be a great complement to our investment platform, which includes our series of value-add funds and our joint ventures. We are excited to add someone of Claudia’s caliber to our commercial group.”

The PENTA Building Group has announced the promotion of two team members in its Los Angeles office. The nationally recognized commercial contractor, currently building projects in Southern California in the healthcare, higher education and hospitality market sectors, continues to cultivate top talent in the construction industry.

Andy McColl is now Preconstruction Executive in Los Angeles. Formerly Senior Preconstruction Manager, Andy has worked closely with marketing and business development departments to grow PENTA’s presence in healthcare and higher education sectors for projects across Southern California.

Beltran Cahapay has ascended to the role of Project Manager in Los Angeles. Since joining PENTA in 2018, Beltran has held the position of Senior Project Engineer, aiding in the successful completion of PENTA projects in the higher education sector. Beltran holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Fullerton.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Betty Rodriguez Goldstein is new president of Friends of Robinson Gardens, the non-profit providing organizational, financial and preservation leadership for the extraordinary gardens gifted to LA County by Virginia Robinson of the family that brought Robinsons Department Stores to LA in 1907 and who created the first Beverly Hills estate.

Pacific Premier Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Milik to EVP, Regional President, based in Los Angeles. Michael joined Pacific Premier, a leading commercial bank based in Irvine, California, in June 2020 when the bank acquired Opus Bank. While working for Opus, Michael led commercial banking teams in Los Angeles and Northern California, in addition to heading up the healthcare banking division.

In his new role, Michael will oversee the growth of Pacific Premier’s commercial and business banking efforts in major Western US markets, including South Bay, Northern California, and Washington. He brings a unique commitment and expertise to Pacific Premier’s commercial banking division, where he will lead teams in client management, credit, marketing, production, and employee recruitment for his markets.

Michael’s 20-year career in the banking industry ranges from branch management and small business banking to commercial banking and treasury management. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, Real Estate, and Law from California State University in Pomona. In his spare time, he enjoys giving back to his local community, particularly in supporting nonprofit lending through financial institutions.

About Pacific Premier
Pacific Premier Bank is a California-based commercial bank focused on serving small, middle-market, and corporate businesses throughout the Western US in major metropolitan markets in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1983, Pacific Premier is one of the strongest-performing, most-diversified, and fastest-growing banks in the nation. For more information, visit

Health care communications and marketing leader Gulden Mesara will join City of Hope, a world-renowned independent cancer and diabetes research and treatment center, as senior vice president and chief communications and marketing officer. Mesara will provide the overall strategic leadership for City of Hope’s integrated communications and marketing efforts, supporting its mission of transforming the future of health.
Mesara brings significant experience in building and leading diverse, high-performing communications and marketing teams at global Fortune 100 companies, including Pfizer, Abbott, AbbVie and, most recently, Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Claudia Walraven has been named Head of Asset Management for the U.S. commercial group at global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW), with oversight of the company’s growing commercial portfolio across the Western United States. Claudia will be responsible for setting asset management strategy, executing business plans and overseeing the performance of Kennedy Wilson’s 10.5 million square-foot portfolio in the U.S., including leasing, capital improvements and development initiatives.
“We are thrilled to have Claudia join the team, and to tap into her many years of experience setting strategy and driving value at commercial properties as we continue to expand Kennedy Wilson’s presence within our key markets in California, the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain States,” said Mary Ricks, President of Kennedy Wilson. “Claudia has delivered tremendous results over her career, and the depth of her expertise in asset management across a variety of product types will be a great complement to our investment platform, which includes our series of value-add funds and our joint ventures. We are excited to add someone of Claudia’s caliber to our commercial group.”

Argisht Minasyan, SVP, was promoted to Director of Commercial Banking for Pacific Premier Bank’s Los Angeles market. Argisht leads a team of relationship managers that specialize in providing banking services to companies in a variety of industries requiring a range of credit, deposit, and cash management services to achieve their financial goals.

Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC, the Pacific region of global insurance broker Lockton Companies, recently announced Greg Barnes as president of Greater Los Angeles, where he will build upon the company’s 25 year legacy of record-setting growth and client service excellence.
“As president of our Los Angeles operations, Greg’s leadership will be vital to continuing our momentum and strong organic growth in 2021 and beyond,” says Lockton’s Pacific Chairman Timothy Noonan.
Barnes has been with Lockton for nine years, most recently as executive vice president who serves on the company’s executive committee. A leading producer who specializes in middle-market businesses, private equity and M&A situations, he will continue his client and business development responsibilities as president of Greater Los Angeles.
In this expanded role, Barnes will focus on topline revenue growth, producer development and overall client experience including further strengthening the company’s collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to client servicing.
“Our industry leading performance in the Pacific over the past two and half decades, under the direction of our chairman, Tim Noonan, has us uniquely positioned to further a best-in-class platform that affords long time horizon planning for our clients and stakeholders,” says Barnes. “I am incredibly excited to take on this role, and work with an amazing team to unlock future growth opportunities.”
Barnes is actively involved in the community where he serves on the boards of various nonprofit organizations including the Board of Trustees of Children’s Bureau, Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs and Read To A Child.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Think Together, a state-wide nonprofit organization that partners with school districts to provide expanded learning programs to change the odds for kids, is proud to announce the addition of five new members to its board of directors. These new board members continue Think Together’s expansion to build stronger strategic and philanthropic connections in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

Victor Chiang
Victor is an active investor and advisor for early stage technology companies and venture capital firms. In the past Victor served in executive roles at multiple start-ups in Silicon Valley. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

Gretchen Salyer
Gretchen Salyer has over 15 years of experience in business strategy, partnerships and executive leadership. Most recently, she led Global Partnerships for Intuit, Inc.’s Small Business Group. Prior to that, she worked in Private Equity at Summit Partners.
Gretchen has a BA from Harvard College, where she focused on the economics of education. Her published work on peer effects supports the positive benefits of mixed-socioeconomic classrooms in the Wake County, NC school district. Gretchen lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three young daughters.

D. John Miller
D. John Miller is the founder and CEO of DJM Capital Partners, providing private equity investment, development and asset management services within the real estate sector. In the 26 years since its inception, Miller has grown the company to $1.2 Billion in assets.
John holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Immunicom, Inc., and Altair Capital. He and his wife live in Los Gatos, California.

Daniel Friedman
Daniel Friedman is a Managing Director and Senior Partner for Boston Consulting Group’s Los Angeles office, and leads BCG’s Transaction & Integration Excellence Practice in North America. He is a co-author of 20 BCG publications and teaches classes on Post-Merger Integration at Stanford GSB and UCLA Anderson.
Prior to joining BCG, Daniel was the Director of Finance for Vidrio Formas, S.A. and a Relationship Manager in Citibank Mexico’s Commercial Banking Group. He holds an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a BA in economics and political science, magna cum laude and honors, from Brandeis University.

Leonard Speiser
Leonard Speiser is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience in building products that enable communities. Leonard has founded numerous companies, including Clover, which he sold to First Data/Fiserv and Bix, which he sold to Yahoo!. Leonard played crucial roles at tech giants Intuit and eBay. He also founded two other companies including one of the first Instant Messaging systems in 1996.  Leonard holds a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

DPR Construction welcomes Silvia Themudo as a Business Development executive in its Los Angeles office. With more than 13 years of experience, Themudo will oversee client relations and strategic development across multiple markets. Themudo will play an integral role in DPR Construction’s long-term strategic growth in the Southern California market.

Romeo Power, manufacturer of advanced batteries with high energy density for electric vehicles, has named Lionel Selwood, Jr as Chief Executive Officer. In his role as CEO, Selwood plans to continue advancing the company’s development of energy dense battery packs for large-scale transportation vehicles that deliver outstanding range and charge times.

Daniel Wagman has joined Pendulum Property Partners as a Partner overseeing the Los Angeles region. He will be responsible for the acquisition, asset management, and disposition of all investments within the region. Daniel joins Pendulum from Brookfield Asset Management where his experience centered around sourcing, executing, and disposing of West Coast office and mixed-use assets. Daniel brings over $4 billion of transactional experience to his new role.

Monday, September 07, 2020

Think Together, a statewide nonprofit organization that partners with school districts to provide expanded learning programs to change the odds for kids, welcomes Daniel Friedman to its board of directors. Friedman is a Managing Director and Senior Partner for Boston Consulting Group’s Los Angeles office, and leads BCG’s Transaction & Integration Excellence Practice in North America.

Ryan Tunnell has joined The Private Bank at Union Bank as a Private Wealth Advisor based out of Beverly Hills. Ryan will partner with a team of strategists and experts to deliver customized banking, credit and wealth management solutions to affluent and high net worth clients. Ryan has 13+ years of experience in the financial services space, with specialties in emerging technology and alternative asset management. Most recently, Ryan served as Director of Investments at Matrix Private Capital Group in New York and has previously held positions with City National Rochdale and US Bank.

Greg Haendel has joined Union Bank as Managing Director serving in a dual role as Fixed Income Strategy Executive for The Private Bank as well as Head of Fixed Income for Highmark Capital Management Inc.(Highmark), its investment management subsidiary. He will be responsible for the management and oversight of fixed income activities across The Private Bank and HighMark, including fixed income research, trading and portfolio management. Greg has 20+ years of investment management experience, primarily in the fixed income space, most recently serving as Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Investment Grade Credit for Tortoise Credit Strategies.


Bank of America Global Banking, together with wealth management divisions Merrill and Private Bank, continue to achieve top honors for helping clients grow their business and wealth, and for investing in diverse talent for career success.

RAUL ANAYA promoted to head of Bank of America Business Banking; company’s highest ranking Latinx employee; Greater Los Angeles market president; incoming Chairman of the LA Chamber of Commerce beginning in January 2021; named Los Angeles Business Journal “Most Influential Leaders” 2019 & 2020.
KAREN SESSIONS, promoted to Bank of America Global Commercial Banking region executive, Pacific Southwest; a 2020 Los Angeles Business Journal Top Women in Banking honoree.
SINDY SPIVAK, Bank of America Community Development Banking region executive for Western US; a 2019 Los Angeles Business Journal Top Women in Banking honoree.
JANE NAVARRIA, Bank of America Business Banking market executive, Greater Los Angeles; a 2020 Los Angeles Business Journal Top Women in Banking honoree.
• Euromoney’s Best Bank for Small and Medium Enterprises in North America for five consecutive years; North America’s Best Digital Bank three consecutive years
• Most Innovative Product Award for BofA Working Capital Manager at the 2020 Monarch Innovation Awards (recognize financial institutions that provide the most innovative products to business customers and to recognize risk takers who create/promote innovation within their organizations)
• BofA Community Development Bank financed $314 million for 500 safe, affordable housing units across Los Angeles last year alone, for working families as well as seniors, veterans and the formerly homeless, providing a solid foundation to help Angelenos create sustainable financial stability, while closing the Southland’s affordability gap and adding quality housing supply.
• J.D. Power Certification for Excellent Service for ten consecutive years
• Recognized leader in Los Angeles for specialized industry expertise in Technology, Entertainment, Aerospace & Defense, and Consumer Products.

JEFF MARKHAM, Merrill division executive for the Western U.S.
BRAD LARSEN, Private Bank Managing Director; Private Wealth Management Market Executive, Greater Los Angeles; named Los Angeles Business Journal “Most Influential Leaders” 2019 & 2020.
•#1: Forbes 2020 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors
•#1:  Barron’s 2020 Top 50 Private Wealth Management Teams
•#1: Barron’s Top 100 Women Advisors list for the 15th consecutive year.
•#1: OnWallStreet 2020 Top 40 Advisors Under 40
•#1: Forbes 2020 America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors
•#1 Forbes 2020 Next Generation Wealth Advisors list for the 4th consecutive year.
•#1:  Financial Times 2020 400 Top Financial Advisors
• 2020 Euromoney Private Banking & Wealth Management Survey No. 1 High Net Worth Wealth Manager in the U.S. among clients with $5 million to $30 million in assets.

Vishal Hotchandani recently joined Parkview Financial as a Senior Loan Originator and is responsible for sourcing multifamily construction loans across the US for the fund. He previously worked at Arixa Capital as an Originator and at George Smith Partners as an analyst while earning his MBA from UCLA Anderson (2018).

Bill Bouchey, FIIDA, ASID, joins HOK’s Los Angeles studio as a Principal and Director of Design for interiors. Recent projects are offices for Shiseido, Viacom, WPP, Accenture, Apollo Global Management, and the MTA/NYC. HOK’s Los Angeles studio recently completed projects for Convene, Ernst & Young, Air Lease, LinkedIn and Pharmavite.

Former Workday channels executive to lead all partner programs globally for accounting automation software leader
Cloud enterprise software veteran Mel Zeledon has joined BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) as senior vice president of channels and alliances, responsible for leading all partner ecosystem programs globally. In his new role, Mr. Zeledon will oversee and drive all alliance, reseller, technology and outsourcing partnership initiatives as the accounting automation software leader continues to transform the way Finance & Accounting departments work. Zeledon joins BlackLine with more than 35 years of experience in the enterprise software and services industry, the past 20 with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) leaders.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Glenn Lajoie, AICP has joined Psomas as a VP/Senior Project Manager for the Environmental Services Team. With 30 years’ experience, Glenn’s diverse background includes a wide range of CEQA/NEPA environmental compliance studies, including policy, development and infrastructure projects. He focuses on legal defensibility and win-win solutions for clients and communities.

Robbin Itkin joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Bankruptcy Group. Itkin, a bankruptcy and restructuring specialist, successfully advises both healthy companies and those in financial distress. Her experience includes restructuring billions of dollars of debt in out-of-court restructurings and in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases for Chrysler LLC, Lehman Brothers, the landmark Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Los Angeles Dodgers, among others. Additionally, she has represented leading talent in the Relativity Media and AOG Entertainment cases.

HED welcomes Malachi Bray to the firm as Business Development Manager and Associate Principal in the Los Angeles office. With more than 20 years of experience leading business planning, strategy and execution, Malachi leverages extensive knowledge of the AEC industry to the benefit of his clients.
Before joining HED, Malachi led business development and branding activities for commercial interiors product manufacturer Bentley Mills. Prior to that he served as marketing manager of the healthcare segment of NBBJ’s west coast presence where he expanded visibility for their service offerings and fostered strategic partnerships.
Malachi’s passion for design excellence and creative problem solving will be integral to HED’s effectiveness toward its mission: Advancing Your World, through the Positive Impact of design, our teams create exceptional solutions for our clients, the community, and the world.

A.J. Kirkwood & Associates, Inc. (AJK&A) - a Southern California design/build electrical and special systems contractor, employing 650, announces its executive leadership team promotions. Arch Kirkwood, founder, will continue as Board Chairman.

Drawn by the company’s culture, Michael Hewson, a graduate of UCSB, came to AJK&A in 2007. As the company’s CFO he has been instrumental in ensuring AJK&A runs its operations in a financially sound manner and mitigates risks. In his new role as Chief Executive Officer, Michael will continue the Kirkwood vision to become an indispensable partner for every client by providing the highest quality services, maintaining our client relationships as the central focus of our business, and our people.

As the newly appointed Chief Operations Officer and Corporate Counsel, Leah Zappia is responsible for the overall operational management of the Company. Leah began her career at AJK&A in 2006, holds an Electrical Journeyman card, MBA, Juris Doctor degree and carries a license to practice law in California. She manages internal and field operations. She also provides leadership and necessary resources to each of the Company’s six, independently managed construction teams. Leah regularly walks projects, sits on several of the Company’s committees and still finds time to instruct project management classes. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.

Aidan Culligan, 16 years at AJK&A, has transitioned into the role of Executive Vice President. His vast knowledge and expertise in Electrical Construction and Sales has prepared him to lead the charge in this ever-growing and changing industry. In his new role, Aidan will work closely with AJK&A’s CEO and COO to ensure that all projects are completed in a timely manner and to the satisfaction and expectation of our customers. He will further continue to oversee the AJK&A’s Project Labor Committee. He takes pride in continuing to serve and build client relationships.

Throughout his 20+ years at AJK&A, Eric Fiorino thrives on doing things right and delivering quality installations to his clients. As Executive Vice President, Eric brings a wealth of field and management experience. In this role, he will develop and grow AJK&A’s Systems Technologies Division, a leading low-voltage integrator, providing engineering and installations for Fire Life Safety, Voice/Data, Security, Audio Visual and DAS. Eric also plans to develop and increase AJK&A Service Department’s client base.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) welcomes Erin Goldfarb as Chief Development Officer. Ms. Goldfarb has more than 11 years of comprehensive nonprofit fundraising strategy and management experience.
As CDO for ECF, she will work directly with executive and development teams to contribute to, shape and lead the organization’s fundraising activities.

Dustin Kangas joins Magenic in its newly created position of Chief Cloud Technology Officer. A passionate technology and change leader with extensive cloud computing expertise, including proficiency with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, Kangas is responsible for advancing Magenic’s cloud capabilities and increasing its cloud-related revenue.

Jill Wittnebel has been promoted to Managing Director of Gensler Los Angeles. As part of the firm’s collaborative leadership model, she joins Michael White and John Adams in her new role. A Principal and global leader for Gensler’s Brand Design practice, Jill brings 29 years of experience in integrating multi-disciplinary design thinking with design innovation, fostering client relationships and developing teams.


Michael Banner, the President and CEO of the Los Angeles LDC, was named to the Urban Land Institute’s America’s Executive Committee by the ULI Global Board of Directors. Founded in 1936, the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) is the world’s preeminent multidisciplinary real estate forum, facilitating the open exchange of ideas, information and experience among 40,000 local, national and international industry and political leaders. The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment.
Banner has a history of leadership with ULI. In 2000, he founded the ULI Los Angeles Urban MarketPlace - LA’s only real estate conference that concentrates solely on high poverty and under resourced neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles LDC is a socially responsible community development financial advisor that provides capital and financial advisory services to commercial borrowers in under resourced and underserved communities.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Stacie Droege, senior manager, has transferred from RSM’s Chicago financial services practice to Los Angeles. She serves as a strategic advisor to RSM’s clients, has more than ten years of experience providing assurance and risk management services, and primarily focuses on registered investment advisors, private equity funds, hedge funds, commodity pools, fund of funds and SBICs. Stacie is a co-leader of the Los Angeles practice women’s group, which is part of RSM’s culture, diversity and inclusion initiative.

Cathy Downes New Associate Director of Development at HCFM

Cathy Downes is the new Associate Director of Development at Holy Cross Family Ministries. Downes creates partnerships with donors and collaborators to advance our work, including Family Theater Productions’ faith-based media in Hollywood, founded by Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. Learn about “The family that prays together stays together” at

Suddath’s Los Angeles Team Announces New Warehousing & Distribution Sales Executive

Suddath, a leading logistics, transportation and relocation company, announced the appointment of Brandon Farmer as a logistics sales executive. In this role, Farmer will help businesses in the greater Los Angeles area to strengthen their supply chain with Suddath’s comprehensive menu of warehousing and distribution services.
“Brandon will be essential as we increase our commitment to the greater Los Angeles market,” said Mark Scullion, Chief Commercial Officer. “We are experiencing significant growth in both long-term contract logistics and transactional support across several industries including e-commerce, manufacturing, retail and high-tech. Brandon could not have joined at a better time.”
Suddath operates a state-of-the-art 120,000-square-foot distribution center in close proximity to the Port of Long Beach. This Class A, logistics center is operated by LEAN Six Sigma staff and uses the latest Tier-1 warehouse management technology. Suddath has over 20 wholly owned asset-based locations across the country bringing customers the speed, expertise, consistency and savings that only comes from working with a direct service provider.
Farmer will focus on providing solutions for manufacturers, retailers and e-commerce companies in need of warehousing, distribution, fulfillment and other logistics value added services.
“I’m looking forward to passing on the savings and expertise that comes from working with a large, asset based, direct service provider that has a complete understanding of what it takes to service a customer,” Farmer said. “I invite everyone in the LA area to connect with me personally or on LinkedIn.”
Brandon Farmer's LinkedIn

Josh Farmer joins the Howard Building Corporation team as a Project Manager in the Los Angeles Office. With over 10 years of construction experience, he is well respected in the industry and has the qualifications to prove it:
• Impressive client list that includes Disney, Twitter, Creative Artists Agency, and Kirkland & Ellis.
• Extensive experience working with industry leaders, including Gensler, Rios Clemente Hale, Interior Architects, VVA Project Managers, Cushman & Wakefield, and Jones Lang LaSalle.
• Two of his projects won an IIDA Calibre Design Award in 2018.

Assuredly, Josh’s past operational experience at one of our market’s most respected competitors will result in HBC’s continued success. We are excited to add another team member who shares our vision of being the premier tenant improvement general contractor in Southern California.

Monday, August 10, 2020


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Del Amo Construction is pleased to welcome Yun Day as SVP, HR. Yun spent her last six years at Gensler, where she built her HR team up to seven and oversaw six offices across their Southwest region. As an HR professional, Yun is passionate about optimizing the employee experience, being an advocate for both the company and the individual, and helping with everyone’s professional development. She is known by previous colleagues as possessing exceptional leadership skills, great at engaging people at all levels and incredibly business savvy.

Joshua Chu appointed managing partner of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP’s California offices. The firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices consist of more than 40 intellectual property attorneys who focus on delivering service in the areas of trademark prosecution, patent prosecution, licensing, opinion work, post-grant proceedings and litigation.

Monday, August 03, 2020

L.A. Care is pleased to announce the promotion of Francisco Oaxaca to Chief, Communications and Community Relations. Oaxaca joined L.A. Care in 2014, and most recently served as Senior Director, Communications and Community Relations. In his new role, he will lead the expansion of the L.A. Care/Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Centers.

Mechanix Wear CEO Michael Hale Named Semifinalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year®

Michael Hale, CEO of Santa Clarita-based Mechanix Wear, has been named a semifinalist for EY’s Entrepeneur of The Year® 2020 Awards in Greater Los Angeles. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
During the past 30 years, Mechanix Wear has expanded from its NASCAR heritage into a globally recognized brand providing superior performance, quality and reliability in the hand protection industry. Since joining the company in 2005, Hale has worked in nearly every discipline of the business including sales, brand management, product design, supply chain management, and finance. He was appointed CEO in August 2016 and has not only instituted substantial improvements in sales strategy, leadership, and staffing but also accelerated Mechanix Wear to double-digit growth.
“I am grateful to be counted among a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about driving positive growth and change in our respective industries,” says Hale. “This award represents a commitment to innovation, brand expansion across channels and geographies, and maintaining the mark of a company that puts its customers, product and employees first.”
Hale was selected as a semifinalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a virtual awards event on October 2, 2020. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition which is held in November.

Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) - One of the nation’s largest providers of comprehensive senior care, LAJH welcomes Dale Surowitz as its newest CEO and president. He succeeds Molly Forrest, who led LAJH for nearly 25 years of dynamic growth and development. Surowitz will leverage the expertise he built as CEO of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center to fuel LAJH’s continued expansion, while Forrest transitions to a new role as president of the Jewish Home Foundation.


Amanda Susskind joins CRF as their new President following nearly two decades as the Los Angeles Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League where she oversaw a broad civil rights agenda, anti-bias education and bullying prevention programs, Holocaust education, and hate crime victim assistance. In that role, Susskind conceived and convened LA For Good, a coalition of community leaders standing together to fight hate and create a more unified Los Angeles. She was also a leading voice advocating for ADL to take national positions on gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and immigration reform. Prior to ADL, Susskind specialized in public and environmental law as a partner at Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish and, before that, a shareholder at Richards, Watson & Gershon. She earned a JD from Hastings College of the Law and a BS in Mathematics from Stanford University. Susskind succeeds Marshall Croddy who was a major contributor at CRF for over 40 years serving as President since 2013. Susskind will bring her background in social justice, law and education to continue CRF’s legacy of creating the next generation of active and engaged citizens. CRF’s mission is to educate students, primarily in underserved areas, about what citizenship means, to empower them to be active participants in this democracy, and to amplify their voices in being thoughtful agents of change.

HGA welcomes Suzanne Gater Jaggers, Associate AIA, LEED GA, EDAC, to its LA office as Associate VP and Healthcare Principal. With more than 30 years’ experience designing inpatient, outpatient, behavioral health and health sciences facilities for leading organizations, she will support HGA’s award-winning practice serving the Southern California market.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors:

Erin Burke is a health care executive who is the founder and CEO of Hansei Solutions, a revenue cycle management company that specializes in behavioral health.
Burke received her degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2009. Recognizing numerous inefficiencies in how behavioral health companies operated their businesses, she implemented data-driven processes to improve longevity, cash flow and marketability. She is also an executive for a healthcare management company, where she has been instrumental in completing four acquisitions over the last two years. She is a member of the board of directors of the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition, which aims to ensure that substance use treatment is accessible in all communities nationwide.

Sarosh D. Mistry is a senior executive at Sodexo, the world’s leading provider of quality of life services, including health food solutions and facilities management across varied industries. He is the Chair of Sodexo North America, where he leads all of Sodexo’s business activities, and Worldwide CEO for Sodexo Home Care, which provides home-based care solutions. Fluent in Hindi and English, he earned a scholarship to St. John University in Minnesota, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He earned an MBA from the University of California. He co-founded a nonprofit that helps foster children and is on the board of SodexoMagic, a joint venture with Magic Johnson Enterprises that promotes social progress in underserved communities. To learn more, visit our website at

Green Hasson Janks (GHJ) welcomes Peter Brown,CPA, CFF, ABV, as a new partner and practice leader of Forensic Services. With nearly three decades of forensic accounting experience, as well as extensive experience quantifying damages in commercial litigation and internal investigations, Brown will be an integral driver of growth for GHJ’s advisory service offerings.
Passionate about helping clients #BeMore, Brown has served as a litigation consultant and expert witness in numerous disputes.
“His expertise will help us to even better serve our clients,” GHJ Partner and Advisory Practice Leader Anant Patel said.

Monday, July 27, 2020


Sukut Construction, LLC announced the hiring of Felipe Olivar as the Company’s new Vice President of Public Works. Olivar brings over 29 years of experience and is highly knowledgeable in many aspects of construction management and operations.

“I am excited to join Sukut and honored to become part of the legacy of this amazing company,” Olivar said. “I look forward to helping expand the network of the Public Works group. I strongly align with Sukut’s culture of putting people first and looking forward to supporting the men and women in the field and office who build these important public works projects.”

Having experience of working for a public agency early on, Olivar transitioned into holding integral roles at several large general contractor companies for the past 25 years. Now, serving as the Vice President of Public Works, Olivar’s true passion lies in the alternative delivery of the projects, which allows for innovation and problem-solving, while providing opportunities to build long-lasting relationships. He has extensive experience in leading multi-partner teams of design and engineering firms, subcontractors, suppliers, and internal and external stakeholders. His great attention to detail and innovative approach assure that projects meet cost, schedule, and quality benchmarks with clients.

Union Bank welcomes two new Private Mortgage Consultants to its growing team of Home Loans professionals to serve the Los Angeles region. With one of the largest mortgage portfolios in the U.S., Union Bank is proud to serve the home lending needs of clients throughout the West Coast.

Dan Millstone brings more than 34 years of residential loan experience to Union Bank. He takes great pride in every transaction and draws from a vast set of resources to best serve clients who value quality, performance and efficiency – including top Realtors, CPAs, attorneys and business managers. A graduate of Michigan State University, Dan is proud to call Los Angeles home.

Jonathan O’Donnell has been helping buyers and homeowners throughout Southern California obtain financing for more than 24 years. His expertise covers all aspects of residential financing, from acquisition to refinance. Jonathan received his B.A. from the University of Arizona and his MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC. Both Dan and Jonathan are based in the Union Bank Beverly Hills branch.

Brandon Sand is celebrating one year as Vice President of Construction at Lincoln Avenue Capital, a missiondriven affordable housing developer. Brandon joined the LAC team after a five-year stint at Dominium and has overseen more than $730 million in projects across 23 states during his 20+ years in the construction industry.

Yong Kang, AIA, NCARB, has joined HDR as director of corporate science. Kang will lead global strategy, growth and development for corporate life sciences, biotech, medical and advanced technology sectors. Kang brings over twenty years of experience and has led the design of more than 18 million square feet of complex building environments.

Cathay General Bancorp
Cathay General Bancorp Announces Retirement of Pin Tai and Appointment of Chang M. Liu as CEO and President

Los Angeles, Calif., July 16, 2020: Cathay General Bancorp (the “Company”, Nasdaq: CATY), the holding company for Cathay Bank (the “Bank”), announced that Pin Tai, in accordance with his previously disclosed employment agreement, will retire from his position as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Company and Cathay Bank and resign as a member of the Board of Directors of the Company and Cathay Bank, effective September 30, 2020. Mr. Tai will remain with Cathay Bank as an executive advisor through September 30, 2021, supporting the transition, in accordance with his previously disclosed consulting agreement.
In accordance with the Company’s succession plan, the Boards of Directors of the Company and of Cathay Bank appointed Chang M. Liu as CEO and President of the Company and as CEO of Cathay Bank, effective October 1, 2020. Mr. Liu is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cathay Bank and is a member of the Board of Directors of Cathay Bank. Mr. Liu also will continue serving as President and a director of Cathay Bank, and will be appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Company, effective October 1, 2020.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served and led the Company,” Mr. Tai said. “At the time I joined the Bank in 1999, Cathay was about $1.8 billion in asset size with limited presence in the East Coast. As of June 30, 2020, we are more than $19 billion strong in assets, with 61 branches across nine states in the U.S., one branch in Hong Kong, as well as representative offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei. I am incredibly proud of the Company that we have built and believe Chang is the right person to lead us into the next chapter. I wish Chang all the best in his new role. I am confident that Cathay’s legacy of unwavering commitment to deliver exceptional customer experience and stockholder value will continue under his leadership.”
“I am humbled by this opportunity and excited to serve and lead the Company going forward,” said Mr. Liu. “I have a deep respect for the work my predecessors have done in positioning the Company for future growth. I look forward to continuing to build on this strong foundation. I am committed to working closely with the board, and our seasoned executive team to continue to innovate our services while unlocking future growth opportunities.”
“The Board of Directors thanks Pin for his leadership and dedicated service to the Company.” said, Dunson K. Cheng, the Company’s and Cathay Bank’s Executive Chairman. “We appreciate Pin’s efforts in achieving both record revenue and earnings for the Company during his tenure. Chang’s expertise in banking and deep understanding of the Company’s business, culture and people is just what we need to capitalize on the many opportunities the future holds. We look forward to working with him.”
Under Mr. Tai’s leadership, the Company has experienced significant growth, which included establishing additional branches in California and elsewhere, and the successful completion of the merger with Far East National Bank that expanded its geographic presence. Mr. Tai was instrumental in the development of the Company’s East Coast footprint and, under his direction while serving as the Chief Lending Officer, the Company’s lending divisions have been enhanced to capture greater market share.
Chang M. Liu is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cathay Bank and serves as a member on its Board of Directors. Mr. Liu joined Cathay Bank in 2014 as Senior Vice President and Assistant Chief Lending Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Lending Officer in 2015 and then in 2016 became the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. In February 2019, Chang was appointed as Chief Operating Officer, followed by the appointment as President when he joined as a member of the Board of Directors of Cathay Bank in October 2019. Mr. Liu has over 30 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Cathay Bank, Mr. Liu was the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at Pacific Trust Bank, the Senior Vice President of the Special Assets Group at U.S. Bank, and the Senior Vice President of the Commercial Real Estate Group at California National Bank.

Cathay General Bancorp is the holding company for Cathay Bank, a California state-chartered bank. Founded in 1962, Cathay Bank offers a wide range of financial services. Cathay Bank currently operates 38 branches in California, 10 branches in New York State, four in Washington State, three in Illinois, two in Texas, one in Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, and Hong Kong, and a representative office in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. Cathay Bank’s website is found at Cathay General Bancorp’s website is found at Information set forth on such websites is not incorporated into this press release.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Bruce Tower joins IDB Bank as SVP, Senior Commercial Banker in the Regional Corporate/C&I Banking Group in California. With 36 years of experience in corporate banking, Bruce brings significant industry expertise to IDB, and will be instrumental as they continue their West Coast growth strategy in Commercial and Private Banking.

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. is proud to welcome Leo Bertolino, an experienced consultant advising commercial real estate clients on environmental, engineering and construction risks. With strong SoCal market knowledge, Bertolino is expert at tailoring risk management approach to various investment objectives. Bertolino has worked on notable transactions including the 2016 $260M acquisition of The Google Center in Irvine.

Togawa Smith Martin, Inc.(TSM) is pleased to welcome a new Principal – Abhijeet Mankar – who brings over 30 years of industry experience in architectural design and project management of both public and private market sectors. With Abhijeet’s expertise in residential, mixed-use and high-rise, he will contribute to the growth of TSM’s residential and mixed-use practice, and will also play a crucial leadership role as a client liaison.

Join CoreSite’s Virtual Los Angeles Ecosystem Event – July 22, 2020

Sit down with IDG’s Enterprise Consulting Director, John Gallant, to gain insight on industry trends and the impact of COVID-19 and have the opportunity to engage with Amazon Web Services (AWS) as we chat about the value of an Interconnected Ecosystem. Virtual Data Center tour of CoreSite’s LA campus that has one of the most well-developed ecosystems in the world, including domestic and international carriers, enterprises, cloud computing providers- conversation, raffle and Q&A to follow. Bring your questions for this interactive discussion!

All live attendees will be entered to WIN a $500 Amazon Gift Card.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services—a national leader in suicide prevention and one of Los Angeles County’s largest health systems treating families, youth and adults for mental illness and substance use—has selected Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, MPH, FAAP as its next Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Outgoing President/CEO Kita S. Curry, PhD, who is retiring after 26 years with the agency. Didi Hirsch’s Senior Vice President Lyn Morris, LMFT, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Goldfinger is a renowned pediatrician with expertise in intergenerational trauma, integrated care and health technologies and an advocate for mental health services for children and families, including in minority and low-income communities. Dr. Goldfinger’s inclusive approach has brought healthcare into a more humane, team-based, digital age, transforming countless lives. Partners have included leading health systems and managed care plans, philanthropy, and government—including the California Office of the Surgeon General and Department of Health Care Services, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Department of Defense. He completed his BA at Columbia University, MD and MPH at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and residency and policy fellowships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Ms. Morris has been with Didi Hirsch for 20 years, serving as the agency’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations since 2013. In her new role as COO, she oversees all operational, clinical and administrative functions of the agency. This includes managing county, state and federal contracts and budgets, cultivating partnerships with funders and donors, and supervising large, high-performing clinical teams. Ms. Morris is also a recognized national expert in suicide prevention and an innovative leader in developing nationwide training and curriculum. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Steven Beltran Installed as Chair of Exceptional Children’s Foundation Board of Directors

Long-time Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) supporter and board member Steven P. Beltran has been installed as Chair of the ECF Board of Directors. He succeedsLeslie Abell, who has served on the Board since 1984 and is concluding his eighth year of service as Board Chair.

“Steve Beltran has a generational connection and deep commitment to ECF. His extensive experience advocating for individuals with special needs and his past service as the Chairs of our ECF Programs, Governance, Budget & Finance and Strategic Planning Committees has prepared him well to lead the Board into a dynamic new era of service provision,” said ECF President and CEO Scott D. Bowling.

Mr. Beltran was elected as a member of the Board of Directors in July, 2014. He is also a past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, and a past Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Mexican American Bar Association.

Mr. Beltran has over 37 years’ experience in Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury, Plaintiff’s Governmental Tort Litigation, Special Needs Trust Planning and Litigation, Wills, Conservatorships & Guardianships, and Mental Health proceedings. He currently serves as a Court-appointed Probate Volunteer Panel court-appointed Attorney and as Probate Settlement Officer with the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Probate Department.

Catalina Paints
Catalina Paints, a nine-store paint and supply chain with stores across Los Angeles County, announced today that it has acquired Jill’s Paint, a single store operation based in Atwater Village, California.
In a statement, John and David Cohn, owners of Catalina said, “We are pleased to add Jill’s Paint to our portfolio of stores in L.A. County. And since they are already a Benjamin Moore dealer, just like the rest of our locations, we are optimistic that the integration of Jill’s Paint will go quite smoothly.”
Peggy McCloud, owner of Jill’s Paint, added, “I’ve known John and David a long time. And I knew their father Bud before that. So this feels very comfortable to me.”

To view the entire list of Catalina Paints locations, please visit


San Francisco-based firm, Revel Architecture & Design, recently launched into Southern California with the opening of its office in Downtown Los Angeles. With a focus on workplace interiors, landlord services, and healthcare, the 55-person team has had employees in LA since early 2019. With their new office, they are officially signifying their long-term commitment to delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to their clients in the region.

Leading them into the LA market, Revel is proud to announce the addition of Sarah Devine, NCIDQ, IIDA, as Managing Principal. With her sights set on delivering quality design, Sarah brings over 30-years of experience and unmatched expertise in the local market. Most recently as Vice President for AECOM’s interiors team, her expertise covers a wide range of project & building types and she has been recognized as an industry leader, including Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Outstanding Women in Construction and Design” in January.

“We know it is an interesting time to open a new location, but we have felt for a long time that LA was a natural fit and have had a team there for over a year.” Said Gary Nichols, Revel’s CEO and Principal. “We have known Sarah for many years and knew that her hands-on approach and thorough knowledge of the market would be a great fit with our strong office culture and focus on client service. We wouldn’t have made these decisions if we didn’t have the right team in place, and with Sarah, we know that we are in good hands.”

The Pacific Bridge Companies Announces Key Additions to Leadership Team to Enhance Access and Opportunities for Financial Advisors

The Pacific Bridge Companies, Inc. (Pacific Bridge), a wealth management firm helping financial advisors and their clients navigate the complexities of cross-border and intergenerational financial planning between the U.S. and Asia – and wherever in the world their clients’ lives may lead, announces an expanded portfolio for a longtime executive and the addition of two financial services sector veterans to its leadership team.

Stephanie Nagami, senior vice president of the holding company, has been appointed head of sales and marketing. She will lead sales and marketing for the company’s U.S.-focused business, expanding the firm’s outreach to agencies in the U.S. and Asia, as well as efforts focused on foreign nationals, including its well-established Japanese-centered platform and emerging platforms focused on the Chinese and Korean communities. Additionally, Nagami has been named executive vice president of subsidiary company Pacific Bridge Insurance Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Arts degree from Biola University.

Julius Kim joins as a vice president of Pacific Bridge Insurance Services, and the leader of the holding company’s Idea Center. In this capacity, he will focus on U.S. and international best practices in case development and case design, helping advisors from around the world working in banking, insurance, investments, tax and law navigate tax, legal, and other issues effectively for clients.
Kim was most recently COO at Xenon, a global fintech and venture acceleration company he cofounded which was recently acquired by an Asian conglomerate. He has also served as a financial consultant across Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore, and held various executive roles at Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Société Générale and ABN AMRO. An Air Force officer for nearly a decade, Kim holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Tokyo native Taka Minegishi rejoins Pacific Bridge as director of operations. He will focus on strategic planning for operations and processes, working with internal teams to improve workflows with appropriate technology, and accelerate the company’s overall efficiency and productivity.
Minegishi has held a variety of corporate finance and financial planning and analysis positions for organizations including Enagic USA Inc., World Vision Japan and L’Oréal. Minegishi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanguard University and a Master of Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University. Nagami, Kim, and Minegishi all report to Pacific Bridge CEO and Founder, Stephen Kagawa.
Pacific Bridge is changing the way financial services are delivered by giving advisors the ability to help their clients – whether they are individuals, families or companies in Asia or first-generation Asian- Americans – unlock the opportunities and minimize the challenges that come with different tax, regulatory and cultural structures, providing the benefits of true global financial navigation. Pacific Bridge is headquartered in Monrovia, CA with regional offices in Honolulu, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Monday, July 06, 2020

HED is pleased to welcome Eric Goldberg, AIA, LEED GA, to the firm as a Project Manager in the Los Angeles office. With over 30 years of experience in collaborative project leadership, Eric will contribute to the growth of HED’s Southern California healthcare practice, and lead HED’s extensive technical teams of architects, engineers and designers to create positive impact through design that supports caregivers and promotes patient healing.

Pankow is proud to welcome back Elton Murakami as a Project Executive. With over 20 years in the industry, he will focus on ensuring projects get the resources and commitments needed to guarantee successful outcomes. With a background in Construction Planning, Operations and Project Management, Elton will be a valuable addition in planning and execution across multiple markets. Elton is a certified Design-Build Professional. His ability to forge strong client relationships will lead projects to success.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Alesha M. Dominique was appointed Chair of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp’s Trademark Prosecution Practice. Named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100, Alesha provides trademark protection and enforcement counsel to clients across a variety of industries, including music, fashion, beauty, food and beverage and e-commerce.

Del Amo Construction is pleased to announce David Richey and Damien DeLaura have joined their team as Project Executives.

David Richey joins Del Amo Construction with over thirty years of construction experience. He is a proven leader in the construction industry from his tenure at Pinner Construction and Kemp Bros. Construction. He has a track record of successful projects across the commercial and institutional construction markets, specifically in health care, laboratories and education in Southern California. David is known by his colleagues to be levelheaded, of sound judgement and a loyal employee. In his career, he fostered a passion for building teams and bringing all stakeholders together to find collaborative resolutions. David hit the ground running and is already busy working on five projects, including private schools and churches. When asked why he chose Del Amo Construction, David said it was because of his desire to move to a family-like environment, where a sense of really knowing one another and being part of a caring culture are par for the course.

Damien DeLaura begins his career with Del Amo Construction after a strong thirteen-year tenure with Clark Construction Group. Damien is a versatile construction executive, with a successful history of noteworthy projects, including UCLA’s Engineering 6 Building and LA Live & Nokia Theater. His success has been demonstrated not only in his projects, but also in his ability to build up young construction professionals as a mentor. While Damien is a focused, firm and decisive leader, he also has an empathetic and nurturing side that makes him a good mentor for junior engineers in training. He is able to guide ‘big-picture’ projects towards their desired outcome, while lending his expertise to improve details where applicable. During his first months at Del Amo, Damien has already contributed on several projects, ranging from commercial offices to charter schools. Damien chose Del Amo Construction because of the opportunity to be in a leadership role where he would be involved in decision-making processes, while maintaining a sense of autonomy due to the culture they foster.

Mathews Hale
ArtCenter College of Design has appointed designer Su Mathews Hale to the position of Chair, Board of Trustees. She assumes the role from fellow Trustee Robert C. Davidson Jr. who becomes Chair Emeritus following a decade of dedicated leadership. The Board also appointed two new members: inclusion and diversity expert Michelle Gadsden-Williams, and Google hardware design vice president Ivy Ross.

Clune Construction is pleased to announce that Paul Holzschuh has been promoted to Vice President, Project Executive. With more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry, Paul has managed construction projects for top national clients in Los Angeles, including many entertainment/media and law firm clients. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building and Construction Management from Purdue University.

Clune Construction is proud to announce the promotion of Irving Calderon to Vice President, Project Executive. He has over 28 years of construction industry experience, managing projects for national clients within many diverse sectors including; entertainment/media, law firms, banking and hospitality. Irving has a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

Venanzio “Min” Zavarella has joined Pinner Construction’s team as Vice President of Operations! With 44 years of experience, he has directed and managed large-scale construction projects in a variety of industry sectors, including private development and civic infrastructure. Min’s unparalleled expertise in building and vast professional history include serving at the executive-level for several Top 400 ENR construction companies. He will actively support Pinner’s business development endeavors by leading the effort to increase the company’s presence in the private sector and providing leadership and oversight of operational execution.

Nadine M. Sarraf joins Prodoscore as Chief Marketing Officer. Sarraf brings 15 years of marketing experience to the chief marketing officer role, with over 10 of those focused on SaaS product marketing across a variety of industries, including restaurant operations, healthcare and digital banking. In the CMO position, Sarraf will define, plan, execute, and monitor the overall marketing strategy, with a focus on driving the evolution of Prodoscore’s brand across various channels and building a scalable growth strategy based on optimization and testing. Nadine received her BA at the American University of Beirut and her Masters (M.C.M.) from the Annenberg School at USC.

Tom Moran will assume the new role of Chief Channel Officer at Prodoscore. Prior to joining Prodoscore, he served on executive management teams at leading tech and consulting firms for over 20 years. Moran held senior leadership positions at Kronos, Oracle/ MICROS and DTiQ; managing sales teams selling enterprise software applications, high tech hardware and professional services. In this new role, Moran will lead the business development of strategic alliances, channels and partnerships, which will include oversight of the sales, marketing and operational requirements for all company partners.

Monday, June 22, 2020


Jon Shoemaker, CPA, a hareholder for Gumbiner Savett Inc., was named leader of the firm's audit & accounting department as of June 1, 2020. A dedicated practitioner, Jon has managed and led numerous international accounting and income tax engagements and is well versed in small and large-scale audits.

Jon works diligently to assist his middle-market private company clients, including those in manufacturing and distribution, professional services, internet commerce and employee benefit plans.

“I am excited to take on the vital challenges that the role of departmental leader brings,” said Shoemaker, who celebrated his 25th anniversary with the firm in 2019. “I look forward to working with our extremely talented team towards enhancing client satisfaction while helping the department continue to grow.”

Spencer Smith has joined Union Bank as Managing Director and Los Angeles Regional Market President for the Commercial Banking Group, based out of Los Angeles. Spencer oversees the Los Angeles region for Commercial Banking and brings deep knowledge and experience within the Los Angeles marketplace.

Spencer joins Union Bank from Bank of America where he spent the last 10 years in various Commercial Banking and Leveraged Finance positions, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Team Lead for their Los Angeles Mid-Cap Commercial Banking group. Prior to Bank of America, Spencer held various roles at J.P. Morgan, BP, and Deloitte. Spencer brings almost 20 years of experience to Union Bank.

Spencer holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Windes is pleased to announce that James (Jim) Cordova has been elected by his fellow partners as the firm’s new Managing Partner, effective June 1, 2020. Jim becomes the firm’s eighth Managing Partner since its founding in 1926.

Jim succeeds John Di Carlo, who has been the firm’s managing partner since 2008 and is approaching the firm’s mandatory retirement age. John will remain active in the firm by serving on its Board of Directors, as well as continuing to serve clients and lead special projects.

Jim joined Windes in 1991. He has been Chairman of the Tax & Accounting Services department since 2008, and has been instrumental in the firm’s process improvement initiative and strategic growth. Jim specializes in the analysis and selection of business entities, tax factors and implications related to business dissolutions, mergers and acquisitions consulting, and tax strategies involving real property transactions. His practice includes clients in manufacturing, real estate, wholesale fuel, logistics, and high-tech sectors, as well as high-networth individuals and family offices.

Jim works out of the Long Beach and Irvine offices and can be reached at 562.304.1267, 949.852.9433, or

About Windes - Windes is a leading audit, tax, and advisory firm for growth-oriented small and mid-sized privately held companies, nonprofit organizations, and high-net-worth individuals. Our approach uses tailored expertise to proactively inform decision making so that our clients can maximize their business potential. For more information on how we can be your trusted advisor, visit us at

Think Together, California’s largest afterschool provider, has announced Joel Wyatt as new Chief Development Officer and Amanda Keady as Senior Director of Philanthropy.

Think Together partners with schools to provide robust academic and enrichment programs, equipping students to succeed in school. This past October, Think Together rescued 80 afterschool programs serving roughly 10,000 students in some of the most underserved communities of Los Angeles.

Joel brings 25 years of development experience to our organization. He has worked for multiple universities including Harvard University and Loyola Marymount University, along with nonprofits, such as The Trevor Project and AIDS Project Los Angeles. Most recently, Joel served as the Vice President of Development for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a nonprofit transforming lives by providing quality mental health services. With over 10 years of experience working in the LA market, Joel is excited to introduce Think Together to new supporters in LA and throughout California.

Amanda comes to us from the healthcare philanthropy sector at City of Hope and Hoag Hospital Foundation where she was instrumental in supporting the health needs in our communities. During her time in the healthcare field, she recognized the need for supporting continuing educational opportunities and led the charge in standing up special educational funds to support clinicians at the nonprofits she has served. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to connect people’s passions with philanthropic priorities and recognizes the incredible impact of Think Together’s reach as we help change the odds for kids.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Pablo L. Lorenzo leads the regional Global Facilities team for Burns & McDonnell, designing, commissioning and constructing complex facilities for mission-critical, manufacturing, commercial, life sciences, healthcare, and foods and consumer clients. With nearly 20 years of experience, Pablo focuses on growing the business regionwide, leading large programs currently being executed.

Professor and finance expert David Groshoff J.D., EdM, MBA will serve as the new Dean of American Jewish University’s Graduate School of Nonprofit Management, which offers an innovative MBA program that cultivates leaders advancing social impact across the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors. Groshoff was previously an executive at JP Morgan Investment Management.

Monday, June 08, 2020

Watson Land Company (Watson), a pioneer in masterplanned industrial real estate development throughout the United States, has selected attorney Stefanie L. Forsey as Vice President, General Counsel for the company. Forsey assumed the role on March 1, 2020, succeeding Bradley D. Frazier as the company’s General Counsel.

Forsey’s comprehensive legal background in corporate real estate will support Watson’s future growth and stability. Her responsibilities include oversight of Watson’s legal department and its legal activities related to a wide array of enterprises comprising development, investments, finance, and other general corporate matters.

Forsey brings more than a quarter-century of proficiency as a trusted legal and business advisor to multibillion-dollar global public companies. Most recently, she served as Deputy General Counsel of a Los Angeles based real estate investment management firm with $10.0B in assets under management and as Senior Real Estate and Corporate Counsel for Public Storage, a publicly-traded REIT.

Forsey received her Juris Doctor degree from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with a minor in Business from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has been active in the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and has held several volunteer and board positions in her local school district and in the National Charity League while raising her three children with her husband, Stephen Smerek, a litigation partner at Foley Lardner.

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Michael Kraman, PE, rejoined HNTB Corporation as West Division transportation project director and senior vice president. He is based in HNTB’s Santa Ana office. Kraman’s career in transportation spans more than three decades, including serving six years as CEO for the Transportation Corridors Agencies.

“Mike is well-known for his accomplishments and contributions within the transportation industry. As the former leader of a toll authority, he brings a unique perspective as he rejoins our firm,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president and senior vice president.

In this role, Kraman serves as a strategic advisor for HNTB project delivery teams to support key clients and encourage technical excellence. He represents the firm in professional and civic organizations, and provides mentoring and coaching to both the firm and the industry.

Kraman brings more than 30 years of experience in the planning, design and management of major civil and transportation engineering projects. During his career, he has delivered complex public works projects including state highways, rail and port facilities.

Monday, June 01, 2020

Vandana Kapur, an associate in the Employment Services Group at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has been elected co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. Kapur has experience helping a range of clients navigate difficult situations in the workplace. She has counseled and defended organizations in the healthcare, arts, film and entertainment, fitness, banking, manufacturing, technology, produce, and restaurant industries, among others. Since 2014, she has held a number of leadership roles within the SABA-SC.

Monday, May 25, 2020


Quigley-Simpson( has made several significant hires as part of its continued growth and the overwhelming response to the firm’s unique brand and demand approach, which blends brand building and performance imperatives. The firm’s success is rooted in its ability to develop and employ creative and media that drive consumers to action with a highly measurable and effective methodology, delivering an outsized ROI to its roster of blue-chip clients.

Scott Marsden joins Quigley-Simpson as EVP, Media and Analytics to unite the firm’s media services and burgeoning data and analytics practice. Scott brings a deep expertise in media, data, analytics, and CRM from both the agency and client side.

Lothar Boensch comes on board as SVP, Business Strategy and Growth, responsible for developing new client business, expanding agency capabilities, and leading overall agency marketing. Throughout his 25-year career, he’s helped global brands develop deep and lasting customer relationships using data-driven marketing strategies, technology, and user experience innovation.

Stephen Blumberg joins as the first General Manager of the firm’s New York office. The office has grown rapidly, securing new business and servicing several very large long-term East Coast clients. Stephen has extensive marketing experience spanning financial services, pharmaceuticals, CPG, and the food industry.

“The world is facing unprecedented challenges right now and as we look to the future, we believe that the accelerated shifts in consumer behavior will continue to have a profound impact on marketing. It is with this lens that we are adding capabilities and expertise which we believe can be most impactful for our clients,” said Carl Fremont, CEO, Quigley-Simpson.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Jeremy Moore, PMP has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Recently joining the BNBuilders team as a Project Executive, Mr. Moore has previously held the roles of Superintendent, Project Engineer and Project Manager throughout his career. Highly qualified, he is adept at contract management, cost control, budgets, estimates, preconstruction, closeout, BIM, constructability reviews, and LEED construction. Past projects under his leadership include the $2.7 billion LAX People Mover project, the $72 million Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles, and numerous educational projects for Chino Valley Unified School District, West Covina Unified School District, and Riverside Unified School District, to name a few.

Sr. Project Manager, Jeremy Turner, PMP, recently joined the BNBuilders team, bringing his nearly two decades of experience. His skills include project coordination, preconstruction, scheduling, estimating, and procurement; and he is able to successfully manage multiple multimillion-dollar projects with compressed schedules and tight budget constraints. Key projects on his resume include the $300 million Ivy Station MixedUse Development in Culver City, and projects for Torrance Unified School District and Culver City Unified School District. During one four-year period, he oversaw the completion of 120 facilities with a combined budget of more than $754 million.

Paul Cohoat, LEED AP, is BNBuilders’ new Preconstruction Manager. He has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, and more than 10 years of preconstruction management. With projects ranging from $1 million to $2 billion under his leadership, he has hands-on experience in all facets of construction, problemsolving, and helping identify and solve issues involving all trades prior to construction. Resume highlights include the $1.8 billion LAX/Crenshaw Corridor Project for the LA County Metropolitan Transit Authority, several mixed-use high-rise towers up to $350 million and 51 stories tall, and the $550 million San Jose Civic Center.

Employment law veteran Jeffrey S. Horton Thomas joins Fox Rothschild. With more than 30 years of experience, Thomas represents employers in high-stakes employment law disputes throughout California. With a particular interest in addressing disability accommodation, pay equity, gender issues and discrimination, and harassment and retaliation claims, Thomas also defends employers in wage and hour disputes, PAGA actions, and class actions.

Pasadena-based law firm Hahn & Hahn LLP launched a bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group. Recently joined Chair Dean G. Rallis Jr. will lead the new practice. He is joined by attorney Matthew D. Pham. The bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice will provide firm clients with additional resources relating to financial issues, hardship, restructuring, negotiation and settlement agreements, as well as strategic acquisitions from distressed businesses.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Dr. Joanne Weidhaas, MD, PhD, MSM is the co-founder of MiraDx.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MiraDx (, a Los Angeles-based molecular diagnostics company, has mobilized to provide COVID-19 viral screening tests to local businesses, city and county clinics, nursing homes and police departments, and is currently conducting just under 10% of the total COVID-19 viral testing in the State of California. As companies develop plans to get their employees back to work, MiraDx COVID-19 testing will enable them to reopen or continue operations with the confidence that their employees are safe.

While safety is paramount, the cost to businesses of employees with COVID-19-like symptoms will be high.
Without access to clearance testing:
• according to CDC guidelines, employees with COVID-19 symptoms (including people with cold and flu symptoms which are confused with COVID-19) will miss at least 14 days of work.
• employees actually infected with COVID-19 will miss as much as 30 days of work.
• companies with 1,000 employees and an average salary of $50,000 could expect to suffer over $6 million a year in lost wages, plus additional productivity losses.

MiraDx has rolled out the following basic workplace program, which is customizable for the needs of each company:
• Screen the entire workforce for COVID-19 on day one to establish a baseline.
• Employees who test negative are cleared to work.
• Employees who test positive require two negative tests at least 24 hours apart (per CDC guidelines) before returning to work.
• Repeat testing of at least 25% of the workforce each week.
• Available reserve testing for any employee with symptoms and/or new employees.

Testing Information
• MiraDx is performing COVID-19 PCR-based viral testing in its CLIA-approved, high-complexity molecular diagnostics laboratory. PCR is the most sensitive technique to detect the presence of COVID-19, resulting in 90+ percent accuracy.
• MiraDx provides all supplies for testing, processes the test, and reports results for each sample within 48-72 hours of receipt at its LA-based laboratory.
• The test kit includes an air-tight vial, collection swab for back of throat, and a biohazard bag, with simple instructions for collecting the sample needed for testing. The sample is collected under supervision of a healthcare professional.

MiraDx’s tests detect contagious employees even if they are not displaying symptoms.

MiraDx’s viral test can detect early infection, even in asymptomatic individuals, unlike antibody tests which determine whether an individual has previously been infected. Because antibodies take at least a week to develop after an infection, and antibody tests are unable to detect whether individuals are still contagious, they cannot be used to clear people to return to work without an accompanying viral test. As well, registering a normal body temperature is NOT a proxy for determining whether someone is “healthy” and cleared to work because at least 25% of COVID-19 carriers are asymptomatic.

The MiraDx COVID-19 test is being offered pursuant to the FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. MiraDx is a state-certified CLIA lab, and has validated its test through a rigorous protocol in compliance with all FDA and CDC regulations.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Joshua W. Marnitz has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins and recently relocated to the Los Angeles office from Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Environment, Land & Resources Department, and his practice focuses on complex corporate and finance transactions in the oil and gas, power, renewable energy, manufacturing, and real estate sectors. He advises private equity firms, financial institutions, and corporate clients on environmental and energy regulatory matters. He also has experience with the development and financing of major conventional and renewable energy and infrastructure projects in the US and abroad. He received his JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 2009.

Monday, April 20, 2020

HGA welcomes back Alex Thorpe as Associate Vice President in Business Development in the Los Angeles office. He will oversee client relations, marketing and strategic development for the office’s Public | Corporate sector serving Southern California. Thorpe has more than 20 years of experience in public and private sectors across North America, Europe and the Middle East. He has held leadership roles for YEP Global in London and Dubai, and CoreNet Global – USA and UK.

Northern Trust is proud to announce the promotion of Roger Recupero to managing director of our Century City office. In this role, Roger will be responsible for guiding the strategic direction of our Wealth Management business for Century City and neighboring communities including leading our investment management, trust, estate, and private banking business. Roger, who has been with Northern Trust for 13 years, will be succeeding Jason Lawit who was promoted to President of the Los Angeles Region.

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) announces three new partners have joined the firm.

Vince Farhat joins JMBM as Partner and Chair of JMBM's White Collar Defense & Investigations Group. Previously with Holland & Knight, he has extensive trial experience and represents companies and individuals in criminal and civil investigations by government enforcement agencies, as well as complex federal litigation. He has also served as an assistant United States attorney in the Major Frauds Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

James Neudecker joins JMBM as a Partner in JMBM's Litigation Department where his practice focuses on commercial litigation, including trials and arbitrations. Previously with Reed Smith, his experience includes class action defense and appellate work. He represents companies in a variety of business sectors including financial services, transportation, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, private equity, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality and the on-demand gig economy.

David Tabibian is a partner in JMBM's Real Estate Department and Global Hospitality Group®. He joins JMBM from Glaser Weil, where he handled and closed more than $4 billion of real estate transactions across the country. His practice focuses on acquisitions and dispositions, 1031 exchanges, construction, leasing, debt & equity financing, and joint ventures involving all asset classes. He deals with a variety of asset classes including hotel, studio, office, retail, industrial, multi-family and mixed-used projects, as well as residential properties and vacant land.
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Monday, April 06, 2020

Wilmington Trust, a leader in corporate and institutional services, announces Lisa Ligas as Vice President and Director of Wealth Strategies. Lisa is a part of the Emerald Advisory Services team which provides customized highend comprehensive planning services to Wilmington and M&T clients. Ligas is based in the firms Los Angeles office where she will be responsible for providing strategic advice and wealth planning direction for the firm’s clients.

Ligas will work closely with clients and their advisors to develop financial, tax, and estate planning strategies, helping clients meet their current needs and plan longterm objectives. Her areas of expertise include estate planning, trust administration and special assets.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, she served as senior vice president for the family business division at Northern Trust, where she provided management, administration, governance, and transfers of special assets held in a fiduciary capacity. Lisa also brings experience as a relationship manager and private wealth advisor at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley’s private wealth division.

Earlier in her career, she practiced law with a focus on trust & estate planning, business, and real estate. Lisa received both her J.D. and MBA with honors, with a specialization in finance, from Loyola University Chicago, along with a bachelor’s degree in communication and English from Pepperdine University. She is admitted to practice before the bar of New York, Illinois and the United States Supreme Court.

Monday, March 23, 2020


Software and emerging technology veteran to bring Microsoft, Google and Apple experience to BlackLine

BlackLine, Inc. announced today that Sophia Velastegui of Microsoft has joined the accounting automation software leader’s board of directors, effective March 16th, 2020, bringing the number of female directors on BlackLine’s board to three. A widely recognized technology industry leader and artificial intelligence (AI) expert, Ms. Velastegui will draw on her more than 20 years of experience at global technology trailblazers Microsoft, Google and Apple to help BlackLine maintain its leadership position and guide the company through its next phase of growth.

“Sophia has an incredible technology background and is recognized as one of the foremost engineers in the field,” said BlackLine CEO Therese Tucker. “She’ll bring that experience and knowledge to our board and will help ensure that BlackLine utilizes the latest AI, machine learning and other predictive and emerging technologies to continue to innovate and serve our customers. And, she shares my passion, advocating for diversity in technology and leadership.”

Michael Stebbins, AIA, has been promoted from Senior Associate to Associate Principal at CO Architects. With a Masters of Architecture from SCI-Arc, Stebbins designs complex education and civic projects for the firm. CO Architects is a nationally recognized leader in architectural design for top academic, civic, cultural, commercial, scientific, and healthcare institutions.

HGA announced Sarah Beach, Associate Vice President, has been promoted to national Director of Marketing. With more than 20 years of experience, she will oversee marketing initiatives, collateral and team processes supporting businesses development pursuits across 11 national offices. Beach formerly served as Marketing Manager for HGA’s four California offices.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Richard J. Shemin, MD, chief of cardiac surgery at UCLA Health, will chair the American Heart Association’s 2020 Heart & Stroke Ball on June 13 at The Beverly Hilton.

Dr. Shemin, president-elect of the AHA Los Angeles Division Board of Directors, is a pioneer in heart transplantation, robotic assisted mitral valve repair and less invasive procedures for aortic valve replacement, aortic aneurysm replacement and surgical ablation for atrial arrhythmias. His research career was stimulated when he received an AHA research grant early in his career.

The Heart & Stroke Ball aims to raise $1.1 million in support of the AHA’s goal of equitably increasing healthy life expectancy in the U.S. from 66 to at least 68 years by 2030.

Shemin is working with the following volunteer leaders to achieve the goal: immediate past event co-chairs Tom Jackiewicz and Dr. Carol Peden, Keck Medicine of USC; Bill Wood, philanthropist; Paul Craig, Keck Medicine of USC; Ken Orkin, ITG Automotive; Bob Lundy, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC; Dr. John Harold, Cedars-Sinai; Angelique Kaounis, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP; James “Jamey” Edwards, Cloudbreak Health; Tim Castaneda, Cerner Corporation; Nick Lutz, ConAm Building Co.; Rick Beavin, Humana; Paul Watkins, Dignity Health- Northridge; Dr. Armand Dorian, Verdugo Hills Medical Center; Will Conaway, healthcare executive and philanthropist and Sondra Baker, Mugen Spirits.

This year’s theme, “Past, Present and Future,” will reflect on breakthroughs of the past that have helped advance the fight against cardiovascular disease, bring attention to present-day health barriers facing Los Angeles residents, and drive action to secure a healthier future for all.

The American Heart Association and UCLA Health, a sponsor of the Heart & Stroke Ball, have been working together on accelerating lifesaving research and building healthier lives for all.

Keck Medicine of USC is the presenting sponsor of the event.

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) welcomes David Desai-Ramirez as Senior Director/Western Region Market Leader. An expert in capital deployment and real estate, Desai-Ramirez will manage PCDC’s new Los Angeles office and West Coast business expansion, focused on increasing primary care access in underserved rural and urban communities.

Chris Pomponio has joined City National Bank as a senior vice president and head of product strategies, bringing more than 15 years of financial services experience and a track record of successfully launching compelling and innovative products. He and his team are responsible for developing and enhancing the bank’s products and services to meet the evolving needs of their personal, business, private and entertainment clients.

Nevell Group, Inc (NGi) commercial interior and exterior wall system trade partner has named Chris Taylor its Chief Operating Officer (COO). In his prior role as Vice President of Operations and a member of NGi’s Senior Leadership Team, Chris helped lead the NGi operations group. Under Chris’s leadership and operational guidance, NGi was able to successfully manage the growth, execute the work, and provide the highest level of satisfaction to their customers which NGi is renowned for.

Chris now oversees manpower planning, project planning, project specific issues, safety, and all other operational issues. Chris continues to demonstrate a drive for continuous improvement of both self and the NGi organization.

Nevell Group incorporated (NGi) has an in-house BIM department using the latest technology to perform the scopes of metal-stud framing, Drywall, Lath Plaster, Exterior Pre-fab Panels, Interior Prefab walls, ACT/Specialty Ceilings, and Fireproofing.

Major Properties is proud to announce that Hal Bastian has joined the firm as Executive Vice President.

Hal, a native Angeleno, is a 37-year commercial real estate veteran who has been a leader in the DTLA renaissance since 1994. Fondly called "Mr. Downtown” and “Mayor of Downtown,” he has facilitated the building of 22,000+ housing units; led tours and produced events that recruited thousands of new residents and resulted in the construction of dozens of new mixed-use developments; and recruited over 300 new businesses, including Ralphs, Bottega Louie and Whole Foods.

Prior to joining Major Properties, Hal had his own real estate consulting practice; was the Executive VP for the Downtown Center BID; served as Leasing Director of Tom Gilmore’s Old Bank District, where he popularized a dog friendly Downtown; was a retail leasing director at Cushman & Wakefield; and started his career in office leasing at Julien Studley. He is a graduate of UCLA.

Hal is extremely connected and belongs to numerous organizations, including the Central City Association, the LA Chamber of Commerce, ULI, ICSC, Lambda Alpha, the Downtown Breakfast Club, and is President of the Angels Flight Railway Foundation. He has been a resident of DTLA since 2001, and enjoys his loft with his faithful rescue dog, Scooter.

“After years of being self-employed, I am excited to join the Major Properties team and look forward to re-focusing my efforts on commercial real estate brokerage in DTLA, especially in the retail and hospitality sectors,” said Bastian.

Monday, March 9, 2020


As Director of Operations, Matt has been responsible for building some of Los Angeles’ most notable projects. Matthew ensures that all field personnel have the support and training necessary to perform the work on all regional projects in a safe, productive and skilled manner. He has been instrumental in creating Pankow’s standard for Last Planner.


As Director of Operations, Mike is the jobsite leader, working to ensure overall project success and oversees the execution of work in the field. He orchestrates the project team by setting clear expectations and holding his team accountable to achieve success. Mike lives our Core Values and leads by example to set the tone for the rest of the team.

Stan Chiu, AIA, LEED AP has joined global design firm Gensler’s Los Angeles office as Director of Healthcare. A leader in Lean Design and Integrated Project Delivery, Stan brings 25+ years of experience across the Health, Wellness and Education sectors. He is a member of the Cal Poly Pomona Healthcare Architecture Initiative, the Venice Family Clinic Advisory Board and serves on the boards of the Lean Construction Institute and Westside Waldorf School.

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KB Home announced Sarah Paulson Sheehy has been appointed as its Vice President of Government Affairs. In this position, she will lead the company’s efforts on public policy initiatives and interactions with public officials, serve as its liaison with trade associations and similar organizations, and oversee its charitable outreach endeavors.

Greg Seibly has joined Union Bank as President and Head of Regional Banking, based in Southern California. Greg will oversee the Union Bank commercial banking, real estate industries, consumer banking (including PurePoint Financial, an online direct bank), Intrepid Investment Bankers and wealth markets businesses, as well as the bank’s corporate social responsibility programs.

Most recently, Greg served as President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBSF) since 2016. Previously Greg served as President and CEO of Sterling Financial Corp. and as a member of its Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014; President of Consumer Banking at Umpqua Bank; President of U.S. Bank-California; and has held executive-level positions in commercial banking at Wells Fargo and in healthcare finance at Bank of America.

“Union Bank has a rich, 150-year history and strong presence on the West Coast,” Seibly said. “I am honored to join a company with such a deep heritage in these important markets and I am excited to partner with the impressive leadership bench to continue building on these incredible strengths. I am committed to serving our long-standing clients and delivering best-in-class experiences and innovative solutions, products and services.”


After 50 years in the same location in Century City, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP has moved its offices to the landmark Century Plaza Towers effective March 2, 2020.

The firm occupies three floors totaling approximately 85,000 square feet of custom, modern space designed by Gensler. The new office address is 2049 Century Park East, Suite 2600, Los Angeles, CA 90067.

“We are a single-office law firm with a reach that spans the entire United States and the globe. Our new home supports our commitment to providing the personal attention of a mid-size, full-service law firm with services at the highest levels in the legal profession,” says Bob Baradaran, managing partner of Greenberg Glusker. “Being in the heart of Los Angeles enables our roster of 100 attorneys to serve clients who are industry leaders in such areas as real estate, entertainment, technology, intellectual property and sports.”

Comoto Holdings, parent company of leading moto enthusiast brands RevZilla, Cycle Gear, and J&P Cycles, announced the hires of visionary content producers Ari Henning, Zack Courts and Spenser Robert to the company’s content and media team. After finishing a two-season run with their series "Throttle Out" on the MotorTrend network, and spending eight years between Motorcyclist Magazine and MotorTrend Group, Henning, Courts, and Robert will launch Comoto’s first Los Angeles-based media production team to bring their passion for motorcycling to enthusiasts worldwide.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK welcomes Jeff Lancaster as creative director of the Experience Design group, which uses experiential graphic design to create immersive experiences. Based in Los Angeles, Jeff has created compelling brand environments for retail, technology, workplace and higher education clients for over two decades.

Trent Cornell is back where he belongs, at Fidelity National Title.

With an impressive 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, Cornell has handled some of the nation’s most high profile projects and understands that customer service and due diligence are key to closing transactions successfully.

Although well-versed in all facets of title, Cornell has developed numerous specialties including sales and refinances, high-liability portfolios, and single entity as well as multi-site facilities.

Amy C. Quartarolo has been promoted to partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP as a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and the Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy Litigation Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department. She represents both debtors and creditors in a range of bankruptcy-related and complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, and she has argued before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Cloud accounting software veteran also nominated to join BlackLine’s board of directors

BlackLine, Inc. today announced that the board of directors has promoted Marc Huffman to president, effective immediately. In this expanded role, he will now serve as president and chief operating officer (a position he’s held since February 2018) overseeing BlackLine’s product and technology organizations, in addition to its sales, marketing and customerfacing teams. The board also has nominated Mr. Huffman for election to the board of directors at the Company’s 2020 annual meeting. Huffman will continue to report to Therese Tucker, BlackLine’s founder and chief executive officer.

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Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP has added attorney Christopher J. Rizza as its newest Los Angeles partner. Previously a partner with Elkins Kalt, Rizza concentrates his practice on leases, acquisitions, dispositions, development agreements and related real estate transactions spanning across all the major asset classes including industrial, retail, office and mixed use.

Monday, February 24, 2020

SRK Architects is pleased to announce Ruben Haro re-joining SRK as Senior Associate, Project Architect and Technical Lead. In his role, Ruben will oversee quality assurance and serve as project architect for specific assignments. Ruben brings 20 years of experience in all phases of architecture and 10 years in aggregate with the firm.

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Renita Mollman has been promoted to serve as chief administrative officer for Burns & McDonnell. She most recently served as general manager of the firm’s California region for more than a decade. Under her leadership, the California team grew to more than 250 professionals and revenue nearly quadrupled.

Innovative builder, Suffolk, has hired former General Electric Company (GE) vice president Ann Klee as its new executive vice president. In her new role, Ms. Klee will be responsible for leading Suffolk’s national business development function and external and government affairs, with the goal of expanding the company’s presence nationally.


Alina Moran has been named president of Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) and will lead the overall direction, strategy, and operation of the hospital.

In her most recent role, Moran served as chief executive officer for NYC Health + Hospitals/ Metropolitan, a 338-bed acute care facility in East Harlem, NY.

“I’m excited that Alina will be joining the California Hospital team,” says Julie J. Sprengel, Dignity Health President, Southwest Division. “She’s an accomplished and well-respected health care executive with an outstanding record of achievement. Alina’s proven commitment to building relationships with physicians, community partners, and local government will be a tremendous asset to the people who live and work in DTLA.”

With more than 20 years of experience, Moran is a dynamic leader with a remarkable record of achievement, having demonstrated success in initiating culture change with a focus on decreasing readmission rates and improving safety measures. Her work led Metropolitan to be recognized for meeting the highest national patient safety standards, while achieving distinction for high performance in COPD, heart failure, and stroke care.

“I’m proud to be the next President of Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center,” states Alina Moran. “It’s a remarkable institution with a long history of excellence, transformation, and community service. I look forward to supporting the physicians, nurses and staff that provide quality and compassionate care to our patients.”

Moran holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science from Brown University.

Northern Trust is proud to announce the appointment of Stephen J. Miyabe as leader of our Pasadena office. As Market President, Stephen will be responsible for guiding the strategic direction of our Wealth Management business in Pasadena and neighboring communities. Stephen will be succeeding Charlie Mustachia who will be retiring at the end of February.


Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) welcomes Dylan Robertson to the team as a Client Executive in the Employee Health and Benefits division. Dylan brings with him a depth of experience in the insurance industry. He began his career in 2008 at Unum as a Senior Group and Worksite Benefits Consultant, spent time as a Voluntary Worksite Benefits specialist at Assurant, and then Allstate where he provided consultative enrollment, benefits communication, and technology solutions for their broker distribution channel. Dylan shifted to the broker side in 2014, eventually becoming a Partner and Executive Vice President at Sullivan Curtis Monroe and was named one of LABJ’s Most Influential Brokers in 2019. At MMA, Dylan will continue to tap his extensive knowledge and relationships in the industry to provide high-quality and cost-effective benefits programs to employers and offer world class service to companies across all industries.

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Gail Farber, PE, has been named HNTB Corporation’s Orange County office leader and vice president. Farber brings more than 35 years of transportation industry experience. She leads project delivery and the firm’s strategy to continue growing in Southern California.

“Gail brings a breadth of experience across the spectrum of public works. Her project expertise in transportation, water, waste management and buildings include design, delivery, operation and maintenance across Los Angeles and Orange County,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “Outstanding technical skills, combined with her proven leadership ability for multi-agency collaboration, will benefit our clients in the delivery of challenging and complex infrastructure projects.”

Farber formerly served as director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, one of the nation’s largest public works agencies. She was responsible for management, leadership and administration for all agency departments with over 4,000 full-time staff, including transportation, public buildings, water and waste resource management, emergency management and land development.

Farber has experience as both an engineer and executive manager on a diverse range of projects in the public sector. Her portfolio includes Caltrans, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority and experience and projects for the independent cities of Orange and Pico Rivera.

Parkview Financial has appointed Alan Hiller, as Vice President, Senior Underwriter responsible for loan production. He has a broad range of real estate experience in both institutional and entrepreneurial settings having held roles in both the equity and debt sides of the business. Alan holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Peter Moersch joins Pacific Retail Capital Partners as Senior Vice President of Leasing.

Responsibilities include execution of the national retail shopping product leasing strategy. Pacific Retail Capital Partners, a premier operating/development group of retail-led properties, announced Peter Moersch has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Leasing. An experienced expert in leasing, tenant representation, development and management, Moersch is already familiar with providing full scope leadership and implementation of result-driven programs.

As SVP of Leasing, Moersch will be heading consumer-focused leasing activity for a variety of retail-led property types including retail, services, entertainment, food and beverage and the incubation of digitally native brands.

Steven Lopez was recently promoted to Principal and Shareholder at HKS Los Angeles. Steve has served as a Principal and Project Manager at HKS Los Angeles for more than 11 years. His focus has been healthcare projects, working with clients including Huntington Memorial Hospital, USC Keck Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente.

Prager Metis CPAs, a leading advisory and accounting firm with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, welcomes Jennifer Coyne, CPA, to the Business Management Department as Director in Woodland Hills.

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience and specializes in providing business management services to the entertainment industry, professional athletes, film production companies, music executives, artist management companies, and entertainers. Her specialties include complex accounting, tax services, venture capital deals, and advising sports-related businesses.

Whitney Jones Roy, a partner of the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, has been elected Board Chairperson of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Whitney succeeds David Bishop of David Bishop Media, who served three years as Board Chairman and remains on the Board.

The Food Bank was founded in 1973 and has distributed more than 1.5 billion pounds of food and product since inception. In 2019, the Food Bank increased food distributed by 20 percent from the previous year. Nearly 82 million pounds of food and product were distributed through 600 partner agencies and Food Bank programs, which is the equivalent of 66 million meals.

Whitney has 19 years of experience representing clients in complex business litigation and environmental litigation matters. She has also developed a specialty relating to products liability, Proposition 65, and CERCLA. Whitney’s clients come from a broad spectrum of industries including energy, financial services, insurance, real estate, construction, and pharmaceuticals.

Whitney has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and as a Female Powerbroker by Law360. Whitney is also the founder of Sheppard Mullin’s Los Angeles Women Lawyers Group and served as the Office Managing Partner for the Los Angeles office from 2009 to 2017.

Monday, February 10, 2020

GMV SYNCROMATICS, the Los Angeles-based Intelligent Transportation Systems company, has announced the appointment of Rich “Arch” Archuleta as CEO. Archuleta brings with him over two decades of experience in executive-level management in the technology field, including Senior Vice President of Hewlett-Packard and CEO of Plastic Logic.

Westgroup Designs welcomes Architect Chris Taylor, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP as Principal, to leverage his 30 years of expertise with exceptional design, delivery and client relationships.
Chris will incorporate strategies to build upon WD’s legacy of projects notable for their commitment to sustainability and context-sensitive, award-winning design.
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David Pogue has joined RiverRock Real Estate Group, a property services firm, as chief strategy officer. Pogue will help RiverRock implement a strategy to respond to an evolving commercial real estate industry, including expansion of services and markets, and increased focus on environmental and corporate governance.


Easterseals, the largest disability services organization in Southern California, is pleased to announce the election of Andre Filip as Chair of its Board of Directors. Filip, CEO of ELA Advertising, has served on Easterseals Southern California’s board for over seven years and is the creator of the organization’s “Celebrate. Don’t Separate.” PSA campaign. Also elected to Board leadership roles are Mark Bertrand, Vice President, Space & Defense, Boeing Capital Corporation who will serve as First Vice Chair; Jodi Huston, Senior VP & Regional Banking Manager, City National Bank as Second Vice Chair; David Wolf, Executive Vice President, American Business Bank as Treasurer; and former CVS Health executive Anthony Pagano as Secretary.

“We are honored to have these individuals serve in leadership roles,” said Mark Whitley, Easterseals Southern California CEO and President. “Each brings a level of expertise that will help our organization fully achieve its purpose to make profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.”

For more than 100 years Easterseals has served as the indispensable resource for individuals and families with disabilities. Easterseals Southern California offers a variety of services to help people address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals. Our services empower individuals to live, learn, work and play in our communities. Learn more at

HED is pleased to announce two promotions to its Studio/ Sector Leadership team in Los Angeles.

Yu-Ming Wei has been elevated to the role of Corporate & Commercial, Mixed-Use Studio Leadership. Yu-Ming has over 20 years of experience with complex residential, mixed-use and commercial developments, notably the recent Metropolis multi tower high-rise project in downtown LA. She is known for her ability to balance innovation with project requirements while fostering good rapport between teams and multiple stakeholders.

She is joined by Bharat Patel, who ascends to the role of Science & Technology, Building Science Studio Leadership. Bharat has over 40 years of experience in mechanical engineering and is an international leader in sustainable design. As a member of the Studio Leadership team, he will continue to refine HED’s national sustainable design strategies to create integrated design solutions for HED’s clients and their communities.

Nevell Group, Inc. commercial interior and exterior wall system trade partner has hired Michael Villar as Lean Director where he will train our teams in Lean values, principles, and tools for both the office and field. Michael comes to NGi with extensive Lean experience in the construction industry.

Gurgen Jacobi, PhD has joined Pacific Premier Bank as the 1st VP, Senior Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking for the Pasadena area. With over 13 years of commercial and private banking experience, Gurgen has held positions at Bank of America, Community Bank, and Comerica Bank. He strives to ensure our clients receive exceptional service with customized banking solutions. Member FDIC.

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Gary J. Goodemote joins Burns & McDonnell as an environmental project manager. In his role, he will lead a team to provide environmental restoration and remediation services for federal, commercial, industrial and energy clients.

Day One, the all-natural sparkling CBD water brand, welcomes Christian Patiño as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Joel Jay as Director of Distribution, and Blake Nyman as Head of Brand to join the LA office.

Christian Patiño brings over 17 years of experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry to Day One. As a seasoned business leader, his background lies primarily in brand management, marketing, and general management having previously worked with multinational corporations including Red Bull, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble. During his tenure at these companies, Patiño was able to transform multiple brands and increase their revenue behind his leadership skills.

Previously a Senior Sales Manager & National Account Manager with Red Bull North America, and a Key Account Manager with The Coca-Cola Company, Joel Jay boasts over 12 years of experience in the beverage industry. Jay’s expertise lies in market development, broker management, distributor management, key account management and has a proven track record of developing and implementing successful sales strategies.

Blake Nyman has over eight years of experience building brands in the beverage, health and wellness space. He most recently applied his expertise to CORE Nutrition, where he lead the sponsorship and experiential program for the brand. Nyman has also spent time with brands such as Alo Yoga, Generosity Water and Red Bull, spearheading various brand, marketing and strategic initiatives.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Krista Phipps joins Lee Andrews Group in their downtown Los Angeles office.

Krista Phipps has more than 15 years experience in economic development, public policy, and public relations, Prior to joining the Lee Andrews Group, Krista worked at SoCal Gas in Public Affairs, Regulatory Crisis Management and Marketing. She has served the City of Los Angeles as a District Director, Planning Deputy and Community Affairs Deputy in various council offices. Krista Phipps served as Senior Liaison for the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Economic Opportunity, and as Community Affairs Manager for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.

C.W. Driver Companies Promotes Jennifer Vasquez and Valerie Thornburg

C.W. Driver Companies promoted Jennifer Vasquez and Valerie Thornburg to help bolster the company’s communications and business development efforts while contributing to the strategic direction of the company as one of California’s top general contracting firms.

Vasquez, VP of business development and corporate communications, will guide the marketing strategy and ensure business development goals are met.

Thornburg, director of marketing, will spearhead the multi-channel marketing efforts to help build the firm’s brand awareness and reputation.

Valerie Colin, CPA, MST, a senior tax shareholder at Gumbiner Savett Inc., has taken over as the firm’s new tax departmental leader. Colin celebrated her 25th anniversary with the firm last year and has over 35 years of experience in tax, accounting and business consulting. Valerie’s clients include individuals and private closely-held businesses in various industries such as manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution, importing, apparel and textiles, professional services and real estate leasing./td>

Win Roney, AIA, LEED AP, has moved to HGA’s Los Angeles office after a successful tenure leading the firm’s San Jose office.

A 30-year industry veteran, Roney will continue to serve as principal and national market sector leader for HGA’s corporate practice. In this role, he drives the strategy for the firm’s corporate group and manages projects across California.

“HGA’s corporate practice in Los Angeles has been steadily building over the last few years, so I am thrilled to be directly supporting its growth from the LA office,” said Roney. “The region is teeming with activity across a range of project types, including large spaces for media and technology companies in Burbank and Culver City, smaller leases for creative firms in Santa Monica and Silicon Beach and co-working concepts throughout the region. It’s great to work with our HGA LA team that is not only experienced in designing these types of spaces and more, but also can use the depth of knowledge from our other practice groups in the office as a resource to develop holistic work environments which meet each client’s unique needs.”

Roney’s diverse experience includes leading architectural and interior design teams for corporate workplaces and R&D facilities nationwide, several for high-profile companies such as Adobe, Google, LinkedIn and Visa. His recent work includes collaborating with developers on building repositioning and adaptive reuse projects to meet the diverse needs of entertainment and technology companies throughout Northern and Southern California.

CohnReznick LLP, one of the top U.S. advisory, assurance, and tax firms, has promoted 12 professionals to its partnership ranks, effective February 1, 2020. Two are from the firm’s Los Angeles office:

Jeff Hollman, CPA, most recently served as an audit director and is a key member of the firm’s Cannabis, Retail & Consumer Products, and Manufacturing & Distribution practices. Jeff has more than 13 years of experience assisting companies with technical matters such as purchase accounting, debt and equity transactions and stock-based compensation. He combines technical expertise with industry knowledge to provide value-added solutions to his clients.

Natalie Tronkina, CPA, is a member of CohnReznick’s Transactional Advisory Service Practice. With more than 15 years of experience, Natalie provides buy- and sell-side due diligence for private equity, lenders, and strategic buyers and sellers. Her areas of focus include performing quality of earnings, net working capital assessments, preparing pro-forma financial statements, performing profitability and bridging analyses, evaluating financial reporting infrastructures, and recommending best practices.

“We are very excited to have Jeff and Natalie join our partnership. They are both highly talented business people who add value to our clients and our teams. They elevate our practice and we look forward to their continuing success,” said Scott Sachs, CPA, Managing Partner – Los Angeles Offices.

(top left) Greg Kniss, KROST Managing Principal, followed left to right by new KROST principals Martin Belak-Berger, Scott Eisner, Robert Price, Scott Gilmore, and Philip D’Amico. Not pictured: Jerry Block and Jane Plant.

Los Angeles-based firm, KROST CPAs and Consultants, has merged with BPE&H out of Woodland Hills effective January 1, 2020. Seven principals join the KROST leadership team, including Scott Eisner, Martin Belak-Berger, Bob Price, Phil D’Amico, Scott Gilmore; and founding principals Jerry Block and Jane Plant.

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Monday, January 27, 2020


Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce the promotion of three attorneys to the Firm’s partnership: Patricia DeSantis Belton in the Labor & Employment Department, Neill Brower in the Government, Land Use, Environment and Energy Department and Joseph Mellema in the Litigation Department.

Patricia DeSantis Belton focuses on management-side labor and employment matters. She represents employers in litigation and advises them in all aspects of labor and employment relations including wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and relations between management and unions. She earned her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and her B.S. from Cornell University.

Neill Brower represents clients throughout California in land use and environmental matters, including permitting and regulatory compliance. His practice involves advising clients on a broad range of state and federal regulations as well as representing lenders in evaluations of potential construction and bridge loans. He earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Joseph Mellema, based in the Firm’s Orange County office, focuses on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights including patent and trademark enforcement. He has particular experience in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, representing companies in patent-related disputes, managing IP portfolios, and conducting due diligence projects. He earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School and dual B.Sc. degrees from the University of Southern California and Biola University.

Belton, Brower and Mellema became partners of the firm effective January 1, 2020.

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City National Bank, America’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, announced that it has relocated its Westwood banking office to a redesigned location on Wilshire Boulevard. City National has served the West Los Angeles community for nearly 60 years and this new 5,250-square-foot office presents a reimagined and more personalized banking experience. There are no teller lines, and clients meet with City National’s experienced bankers in a living room setting. Led by 20-year City National veteran Annie Tabakian, the Westwood team will continue to deliver sophisticated financial products and the personalized service clients expect from City National. The new office is located at 10880 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 150, Los Angeles, CA 90024.


Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) announces that its Board of Directors has appointed Dave Eichten as President and Chairman of the Board, effective January 1, 2020.

Dave succeeds Scott Anderson, CEO, and Kim Lum, former CEO and Chairman of the Board. “Dave’s ability to challenge the status quo and seek effective and efficient ways to continuously improve make him highly capable of keeping Pankow at the top of the industry and the forefront of innovation,” states Scott Anderson, CEO of Pankow. “I am excited and honored to work alongside him as we continue to align all areas of the business in support of delivering excellent business results.”

“I am honored and excited to serve as Pankow’s President and Chairman of the Board. I believe our efforts to continuously learn and improve in all that we do are not only impacting our business outcomes and employee experiences, but are paying it forward to the industry at large,” says Dave. “Pankow’s advancements in the application of collaborative partnering, innovate building solutions, and new-to-the industry learning approaches make it more than ever, a very exciting time to be part of this industry.”

PBS Engineers, Inc. Acquires BenCov Engineering in Houston, TX

The California-based MEP consulting firm adds Houston firm to its portfolio, expanding national reach to better serve clients

PBS Engineers, Inc., a full-service mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) consulting firm based in Glendora, California, is pleased to announce the acquisition of BenCov Engineering, LLC, a Houstonbased MEP firm. BenCov is a leading provider in the Houston area of consulting services for new construction and renovation projects.

BenCov Engineering was organized and began operations in 2014. The firm provides energy-efficient, cost-effective solutions on all of its mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) building designs. A Texas registered engineering firm and a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), BenCov is poised to provide services in Texas and other states through the reciprocity process. With a commitment to quality, on schedule, and detailed engineered products, BenCov Engineering has established strong relationships with its clients. Backed by engineer-economical designs utilizing modern technology, BenCov has enjoyed continual successful growth since its founding.

“The acquisition of BenCov Engineering is highly complementary to PBS, allowing us to expand the PBS customer base into Texas, while adding a natural extension to our existing product and services portfolio,” said Kunal Shah, PE, PBS President. “We identified BenCov as an attractive opportunity for PBS prior to this investment, and we are thrilled that BenCov and its leadership team are joining the PBS Engineers family of companies.”

“The PBS team has done an exceptional job delivering quality and innovative engineering services to create a highly-effective and trusted business,” noted Raul Benitez, PE, “With BenCov becoming part of the existing PBS portfolio, we have created a leading MEP consulting firm that will enable us to better serve all customers across the country.”

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Kunal Shah, PE, President/CEO |
2100 E. Route 66 | Suite 210 | Glendora, CA 91740
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Raul Benitez, PE, Principal |
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346 396 4046 |

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Rockefeller Kempel Architects Celebrates 17 years Investing in LA

Rockefeller Kempel Architects, leaders in Southern California commercial, residential, and adaptive reuse architecture, is proud to celebrate 17 years of business in LA.

Led by Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, and Christopher Kempel, AIA, NCARB, the firm transforms Southern California communities through beautiful, yet meaningful, design. From coastal residential estates and the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic hotels and buildings to ground-up commercial projects that are revitalizing DTLA, RKA has been recognized on local and national stages with prestigious design awards for its press-worthy work.

Continued success and growth require a dedicated, talented team. RKA is honored to share several recent promotions and recognize these individuals:

Chris Daubert, AIA, is now Principal. For the past five years, Chris has been an incredible asset and leader. He is a talented designer who contributes to all architectural aspects of projects from design to completion. Chris received his Masters of Architecture from USC in 2013.

Keith Ireland, AIA, is now Director in addition to his role as BIM Manager. Keith has devoted the past 15 years to the firm. Besides his dedication and talent, he brings a vast knowledge about technology, systems, the industry, and its processes to the team. Keith received his Bachelor of Architecture from USC in 1999.

Nancy Flores is now Director of Operations. With a strong background in business management, Nancy is gifted in operational efficiencies and taking projects to the finish line all while never losing sight on the importance of the team, the culture, and the future. She’s been a true leader at RKA since joining the firm in 2016. Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts from Cal State, Los Angeles.

Mark Tanzer has been named the Director of Business Insurance for Marsh & McLennan Agency’s Orange County and Los Angeles offices. Mark will provide strategic direction to drive growth and enhance service for MMA business insurance clients. Mark has over 30 years of industry experience, including leadership at Liberty Mutual.


Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott M. Anderson as CEO, effective January 1, 2020.

Scott succeeds Kim Lum, a 32-year Pankow veteran and former CEO of eight years. “Scott represents the next generation leader; he is highly capable of keeping us at the top of the industry and guiding us well into the future with confidence, compassion and curiosity” states Kim.

“I am honored to have been selected as Pankow’s next CEO. It is a privilege to be part of a nimble construction company that is driven by purpose and committed to being a learning organization in all areas. Together, we believe that our commitments to continuous improvement and self-awareness will not only lead to fulfilling employee experiences and innovative solutions for our clients, but will also contribute to flipping the productivity curve at large that has been plaguing the construction industry for decades,” said Scott. “I will do my best to serve Pankow and the industry by helping enable our leaders and people to fulfill their passion to make a difference, while consistently delivering exceptional business results.”

Monday, January 20, 2020

Oracle Capital welcomes Mike Tully, CFA, ASA, CEIV, as a Senior Managing Director, working in the Los Angeles office. Prior to joining Oracle Capital, Mike spent nearly 30 years as a partner with the valuation practices of both KPMG and EY.

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National architecture and engineering firm HED is pleased to announce that Corporate Technology Leader Marshall O’Keefe has been elevated to the level of Principal. An experienced technology leader with a 20-year history of working in the AEC industry, Marshall is skilled in operations management, change management, software development, and lean process development. He leads HED’s nationwide IT group, provides strategic technical leadership to all facets of the firm, and has been instrumental in its continued growth.

Gensler, the global design, architecture and planning firm announces the appointment of Jill Wittnebel, Guy Williams and Alan Young as Principals in its Los Angeles office.

Jill Wittnebel, Principal
Jill is a Studio Director and leads the Brand Design practice for the firm’s Southwest region. She has 25+ years of experience in strategic branding and execution including visual identity design, marketing collateral, packaging, environmental graphic design, and digital experiences. Her award-winning designs span industries and project types from education, entertainment, hospitality, retail, real estate and corporate workplace environments. She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Guy Williams, AIA, NCARB, Principal
A licensed architect, Guy has served in various leadership roles at Gensler since joining in 2003. He is a Design Management Leader for the firm’s Southwest region, a Studio Director focused on Retail and Food & Beverage clients and an Office Operations Leader. His technical knowledge, design sensitivity, and understanding of financial and operational issues have made him a core team member on several of Gensler’s global accounts. Guy has served as a Board Member on one of the City of Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Boards.

Alan Young, AIA, LEED-AP, Principal
Alan brings 25+ years of experience to his leadership role as a Studio Director. He has led the workplace strategy, design and repositioning for numerous prominent financial services, law firms and corporate clients. As a trained interior designer and registered architect his integrated approach to design brings creative solutions working with teams, consultants and clients. Alan has previously served on the Board of IIDA Southern California.

SOM Director & Global Interiors Practice Leader Lois Wellwood has recently transferred from New York to the firm’s Los Angeles office. A leader in hospitality, residential, retail, and workplace environments, Lois has more than 25 years of experience championing design excellence and high performance outcomes. Lois is regarded as a results-oriented, performance focused leader with a remarkable portfolio of award-winning, precedent-setting projects.

Steve Margaroni, PE, ENV SP, has been named Psomas’ CEO/President. Margaroni takes the reins after several years as the company’s Chief Development Officer. Prior to that, he was Psomas’ Corporate Director of Construction Management, where he was responsible for overseeing the group’s company wide operations as well as business development.

Carlton Fields is pleased to announce the continued growth of its Los Angeles office with the addition of prominent attorneys Christina Gagnier and Steven Anapoell. Gagnier, who joins the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice, is a renowned technology lawyer and a national thought leader in online harassment law. Anapoell is a leading private equity and securities attorney with more than three decades of experience. He joins Carlton Fields’ Business Transactions Practice.

Prager Metis, a leading advisory and accounting firm with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, is very proud to announce, Joseph Rust, Managing Partner- Western Region, has been named Chief Strategic Innovation Officer, effective January 1st, 2020.

As CSIO, Joseph oversees and advises on all aspects of strategic focus, direction, execution, and encourages a culture of innovation. He works closely with our team to implement new solutions to best serve our clients and supports our growing team.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Katayoun Sadeghi joined HNTB Corporation as national practice consultant and vice president. She serves as commercial lead on major infrastructure projects and is an accomplished professional in innovative project delivery. Sadeghi is an expert in structuring complex infrastructure transactions, having delivered multiple landmark public-private partnership projects. Her experience includes working as a developer and equity investor, and as an attorney on largescale infrastructure projects, including highway, rail, aviation, social infrastructure, resiliency and broadband.

“Kat brings an important transactional skillset to our clients during an increasingly challenging time for delivering major infrastructure projects,” said Jim Ray, HNTB corporate president. “She helps develop creative funding, financing and contractual strategies that allow owners to do more with less when it comes to exploring and implementing delivery options.”

Before joining HNTB, Sadeghi was investment director for a prominent infrastructure investor where she focused on developing and structuring equity investments in multibillion-dollar public-private partnership infrastructure projects in North America.

She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, a master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania.

Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL)
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Together we can protect animals and save lives. You’re invited to celebrate the successes of SCIL by donating, sponsoring, or attending our 2020 kick-off Celebration Fundraiser. Featuring special guests Diane Keaton and Louise Linton, with honorees Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Assemblymember Ash Kalra.

SCIL sponsors groundbreaking laws that protect and save millions of animals in California and beyond. We exist by donations alone; please attend, sponsor, or donate today!

David Wong, AIA, LEED AP, has joined HGA as Associate Vice President and Project Manager in the Los Angeles office. With more than 20 years of experience, he will lead integrated team processes and client relations for the firm’s Arts, Community, and Higher Education practice group throughout Southern California.

Dykema, a national law firm, has elected Gregory Jones as a Member. A member of the firm's Bankruptcy Practice, Jones concentrates on bankruptcy cases and outof- court restructurings. He represents lenders, creditors' committees, debtors, purchasers of assets in bankruptcy cases, lessors, and defendants in preference and fraudulent transfer lawsuits.

Dykema, a national law firm, has elected Dommond Lonnie as a Percentage Member. Mr Lonnie, who serves as Director of the firm’s nationally recognized Automotive Industry Group, is a seasoned trial attorney who provides aggressive and innovative legal representation for clients in product liability, class action and commercial litigation.

Easterseals Southern California welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors:

Kaitlyn Yang is the founder of the post-production company, Alpha Studios. A graduate of USC Film School, she has more than 50 visual effects credits ranging from “Robot Chicken” to “Grey’s Anatomy.” A Forbes 30 Under 30 Recipient for Hollywood/Entertainment, she is co-chair for the Visual Effects Society and a member of the Television Academy.

Beatriz Mallory is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of SensisHealth. Through her more than 20 years of healthcare marketing, advertising and communications strategy experience Mallory has been instrumental in creating multicultural initiatives at Johnson & Johnson, Anthem and Pfizer among others. Mallory specializes in bringing health and wellness to diverse communities with a focus on removing health disparities throughout the healthcare system.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP Expands its Litigation and Corporate Practices. Beverly Hills-based law firm bolsters its trial capabilities with the addition of Peter S. Selvin and Pooja S. Nair and its transactional capabilities with Mayer Nazarian. Selvin has nearly 40 years of experience handling commercial litigation, insurance coverage and international litigation. Nair is a business litigator and problem solver with a focus on the food and beverage sector. Nazarian advises clients on business planning and business transactions with particular attention to the tax aspects of the business acquisition, sale or dissolution.

RMO LLP Elevates Matthew F. Baker to Partner. Baker’s litigation practice focuses on representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested trust, estate and probate litigation matters; business owners and entities in business litigation matters and partnership disputes; and investors, financial industry employees, and financial institutions in securities litigation, employment litigation, and regulatory matters.

Amanda Xu has been promoted to Vice President, Risk Management at Morley Builders. She is responsible for the overall management of comprehensive corporate risk management and insurance programs. Xu has 14 years of industry experience, joining the Morley team in 2008.

Sklar Kirsh LLP Elevates Two Attorneys to Partner. The Los Angeles-based law firm has elevated corporate attorney Simone Collins and real estate attorney Brien Kelley to Partner. Collins’ practice focuses on representing public and private companies and private equity firms in domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. Kelley’s practice focuses on complex real estate transactions, with an emphasis in commercial and multi-family residential acquisitions and dispositions, real property secured financing, joint venture formation and mezzanine financing.

Gursey | Schneider LLP, a full service accounting firm specializing in litigation support, tax services and business management announces the promotions of Christina M. Humason, CPA and Greg W. Getzinger, CPA to partner.

Humason specializes in forensic accounting in family law litigation matters including marital lifestyle analyses, stock option and restricted stock apportionments, and contract and royalty analyses. As a business manager, Getzinger supervises the financial affairs of actors, writers and directors, and ultrahigh net worth business owners.

Michael Manosca has been promoted to Vice President, Information Technology at Morley Builders. His responsibilities include overseeing the technology initiatives for all Morley Builders corporate offices in Southern California as well as project site locations. Manosca has 25 years of IT experience, joining the Morley team in 2016.

ERIC HOEK Faculty Director, UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

Eric Hoek has been appointed faculty director of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, the universitywide initiative dedicated to transforming Los Angeles into the first sustainable megacity by 2050. Hoek is a professor in the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and inventor/founder of several award-winning water technologies and companies.

Monday, December 23, 2019


Greater Los Angeles Realtors® formerly named Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors® announced during their 117th installation that Taunee English, principal broker owner of Lions Realty Group, has been named its 2019 Realtor® of the Year! English, an U.S. Navy Veteran who heads up this Certified Veteran Owned boutique brokerage that handles both residential and commercial real estate, is passionate about entrepreneurship and professional development in the same way that she is devoted to her country.

Ryan Hupf has been promoted to Morley Builder’s Vice President, Project Executive. His responsibilities include operational guidance and leadership for the firm’s construction operations as well as oversight of complex projects throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Hupf has 20 years of industry experience, joining the Morley team in 1999.

Michael Stone has been promoted to Vice President, Project Executive at Morley Builders. With 27 years of experience at Morley, Stone has overseen some of the company’s largest and most complex projects. Michael’s diverse experience affords him a strong and well-rounded technical foundation, with expertise in the multifamily mixed-use sector.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Kamran Khosrovani has joined Pacific Premier Bank as the 1st VP / Sr. Relationship Manager for the Los Angeles Brentwood location. Kamran is an accomplished and respected business banker with roots in West Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. He has a proven track record of successfully managing and growing his portfolio and is committed to delivering superior service. Kamran holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and will play a vital role at Pacific Premier Bank. Member FDIC.

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American Business Bank
21800 Oxnard Street, Suite 1140
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

American Business Bank’s San Fernando Valley Loan Production Office has relocated to a new office suite at 21800 Oxnard Street, Suite 1140 in Woodland Hills as a result of the bank’s growth and planned future expansion. The Bank is headquartered in downtown Los Angeles and has five other Loan Production Offices in Anaheim, Irvine, Torrance, Corona and Ontario serving middle-market businesses with top-tier value added services.


Richard Evans, a finance lawyer in Los Angeles, has been critical to the expansion of the firm’s West Coast aviation finance offering. He focuses on finance and leasing transactions involving commercial aircraft, as well as managing large cross-border portfolio trades and financings. He also handles private jet transactions for blue chip and high-net-worth clients. Richard is a regular speaker at the Aircraft Financing Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, is co-editor of Pillsbury’s World Aircraft Repossession Index and co-author of the U.S. chapter of Chambers Global Practice Guide to Aircraft Financing & Leasing. He is dual-qualified as an attorney in California and a solicitor of England & Wales. He will become a partner effective January 1, 2020.


Emily Bias, a Real Estate lawyer in Los Angeles, advises large financial institutions, developers, syndicators and other real estate industry participants on a broad range of real estate, tax and transactional matters, with an emphasis on taxadvantaged investment and affordable housing. As the principal real estate attorney overseeing these complex transactions, she drafts and negotiates partnership and operating agreements, financing and bond documents, and real estate agreements including development, leasing, condominium, easement and related agreements. She also serves as editor-in-chief of the firm’s Gravel2Gavel blog. She will become a partner effective January 1, 2020.

(l-r) Orthopaedic Institute for Children Advisory Councilmember Dan Madden, actor and grateful parent Christopher Gorham, Assembly member Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Dr. James V. Luck cut the ribbon for the institute’s new state-of-the-art Medical Pavilion, the centerpiece of OIC’s “Vision for Our Future” campaign designed to ensure the best possible treatment for children with orthopaedic injuries or conditions.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Paul Ruwe has joined 1898 & Co., part of Burns & McDonnell, as a director to lead transaction advisory services. With 40 years of experience, he is an energy consultant with comprehensive knowledge in refining, gas processing and power generation.

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NMS Consulting, a global management consulting firm is pleased to announce Ben Hakimi has joined the firm as Vice President Business Development. In his new role he shall lead the growth and global expansion of the firm. Previously he was Business Development Director Western Region for Tata Consultancy Services.

Stanton Chase Los Angeles is pleased to welcome Shayne Lightner, Director/Producer, Present Entertainment, and longtime search executive, to the Los Angeles office as Director, with a focus on entertainment, media, and digital.

Lightner has been a Managing Director of Global Entertainment, Media, and Technology Practices for two of the largest search firms in the world and has worked with clients that include Amazon, Mashable, NBC/Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Playboy Enterprises, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among many others.

“The idea of combining my work in storytelling and creativity with business is compelling to me,” said Lightner. “Stanton Chase Los Angeles is cuttingedge and nimble, and I’m eager to help clients stay on the forefront of an ever-changing market.”

Monday, December 2, 2019

ECF ( board member Malcolm McNeil was recently honored at the 2019 Flogen Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit (SIPS) in Paphos, Cyprus. Malcolm was recognized with two awards—one for outstanding contributions in international law, and one for leadership in applying law with a scientific logic within the framework of sustainable development.

The Flogen SIPS Symposium is a platform that is dedicated to achieving sustainability through science and technology. The conference brought together leaders in the fields of science, commerce and law from around the globe. Speakers included preeminent practitioners, industry specialists and Nobel Prize winners.

A partner with Arent Fox, McNeil is co-leader of the firm’s International Practice Group. He has more than 35 years of litigation and commercial experience with international contracts, trade and real estate, and over 20 years of experience resolving civil disputes as a mediator.

ECF congratulates Malcolm on this prestigious and well-deserved recognition for his exceptional professional accomplishments and contributions!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Libby Gill is the CEO of executive coaching and leadership consulting firm Libby Gill & Company and an award-winning author. She has spoken about hope-driven leadership around the globe and has delivered keynote presentations for many Fortune 500 corporations. Her mental health advocacy stems from a family history of mental illness and suicide.

Will Lippincott is a literary agent at Aevitas Creative Management who specializes in narrative non-fiction and memoir, and represents many American thought leaders and scholars. An advocate for LGBTQ youth, he wrote a widely shared article in The New York Times in 2015 about losing his father to suicide and his own struggles as a teen with depression and suicide.

Ben Kracke, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP has been promoted to Principal in STUDIOS’ Los Angeles office. He has been with the firm for 12 years, starting in the Washington DC office and joining the Los Angeles team in 2014. In addition to his thorough technical knowledge and expertise, Ben is a natural team builder, working closely with clients, contractors, consultants, and the STUDIOS team to ensure clear communication and to deliver successful projects.
His experience includes new construction, renovation, and interiors projects for a wide range of clients, including Eataly, Nickelodeon, MetLife, Bloomberg, UCLA, and UC San Diego. Currently he is leading the efforts for gaming company Scopely’s new Culver City headquarters, the Watt Plaza building reposition and law firm Ziffren Brittenham LLP’s office expansion in Century City, as well as workplace projects in Santa Monica for Silicon Valley Bank and X-Box. Ben is a licensed architect in California and Washington, DC, a member of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association, and a LEED-accredited professional. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.

Desert Jet enters its next phase of growth under the leadership of CEO, Jared Fox. Since beginning his tenure, Fox has led the completion and opening of the company’s brand-new, cutting-edge private jet terminal, Desert Jet Center, in the Palm Springs area. Desert Jet also offers private jet charter services.

James Berry, RIBA, AIA Board Director & Global Sector Leader – Aviation & Transportation

James Berry is relocating to the new Los Angeles studio of global architecture firm Woods Bagot. Berry leads the firm’s global aviation and transportation sector, which is undertaking major projects across the world. These include airport projects at JFK, LAX and SFO as well as rail and airport projects in the Middle East, Singapore, China and throughout Australia.

Monday, November 18, 2019


Christiana Kyrillou

Principal and Studio Executive Chair at Woods Bagot

Education: Savannah College of Art and Design

Christiana Kyrillou has moved to Woods Bagot’s new Los Angeles studio, where she is overseeing the firm’s expansion into Southern California. With over 20 years of architectural experience, including 11 in the San Francisco studio, Christiana will lead the firm’s strategic growth through an unswervable focus on client experience.

Mr. Sarkis Kotanjian has joined BizFed, the Los Angeles County Business Federation, as the Vice President of Development. As the former Executive Director and Chief Development Officer at the Armenia Fund based in Glendale, Sarkis brings years of vital infrastructure development experience and dedication in driving organizational growth and impact.

Justin Wortman, AIA, is HOK's new regional leader of Aviation + Transportation in Los Angeles. He brings nearly 15 years of experience in architecture and planning, leading teams in airport planning, design and documentation efforts. His experience includes multiple projects at LAX and SFO. He will lead regional aviation and transportation projects and work with clients to deliver high-performance facilities that are beautiful, efficient, and sustainable and that greatly enhance the passenger’s journey.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Los Angeles Chapter would like to congratulate our honorees for LA’s Finest Walk the Purple Carpet on November 8th at Liaison Restaurant and Lounge. The individuals listed to the left, reached their fundraising goals and helped bring awareness to cystic fibrosis. We are honored and proud to call you LA’s Finest honorees for 2019.

Omeed Jamali, Vice President of Operations at Advanced Adult Day Care Center in Simi Valley

Mollie Gershon, Senior Director of Commerce and Analytics for Republic Records, Universal Music Group.

Connor Forbes, Founder and Co-owner of Indie Brewing Company in Boyle Heights

Nick Lewerke, Vice President of Strategic Planning, Data Analytics, and Research Operations, The Walt Disney Company

Nick Viall, Entrepreneur, The Viall Files Pod Cast

Dr. Joanna Yeh, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA-Mattel Children's Hospital

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Michael J. Reiss has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. His practice encompasses a range of complex commercial litigation, including consumer class actions, financial institution litigation, insolvency litigation, sports and entertainment litigation, and intellectual property litigation.

Robert J. Ellison has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in Century City, effective January 1. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on entertainment, sports, and media litigation. He routinely litigates intellectual property disputes, including trade secrets disputes, and trademark and copyright matters.

IDB Bank, a New York-based private and commercial bank with full-service branches in Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, has named Ziv Biron its president and CEO. Biron currently serves as chief financial officer and Head of Planning Strategy and Finance Division at IDB’s Tel Aviv-based parent, Discount Bank. Previously, he held executive roles at Bank Hapoalim Israel, HSBC USA and HSBC Global, as well as The Boston Consulting Group. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School, as well as a Bachelor of Law and B.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Congratulations to SOM's recently promoted architects.

Tahmores “Tommy” Zandi, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, is an Associate Director with 20 years of experience designing commercial, higher education, residential, and transportation projects. He unifies the technical aspects of a project and turns challenges into unique design opportunities.

Chloe Lob is an Associate with six years of experience working on civic, commercial, and hospitality projects. She is a strategic problem solver and brings strong graphics and communication skills to her projects.

Michael Dziubek, AIA, is an Associate with 12 years of experience. He incorporates thoughtful, humane responses into all aspects of his work, putting sustainability and social consciousness at the forefront of his design approach.

Jeffrey R. Senac has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. He focuses his practice on a variety of banking and leveraged finance matters, with a strong concentration on lender-side financing transactions, representing both investment banks and direct lenders.

Greenberg Glusker is pleased to announce Benny Roshan has joined the firm. Benny will chair the Trusts and Probate Litigation Group as part of the firm’s Private Client Services Group. Benny’s practice involves all aspects of litigation involving substantial trusts and estates.

Yvonne Bilshausen, vice president and national aviation architecture principal, has been named aviation leader for HNTB Corporation’s West Division. She is based in Los Angeles, and specializes in strategic planning, project leadership and client management on aviation infrastructure programs for numerous airlines and airports.

In her expanded role, Bilshausen leads development and implementation of the firm’s aviation strategy in the West. She develops client service plans, leads project pursuits, provides representation within the aviation industry, and collaborates with local offices and the national aviation practice to support aviation pursuits and clients throughout the country.

“Yvonne has delivered multi-million, and billion-dollar projects globally, and is a proven aviation leader with a unique understanding of our industry,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “She has been instrumental in growing the firm’s aviation practice nationally and we look forward to supporting her in this expanded role in the West Division.”

Bilshausen has two decades of aviation infrastructure experience including passenger terminal and concourse design; lounges and tenant improvements; construction administration and management using various delivery methods; program management and project controls; as well as aviation business and financial consulting. She has extensive experience working with major airlines on various programs at some of the world’s busiest commercial airports.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Architecture/interior design firm Omgivning continues to thrive, making two key hires. Amanda Salud (formerly with Gensler and HOK) manages the firm’s expansion through initiatives focusing on deliberate, strategic growth; Simone Barth-Auster (formerly with MRY) oversees complex renovation/ conversion projects (at Union Station, the MacArthur Hotel in Westlake, and the historic YMCA building on San Pedro's waterfront). Both designers are highly active leaders in sustainability, which augments Omgivning’s specialization in adaptive reuse.


PCL Construction Services, Inc. welcomes Aaron Yohnke to the organization’s Southern California team. Aaron will support PCL’s California Buildings Vice President Cathy Orquiola by heading up day-to-day operations as Vice President and District Manager of the Los Angeles County office. The appointment comes in response to the award of major contracts such as LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility, Dodger Stadium improvements, multiple UCLA student housing projects, and work at a major theme park that significantly increased the size of the PCL team.

Aaron, an 18-year construction veteran, joined PCL in 2005 and has held various leadership roles across multiple PCL offices. He has been at the forefront of PCL’s technology initiatives, helping to integrate tools that help clients better understand the cause and effect of design decisions on cost, schedule, and constructability.

“Aaron is certain to be an asset to California Buildings in this next chapter of operations. He is resourceful and strategic, and I believe he will be critical to sustaining a robust culture where our employees can innovate and drive forward project success to the ultimate benefit of our clients. It is this standard of quality and excellence for which PCL is known,” shared Cathy Orquiola.

Aaron will collaborate with other district leaders on best practices to effectively plan, coordinate, and gain efficiencies on PCL projects. Aaron’s passion for promoting and augmenting a strong safety culture reinforces the team’s commitment to their clients, workers and trade partners. The firm’s success creating meaningful relationships with the labor workforce – particularly of small, diverse and local businesses – will continue to be a priority under his leadership.

In Aaron’s own words, “PCL’s Los Angeles team recently had the perfect opportunity to practice what we preach. Through the design and construction of our new office space in Glendale, we demonstrated meaningful engagement with the local, small and diverse business community with 72% of the construction scope being awarded to those entities. I am proud of what our team accomplished, and completely delighted by the beautiful environment that our team now calls home.”

About PCL’s California Buildings

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia. PCL’s California Buildings focuses on vertical construction in the education, sports and entertainment, and aviation markets. With offices strategically located in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, the company has a regional construction volume that positions PCL as one of the most prominent contracting organizations in Southern California. Watch us build at


WHW is thrilled to announce the appointment of Trina Fleming as its Chief Executive Officer. Fleming, formerly the Chief Operations Officer, has applied a servant leadership, values-lived approach to the organization for nearly ten years as a driving force of steady infrastructure development. She has managed all administrative, technology, facilities, human resources, and marketing functions, including oversight of the organization’s resale retail boutique, Deja New. She executed WHW’s two site moves, each time enhancing the job seeker programmatic experience and bolstering the organization’s efficiency, capacity and presence. Fleming is also an invested community builder with longtime service on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, where she received its Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009. Current service includes executive and advisory roles with Marketplace Women of Orange County, Women’s Business Institute, Leadership in Heels and Finestone Leadership Institute at California Southern University. She received her degree in Management Information Systems from Vanguard University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University.

WHW is also excited to welcome Yumiko Whitaker as its Chief Development Officer. Whitaker brings more than two decades of experience as a revenue development and communications strategist to the organization. Most recently, Whitaker helped businesses and non-profits reach capacity and awareness goals as the owner of her own public relations consultancy. Her experience is wide-ranging—from serving in a regional marketing communications role with IKEA that expanded the retailer’s footprint, to heading income development activities for American Cancer Society. She has also worked for Gap Inc., Nakatomi PR, and the California State Legislature. Whitaker’s volunteer board and committee experience includes service with Burbank Chamber of Commerce, Burbank Property and Business Improvement District, Corporate Advisory Committee, National Society of Fund-Raising Executives (now AFP), OC American Marketing Association and OC Public Relations Society of America Diversity Committee. She received her degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University and completed the IKEA Marketing Management Program in Delft.

Irvine-based WHW provides the unemployed and underemployed with skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job. Since 1993, WHW has served over 100,000 job seekers at no charge, many referred by over 275 partner agencies. Each year thousands of job seekers participate in programs focused on making each of them the most marketable candidate for the job they seek. Programs include: Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Assistance and Professional Apparel. For more information on WHW and how you can support our job seekers, visit

BDO USA has promoted Gabe Rubio to Partner, Specialized Tax Services. He helps businesses of all sizes identify, claim and document research and development credits, defending those credits upon IRS and state taxing authority exams. He has experience with taxation issues in California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Texas. He works with a variety of industries, including manufacturing, natural resources, consumer products, software and video gaming.

Global design firm, HKS, welcomes Miranda Gardiner to its LA office as Vice President, Sustainable and Performance Design Manager. After 13+ years of experience in New York and abroad, including a fellowship in Germany and secondment with the Abu Dhabi UPC, she returns to the West Coast as part of HKS’s DesignGreen team. She serves as the in-house sustainability expert, and volunteers on the Greenbuild International Conference Program Working Group and with AIA-LA’s COTE.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Mark A. Ingram, J.D., has been named Gensler’s Director of Global Real Estate. He is a nationally-recognized leader with 30 years’ experience in strategic real estate portfolio management, global transaction negotiations, project management and construction finance. He was formerly Corporate Properties Group Real Estate Director at Wells Fargo Bank.

Mark Fricke, PE, has re-joined HNTB Corporation as project director in Southern California. He brings more than 35 years of experience in highway design for major urban corridors and is based in the firm’s growing Santa Ana office. His duties include roadway design management of the firm’s work on the XpressWest high-speed rail project from Victorville, CA, to Las Vegas. This project impacts Interstate 15 and requires significant design coordination with Caltrans District 8.

He previously worked at HNTB from 1984 to 2002 on a wide range of transportation projects throughout California. Fricke has experience as both an engineer and manager on a diverse range of projects. He has a strong track record providing preliminary and final design of roadway and geometric plans for major urban corridor improvements on a fast-track basis.

Most recently, Fricke worked as roadway design manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Interstate 5 HOV Improvements in North County and Soundwall Package 11 along State Route 170 and Interstate 405; and as roadway design manager for the Orange County Transportation Authority on the State Route 57 Northbound Widening project. All three projects required extensive design coordination with Caltrans.

Carlton Fields’ L.A. office welcomes:

William Mark Levinson, West Coast Chair of Business Transactions and Finance, represents governmental, education, consumer, technology, sports, real estate, and cannabis clients in commercial and public finance, securities, real estate, and M&A projects.

Brad S. Markoff has a broad-based international practice focused on capital markets and complex financing transactions, including crossborder transactions, M&A, and strategic investments in a wide variety of industries, including real estate, hospitality, financial services, technology, and entertainment and media, with particularly deep experience in Asia-based transactions.

L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly-operated health plan, welcomes Nina Vaccaro, the Chief Operating Officer for the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, to its Board of Governors. In her position at CCALAC, Vaccaro works on development and growth of programs and services for member clinics. She is one of 13 members on the L.A. Care board who represent various stakeholder groups, including community clinics. She has a Master of Public Health.

Fenwick & West announced Joshua Geffon as the newest partner in its corporate practice. Geffon counsels entrepreneurs, executives and in-house legal teams in a wide range of industries, including software, e-commerce and internet, and life sciences. He co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Golob Minkow

Nicole Golob Minkow brings more than 20 years of experience representing management in employment defense litigation. She joins from Pearlman Brown & Wax where she was the chair of the firm’s Employment Law Department, and prior to that she was Of Counsel at Jackson Lewis. Golob Minkow has extensive experience in the courtroom litigating cases involving claims of wage and hour violations under state and federal law, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation, fraud and unfair business practices.


Lew’s law practice, The Lew Firm, represents Metta World Peace, Omari Hardwick, Trejos Tacos, Kelis, and others. Lew has opened five Stout Burgers, Boomtown Brewery, Third Wave Market, and other ventures. He is a founding member of the Forbes LA Business Council and is on Loyola Law School’s Board of Directors.

L - R: Roland Chavez. Bill McReynolds, Joy Ding, and Scott Goligoski

Warmington Residential is seeking land. In its efforts to identify every possible opportunity and acquire new deals in broad geographic locations, the Costa Mesa, California based home builder and land developer has grown its Southern California Division land team. From San Diego to San Luis Obispo, Warmington is well-positioned to evaluate potential acquisitions and expand its operations, primarily focusing on infill and emerging markets.

Leading the newly expanded land team in Southern California is Vice President of Land Acquisition, Roland Chavez. Joining him are Director of Land Acquisition, Joy Ding, and Director of Land Acquisition, Scott Goligoski. Joy is responsible for identifying, analyzing and acquiring new land deals in Los Angeles and Orange counties as well as the Inland Empire, while Scott is responsible for these same efforts in San Diego County. Each maintains specialized knowledge of local market conditions as well as existing relationships with municipalities, land owners, developers, homebuilders and brokers. Additionally, Roland and Scott previously represented land sellers and are experienced brokers. Also part of the Southern California land team since 2018 is Bill McReynolds, Director of Land Acquisition, Central Coast.

"As we prepare for a new decade with 2020 on the horizon, we are confident we have the right team in place to meet our business plan objectives," said Jay Deckard, Senior Vice President of Warmington Residential. "The plan includes expanding land inventory and reach in strategic locations that can be either developed or sold. Our entrepreneurial approach allows us to consider all types of deals, including those seen as having land-use, zoning, or environmental challenges."

The Warmington group of companies has land acquisition teams in place throughout all of the regions in which they are active. This includes Northern California, Nevada and Utah. In Nevada and Utah, Warmington is seeking multifamily acquisitions exclusively.

For more information or to discuss land and development opportunities, please visit

Wolcott Architecture is pleased to announce the promotion of Carlos Carrasquillo as Partner. With over twenty years of industry experience, he is a recognized architectural leader in Los Angeles and consistently designs award-winning work.

Carlos’s experience spans from public works and community centers to large-scale workplaces and creative offices. No matter the type, he offers a depth of knowledge, unparalleled collaboration, and the commitment to design excellence necessary to deliver thoughtful and innovative spaces to our clients.

At Wolcott, Carlos is leading the growth of the architecture studio, elevating the overall design, and introducing large-scale projects. Several of his key jobs have been: Von Karman Creative Campus, The Tower, 655 Glendale, and 6300 Wilshire. Notably, he led the team through a concept/design competition for Ampersand and won, making it the first of its size for WA. Currently in progress is an industrial site being converted into a creative office campus by repositioning the building and constructing a new ground-up building on the site. Projects of this size have lent themselves to the firm’s gained expertise in large-scale repositioning, ground-up, and adaptive reuse projects.

Wolcott is excited for Carlos’s well-deserved promotion and happy to have him as part of the family. His passion and creativity inspire everyone around him and his knowledge, leadership, and humor make him a pleasure to work with. We look forward to continued success with Carlos as Partner and the new direction in which he is leading the firm.


Nicole Kamm works with clients in a wide range of industries that are rapidly growing in California, including healthcare, technology, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, transportation and professional services. She defends employers and provides dispute resolution counsel against individual and class claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation and wage and hour violations before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.


Hannah Sweiss focuses her practice on defending employers against wage and hour claims brought under the California Labor Code, Private Attorneys General Act and other related claims in class, multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff actions. Sweiss also has unique experience working with employers facing EDD, DLSE and DOL audits. In addition, she provides employment counseling to help reduce risk of claims by employees related to employment classification, policies, agreements, discipline and termination.


Hilary Potashner has joined litigation and trial boutique Larson O’Brien as a partner. Ms. Potashner joins Larson O’Brien after stepping down from her post as the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. Her addition bolsters the firm’s robust complex litigation, white collar criminal defense, and appellate practices. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals previously appointed Ms. Potashner to serve as the Federal Public Defender. Ms. Potashner is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition to Ms. Potashner, the firm welcomes new associates Jen C. Won, Chris Lapinig, and Troy Tessem.

Larson O’Brien has offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The firm’s attorneys have served as a U.S. District Judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge, arbitrators, federal prosecutors, federal public defenders, assistant district attorneys, and law clerks to federal judges. The firm represents clients in high-stakes civil, criminal, and appellate matters, including real estate, land use, and environmental litigation, partnership and trade secret disputes, class actions and white collar criminal defense.


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Monday, October 14, 2019

Horvitz & Levy is proud to announce the promotion of Eric S. Boorstin to partner beginning January 2020. Eric serves on LACBA’s State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee and on the firm’s business development and art committees. His practice includes intellectual property, business and commercial law, and professional responsibility and liability.

Ed Segovia comes to Skanska with more than 25 years of senior management experience in construction operations. He also has experience nationally and internationally, managing business operations in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico. In this role, he will oversee job operations throughout Southern California.

Horvitz & Levy is proud to announce the promotion of Emily Cuatto to partner beginning January 2020. Emily serves on the firm’s recruiting and trial strategy committees and the California Lawyers’ Association Business Law Section Insurance Law Committee. Her practice includes products liability, toxic torts, insurance, and trial consultation.

Benjamin Mahaffay, PE, PMP, joins Burns & McDonnell in California as a senior civil engineer, specializing in heavy civil pavement design. In this role, he provides design, engineering and construction services for commercial and federal aviation clients’ airfield pavements. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering.

Stephen Cornelius has been promoted to Associate with STUDIOS Architecture. With his strong technical background, creative problem solving abilities, and great design sense, he is a vital member of our team. He excels at developing and maintaining relationships with clients and consultant teams. Stephen’s work ranges from dining and retail for Eataly in Century City, to student life and housing projects for UCLA and UCSD, and workplace projects for tech, entertainment, and law clients.

Anthony Wang joined Corgan’s Los Angeles office as the Studio Design Director, bringing a specialty in large, complex campuses and international projects. At Corgan, Anthony will provide leadership, design direction, and project management applying his global experience to provide clients agile, data-driven solutions and steward the firm’s education practice.

Marianne Martin and Jeffrey Groendal have joined Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP as partners in JMBM's Corporate Department. Ms. Martin represents private equity and hedge funds, independent sponsors, family offices, public and private corporations, banks, financial institutions, municipalities and venture capital funds in a variety of commercial and financing matters. Mr. Groendal represents large and mid-sized privatelyheld companies, investors and entrepreneurs in a broad range of business transactions, including M&A, stock and asset acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and fundraising.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Michael Speaker has joined City National Bank as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Based in Los Angeles, Speaker oversees the Legal and Corporate Administrative Group, which consists of legal and corporate governance, community reinvestment and corporate security. For more information, please go to

Upon the launch of Skanska Integrated Solutions (SIS), the program management and consulting arm of Skanska in the Los Angeles market, industry veteran Mark Kindhouse has been named SIS Regional Director for Southern California. Kindhouse will be responsible for overseeing multiple projects and client accounts to ensure successful engagement delivery.

HED welcomes Nick Pierotti and Sean Vanderwall to its 115-person Los Angeles office. Nick received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly Pomona and Sean obtained his from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Both are licensed architects with advanced Revit skills who have been project designers, project architects and/or project managers for a wide range of multifamily developments in Southern California. They have a combined 20 years’ housing experience and were previously with MVE and Carrier Johnson.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – congratulates Atul Sapra and Tasos Yiangou on their promotion to Partner and Andrew Ely on his promotion to Principal.

Atul Sapra assists clients in identifying, developing and implementing international tax planning strategies designed to maximize tax savings. He provides specialized services addressing a wide array of international tax concerns, including foreign expansion assistance, export incentives, transfer pricing, tax treaty analysis, employees working abroad, cross-border structuring, foreign tax credit planning, and international tax compliance projects.

Tasos Yiangou began his career in Europe and has deep technical audit and accounting experience with International Financial Reporting Standards as well as U.K. and U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. He specializes in the technology and consumer product industries and has experience with publicly traded companies and large multinational clients.

Andrew Ely is a member of RSM’s technology, sales, marketing, consulting services and engineering spans several decades across numerous high-growth hardware, software, services and manufacturing companies. Prior to joining RSM, Andrew was a managing director at a large technology firm where he held multiple global and North America leadership roles. “These individuals are true first-choice advisors, and we’re proud to have them as the newest firm leaders in the west region,” said Joe Mazza, Los Angeles and Southwest Market Leader.

ABOUT RSM US LLP RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment. RSM US LLP is the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 41,000 people in 116 countries. For more information, visit

Digital Marketing Associate, Lily Backer transferred from Carbon Lighthouse’s headquarters in San Francisco to the new Los Angeles office. Lily develops and implements strategic digital and creative programs for the company to drive growth while continuously engaging with Carbon Lighthouse's clients.

Charles Pak, Vice President of Learning and Development, transferred to the company’s new Los Angeles office. Charles has nearly 20 years of experience in training and development of individuals, teams and leaders to build a high performing culture. He will continue to manage Carbon Lighthouse’s professional development program.

Christopher O’Brien joins Carbon Lighthouse as an Implementation Engineer. He will be part of the company’s growing Los Angeles-based engineering team that is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s clean energy service in buildings. He brings more than 5 years of experience in mechanical engineering.


Psomas is pleased to announce that Ashley Haire, PhD, PE has joined the firm’s Transportation practice. As Project Manager, Ashley brings 19 years of extensive experience managing multimodal transportation projects from both the private and public sector perspectives. She will oversee the design and planning for balanced transportation networks with a focus on active transportation projects.


Dewberry has acquired California-based engineering firm Drake Haglan and Associates, an 80-person firm with offices in Sacramento, Modesto, Fresno, and Manteca. The existing offices will continue operating under current leadership, supported by Dewberry’s nationwide team. As Dewberry | Drake Haglan, the firm offers a wide range of services to clients throughout the west, including transportation planning and design, water infrastructure design, water resources, environmental studies and engineering, public outreach, grant management, and construction management.


Recognizes companies in the Los Angeles region that have demonstrated success in exporting or have provided significant export services to others over the past two years.

Since its beginning in 1953, Frazier Aviation has been a major part of many aircraft platforms from the DC3 to F35. There aren’t too many American manufactured planes over the years and today that do not have a number of parts manufactured by Frazier Aviation on them. More than 65 years later, Frazier Aviation, Inc., has become a leader in aerospace manufactured spares and now overhauls/ repairs components to nearly every friendly country to the United States. Foreign countries have come to respect Frazier Aviation’s supply chain ability, its years of performance and longevity, commitment to a quality product and its customers, whether foreign or domestic Most of the countries Frazier Aviation works with today respect their knowledge, longevity, and integrity.

The key to Frazier Aviation’s successful foreign growth was a decision made 7 years ago to offer their customers overall, whether direct and/or indirect, a complete supply chain sustainment of aerospace parts for the C130, P3, F16, F15 and F18 based on a cost-effective tradition and value-added partnerships. Visit