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Monday, February 28, 2022

Bill Abolt has been named AECOM’s U.S. Energy practice lead. He will spearhead efforts to broaden AECOM’s next-generation energy initiatives and further develop a national network to manage grid modernization, vehicle electrification, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. He brings extensive experience managing complex environmental, energy, and sustainability programs for clients.

Pacific Premier Bank is pleased to welcome Monica Zhang as SVP / Construction Lending Officer III. She brings 10+ years of experience in commercial real estate lending within the financial sector, including City National Bank and Wells Fargo. Monica holds an MBA in Real Estate and Finance from UCLA Anderson, and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Penn State University.

In her role with Pacific Premier, Monica works with clients individually to meet their needs, with expertise in providing construction and bridge loans ranging from $5 million to over $30 million for multi-family, industrial, office, and retail projects, along with single-family residence construction loans starting at $1 million. In addition to her vast experience in construction lending, Monica has previous experience in accounting for a real estate developer. She understands the importance of a reliable and responsive lender who can fund draws quickly, and strives to create customized solutions for clients.

About Pacific Premier
Founded in 1983, Pacific Premier Bank is one of the strongest-performing and fastest-growing banks in the nation. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Pacific Premier serves businesses and individuals throughout the United States, offering a wide array of deposit, treasury management, and loan products for small, middle-market, and corporate businesses.

For us, it’s not just business as usual. Our commitment to providing unparalleled client service and supporting the businesses and individuals in the communities we serve drives everything we do.

Member FDIC | Equal Housing Lender

Almas Sayeed joins Liberty Hill Foundation as VP, Public Partnerships. In this role, Almas forms partnerships to advance racial justice and policy change on behalf of low income communities of color. Almas brings 15 years of experience, working at the intersection of organizing, policy, and litigation in the areas of housing equity and immigrant justice.

Sutton, Pakfar & Courtney LLP has elected Grant Cohen to the firm’s partnership in its corporate department. Mr. Cohen represents clients in a wide range of M&A, financing, venture capital, and other strategic transactions, and securities law compliance and corporate governance matters. Mr. Cohen joined the firm in 2017 as a lateral attorney from Latham & Watkins LLP.

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LOS ANGELES – HKS Architects, Inc., ranked third in the nation by Building Design + Construction’s 2021 Top 160 Architecture Firms list, recently promoted six individuals in the Los Angeles office to principal and vice president positions, and two individuals to Associate positions.

Michelle Stevenson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was promoted to Principal position. Michelle began working at HKS in 2015, and focuses primarily on sports and entertainment. Her diverse background in programming and space planning for athletic and multipurpose venues has made her an integral team member for the recent SoFi Stadium and adjacent YouTube Theatre projects.

Mandy Flynn, Lindsey Minnick, Diana Tang, Josh Tooill and Brooke Walbuck were promoted to Vice President positions. Mandy Flynn, Regional Marketing Manager, joined HKS in 2007 and previously served as an Associate. She works closely with pursuit teams on projects in not just Los Angeles, but globally, to promote the Los Angeles and western region’s design studios. Lindsey Minnick, CID joined HKS in 2005, and is a Senior Interior Designer for office, life science and education projects. Her experience includes work for UCSD, Pfizer, Wexford and Equinox Hotels. Diana Tang, LEED AP BD+C joined HKS in 2015 and is a healthcare project designer. Her recent experience includes work for MLK Hospital, USC Keck Medicine and Kaiser Permanente. Josh Tooill, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP began in 2014 at HKS’ Shanghai office and relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 as a project designer. His recent projects include SoFi Stadium and Entertainment District, multiple COSM experience centers, and a ballpark in Hokkaido, Japan. Brooke Walbuck joined HKS in 2018 as Director of Business Development in Los Angeles, and continues in this role building relationships with commercial and hospitality clients. Her role is instrumental in securing innovative and cutting-edge design work for HKS’ design teams, bringing talents together across studios and geographies.

Daniel Oprea and Christopher van Leeuwen were both promoted to Associate positions. Daniel is a project coordinator with 12 years of experience, who joined HKS in 2017 and focuses on education and commercial projects. His recent work includes projects for UCSD, CBRE and The Related Companies. Christopher is an interior design job captain with 12 years of experience. He joined HKS in 2018 and focuses on office and hospitality interiors projects. His recent work includes projects for Kaiser Permanente, Trammell Crow and Equinox Hotels.

“Our firm’s values are based on relationships, character and purpose. This year’s group of promoted people exhibit the highest level of integrity and continue to demonstrate leadership in bringing enhanced value to our clients,” said Scott Hunter, FAIA, LEED AP, America West Regional Director at HKS. “We are proud that they are growing in their role within the firm, and I am excited to congratulate them for this recognition.”

For 83 years, HKS’ culture has revered invention and customer focus. We are a global collective of architects, interior designers, researchers, urban designers, nurses, anthropologists and more, united around serving our clients with limitless thinking. We strive to create a more resilient future.

For more information, visit or contact Mandy Flynn at

Monday, February 21, 2022

Carlton Fields Welcomes 8 Attorneys to its Los Angeles Office

The national law firm Carlton Fields is pleased to announce its Los Angeles office recently added eight lawyers.

This growth demonstrates the firm’s continuing efforts to attract top legal talent. Carlton Fields is focused on growing key practices and industries that are important to its clients. These new lawyers are natural complements to the firm’s national practices.

Jan Dodd is a nationally recognized trial lawyer known for her courtroom representation of clients in high-stakes product liability, mass torts, and toxic exposure cases. Ranked by Chambers USA for more than a decade, her advocacy skills also have been recognized repeatedly by the The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer. Her clients describe her as "a talented trial lawyer," "efficient and effective," and a "star products liability defense lawyer."

Robert P. Friedman is a real estate and business law attorney with more than 40 years of transactional experience. He primarily advises commercial developers, property owners, and tenants in a variety of transactional matters. His clients also include wealthy individuals, families, trusts, and small and midsize businesses. He serves as president of the board of trustees of Turning Point School in Culver City, California.

Ellyn S. Garofalo is a litigator who handles a wide range of complex civil litigation as well as criminal defense and regulatory matters. In her three decades of courtroom experience, she has tried a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts across the country. Her complex civil litigation practice includes breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, securities and investor fraud claims, real estate litigation, and other business disputes.

Justin E. Garratt focuses his practice on products liability, mass tort, and business litigation. He serves on national and local trial counsel teams for clients in a variety of industries, including aviation, vertical transportation, HVAC, and raw minerals. He handles all aspects of the litigation process, from pre-suit evaluation through discovery, law and motion, trial, and appeal, in state and federal court proceedings.

Austin L. Jackson focuses his practice on complex securities litigation, white collar criminal defense, and enforcement actions prompted by federal and state regulators. He has represented domestic and foreign companies, executive officers, and directors in connection with alleged violations of the securities laws, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-money laundering, and antitrust laws. He has also handled matters involving the SEC, CFTC, and DOJ.

Amir Kaltgrad is an experienced trial attorney who represents businesses and individuals in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including shareholder and partnership disputes, professional malpractice, complex business torts, real estate, and contract disputes. He also has experience defending individuals and corporations in a range of criminal and regulatory matters, including securities and health care fraud.

Scott D. Page is a real estate lawyer who handles commercial real estate transactions, including development, purchase and sales, joint ventures, financing, leasing, and other matters involving office, hotel, retail, industrial, and multitenant residential projects. He advises clients on partnership agreements, operating agreements, and tenancy in common agreements. He is a former certified public accountant.

Kim S. Zeldin is a litigator with extensive experience defending and prosecuting complex civil matters in federal and state trial and appellate courts in California and nationally, including class actions, breach of contract claims, business torts, defamation, real estate, intellectual property, mass tort, employment, ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, and other complex litigation on behalf of businesses, government entities, and individuals in a variety of industries.

Carlton Fields has more than 330 attorneys and government and financial services consultants serving clients from 11 offices nationwide. Its West Coast attorneys provide a range of litigation, advisory, and transactional services, including class action defense, mass tort and product liability litigation, insurance coverage defense and regulatory advice, tax planning, labor and employment advice and litigation, media and entertainment law representation, intellectual property protection, cybersecurity and data privacy counseling and breach response, fund formation and representation, corporate and real estate transactions, commercial litigation, and antitrust counseling and representation.

The Sasha Group announced today Jared Nixon will be leading the West office as SVP and Head of Sasha West. Nixon has 20+ years of experience in marketing and branding, most recently at The Shark Group. He’ll be in charge of the company’s portfolio of clients and growing the business.

Orange County-based Arym Diamond has joined Bid Ops, the pioneer in predictive procurement orchestration, as Chief Revenue Officer. In this role, Arym will be responsible for creating and executing Bid Ops' go-to market strategy and maximizing revenue generation for various groups within this fast-growth organization.

Kaiser Permanente Announces High-Level Executive Appointment for the Southern California and Hawaii Market

Michelle Gaskill-Hames has been appointed as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy, Growth and Experience Officer for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Hawaii.

Gaskill-Hames oversees eight medical service areas in Southern California, including the following locations: Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Downey, Baldwin Park, South Bay, Panorama City/Antelope Valley and Woodland Hills/Ventura.

She will also lead Kaiser Permanente’s growth strategy and effort to improve the consumer experience and bring high-quality and affordable health care to more people in Southern California and Hawaii. Additionally, Gaskill-Hames will have oversight of the Member Services Department, ensuring the excellence in care.

“Michelle, among others, will partner with the Permanente physicians and local teams to ensure our health care delivery systems continue to provide excellent service and quality care,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Hawaii, Health Plan and Hospitals. “I am confident she is the ideal leader for this challenging moment in history and well beyond.”

Gaskill-Hames began her career as a neonatal intensive care registered nurse and quickly rose through the ranks of several of the most respected health care organizations in the nation. She has delivered “leadership vision,” driven cultural transformation, and executed successful outcomes through her work at Advocate Healthcare, Huron Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. She joined Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region in 2016.

Gaskill-Hames holds a Master of Health Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Project Management Certification from the Harvard School of Public Health.

City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the U.S., named Vince Jensen as its chief clinical operating officer. Jensen will lead clinical operations on City of Hope’s main campus in Los Angeles and throughout its Southern California network of more than 35 care locations.

Lukasa, a Business and Technology Consulting Firm, Launches in LA Region

An all-in-one consulting and execution firm, Lukasa fills an essential need in the fast-paced L.A. business community—offering a clear path and scalable solution for companies to gain the modern edge required to compete and thrive in a rapidly-evolving data-driven economy.

Founded by a veteran team of forward-thinking business and technology experts with deep experience across a wide range of industries, Lukasa was built for companies in need of process analysis and improvement, innovative technologies, and business transformation—key features of modernization.

Lukasa takes a partnership approach to every project, working side-by-side with client teams to gain a three-dimensional view of what each company needs to maximize efficiency and competitiveness.

“Over the years, Mark Bishay, CTO and I have been on the inside. We understand the pain points of companies in diverse sectors, and the typical roadblocks to modernization,” says CEO, Dan O’Toole. “The great news is that we know how to fix it. When you have the right team, transforming your business doesn’t have to be daunting or prohibitively expensive. It’s thrilling to help companies streamline to meet their goals. Highly efficient companies create engaged employee culture and deliver enhanced customer experience, resulting in growth and profitability.”

“We have the flexibility to scale a team to fit each company and project’s unique needs. We develop and implement innovative, integrated, custom solutions to optimize your organization,” says Bishay.

Modernization matters. Lukasa’s Los Angeles team reimagines business—designing a future-focused path to strategic growth. Learn more about the company visit

Monday, February 14, 2022

Helen Mah has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Pasadena as a Vice President and Banker. Helen addresses the complex financial needs of successful individuals and families to help grow, protect and transition their wealth. She seeks to add value across the financial spectrum. Helen joins the firm from Wells Fargo.

Joshua Finkelstein has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Los Angeles as a Vice President and Banker. Josh guides affluent families to help grow and protect their wealth with a plan that aligns with clients’ goals. Josh previously held executive positions at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo.

Larry Manis has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Los Angeles as an Executive Director and Investment Specialist. He draws on from his institutional capital markets background to offer customized strategies and innovative ideas that enhance the full spectrum of clients’ wealth. Larry joins the firm from Payden & Rygel.

Mark Fowler has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Pasadena as a Vice President and Banker. As his clients’ first call, Mark presents customized, long-term strategies that help grow and preserve their wealth, and leave legacies for their families and communities. He joins the firm from Bank of America Private Bank.

Richard Aguiar has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Los Angeles as a Managing Director and Banker. Rich takes a holistic approach to offer customized recommendations for financial planning, investments, and more. His clients include business entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and foundations. Rich joins the firm from Deutsch Bank Wealth Management.

Tyler Messner has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Los Angeles as an Executive Director and Investment Specialist. Tyler is skilled in designing monetization and hedging strategies to diversify large and illiquid balance sheets for affluent clients. Most recently, Tyler joins the firm from Citi Private Bank.

Mitula Patel was named a Principal at Momentous Insurance Brokerage, a Marsh McLennan Agency. Mitula leads a team of professionals who oversee all accounting functions at Momentous.” A member of the National Association of Insurance Women, Mitula has received numerous honors, including CFO of the Year from the San Fernando Business Journal.

Lilia Rocha was named a Principal at Momentous Insurance Brokerage, a Marsh McLennan Agency,. Lilia has crafted policies exclusive to high profile entertainment clients and is responsible for all Management Liability risks at Momentous. An expert in her field, she has been quoted in multiple publications. Lilia volunteers for numerous charitable organizations.

George Makrinos, Department Manager for Aviation and Federal Infrastructure Projects

Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm has hired George Makrinos as a department manager to lead aviation & federal infrastructure projects. He has 16 years of experience in design and project management on large-scale airport terminals, including projects at Los Angeles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Las Vegas Airport. As an architectural department manager, George will support sales and marketing efforts as well as grow the architectural practice in California.

Monday, February 7, 2022

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Guillaume de Chalendar has joined Banc of California as SVP, Head of Media & Entertainment, based in the firm's Los Angeles office. In this position, he will lead the strategy and growth of the Media & Entertainment vertical, serving entrepreneurs, businesses, sponsors, operators and talent and their business managers in the television, film, music and entertainment industries.

Phil Shawe CEO of TransPerfect recently hit a milestone: 2021 billed revenues of $1.11 billion. This represents a 31% increase over 2020’s total and marks the company’s 29th consecutive year of revenue growth since its founding in 1992. In the fourth quarter, total sales grew by 33% relative to 2020 Q4, adding more than $83 million in topline revenue. TransPerfect has spent nearly three decades solving global business challenges for our clients, and has turned into one of the most successful growth stories in the business world.

Land use attorney Mitchell B. Menzer has joined Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP as Partner. A prominent attorney with a Legal 500 land use/zoning recognition, Mr. Menzer specializes in land use matters and obtaining entitlements for complex real estate development projects, including residential, mixed-use, shopping centers, hotels and office developments.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( welcomes Azita Fatheree and Lisa Anderson to its Board of Directors.

Azita Fatheree
Azita was born in Iran and moved to the US in 1979. She has her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from U.C. Davis and her Master's degree from Columbia University, NY in International Affairs with a concentration in Finance and Business.

Azita has held a number of positions in for profit, non-profit and academic sectors. When her son, Clayton, developed a rare and catastrophic type of epilepsy in infancy, Azita shifted her focus caring for him. Since 2002, Azita has devoted her time advocating for the disability community. Azita served on the Board of Trustees for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles for 6 years and led the board as President for 2 years. She also focused on disability rights in her capacity as a Los Angeles County commissioner and Chair of the commission on Local Governmental Services, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. She spent those years of service pushing for the vital training of police officers in recognizing and learning how to appropriately interact with people with intellectual disabilities and cognitive impairment. Azita currently serves on Children's Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees. She has also been an advocate in special education at the Glendale Unified School District in different capacities for over a decade. She and her husband, George, established the G. Clayton Fatheree IV Disability Rights Scholarship at Loyola Law School.

Lisa C. Anderson
Lisa is an ECF client participant in the ECF Exceptional Works Training Academy. She has worked in ECF’s Warehouse and Logistics, working on Stone Candles production and quality control. In 2019, following her passion, she joined as a member of the inaugural ECF Culinary Training program. Lisa completed ServSafe Certification through the program on her first attempt, and is a founder and active member of the Cookbook Club. Prior to joining ECF, Lisa worked at Liberty E-Waste Solutions, providing e-waste disassembly and at Goodwill Industries as a Retail Stock Clerk. She has served as a dedicated community volunteer at the Los Angeles Public Library and for Meals on Wheels. Lisa is a proud advocate for disability rights and inclusion. In December, she participated in the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) California Statewide Self-Advocacy Chat: “Understanding the Unknown.”

Cordoba Corporation, a nationally recognized, California-based engineering, program management, and construction management firm specializing in infrastructure projects in the energy, water, education and facilities, and transportation sectors, is pleased to announce two director-level appointments.

Brad Carter, P.E. recently joined Cordoba as Director of Electric Utilities, where he is responsible for Cordoba’s Energy Infrastructure sector's electric portfolio with investor-owned utility and municipal utility clients. He previously worked at San Diego Gas & Electric for fifteen years in several key transmission, engineering, design, operations, project management and regulatory positions. Brad earned his B.S. in Structural Engineering and M.S. in Management Science at UC San Diego.

Peter Yu, P.E. joined Cordoba Corporation in August 2018 and was recently promoted to Director of Gas Utilities, where he is responsible for managing projects and programs with Cordoba’s natural gas utility customers, including SDG&E, PG&E and SoCalGas. Peter earned his B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from UC Irvine and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Mr. Carter can be reached at or (626) 893-6419. Mr. Yu can be reached at: or (714) 322-8234.

Cordoba Corporation uniquely combines technical capabilities and experience with an in-depth understanding of public policy and regulations, infrastructure development, and the importance of Making a Difference in the communities in which we live and work. For more information, please visit or @cordobacorp on social media.

Banc of California, California’s leading relationship-focused business bank, has hired ,John Helgeson as Senior Director, Specialty Banking to focus on banking and lending to charter schools. Helgeson’s experience includes over 14 years of charter school finance leadership, including launching charter school financing programs in 11 states. He will be based in the firm’s LA office.

Maria Pearman, CPA, CGMA
Principal and Beverage Practice Leader, GHJ

A distinguished leader in the beverage alcohol sector, Maria Pearman joined accounting and advisory firm GHJ to lead its Beverage Practice. Maria specializes in internal accounting processes, financial reviews, budgeting, cash flow forecasting, financial strategy and succession planning.

A featured industry speaker, Maria has taught courses for the Business of Craft Beer program at the University of Vermont as well as at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Academy. Maria also wrote the top-rated book Small Brewery Finance and is currently working on Distillery Finance, to be released in Spring 2022.

Huntington Hospital recently announced Nirav Vikram Kamdar, MD, MPP, MBA, has joined the Huntington Enterprise and its executive management team as vice president, quality improvement and clinical operations.

In his leadership role, Dr. Kamdar will guide quality improvement, patient safety and clinical operations, including pharmacy, laboratory, care coordination and the Senior Care Network. Leveraging his strong foundation of quality and service excellence, Dr. Kamdar will use a data-driven approach to build upon the hospital’s strong clinical engine. His focus will be to improve processes and clinical operations, decrease variations in care and create a high reliability organization focused on safety and exceptional patient outcomes.

Dr. Kamdar joins Huntington from UCLA Health, where he served in multiple leadership roles to enhance quality, including as director of quality for the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, a senior quality officer and the clinical director of the UCLA Biodesign Program.

He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied political science, then received two concurrent degrees: his MD from Stanford School of Medicine and a Master of Public Policy from USC. Dr. Kamdar later completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and then his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, promoted Tony Barranda to department manager for environmental studies and permitting. He will lead a team assisting clients in permitting requirements with a focus on utility and energy infrastructure projects. Tony has nearly two decades of experience in impact analysis, project and program management and CEQA/NEPA compliance.

Leading environmental and renewable energy attorney Peter H. Weiner has joined Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP as Partner. A nationally recognized attorney with a top Chambers USA environmental ranking, Mr. Weiner will continue to focus on complex environmental, energy, land use and real estate matters at Cox Castle.

Josh Mogin has joined Thompson Coburn as a partner in the Firm's real estate and banking and finance practice groups. For over 20 years, Josh has represented institutional lenders, financial institutions, developers, special servicers, rating agencies, insurance companies, hotels and property owners in a wide range of real estate transactions and financings.

GHJ Announces Five New Partner Promotions and Executive Committee Updates

GHJ, a leading accounting and advisory firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of five talented leaders to partner: • Dr. Frances Ellington (State and Local Tax Leader)
• Douglas Halley (Health and Wellness Practice Leader)
• Peter Klass (a leader in the Filmed Entertainment Practice)
• Dan Landes (Media and Advertising Practice Leader)
• Richard Wu (Real Estate Practice Leader)

In addition, GHJ is excited to announce that Partner and Chief Strategy Officer Mari-Anne Kehler will be joining the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Frances Ellington, DBA, CPA, is GHJ’s State and Local Tax Practice Leader and has more than 10 years of experience assisting her clients on issues related to tax audit controversy, nexus and reporting requirements, as well as various tax planning initiatives. A strong supporter and mentor of other women outside and at GHJ, Frances is co-leader of GHJ’s Women’s Empowerment Cohort. Frances was also a recipient of The Accountant’s and International Accounting Bulletin’s 2020 “Young Accountant of the Year” award and CalCPA’s 2019 “Women to Watch” award.

Douglas Halley, CPA, is a leader GHJ’s Audit and Assurance Practice. With more than 30 years of public accounting experience, Douglas primarily works with clients in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors. He demonstrates excellence in financial management and analysis coupled with executive leadership and financial expertise. Douglas is also a well-known industry speaker and lecturer at universities such as UCLA, USC School of Public Health and national conferences on accounting updates to corporate governance best practices. Due to his extensive expertise in the area, Douglas will also be responsible for leading and growing GHJ’s Health and Wellness Practice.

Peter Klass, CFE, has more than 20 years of entertainment accounting and audit experience, specializing in profit participations, distribution and contract compliance of film and television programs. He also consults on disputes and litigations, profit-sharing arrangements and settlement negotiations on behalf of clients. Peter is a co-author of the 3rd edition of Movie Money: Understanding Hollywood’s (Creative) Accounting Practices and has written and been interviewed on various entertainment and media topics. He is a guest lecturer at Pepperdine University and Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution and has participated in various speaking engagements centered on film and TV profit participations.

Dan Landes, CPA, leads GHJ’s Technical Consulting Group as well as the Media and Advertising Practice. With 15 years of experience, he is an expert accounting and revenue recognition for digital media, advertising, technology and filmed entertainment. He is a regular guest lecturer at universities, such as UCLA and California State University, Northridge, and leads the revenue recognition segment of CalCPA’s annual “Motion Picture and Television Industry: Accounting and Auditing Overview.” Additionally, Dan is actively involved in GHJ’s Mentoring Program and has led various internal trainings on revenue recognition and financial statement preparations.

Richard Wu, CPA, leads GHJ’s Real Estate Practice and provides business strategy, tax advisory and tax compliance services to regional, national and international real estate companies as well as family offices and high-net-worth individuals. He has more than 15 years of tax compliance and consulting experience. Richard advises clients with a clear understanding of their business operations and long-term goals. He also provides support on tax-efficient entity structuring, due diligence on sales and acquisitions of real estate investments, mortgage debt analysis and cash flow and net-operating-income projections. Richard has also authored numerous tax blogs for GHJ as well as having spoken on tax topics for CalCPA.

As chief strategy officer and a partner, Mari-Anne Kehler, CDP, is known as dynamic and transformational leader at GHJ. A longtime advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, Mari-Anne uses her platform to create a better workplace for all. In 2020, she became a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP). Mari-Anne was brought on to GHJ’s Executive Committee due to her ability to embrace change and challenges. Her innovative mindset was key to helping GHJ pivot during the business disruption caused by COVID-19. Additionally, she is managing the design and launch of GHJ’s firm-wide client experience program, creating a formalized approach to enhance client relationships. Previously, Mari-Anne was featured as an LA Times DEIA visionary honoree and finalist for their Inspirational Women in Business Awards. Mari-Anne was also nominated for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women’s Leadership Awards and previously named one of their “Most Influential Marketer.” She also recieved the CMO Club’s “CMO Transformation Award” for her ability to lead company-wide brand transformation.

By continually investing in the next generation of leaders, resources and technology, GHJ is transforming its vision and passion into tangible results for its clients and people. The Firm’s goal is to support and nurture its leaders to best serve and strategically advise its clients. By leveraging core values, these new partners will create a framework that fosters long-term relationships for future success and growth, all while mentoring and shaping the young professionals who follow them.

Lincoln Avenue Capital (LAC) welcomes Nina-Lee Jewell Alhambra as Vice President of Asset Services. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in affordable housing, Nina-Lee oversees LAC’s asset and capital management, resident services, and property-level initiatives. LAC is a leading acquirer and developer of affordable housing.

Northern Trust Wealth Management announced the appointment of Steven Mann as Senior Vice President and Director of Wealth Strategies for the West Region. Steven is accountable for delivering an exceptional experience for clients of Wealth Management; driving business planning and execution; and recruiting, retaining, coaching and developing talent. He actively leads advisors who help clients meet their wealth management needs through a variety of wealth planning, investment management, private banking, trust services, insurance, and integrated financial solutions.

Ricardo Escobosa is a Senior Capital Advisor / SVP within the Northern Trust Wealth Management Group in Los Angeles. In his role, Ricardo is advising individuals and families with their personal, commercial, and real estate-focused banking needs. Ricardo joined Northern Trust in 2021 and has over 26 years of experience in the banking industry with the last 16 years focused within the wealth management sector.

In addition to his credit stewardship, he partnered with business development-focused bankers to provide solutions and services to the high net worth and ultra-high net worth segment of the market---individuals, families, and corporate entities.

Gursey | Schneider LLP, a full-service accounting firm specializing in litigation support, tax services, and business management, announces the promotions of Anastasia Atamanchuk, CPA, Ben Hoy, CPA and Yishai Kabaker, CPA to partner.

Anastasia Atamanchuk focuses on compliance, planning strategies, and navigating ever-changing, complex tax laws. She serves a wide range of clients including high-net-worth individuals, trusts, and closely held businesses.

Ben Hoy specializes in entity structuring to achieve efficient income and estate tax plans. He provides tax compliance, as well as consulting services to international families who are buying assets in or immigrating to the US.

Yishai advises our clients in estate and generational planning, equity compensation, and pre-planning for large liquidity events. Founded in 1979, we provide unparalleled service to our clients in a wide array of specialties. Working as a cohesive team within the firm, our departments are fully integrated and synergistic. Our membership in DFK International/USA, an association of independent full-service accounting firms, enhances our ability to serve our clients through the sharing of information and access to additional resources on a global level. Gursey | Schneider LLP consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top accounting firms by INSIDE Public Accounting Magazine in the Best of the Best Accounting Firms survey.

Gursey | Schneider LLP is headquartered in Century City, the center of the financial and entertainment communities. With offices in the South Bay, Orange County, San Francisco, and the San Fernando Valley, we are well situated to assist with financial needs throughout California.

Kayly Hill has joined as Partner, Consulting Lead at Nava Benefits, a modern healthcare benefits brokerage leveraging technology and benefits innovation to tackle the rising costs of healthcare. Formerly USI’s Assistant Vice President, Kayly’s 20-year career has provided deep industry knowledge to serve employers of all sizes and industries. Kayly brings creative solutions to her clients that save them money while improving the lives of their employees.

“Kayly’s deep focus on employee wellbeing and the member experience is what stands out the most. At Nava, we have a fundamental belief that if you do right by your clients the rest will take care of itself and Kayly fits that mold,” said Joe Donovan, Nava’s Chief Revenue Officer. “Kayly’s background in strategic consulting continues to raise the bar for Nava and our clients.”

Why Nava? Kayly says, “Our industry hasn't seen meaningful innovation in over 2 decades, but I firmly believe that is about to change. I joined Nava to revolutionize traditional brokerage services for small and mid-size companies by driving meaningful change through a transparent feedback loop and by bringing them the tools and strategies enjoyed by America’s largest employers. I want to influence how the industry offers HR solutions to SMBs, and I’m best positioned to do that at Nava.”

MATT Construction, one of California’s leading general contractors, is pleased to announce the expansion of their leadership team with the promotion of two operational Vice Presidents.

Ankur Verma has played a critical role on MATT’s operations team for the last 17 years. He has led several innovative and logistically challenging projects, such as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, One Westside and the Television Academy Saban Media Center.

In addition to continuing to oversee the success of client projects, Ankur will be responsible for assessing and leading MATT’s operations and technology infrastructure integration. Partnering with MATT’s VDC/BIM department, he will lead the implementation of technology solutions to increase efficiency at every level of project execution.

Throughout his career at MATT, Kevin Pitzer has consistently delivered unique and complex projects on time and on budget and has played a vital role in successfully leading exemplary projects such as the LACMA Transformation, Hotel Californian, Christ Cathedral Tower of Hope, and the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. Kevin is currently leading the project team at the (W)rapper, LA’s first exoskeleton tower, where he will guide the pioneering project to completion.

Beyond supporting MATT’s clients, Kevin will also be responsible for identifying, developing and implementing best practices for operations.

The Los Angeles office of design and architecture firm Gensler announces the promotion of seven to Principal. Principal appointees champion Gensler’s people-first philosophy and bring unparalleled value to the firm’s culture, people, projects, clients, and business.

Demetra Thornton, AIA, NCARB, Principal
Demetra’s interest in the intersection of business and creativity has led her to roles as office operations lead, studio director for the firm’s sports practice and an advocate in the firm’s DEI initiatives. As an architect, her personal responsibility is to use design to create resilient environments that enhance spaces for people.

Jennifer Hamilton, PMP, Principal
Jennifer’s impact goes beyond her role as studio director, she is a regional client relationship leader managing global work for clients like LinkedIn. As a strategic project manager, Jennifer works across practices to deliver valuable solutions for clients that engage customers, delight employees, align with business goals, and drive revenue.

John Wiedner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Principal
John is a leader in Gensler’s media and production studio practice creating visionary design and planning solutions for marquee media companies globally. From new production studios to sound stage design, to highly technical facilities, John’s ability to bridge the gap between technical and design creates unique solutions for content creation spaces.

Rob Bischoff, PMP, Principal
Rob leads Gensler's DXD (digital experience design) practice across the region. He works with clients to seamlessly integrate technology and immersive experiences into the built environment. He is leading Fortune 100 companies in the creation of omni-channel experiences, defining new market opportunities, driving customer engagement, and fostering brand awareness.

Ryan Ihly, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal
Ryan is a studio director, architect, and practice area leader who navigates across industries to partner with some of today’s most innovative companies and non-profits. He has led complex mission-driven work for science, technology, research, and cultural institutions and recently focused on the established and emerging space technology market.

Tim Sullivan, Assoc. AIA, NCARB, Principal
As a Studio Director and Global Aviation Practice Area Leader for Gensler’s aviation practice, Tim is a proven leader at managing complex, large-scale projects and teams. His diverse and multi-faceted skill set spans major aviation development projects in the region, from project management, project planning and design, and managing client and stakeholder engagement. He creates high performing teams integrating architects, designers and consultants.

Kristi Sprinkel, Principal
As regional marketing director, Kristi’s reach impacts business development, client engagement, and strategic communications. She aligns with office directors, practice area leaders and marketing practitioners to implement market-specific strategies that are responsive to evolving clients’ needs.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Lincoln Avenue Capital (LAC) welcomes Nina-Lee Jewell Alhambra as Vice President of Asset Services. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in affordable housing, Nina-Lee oversees LAC’s asset and capital management, resident services, and property-level initiatives. LAC is a leading acquirer and developer of affordable housing.

David Lopez Tome, AIA, ARB, COAM, has been named HNTB Corporation’s architecture national practice leader and vice president. Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Lopez Tome oversees HNTB’s growing staff of architects and delivery of all architecture projects.

“David is a needle-mover who will energize our firm’s continued commitment to delivering the full spectrum of architectural services needed to support the success of our clients,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “His strong leadership and technical expertise will help continue to expand our architecture practice in aviation, transit and sports projects.”

Lopez Tome previously led the United States practice for another architecture firm. He brings nearly two decades of leadership, design and construction experience from around the world. He has a thorough understanding of the complex dynamics of airport terminals, sports facilities, transit facilities and other large-scale infrastructure projects.

Lopez Tome earned a Master of Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and an associate degree in business and architecture from Florida International University. He holds an Architect License in the U.S., United Kingdom and Spain.

HNTB’s many signature architecture projects include serving as architect of record for Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium; architect of record for the new South Terminal C, Phase 1, at Orlando International Airport; and lead architectural designer for the Automated People Mover stations and maintenance facility at Los Angeles International Airport, among others.

GHJ Merges in Northern California Accounting Firm Orlando, Mitts, Moore and Company

GHJ, an accounting and advisory firm headquartered in Los Angeles with team members and clients throughout the U.S., is excited to announce its expansion in Northern California with Orlando, Mitts, Moore and Company (OMM), an accounting firm based in San Jose, CA, joining its team. The addition of this second office demonstrates GHJ’s commitment to growth so it can better serve its clients nationally. Dedicated to excellence, GHJ believes merging OMM into GHJ will allow both employees and clients to #BeMore.

“OMM has a strong reputation in the community and brings a wealth of experience, especially in their tax services,” said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. “The synergy between OMM and GHJ’s culture and values made this a perfect complement to our existing client offerings. Bringing OMM into GHJ is another demonstration of our commitment to better serve our clients located throughout California and the U.S.”

GHJ is thrilled for OMM Partners and Owners Laurie Orlando and Lou Mitts and their team to join GHJ. Founded in 1981, OMM provides accounting services to individuals and businesses, including compilations, reviews and audits. OMM specializes in tax planning and preparation for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, private foundations, nonprofits, estates and trusts.

Merging OMM into GHJ provides synergy with two like-minded organizations. Tightly aligning with GHJ’s own vision and values, OMM's mission is to help clients achieve success by providing personalized attention and excellent service that addresses not only today's needs but tomorrow's plans. Similar to GHJ, OMM has also embraced technological innovations and evolved over the years to meet the needs of its clients, without losing its commitment to personalized service.

“We are excited to be joining GHJ and what this means for both our clients and our employees,” said Laurie. With this expansion to a new office in Northern California, GHJ will be able to grow both its reach and its ability to serve clients, including current OMM and GHJ clients as well as future ones.

“Giving our clients access to GHJ’s breadth of expertise and resources will give us the chance to expand our service offerings and serve our clients better than ever before,” added Lou.

GHJ's Tax Practice pre-acquisition was comprised of over 65 professionals with expertise in state and local taxes, international tax planning, high-net-worth services and nonprofits in addition to corporate taxes. With tax providers located throughout the U.S., GHJ serves clients globally so they can grow revenues while minimizing tax burdens.

“Having OMM’s impressive team of professionals join GHJ will help deepen our pool of top-notch talent and resources and aligns with our commitment to excellence in client service,” Partner and GHJ Tax Practice Leader Akash Sehgal added.

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Han Yuan joined Recharge - the first-in-class ecommerce subscription management solution - as Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering. He will play an integral role, leading the product and engineering teams. Previously, Han has held senior leadership roles at Upwork, eBay, Netflix, and most recently AKF Partners.

Nevell Group, Inc. Announces New President and Executive Leadership Promotions

Since our inception in 2003, Nevell Group, Inc. (NGi) has become a trusted and respected partner and employer with one of the strongest teams in the industry. The company will soon crest the $2 Billion mark of work put in place on many of the most notable projects in the western United States. NGi became an employee-owned company this past year, which makes every employee now part of the success moving forward, while providing an avenue for continued long term financial strength of the organization.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Chris Taylor will become President of Nevell Group, Inc effective January 1, 2022. Chris will now oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization going forward. Mr. Taylor joined NGi in 2017 and has proven to be an outstanding leader in his previous roles, including most recently as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Chris will continue to lead this organization in a manner our customers, trade partners and employees will respect and admire. Michael Nevell will remain active in the organization in the role of CEO and Chairman of the Board. Michael will focus on work acquisition, executive level customer relationships, company culture, mentoring and M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions).

In addition to Mr. Taylor’s promotion to President, there are several other well-deserved promotions at the executive level that NGi would like to announce. Mike Korthals will continue to lead all the company’s work acquisition and Pre-Con efforts and will be promoted to Senior Vice President. Three individuals are being promoted to Vice President Branch Manager: Mike Jackson (LA/OC), Jim McDonald (Norcal/Sacramento), and Jim Letzring (San Diego).

We are confident these individuals will support our customers and employees in a way that will continue to elevate the industry and highlight NGi as best-in-class in all the regions where we operate.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Alex Wyman has joined Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles as a partner in the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department. He most recently served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California, where he was the Securities Investment Fraud Coordinator and Corporate Fraud Coordinator in the Major Frauds Section.

DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express Inc., a division of Dependable Supply Chain Services, has announced the promotion of Kane McEwen to President. Kane spent the last sixteen years at DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express with eight years of prior transportation experience. He brings his proficient knowledge of operations, resourcefulness, and teamwork to the position.

Lisa D. Weil has been named a Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP. Weil is a seasoned transactional real estate attorney specializing in affordable housing projects. Weil represents developers, investors, and lenders in the acquisition, financing, and development of affordable housing projects in California and throughout the country.

Think Together Welcomes New Deputy Chief of Human Capital and Director of Talent Acquisition Amid Transformational Investments in Expanded Learning

Think Together, California’s leading nonprofit provider of school improvement, expanded learning and afterschool programs, today announced the appointment of Kecia Bailey Alexander as Deputy Chief of Human Capital and Holly Perry as Director of Talent Acquisition.

With more than 25 years of professional experience in human resources, Kecia will lead the nonprofit’s onboarding and professional development, as well as its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. Kecia comes to Think Together from Williams-Sonoma where she was Regional Director of Human Resources supporting the global supply chain for five multi-channel brands and multiple locations.

Kecia holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Phoenix and a Master of Applied Leadership & Management at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. Kecia also holds the following human resources designations, SHRM-CP, SPHR-CA, sHRBP and LDSS.

Holly joins Think Together from Gifted Healthcare where she led a clinical recruitment team during the COVID-19 staffing crisis. During which, Holly successfully placed nurses in hospitals nationally to help meet the overwhelming demand for healthcare workers throughout the pandemic.

Holly will oversee Think Together’s talent acquisition and retention strategies as well as its talent management framework as she leads the staffing and recruiting teams. Holly graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies.

The appointments come as Think Together is looking to immediately hire 800 program staff across the state as well as an estimated 400 new team members every month to scale its growth and meet the equitable education needs of students and families.

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C.W. Driver Companies Shores Up Leadership Team with Two New Promotions

C.W. Driver Companies, a premier builder serving California since 1919, promotes two project leaders to better serve the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Jamie Macartney, LEED AP will serve as project director, bringing 15 years of construction experience to the role, seven of which are with C.W. Driver Cos. Macartney will oversee all aspects of a project, including supervision of the design phase, project management and field. Macartney has extensive experience in retail, hospitality, multifamily and higher education, with notable projects including Pacific City, Hilton Hotels, CSU Dominguez Hills and CSU Fullerton.

Promoted to project executive, Judd Reas, DBIA brings with him 21 years of construction engineering experience, five of which are with C.W. Driver Cos. In his new role, Reas will oversee the project team, providing necessary guidance and resources to ensure project success and meet all expectations of the owner. Notable projects he has worked on include Pasadena Paseo Mall, Euclid Creative Office, Waikoloa Beach Resort, CSU Bakersfield and HomeAid Yale Navigation Center.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Taylor Lister has been named a Principal at Marsh McLennan Agency. Taylor Lister joined MMA in 2014, bringing over a decade of experience structuring risk management and corporate insurance programs. Her areas of expertise include real estate, development, construction, and complex workers’ compensation placement.

The Music Center has named Shelby Boagni, SHRM-SCP to the new position of Senior Vice President of People & Culture. With more than 25 years’ experience in the HR field, Boagni will champion an inclusive culture, helping ensure The Music Center recruits, develops, motivates and retains a high-performing team, prioritizing diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.

Renee McDermott has been named a Principal at Marsh McLennan Agency. Since joining MMA in 2015, Renee has quickly grown into one of MMA’s top business insurance client executives. She has served internally as a leader in the National Healthcare practice group as well as a mentor to fellow colleagues.

Mark Brutzkus and Nick Rozansky join Stubbs Alderton & Markiles (SA&M) as Partners. They bring decades of experience, namely in the Apparel & Fashion industry, to SA&M.

Brutzkus, coming off representing Arctic Fox in its $100m sale to LG Household and Health, specializes in representing consumer product companies in corporate, commercial, intellectual property, finance, transactional, merger and acquisition, insolvency, e-commerce, and sourcing matters. For the past three decades, he has leveraged his experience to guide apparel, textile, and other consumer product clients during start-ups, capital transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

Rozansky advises on and represents clients in many aspects of their businesses, including pre-litigation and litigation matters, risk avoidance, collaboration deals, IP protection, and business strategies. He has traversed many industries, including fashion and apparel, jewelry, banking and finance, and consumer products. He also serves as outside general counsel to select mid-market companies. When necessary, Nick litigates high-stakes cases, including partner and shareholder disputes, serious frauds, trademark and copyright infringement disputes, and contract cases.

Since its inception in 2002, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP has worked alongside innovators and leaders of businesses large and small whose ideas are world changing. The Firm takes a long-term approach to its relationship with clients, partnering with them all along their evolutionary path, from idea to growth to exit, or whatever their future may hold. The Firm's mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business advisory perspective.

HNTB selected 2021 Employer of the Year by Women’s Transportation Seminar of Los Angeles
Firm recognized for commitment to equity, inclusivity and leadership roles for women on high-profile projects

HNTB Corporation, an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm, has been selected Employer of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. The award was announced at the annual WTS-LA banquet.

“HNTB is committed to advancing women’s careers in transportation and we are honored to receive this recognition from WTS Los Angeles,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “Providing opportunities for women in transportation is key to advancing the industry and ensuring a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce. HNTB and our clients are committed to making this happen today … and in the future.”

WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. It has more than 5,000 members, both women and men, in chapters located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

HNTB is a top-level Strategic Corporate Sponsor of WTS International, and a top-level Platinum Corporate Sponsor of the Los Angeles Chapter. Nationally the firm has more than 350 WTS members, including 20 women senior executives, and 35 HNTB employees hold international, national- and chapter-level leadership position in WTS.

“HNTB staff have held leadership roles ranging from chairs of various committees to president of local chapters,” said Yoga Chandran, HNTB Los Angeles office leader. “Not only are they guided by the firm’s vision to take personal responsibility to make success happen, but they have also each focused their energies and dedication to ensure that WTS continues to grow, prosper and serve as a portal for the global advancement of women."

Monday, January 3, 2022

A.J. Kirkwood & Associates, Inc. Announces Promotions to Leadership Team

Born and raised in Orange County, Brad Hanenberg started with AJK in 2007. During his tenure, he has managed a variety of projects ranging in complexity, including design/build, high-rise construction, tenant improvements, museums, and historical restorations. In his new role as Vice President of Strategy & Planning, Brad will be managing risk through prefabrication and construction standardization. When not at work, Brad enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children & friends, and occasionally woodworking.

Beginning his career in 1998 as an indentured electrical apprentice, Southerly California native Henry Gutierrez achieved the level of Foreman by the time he graduated in 2002. His work ethic and proficiency as a leader paved the path for accelerated growth early on. As Foreman and Labor Manager he honed his skills across California and Nevada on projects such as Hospitals, Warehouses, Hotels, Historic Renovations, etc. before transitioning to Project Management. Managing some of the company’s largest projects and chairing internal committees quickly earned him the title of Sponsor/Operations Manager. Thus, expanding his project experience to include Mixed-Use, Higher Education, and everything in between. In his new role as Vice President of Field Development, Henry will oversee the Field Development of our company while maintaining his Sponsor/Operations Manager commitments. In his spare time, Henry enjoys family life with his wife and 2-year-old daughter in addition to traveling, playing music, painting, and golfing.

Growing up with a Southern California construction background and a Business Management degree from CSUF, Erik Peal has 15+ years of electrical industry experience. He joined the AJK team in 2010 as a project engineer and quickly jumped into running the electrical service department before transitioning to the construction side of the business a couple of years later. Erik naturally fit into the position of taking over projects that needed extra help to make the final push. Working through the ranks to Sr. PM, his management skills have been refined on both designed & design-build Mixed-use High-rises, Retirement Communities, Classrooms & Labs, Parking Structures, etc. In his new role as Operations Manager, Erik will be overseeing the general management of a PM team. In the off time, Erik enjoys spending time with his wife & 7-year-old twins, projecting at home, and going to the lake.


Brent Williams has been promoted to executive vice president of National Corporate Banking at City National Bank and has joined the company’s Executive Committee. He reports to President Richard A. Raffetto. Williams is a demonstrated leader with more than 25 years of financial services experience. He has been with City National since 2018 and helped launch National Corporate Banking. City National is based in Los Angeles and has $91.3 billion in assets and more than 70 offices. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $99.8 billion in client investment assets.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Jorge Colón, AIA, LEED AP, was elevated to Associate Principal at CO Architects. The firm’s first Director of Interior Design & Architecture, Colón strategically leads the development of CO’s workplace practice. His nearly 25 years’ experience spans corporate interiors and award-winning work on healthcare, higher education, and science and technology projects.


Larson LLP is pleased to announce the elevations of Emilie J. Zuccolotto to partner and John Lee to counsel, effective January 1, 2022.

Emilie represents corporations in high-stakes business disputes and defends employers against state and federal employment law violation claims in single-plaintiff suits and class actions. She also advises companies on regulatory and compliance matters and conducts sensitive internal investigations. Emilie earned her J.D. from USC Gould School of Law and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.

John’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes—including class actions, trade secret lawsuits, and securities cases—and white collar defense matters. Before joining Larson LLP, he served as a judicial law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. John earned his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, cum laude, and his B.A. from Princeton University.

“Emilie and John both embody the spirit of our firm through their tactical legal acumen, strong leadership skills, and client-focused commitment to success,” states founding partner Stephen G. Larson. “We are thrilled to welcome Emilie to the partnership and to elevate John in his career.”

About Larson LLP Larson LLP is a boutique litigation firm based in Los Angeles, with offices in Orange County and Washington, D.C. The firm litigates and tries complex commercial and white collar cases, regulatory matters, appeals, and international disputes. For more information, visit

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Emelyn A. De la Peña was appointed Loyola Marymount University’s vice president for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She brings to LMU her 26 years of experience in higher education and a focus in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion scholarship and practice. Most recently, she served as associate vice provost for Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning at Stanford University.

Grateful organ, eye and tissue transplant recipients joined living donors, deceased donor families and local officials to help unveil the 2022 Donate Life Rose Parade® float, which will travel down Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Produced by OneLegacy, the Donate Life float is the world’s most visible campaign to share the important message that organ, eye and tissue donation saves lives. Seen here are (l-r) honorees Gerald Freeny, Rene Sorrentino, Susan Van Campen, Charles Pruitt, Ava Kaufman and Lynda Trachtman along with OneLegacy CEO Tom Mone and Tournament of Roses Association President Robert Miller.

Chris Johnson is named Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Health and will lead the next phase of transformation for in-home primary care for seniors. Landmark, headquartered in Huntington Beach, provides comprehensive medical care for people with chronic illnesses across the U.S., reducing hospitalizations and creating more healthy days at home.

Michael Brave, former Department of Justice attorney and renowned law enforcement attorney, has joined Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP’s Government Entity Liability Practice as Of Counsel. Brave’s 25+ years of experience includes serving as a litigation consultant/expert witness in 250+ state and federal civil rights issue cases.

Monday, December 13, 2021

John Babala is a partner in the Corporate & Business Practice Group at Greenspoon Marder LLP. With over 20 years of experience, he focuses his practice on significant transactions, complex financings, critical disputes, and daily operational issues. Mr. Babala also regularly advises companies on acquisitions, equity/debt financings, joint ventures, licenses, and cross-border matters. He counsels foreign companies doing business in the U.S., as well as U.S. companies doing business abroad. Mr. Babala has experience representing parties from, or transactions in, Africa, Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. He has substantial experience providing guidance to clients serving as outside general counsel to entrepreneurs, emerging growth businesses, international investment firms, and public companies who often operate in highly regulated industries, such as aerospace and defense, beverage alcohol, energy, corporate finance, and healthcare.

Richard Giller serves as head of the Insurance Recovery and Counseling practice group at Greenspoon Marder LLP. He concentrates his practice on recovering insurance benefits from insurance companies on behalf of his institutional and individual clients. With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Giller develops litigation strategies for complex insurance & commercial disputes. He has represented policyholders all over the U.S. and has successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars in defense costs, settlements, and indemnity payments on behalf of his clients. Besides advising Fortune 500 clients, Mr. Giller represents collegiate and professional athletes, professional sports teams, and entertainers in securing payouts under various insurance products including permanent total disability (PTD), temporary total disability (TTD), and loss-of-value (LOV) insurance claims. Mr. Giller has also successfully obtained recoveries under event cancellation insurance, cast and crew insurance, and other entertainment-related insurance policies and coverages.

Andrew (“Andy”) Marcus is senior counsel in the Sports & Entertainment practice group and has expanded the firm’s Miami-based Innovation and Technology practice group to Los Angeles supporting clients on the West Coast. He has over 25 years of experience helping clients succeed at the intersection of social/digital media talent, branded content creation, and technology-driven advertising and distribution. Mr. Marcus focuses his practice on representing start-ups, emerging and established companies on business/legal affairs, production legal, and operations matters in a consistently and rapidly changing market. Mr. Marcus has developed deep-rooted relationships in the California, London and New York entertainment industry, collaborating with social media influencers, fashion designers and YouTube talent, VR/AR content studios, talent development/management agencies and more.

Ginna Claire Nguyen, Assoc. AIA, was named Associate Principal at Relativity Architects, which specializes in designing affordable housing, studios and hospitality projects. Nguyen oversees the firm’s daily operations, including project management, design direction and collaboration among architects. A Pepperdine alum, her volunteer work includes helping restore the Whispering Pines Tea House in Glendale.

Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, promoted Chris McCall to lead the firm’s Transmission & Distribution Group in California. He is responsible for leading and growing a team of 76 employees who provide safe and reliable power and gas systems for California communities.

More than 800 children and family watched and shouted in anticipation as Santa Claus helicoptered in with the LAPD SWAT team to deliver holiday cheer and assorted presents at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s “Toys & Joy” celebration. Over the past 30 years this annual event has brought joy to approximately 25,000 underserved families throughout the community. As part of the event, OIC also conducted an on-site vaccination clinic that resulted in 25 children and a dozen adults being vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Monday, December 6, 2021

BDO USA, LLP has named Connie Cunningham a Partner in the firm’s Tax practice. As the co-leader of the National Tax Office Accounting Methods practice, Cunningham leads BDO’s Foreign-Derived Intangible Income Deduction practice and assists clients with preparing and reviewing calculations and related technical memoranda.

BDO USA, LLP has named Jenna Aira-Ventrella a Principal in the firm’s Forensic and Litigation practice. Aira-Ventrella serves on the Forensics practice’s leadership team, sits on BDO’s Global Leaders Global Forensic committee and is a member of the Manufacturing industry group where she leads the Automotive Segment group.

CGS3 Expands Los Angeles Legal Team

Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3), a rapidly growing commercial real estate law firm, has announced the addition of Lee Kaplan as an associate attorney and Telma Altoon as a senior paralegal in its Los Angeles offices.

According to CGS3 founding partner Sean Southard, Kaplan and Altoon add extensive commercial estate expertise to the firm's LA-based team. "With in-house and law firm experience, Lee has developed an in-depth knowledge of the complex Southern California real estate landscape," he said. "Telma is a seasoned expert in supporting real estate transactional lawyers handling transactions of all types. Both are exceptionally talented and further strengthen our ability to provide a best-in-class experience to clients."

Prior to joining CGS3, Kaplan advised municipalities and other public entities and practiced land use for several Los Angeles-based firms. He also has in-house experience working as a staff attorney for the California Association of Realtors. In addition to his extensive general real estate and land use experience, he has broad expertise in environmental law.

With nearly 20 years of experience as a real estate paralegal, Altoon’s broad range of experience includes acquisitions and financing – from in-house to law firm to investment firm positions – for sectors including large scale commercial, multifamily, industrial and retail.

Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from New York University and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. Altoon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and government from the University of Southern California and her paralegal certificate from UCLA.

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Skanska USA has hired Justin Strzelecki as vice president and account manager for its building operations in California. Strzelecki joined Skanska in September 2021 and will be responsible for a wide range of operations activities across higher education, healthcare, cultural institutions, transportation and aviation projects.

SafeworkCM, Inc.’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Jones, MBA, has transitioned to the position of Chair on SafeworkCM’s Board of Directors, effective immediately; and current President, Domingo Camarano, MBA, DBIA, has assumed the titles of both President and CEO of the organization.

Jones founded SafeworkCM nearly 30 years ago and has grown the company from its startup in the transportation safety and project management industry to a multi-million-dollar, small company that now operates as a prime contractor, with construction management services across transportation, education, municipal, disaster recovery, and federal market sectors.

Camarano has more than 20 years of experience in the construction services industry providing construction management of large-scale capital construction program and projects. In his two years at SafeworkCM, he has been instrumental in building a strong leadership team and growing the company into new markets. Camarano brings an intense focus on strategy and growth into new services and sectors.

“The search for my successor began several years ago, and when I met Domingo Camarano, I recognized that he was the right person, at the right time, to bridge the gap from where we were and launch us into the company’s next phase,” said Jones. “His entrepreneurial business acumen and deep-seeded dedication to excellence will take SafeworkCM to new heights.”

SafeworkCM is poised to grow exponentially into several targeted market sectors and triple in size in the next five to seven years.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Martha Welborne joins MATT Construction’s Board of Directors

The nationally-recognized leader in urban development was Chief Planning Officer for LA Metro and Sr. Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company.

For over 30 years, Martha has designed and delivered transformative projects by integrating public and private interests to improve cities. Her exceptional career includes spearheading some of Los Angeles’ most innovative public transportation and revitalization projects in recent history—including the installation of the county’s first rapid bus line and the redevelopment of the Grand Avenue corridor. Martha is currently a Senior Advisor at HR&A Advisors, a consulting firm that seeks to improve economic opportunity, quality of life, and quality of the built environment in urban communities.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome such a talented and highly-respected leader to MATT’s Board of Directors. Martha’s vision, expertise and diligence are just a few of many characteristics that contribute to her success as a recognized leader in the urban development industry. From our employees to our clients, everyone will benefit from having Martha on our Board of Directors—we are grateful to have her act as an integral facet of our team,” says Steve Matt, Chairman & CEO of MATT Construction.

Prior to HR&A, Martha was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Real Estate for the Walt Disney Company, where she oversaw all corporate real estate development, design, construction; asset and portfolio management; and facilities support and services. Serving as the Chief Planning Officer at the Los Angeles Metro for six years, Martha was responsible for planning the long-range mobility future of the county and led a staff of more than 200 to accelerate the delivery of voter-approved projects funded by Measure R and executive strategic initiatives, such as the Master Plan of the historic Union Station property.

Martha has served on the board of the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority and as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of AIA. She is a former member of MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Board of the Community Foundation Land Trust, and the Board of Councilors for USC’s School of Architecture.

“I have watched as MATT Construction has helped transform the skyline of Los Angeles and build so many important and iconic buildings for the cultural, educational and economic benefit of our region. It is truly a pleasure to join MATT Construction’s Board of Directors. I look forward to helping MATT Construction as it looks towards its next 30 years in California,” said Welborne.

Martha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and City Planning from MIT. She was also a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and is a member of the College of Fellows of AIA.

CV Resources Adds Tamar Hakverdian as Managing Director in Los Angeles

CV Resources is excited to announce the addition of Tamar Hakverdian as our Managing Director representing the Los Angeles market. Tamar brings to her position 15 years of experience in the staffing industry where she has successfully built teams to assist companies with their accounting and finance needs. Under her leadership, her teams have consistently met the expectations of both clients and candidates while exceeding all production goals. Aside from production, she has also been instrumental in the recruitment, training, and career growth of every member that joins her team. She is exceptionally well respected in the LA market, not only for her unparalleled professional track record and high ethical standards but for being an honest, hardworking woman and mother who does absolutely everything in her power to ensure her clients success. Tamar’s passion for helping people and her drive in maintaining strong relationships with both clients, as well as her team, has greatly attributed to her success.

Tamar holds a degree in Business Management with a minor Human Resources from CSUN.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is proud to announce the promotions of Susan Bartley and Dan Herman to Senior Associate Principals.

Susan Bartley, AIA, LEED AP, Associate DBIA, is project architect and manager with two decades experience working in the creative and technical design process. Her expansive career in the public sector includes serving as project manager on the LEED Platinum-certified United States Courthouse in the Los Angeles Civic Center, a design-build project which won AIA’s highest awards for design and sustainability. Prior to joining SOM’s LA studio, Susan led the architectural teams for the LAPD Headquarters and the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, delivered as a public-private partnership. Currently, Susan is finishing the new LAX Airport Police Facility, designed to support safety and security at one of the world’s most important airports. Susan has served on the USC Architectural Guild Board.

Dan Herman, AIA, has over 20 years of experience in the design of commercial office, mixed- use, residential, retail and hospitality projects. A native of LA, Dan began his career in SOM’s New York office. More recently, Dan has managed several large-scale mixed-use urban projects in LA including Sunset La Cienega, 1111 Sunset Boulevard, 100 West Walnut, as well as Verde Square in Austin, Texas. He also completed the adaptive re-use and renovation of both the Desmond Building in Downtown Los Angeles and Pen Factory in Santa Monica into contemporary creative workplaces. Dan has served on the design faculty at USC and is currently a Director on the Board of the AIA Los Angeles.

Monday, November 22, 2021

The PENTA Building Group Raises $80,000 for Local Nonprofits Through Charity Golf Tournament

The PENTA CARES Foundation, charitable arm of The PENTA Building Group, donated a total of $80,000 to Los Angeles nonprofits Mission 22 and The Midnight Mission. PENTA’s 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic was held at Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, CA. More information at

BNB is happy to announce Shawn Mahoney joining the team as a Sr. Superintendent in our Los Angeles office. Shawn brings over 24 years of industry experience managing both public and private sectors. Throughout his years in the industry, he has completed over nine ground-up projects and over ten high-end tenant improvements. His project experience ranges from data centers and Class A office space to residential and large-scale retail spaces.

BNB welcomes Jim Scates joining the team as a Superintendent in our Los Angeles office. Jim brings over 31 years of industry experience managing both public and private sectors. He has a diverse portfolio of projects including higher education, healthcare, government and civic, as well as sports training facilities. Jim has extensive involvement and strong relationships in both the Orange County and San Diego markets.

Sonny Scott is thrilled to join the GCX Team. Having worked with both Principals and a number of Associates for years, Sonny will work to complement an already industry-leading group. Sonny brings experience in Ground-Up, Adaptive Reuse, Retro-Fit, complicated/accelerated Tenant Improvement, and industrial/manufacturing areas of construction and development. Sonny’s view is that there is no project too challenging. With the right Team purposively assembled, nearly anything is possible.

BNB is delighted to welcome David Scherling to the team as a Senior Estimator at our Los Angeles office. David has over two decades of experience in the construction industry as well as a Master of Construction and a Master of Architecture both from Washington University in St. Louis. David has substantial experience leading the management of preconstruction efforts for numerous entertainment, higher education, and large-scale public projects.

BNB is excited to welcome Ralph Alamillo joining the team as a Sr. Project Manager in our Los Angeles office. Rafael brings over 25 years of industry experience managing both public and private sectors. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering & Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University, California. Over the last 15 years with the City of Oxnard, he completed 84 projects in excess of 225 million dollars. His project experience ranges from navigating and administrating multimillion dollar commercial buildings to residential and public projects.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Kate Bowles began her professional career as a Registered Nurse and her real world experience has translated to valuable strategic insights for her healthcare clients. Her experience includes representing hospitals, surgery centers, group practices, telehealth companies and psychiatric health entities in litigation, transactional and regulatory compliance matters.

Meryn Grant has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2022. A member of the Securities Litigation & Professional Liability Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department, she represents corporations, boards of directors, and their executives in high-stakes complex litigation, including shareholder class actions related to disclosure fraud and corporate governance.

Jonathan C. Shih has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2022. A member of the Banking Practice in the Finance Department, he represents private equity sponsors and private and public company borrowers in domestic and cross-border commercial lending transactions, including asset-based and cash flow credit facilities, acquisition financing, and syndicated facilities.

Michael L. Montgomery has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in Century City, effective January 1, 2022. A member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in the Corporate Department, he represents private equity and public and private strategic buyers and sellers in a variety of industries, including real estate, technology, and entertainment, sports, and media.

David Pressberg has established Pressberg Properties, a boutique real estate brokerage on the Sunset Strip specializing in commercial and residential sales and leasing, as well as managing its own portfolio of strategic real estate investments.

The firm, headquartered at 9151 Sunset Blvd., focuses on real estate in greater Los Angeles and in growing markets across the U.S. Pressberg Properties is partnered with eXp Commercial for national reach and has the ability to work on sophisticated transactions across the map.

David Pressberg is a third-generation real estate professional who spent six years at Kennedy Wilson, based in Beverly Hills. He has closed a variety of deals in sectors from multifamily to hospitality, in markets throughout California and nationwide in excess of $250,000,000. Pressberg has worked with a range of top-tier clients, including Whole Foods, Dunkin Donuts, Jimmy John’s, Onitsuka Tiger, Au Bon Pain, LA Fitness and more.

Pressberg Properties combines institutional expertise with the personal touch and reputation that comes from three generations of deep local market knowledge and long-term relationships. The company’s extensive network helps clients find the right opportunities and close on those deals, allowing it to serve not just as a broker or sales consultant, but as a true strategic real estate advisor.

For more information, call (310) 861-3213 or visit

Helena Tseregounis has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2022. A member of the Restructuring & Special Situations Practice in the Finance Department, she represents clients in domestic and cross-border corporate reorganization and restructuring, bankruptcy proceedings, distressed asset acquisitions, bankruptcy-related litigation, and out-of-court restructurings.

Christopher (Topher) A. Michail has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2022. A member of the Structured Finance Practice in the Finance Department, he represents banks, business development companies, financial institutions, borrowers, and asset managers in complex financing transactions, including secured and unsecured credit facilities, leveraged acquisition financings, and structured vehicle financings.

Brittany D. Ruiz has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2022. A member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department, she represents globally recognized companies, major investment banks, and private equity firms in complex, high-profile equity and debt offerings.

Monday, November 8, 2021


Boston Private is pleased to announce the addition of two new commercial banking professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area: Sean Morreale and Paul King. The new talent expands the firm’s ability to provide commercial banking and lending solutions to nonprofits, professional services, institutional commercial real estate investors, and privately held businesses in the Southern California market, with strong connectivity to private banking and wealth management services.

Sean and Paul join an experienced team of commercial banking professionals — led by Denise Piper, Senior Managing Director for the Western Region, Specialty Commercial, and comprised of Monica Cooper, Karim Beleidy, Avaiur Fakir, Lora Kojaoghlanian, Lisa Watson and Curtis Chinn — in serving the business community of Los Angeles. The team is committed to providing clients with best-in-class service and solutions tailored to their business’s unique needs and goals.

Sean Morreale has joined as Managing Director for the Southern California Market. In his role, he will be responsible for overseeing commercial banking for privately held and professional service businesses in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Sean brings nearly 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and Regional Commercial Banking Manager at Pacific Western Bank, where he led a team of professionals that focused on growing and retaining middle market companies, along with real estate financing for investor and professional developers. His past experience includes leadership roles at Citizens Business Bank, Rabobank, Comerica Bank, U.S. Bank and Bank of the West.

Sean received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University. He is a passionate supporter and volunteer for the American Red Cross and their support for members of the military, veterans and their families. Paul King has joined as a Director & Commercial Loan Officer and will report to Sean. He brings more than 20 years of experience in financial services and client relationship management on both the credit and business sides, primarily serving middle-market companies.

Prior to joining Boston Private, Paul served as First Vice President, Commercial Banking at Bank Leumi. His past experience includes positions at Citibank, GE Capital and Pacific Western Bank. Paul received his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. He is active in his community, currently serving on the board of his local City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.

This article was developed and paid for by Boston Private, an SVB Company. ©2021 SVB Financial Group. All rights reserved. SVB, SVB FINANCIAL GROUP, SILICON VALLEY BANK, MAKE NEXT HAPPEN NOW and the chevron device are trademarks of SVB Financial Group, used under license. Boston Private Bank and Trust Co. has been merged into and is now Silicon Valley Bank. Banking, lending, and trust products or services under the name Boston Private are offered by Silicon Valley Bank, a California bank with trust powers. Silicon Valley Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Holly Cindell joins Sharpe Interior Systems, Inc.

Holly Cindell recently joined Sharpe Interior Systems, Inc. as a Corporate Manager. As a 35-year construction industry veteran, Holly has gained her expertise on projects at Lendlease, McCarthy Building Companies, and Tutor-Saliba.

Holly’s primary focus will be strategic planning, supervision, and coordination for Sharpe’s Healthcare and Education Division. She will serve as a Project Executive on large, complex projects, serve as an advisor to the Executive Committee and assist with Sharpe’s training programs.

Holly has led onsite construction activities for complex projects throughout California under varied delivery methods including hard bid, IPD and design-build. Her knowledge in project planning, scheduling, budgeting, constructability reviews, and risk mitigation provides a history of delivering projects safely, on-time and within budget. Holly’s goal is always to work with the entire project team to identify potential opportunities and to provide solutions for potential impacts.

Holly’s ability to orchestrate multi-dimensional projects is echoed in her involvement in WiOPS (Women in Construction Operations). Launched in 2013, the professional organization was co-founded by Holly to provide support and mentorship to women working in or considering careers in construction. Inspired by the advanced training she has acquired during her career and the resulting accomplishments; Holly has served as the organization’s National Board of Directors President and will continue on the Board in 2022 with a focus on chapter expansion.

Holly holds a degree in civil engineering from Cornell University and is a registered professional engineer in California and Hawaii.

Blue Mountain Development, a leading real estate professional consulting services firm headquartered in Redondo Beach, has added James D. Ling, P.E. to their team. James brings over 28 years expertise to the firm and will contribute to public-private partnerships (P3), land development and planning opportunities as well as special projects.

Ted Jung is the Chief Credit Officer at Parkview Financial. Ted serves as the head of the underwriting team and provides credit oversight for the firm. Ted brings over 17 years of institutional life insurance and bank lending experience. Previous employment includes Guggenheim Partners, JP Morgan, and Pacific Life. Ted has lived and worked in major metros across the US.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Gensler, global architecture and design firm announces Kelly Farrell AIA, NCARB, LEED AP joins its Los Angeles office. Kelly joins as the Regional Residential Practice Area Leader and a Co-Regional Practice Area Community Leader focused on strengthening the firm’s integrated approach to design. A recognized business and industry leader, Kelly will focus on strategy, client development, championing people, design resilience and impact on communities. Kelly played a role in DTLA’s urban revitalization during her tenure as president and CEO at CallisonRTKL.

Smita Wadhawan recently joined SimplePractice as the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. Wadhawan joins at a pivotal time in the company’s growth, as it has achieved enormous customer growth and technological innovations in both the electronic health records management (EHR) and more general practice management space in the last year.

Before joining SimplePractice, Wadhawan served as Head of SMB Growth Marketing for GoDaddy, where she led marketing strategy and campaigns to support each stage of the customer lifecycle. She has also served as the Director of Consumer Product Marketing for Paypal and held consumer and acquisition marketing leadership positions for Visa and Intuit.

“The opportunity to join SimplePractice at this point in the company’s trajectory is enormous,” said SimplePractice CMO Smita Wadhawan. “Every member of the SimplePractice organization comes to work each day motivated by the opportunity to help health and wellness entrepreneurs thrive. The SimplePractice directive to care for the people who feel called to care for others is both an inspiring and enormously important mission to carry forward. I view my role as ensuring customers feel seen and heard as part of our story, and also helping to enlist more people who care about making a difference to join our team.”

Gary Palmer has been named President of the Commercial Investment Group at global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW). Gary will lead the commercial investment business in the United States, as well as assist in third-party capital raising on behalf of Kennedy Wilson's investment management division.

PCL is pleased to announce that Jeyre Lewis is promoted to manager, Special Projects for PCL Construction Services, Inc. (California Buildings – Los Angeles). Lewis’ dynamic leadership style, commitment to developing his teams, impeccable track record and contributions to PCL’s continued success all position him to bring in new opportunities to the Special Projects Division and create a positive team environment for California Buildings.

Lewis joined PCL in 2007 in Miami for what would be his first of four internships with PCL. In 2011, he was hired as a field engineer and has worked on numerous projects throughout Florida and California over his career, including projects at both U.S. locations of Universal Studios, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) Banc of California Stadium and the 2020 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium Improvements. In July 2020, Lewis was promoted to construction manager and was recently named to Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s California and Northwest’s Top Young Professionals list, as well as the ENR 2021 National Top 20 Under 40 list.

Lewis graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, both in civil engineering, from Florida A&M University. He is a member of the U.S. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.

Ashley Vickers has been named Vice President, Human Resources for PBS SoCal, KCET & Link TV. Ashley will serve as a member of the Executive Management Team, and brings experience as a Human Resources leader with a demonstrated history leading organizational integration as well as diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.


C.W. Driver Companies is proud to promote Brent Hughes to chief operating officer, expanding his responsibilities as vice president of operations to provide executive-level oversight on all C.W. Driver Cos. projects across the Greater LA and San Diego areas.

“Brent is a master builder, bringing comprehensive construction experience to his leadership role and a strong desire to make every endeavor a success,” said Dana Roberts, chief executive officer at C.W. Driver Cos. “Through his steadfast commitment to his team and clients, diligence in getting every detail right, and proper execution of processes, he will continue to add tremendous value to our company, now and into the future.”

Hughes will be responsible for the company’s operational oversight and client satisfaction for projects statewide, including contract negotiations, staffing, scheduling, financial controls, reporting and closeout. Hughes will promote a consistent company culture and vision across affiliates and develop training and performance strategies to ensure the success and safety of more than 300 employees.

“I’m so proud of the momentum we’ve built to consistently deliver high-caliber projects for a diverse range of clients,” said Hughes. “I’m honored to join the C.W. Driver Cos. executive team in shaping the future of the company as we build projects that make a difference for the community, whether that be for schools, multi-family housing, hospitality and gaming, civic buildings or commercial spaces.”

Hughes has more than 25 years of experience in the construction and architectural industry and joined C.W. Driver Cos. in 2011.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Think Together, California’s leading nonprofit provider of expanded learning, afterschool programs, and school improvement announces the appointment of three new executive general managers to its top leadership ranks: Adriana Garcia-Kingston, M. Ed.; Johanna Lizarraga; and Stacy Galdamez.

The announcement comes as Think Together prepares for a transformational moment in education. Bolstered by increases in state and federal funding, the expanded learning provider has hired 515 program staff to its team this fall and is projected to hire nearly 800 program staffers this school year in support of the need for increased access to afterschool and early learning programs.

Executive General Manager Adriana Garcia-Kingston, M. Ed. will oversee Think Together’s Riverside, Orange County and Early Learning programs, which currently reach 9,228 students in 16 school districts and one charter management organization. Garcia-Kingston has been with the organization since 2006 and has more than 20 years of education experience, both as a classroom teacher and leader within Think Together.

Executive General Manager Johanna Lizarraga will head the organization’s operations in San Bernardino, Palm Springs and the Santa Fe Springs regions serving an estimated 12,254 students across 14 school districts. Lizarraga has worked with Think Together since 2008, effectively leading and implementing expanded learning programs across multiple school districts for the last 13 years of her career.

Executive General Manager Stacy Galdamez will lead the South East Los Angeles, LA Metro, San Gabriel Valley and Bay Area regions, serving up to 16,564 students across 11 school districts and 24 charter management organizations. Galdamez has been working in expanded learning programs for the past 16 years and effectively led both the San Gabriel Valley and Bay Area regions. Stacy joined Think Together in 2011 as a Site Coordinator for Santa Ana Unified in the OC Region.

Think Together partners with schools and communities to pursue educational equity and excellence for all kids. As a nonprofit organization, Think Together innovates, implements and scales academic solutions that change the odds for hundreds of thousands of California students. Think Together’s program areas include early learning, afterschool, school support services and leadership development for teachers and school administrators.

For more information, call (888) 485-THINK or visit

Unispace, a global leader in workspace strategy, design, and construction, has appointed Nicholas Burnett as their new Global Principal, Digital Solutions based in Los Angeles. Nick brings 15 years of technology experience and will lead global strategy initiatives on emerging technology to bring client visions to life.

Kyle, MD
L.A. Care is pleased to announce the promotion of James Kyle, MD to Chief of Equity and Quality Medical Director. Dr. Kyle joined L.A. Care in 2019 as Medical Director for Quality Improvement leading clinical quality and accreditation efforts. In late 2020, he began to lead the health plan’s equity efforts.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Based in Mission Viejo, Sandra Barbella serves as the key connection between MOBE and its customers, ensuring an outstanding customer experience. MOBE is a company combining advanced data analytics with one-to-one personalized health guidance. Before MOBE, Barbella was an Account Manager at Anthem and Blue Shield of California.

LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project thanks Reed Smith LLP for their Gold Sponsorship of the VLSP's Record Clearing Program for Veterans. This supports VLSP's delivery of free legal aid to hundreds of current and former military members, annually, to improve access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

TransPerfect, the world's largest provider of language and technology solutions for global business, announces the hiring of Edgar Vargas-Castañeda as Vice President of Growth Strategies & Business Optimization.

Vargas-Castañeda brings nearly a decade of experience supporting large-scale transaction strategy to TransPerfect's expanding M&A team. He comes to TransPerfect from EY-Parthenon, the global strategy consulting arm of Ernst & Young, where he was a senior director advising clients on acquisitions. With both buy-side and sell-side expertise, from the diligence stage to pre-close planning and post-close execution, Vargas-Castañeda brings a versatile skill set to the TransPerfect team.

Toni Newman was just appointed the Interim CEO for the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles to begin November 2021. Toni was previously the Interim President of LYRIC in San Francisco. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and a candidate for a Juris of Doctorate degree.

HNTB’s Thomas Jenkins, PE, was honored with the 2021 Mobility 21 Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award recognizes transportation leaders who contribute to advancement in mobility in Southern California. Jenkins was recognized at the virtual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit.

“Tom has five decades of leadership experience in Southern California and has advanced mobility for millions through his work,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “If anyone exemplifies the spirit of this award, it is Tom.”

Jenkins joined HNTB in 2019 and serves as a vice president and national transit/rail consultant. From the L.A. office, he serves as project manager for the Sepulveda Transit Corridor Environmental Review and Advanced Conceptual Engineering for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority. He specializes in planning, engineering and project management for large-scale highway and transit, primarily for San Diego, Orange County, California, and Los Angeles County.

“I am truly honored to join such a distinguished group of past recipients,” said Jenkins. “It is gratifying to know that everything we collectively do every day to improve and enhance mobility, will have a significant impact on future generations.”

HNTB is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors with 107 years of service across the country.

Monday, October 4, 2021

RSM US LLP, the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, is pleased to announce Leslie Stackpole will be relocating to Los Angeles to assume the Los Angeles office leader role, effective October 1. Joe Mazza will remain the Southwest market leader for RSM. In addition, Joe has been named national growth audit leader.

Leslie has spent her career providing tax compliance and consulting services to clients, focusing on a variety of industries including manufacturing, retail and distribution, technology, real estate, and health care.

Leslie is a co-leader of RSM’s Business Tax Cosourcing team in the West Region that focuses on serving large corporate clients. She has more than 25 years of experience, including 12 years with Big Four accounting firms, in dealing with a variety of corporate and partnership tax matters including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, global tax planning and compliance, accounting methods, R&D credits and IRS examinations. Leslie is a national ASC 740 resource for RSM and has instructed several ASC 740 training courses.

Leslie has served as the West Region STAR leader, an RSM internal initiative which advocates for women in the workplace with a focus on Stewardship, Teamwork, Advancement and Retention opportunities. Leslie was also a partner liaison for recruiting efforts at Northern Arizona University. She is actively involved in RSM’s Mobilizing Growth Teams®, a program designed to elevate team members’ status as trusted partners with their key clients.

“Leslie’s expertise and deep client relationships allow us to build on our success serving as first-choice advisors in the Los Angeles area,” said Joe Mazza, RSM’s Southwest market leader. “I’m honored to lead our very talented Los Angeles team in delivering the RSM experience to our clients and community,” said Leslie.

Beck, M.D.
Jennifer Beck, M.D., director of outreach and research for the Center for Sports Medicine at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children, has been named a Fellow in the American Orthopaedic Association. Fewer than 10% of all practicing orthopaedic surgeons have achieved this high distinction which recognizes exceptional accomplishments and leadership in the orthopaedics specialty. OIC is the largest pediatric orthopaedic facility on the West Coast focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children.

Takeuchi Wanlass
Northern Trust is proud to announce the appointment of Amy Takeuchi Wanlass as Wealth Advisor for the Los Angeles Region. Based in Pasadena, Amy will be collaborating with both the Pasadena and Century City teams on financial planning, estate planning and other complex wealth planning projects. Amy is a UC Davis alum, and received her JD from UCLA. She comes to Northern Trust with experience in private practice at Venable LLP and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp where she focused on estate planning, wealth transfer and generation-skipping planning, and tax planning. Most recently she served as a Senior Wealth Planner at Wells Fargo Private Bank where she focused on complex planning for wealthy families, business owners and executives.

Hughes Quintos
TGen, an affiliate of City of Hope that specializes in genomic testing and precision medicine, announced the appointment of Karen Hughes Quintos, former executive vice president and first-ever chief customer officer at Dell Technologies, to the TGen board of directors.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Thomas L. Andrews Appointed CFO at MATT Construction

MATT Construction, one of California’s top commercial general contractors, has named Tom Andrews Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Andrews brings 35 years of experience in accounting and finance to the role, including 23 of those years with MATT as Assistant Controller, Controller and Vice President.

As CFO, Andrews has embraced taking on the strategic role of managing MATT’s treasury and finance functions, as well as being a major contributor to the continued development of the strategic plans for the company.

“It’s an honor to work for a company where integrity and relationships are a priority, and it’s a privilege to be an integral part of MATT Construction’s future,” says Andrews.

Andrews is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received his degree in Business and Accounting from National University.

HGA welcomes Toshio Yoshimoto, AIA, DBIA, EDAC, LEED AP, as Associate Vice President and Senior Project Architect in the firm’s Healthcare practice in Los Angeles. With more than 14 years of architectural experience, he will help lead the major healthcare projects the LA office is currently completing throughout Southern California.

Ravi Bajaj Joins Citadel EHS to Lead New ESG & Sustainability Practice Group from New San Diego Office

Citadel EHS has hired Ravi Bajaj, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M, LEED AP BD+C, to lead its new dedicated practice group for ESG & Sustainability from its new San Diego office in North Park.

Ravi’s 10+ years of experience in Sustainability, ESG, and Health & Wellbeing consulting for the built environment has positioned him as an SME on the West for the GRESB, WELL, LEED, and BREEAM In-Use rating systems; WELL Performance Verification and BREEAM on-site assessments; and with the Fitwel and Living Building Challenge rating systems.

Under Ravi’s leadership, the ESG & Sustainability team will focus on ESG (environmental, social, governance), sustainability, and health and wellbeing professional services for the built environment, complementary to the services provided within existing Citadel practice areas: Building Sciences, Industrial Hygiene & Safety, and Engineering and Environmental Sciences.

Clients can expect to receive a unique mix of data-driven, portfolio-level and building-level consultative services that will improve the health and wellness of their organization and directly impact their performance. Services include:

ESG & Sustainability: comprehensive ESG and GRESB reporting & advisory services or 'a-la-carte' implementation support services like energy/water/waste efficiency 'Treasure Hunts', education, goal-setting, and tenant engagement

Green Building Standards: technical Indoor Environmental Quality services including WELL Performance Verification, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing, water sampling, lighting measurements, acoustics, and thermal comfort

To learn what it takes to get your building WELL Certified or to find out the answer to “What is the difference between ESG and Sustainability?”, visit or email

Gafcon, Inc., a globally recognized leader in construction and development management, is pleased to announce Grace Won as Client Development Manager for the Los Angeles region. She will be responsible for program, project, construction, and real estate development management pursuits and supporting Gafcon’s strategic vision for business development and marketing ventures.

BHI, a full-service commercial bank, announced two strategic hires in California, both based in the firm’s Los Angeles Representative Office. James (Jimmy) Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of California Commercial & Industrial, will oversee the bank’s California C&I team providing financial solutions to West Coast C&I clients. Kevin Kim joins as First Vice President and Relationship Manager for the California C&I team.

Jimmy brings more than 17 years of experience in commercial banking and sponsor finance. Most recently, he served as SVP, Commercial Banking Regional Manager and Head of Leveraged Finance at Pacific Mercantile Bancorp, where he grew and managed a portfolio of middle market senior loans. Previously he was an EVP at California Bank & Trust, where he was the Head of Leveraged Finance and managed a regional C&I commercial banking group. Prior, Mr. Lee was an investment professional at Ares Management and Allied Capital Corporation. He received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

Kevin was previously a VP and Relationship Manager at California Bank & Trust, handling all facets of sourcing, underwriting, and the credit committee process for senior debt investments supporting middle market buyouts, acquisitions and recapitalizations. He earned a B.A. degree at the University of California Los Angeles

Both executives are former professional athletes. Jimmy, formerly captain of the Stanford Men’s Golf team, competed on various professional tour circuits for three years. Kevin was on the ATP world tour for 14 years reaching a career high world ranking of #63, from 1998 to 2013.

White Collar Criminal Defense Firm Kaplan Marino Elevates Jennifer Lieser to Partner

Lieser practices white collar and complex criminal litigation, defending against various forms of fraud, tax and cyber crimes among others. Lieser brings unique perspective to each case and handles matters typically reserved for the most seasoned of lawyers.

Joshua Kimmel has been promoted to Vice President at Project Management Advisors, Inc. (PMA). His 25 years’ experience in real estate, construction, and architecture includes residential, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use developments. He is an instrumental leader in providing owner representation services: managing and delivering complex projects across multiple sectors.

Hahn & Hahn Bolsters Family Law Practice with the Addition of Kayla K. Horacek

Southern California based law firm Hahn & Hahn announced today that Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Kayla K. Horacek has joined Candice K. Rogers and Lucy A. Vartanian in the firm’s all female Family Law Practice Group.

“Kayla’s addition to our family law practice rounds out a dynamic group of strong legal advisors, giving us unique strength to serve our clients well throughout Southern California,” said the firm’s Managing Partner Christianne F. Kerns. “We are excited to offer clients the additional capabilities Kayla brings to our practice. She has deep knowledge of family law matters, and the combination of her experience and expertise bolsters an already well-respected and dynamic family law department.”

Monday, September 20, 2021

City of Hope, a world-renowned research and treatment center for cancer and diabetes, announced the appointment of Adrienne White-Faines, chief strategy officer at the American College of Physicians, to City of Hope National Medical Center’s board of directors.

Husbands, M.D.
City of Hope, a world-renowned research and treatment center for cancer and diabetes, announced the appointment of Julian Husbands, M.D., vice president of Community Nephrology and Strategic Portfolio at CareDx, to City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute board of directors.

Hubbert, Ph.D.
City of Hope, a world-renowned research and treatment center for cancer and diabetes, announced the appointment of Charlotte Hubbert, Ph.D., senior director of business development and strategic alliances at NanoString, to City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute board of directors.

Howe and Buckley

Howe Appointed as the Agency Continues to Bolster Leadership Team VaynerMedia has appointed Aaron Howe as Executive Creative Director of its Los Angeles office. In this role, Howe will lead the creative vision for the agency, working in partnership with Managing Director Lisa Buckley and global Chief Creative Officer Rob Lenois. The appointment is reflective of the ongoing transformation of VaynerMedia Los Angeles after Buckley was announced as the agency lead earlier this year.

“Aaron is an exceptional creative leader who understands VaynerMedia's integrated approach of bringing creative, strategy, and media together to drive relevancy and growth for our clients,” said Buckley. “He will play a key role as we continue to build out our presence on the West Coast and thus broaden our North American presence. I am very excited to begin working with him and achieving great things together.”

Shawmut Design and Construction Announces Appointment of Liyuan Woo to Board of Directors

Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading $1.5 billion national construction management firm, and its Chairman of the Board James Down, are pleased to announce the appointment of Liyuan Woo, executive vice president, chief financial officer at The Beauty Health Company, to its board of directors. In her role, Liyuan will leverage her experience in finance and operational scaling to help drive the firm’s nationwide growth, with an emphasis on the Los Angeles market. Liyuan brings more than two decades of experience in creating and building infrastructure to enable opportunities for innovation.

“Liyuan’s appointment will help the company to expand its scaling capabilities, accelerate nationwide growth, and further its mission to provide an exceptional construction experience to every client,” said James Down, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shawmut Design and Construction. “The addition of Liyuan to the board of directors represents our commitment to building an experienced team from diverse backgrounds and sectors, providing unparalleled expertise in finance, talent, law, strategy, and entrepreneurship to Shawmut.”

“We are so pleased to welcome Liyuan to our board of directors,” said Les Hiscoe, CEO, Shawmut Design and Construction. “The perspective she brings from her experience in innovative, growth-oriented global brands will be incredibly valuable to our team as we continue to execute our aggressive growth strategy.”

Marcum LLP Welcomes Tim Croushore to Lead Advisory Practice for the West

Tim Croushore is a principal at Marcum LLP and leader of the Firm’s West Coast Valuation, Forensics & Litigation practice. Mr. Croushore is based in the Los Angeles office and has more than 36 years of valuation consulting experience.

Prior to joining Marcum, he held partner and managing director positions with “Big 4” and other national accounting and consulting firms in the valuation space. He has served in service-line leadership roles in various industries including sports, leisure & entertainment, restaurant & retail, consumer business, technology and private equity/hedge funds.

Mr. Croushore has served clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies and Forbes 400 families to single-location mom and pop retail businesses. His extensive experience includes transaction support, financial reporting (ASC 350, 360, 718 and 805), tax reporting and restructuring, intangible asset identification and valuation, litigation and expert testimony in state and Federal court, estate & gift tax planning and reporting, shareholder dissolution, financing and management planning.

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Monday, September 13, 2021


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Esplanade Builders is excited to announce and welcome Mike Renna to our team. Mike is a highly respected leader in our Industry, and we are thrilled to have a person of his caliber join our Senior Management.

Mike has over 28 years of industry leading Construction Management experience. His diverse resume of projects ranges from mid to large scale Tenant Improvements, medical office construction, retail stores and ground up construction. He brings invaluable leadership, strong depth of industry knowledge and solid relationships with clients and subcontractor alike.

Esplanade’s continued growth reflects the core values of Teamwork and Customer Service which in turn are upheld by the employees. Mike embodies these core values completely and will be a key contributor to building upon them within Esplanade.

Prager Metis Welcomes Maren Stenseth as Principal

Noted Expert in Entertainment Industry Joins the Firm’s Business Management Group

Prager Metis, a leading accounting and advisory firm with offices in North America, Europe and Asia, welcomes Maren Stenseth, CPA, CFP® as a Principal. Maren joins Prager Metis’ Business Management Group and is based out of Prager Metis’ Los Angeles, CA office.

“Maren has earned an impressive reputation among her colleagues and clients, and her addition to our team will help us strengthen our reputation as the “go-to” experts in the Entertainment Industry,” said Lori A. Roth, Global Managing Partner. “Her experience in Business Management enhances the services we provide to our clients, and she is a strong internal asset with relation to the firm’s future growth.”

Monday, September 6, 2021

Crescent Bay Advisors Names Alicia Byrnes COO

Crescent Bay Advisors, Inc. (CBA) is pleased to announce that Alicia Byrnes has been elevated to Chief Operating Officer. Alicia brings 9 years of industry experience to the role.

“Alicia is smart, determined, and ethical, and we are thrilled to empower her to take on additional meaningful responsibilities,” said Larry Abrahams, President and founder. CBA is a multifamily office advising ultra-high-net-worth families across the country.

Alicia originally joined CBA as an intern in 2012 and returned as a financial analyst in 2017 after 5 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. Prior to that, she attended Harvard University where she played soccer and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a secondary degree in Psychology. Alicia currently serves on the Business Advisory Board for Coaches Across Continents, an independent development organization that uses education outside the classroom and purposeful play to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Global real estate brokerage, The Agency is pleased to announce that Ricardo Beer has been promoted to Vice President of Franchise Sales West. Ricardo has held several positions within The Agency for the past nine years, and most recently served as Director of Franchise Operations. In his new role, he will work closely with the franchise team in growing the firm’s network of partners around the world. The Agency has continued its robust expansion with the launch of several new franchise locations this year including in Oakville, Canada, Calgary, Canada, Vancouver, Canada, New Canaan, Connecticut, North Shore-New York, and Boston, Massachusetts, in addition to new corporate office locations in Studio City, California and Pacific Palisades, California. The Agency will open franchise offices in Montréal, Canada and Las Vegas, Nevada by the close of 2021 with more international destinations scheduled to launch toward the end of the year and early next year.

City of Hope, a world-renowned cancer and diabetes research and treatment center, today announced the hiring of Sam Lau, most recently with Blue Shield of California, as vice president of marketing. Lau will oversee service line and clinical marketing, market intelligence, and precision digital marketing to patients and physicians.

Oltmans Construction Co. Promotes Anjana Bhowmik and Brad Kollar

Anjana Bhowmik has been named Senior Director of Production at Oltmans Construction Co. In this role, Anjana provides oversight and support to the company’s core group of project managers, project engineers, and assistant project managers on all building types, from healthcare and education to industrial and commercial. Having managed award-winning projects, Anjana continues to innovate Oltmans’ client experience, providing office and field teams with the tools to run more efficient, cost-effective projects. Anjana joined Oltmans in 2015 as project manager and has over 16 years of experience in engineering, project management, and architecture. She was recognized by the LA Business Journal as an Outstanding Woman in Construction and Design in 2019.

Brad Kollar has been named Senior Director of Oltmans’ Amazon Services and Strategic Markets Group. Brad’s promotion from preconstruction director further focuses his expertise in delivering design-assist, preconstruction, and estimating services to clients in various markets, including e-commerce, commercial, healthcare, and education. Brad has been integral to the development of the Amazon Services Group which has exponentially evolved from a single project, finished in 2018, to 28 projects completed and underway. Brad joined Oltmans in 2013 as estimator and project manager where he continued to complete hundreds of commercial tenant improvement projects. From 1996 to 2011, he owned KWGC, Inc. and acted as president. The firm specialized in tenant improvements in the entertainment sector.

Snyder Langston Names Lee Watkins COO

Snyder Langston, a leading Southern California builder, has named Lee Watkins to Chief Operating Officer, where he will oversee outstanding client service and workforce training. Watkins, a partner at the company, was previously vice president, healthcare, building an exceptional reputation in the healthcare community.

City of Hope, a world-renowned cancer and diabetes research and treatment center, today announced the hiring of Natalia Torres, most recently with leading aerospace company Boeing, as vice president of brand management. Torres will oversee the many critical elements of building, sustaining and enhancing City of Hope’s brand.

APX by Terri Ross names Izhak Musli as new Co-Chief Executive Officer. The aesthetic industry business intelligence pioneer and software technology expert joins APX to help spearhead the company’s future vision, strategy and global expansion as well as maintain APX’s mission to increase the profitability and productivity of aesthetic practices.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Robert Quamina – Senior Project Manager BNBuilders is happy to announce the arrival of Robert Quamina as a Senior Project Manager. Robert brings a decade of construction industry experience with a BS in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University. Throughout his career, Robert has overseen the construction of a variety of aviation, power substation, water treatment and amusement park projects.

His diverse background and unique project history gave him a unique viewpoint on construction challenges. Robert will be joining BNB’s LA/OC office, leading complex projects from preconstruction through construction.

Lalo Jimenez – Senior Superintendent BNBuilders welcomes Lalo Jimenez as a Senior Superintendent in our LA/OC office. Lalo brings over two decades of construction industry experience and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, Construction Management from California State University Long Beach. Lalo has a diverse portfolio of commercial construction experience including higher education, healthcare, aviation, high-rise residential, office, as well as sports, and entertainment facilities. Lalo will support preconstruction efforts and lead onsite construction, applying his extensive experience to drive project success.

Former Palm Springs Animal Shelter Executive Director, Gabrielle Amster, is the new Director of Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. Amster brings over 15 years experience in animal welfare leadership. Annenberg PetSpace is an innovative educational space and pet adoption center in Los Angeles focused on the human-animal bond, with a renowned Leadership Institute.

In January 2022, after more than 33 years in the profession, Scott Sachs, Office Managing Partner of CohnReznick, will be retiring. CohnReznick is excited to announce that Kash Hussain has succeeded Scott and is the new Managing Partner for our Los Angeles offices.

Scott spent the last 19 years at CohnReznick (and its predecessors), 13 of those serving as the Office Managing Partner of the Los Angeles offices. Scott also served terms as Regional Managing Partner for the West and on the Firm’s Executive Board. The Los Angeles offices achieved substantial growth and success during this time that would not have been possible without his vision and leadership.

Scott plans to spend additional time with his family, explore some post-covid travel, and pursue new opportunities and board positions in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. We at CohnReznick send our best wishes to Scott and thank him for his dedication to our team, our office, and our firm.

Kash has more than 20 years of diverse experience providing audit and consulting services to privately-held and public companies. Most recently, he led the Los Angeles offices’ assurance practice, enhancing its operational capabilities and footprint. He also leads our Technology and Media industry practice in Los Angeles and has also served clients in the real estate, manufacturing and distribution, and consumer products industries. We congratulate Kash on his new role at the firm and are confident he will lead our Los Angeles team to reach new milestones and ongoing success.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Adaeze Cadet, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED BD+C, has been named Design Principal for HOK in LA. Cadet has experience working in all phases of architecture on innovative projects throughout the West Coast. Recent projects include Robertson Lane and The EDITION hotel in West Hollywood, Jasper tower in San Francisco and Two Lincoln Tower in Bellevue, Washington.& McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, hires Chamberlain Duru as the diverse business manager for the firm’s California offices. In this role, he will help advance a diverse supplier base, develop key client relationships, assist with proposal development and support project execution with a focus on growth and delivering client success.

Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president, was named to the board of directors and Chamber executive committee for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He joins a diverse board of distinguished corporate executives and small business leaders who are the principal governing body of the organization.

As a member of the board of directors, Feuerborn works with the board chair and Chamber CEO to set the agenda for public policy and advocacy, entrepreneurship and innovation, global engagement, workforce development, and infrastructure projects and investments with local impact to the Greater Los Angeles region.

“Wayne’s leadership in one of the oldest and most influential business associations in southern California highlights our firm’s long-standing commitment to the region where we live and work,” said Yoga Chandran, PE, HNTB Los Angeles office leader and vice president. “Working collectively, we have the power to advance opportunities and develop innovative solutions to further promote our prosperous regional economy and enhance the quality of life for all Angelenos.”

HNTB has been actively involved as a Diamond Level Chamber member and has participated on Chamber committees for many years.

An employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors with 107 years of service in the U.S, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial, and operational challenges.

Farmers & Merchants Bank has named Heather D. Sanchez Senior Vice President and Business Banking Group Manager, focusing on Commercial & Industrial Lending. She brings two decades of banking experience.

Sanchez is responsible for strategically building F&M’s business banking portfolio by attracting top clients and relationship managers throughout Southern California.

McCarthy Southern California Reinforces Los Angeles Leadership Team with Strategic Promotions of Matt Lawson and Erik Chessmore

McCarthy has elevated veteran team member Matt Lawson to Vice President of Preconstruction within its new Los Angeles office, serving Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Matt brings more than 24 years of construction, estimating and preconstruction experience to his new role, and his exceptional client focus and extensive estimating expertise help to ensure excellent client satisfaction across all projects he touches. Known for setting the highest standards for himself and his teams, Matt is a key mentor of new and senior estimators, with a focus on lean technologies and practices. He has held a number of preconstruction leadership roles within McCarthy, including Senior Preconstruction Director, and Chief Estimator of McCarthy’s San Diego office, prior to his current position. Matt is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Auburn University.

In addition, McCarthy is proud to announce Erik Chessmore as Vice President of Operations in Los Angeles. With more than 17 years of experience, Erik has led the charge on some of the Southern California region’s largest and most challenging healthcare projects, including St. John’s Tower, Torrance Memorial Tower and the recently completed Loma Linda University Medical Center project. Erik ensures success for clients and project stakeholders through his intense focus on exceptional client experiences, passion for building high-performing teams and perseverance in the face of challenges. He has held a number of field and leadership positions, including serving as a project executive prior to his current role. Erik earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Loyola Marymount University and currently resides in Palos Verdes.


Seasoned nonprofit executive and public policy advocate David Englin has returned to the Los Angeles County Business Federation “BizFed” to fill a newly created role leading the organization’s core entity: BizFed President.

Englin previously served as BizFed’s Director of Advocacy and Executive Vice President, and helped lead the grassroots business alliance to victories in water, housing, transportation, and air quality policy that support regional economic prosperity.

“Bringing David on board will accelerate our team’s impact and support my ability to stay in front of strategic intelligence, creating more opportunities to leverage powerful public-private solutions for strong economic outcomes,” said BizFed’s Founding CEO Tracy Hernandez.

Establishing the President role is a key step toward fulfilling the five-year strategic plan created by BizFed leaders in 2018. The enhanced leadership structure will equip the massive and ever-growing network of 215 member organizations representing 410,000 employers and 5 million employees to shore up fighting power and advocate more efficiently on behalf of its diverse and civically active business members.

The creation of the new position is also a reflection of BizFed’s commitment to fostering and investing in dynamic leadership to oversee its various entities. Englin’s hire follows the promotions of BizFed Institute’s Kevin Harbour and BizFed Political Action Committee’s De’Andre Valencia to President roles in recent years, and Sarah Wiltfong’s promotion to Senior Policy Manager this July.

Englin’s 25 years of leadership experience includes growing and transforming organizations, delivering multibillion-dollar public policy wins, and serving three full terms in the Virginia state legislature. Englin is a former United States Air Force officer and proud graduate of both the United States Air Force Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School.

“California is the world’s fifth largest economy and Los Angeles County has a larger population than all but nine states, so working with this team to navigate and shape an increasingly complex legislative, regulatory, and public policy environment for the benefit of our business community will be an awesome challenge,” said Englin. “Getting it right will mean more opportunities, a better quality of life, and an even brighter future for individuals and families across Southern California and beyond.”

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Mhare Mouradian has joined the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group as a partner. Mouradian brings to the firm a wealth of litigation experience where his clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startups. He joins Husch Blackwell’s Los Angeles office from Fox Rothschild.

Monday, August 09, 2021

Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, hires Chamberlain Duru as the diverse business manager for the firm’s California offices. In this role, he will help advance a diverse supplier base, develop key client relationships, assist with proposal development and support project execution with a focus on growth and delivering client success.

Marcum LLP Welcomes Salman Ali to Lead Private Equity Practice for the West

Salman Ali is an assurance partner in the Los Angeles office of Marcum LLP responsible for leading the private equity practice for the western region. He has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry in the U.S. and the Cayman Islands. Salman’s audit experience encompasses private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and Fintech companies. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of clients comprised primarily of investment funds with a wide variety of strategies, sizes and structures. Salman has served clients with various types of fund structures including onshore and offshore investment vehicles. Previously with another national accounting firm, he brings his vast experience in dealing with complex investment valuations to Marcum.

Salman sits on the board of Growth Konnect and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA). He holds a Master of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting, both from the University of Karachi.

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Sharp accelerates growth with new Managing Director, Colin Campbell. Expands presence on the west coast.

Sharp Capital Advisors today announced Colin Campbell has joined the firm as Managing Director. An established investment banker, Colin will lead the firm's client relationships and new business origination on the west coast.

Before Sharp Capital Advisors, Colin worked at Sharp affiliate, Livingstone Partners, for four years, demonstrating remarkable commitment to clients on M&A, debt advisory, and special situations transactions. The exploding growth within the U.S. cannabis sector necessitated hiring additional banking talent to tackle the nearly insatiable need for experienced advisory services.

"Sharp has built an impressive platform serving the cannabis sector. I am excited to expand the firm's coverage on the west coast while providing clients with honest and grounded advice on how best to capitalize and monetize their cannabis assets," stated Colin Campbell.

Salim Khalil, CCM, joined HNTB Corporation's Southern California team as project director, based in the firm’s Ontario office. His duties include leading the I-10 Express Lanes PCM team which is delivering the county’s first express lanes facility for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

Khalil has more than 30 years of experience leading construction quality management on design-build programs with toll and express lanes and other facilities, including the SR-22, SR-91, I-405 and I-15 projects. He previously served as technical and construction manager on I-15 Express Lanes and connector projects, and SR-91 retrofit and improvements.

“Salim has valuable experience working in Southern California on major transportation projects with various public agencies,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “His exceptional leadership, technical excellence, and team building skills inspire others and promote project delivery on time and on budget.”

Khalil received his BSc degree in physics and MSc degree in terrestrial solar radiation measurements and applications, both from University of Tripoli. He is a certified construction manager in the state of California.

McCarthy Southern California adds talent and focus to its new Los Angeles Office with veteran team members Tuyet Le and Michael H. Kim.

McCarthy has relocated Tuyet Le, Vice President of Business Development to its new Los Angeles office which serves Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Tuyet joined McCarthy San Francisco in 2017 to focus client development on healthcare, science and technology, and transportation market sectors. She has been building and expanding business for the past 25 years and has secured successful multi-million-dollar projects while directing overall development of strategic relationships with clients and analyzing market assessments across California. She is an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a CIDCI Board Member, and a dynamic industry mentor focused on bringing forward the best in both colleagues and clients. Tuyet was raised in Southern California and recently relocated from the Bay Area with her husband and their two children.

Additionally, McCarthy has elevated Michael H. Kim to Vice President of Integrated Design. He has more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry and oversees the total integration of design phase services and construction execution. Michael provides strategic thinking and guidance throughout the design effort, focusing on the client experience. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in studio arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Architecture from UCLA. Additionally, he is a California state registered architect, a certified member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, a LEED AP accredited professional, a certified DBIA Professional, a member of AIA and the American Society for Healthcare Engineers.

Monday, August 02, 2021

Esplanade Builders Promotes Will LaRoque

Esplanade Builders is proud to announce that Will LaRoque has been promoted to Project Manager in the Torrance Office. A graduate from California State University-Dominguez Hills he has been an integral part of Esplanade’s growth for the past 7 years. We look forward to his continued growth and success.


LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project thanks DLA Piper for their Gold Sponsorship of the VLSP's Record Clearing Program for Veterans.This supports VLSP's delivery of free legal aid to hundreds of current and former military members, annually, to improve access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare.

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OneLegacy’s Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donor Recovery Center Taking Shape at “Topping Out” Ceremony

Azusa Location to Serve as “Critical Connector” for Southern California’s Regional Healthcare System and Help Save and Heal Lives Through Donation

Surrounded by local officials, transplant recipients, donor families and healthcare professionals, OneLegacy has held a “topping out” ceremony for its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Azusa that will serve as a critical connector for Southern California’s regional healthcare system.

The Azusa Donor Recovery Center will triple OneLegacy’s recovery capacity and by doing so enable OneLegacy to serve even better all 215 hospitals and 10 transplant centers in its seven-county region as well as transplant surgeons from around the country. When opened next year, the Center will also provide a new home for critical research that will improve donation and transplantation for all.

Richey Madison joins SmithGroup’s Los Angeles office as a Principal and Higher Education Studio Leader. With more than 25 years of experience in campus planning, higher education and science & technology design projects across the country, Richey will work to diversify SmithGroup’s strong higher education portfolio in Southern California.

Diana Granillo promoted to Chief Operating Officer at SullivanCurtisMonroe.

Bringing her depth of insurance knowledge and over 30 years of industry experience to the COO position, Diana will help the agency reach its growth goals. Moreover, she plays a vital role in SCM's relentless pursuit of exceeding client expectations.

McCarthy Southern California Elevates Paul Erb to Executive Vice President and Los Angeles Office Leader and Appoints Dan Stafford to Senior Vice President of Operations

McCarthy is proud to announce Paul Erb has been appointed to Executive Vice President and Office Leader for the firm’s Southern California region and will oversee all company services across Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. Having joined McCarthy in 2004 and holding integral roles including vice president of San Jose operations and San Jose Office Leader, Paul brings more than two decades of experience in the building industry to this position. Paul has overseen the construction of some of Northern California's marquee projects and worked with a variety of clients including Stanford University, Apple, and the University of California, Berkeley, among others. In his new role under regional president Mike Myers, Paul will spearhead a leadership team dedicated to growing and supporting the communities of the greater Los Angeles area. Known for his skill as a consensus builder focused on forming strong project teams, he is active in several industry and community organizations and holds a LEED AP BD+C designation from the United States Green Building Council.

An exciting new member of Paul’s leadership team, Dan Stafford brings over three decades of experience in commercial, higher education, seismic renovations, core and shell development, tenant improvement, and other markets to McCarthy’s clients in the greater Los Angeles area. As Senior Vice President of Operations, Dan will oversee team assignments, staff development, and project oversight for McCarthy. Dan’s experience leading aspects of operations and preconstruction focused on client goals, and experience building high-performing teams will ensure exceptional outcomes for all project stakeholders across the Los Angeles service area.

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Cause Communications Welcomes Three Senior Team Leaders

Cause Communications welcomes three new team members: Kristen Caloca as Vice President of Accounts, Christopher de Haan as Director of Marketing, and Jane Murcia as Senior Manager of Media Relations. Cause, the only purpose-driven nonprofit communications firm of its kind, is expanding its LA-based consulting practice.

Kristen Caloca has joined Cause Communications as Vice President of Accounts. In this role, Kristen provides strategic communications counsel to exceed client expectations and to offer internal leadership and mentorship for Cause’s staff. Kristen’s expertise spans public affairs, crisis communications, branding, messaging, strategic communications planning, capacity building, integrated marketing and public relations, social media, and events. She has nearly two decades of experience crafting and implementing communications strategies for cross-sector clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to government, nonprofits, foundations, and startup organizations on issues including energy and the environment, family and child welfare, public health, education, mental health, affordable housing, homelessness, and more.

Christopher de Haan joins as Marketing Director for Cause Communications. As a senior member of the team, he applies marketing best practices and drives bold new ideas in helping to lead marketing initiatives on behalf of Cause’s roster of clients, as well as Cause’s own marketing activities. Chris also supports the firm’s field-building work which helps other nonprofits strengthen their own marketing capacity to enhance organizational awareness, credibility, and impact. He has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors leading successful philanthropic and social impact programs, fundraising campaigns, leadership and crisis communications, strategic planning initiatives, influencer relations, social media and digital marketing efforts, multimedia productions, and more.

Jane Murcia is Senior Manager of Media Relations for Cause Communications and is responsible for developing and supporting client communications strategies that harness the power of media relations. From insightful analysis to compelling storytelling, her role encompasses a variety of strategic marketing and communications activities. Jane also draws on her strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, as well as sharp, results-oriented approaches to help clients achieve their organizational goals for social impact.

Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( is pleased to welcome Paige Newbold and Sonhui Robilotta to the ECF executive leadership team.

Paige Newbold has been promoted to Chief Administrative Officer. As CAO, she will be responsible for the oversight of facilities management, information technology, and human resources.

Paige has more than 26 years of senior human resources management experience within the fields of individual & family healthcare, senior home care and entertainment. She has notable performance in strategic human resource planning, performance management, staffing, federal and state law compliance, employee relations, employee benefits, compensation and payroll, training and development and coaching.

Paige is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management (BSM) from Pepperdine University and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) from Loyola Marymount University.

Sonhui “Sunny” Robilotta returns to ECF as Chief Financial Officer. She served as ECF’s Vice President of Finance and Director of Finance & Controller from 2004 to 2012, and assisted in successfully executing the organization’s merger with the Kayne Eras Center in 2006. Sunny has more than 27 years of financial management and accounting leadership experience in for-profit and nonprofit education, health and social service organizations.

She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from California State University Monterey Bay and Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from College of Charleston, South Carolina. Sunny earned the Los Angeles Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award (2009).


Los Angeles-based architecture firm GGA+ is proud to announce an expansion to its leadership team with the appointment of Greg Kochanowski, AIA, ASLA as the firm’s newest partner and Design Principal. He will play an instrumental role in shaping the design culture of the firm.

“Building on our studio’s long legacy of community centered design, we are delighted to welcome Greg to our team, and proud to have him as a partner,” says Managing Principal Ali Barar. “Greg is an innovative designer and a consummate mentor whose expertise reinforces our studio culture. As we work to provide equitable design solutions to critical issues, such as climate and housing; Greg’s leadership will amplify our work and our impact in the community.”

With over 25 years of experience as an award-winning architect, landscape architect, educator, and author, Kochanowski brings a wealth of knowledge and a holistic design philosophy to the practice. He currently serves as the Co-President of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and is an active researcher focusing on resilient environments that create synergies between natural systems, culture, architecture, and development. His unique perspective at the intersection of urban design, landscape, and architecture has been instrumental in a variety of projects reshaping the cultural and environmental fabric of Los Angeles.

Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Temple University, and Master’s of Architecture degree from UCLA.

“I am excited to be working with an organization so passionate about making a difference in the world,” says Kochanowski. “By harnessing the firm’s diversity and creating an environment of empowerment, agency, growth, and collaboration, I hope to reinforce GGA+’s mission of doing good with great design.”

GGA+ is widely recognized as a leader in design for public spaces throughout Southern California. Established in 1980 with a mission of enriching public life through design, GGA+ has been creating built environments that reinforce social engagement and support the advancement of our shared civic institutions.

Monday, July 26, 2021

McCarthy is proud to announce the much anticipated opening of its office in Downtown Los Angeles. With more than 35 years serving Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, it made sense for McCarthy’s Southern California division to establish a presence in the Los Angeles region to reemphasize its commitment to being a part of the communities we build in. Some of the firm’s notable project work in this market includes Sunset Bronson Studios ICON Office Tower, LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal and the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Cal State LA Student Housing East.

Overseen by Mike Myers, President of McCarthy Southern California, the Los Angeles office will be headed up by EVP and Office Leader, Paul Erb. Accompanying him will be the newly appointed SVP of Operations Dan Stafford, along with seasoned veterans, VP of Operations Erik Chessmore, VP of Preconstruction Matt Lawson, VP of Integrated Design Michael Kim, VP of Business Development Tuyet Le, VP of Mapping Fermin Glasper and VP of Parking Structures Ileana Holguin. The leadership team is committed to delivering upon client project goals, supporting local communities, and identifying innovative solutions for efficiency across Los Angeles.

Designed by Gensler, the Los Angeles workplace will accommodate 70 full-time employees supporting over 150 FTE’s and 150 craft workers in the market. With flexible and open workspaces, the office includes a large multipurpose room, a variety of collaboration spaces and an outdoor meeting terrace that opens up to expand the adjoining space and provide natural light and air circulation. McCarthy Southern California looks forward to serving long-established clients and is excited to form new partnerships across Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara for years to come.

Managing Director, Risk Advisory at Grant Thornton LLP

Grant Thornton LLP has promoted Max Geier to the role of Managing Director within Risk Advisory Services in Los Angeles. For the past 12+ years, Max has served a variety of clients across nearly all industry verticals, including both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. He delivers class-leading service helping companies deploy governance functions and leads improvement initiatives in accounting, IT, and operations. Max focuses on pre-IPO and SPAC clients, and he is a leader in Grant Thornton’s national practice for SOX readiness and adoption. His clients recognize him as a driven and dynamic leader with a unique ability to bring an otherwise dull subject matter to life. Max lives in Los Angeles and serves as a board member for an LA-based non-profit organization focused on preserving Los Angeles’ natural ecosystem through thoughtful residential development. Education: University of California Irvine, University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Pipeline Health Taps New VP, Marketing and Communications

Jane Brust joined Pipeline Health, LLC, this month as Vice President for Marketing and Communications. The announcement was made by Pipeline CEO Andrei Soran, who said Brust will be challenged to build a cohesive, centralized staffing structure that assures a high level of quality work product to support the strategic goals of the growing Pipeline system as a whole and its hospitals.

With corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, Pipeline has seven hospitals located in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Brust assumes responsibility for leading a robust portfolio of programs undertaken by marketing staff as well as outside firms. “Jane brings deep experience in hospital system marketing and communications, including brand development, media relations and crisis communications, social media strategy, website development and community engagement, among other program areas. I was privileged to work with Jane at Verity Health System where she served as Vice President for Marketing and Communications,” Soran said.

Toni has been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors for TransCanWork in Los Angeles. Toni is currently the current Interim Executive Director/President at LYRIC Center for LGBTQQ Youth & former Executive Director of St. James Infirmary in San Francisco. She is the author of I Rise-The Transformation of Toni Newman, a 2011 memoir about her gender transition which was nominated for multiple Lambda Literary Awards and became the basis for a short film, Heart of a Woman. Toni is a graduate of Wake Forest University and candidate for the Juris of Doctorate degree.

Raghu Makonahalli is joining Genies after spending the past four years as the Head of Finance for Snap Inc., managing funds for content strategy, partnerships, and user growth. Before switching to content and growth, Makonahalli was head of the Sales, Monetization GTM, and Augmented reality (AR) finance divisions. Before Snap Inc, Makonahalli worked for Amazon in the finance department, with a focus on advertising, monetization, pricing, and business development, and was at Cisco prior. His knowledge in GTM Monetization strategies, AR, and user growth will benefit him as VP of Finance for Genies.

Genies is culture’s most popular avatar technology company. The company has set the foundation for swift, widespread adaptation of avatars in society and culture, allowing individuals to truly express themselves.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Jake Henry, AIA, has been promoted to Principal in HGA’s LA office. Reinforcing HGA’s expertise in workplace design, he will direct new business opportunities and expand client networks for the firm’s growing corporate practice throughout Southern California. His work includes projects for Apple, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Amgen, Vizio, Hollywood Arts Collective and Venice Arts.

EH Private Bank® welcomes two new members to its management team: As a noteworthy leader in human resources, Kathleen Wiesinger joins EH as Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources. Prior to joining EH, Kathleen served as Director of Human Resources at Golden State Bank, Pacific Mercantile Bank, and Independence Bank. Kathleen brings a wealth of HR management experience and leadership to EH as the bank experiences new organizational growth and success.

Nikki Almazan has joined EH as First Vice President, Director of Information Technology. Prior to joining the EH team, Nikki served on management teams at Golden State Bank and Reliable IT, a services provider specializing in financial services information technology. Serving on various executive committees that have allowed her to be a catalyst for strategic growth, Nikki has a track record of successfully developing strategic IT roadmaps and aligning an organization’s digital initiatives with business-wide objectives. She looks forward to translating this experience to those objectives at EH Private Bank.
With total assets of $332.5 million, EH Private Bank (a tradename of EH National Bank) is a privately held, full-service institution that specializes in comprehensive commercial deposit and lending relationships. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, EH has served Southern California businesses and individuals for over 16 years.
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Woods Bagot promotes Matt Ducharme to Principal Ducharme, West Coast Design Leader for Woods Bagot, has been promoted to Principal. His design thinking emerges from a multi-disciplinary perspective and emphasizes experience and context. Significant projects include 447 Collins Street (The Arch), Australia’s first true mixed-use tower, and 111 West 57th Street in New York.

MGO LLP is pleased to announce that Christina Guan and Juline Cohen have been promoted to partner. Christina brings a strong background in both assurance and advisory and applies a holistic approach to value-added businesses. Her assurance experience is focused on audits of middle market, public, and privately held companies, and her advisory capabilities include fraud and forensic accounting, audit readiness, transition advisory, and construction audit. Christina’s talents have served the cannabis, construction, technology, real estate, aerospace, and defense industries. She contributes to MGO-Asia business development and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Juline Cohen has helped pave the way for growth and success for the firm in Southern California, where she specializes in tax, consulting, and operations. In addition, she performs federal and multi-state tax compliance for numerous high-networth individuals and closely held businesses. She is instrumental in both MGO’s cannabis practice and entertainment, sports, and music practice and represents MGO at industry events in the California market and beyond.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Gemdale USA has added Gus Villalba as Managing Director in its Pasadena Headquarters to aid in its acquisition efforts after spending over 25 years with Texas-based JPI and reporting to James Steman, Executive Vice President, who is responsible for leading Gemdale USA’s Los Angeles office.

Enrique Ceniceros, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined Taylor Design as Science and Technology Studio Director. Throughout his 28-year career, Enrique has established himself as an expert in the adaptive reuse of commercial and historic structures into state-of-the-art research and manufacturing facilities.
His work encompasses a broad range of projects, including higher education research and learning environments, bio-pharmaceutical facilities, biomedical R&D laboratories, commercial R&D facilities, manufacturing facilities and engineering laboratories. Enrique earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Previously the Regional Leader for Science and Technology for HOK in Los Angeles, he can be reached at

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), a leading environmental consulting, engineering, and planning firm, welcomes Tamseel Mir as Community Development Business Group Director for its Southern California region. With more than 20 years of experience leading the environmental review process for large-scale planning and development projects across an array of industries, Mir takes the helm of the region’s largest group.

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Blair Jones – Project Executive BNBuilders has welcomed Blair Jones to its team as a Project Executive serving the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire markets. A highly skilled and ambitious leader, Mr. Jones returns to BNBuilders after a nearly six-year hiatus. He brings more than 15 years of experience directing projects for various sectors, including: prominent technology, K-12, higher education, hospitality, and large construction projects. He earned his degree in construction management from the University of Southern California. Mr. Jones’ first project with BNBuilders is a major redevelopment in Southern California worth hundreds of millions of dollars, for a tech client he previously served while working at BNBuilders.

Thomas Van Aken – Senior Estimator Thomas Van Aken has joined BNBuilders’ LA/OC office as a Senior Estimator. Thomas has been working in the construction industry for nearly a decade and has a Bachelor’s in Construction Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. His project history is comprised of commercial building and infrastructure, specifically mixed-use/retail, industrial, higher education and design-build projects. At BNBuilders, Thomas will lead the preconstruction effort on a range of BNB projects including upcoming build-outs for local tech companies.

Monday, July 05, 2021

Marissa Morrison joined WELL Health as VP of People. Morrison will build upon the company’s strong culture to create even more opportunity for employee development and inclusion, help shape the future of work, and lead efforts to recruit top talent. Morrison had prior roles at Foursquare, Factual, LinkedIn, and PwC.

Abel Montañez has joined City National Bank as executive vice president and head of Private Banking. He is also a member of City National’s Executive Committee and reports to Garrett D’Alessandro, CEO of City National Rochdale and head of Wealth Management at City National Bank. Montañez is an outstanding leader with more than 20 years of experience in the wealth management industry, most recently at Wells Fargo Private Bank, and before that at Citi Private Bank. Based in Los Angeles, City National has $83.4 billion in assets and more than 70 offices. The company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $93.2 billion in client investment assets.

Burns & McDonnell, a 100% employee-owned engineering, architecture and construction firm, promoted John Hofman, PE, to distribution modernization section manager.

John has experience in electrical distribution planning and design, engineering, underground secondary networks and application of grid technologies. He will lead a team, providing communities with reliable power infrastructure.

Monday, June 28, 2021


June 17, 2021 Los Angeles, CA - Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC has added Ryan Lapine as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group. Mr. Lapine joined the firm on June 16th. He will be based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Ryan Lapine is joining us,” said Frankfurt Kurnit Litigation Group co-Chair Tricia Legittino. “Ryan is an entertainment and commercial litigation powerhouse who is a terrific addition to our litigation department and our growing Los Angeles office.”

Mr. Lapine represents celebrities, high net worth individuals, and corporate clients in insurance recovery, intellectual property, trust and estate, and complex business disputes. He has intimate familiarity with entertainment, cryptocurrency, and cannabis industry issues.

Mr. Lapine’s client list includes Barry Manilow, Stiletto Entertainment, Inc.,TrueCar, Inc., Emerald Family Farms, and many others.

“Joining Frankfurt Kurnit is a professional accomplishment I treasure – a light at the end of the long tunnel that this last year has been for a lot of us,” said Mr. Lapine. “I am thrilled to join such a talented team of attorneys and look forward to working with them in the years to come."

About Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC
Long recognized as a leading media, entertainment, and advertising law firm, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz, PC, provides the highest quality legal services to clients in a wide range of industries and disciplines. With nearly 100 lawyers, the firm now represents a diverse group of clients, from Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, charitable organizations, and law firms to celebrities, artists, and individuals working in many fields. In addition to working with clients on transactional and litigation-related entertainment, advertising, and intellectual property matters, Frankfurt Kurnit has leading practices in commercial litigation, employment law, white collar criminal defense, corporate and tax law, charitable organizations, trusts and estates, privacy and data security, legal ethics, and real estate. By combining deep industry knowledge across a diverse group of lawyers and practice groups, Frankfurt Kurnit brings a unique, client-focused approach to helping clients achieve their goals, whether resolving a dispute, getting the deal done, or just planning for the future.

CommerceWest Bank Welcomes Craig Hirson

As Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of the Commercial Banking Division, Mr. Craig Hirson will lead the organization’s Portfolio Management Group, Corporate Lending Group and Specialty Banking Group. Craig will focus on expanding our existing client relationships and the continued market share growth of new clients in California.

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Planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) has promoted Timothy Schmidt to Vice President. Schmidt has 37 years of experience in the rail and transit industry. He is especially sought after by clients for his expertise in the Construction Management/ General Contractor (CM/GC) delivery method.

Donna Clandening has joined AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice in Southern California as vice president and managing principal, responsible for driving growth, design excellence, and innova-tion for the group.

A leader and mentor in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, Ms. Clandening brings a holistic and collaborative approach to her work. Her diverse professional background and deep interest in creating strong, interdisciplinary teams allow her to effectively deliver connected strategies to her clients and community.

She has held various leadership roles with the College of Architectural and Environmental Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program; the Foundation for Interdisciplinary Studies; the Santa Monica Unified School District; the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services; and the Asian American Architects/Engineers Association in Southern California.

Ms. Clandening holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. In 2020, Ms. Clandening was recognized as an Honored Alumna from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She is also the 2018 Leonardo Award recipient from the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

AECOM is the world's trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle - from planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

RSM welcomes Ken Kilroy

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax, and consulting services to the middle market welcomes Senior Director, Ken Kilroy, to their Family Office Services practice.

Previously, Ken provided family office services to ultra-high net worth families across the US. He was a partner at Brightstar Capital Partners and also worked with Marvin Davis, serving as the President of Davis Companies and Head of the Davis family office. Ken’s 25 years of family office tax and direct investing experience includes: Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Petroleum, Davis Entertainment, the Sports Club/LA, WebTV, Fox Plaza, Aspen Skiing Company, the Pebble Beach Company, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. He was a Co-founder and CEO of Unity Investment Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm, serving closely held and family-owned operating businesses. Ken also founded Trailhead Advisors, a provider of customized consulting services for ultra-high net worth family offices.

Ken began his career as a lawyer, CPA and also served as Director of Taxes for Occidental Petroleum. He received a J.D. from the University of Akron Law School and a B.S. from the University of Akron. He is actively involved with global non-profit organizations, including World Vision and The Carter Center.

Ken comes to RSM to focus on Family Offices and will provide guidance on various growth and talent initiatives for the practice.

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. Learn more at Please contact Ken at (213) 929 2751 or

Monday, June 21, 2021

RETS Associates, a leading national real estate recruiting firm, is continuing to expand in the Southern California region to serve growing demand for real estate talent from new and existing clients. Christa Brillhart recently joined RETS as a Director of its Los Angeles office, bringing several years of experience in the recruitment field with an emphasis on the real estate and financial industries. She established her CRE career in real estate asset management at The Carlyle Group where she served as an Associate/Senior Associate for more than five years. Brillhart resides in the LA area with her son and daughter.

Poms hired one of the country's foremost experts in workers compensation claims at a time when workers compensation is becoming increasingly complex.

Poms and Associates announces the vital growth of its workers compensation, claims and property and casualty group by adding April Moore to a newly-created executive position as vice president.
Moore has spent the last 30 years of her career as advocate to employers, guiding claims management teams on industry best practices while also mentoring a team of adjusters. Most recently, she received a ‘You Make a Difference Award’ for her commitment to excellence for clients and her willingness to go the extra mile. Early in her career, she gained experience in workers compensation as a claims adjuster for several carriers and third-party administrators.
“Our goal at Poms is to reduce claims, educate clients and help our clients with insurance cost savings. As companies seek to develop or update workers’ compensation policies, many companies are seeking counsel to develop these policies,” said David Poms, president of Poms & Associates. “To keep up with industry trends and federal legislative requirements, we’ve strategically decided to grow the worker’s compensation, claims and property and casualty group, and that growth starts by adding April Moore to our senior leadership team.”

Latham & Watkins Expands Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices in Los Angeles

Tana Ryan has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices. Ms. Ryan represents private equity funds and public and private companies in a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, take private transactions, distressed acquisitions, SPAC and deSPAC transactions, minority investments, recapitalizations, and other complex corporate transactions.

American Heart Association honors healthcare executive John Baackes and cardiologist Dr. Richard Allen Williams for championing equitable health for all

The American Heart Association has honored John Baackes, CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, and Richard Allen Williams, MD, Founder of the Association of Black Cardiologists, with the Heart of Los Angeles Award for outstanding contributions to advancing health equity. The recognition was presented at a digital celebration, sponsored by Keck Medicine of USC, American Medical Association Foundation, Dignity Health Northridge, UCLA Health and more, on June 12, 2021.

Leader, Innovator, Changemaker
As the leader of the nation's largest publicly operated health plan, Baackes is recognized for fostering innovation and partnerships to advance access to quality health care for the more than 2.4 million people L.A. Care serves in Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs, including Medi-Cal and L.A. Care Covered.
His many accomplishments include launching “Elevating the Safety Net,” a five-year, $155 million initiative to increase the number of primary care doctors who provide health care to L.A.’s under-resourced communities. The initiative includes grants for provider recruitment, loan repayments for physicians who commit to serving in the safety net and scholarships for medical students, most of whom are students of color. Baackes also gained board approval to fund an In-Home Supportive Services Training Program, which has trained nearly 3,500 caregivers on how to better deliver care to patients in their homes. Under Baackes' leadership, L.A. Care established an equity council that is committed to advancing health equity for members and their communities.

Healer, Mentor, Medical Pioneer
A renowned cardiologist, medical pioneer and leading expert in healthcare disparities, Dr. Williams, clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, has kept health justice and equity at the heart of his decades-long work. The author of numerous books and publications, his seminal 1975 Textbook of Black-Related Diseases, which highlights the need for a culturally competent approach to health care for African Americans and other people of color, and his latest work, Blacks in Medicine, a 5,000-year history of the Black experience in medicine and healthcare, have been accepted into the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
He founded the Association of Black Cardiologists and the Minority Health Institute, which promote deeper understanding of the impact of cardiovascular disease on African Americans, address health care disparities and foster diversity in the health care workforce. ,br> Williams has broken many barriers, paving the way for generations of Black men and women in medicine. As the first Black postgraduate trainee at Harvard Medical School, he brought attention to the lack of diversity in its medical programs and spearheaded recruitment efforts that led to an increase in Black medical students, interns and residents at Harvard.

Exverus, a strategic media consultancy, has hired two new vice presidents to expand the agency’s media capabilities even further. Tasha Day joins as VP, Media Director, and Oscar Braun joins as VP, Performance Solutions. Both are newly-created positions, adding to the award-winning agency’s already impressive roster of talent. They will report to Talia Arnold, Co-Founder and Head of Strategy.

Patty Mertes, Vice President of Media at Ad Results Media Ad Results Media, a leader in branded audio advertising, announced the hiring of Patty Mertes as their Vice President of Media. In her role, Patty will identify business opportunities across a range of enterprises and customer segments to drive both top line growth and bottom-line results.

Lisa Hsiao has joined experience consultancy ERA-co as VP of User Strategy for North America. She brings over 20 years of expertise in creating human-centered strategies that push the boundaries of exploration. As a sister company to Woods Bagot, ERA-co offers services in User Strategy, Brand Experience, and Urban Systems.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Philip Han and Elisa Rodriguez have been elected to the board of trustees of Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Han currently serves as chief investment officer of Saban Capital Group, a multi-billion-dollar private investment firm. Rodriguez is a senior manager of financial planning and analysis for Orum, a technology company focused on creating frictionless payment infrastructure. Both hold MBAs from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

OIC is the largest pediatric orthopaedic facility on the west coast focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children.

DeShá Runnels, Vice President of Media at Ad Results Media

Ad Results Media, a trailblazer leading the audio media industry in branded audio advertising, announced the hiring of DeShá Runnels as their new Vice President of Media. In his new role, DeShá will specialize in generating revenue and consumer engagement via creative partnerships and content creation.

Lisa Buckley is the new Managing Director of VaynerMedia Los Angeles. She will shape the direction and growth of the West Coast office with a focus on deploying the agency’s unique integrated offering to drive relevance and growth for clients. Lisa was previously EVP of Client Services in New York.

Marcel Ocampo has joined the Partner team at Nava, a new kind of healthcare benefits brokerage leveraging technology and benefits innovation to tackle the rising costs of healthcare. Throughout his over 18-year career in healthcare, Marcel has been consistently recognized as one of the top benefits brokers in CA and the US (#1 producer in SD in 2020).

Nava could not be more thrilled to have Marcel join the team and our mission to provide high-quality, affordable access to healthcare to all Americans.

Exverus, a strategic media consultancy, has hired two new vice presidents to expand the agency’s media capabilities even further. Tasha Day joins as VP, Media Director, and Oscar Braun joins as VP, Performance Solutions. Both are newly-created positions, adding to the award-winning agency’s already impressive roster of talent. They will report to Talia Arnold, Co-Founder and Head of Strategy.

Patty Mertes, Vice President of Media at Ad Results Media

Ad Results Media, a leader in branded audio advertising, announced the hiring of Patty Mertes as their Vice President of Media. In her role, Patty will identify business opportunities across a range of enterprises and customer segments to drive both top line growth and bottom-line results.

Lisa Hsiao has joined experience consultancy ERA-co as VP of User Strategy for North America. She brings over 20 years of expertise in creating human-centered strategies that push the boundaries of exploration. As a sister company to Woods Bagot, ERA-co offers services in User Strategy, Brand Experience, and Urban Systems.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Pavitra Rammohan, P.E, MBA. ENV-SP has been named Vice President of Business Development at KDG Construction Consulting . She brings over 15 years of strong business acumen coupled with technical leadership in infrastructure development, deep expertise in stakeholder coordination, multi-agency partnerships and best management practices implementation. She will be responsible for leading strategic growth initiatives, advancing market sector growth, business processes development, and enhancing client services across the nation.

“I am excited to welcome Pavitra to KDG. Pavitra brings to KDG an outstanding set of academic and professional credentials matched with deep industry expertise. She will be a key leader within our company as we grow our existing business development platform into new geographies and market sectors and as we develop new partnerships with our industry peers” said Lydia Kennard, President and CEO of KDG.

Ms. Rammohan, an ardent USC Trojan, has led multiple complex water supply, water reclamation, transportation and renewable energy projects throughout California. She was the lead consultant driving Stormwater Integration as part of the City of Los Angeles One Water Los Angeles 2040 Plan aimed at developing fiscally responsible water planning solutions. She also serves as the Founding Member on the Los Angeles Metro Sustainability Council. She collaborates with SoCalGas with increased focus on renewable natural gas production, storage, and transmission and opportunities for integration within existing infrastructure.

“I am thrilled to be joining hands and meeting minds with KDG in providing extraordinary value to our clients. By embracing the diversity of our people, we can harness the extraordinary value that different perspectives, experiences, and talent bring to the work we provide to our clients.” said Ms. Rammohan.

Latham Grows Insurance Litigation Team in Los Angeles

Kirsten Jackson has joined Latham & Watkins in the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department and as a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. Jackson brings significant experience litigating a variety of business and contractual disputes, with a focus on insurance matters including business interruption, directors’ and officers’ liability, cyber liability, professional liability, and property insurance, as well as captive insurance and reinsurance.

Von Raees , founder and CEO of Beacon Media , HLR Media , and now Hey Media , intends to bring seismic change to the way you engage with local news through the launch of . Built on 25 years of experience in community coverage, the publication carries its years well, informing game-changing editorial efforts with the trained eye of a newsroom that's been here the whole time. We are passionate, we are loud and ready to bring excellent and accessible hyperlocal news to the Southland.

Los Angeles has a community coverage void. The specialized days of dedicated bureaus and a masthead for each and every neighborhood have passed, but the demand for local stories remains. Millions of Angelenos are left with cookie-cutter, master of none coverage with a pensive presentation. HeySoCal steps into that gap. HeySoCal provides community journalism at true face value, without hesitation and outside the constraints of traditional local news coverage.

HeySoCal marries modern heartbeat news strategy with legacy feature content that aims to rewire what people expect from the coverage in their own backyard. HeySoCal is fresh, new, seasoned, and, in turn, oxymoronic.

Simultaneously, Hey Media will be expanding its current multimedia consulting services. Hey Media’s team aims to empower local businesses through the democratization of marketing, media production, and strategy consultation resources traditionally reserved for national and international enterprises.

Now, more than ever, local communities deserve equal coverage and an equal opportunity to bolster their businesses. Hey Media is here to help bring that change.

Design Workshop , an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, is pleased to announce Ben Roush has been promoted to principal in its LA studio. He is a landscape architect who leads highly complex, precisely detailed site design projects at the highest level helping clients achieve their goals.

LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project thanks Proskauer for their Gold Sponsorship of the Who Are You Remembering Campaign . Proskauer is proud to honor Arthur Joseph Lynch .

This effort supports VLSP’s delivery of free legal aid to hundreds of current and former military members, annually, to improve access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare.

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Design Workshop , an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, is pleased to announce Jason Ficht has been promoted to principal in its LA studio. A community planner and urban designer, Ficht leads master planning projects around the world, focusing on making places more inclusive, sustainable and beautiful.

Monday, May 31, 2021

JPettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin PC is both humbled and proud to recognize its 15-year anniversary in 2021. This special milestone would not be possible without the loyal, unwavering, and continued support of our valued clients, colleagues, teammates, and friends. We cherish the long-lasting relationships that we have developed over the years, and we remain eternally grateful for the opportunity to be of service to each of our clients throughout Southern California and Arizona. Each member of the Pettit Kohn team remains deeply committed to providing outstanding legal service and delivering the best possible result for each client, on each case, day in, and day out. We look forward to a promising future, and we thank you for your continued trust, support, and confidence in our team.

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin PC is a leading AV-rated, full-service trial firm with expertise in litigating and resolving civil matters in both state and federal courts. The firm represents clients in the areas of Appellate, Business Litigation, Community Association Litigation, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Real Estate Litigation, Restaurant & Hospitality, Retail, Transactional & Business Services, Transportation, and Trial & Civil Litigation. Clients include large and mid-sized corporations, privately held businesses, institutions, and individuals.

Alex Spilger has been named Head of ESG at global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW) . In the newly created role, Alex will oversee the expansion of U.S. environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives and advance a coordinated, global approach to sustainability.

E.J. Kahn with the Los Angeles Market of Wells Fargo Advisors promoted to Managing Director-Investments

The Los Angeles Market of Wells Fargo Advisors is proud to announce the promotion of E.J. Kahn of The Strauss/Lewis/Kahn Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors to Managing Director - Investments. Kahn, who holds a master’s degree in investor relations, focuses on customized wealth management solutions and asset management for his clients, specifically families with next generation implications of wealth transition. Glen Strauss, Managing Director- Investments, a former corporate lawyer (not currently practicing), and Jonathan Lewis, Managing Director- Investments, MBA, a former CPA, (not currently practicing) have mentored E.J. extensively and their team model, targeting business owners. Kahn’s team has 150+ years of tenure in the investment business, and a five person investment team with its own research and internal portfolio management. Their 11-person team is one of the largest in personnel for the Southern California Market at Wells Fargo Advisors. Los Angeles Market Manager Paul Vannuki added, “E.J’s commitment to clients and passion around his advice model has been central to his growth during his first four years in the industry.” Kahn brings a great deal of innovation and entrepreneurship to the practice and takes great pride in mentoring others, including university students, on financial health and career decisions. As a former Division I golfer, he cares about building the strongest foundation possible to help make for lasting long-term success for his team and clients.

Kahn has an unrelenting care for efficiency within his career, and over the long-term would like to use his skills to help make a material impact on fostering a healthier community. The team is currently available to be contacted directly and has resources available to select families seeking a holistic advisor for the long-term.

About Wells Fargo Advisors With $1.86 trillion in client assets as of March 31, 2021, Wells Fargo Advisors provides advice and guidance to help clients maximize all aspects of their financial lives. Our vast network of financial advisors, one of the nation’s largest, serves investors through locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo Advisors is a part of Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management (WIM), a division within Wells Fargo & Company and one of the largest wealth managers in the U.S. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, Members SIPC, separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company. All data includes Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, as of March 31, 2021.

About Wells Fargo Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets and proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of all middle market companies and small businesses in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health and a low-carbon economy. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Additional information may be found at | Twitter: @WellsFargo.

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Managing Director- Investments
(310) 443-7584

Merchant & Gould, a national innovation and technology law firm with locations across the U.S., opened an office in Los Angeles (611 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1109) to support the firm’s growth into the fashion, furniture, commercial and consumer products industries. The firm continues to expand its IP work, geographic reach, industry scope and access to new clients on the West Coast.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Jim Kordas Senior vice president and middle market healthcare executive at Fifth Third Bank

EDUCATION: The University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Business

Jim Kordas has been named senior vice president and middle market healthcare executive at Fifth Third Bank, N.A. In this role, Jim will be responsible for serving middle market healthcare and not-for-profit healthcare clients in the California market by identifying solutions and services to help clients achieve their business objectives.

Mark Tagawa, AIA, NCARB, NCIDQ, LEED AP has joined HOK as a Principal and design leader. His portfolio includes the $500m Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, the Administration & Health Sciences Building at the University of Hawaii, and UCLA Health Training Facility for the Los Angeles Lakers in El Segundo.

WPG Receives FAA Drone Waiver for 14 CFR § 107.51(c)—Visibility and 14 CFR § 107.51(d) —Cloud Clearance and added six new FAA Remote Pilots

The World Protection Group (WPG) , a full-service security firm specializing in international executive protection and executive protection drone operations, has just recruited six more FAA certified remote pilots to the team. This marks another milestone for the Executive Protection leader which has also received its fourth FAA waiver.

The World Protection Group is the only Executive Protection firm in the United States to acquire four of the most difficult-to-obtain FAA drone waivers- night operations, fly over people, beyond visual line of sight and visibility operating limitations.

WPG also has airspace authorizations covering all the major airports in the Los Angeles County and Las Vegas areas.

In addition, WPG CEO Kent Moyer has recently traveled to Austin, Texas, to complete the training required to earn the Top Level 2 Remote Pilot Certification from the Associate for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. WPG employs only the best FAA remote drone pilots operating its extensive fleet of drones. This grant of waivers by the FAA will allow its pilots to conduct wide-ranging aerial sweeps, investigations, mapping, and patrols of properties and cities. In addition, air patrols working under the waivers will have greater surveillance and counter-surveillance abilities and far-reaching search and rescue capabilities, disaster response, and risk/vulnerability assessments.

Scott Shaw joined Merchant & Gould as managing partner of its new Los Angeles office, adding his IP litigation practice and focus on fashion business to the firm’s national platform. He specializes in the fashion, retail, technology, sports and footwear, action sports, food and beverage, appliances, and consumer products industries.

Monday, May 17, 2021

VLSP MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH SPONSOR LACBA ’s Veterans Legal Services Project thanks Clyde & Co for their Gold Sponsorship of the Who Are You Remembering Campaign . Clyde & Co is proud to honor David Lee West . This effort supports VLSP’s delivery of free legal aid to hundreds of current and former military members, annually, to improve access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare.

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Quigley-Simpson announced today the appointment of Jared Vail as Vice President of Analytics.

Vail will lead the agency’s data and analytics practice to evolve the data infrastructure and launch new strategic services that create bespoke, nimble solutions to drive brand growth and bottom-line results. He will be working in close collaboration with agency leadership to identify opportunities for deeper consumer engagement across a significant portfolio of clients in CPG, finance, D2C, healthcare and not-for-profit. Among Vail’s priorities are to further develop Quigley-Simpson’s TV-to-web and offline attribution modeling, develop automated data streams and feeds to expediate media investment decisioning, and advance the agency’s performance forecasting tools. Vail will report to Scott Marsden, EVP of Media & Analytics. Vail’s last role was Director, Analytics & Marketing Science at VideoAmp, where he spearheaded the creation of a new Marketing & Science department.

Quigley-Simpson blends creativity and performance with a highly measurable and effective methodology that delivers an outsized ROI to its roster of blue-chip clients. The hallmarks of the firm’s success are based on its performance and accountability mindset, as well as its ability to develop and employ creative that moves consumers to action.

“With Jared at the helm, we are poised to go from data-informed to data-led. He has tremendous vision and a proven mastery of bringing data inhouse, so we can now trade on our institutional media knowledge, marketplace insights and the latest data technology in order to offer clients a deeply customized solution,” says Carl Fremont, CEO of Quigley-Simpson.

Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company Announces Promotion and Succession Advancement of Key Team Members

John Cowles Named Chief Operating Officer Arthur Kozinski Promoted to Executive VP & Regional Manager SoCal

Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction (, celebrating 110 years of industry leadership and quality construction, today announced strategic transitions within its senior ranks. John Cowles has been named Chief Operating Officer and Arthur Kozinski has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Regional Manager of Southern California. David Lee, current COO, will continue his leadership with the Company’s Board of Directors working on long term financial strategies. Steve Smith, Southern California Regional Manager for the last 23 years, will shift into more substantive support of ongoing major projects.

“Hathaway Dinwiddie has a culture of promoting from within, and fostering opportunity throughout the Company,” said Greg Cosko, President & CEO of Hathaway Dinwiddie ,” and these promotions are good examples of that.”

“Hathaway Dinwiddie has always been like a family,” said Kozinski and Cowles in a statement. “Having seasoned veterans like Steve Smith and David Lee as mentors, during the transition of responsibilities, is key to how our company builds and fosters generational wisdom.”

John Cowles career with Hathaway Dinwiddie started nearly 35 years ago when he started work part time in the field while attending college. Throughout his career John has been a leader in the planning, development, and implementation of many of the company’s most complex projects and is an avid believer of using technology to increase the productivity, quality and safety of our Projects. Cowles is also an adjunct professor at USC having taught there for over a decade. It is currently contemplated that Cowles will conduct his duties from Los Angeles, with regular trips to the Bay Area.

Arthur Kozinski has been with Hathaway Dinwiddie for over 35 years. He has overseen, led and supported the growth of the office and many significant projects including the Getty Center, 2000 Ave of the Stars, Tishman Speyer’s work in Playa Vista, and more recently the USC Village , the Coliseum , Vermont Corridor and Lumen West , to name a few.

Hathaway Dinwiddie celebrates its 110th year of business in California in 2021. The company focuses on the California market and is known for constructing many of the state’s iconic buildings. Consistently ranked in the ENR Top 100 General Contractors in the United States, Hathaway Dinwiddie provides General Contracting, Project Planning and Management services in California’s most dynamic markets. The company has helped the nation’s premier companies and institutions develop landmark structures and quality interior spaces throughout Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

Private equity specialist Dane Lupe joined Lockton’s LA office as Senior Vice President, Producer to provide strategic guidance to private equity and commercial real estate firms, and to proactively mitigate, transfer and insure their risk. He brings deep relationships in the PE community and 13 years experience in risk management consulting, coverage review and insurance program structuring.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Nonprofit LAEDC has named Melissa Kham as Vice President of Strategic Relations, to engage leaders in business, education and government who wish to support equitable economic recovery, shoulder to shoulder with the region’s largest employers and most visible champions for an equitable, sustainable and resilient economy. Most recently, Kham worked as Senior Director of Giving and Strategy for PATH where she led multi-million-dollar investments through philanthropy and public funds.

Think Together , a statewide nonprofit that partners with schools to change the odds for kids, welcomes Quincy Allen to its Board of Directors. Quincy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arc Capital Partners, a real estate development and investment firm. He holds a BS in Finance from Wayne State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kelly Kennedy has joined STUDIOS Architecture as Director of Business Development , bringing over a decade of experience in client and brand development. She leads the firm’s West Coast business development efforts across multiple sectors and markets in support of the Los Angeles and San Francisco studios.

Senior CRE Finance Professional Trevor Damyan Joins Slatt Capital

Slatt Capital is pleased to announce that Trevor Damyan is joining their Los Angeles office as Senior Vice President. He has extensive commercial finance experience serving the middle-market private client space in both development and stabilized properties throughout California and Nationwide.

Please join Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services for our inaugural Mental Health Is Health experience honoring Selena Gomez and Rare Beauty , Bebe Rexha and Headspace with our 2021 Mental Health Is Health Ambassador Awards.

The event will highlight the inseparable mind-body connection and provide an unforgettable experience of entertainment, wellbeing tips, advocacy strategy and inspiring stories. A renowned leader in whole-person mental health care and suicide prevention, Didi Hirsch serves 160,000 children and adults from 10 locations and 120 schools each year.

This mind-body experience streams Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 PM PDT . Attendance is free with registration at .

Private equity expert Daniel Denham joined Lockton’s LA office as Senior Vice President, Producer to take a lead role in expanding its strong PE and M&A presence on the West Coast. Drawing on 10+ years in the industry, he will work with PE firms providing insurance/benefits due diligence, R&W insurance, strategic risk management advice and transactional resources.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Reynolds Advisory Partners announces hiring new Managing Director

Reynolds Advisory Partners is pleased to announce the addition of Pete Boukouzis as Managing Director. Based in our Los Angeles office, Mr. Boukouzis will focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the Industrial and Energy sectors.

Mr. Boukouzis is a prominent career investment banker with over 20 years of investment banking experience. Pete previously retired as the Managing Director and Head of U.S. Energy M&A at Bank of Montreal Capital Markets (“BMO”) based in Houston, Texas. At BMO, Mr. Boukouzis also served as a member of the firm’s Fairness Committee. Prior to BMO, Mr. Boukouzis worked in New York City as a Director at Rothschild, Inc. in the Merger & Acquisitions Group and an Associate Director at UBS.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Boukouzis has completed dozens of M&A transactions, equity and debt capital raises, recapitalizations, and fairness opinions for public and private companies in the U.S. and abroad in various industries, including Industrial Products and Services, Refining and Marketing, and Upstream Energy. To date, Mr. Boukouzis has completed approximately 50 public and private investment banking transactions worth over $36 billion.

Reynolds Advisory Partners LLC is a middle market investment bank specializing in M&A and capital raising transactions on behalf of private companies in a variety of industries including: Technology, Industrial, Consumer, Financial and Business Services. see Questions or inquiries should be directed to Douglas Reynolds at (626) 316-6090 or to

Troy Jenkins , principal real estate and investment manager at Avison Young, has been appointed to Orthopaedic Institute for Children ’s Board of Trustees. Jenkins currently serves on the Governing Board of the Robert Toigo Foundation and is Chairman Emeritus of the City Club Los Angeles. OIC is the largest pediatric orthopaedic facility on the west coast focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children.

Cityview , a vertically integrated real estate investment management firm focused on multifamily and mixed-use real estate, today announced that Denise Katz has joined the team as director of asset management. Katz will leverage over 12 years of experience in asset management, operations, ground-up development and value-add to maximize the operational and financial performance of Cityview’s assets.

GCX is excited to welcome Melissa Horvat as its new Director of Business Development. Melissa is experienced in all aspects of the built environment. She brings a renewed energy to the client experience and will be leading GCX efforts in Los Angeles.

Morley Builders is proud to announce these promotions:

Juan Olivera – Vice President, Chief Estimator Juan joined the Morley family in 1996, and leads the preconstruction estimating efforts for the company. Working on many of Morley’s iconic projects, his client-focused service and attention to detail have been invaluable in delivering accurate budgets and providing innovative solutions to meet clients’ needs. Juan earned his Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering Technology from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.

Jeremy Dominik, Vice President, Project Executive Jeremy brings the value of more than 27 years of experience for Morley, providing leadership in the planning, pricing, and procurement of projects. Overseeing concrete operations, he has been involved in managing almost $2B of total construction, demonstrating operational leadership, and a dedication to providing superior client service. Jeremy has a Bachelor of Science, Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.

“As we build toward the future, mindsets that strive for new approaches, efficiencies, and best-in-class execution are always a top priority.” —Charles Muttillo, President, Morley Builders

About Morley Builders
Since 1947, Morley Builders has provided quality, innovative construction services to Southern California, contracting its services through two-wholly owned subsidiaries, Morley Construction Company and Benchmark Contractors, Inc. As one of the largest Southern California-based general contractors, Morley specializes in the construction of entertainment, civic, educational, sustainable, commercial, retail, medical, multi-family residential, and parking structures.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Elizabeth Brink, LEED® AP BD+C, EDAC has been promoted to Regional Managing Principal of Gensler ’s Southwest Region. In her new role she joins John Adams as part of the firm’s collaborative leadership model. As a global workplace strategist, Brink is an expert in developing high-performance, people-focused workplaces bringing a multidisciplinary background in architecture, communications, and research.

Nhan Nguyen has been promoted to Senior Vice President at Clune Construction . He has 22 years of construction industry experience and a record of leading successful projects throughout Southern California. Nhan is a key member of the West Region Operations and is a strong mentor to Clune employees.

Veritas Public Affairs Inc. celebrates its one year anniversary on May 1 as a leading woman-owned firm specializing in advocacy, government relations and community engagement. With a concentration on LA City and County issues, Veritas provides high-quality public affairs assistance to clients seeking to influence and affect policy and regulatory outcomes. Veritas principal and founder, Tracey Chavira , attributes the firm’s success to focus, discipline, consistency and above all, passion for the work.

Clune Construction has named Denise DeSisto Vice President, Project Executive for Clune’s Los Angeles office. Denise has 32 years of experience in the construction industry, with a diverse portfolio of successful projects. Throughout her career, DeSisto has been recognized for executing complex project on tight schedules while maintaining strong relationships.

Monday, April 19, 2021

New Leadership Team for AC Martin following integration of Togawa Smith Martin Residential and ATI Architects.

AC Martin is proud to announce a new leadership team and the expansion of the AC Martin family following the integration of two firms – Togawa Smith Martin and ATI Architects.

Adding to AC Martin’s 115 years of transformational and inspiring design and unmatched technical excellence, Togawa Smith Martin and ATI Architects bring expanded expertise and dynamic energy to AC Martin. This wholly integrated company will harness the power of these talented organizations into one vibrant business, focused on enhanced delivery of core services across a broad spectrum of specialty areas. Combined, the new AC Martin will continue to demonstrate a commitment to high-quality design, technical expertise and innovation with a seamless delivery of services tailored to clients’ needs. In a rapidly changing world, AC Martin brings the best of these three venerable businesses together as one agent of change with a passion to inspire and delight clients and enrich the built environment.

Chris Martin, Chairman - Martin will transition firm wide management responsibilities to Tom Hsieh and remain Chairman of the newly integrated AC Martin firm. Martin will continue to provide professional and civic leadership on behalf of the firm through his involvement on community and educational boards and his regular contributions to thought leadership on a wide array of issues in the architectural and engineering fields.

Tom Hsieh, CEO and President, AIA, LEED AP - Leading the firm’s executive management team, Hsieh provides high level leadership to AC Martin’s planning, architecture, and interiors practice. In this role, Hsieh guides the firm’s workforce of design professionals, drives long-range strategy, and builds new markets and capabilities. Hsieh has more than 20 years of experience in architecture and has designed major projects in a wide variety of market sectors. His clients include some of the most established organizations and institutions nationwide. Hsieh is passionate about finding innovative architectural solutions to issues challenging the world today.

Jim Dixon, Vice President and Managing Principal, AIA, LEED AP - Dixon steps in to helm the firm’s Private Sector Practice overseeing Residential, Hospitality and Commercial/Industrial design studios. Formerly President of renowned residential architecture firm Togawa Smith Martin, Dixon is passionate about one of the greatest needs of our time, affordable and accessible housing. Dixon has completed more than 12,000 new and renovated housing units across the spectrum of housing types throughout his career. Leading a team of professionals with outstanding diversity of experience in the needs of private sector clients, Jim is knowledgeable about all aspects of project development – from conceptual design through construction administration – and has worked in all facets of the design and construction field in his 37-year career.

Deborah Lesnefska, Managing Principal, AIA – Lesnefska leads the firm’s Public Sector Practice focusing on the K-14 Education and Civic, Institutional, and Government design studios. Coming to AC Martin from her role as Managing Partner at ATI Architects, Lesnefska brings over 25 years of experience and is a widely respected expert whose design skills, technical expertise, and thought leadership are sought-after in her field. She is committed to sustainable design and the principle of including environmental education concepts for students within the built environment. Lesnefska’s vast experience working with public agencies gives her insight to the unique needs of public sector clients, and enables her to effectively lead teams committed to the creation of engaging civic spaces.

Susan O’Connell, Managing Principal, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C – O’Connell brings over 35 years of experience leading architectural firms in design and management of academic and institutional projects to her role as the leader of the Higher Education, Aviation, Planning and Research, and Special Services design studios. O’Connell brings a consensus-building approach to her clients – beginning with a focus on listening and discerning key issues of vital importance to the project and the stakeholders, she identifies common ground that leads to the creation of innovative design solutions. As the leader of teams in both the Public and Private sectors, she uses these considerable skills in solving the complex challenges facing her clients in today’s rapidly changing world.

LACBA's Veterans Legal Serices Project thanks Sheppard Mullin for their Gold Sponsorship of VLSP's Record Clearing Program for Veterans. This supports VLSP's delivery of free legal aid to hundreds of current and former military members, annually, to improve access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

J.P. Morgan Commercial Banking has hired two key executives to its growing Innovation Economy team in Los Angeles within its Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries (MMBSI) group. The appointments mark another significant milestone in the firm’s commitment to building a full ecosystem around the fast-growing innovation economy, as J.P. Morgan continues to expand its capabilities catering to the unique needs of early-stage companies and investors.

J.P. Morgan’s Innovation Economy team encompasses dedicated Venture Capital (VC), Technology & Disruptive Commerce (TDC), and Life Sciences teams. The group also partners with J.P. Morgan’s other lines of business to deliver the full breadth and depth of the firm’s capabilities to its clients, across Investment Banking, Private Banking and Asset Management.

Sarah Peluso joins J.P. Morgan as an Executive Director within its TDC team. Peluso will be based in Los Angeles, and brings nine years of experience developing banking solutions and debt financing for venture-backed fintech and consumer companies.

Navid Shahrestani  joins the firm as an Executive Director in the VC team in Los Angeles, and will be responsible for deepening relationships and delivering the global resources of J.P. Morgan to the VC community. Shahrestani has 10 years of experience serving the VC industry, connecting founders and investors with the venture ecosystem.

Both Peluso and Shahrestani join the firm from Silicon Valley Bank.

On the new hires, Melissa Smith, Head of Specialized Industries for MMBSI at J.P. Morgan says, “J.P. Morgan is accelerating its commitment to delivering the expertise, solutions and connectivity that early-stage companies need to unlock their full potential at every stage of growth. Our new team members bring decades of experience in advising leading entrepreneurs, investors and VCs across the globe and will be a tremendous asset to our clients.”

Rider Levett Bucknall Names Aled Jenkins New Leader of Los Angeles Office.

Aled has worked with numerous top international firms—among them Ritz Carlton, Time Inc, British Airways, WeWork, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, Nike, and Wanda. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Reading.

InMobi has appointed Krista Thomas as SVP and Global Head of Marketing for InMobi Marketing Cloud. As the company builds toward its next phase of growth, Thomas, a proven ad tech veteran, will play a key role in expanding InMobi’s global awareness and influence. Previously, Thomas was SVP Marketing for Amobee.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Kripa Koshy Named Senior Content Director at Holiday Channel

Holiday Channel, announced the promotion of Kripa Susan Koshy, from Content Director to Senior Content Director. In this role, Kripa will direct social and digital content development, strategy, programming, operations and distribution across all digital channels. Additionally, Kripa will play a crucial role in the Holiday Channel management team that spearheads the country’s first and only International Holiday-themed Film Festival, “Holidays 365 International Film Festival.” “Kripa has been a key part of Holiday Channel’s success since our launch and we are thrilled to promote her. With her extensive experience in multi-platform content creation for international brands, we are confident that Kripa will set new milestones for our film, digital and social content divisions,” said Romell Foster-Owens, Chief Content Officer of Holiday Channel. With more than 12 years of global experience developing and producing multi-platform content, Kripa has led creative and production teams for premium news, factual entertainment, food, lifestyle TV and digital networks such as History TV 18 (A+E Networks), CNBC-TV18 , Times Now (JV Reuters), Food Food, Ping Network. Kripa’s narrative short films have won numerous awards and have been official selections at Canadian Screen Award and Academy Award Qualifying Festivals. Kripa is also an MBA-MFA graduate in Film and TV Producing from Chapman University. Kripa shares that she is honored to be on the leadership team of a company that promotes cultural diversity and positivity through its inclusive and uplifting Holiday-themed content. “It’s that daily reminder of what’s good and worth celebrating in the world around us. I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to help grow the brand and all it stands for,” says Kripa Koshy. Founded to inspire, celebrate, and unite people through holidays, Holiday Channel is comprised of a team of passionate thinkers, dreamers and leaders who are paving the path to the future of a cross-platform network for all things holiday, all in one place, all year round.

Priscilla Morgan recently joined Kaleidescape’s board of directors . She brings strategic and tactical leadership across finance, sales, and field operations as well as success in elevating customer experience across early-stage, mid-size, and global enterprise companies. She currently serves as chief revenue officer at Alliance Consumer Group. Previously, Priscilla oversaw worldwide sales and business operations and new business design and implementation in vice president roles at Dolby (NYSE:DLB). As vice president of Business Operations and Development at Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), she led cross-functional teams to refine business practices, operations, and opportunity management for on demand and support services. She also served as the CFO at TuVox and conducted client engagements at KPMG. Priscilla holds a bachelor of arts in English with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley. She was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Business by The San Francisco Business Times.

Tayloe Stansbury joined Kaleidescape as CEO in November. He brings a wealth of experience building scalable technology platforms and organizations across several leading companies. Prior to Kaleidescape, Tayloe served as interim CEO of Watermark Insights. Before that, he was executive vice president and chief technology officer at Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU), where he was responsible for all product engineering, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and information technology. Tayloe also previously served as executive vice president of Ariba, where he led product management, engineering, hosting, and customer support. Tayloe currently serves on the boards of Coupa (NASDAQ:COUP), TCV Acquisition Corp, Watermark Insights, and Trelly; previously he served on the boards of Shutterfly, BlueJeans Network, and Harvey Mudd College. Tayloe graduated with honors in applied mathematics from Harvard University.

Norma Garcia-Muro joined Kaleidescape in November as VP of Marketing . She is an entertainment industry innovator with a background in motion picture, home entertainment, and premium cinema technology. Prior to joining Kaleidescape, Norma was integral to the launch of Dolby Cinema worldwide and premium cinema experience at THX. Her previous posts include head of international marketing at Lucasfilm, where she oversaw strategy and positioning for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, and director at Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment. Norma received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She was recently named one of the Top 50 Women in Global Cinema and serves as a mentor for UNIC Women’s Cinema Leadership Program.

Kirstyn Bonneau, RA, NCARB, LEED AP was named partner at PBWS Architects , Pasadena. Joining PBWS in 2006, she is the first woman to hold the position of partner in the firm’s 64-year history. Bonneau focuses on design that enhances the human experience while addressing the realities of sustainability and practicality.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Chad Pinarija joins 1898 & Co. , part of Burns & McDonnell , as a technology consultant, assisting utility, aviation, municipality and construction clients in risk management for infrastructure projects as well as asset management, capital planning, cybersecurity, data analytics, system integration and software development. From regulatory compliance to integrating new technologies, Chad has experience in delivering innovative solutions.


DCI Engineers, a civil and structural engineering firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of the following staff member two her new role.

Suzanne Clemmer has been promoted to Associate Principal in the Los Angeles office. Since joining the firm in 2003, Suzanne has established herself as a knowledgeable and approachable business development manager. Originally based in DCI’s San Diego office, she moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to set up the firm’s new office there. She currently manages the business development efforts for all four of DCI’s California offices. An advocate for building more affordable, transitional and workforce housing in California, she is optimistic about modular construction as a potential solution to address the problem. Suzanne has been on the board of the San Diego Architectural Foundation for 10 years and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Society for College and University Planning, the Los Angeles Headquarters Association, and the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Cityview, a vertically integrated real estate investment management firm focused on multifamily and mixed-use real estate, today announced the promotion of Chris Brown to director of capital raising and investor relations. Leveraging his extensive real estate investment and capital raising experience, Brown will help Cityview enhance its investment strategy, support its strategic growth and expand its investor base.

Dr. Desai
Amar A. Desai, MD, MPH President and CEO, Optum Pacific West

Dr. Amar Desai has been named President and CEO of Optum Pacific West, leading Optum’s care delivery organizations throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Dr. Desai will continue leading Optum California while expanding his role to oversee Optum Pacific Northwest. Collectively, these organizations are comprised of more than 20,000 physicians and serve nearly 2.5 million patients across the region.

Optum Pacific West’s vision is to be the most trusted partner in health, providing the highest quality care through compassionate, convenient and consistent experiences. Dr. Desai is known for developing innovative, value-based delivery models that improve clinical outcomes across the care continuum, increase affordability, and transform the experience of being a health care consumer – positioning Optum for accelerated growth in the Pacific West.

Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 10 company, and is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone.

L.A. Care Health Plan welcomes Holly J. Mitchell, L.A. County Supervisor for the Second District, to its 13-member stakeholder Board of Governors. Prior to her election to the Board of Supervisors last November, Mitchell served in the California Legislature, where she authored bills to expand healthcare access and address systemic racism.

Diana Mendes, AICP, has been named HNTB 's corporate president of infrastructure and mobility equity, a new position responsible for shaping transportation and mobility equity policy through collaboration with federal, state and local agency leaders.

“Diana’s background, experience and passion for inclusion, diversity and equity, combined with her strong relationships and stature within the industry, make her the clear choice to lead our firm in these important areas,” said Rob Slimp, PE, chief executive officer of HNTB Corporation.

With more than 35 years in the industry, including five years with HNTB, Mendes has held significant leadership positions. An HNTB Fellow, she most recently served as the firm’s Mid-Atlantic Division president overseeing the growth, operations and client service in six states and the District of Columbia. Prior to that position, Mendes served as HNTB’s transit and rail market sector leader.

Mendes has a long history of commitment to social justice and equity issues associated with infrastructure investment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Mount Holyoke College, and a master’s in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She will receive a Certificate of Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University in April 2021.

For several years, Mendes has been an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, teaching the National Transit Institute’s Advanced Environmental Justice seminar. She advocates changing the conversation around diversity and inclusion from a requirement to a competitive advantage, emphasizing the linkages between diversity and innovation.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Kimco Staffing Services is proud to announce and welcome Naomi Hinzo as the Branch Manager of the LA Market office. Naomi will be responsible for delivering quality service to our customers, driving new sales, and working with a fantastic team of Recruiters. Throughout Naomi’s staffing experience, she worked with various companies across many industries allowing her to be well-versed with a unique understanding of how to develop, implement, and deliver customized staffing solutions. We are excited to have Naomi lead our Santa Fe Springs team and expand on their success. She and her team are focused on achieving results and providing the Kimco experience to clients and our associates. Prior to joining Kimco, Naomi was the top producer in her role as Business Development Manager and was honored to be a Social Media Ambassador with Volt Staffing Solutions. What she enjoys most is building relationships with clients and is committed to making a difference! Naomi is a South Bay/Southern California native with a love for sun and surf.


Lisa Schreiber to lead all customer-facing teams at modern accounting SaaS leader known for award-winning customer satisfaction and industry-leading retention rates

BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) announced today that SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) and enterprise software veteran Lisa Schreiber joined the company as chief customer officer. In her new role, Ms. Schreiber oversees the company’s Implementation, Strategic Innovation, Customer Success, Support and Training teams as the accounting automation software leader continues to transform the way Finance and Accounting departments work.

Jennifer “Jenna” Knudsen, AIA, was named Managing Principal at CO Architects. She is the youngest architect and first woman to hold the position at the 35-year-old architecture and interiors firm. Knudsen has been recognized with multiple industry awards and is an enduring advocate for diversity in the profession.

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) welcomes Senior Airports Planner Jean-Christophe (JC) Dick to the firm’s Airports practice. JC possesses over 15 years of experience as a multidisciplinary airport consultant and will work with ESA’s aviation professionals throughout the West Coast and across the country to deliver integrated planning and environmental solutions for clients. JC is well-versed in leading airport planning projects, including those involving airfield and aircraft movement planning, terminal planning, and safety studies. He has worked on projects for several major airports, including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Wells Fargo Advisors, Los Angeles welcomes David Soloway, Managing Director-Investments and Meredith Wu, Client Performance Analyst. David and Meredith provide investment advice to, and manage investment portfolios for, high net worth individuals, institutions and various types of trusts.

Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors, David spent the first 15+ years of his career at Northern Trust. Most recently a Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Officer at Northern Trust in Los Angeles, he led the investment practice for the firm’s Century City and Pasadena offices, and managed and mentored many. In 2020, David was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the publication’s “Leaders of Influence: Wealth Managers”.

Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Meredith was a Second Vice President and Senior Investment Associate at Northern Trust in Los Angeles.

“We are very excited that David and Meredith chose Wells Fargo Advisors as their new home,” said Wells Fargo Advisors Los Angeles Market Manager Paul Vannuki. “Our firm gives this unique team the resources and autonomy to service clients as they want to. David and Meredith have a bright future here.”

David is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor®. A Los Angeles native, he attended Harvard-Westlake in Studio City and then earned a BA and MS at Columbia University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, respectively. David also received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

David is also active in his community. He first volunteered at SOVA when he was a teenager, was a 2017 participant in the Rautenberg New Leaders Project through the Jewish Federation, interviews high school seniors applying to Columbia as a member of his alma mater’s Alumni Representative Committee and is a member of the Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. More recently, he has become more involved with the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish National Fund.

Meredith received a BS in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in Finance and Financial Management. She also received a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from UCLA. Meredith was a fellow of the 52nd class of the Riordan Leadership Institute. Meredith is the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors for Music Mends Minds.

About Wells Fargo Advisors
With $1.8 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2020, Wells Fargo Advisors provides advice and guidance to help clients maximize all aspects of their financial lives. Our vast network of financial advisors, one of the nation’s largest, serves investors through locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo Advisors is a part of Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management (WIM), a division within Wells Fargo & Company and one of the largest wealth managers in the U.S. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, Members SIPC, separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company. All data includes Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, as of December 31, 2020.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets and proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of all middle market companies in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending; Commercial Banking; Corporate and Investment Banking; and Wealth and Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health and a low-carbon economy. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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HGA welcomes David Rosenfeld, LEED AP, as Associate Vice President leading Business Development for the Southern California market. With 20 years' experience in the architecture/engineering/construction industry, he will focus on client relations and new opportunities throughout the region for HGA’s Healthcare and Science & Technology groups.

The Catholic Education Foundation of Los Angeles is pleased to announce that Doug Cooper has been named Executive Director. A native of Southern California, Doug is a product of Los Angeles Catholic Schools, graduating from St. Paul the Apostle School and Loyola High School. He received a B.A. in Government and International Studies with a minor in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School. Doug has been active in a variety of organizations throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles including the Loyola High School Alumni Association, the St. James Inn and the Marymount High School Father’s Club. He has served as Co-Chair of the Cardinal’s Awards and Recognition Committee for Archbishop José H. Gomez and was previously honored as a Knight of The Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Catholic Education Foundation’s mission is to provide tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic elementary and high schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Its purpose is to make a quality Catholic education accessible to students in need because it lays the foundation for academic achievement and develops values of faith, family, community and service. In 2020, The Catholic Education Foundation provided in excess of $13,000,000 in tuition assistance for more than 10,000 underserved students. For more information, please visit

Monday, March 15, 2021

Raymond Esparza Jr., Education Sector Leader at Skanska

Skanska, a leading global construction company, has hired industry veteran Raymond Esparza Jr. to join the leadership team for USA Building in Southern California. In this role, Esparza Jr. will be responsible for leading Skanska’s Southern California education projects, managing construction and developing key client relationships.

Clay Pendergrast has joined SmithGroup ’s Los Angeles office as a Workplace Design Leader focusing on augmenting the firm’s workplace design culture. An award-winning architect with more than 20 years of experience, Clay has authored innovative designs for a range of high-profile clients to help them artfully achieve their business goals.

Taylor Design, an employee-owned architectural, interior design and design strategy firm, named John Gresko, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Southern California Regional Director. As Regional Director, John oversees work in healthcare and science + technology markets across Southern California. Additionally, Taylor named Project Director Dan Ortega, AIA, the Los Angeles Office Leader, and added industry-leading architectural designer Michael Levendusky to both regional and firmwide design leadership.

A strategy-based design firm with expertise in Architectural Design, Interior Design and Design Strategy, with five California offices, Taylor Design has built a national reputation in healthcare, science & technology, education and senior living since 1979.

Innovative builder, Suffolk, has hired Joshua Englander as Senior Director of External Affairs in the West Region. Mr. Englander will be responsible for expanding key relationships in California state and local government, and the business community to strengthen Suffolk’s role as a policy leader on issues critical to construction.

Freeman Freeman & Smiley welcomes three attorneys to its Real Estate Department.

Thomas R. Sestanovich brings to FFS over 30 years of commercial real estate experience, focusing his practice on sales, acquisitions, securitized financings, and negotiating and documenting leases for office, retail and industrial properties throughout the country. He also serves as outside general counsel to some of California’s largest privately held developers and has a winning track record resolving various environmental matters for his clients.

Alan M. Bergman focuses on commercial, industrial and major multi-residential properties. He brings years of leadership experience to FFS, having formerly served as president of a construction company, name partner in a former firm and general counsel to a savings and loan and international real estate development and management company.

Christine Ciarlo handles all phases of sophisticated real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, land development, asset management and business expansion. She has led the preparation and negotiation of construction agreements for commercial, multi-family and high-end residential properties. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute in Los Angeles.

FFS is a nationally recognized, full-service law firm with offices in Century City and Irvine. It has offered trusted advice and personal service to the Southern California communities and beyond for more than 40 years. The firm’s Real Estate Department has achieved national recognition for its work in every sector of the field.

KKB is proud to announce these promotions:

Carisa Ferrer, CPA – Managing Partner
Carisa joined KKB in 2006 and became a Partner in July 2016, where she led the Firm’s Audit practice. Carisa is KKB’s first female MP in the Firm’s history and will carry on KKB’s core values of professionalism, attentive client service and exceptional work. Carisa accepts the reins from Stuart Jaffe, who continues his active role as Senior Partner.

Carisa has over 20 years’ experience in practice, with a focus on middle market clients, closely held businesses and nonprofit organizations. She develops close relationships with clients and provides strategies and solutions to address their tax challenges and financial matters. Carisa is a member of CalCPA and the AICPA, and a Board member and Audit Committee Chair for the nonprofit organization Plug In America.

Raven Polk, CPA - Principal
Raven provides professional accounting services to clients in both private industry and the non-profit sector. Since joining KKB as a staff accountant in 2007, Raven has demonstrated a keen ability to nurture lasting relationships. Raven’s technical focus is in our Audit practice, where she has been instrumental in implementing new policies and procedures. Raven earned her BS degree in Accountancy from CSUN and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

About KKB
Kirsch Kohn & Bridge LLP was established in 1961 and has grown to be one of the pre-eminent accounting firms in the San Fernando Valley. KKB provides a variety of tax and accounting services for our business and individual clients.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Arash Aminian Baghai has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Capital Markets Practice in the Corporate Department, he advises issuers, underwriters, and investors in securities offerings, particularly equity-linked securities transactions involving complex securities laws and tax and regulatory elements.

LMU Names Aimee Uen as CFO

Aimee Uen has been named LMU ’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. Uen brings nearly 20 years of financial experience to the role, including 10 years of leadership in the Finance Division, where she has served as vice president for finance and controller. Uen is the first Asian American woman to serve as CFO at LMU.

Brian P. Duff has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in the Corporate Department, he represents strategic and private equity clients in public and private M&A transactions, particularly clients in the healthcare and life sciences sector.

General Contractor MATT Construction expands its leadership team for Southern California. Steve Matt will continue to lead as Chairman and CEO.

Jennifer Halstead is EVP and Chief Operating Officer for MATT Construction, with oversight on estimating, preconstruction, project management and supervision. In her decades-long career, Jennifer has shepherded large-scale technical projects to life on a rapid timeline. At MATT, she is positioning the company for growth and developing the next generation of leadership.

MATT is promoting Greg Wade, Joseph Healy and Jason Mosier to Senior Vice President and Cheech Huang and Kris Barr to Vice President.

Greg Wade is Senior Vice President of MATT Construction. Throughout 24 years at MATT, Greg has brought integrity, innovation and dependability to projects such as the Broad and the LACMA Transformation. As SVP, Greg will team with Chief Estimator and SVP Hakim Khalil to lead preconstruction, overseeing multiple vice presidents and a team of VDC and scheduling specialists to effectively set up projects for success and manage preconstruction risks.

Joseph Healy is Senior Vice President of MATT Construction. Renowned for his risk-management and operational excellence, Joseph has built some of Southern California’s most innovative complex projects such as the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and the upcoming (W)rapper, LA’s first exoskeleton building. In addition to his current projects, Joseph will oversee a team of operational vice presidents and take on more responsibility at the corporate level.

Jason Mosier is Senior Vice President of MATT Construction. With MATT Construction for over 10 years, Jason sharpened his operational expertise on such complex projects as the Center for Early Education and St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon. A strategic thinker, Jason draws upon his broad knowledge of MATT’s resources, capabilities and partnerships to help clients develop a winning strategy for their projects.

Cheech Huang is Vice President of MATT Construction. Cheech started with MATT as an intern and throughout his 18-year tenure has developed innovative solutions for some of MATT’s most complex projects including the Conrad N. Hilton foundation, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and the current Landmark Apartments tower in West Los Angeles. In addition to his operational duties, Cheech will be heavily involved in building working relationships with Southern California’s high-rise and hospitality developers.

Kris Barr is Vice President of MATT Construction. A DBIA-accredited professional, Kris will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s construction operations and growth in Northern California. Kris joined MATT in 2010 and brings two decades of experience in sustainable creative/tech office campuses, design-build, research facilities and multi-family housing construction.

James Simeo, FAIA, was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his outstanding contributions to the profession. A principal at award-winning firm CO Architects in Los Angeles, Simeo specializes in advanced educational and complex institutional projects. He holds a Master of Architecture from UCLA.

Beth P. Gordie has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles. A member of the Project Siting & Approvals Practice in the Environment, Land & Resources Department, she focuses on land use, energy, and infrastructure matters, advising developers, utilities, and other clients on all aspects of project development.

HNTB Corporation announced the promotion of new office leaders for the firm’s three regional offices in Southern California.

Yoga Chandran, PhD, PE, GE – Los Angeles office leader

Gail Farber, PE – Orange County and Inland Empire office leader

Mark Weber, PE – San Diego office leader

“To respond to rapid growth and expanding market opportunities, we have prepared organizationally for an exciting future,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “These leadership moves help us open new opportunities to better serve our clients, grow the services we provide in all office locations and increase career opportunities for our existing employees while continuing to add new talent.”

Chandran joined HNTB in 2018 and previously served the firm’s clients as project director, highway market sector leader, and client service leader for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority projects.

Previously HNTB’s Orange County office leader, Farber is adding the Inland Empire to her area of responsibility. Joining the firm in early 2020, she brings more than 35 years of transportation industry experience.

Weber joined HNTB more than 14 years ago and since 2019, he has served clients as San Diego region engineer in charge/group director. As San Diego office leader, he brings extensive industry experience and has successfully led project delivery and the firm’s growth in Southern California.

Monday, March 1, 2021

JOHNSON FAIN recognizes the following individuals for their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to the progressive values of the firm. Amber Langlois has been promoted to Principal; John Gralewski, Associate Principal; Corey Pope, Senior Designer; and Adrinee Bodakian, Intermediate Designer. JOHNSON FAIN, an international architecture, urban design + planning and interior design firm based in downtown Los Angeles, is wellknown for the design of a diverse range of project types. Current Los Angeles area projects include: a 42-story residential tower under construction at Eighth & Figueroa in Downtown; a multi-family residential project under construction at 6733 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester; Citrus Commons mixeduse residential project which includes a renovation of the Sunkist Headquarters building in Sherman Oaks; and the firm recently completed master plans for the Lundquist Institute biotech campus in Carson and Westfield Promenade 2035, a 35-acre multi-use project in Woodland Hills.

Charles Chiparo, LEED AP, was recently promoted to Southern California Vice President of Operations at Webcor . Charles joined the general contractor in 2016 with a focus on projects and pursuits in Northern California. Although Southern California is his new territory, he remains focused on the Bay Area life sciences sector as well. His diverse resume demonstrates vast experience with hospitality, community college, federal/military, convention center, aviation, gaming, office, justice, life science, and high-rise residential buildings. His notable projects include the Moscone Convention Center Expansion in San Francisco, Genesis Marina life science office/lab in Brisbane, 960 West 7th St. and Hollywood Park Retail in Los Angeles. Additionally, Charles is a passionate leader of Webcor’s philanthropic efforts and internal Employee Experience program.

Last month, Sam Khatibi was promoted to Senior Preconstruction Director at Webcor to oversee preconstruction/estimating for the general contractor’s Southern California region. Sam has built an impressive resume of high-profile Los Angeles projects as Preconstruction Director, including Metropolis Phase 1 & Phase 2, Living on Vine, Columbia Square Residential Tower, 960 W. 7th Street, and IMAX West Coast Headquarters. He spent the first 12 years of his career primarily working in the public works sector focusing on pursuits in education and site improvements. Since joining Webcor in 2013, he’s expanded his expertise to residential, commercial, mixed-use, federal, and hospitality.

SRK Architects, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jamilah Haygood has been promoted to Senior Associate, Project Manager. She previously served as a Project Architect and expeditor with SRK, specializing in managing complex projects through multilevel local, state and federal jurisdictions. With extensive design and construction experience, Jamilah leads some of the firm’s most prestigious projects including an adaptive re-use project for The California Community Foundation in downtown Los Angeles.

With a focus to sift through the myriad of regulatory constraints inherent to modern mixed use projects, she enables clients to achieve intended project goals through persistent application of her skills. Roundly acclaimed across a broad spectrum of project types, she understands regulatory trends to keep SRK with up-to-date knowledge of the design and construction industry.

A California registered architect since 2007, Jamilah co-founded Machine Inspired Art (MIA), and is active in The Crimson Society, a non-profit organization addressing homelessness in Los Angeles. Jamilah graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 and earned a Master of Architecture from UCLA in 1999.

Emily English – Director of Sustainability
BNBuilders is excited to announce Emily English as its new Director of Sustainability. At BNBuilders, Emily will oversee the development and implementation of the company’s corporate sustainability strategy including reducing its carbon footprint, improving the wellness of its employees, and working with project teams to pursue progressive sustainability objectives. She will also partner with designers, consultants, and industry organizations to explore and advance cutting-edge sustainable practices and solutions.

Over two decades in the construction industry, Emily’s experience includes working with the US Green Building Council, product manufacturers, trade associations, and a general contractor. She has overseen the sustainability efforts on projects seeking certifications including LEED, Net Zero, and the Living Building Challenge. She also led a collaborative of large real estate owners comprised of Fortune 500 companies focused on sharing sustainable best practices, zero waste strategies, and circular design solutions.

Casey Tallon – Design Manager and Mass Timber Specialist
Casey Tallon has joined BNBuilders as a Design Manager and Mass Timber Specialist. Casey has been working in the construction industry for nearly two decades and is a licensed Professional and Structural Engineer. Casey’s project history is comprised of extensive work for higher education institutions including the University of Washington and the University of Idaho, as well as K-12, civic, and developer-led projects. His experience includes working as a structural engineer on mass timber projects and for a mass timber manufacturer and supplier.

At BNBuilders, Casey will support companywide project design management processes, with a focus on projects using mass and cross laminated timber structural systems. His involvement will extend from preconstruction through project completion.

Eleonor Oshitoye – Diversity and Inclusion Manager
BNBuilders welcomes Eleonor Oshitoye as its Diversity and Inclusion Manager in charge of overseeing the company’s corporate diversity program. Eleonor is a construction industry veteran who has recently led the diversity and inclusion efforts on large projects such as the Climate Pledge Arena and Elliott Bay Seawall in Seattle. She also has extensive experience on higher education, healthcare, and public projects. Eleonor is also a former small business owner and understands the challenges faced by women and minority-owned businesses.

At BNBuilders, Eleonor will lead the companywide diversity and inclusion program, as well as support its project-level efforts to hire and support the MWBE community. Working closely with BNBuilders’ Human Resources department, she will develop and execute a strategy to recruit a diverse workforce. She will also work with project teams to implement MWBE subcontractor outreach programs, while engaging with local and regional MWBE organizations.

Michelle Bungay – Corporate Risk Manager
BNBuilders is happy to announce the arrival of Michelle Bungay as its Corporate Risk Manager. Michelle brings over two decades of construction industry experience and will oversee BNBuilders’ contracts and insurance teams. Throughout her extensive career, Michelle has worked in a variety of roles on education, corporate office, tribal, and tech projects. This wide-ranging background and project history give her unique perspective on construction and the associated risks.

Michelle’s primary role for BNBuilders will be assessing and analyzing contractual and insurance risks for new projects and clients. She will also be involved in subcontract and master agreement negotiations, as well as subcontractor prequalification, insurance, and bonding. She will play a key role in assisting with negotiating owner and project contracts, and managing BNBuilders’ insurance and bonding processes. Michelle will support BNBuilders’ entire operations throughout California, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest.

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Innovative builder, Suffolk, has hired Iraj Ghaemi as Vice President of National Transportation in Los Angeles to expand the firm’s expertise in the transportation sector. Mr. Ghaemi will be responsible for driving business development, leading growth strategies, transportation project oversight, and client relationship management in the transportation sector.

VVA, a leading national Project and Cost Management firm, is pleased to announce new office leadership for the VVA LA Office. Catherine McHale, LEED AP, Director, is the Los Angeles office lead, and she is supported by Christopher Petryshin, Managing Director, who oversees VVA’s National Offices outside of NYC. Under their skilled leadership, VVA’s LA office provides a full range of advisory and technical project and cost management services within the real estate and construction industry, serving clients in Southern California and the Northwest United States.

Cathy has more than 25 years of experience in commercial interior design and project management, is a founding member of the VVA West Coast team, and is skilled at building and managing project teams. She has a diverse background working with clients in multiple sectors including law firms, financial services, entertainment, corporate, and life sciences.

With over 20 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry, Chris brings considerable knowledge and expertise to his clients. He is responsible for VVA’s client services oversight for national strategic accounts. His team oriented approach and broad range of managerial, creative and technical talents has brought clients unsurpassed value from their project management partnership. Chris’s experience spans all market sectors, over 7+ million SF of space including prestigious law firms, financial institutions, tech companies, manufacturing companies, higher academia, and charter schools.

Contact: VVA Project & Cost Managers
515 S. Flower Street 18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
For more information contact Cathy McHale at

Monday, February 22, 2021

Blank Rome LLP Welcomes Leading Finance Partner Anthony R. Callobre

Tony Callobre has joined Blank Rome ’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Finance, Restructuring, and Bankruptcy practice group and Financial Services industry group. Tony represents lenders and borrowers in commercial loan transactions, notably focusing on asset-based lending and fund finance. He joins from Buchalter where he was a shareholder.

Innovative builder, Suffolk, has hired Karri Novak as Vice President of Project Development in Los Angeles to help strengthen the firm’s positioning in the rapidly growing higher-education sector. In her role, Ms. Novak will lead growth strategies, business acquisition, project design development, project oversight and client relationship management.

Robert Besser has joined KeyBanc Capital Markets California Corporate Banking Group as a senior banker, to expand the firm’s presence in Los Angeles. The group is responsible for expanding client relationships with middle market companies by delivering a combination of traditional banking services and capital markets solutions.

DPR Construction welcomes Gordon Oakley as a healthcare executive. With more than 26 years of service with the State of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, Oakley will play an integral role in DPR Construction’s healthcare construction and OSHPD processes.


Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3), a rapidly growing commercial real estate law firm, has expanded its Los Angeles team, adding Stephanie Sweat as an associate attorney and Claudia Alvares as a senior paralegal.

According to CGS3 partner Sean Southard, both are talented legal practitioners and bring important skills to the firm’s LA practice. “Stephanie is a rising star who has developed knowledge of the evolving Southern California commercial real estate landscape far beyond her years in practice, while Claudia is a seasoned professional with unmatched experience in completing complex real estate financing and purchase and sale transactions on time despite any challenges she confronts.”

Sweat has gained a stellar practice record in commercial real estate law, working as a real estate associate at high profile firms including Husch Blackwell in Denver and Sheppard Mullin in Costa Mesa. Her background includes real estate finance, sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing and development. In addition to California, she is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Nevada.

Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Alvares earned her J.D. in Brazil and has since parlayed 15 years of high-level loan and back leverage finance, real estate finance/acquisitions and tax equity experience into her work as a senior paralegal. Prior to joining CGS3, she was a senior paralegal at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Los Angeles.

CGS3 is a new generation law firm with practice areas covering the full commercial real estate life cycle. For more information, visit

CGI is pleased to welcome Joanna Robinson as Senior Vice President, Consulting Services. As one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world, CGI delivers high-end IT and business consulting, systems integration, outsourcing services, and intellectual property solutions from hundreds of locations across the globe.

In her new role, Robinson leads CGI’s Southern California and Hawaii regions. A graduate of USC, Marshall School of Business, Robinson is a seasoned senior executive with experience leading $150+ million businesses. Prior to joining CGI, Robinson served in senior leadership roles at the Burwood Group, Novitex Enterprise Solutions, and Iron Mountain. Robinson is also passionate about STEM and diversity programs and lifting up the next generation of technologists.

CGI has a long track record of providing innovative services and solutions that help transform clients’ businesses and enable digital transformation.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

HKS Architects, Inc. , ranked third in the nation by Building Design + Construction’s 2020 Giants 300 Report, recently promoted seven individuals in the Los Angeles office to shareholder principal, principal, and vice president positions.

Design Director Greg Verabian, AIA , and Director of Sports Lance Evans were promoted to Shareholder Principal positions. Greg joined HKS in 2016 and is the Los Angeles commercial practice leader, overseeing the design of commercial office and multi-family/mixed-use towers and corporate headquarters. Greg was President of the board for AIA Los Angeles in 2019 and currently serves on the board as Past President. Lance joined HKS in 2004 and is a senior designer for the firm, specializing in the design and programming of sport and entertainment venues. His design work includes pro baseball and football, collegiate and international venues.

Adaeze Cadet, AIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C and Rana Makarem were promoted to Principal positions. Adaeze joined HKS in 2005, and is a senior architectural designer specializing in the design of hospitality and mixed-use projects. Adaeze is an HKS Sustainability Champion and a Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion firm Champion. Rana joined HKS in 2012, and is a senior project manager, managing projects from concept to completion. Rana is experienced in managing a variety of project types, including life science, higher education, commercial, and hospitality projects.

Beau Eaton, Michael Djajich, AIA, LEED AP, and Steven Bayne, AIA, NOMA were promoted to Vice President positions. Beau joined HKS in 2006 and is a senior communication designer and brand strategist creating branded experiences, marketing collateral, and environmental graphics. Michael joined HKS in 2006 and is a project manager with experience encompassing sports, corporate, commercial, hospitality, medical and residential project types. Steve joined HKS in 2015 and is a senior construction contract administrator with extensive experience on complex healthcare projects, large hospitality projects and entertainment venues.

“Our firm’s values are based on relationships, character and purpose. This year’s group of promoted people exhibit the highest level of integrity and continue to demonstrate leadership in bringing enhanced value to our clients,” said Scott Hunter, FAIA, LEED AP, America West Regional Director at HKS. “We are proud that they are growing in their role within the firm, and I am excited to congratulate them for this recognition.”

For 82 years, HKS’ culture has revered invention and customer focus. We are a global firm of architects, interior designers, researchers, urban designers, nurses, anthropologists and more, united around serving our clients with limitless thinking. We strive to create a more resilient future.

Contact: HKS Architects, Inc. 10880 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 1850 Los Angeles, CA 90024-4203 For more information, visit or contact Mandy Flynn at

Nationally renowned for designing healthcare, education, and research facilities, Los Angeles-based CO Architects celebrates double-digit 2020 growth with several promotions. Consistent with the firm’s practice of promoting from within, CO Architects’ newest principals are Gina Chang, AIA, EDAC, and Alex Korter, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C. Tanner Clapham, AIA, is now associate principal.

With CO Architects since 2007, Gina Chang, AIA, is an instrumental part of CO’s healthcare team. She is also active in the company’s internal Women of CO and mentorship programs. Alex Korter, AIA, leads the firm’s Building Facades Group and specializes in large-scale civic, academic, and healthcare projects. His contributions to Cal Poly Pomona’s Student Services Building have helped CO garner several major awards. Since joining the firm in 2012, Tanner Clapham, AIA, has worked on a range of medical education and academic projects. Locally, he worked on the award-winning Life Sciences Building at Loyola Marymount University.

Working with leading institutions from coast to coast, CO Architects is in demand for architectural planning, programming, and design in the higher education, science and technology, healthcare, K-12, government, and corporate sectors. CO Architects’ specialized expertise includes transformative schools of medicine and health professions, advanced research and teaching laboratories, and innovative clinical facilities on higher education, healthcare, and research campuses. Globally, the firm has won more than 175 awards for innovative design and project delivery, including the AIA California’s Architecture Firm of the Year Award. For more information, visit

Brad Ross recently joined Parkview Financial as Managing Director & Head of Originations. He is responsible for managing Parkview’s team of originators, as well as for sourcing and managing new investment opportunities. Mr. Ross will lead Parkview’s national expansion efforts to bring the company’s construction and bridge lending platforms to target markets across the country.

Lindsay Dunn has been promoted to executive vice president and head of Real Estate Banking at City National Bank. Dunn, who’s been with the bank for more than 15 years, will now serve on the bank’s Executive Committee and report directly to President Richard A. Raffetto. She is on the board of Imagine LA as the finance committee chair.

Mark Forbes, former head of City National Bank’s Real Estate Banking division who has been with the bank for nearly 30 years, is now the vice chairman of Real Estate Banking. Based in Los Angeles, City National has more than $75 billion of assets and 75 offices, including five new ones on the East Coast that opened in 2020.

Burns & McDonnell hires Felipe Chuang as a senior project manager. Felipe leads the pre-construction teams to deliver infrastructure projects for aviation, manufacturing, life sciences and utility clients. He has more than 20 years of experience, working on projects at Los Angeles International Airport, universities, federal facilities and more.

Esplanade Builders is pleased to welcome Nima Namdar as the new Director of Project Operations. Nima brings 21 years of experience in Project Management and Client Relations with a diverse portfolio that includes Corporate Office, Education, Lab, Tech/Gaming, and Financial Institutions. He will be a valuable addition to Esplanade's continuing growth.

Dr. Lew
Brandon Lew, DO, has been elected chief of medical staff at Huntington Hospital. Recently named a 2021 Top Doctor by Los Angeles Business Journal, Dr. Lew also serves as medical director of Huntington Hospital's emergency department and has been a member of Huntington’s medical staff since 1996.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Peter Wilch has been named senior vice president for University Advancement at Loyola Marymount University. With more than 20 years of leadership development experience and an impressive record of fundraising successes and philanthropic culture development, Wilch will lead LMU’s most ambitious comprehensive campaign.

Blank Rome LLP Promotes Kevin M. O’Malley to Partner

Kevin O’Malley was promoted to partner in Blank Rome’s Los Angeles office, effective January 1, 2021. Kevin is a member of the firm’s Finance, Restructuring, and Bankruptcy practice group, and concentrates his practice on financial services and secured lending across several industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, and technology.

Tess Mooney has been promoted to Head of Creative for public relations and advertising agency NINICO Communications. Ms. Mooney began her tenure with the agency in 2014 as Creative Director and has become an integral member of the staff. In her new role, she will oversee all brand development, creative and advertising for clients of the agency's Los Angeles and San Jose offices. She joins the leadership team as NINICO Communications celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Claire Marblestone has been promoted to partner in Foley & Lardner's Health Care and Telemedicine & Digital Health Industry Teams. Claire advises hospitals, health systems, physician groups, digital health providers and health care businesses on a range of health care regulatory and transactional matters.

LEO A DALY, the global planning, architecture, engineering and interiors firm, is pleased to announce the hire of interior designer Amy Jakubowski, IIDA, ISHC, LEED AP. As director of interior design, Jakubowski now leads the firm’s hospitality design studio in Los Angeles.

Jakubowski is an award-winning design executive with over 28 years of experience as a leader, designer, director and business development partner. Her diverse experience includes mixed-use developments, hotel repositionings and renovations, new builds, restaurants, residential, retail and corporate offices, including the development of brand prototypes and guidelines. She has been responsible for annual design revenues in excess of $10M, and construction project budgets ranging from $25M to $500M. She has worked successfully with major hotel brands including Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, St. Regis, Fairmont, Four Seasons, The Ritz-Carlton, Peninsula, Langham, Viceroy and IHG.

L.A. Care is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. James Kyle to Medical Director for Quality, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Kyle joined L.A. Care in 2019 as Medical Director for Quality Improvement leading efforts in clinical quality, including health disparities and accreditation initiatives. He now also leads the health plan’s equity efforts.

Cityview , a vertically integrated real estate investment management firm focused on multifamily and mixed-use real estate in the Western U.S., has hired Kyle Naye as the firm’s senior director of acquisitions. With more than 13 years of experience in the acquisition and financing of commercial real estate assets, Naye will help Cityview expand its investment strategy, support its strategic growth and grow its deal pipeline.

Monday, February 01, 2021

Ryan Trent named Principal at Marsh & McLennan Agency
Ryan Trent has been named a Principal at Marsh & McLennan Agency. Ryan joined MMA in 2016 and has been a key contributor to the growth of MMA's employee health & benefits division in LA, delivering high-touch service and strategic analysis to help clients meet their engagement and retention goals.

Elise Puritz joins HED as Business Development Manager for the Los Angeles housing sector. Her knowledge of market trends and focus on client needs will be integral to HED’s effectiveness toward its mission: Advancing Your World, through the Positive Impact of design, our teams create responsive, innovative, and sustainable design solutions.

Slalom announced that Steven Polster has joined as Managing Director of the Media & Entertainment practice in LA, bringing over 22 years of media and technology experience to Slalom. Steven’s extensive background includes leadership roles with Fortune 500 media companies and professional services firms, including Technicolor, ViacomCBS, Miramax, and Mattel.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Mark Demos, CPA, was appointed as the office managing partner for the Los Angeles office at Crowe LLP, a public accounting, consulting and technology firm. In this role, Demos will oversee local office personnel and strategy in Los Angeles while continuing to lead audit services for southern California.

Johannes “John” Merkler, AIA, NCARB Director of Transit – Huitt-Zollars, Inc.

Huitt-Zollars announces John Merkler has joined its Los Angeles office as Director of Transit. With more than 30 years of business development, program/construction management, and design leadership experience, John will help grow the firm’s transportation practice in Southern California.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market congratulates Alfred Ko and Brian Whitfield on their promotion to Partner.

Alfred Ko is a member of RSM’s Risk Consulting practice. He has over sixteen years of experience in business process analysis and general IT control assessments and focuses on financial institutions, financial services, and life sciences. Alfred specializes in the assessment of information technology (IT) risks in support of IT internal audit co-sourcing and outsourcing engagements, financial statement and integrated audits, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404, and System and Organization Control (SOC) reporting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance.

Brian Whitfield has practiced public accounting for more than twelve years and provides audit and assurance services to clients in the consumer products and industrials sectors. Prior to joining the Los Angeles practice, Brian spent three years in Hong Kong as a member of RSM's global expat team where he supported global clients of RSM with operations in Greater China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia and other locations. Brian's experience includes serving companies that range from privately held start-ups to SEC registrants with upwards of $1 billion in global revenues.

“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 48,000 people across 120 countries. For more information, visit

Design, architecture and planning firm Gensler announces new leadership based in its regional headquarters in Los Angeles. John Adams will continue leading Gensler’s Southwest region; Jill Wittnebel has been promoted to Managing Director joining Michael White in co-leading the 500-person Los Angeles office.

John Adams, AIA, LEED AP is Regional Managing Director and Principal for Gensler's Southwest region, with oversight on business development, operations and offices in Newport Beach, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles. In his 20-year tenure at Gensler, John has been invested in creating transformational design that can positively impact our communities, including the renewal of Downtown Los Angeles.

Jill Wittnebel and Michael White, AIA are Co-Managing Directors of Gensler Los Angeles. In a collaborative partnership, they lead a team of 500+ architects, designers, urban planners and strategists to make a measurable impact in our city. Gensler Los Angeles’ unique studio structure allows for teams to provide bespoke design expertise to clients backed by the research and reach of a global firm.

To her new role, Jill Wittnebel brings multifaceted design thinking with design innovation, fostering client relationships and developing best-in-class teams. Jill is instrumental in the development of people, office culture, hiring strategy and a champion of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Michael White’s longstanding relationships with and design leadership of world-class clients has created some of LA’s most innovative projects. He is renowned for his deep practice area expertise and multidisciplinary approach in creative design solutions for today’s most complex projects.

CV Resources Launches Los Angeles Division, Appoints Raul Gonzalez as Managing Partner

CV Resources, a highly specialized provider of accounting and finance professionals in Orange County is excited to announce the launch of its Los Angeles division. Raul Gonzalez will lead the practice as it looks to establish the company’s proven success in the Los Angeles market. The company will provide executive search, consulting and contract based recruiting services of high-level professionals in the accounting and finance field.

In his new role as Managing Partner, Gonzalez will strengthen CV’s leadership team and help formulate business strategy. He looks to leverage his vast experience and network to launch and build the LA division. CV Resources has aggressive growth plans in Los Angeles and Gonzalez is up for the challenge. He sees tremendous opportunity ahead to establish a presence, invest in top recruiting talent, grow revenue, and serve the firm’s clients by providing the highest quality professionals in the marketplace. Gonzalez brings 15 years in executive search, building particular depth around some the preeminent accounting and finance teams in LA and Orange County. Gonzalez is a trusted search advisor to the management teams that hire him and has become an expert at building out high-performing teams for some of the most successful organizations in Southern California.

“It takes relentless dedication to build and grow the relationships that help people achieve their career aspirations and help companies get just the right people to be successful in today’s market.”

Prior to joining CV Resources, Gonzalez was Vice President for Ryan Miller & Associates, a Los Angeles based executive search firm specializing in retained search. He most recently exited New York based Henderson Harbor Group’s finance and accounting search practice.

Mr. Gonzalez can be reached at (310) 849-5500 or email at

Monday, January 18, 2021

REAL Estate

Colliers has added one of Greater Los Angeles’ most successful industrial brokerage teams— David Harding, Greg Geraci, Matt Dierckman and Billy Walk —to their booming GLA business. The team joins Colliers from CBRE, where they have built a reputation over the last several decades as one of the top advisors of owners and tenants of warehouse, distribution and manufacturing facilities throughout Los Angeles County and, for their corporate clients, in markets across the U.S. and around the globe. Since 2000, the team has advised some of the industry’s most prominent landlords and the region’s largest industrial tenants on more than 2,400 transactions totaling more than 70 million square feet. Harding, Geraci and Dierckman join the firm as Executive Vice Presidents. Walk joins as Senior Vice President.

The team feels the depth and breadth of the Colliers platform will enable them to continue exceeding their clients’ expectations while supporting their expanding their business. Additionally, the Colliers culture is a perfect match for their own entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit.

David Josker, Colliers’ President of Brokerage for the U.S. Southwest, commented that “Adding a group of this caliber further solidifies our commitment to excellence as we continue to scale to meet the growing demands of our clients, both existing and new.”


BlackLine SVP of global sales recognized for ability to scale sales and customer success organizations and expand global partner ecosystems.

Accounting automation software leader BlackLine, Inc. announced today that Mark Woodhams has been promoted to chief revenue officer (CRO) effective Jan. 1, 2021. Mr. Woodhams joined BlackLine in 2018 and most recently held the title of senior vice president of global sales. As CRO, he will continue to lead worldwide sales and will also oversee BlackLine K.K., the company’s subsidiary in Japan, as well as BlackLine’s partner channel, including the company’s global reseller agreement with SAP®.

Gary Warkentin joins Psomas Psomas is pleased to announce that Gary Warkentin has joined the firm’s Transportation practice. As Senior Transportation Manager, Gary brings over 40 years of extensive experience in developing transportation improvement projects for Caltrans, County, and Municipal Agencies. He will oversee the design and management of Local Assistance projects for roadway and complete streets projects.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market congratulates Jon Abee and Jason Krein on their promotion to Partner.

Jon Abee has practiced public accounting for more than twelve years and provides audit and assurance services to clients in the financial institution and specialty finance sectors, including public and privately held commercial and retail banks, mortgage companies, auto finance companies and other finance-related entities. Jon is a designated SEC and financial institution specialist, and has served some of the firm’s largest public banking institutions and mortgage company audit clients. His experience includes understanding and interpreting complex audit and accounting matters related to valuations, derivatives, mortgage servicing rights, securitizations, consolidations and variable interest entities.

Jason Krein specializes in partnership taxation and serves as a technical resource by consulting with clients on purchase and sale transactions, difficult income allocation provisions, and structuring of tax efficient partnership structures. Jason has over nineteen years of accounting and finance experience working in the financial services practice and operating partnership space, including private equity and real estate clients, and operating companies purchased by his private equity clients. Due to the types of acquisitions made by his private equity clients, Jason has been involved in the tax compliance and tax planning strategies for companies in a wide variety of industries including two prominent e-sports franchises, manufacturing, telecommunications, media, transportation, and publishing.

“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.

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 48,000 people across 120 countries. For more information, visit

Gafcon, Inc., a San Diego based construction management consultancy firm, is now providing our expertise to multifamily property owners and operators. Gafcon’s Multifamily Renovations services take existing C and B-level multifamily properties with 75 to 250 units and improve them to the class level that provides optimal ROI, based upon location and condition, without substantial structural modifications and/or renovations. We offer full design, planning, financial, insurance, permitting, construction and closeout services.

Gafcon is pleased to announce Alan Nevin as the Senior Advisor of Residential Valuation and Feasibility for Gafcon’s Multifamily Renovations team. He has an extensive background in real estate economics, lending and market analysis and serves the development, investment, legal and public agency communities with residential and commercial real estate valuation, feasibility and real estate advisory services. He is the co-founder of firms that have bought, built, rehabbed and operated more than three dozen residential and commercial projects valued in excess of $250 million. Mr. Nevin also serves Xpera Group with economic and valuation advisory services.

Rob Devlin is the Senior Manager for Gafcon’s Multifamily Residential projects and has more than 35 years of experience within the construction and development industries on the East, West, and Gulf Coasts. He has directed the construction of large-scale, multifamily residential communities, renovation of existing apartment communities, and reconstruction of open litigation, occupied apartment community job sites. Over the past 20 years and representing combined budgets of over $931M, Rob has overseen the construction of 3,000 and reconstruction of 9,200 multifamily housing units located in Orange County, San Jose, San Diego, and Texas for past employers including Irvine Company, AvalonBay Communities, and others.

Brett Urbina is the Construction Manager for Gafcon’s Multifamily Residential projects. With more than 17 years of experience within the construction industry, he leads the site teams at our Mission Ridge project in Encinitas, CA. Prior to joining Gafcon, he managed reinvestment projects for The Irvine Company at properties such as The Village at Spectrum Center, Villa Siena, The Village at Mission Valley, and Turtle Ridge, to name a few. He also managed long term product enhancements at The Resort at Pelican Hill, the acclaimed luxury hotel located on the Newport Coast in Southern California. Brett’s experience includes land development work for Lennar Communities on projects such as the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, the Lakes at Rancho Santa Fe, and Eureka Springs in Northern San Diego County.

Psomas appointed Nick Tarditti, CFO, as a principal of the firm. With 15 years of experience, Tarditti is a CFA® Charterholder and is active in ACEC and EFCG. Since joining Psomas, he has provided a unique and refreshing perspective on what truly drives values for Psomas and its employee shareholders.

Eturi Corp. Names Dustin Dailey VP of Product Development

Dailey’s promotion signals the company’s intent to prioritize product innovation

The San Diego-based software company, Eturi Corp, has announced the promotion of Dustin Dailey into a Vice President of Product Development role.

Dailey will be responsible for overseeing the continued innovation of Eturi’s flagship application, the top-rated screen time management application OurPact, as well as driving the development of new product lines, including a major upcoming release. In addition to expanding Eturi’s product suite, Dailey will also oversee the customer success department, with the intention of improving product development in collaboration with customer experience.

“Dustin has been a vital driving force within our organization, not only in ensuring the success of our existing product lines but also in diversifying our software portfolio into exciting new markets,” states Eturi’s Founder and CEO, Amir Moussavian. “The year ahead will be pivotal for our company, and we are excited to see where his exceptional vision can take us, and our millions of users, in the coming years.”

Dailey brings over fourteen years of experience in IT and operations management to his new role and has a proven track record of success within Eturi Corp., where he played a crucial role in the development of OurPact. Prior to joining Eturi Corp., Dailey spent over seven years at Bridgepoint Education as a program manager.

C.W. Driver Companies, a premier builder serving California since 1919, has hired Jeff Canfield as project executive serving Greater Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties. With more than 20 years of multifamily experience delivering projects for companies such as Irvine Company, Rancho Mission Viejo and Kilroy, Canfield will be leading up C.W. Driver Companies’ multifamily and affordable housing projects.

Ted Mekuria, senior project manager for HNTB Corporation, has been named to the Valley Industry & Commerce Association’s board of directors for 2021. With input and guidance from its members, VICA maintains a regular presence at all levels of government to represent San Fernando Valley businesses effectively. He joins distinguished members from various Southern California public agencies and businesses.

“We congratulate Ted on his new leadership role with VICA,” said Wayne Feuerborn, HNTB West Division president. “With his extensive industry experience, he is well-positioned to help guide VICA in shaping and advancing policy that increases the vitality of the San Fernando Valley business community.”

Mekuria has two decades of engineering consulting experience in transportation planning and design for public and private clients and has completed major transportation projects in the Los Angeles area. He joined HNTB in 2019 and serves as the City of Los Angeles client service lead. As senior project manager, he is involved in every aspect of the project lifecycle, from data collection and design, to management, and on-time project delivery.

VICA is widely considered one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Southern California.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Northern Trust is honored to announce the appointment of Monica Safapour as our West Region Practice Lead for Estate Settlement Services. Based in Pasadena, Monica will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of our estate settlement services for the firm’s West Region. With over 10 years of experience advising clients in her capacities as legal counsel, wealth planner, and corporate fiduciary, Monica is well positioned to deliver a consistent, best-in-class client experience to partners, families and their advisors.

During the course of her career, Monica has worked with high-net-worth clients to develop customized, comprehensive, and integrated multi-generational wealth plans. She has also worked with those families and their advisors in the areas of estate and probate administration.

Monica received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and her LL.M. in tax from Loyola Law School.

Angela L. Talton is now senior vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer at City of Hope , where she will lead holistic and integrated efforts to continue the cancer center’s focus on building a diverse and inclusive culture at all levels of the enterprise.

CommonSpirit Health's Julie J. Sprengel to Lead Expanded Southwest Division

Julie J. Sprengel has been appointed President of CommonSpirit Health ’s newly expanded Southwest Division. In this role, Julie will continue to oversee Dignity Health hospitals in Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Clark County, Nevada. Joining the newly formed division will be the Dignity Health hospitals from Central Coast and Central California—a total of 21 facilities. This new division will be the largest in CommonSpirit Health.

Julie began her career more than 20 years ago as an emergency room nurse and has spent the majority of her career working in faith-based, nonprofit health care systems. She honed her clinical and administrative expertise through a series of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, culminating in her position as a hospital Chief Executive Officer. In 2016, Julie was recruited as the Senior Vice President of Operations for Dignity Health Southern California, and in 2019 was named President of the Southwest Division for CommonSpirit Health.

Julie’s focus has always been patient safety, quality of care, and growth. In addition, she is committed to the future state of health care, including the migration to population health and wellness. This new model of care centers on coordinating community resources to serve patients in the most appropriate settings.

“Julie has shown exceptional leadership throughout her career at Dignity Health -- especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as she oversees hospital operations in some of the hardest hit areas of the country,” said Marvin O’Quinn, president and chief operating officer of CommonSpirit Health, parent company of Dignity Health. “In this expanded role, Julie will be well-positioned to help broaden our continuum of care services, focus on integrating and coordinating our primary care models and improving access to care for patients in underserved communities.”

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julie played a pivotal role in opening the Los Angeles Surge Hospital (LASH), a first of its kind public-private partnership between the State of California, Los Angeles County, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente. In addition to working on the executive team to open the hospital, she also served as its CEO for the duration of its operations. The temporary facility provided complex ICU services to some of the most vulnerable patients affected by COVID-19.

“I’m looking forward to learning all I can about our diverse markets and working with our incredibly dedicated teams across Southern California to expand access to affordable, high-quality health care,” says Sprengel. “Now, more than ever, it’s essential to reassure our communities that we are here for them.”

Monday, January 04, 2021

RiverRock Real Estate Group added Janice Church as regional vice president for its Los Angeles region to oversee its Los Angeles management team and portfolio. Church’s career includes more than 20 years in commercial property management. RiverRock manages more than 40 million square feet of properties throughout California and Arizona.

California Bank & Trust (CB&T) has promoted Eric Ellingsen to CEO after more than twenty years of unwavering commitment to the bank. Ellingsen will continue his role as president with new responsibilities as CEO overseeing CB&T’s growth across the state, including direct oversight of its commercial banking division. David E. Blackford will transition from his role as prior CEO to executive chairman, with continuing responsibility for the bank’s commercial real estate portfolio.

Ellingsen began his impressive career trajectory at CB&T in a four-month temporary role as a junior accountant that led to a permanent position within the company. Throughout the years, he’s handled risk management, regulatory compliance, international banking and asset/liability management. In 2012, he was promoted to CFO and in 2016, rose to the position of COO where he oversaw business and branch banking, SBA lending, private banking, corporate services, and the bank’s finance and planning functions.

As CEO, he sees tremendous opportunity ahead to continue to grow the bank, investing in employees, serving its clients and making a difference in the community. Ellingsen plays an active role supporting many nonprofit and professional groups; serving as the chairman of the Western Bankers Association, a board member of the California Bankers Association and president of the North American Asset and Liability Management Association. He’s been recognized as “CFO of the Year – Large Public Company” and a two-time recipient of the “San Diego 500 – The Most Influential Business Leaders in San Diego” by the San Diego Business Journal.


The World Protection Group (WPG), a leading security firm specializing in international executive protection and executive protection drone operations, has just received the FAA drone waiver, the beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) 107.31 – Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aircraft Operation. This is one of the most difficult waivers to acquire granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The World Protection Group is the only security firm in the United States to acquire all 3 of the most difficult FAA drone waivers.

This waiver applies to a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) and regulates to Fly a UAS beyond your ability to clearly determine its orientation with unaided vision. The waiver allows drone pilots to control the drone outside their VLOS.

This waiver joins the two others already held by WPG:
• 107.39 – Operation Over People - To Fly UAS Over a Person waiver
• 107.29 – Daylight Operations – To Fly UAS at Night waiver

The ability to operate drones beyond the VLOS is essential to the protection of human life and for ensuring WPG’s clients and their properties are kept safe and secure at all times by using visual observers on each mission. The implementation of WPG’s security operations integrates its drones with manned security maneuvers to ensure its clients’ safety at all times and in any situation.

About The World Protection Group
Founded in 2001 by Kent Moyer and headquartered in Beverly Hills, with offices in New York City, Mexico, and Shanghai. The World Protection Group offers fullservice international security. WPG has armed security trained pilots, an extensive fleet of drones and they are required to have FEMA disaster response training.

Contact us at The World Protection Group.
Kent Moyer
+1 310-390-6646

Monday, December 21, 2020

Suffolk , one of the most innovative and successful builders and real estate enterprises in the country, announced the hiring of Ken Summers as General Manager of Los Angeles. In his new role, Summers will strengthen Suffolk’s leadership and continue the company’s momentum in the strategic Southern California market.

Robbie Dodd has joined the national real estate investment company MIG Real Estate as Chief Financial Officer. He comes to MIG with over 20 years of experience in accounting and executive leadership positions at companies ranging from a start-up to a real estate company with over $3.7B managed assets. In his new role he is responsible for the operational leadership of MIG’s finance, accounting, and information systems.

Larson LLP Announces Year-End Elevations and New Associates

Larson LLP is pleased to announce the firm’s year-end elevations, effective January 1, 2021, and to introduce the associates who joined the team of trial lawyers in 2020.

Counsel Dana M. Howard and A. Alexander (“Alex”) Lowder are being elevated to partner. Dana represents private companies, municipalities, and business owners in contract, intellectual property, entertainment, employment, and fraud disputes. Dana received her J.D. from USC Gould School of Law and her B.A. from UCLA.

Alex represents clients in white collar criminal matters involving state and federal investigations and prosecutions, as well as complex breach of contract matters, class actions, and civil rights disputes. Alex earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and his A.B. from Harvard University.

Associates Jen C. Won and Emilie J. Zuccolotto are being elevated to counsel. Jen’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and white collar criminal investigations and defense. She earned her J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Emilie’s practice focuses on employment and business disputes, including defending corporations against discrimination and wrongful termination claims, wage and hour class actions, and consumer class actions. Emilie earned her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.

“As the firm nears our fifth anniversary, we are proud to extend leadership positions within the firm to these four exemplary trial lawyers,” states founding partner Stephen G. Larson . “They bring a wealth of experience to our complex commercial litigation, white collar defense, and appellate practices. Their strong leadership skills and unwavering dedication to our clients contribute greatly to the firm’s success. We are thrilled to welcome Dana and Alex to the partnership, and to elevate Jen and Emilie in their careers.”

Additionally, Larson LLP welcomed six new associates in 2020: Maggie W. Hall, Nicole J. Kim, Jennifer Ko, Daniel R. Lahana, John Lee, and Tyler J. O’Brien . They joined from federal clerkships and other top litigation firms in Los Angeles.

About Larson LLP Larson LLP is a boutique trial firm based in Los Angeles, with offices in Orange County and Washington, D.C. The firm litigates and tries complex commercial and white collar cases, regulatory matters, appeals, and international disputes. Larson LLP attorneys are among the most experienced and respected trial lawyers in the nation, focusing on high-stakes cases. For more information, visit

RSM welcomes Steve Stewart

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax, and consulting services to the middle market welcomes Principal, Steve Stewart , to their national valuation services practice.

Steve comes to RSM with more than 30 years of expertise in the professional services industry, and he offers a seasoned perspective that balances technical skills in valuation, accounting and corporate finance with a passion for relationship-building and client stewardship. Known for his diligence and accuracy, his business acumen is underscored by his achievements in market strategies, cost reduction and operational efficiencies. He is deeply trusted by senior leaders and boards to expertly break down and project the impact of changes in accounting rules and connect them with a wide range of financial services. Steve has a deep expertise in economic valuation and due diligence, market penetration and growth strategy, technical financial analysis and talent development.

Prior to joining RSM, Steve was a managing director of a valuation services practice and spent 20 years at a Big Four firm growing its valuation practice in both Midwest and West regions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Steve comes to RSM to lead the valuation services practice for the West region. He is focused on implementing various national process improvement, talent development and growth initiatives for the practice.

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. Learn more at

Please contact Steve at (213) 330-4833 or

Erica Steenstra Director of Interiors (Los Angeles) – Huitt-Zollars, Inc.

Huitt-Zollars announces that Erica Steenstra has joined our Los Angeles office as Director of Interiors. She brings 30 years of design and management experience in higher education, healthcare, science and technology, workplace and entertainment, as well as her strength in building lasting partnerships with clients and consultants.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services ( welcomes Kathy Chappell Dossett , head of Global Human Resources at Skydance Media, to its Board of Directors.

With more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Dossett is passionate about mental wellness in the workplace and advises on significant organizational challenges. She previously worked in HR at DreamWorks, the Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, and Imageworks.

A University of North Texas graduate, she has a certification of Diversity and Inclusion from Harvard University.

L.A. Care Health Plan is pleased to announce that Acacia Reed has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer. Reed, who has more than 15 years in health care operations, joined L.A. Care as Deputy Chief COO in 2016. She previously worked for AmeriHealth Caritas.

Jennifer Cohen joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Corporate Group. Cohen, who most recently served as corporate counsel to two sports and entertainment marketing firms and who practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, has helped navigate clients through complex deals including the sale of the Chernin Group’s interest in Otter Media to AT&T, the sale of a portion of Chernin’s stake in Barstool Sports to Penn National Gaming and the $5.2 billion merger of Standard Pacific Corp. and the Ryland Group.

Prager Metis welcomes Walt Brasch, Jr., CPA as our newest partner. Walt joins the firm as Managing Partner of our El Segundo, California office and will lead the firm’s Public Company Audit Practice as Partner-in-Charge. Walt specializes in audit and advisory services for both public and private companies and has an expertise in SEC regulation and reporting compliance, including IPO transactions and debt issuances.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Wells Fargo Advisors , Los Angeles welcomes the Romans Fisher Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors formerly of J.P. Morgan Advisors. David Romans and Teresa Fisher serve affluent families, including business owners, executives, and clients in the entertainment industry. For information on their team visit

Private Wealth Financial Advisors are a distinct group of select Financial Advisors with a history of serving the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals, families, foundations and institutions. Private Wealth Financial Advisors can provide access to a suite of benefits and resources in the areas of wealth management, private banking, legacy planning, business advisory, trust services, executive services, family dynamics, philanthropic services, real estate management, commercial banking and investment banking, as well as traditional bank products and services to accommodate clients’ needs through Wells Fargo affiliates.

Wells Fargo Advisors Los Angeles Market Manager Paul Vannuki said “We are extremely proud to be the firm of choice for Dave and Teresa. The Romans Fisher Wealth Management Group is a great fit as they focus on comprehensive and customized advice solutions for high-net worth individuals, families and foundations. Their track record of excellence and partnering further enhances our ability to deliver improved results for our clients across the company.”

David Romans received a B.S., in Mathematics from Fairfield University, where he also played Division I baseball. He then earned an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Strategy Consulting from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. David has been on the board of West L.A. Little League for the past five years. He also co-founded the SC Business Network, and mentors four to five undergraduate business students annually as part of the USC Career Advantage Program. He and his wife, Kristyn, have three children: daughters, Riley and Piper, and a son, Reid.

Teresa Fisher is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Finance and Management. She also earned a Certificate in Financial Planning, and has received her M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. Teresa is a mentor with the USC Career Advantage Program and the Chair of the Women’s Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Luke, and their sons, Xavier and Cassian.

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BNBuilders recently welcomed Jason Groshart as a Sr. Project Executive. He brings nearly three decades of experience in government, education, military, and commercial construction, with a particular proficiency in healthcare. Groshart will focus on recruiting talent, growing BNBuilders’ healthcare portfolio, and expanding BNBuilders’ presence in Los Angeles and Orange County.

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Jerrold David and Walt Nally joined Planet Home Lending , LLC, a national mortgage lender and servicer, to further expand the company’s Southern California footprint. Planet offers industry-leading turn times on competitively priced jumbo, conventional, government, CalHFA and non-QM home loans to meet local demand for personalized mortgage options.

Hunington Hospital
Huntington Hospital in Pasadena is welcoming two executives to its leadership team, Ranjit S. Hundal, MD, MBA, FACPE as Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer (CCO), and Pamela Weatherspoon , MBA as Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Dr. Hundal will leverage his significant experience to maintain and enhance Huntington Hospital’s reputation for quality, safety, and clinical excellence, while overseeing the hospital’s peer-review, bylaws and credentialing systems, and lead its renowned graduate medical education program.

As CCO, Dr. Hundal will also oversee the community-based physician group associated with the hospital, Huntington Health Physicians (HHP).

“Dr. Hundal’s extensive clinical leadership and vision will advance quality and safety, build upon our strong medical staff culture and enhance clinical growth to further our tradition of clinical excellence,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital.

Dr. Hundal joins Huntington from Sutter Health Mills Peninsula Medical Center, where he served as Chief Medical Executive. He led Mills Peninsula to five consecutive Leapfrog Grade A’s, and earned a Silver Eureka Award from California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE).

Dr. Hundal is also an experienced clinician with over twenty years of health care experience. Much of that experience comes from working in a nationally integrated healthcare system, having trained and practiced in the UK National Health Service.

Weatherspoon is stepping into a new role within Huntington Hospital.

As Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she is charged with advancing Huntington’s family of services with a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

Weatherspoon will partner with leaders across the organization to develop and promote a cross-functional/departmental strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that advances patient experience and education, overall quality of care and workforce culture, engagement and representation goals.

“Huntington is committed to standing and working together for a more just, healthy future for all,” said Dr. Morgan. “Pamela’s first charge will be to guide the work we already have underway related to our ongoing community benefit, Healthcare Equity Index, and LGBTQIA efforts that will promote a culture of diversity and inclusivity within our organization and address healthcare disparities within our community.”

Weatherspoon joins Huntington Hospital from Jersey City Medical Center, RWJ Barnabas Health, where she held the position of Director, Diversity and Inclusion. Before her role at Jersey City Medical Center, Weatherspoon served as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Manager at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon.

Monday, December 07, 2020

Toni Newman is the new Interim Executive Director for LYRIC in SF. Toni is a graduate of Wake Forest University and a candidate for the Juris of Doctorate (JD). Previously, Toni served as the Executive Director for St. James Infirmary, Director of Development for Maitri Compassionate Care, Interim Director of Development and Communication for T.H.E. and Fundraiser/Legislative Aide for EQCA. Additionally, Toni is a best selling author, noted for her memoir I Rise - The Transformation of Toni Newman.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Cityview , a premier multifamily investment management and development firm, has promoted Khalif Edwards , managing director of capital raising and investor relations, and Jennifer Halvas , senior vice president of operations and associate general counsel, to partner. In their expanded roles, Halvas and Edwards will help guide strategic decisions that impact the firm and its investors and serve as key members of Cityview’s investment committee.

With over 20 years of real estate investment and capital management experience, Edwards is responsible for running Cityview’s investor relations platform and driving new capital development opportunities with private and public pension fund plans, insurance companies, foundations, endowments and family offices. He also manages investor and consultant outreach, leads fundraising strategy and expands Cityview’s presence across the U.S. and internationally. Edwards joined Cityview in 2019. Previously, he was managing director and equity partner at Clarion Partners, leading his team in raising $3 billion in equity from 2012 to 2019.

With more than 16 years of experience, Halvas oversees operational functions and implements systems, processes and best practices across the firm. Halvas also focuses on fostering the firm’s performance-based culture devoted to innovation, transparency and collaboration. In addition, she manages certain legal aspects of projects, including acquisition, development, management and disposition. Halvas joined Cityview in 2011. Previously, she served as counsel at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, where she represented a variety of clients in real estate, project development and finance transactions.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Leo Bandini joins Sharpe Interior Systems, Inc. Leo Bandini has recently joined Sharpe Interior Systems, Inc. as a Senior Advisor. Leo will focus on strengthening Sharpe's business strategies, fostering relationships with existing clients as well as creating new relationships with architects, developers, and specifically engaging his long-term industry connections to identify new opportunities for the company. Leo's experience and expertise in the construction industry will maximize Sharpe's business development strategy and create another dimension to existing methods of project pursuits.

Global design firm HKS welcomes Darcy Royalty as Principal and Commercial Interiors Design Director in Los Angeles.

Darcy has over 20 years of experience encompassing Workplace, Life Science, Sports and Entertainment, Higher Education and Civic market sectors. She has the unique ability to align the design outcome to her client's culture, brand, budget, schedule and expectations. Darcy champions a collaborative, iterative and inclusive design process, striving for transformative spaces for all. She believes in outcome driven design that exceeds client expectations by using ingenuity and innovation to achieve design excellence.

“I am thrilled to join HKS, a prestigious firm with a reputation for producing award winning, transformative, and beautiful projects,” said Darcy Royalty. “I am proud to be part of this team of amazing individuals all striving for design excellence that provides impactful, inclusive, sustainable and stunning designs.”

Darcy has led interior design teams and studios at local and global design firms such as DLR Group, Johnson Fain, and HOK. Her portfolio includes renowned clients, such as Disney, Google, City of Los Angeles, Amgen, ESRI, and the University of Southern California. She is a graduate of Kansas State University, where she received a BA in Interior Architecture.

"We are excited to welcome Darcy in leading our growing Interiors practice in Los Angeles, “said Scott Hunter, Shareholder Principal and Regional Director of America West at HKS. “We look forward to her leadership and future opportunities for world class interior design."

Monday, November 09, 2020

Paul Coleman joins LEO A DALY as Los Angeles managing principal

Roy Follmuth will continue to direct the firm’s West Los Angeles VA Medical Center megaproject

LEO A DALY, the global planning, architecture, engineering and interiors firm, is pleased to announce that Paul Coleman, AIA, DBIA, LEED, NCARB, has joined the firm as vice president and managing principal in Los Angeles. In this role, he now leads the L.A. design studio in all matters of strategy, business development, talent management, project delivery and design excellence.

Coleman is an active and visible leader in the Southern California design community with over 25 years of architecture and construction experience. He joins LEO A DALY from A.C. Martin Partners, where he was chief operating officer and principal in charge on significant projects. An alternative delivery specialist, Coleman is passionate about building and leading high-performance design teams. His standout projects include the LEED Platinum Certified North Addition Office Building at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento; the $520 million New Natural Resources Headquarters for the California Natural Resources Agency/DGS; and Aven, a 536-unit apartment tower in downtown Los Angeles.

As leader of the Los Angeles studio, Coleman will direct an exceptional group of design professionals practicing in a wide variety of building typologies.

Former Managing Principal Roy Follmuth, PE, will remain in the Los Angeles studio and continue as senior project director for the firm’s work at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. The multiphase hospital transformation, which Follmuth won as managing principal, is the largest project in the firm’s 105-year history. He will also assist in directing LEO A DALY’s global megaprojects practice.

“Paul is an energetic design advocate with a real passion for the design culture of Los Angeles. I’m excited to have him at the head of our L.A. studio. He shares LEO A DALY’s deep commitment to client service and has direct experience leading an integrated design practice in this regional climate. He's an extremely valuable asset to LEO A DALY and to our clients,” said Steve Lichtenberger, president of LEO A DALY.

“Working as a competitor to LEO A DALY in Los Angeles since 1989, I’ve always been drawn to the classic sensibility, deep client focus and unmatched quality of design from LEO A DALY. I’m thrilled to be stepping into Roy Follmuth’s shoes here, and very excited to leverage the size and creative firepower in the firm to grow the L.A. studio, become more visible, and contribute to the design dialogue that is so relevant in the global design hotspot of L.A.” Coleman said.

Burns & McDonnell names Rashmi Menon leader of the firm’s California offices. She will lead a team of more than 250 engineering and construction professionals to deliver critical infrastructure projects in power, aviation, transit, federal and environmental markets.

Thomas W. Yeh has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, representing clients in patent and trade secret matters in federal and state courts, as well as before the US International Trade Commission.

Jia Jia Huang has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. She advises companies on technology-related transactions within the software, e-commerce, information technology, retail, life sciences, and media and entertainment industries. She counsels clients on a range of intellectual property matters and supports transactions that involve the disposition and acquisition of companies with IP portfolios.

William A. Kessler has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the firm’s Tax Department, he focuses on transactional tax, advising public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, spinoff transactions, and securities offerings.

Nima H. Mohebbi has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, he represents clients in high-stakes matters, including the prosecution and defense of complex commercial disputes for technology, e-commerce, media, and financial institutions, with an emphasis on trials and arbitrations.

Pablo Clarke has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. He has broad experience in a range of real estate and finance transactions, including mortgage and mezzanine financings, preferred equity transactions, corporate real estate investment trust (REIT) financings, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, and commercial leasing.

Peter Durning has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. A member of the Litigation & Trial Department, he has a range of experience in high-profile disputes. In addition to his diverse commercial litigation practice, he advises clients in the music industry on cutting-edge copyright and antitrust issues.

Scott Y. French has been promoted to counsel at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. He focuses on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on late-stage emerging company transactions, including venture financings, M&A, and capital markets transactions. He represents emerging companies and industry leaders in the technology, media, and consumer products sectors.

Kendall K. Johnson has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in Century City, effective January 1. She works at the intersection of entertainment, sports, and media – representing teams, governing bodies, major sports organizations, television networks, motion picture studios, independent production companies, strategic investors, and a variety of other clients in transactions that span the sports and entertainment industry.

David Mitry Ajalat has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. He represents emerging technology, media, life sciences, and cleantech companies and the venture capitalists and investment banks that finance them. His practice focuses on company representation, general corporate counseling, corporate governance, venture financings, IPOs, securities, capital markets transactions, and M&A.

Andrew Clark has been elected a partner at Latham & Watkins in downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1. His practice encompasses M&A, private equity, joint ventures, corporate governance, and securities law matters. He has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, with a focus on technology transactions and private equity-backed transactions.

Monday, November 02, 2020

Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. welcomes Gary Cohn, AIA as Director of Institutional A&E Services. An architect with 40 years in real estate design and construction, Cohn is highly respected among institutional investors for consulting on landmark projects including The Forum, Century Park, Park Place in Irvine, The Queen Mary, The Capital Records building, LAX Control Tower, and the US Bank Tower. He brings a broad perspective and diverse experience spanning the entire lifecycle of a real estate asset, including strategic facility planning, property condition assessments, capital expenditure planning, owner representation, construction risk management, and post-earthquake evaluations, among other specialties.

“Gary is a trusted advisor to many of the nation’s largest real estate investors, not only for his substantial expertise and depth of experience, but also his ability to lead a team to deliver the in-depth consulting and white glove service investors rely on,” shared Joe Derhake, CEO of Partner. “We are thrilled for Gary to expand our market-leading institutional team.”

Cohn is also passionate about future-proofing buildings with energy, technology, and resiliency improvements. At Partner, he will leverage a larger multidisciplinary team to help clients innovate, manage long-term risks, and achieve greater ROI, greater efficiencies and new revenue streams.

“I’m excited to join the Partner platform and to offer clients more expansive resources and depth of reporting,” shared Cohn. “What’s the point of being a trusted advisor if you can’t solve the problems you find? At Partner we have the opportunity to do that on a much broader scale.”

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.

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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.

If you are interested in a testing program for your company, please send an inquiry to

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.
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP is a full-service law firm committed to providing clients with outstanding results. From our offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County, we serve our clients' needs worldwide.
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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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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.

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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’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