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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

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( welcomes Ellen Turner to its Board of Directors.

Ellen is Principal and Vice President, Operations of Turner Techtronics, Inc., a full-service IT company headquartered in Burbank, and founded in 1987. She previously was Business Manager for Lycee International de Los Angeles (LILA Pasadena).

Ellen has served in a number of community association leadership roles, including the Glendale chapter National Charity League, the Twelve Oaks Advisory Board and the Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Clune Construction has promoted Neil Kubon to Vice President, Senior Superintendent and Ben Segrest to Vice President, Western Region Controller. With 36 years construction industry experience, Neil helps oversee the field operations in the Southern California area. Ben has 20 years of experience in construction industry accounting. He has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Accounting from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Jeff Hildebrandt has joined Live Oak Bank as vice president of the General Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending team. Hildebrandt is an experienced lender and will specialize in business acquisitions, real estate, equipment and partner buyouts.

Live Oak specializes in acquisition financing across all industries nationwide and has Preferred Lender Partner (PLP) status with the SBA. This enables Live Oak customers to obtain SBA loans without being subject to the potentially lengthy SBA approval process necessary for lenders that are not SBA Preferred Lenders.

Hildebrandt has more than 20 years of lending experience and is a recognized expert in the SBA financing field. He is an approved SBA Finance Instructor by the California Department of Real Estate and the Nevada Real Estate Division. In addition, he specializes in helping business owners solve complex financing problems with SBA, conventional and USDA funding solutions. As a previous business owner himself, Hildebrandt knows that the correct financing package can help a business grow and succeed. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Vincent College Pennsylvania. Hildebrandt is based in Los Angeles and serves business owners nationwide.

Live Oak Bank, a subsidiary of Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOB), is a digitally focused, FDICinsured bank serving customers across the country. Live Oak brings efficiency and excellence to the banking process, without branches, by using a focused approach to technology and innovation.

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MDM Executives Builds Robust Consulting Firms

MDM Executives has been in business for over 23 years. After a successful journey in Executive Search-servicing clients such as IBM, PwC, Ernst & Young, and other large, midsize, and small professional services companies throughout the United States, MDM has added a new division in building consulting firms from scratch or expanding companies who have already started this very lucrative enterprise. Most recently they have helped build-out Ernst & Young’s Capital Project/Construction Management/ Real Estate Corporate and Investment Practice in the Western U.S. In addition, they have assisted an Engineering firm, starting from scratch and building an Energy Management Consulting Practice, which is now over $100 Million in revenue.

MDM can work with small, medium, and large-scale businesses for any industry.

Contact us to learn more: David McCorquodale or 407.701.7861

Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that Luke Sosnicki has joined the Firm as a business litigation partner in our Los Angeles office. Luke is an experienced financial services litigator who earned his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Fenwick & West announced Andrew Klungness as the newest partner in its technology transactions practice. Klungness helps innovative companies navigate the opportunities and risks presented by emerging technologies. He is an enthusiastic member of the Silicon Beach community, having practiced technology law in Santa Monica since the “dot com” era.

Brett Bockmann was promoted to Vice President of Finance, Civil Operations. He joined Skanska in 2002 and was most recently Director of Project Controls. He will manage the West Coast finance team and work out of the Riverside office. Bockmann’s contributions will be important to Skanska’s continued success in maintaining profitability and increasing operational efficiency.

Bridge Development Partners Adds Heather Crossner as Senior VP of Development

Bridge Development Partners, LLC announced today that it has hired Heather Crossner as Senior Vice President of Development in its Los Angeles office. Crossner will oversee all project entitlements as well as political, community and public relations during project development and assist landowners, developers, and community members in navigating the development process.

Prior to joining Bridge, Crossner worked for 13 years as Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and was a member of the firm's Environmental, Land & Resources Department, where her practice focused on land use, environmental and real estate development. Her transition into her role with Bridge’s development team will allow her to expand her work beyond legal matters and fully embrace her passion of guiding stakeholders through complicated project approval processes, addressing resident concerns and comments, and facilitating the shared vision of both Bridge Development and city leadership to ensure mutually beneficial projects.

“I’m thrilled to join Bridge’s development team, and to be a part of a company whose work truly improves the quality of life in communities where they build,” said Heather Crossner. “I’m looking forward to applying my past experience to new challenges with Bridge and being part of a transparent, supportive development culture.”

Private Jet Broker Kim Scolari is proud to announce that Jet Productions Worldwide, Inc is now an approved ARGUS Broker. “The ARGUS Charter Broker Program diligently confirms that a charter broker is a legitimate business entity, understands and adheres to industry best practices, and is committed to the utmost in safety and service-oriented charter operations. This all translates into the confidence that charter customers and commercial aircraft operators are looking for when choosing an air charter broker”

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Monday, September 23, 2019

LEO A DALY welcomes Beth Bloom, as Senior Interior Designer. Bloom oversees design on unique, high-end interior projects both domestically and internationally. Bloom’s experience in gaming and F&B expands to some of the most luxurious casino properties in the world including Wynn Cotai Palace and Encore Boston Harbor.

Bacon was Made by IT people for IT people™ to fill the need for an efficient automation/management platform. Bacon is the only cross-platform, remote endpoint management and monitoring tool that enables system administrators to easily perform basic and advanced tasks. Learn more on Oct. 1 during our live webinar.

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BizFed Institute Board Chair Steve Pontell, and BizFed Founding CEO Tracy Hernandez, are pleased to announce Mr. Kevin Harbour, as the new BizFed Institute President. Mr. Harbour, former VP of Development for BizFed, comes to this new role with excitement and years of dedication to the overall BizFed mission.

Larry L. Melton, Jr., PMP, has joined the board of directors of Dewberry, a privately held, national consulting firm. Melton brings decades of experience in engineering and construction to his leadership role, including management of major public infrastructure projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to his private-sector career, Melton served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.

David Mlsch has joined the firm as Partner and Head of Sponsor Coverage. He will be based in Manhattan Beach but focus his efforts nationally on developing and institutionalizing the firm’s relationships with leading financial sponsors. A seasoned veteran, David has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, 18 years of which were spent covering mid-market financial sponsors. David came to Livingstone from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, where he was a Managing Director. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Head of the Middle-Market Financial Sponsors group for the West Coast for Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to that, he was a founding member of Houlihan Lokey’s Sponsor Coverage practice, where he spent the first 17 years of his investment banking career.


NCIA’s 3rd Annual California Cannabis Business Conference, taking place October 8-9, is the only industry trade show focusing solely on the California cannabis market. Join cannabis industry leaders, policymakers, and entrepreneurs who will convene to discuss California-specific regulations, market trends, policy, advocacy and research.

Grow your network, learn the latest best practices and find innovative solutions to your business struggles alongside more than 3,000 like-minded professionals.

Find products and services to solve all your business challenges in our exhibit hall.

Get a head start by learning about state regulations before they make it to the general public.

Meet with policymakers and regulatory bodies that are creating the laws that directly impact your cannabusiness.

This year’s event features 24 sessions from three learning tracks – Cultivation, Processing & Retail, Regulations & Business Services and our new 20 minute Lightning Lessons.

Don’t wait – register today with promo code LABIZ20 to receive a 20% discount on your conference and expo pass registration.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Clune Construction has promoted Adam Beck to Senior Vice President, General Superintendent and Nahn Nguyen to Vice President, Project Executive. Adam has over 22-years of construction industry experience and has managed the field activities for over 1 million squarefeet throughout his tenure with Clune. Nahn, who has 21 years of construction industry experience, has the overall responsibility and accountability for a project. He is responsible for the relationship with clients and various project team members.

Altitude Design Office has announced the expansion of their experiential and branding practices with the recent additions of studio director, Kate Tews, and senior project director, Cheri Devlin. These strategic hires broaden the firm’s expertise in brand design and activation, wayfinding and architectural graphics, and storytelling in branded environments.

A Harvard graduate, studio director Kate Tews has more than 30 years of creative experience. With previous roles at companies including EGG Office, Reverb, and Virgin Records, Tews is an expert in brand strategy, positioning and development; creative direction, and overall management of creative teams. Formerly a principal at Selbert Perkins Design, senior project director Cheri Devlin has a 25-year career in merging graphic design with architecture. Devlin has an MA in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and brings a wealth of experience in the areas of city and public realm-based wayfinding and placemaking.

Greg Nelson, Altitude principal, stated, “I’m thrilled to add these two senior-level women to our team. They are both accomplished creatives and leaders and will effectively elevate the work we deliver for our clients.”

Responding to ongoing growth and a robust U.S. transportation market, HNTB Corporation named John Friel, PE, president, Western Region, U.S. to serve as executive vice president.

Friel leads the Western Region, which includes the firm’s Northwest and West Divisions, a 13-state region, including western Canada. Friel has served in many significant roles of responsibility in his 26 years with HNTB. During his last 10 years, Friel helped deliver more than $8 billion in constructed value of the firm’s largest and most complex design projects under the Design Build and P3 delivery model as former president of the firm’s Design Build Division. On all of these efforts, HNTB served as the lead designer for the project delivery team. He now oversees all of HNTB’s business lines in the Western Region, concentrating on the aviation, highway, transit, tolls and architecture practices.

In addition to Friel, Keith Hinkebein, PE, president, Design Build and Scott Butzen, PE, enterprise operations officer, were also elevated to executive vice presidents.

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

Psomas is pleased to announce that Katherine Casey has joined the firm’s Land Use Entitlements practice. As Senior Project Manager, Katherine brings 15 years of experience managing complex land use entitlements for large scale real estate developments for corporate and non-profit developers.

Executive Account Manager, Alexander Paulus transferred to LA from Carbon Lighthouse’s headquarters in San Francisco in July. He is instrumental in client success, partnering with commercial real estate owners to drive net operating income and reduce energy consumption. Paulus’s entire career has been dedicated to cleantech and sustainability.

Andres Torres, Data Acquisition Engineer at Carbon Lighthouse, transferred to LA from Carbon Lighthouse’s headquarters in San Francisco in April. He is a mechanical engineer, bringing 3 years of experience in the oil and gas and aerospace industries. He devises data collection strategies critical for enabling clean energy service in buildings.

A former Naval Officer, John Shaw joins Carbon Lighthouse as a Senior Data Acquisition Engineer. He will be the lead engineer heading up the technical team for the Los Angeles office. Shaw brings more than three years of engineering experience from SpaceX and five years from the U.S. Navy.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Murray D. Fischer, Esq. and Judith K. Manouchehri, Esq. have formed an association of their two law firms as of July 1, 2019.

The association of their two firms, with shared offices in Beverly Hills, is intended to better serve their respective clients in transactional real estate (acquisition, disposition, financing, land use, entitlements, etc.); development and construction (contractor contracts, management agreements, etc.); and business (entity formation, related entity documents, buy-sell agreements, etc.) law, throughout California.

Fuscoe Engineering Promotes Keith Malloy to Project Manager at Los Angeles Office

Keith Malloy has over ten years of progressive civil engineering experience with both public and private projects. His creativity and collaborative nature enable him to efficiently work on complex projects in the residential, retail, commercial, public agency, and park markets. Keith is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Theresa Edy-Kiene has been appointed new CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), the largest girl-serving nonprofit in Southern California. Ms. Edy-Kiene comes to GSGLA from Fuller Seminary as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Change Management in the President’s Office as well as the Executive Director for the Thrive Center for Human Development. Prior to that, she co-founded and led two national consumer food brands and was a successful television executive for Lifetime Television, Warner Bros., and Fox.

Beginning her new role on Sept. 16, Ms. Edy-Kiene will provide direction and vision for the development and achievement of the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. A Girl Scout alumna, she succeeds Lise Luttgens, who retired on Sept. 6 after 11 years of leadership.

GSGLA is the fourth largest of 112 regional Girl Scout councils with nearly 72,000 members, solid retention rates, the most successful Girl Scout Cookie Program in the nation, and innovative leadership programs for girls in LA and beyond. Ms. Edy-Kiene joins the nonprofit as it enters the last year of a three-year strategic plan to reach more girls in underserved LA communities; deliver high-impact programs in entrepreneurship, STE(A)M, life skills, and outdoor; and invest in girls through philanthropic partnerships.

RETS Associates, a leading real estate recruitment firm, is pleased to welcome Caroldean Ross as Director of Construction.

Ross brings to her role several years of experience in the staffing and placement of interim, permanent and executive positions in the real estate industry with a focus on development and construction roles.

Parkview Financial has appointed Fabio G. Baum, CFA as Managing Director responsible for loan production. His real estate background includes private equity and institutional investors focused on debt/equity originations, acquisitions/dispositions, asset management and development. He will work closely with the originations and underwriting staff, outside brokers and other third-party professionals.

Beverly Hills’ premier full-service business law firm Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP has inked a long-term deal through 2037 with landlord Douglas Emmett to move into 32,500 sq. ft. of soon to be completely rebuilt space on the top two floors of its current building located at 9401 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The firm will retain its top building signage overlooking Wilshire Blvd.

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

LEO A DALY welcomes Rex Yang, as Project Manager for hospitality interiors. Yang has 24 years of interior design management experience domestically and internationally. Most recently he was design manager for Oceanwide Plaza’s Park Hyatt Los Angeles. Yang now manages high-end hospitality interior projects in the US, Asia, and Europe.

Webcor has elevated Keith Law to director of business development in Southern California. Law began his career with Webcor on the project side, most recently serving as senior project manager, while also moving into lead project pursuits of various sizes and industry sectors like the Hollywood Park Retail District and award-winning Metropolis in downtown Los Angeles. Combining field, technical and client relations expertise, Law is a trusted ally with clients.

HED is pleased to welcome Richard “Rick” Castillo, AIA, NCARB, as Studio Leader and Associate Principal in the firm’s 110-person LA office. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Rick spent 20+ years with MVE in Irvine and Los Angeles as Vice President and Principal, and two more years as Principal in Carrier Johnson’s LA office. Rick has extensive expertise in complex multifamily projects of Type I, III and V construction. HED has over 450 people in eight U.S. cities, and is one of the largest architecture firms in Los Angeles with annual SoCal billings approaching $30 million.

Christiane Kinney has joined Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP as a partner in its Entertainment department. Christiane is wellversed in both transactional and litigation matters which makes her an ideal addition to the Los Angeles office.She has experience representing Platinum-selling and Grammy award-winning recording artists, songwriters and their estates, published authors and more.

Amy Bartak has been promoted to lead the the Networks, Integration & Automation department in California, providing consulting and engineering services for technology and telecommunications projects, including utility grid modernization, digital transformation and information technology/operational technology integration.

HED is pleased to announce Analisa Alt-Olson, NCIDQ, LEED AP, has joined the LA Workplace + Interiors group as a Project Manager. Analisa brings over 15 years of interior design experience and is an expert in connecting with clients to understand their project goals and implement the vision for their new space. In her new role, she will inspire and engage the team to ensure thoughtful and sustainable design is achieved, enhancing HED’s design excellence and client service capabilities.

Arcadia Biosciences, a leader in science-based approaches to enhancing the quality and nutritional value of crops and food ingredients, has appointed Matthew Plavan to chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. Plavan is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of successful leadership experience within the ag-tech, cell-therapy and healthcare industries. Since joining the company in 2016 as chief financial officer, Plavan has played an instrumental role in shifting the company’s focus towards crop innovation and commercialization.

Enrique Ceniceros, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined HOK as principal and regional leader of Science + Technology in Los Angeles. Enrique brings over 28 years of experience across diverse market sectors as an architect and laboratory planner specializing in the complex adaptive reuse of existing buildings into research space.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Huitt-Zollars announces that David Oh has joined as a Vice President and Managing Principal of the new Los Angeles office. In this role, David will implement and lead initiatives to expand the firm’s science and technology practice. David brings 3 decades of knowledge in S&T planning and design.

Clune Construction is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter Bahruth to Executive Managing Director. Throughout his tenure at Clune he’s supervised over 3 million square-feet of projects, and is a co-leader of the West Region. In addition, he is Clune’s Executive Safety Director – overseeing all Clune’s safety programs nationally. Peter is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

Andrew Adams joins HomeStreet bringing 15 years of experience with small to mid-sized businesses in LA and OC markets to the SBA team. He volunteers for Operation Hope and is a member of the OC Chamber of Commerce and the CA Association of Business Brokers. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Ray Panahon as joined InterVision, a leading IT strategic service provider, as Head of Technology for Media and Entertainment. He will oversee the company’s continued expansion into the media and entertainment space following his 20 years of experience advancing technical and business acumen at companies like Earthlink, ReelzChannel, McDonalds, Al Jazeera America and Riot Games.

Mike Amerio, managing partner of Lucas Horsfall, announced three promotions at the firm. Lucas Horsfall, with 76 employees, is ranked by Los Angeles Business Journal as the 27th largest CPA firm in Los Angeles County. The firm specializes in medium-sized, privately-owned companies.

Ninelly Shabani, CPA, has been promoted to an audit manager at Lucas Horsfall. She is a graduate of U.S.C. with a B.S. in accounting and a resident of Glendale. Of Armenian heritage she was born in Iran.

Krista Richardson, CPA, MBA has been named manager of Client Accounting Services, specializing in the complete back office accounting function through the level of Financial Controller to mid-sized private companies She formerly worked in the entertainment industry as a feature film accountant for Universal Studios, Disney, and 20th Century Fox.

Kenneth Woerner, CPA, has been promoted to a tax manager in Lucas Horsfall. A graduate of U.C.L.A., with a master of science in taxation from Golden Gate University, he is a resident of Azusa. He has been with Lucas Horsfall since 2013.

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman is pleased to announce that M. Andrew “Drew” Woodmansee has joined the firm as a shareholder in its San Diego office, where he will lead the firm’s intellectual property practice. A seasoned patent litigator with 23 years’ experience representing a broad range of health care and life sciences clients, Woodmansee expands and complements the firm’s sophisticated health care litigation practice. He joins from Jones Day, where he was partner.

“We have a long and successful track record doing high-end litigation for a range of health care providers and suppliers,” said Robert W. Lundy, the firm’s Chairman of the Board and former Managing Partner. “Adding an IP capability to the mix — with a highly skilled attorney of Drew’s stature as head of the practice — will greatly enhance our existing offerings and serve to build even deeper relationships with those clients. Drew works hard to truly understand his clients’ business, products and the competitive landscape in order to tailor a legal strategy that will meet business objectives. All of our clients will benefit from his creative and strategic thinking.” Woodmansee has spent more than two decades representing clients in high-stakes patent litigation throughout the United States, primarily in the medical device, diagnostics, surgical equipment, and pharmaceutical industries. A veteran trial attorney, Woodmansee has tried cases to verdict in jury trials, bench trials, and in Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission, as well as numerous cases for pharmaceutical clients under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

“Hooper, Lundy & Bookman is a premier firm in the life sciences and health care space, which has long been the focus of my practice,” Woodmansee noted. “To be able to come in and start an IP practice to support and expand those efforts — to be our clients’ guide through the thickets of the IP world — is a great thrill.”

Added Mark Johnson, Managing Partner of the firm’s San Diego office: “We have offices in some of the best life sciences markets in the country, including San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Boston. With Drew at the helm we can now offer another essential legal service to clients in these markets and beyond, just as Drew’s clients will benefit from the firm’s expansive capabilities in areas like fraud and abuse, as well as Medicare reimbursement, for example. We couldn’t have asked for a better fit.”

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Gumbiner Savett Inc. practitioners Helena Song, CPA and Joseph Ventura, CPA have been promoted to audit and accounting principals at the firm.

Song provides accounting and auditing services to both privately held and SEC registered entities in various sectors. She also has extensive experience with businesses in the Real Estate industry.

Ventura is focused on providing audit, accounting and consulting services to clients ranging from venture backed start-ups through established corporations with multiple entities. He is also well versed with 401(k) plan audits.

Thomas Smith Joins Layton as Director of Business Development

Layton Construction, one of the largest general contractors in the U.S., welcomes Thomas Smith as director of business development for Southern California. A twenty-year construction veteran, Smith joins Layton to accelerate the company’s growth within the commercial, hospitality, entertainment, retail and life science markets across Southern California, including the Los Angeles/Irvine/San Diego area. He will also drive innovative programs through Layton’s business development network and further develop the pre-construction team. For more information, visit

Melissa Deen has been promoted to chief strategy officer of Sunrise Management. Deen, who has led the company’s marketing department for nine years – most recently as vice president of marketing – will have leadership responsibility ensuring development and execution of strategic initiatives that serve the changing needs of residents and clients.

National CineMedia (NCM), America’s Movie Network., has named Thomas F. Lesinski CEO. Lesinski, an accomplished entertainment, digital media, sales, marketing and advertising executive brings leadership experience from Paramount, Warner Bros., Sonar Entertainment, BBDO and more as NCM continues to connect brands with hundreds of millions of moviegoers a year.

Driver SPG, a special projects group of legacy builder C.W. Driver Companies, has promoted Aimee Siemianowski to senior vice president. In her new role, Siemianowski will leverage two decades of commercial real estate experience to oversee all Driver SPG projects while managing the company’s budget, operations, business development efforts and long-term business strategy.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sutton, Pakfar & Courtney LLP is pleased to announce that Steven Fein has joined the firm as a partner in its real estate department. Mr. Fein’s practice focuses primarily on the representation of institutional investors and lenders in preferred equity investments and senior and mezzanine financings. Mr. Fein previously practiced at Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a partner in its real estate department.

Ballard Miller
Cozen O’Connor, an AM Law 100 firm, and California based Miller Law Group have agreed to combine, adding 13 lawyers to Cozen O’Connor’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Michele Ballard Miller joins the firm as a shareholder and Chair of the West Coast Labor & Employment Practice.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation ( welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors, Monica Jaramillo and Thomas Hopkins.

Monica is Chief Marketing Officer of Kindly Cannabis and has more than 20 years of high-profile entertainment marketing, branding, celebrity procurement and public relations experience. She co-founded an entertainment marketing firm, LABEL the Agency, and previously served as a Vice President in the Brand Marketing division of PMK BNC.

Tom is a seasoned financial services professional with more than 30 years of experience as a strategic advisor and provider of business solutions. He is Vice President, Relationship Manager, Middle Market Banking for U.S. Bank, and is skilled in SBA504, commercial lending, banking, credit analysis and commercial banking. Prior to U.S. Bank, Thomas was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America, N.A.

ECF looks forward to Monica and Tom’s contributions on the Board of Directors, in furtherance of its mission to provide the highest quality services for children and adults challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities—empowering them to reach their greatest potential.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Burns & McDonnell has named Kyle Beebe principal, a prestigious leadership position at Burns & McDonnell. As regional construction manager in the firm’s Southern California office, Kyle focuses on providing construction/ design-build services for clients ranging from airports and utilities to transit agencies and seaports. He has 20 years’ experience specializing in electrification, emergency generation, solar, thermal and cogeneration power systems, and underground utilities.

Poppy Bank is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new branch in Los Angeles, California. This full-service banking facility is conveniently located in the heart of Westwood Village in Los Angeles, at 10861 Weyburn Avenue inside Ralphs Grocery Store. Poppy Bank has named Tania Kehkedjian as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of this new location.

“We are thrilled to continue our expansion and open an additional Poppy Bank branch in Southern California,” says Khalid Acheckzai, President & Chief Executive Officer of Poppy Bank. “Tania will do an excellent job serving the Los Angeles community with her team of banking professionals.”

Tania Kehkedjian is a native of Los Angeles and has been in the banking industry for over 19 years. Tania began her education at Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from University of Phoenix. In 2019, Tania joined the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as one of the board members.

The West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Poppy Bank Board of Directors and Executive Management joined Mrs. Kehkedjian and her team for the branch’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 18. The branch first opened its doors on June 24, 2019.

Mrs. Kehkedjian and her team can be reached at (310) 824-8105 or

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Stratus Group a diversified, premium beverage company – announced today that Louisa Lawless will join the team as its first Chief Strategy Officer in the Los Angeles office. In this role, Lawless will build multiple natural beverage brands, starting with KÖE Kombucha and Perfect Hydration, through the development and execution of corporate strategic initiatives.

Lawless comes to Stratus Beverage Group with over 17 years of experience in brand building and management. Most recently, Lawless worked as Chief Strategy Officer for Core Nutrition, LLC where she aided in the multi-million-dollar sale of the company to Keurig Dr. Pepper.

BDO USA, LLP recently announced the addition of Victoria Moss as a tax managing director to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Victoria has over 28 years of tax experience in both Big Four and Fortune 250 companies. In this role, she will be responsible for providing tax consulting and compliance services to the firm’s clients in various industries including asset management, real estate, consumer products, and high net worth individuals.

Fenwick & West LLP announced Sarah Chambless as the newest corporate partner in its Santa Monica office. Chambless advises technology clients on everything from startup formation and VC investments to technology licensing and mergers and acquisitions. Chambless is deeply involved in Los Angeles’ startup ecosystem, dedicating significant time to support female entrepreneurs and investors.

Perrie M. Weiner and Ed Totino have joined Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office. Perrie is Partner in Charge of Baker McKenzie's Los Angeles office and Chair of the Firm's North America Securities Litigation Group.

With over 30 years of experience, Perrie's practice focuses on securities litigation and enforcement matters, as well as complex business litigation. He advises private equity funds, including hedge funds, broker-dealers, underwriters, placement agents and issuers in SEC and FINRA enforcement proceedings, and in white collar criminal proceedings. Los Angeles born and raised, Perrie attended UCLA where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. He then went on to Loyola Law School to earn his J.D., graduating on the Dean's List.

In addition to securities litigation, Ed focuses his practice on consumer class actions and complex commercial litigation. He represents a broad spectrum of clients including financial institutions, outsourcing companies, retailers and hotels. In recent years, Ed has defended numerous class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the California Invasion of Privacy Act. Ed received a J.D. from Cornell Law School where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Ignite International, Ltd. today announced the appointment of Oliver Holzmann as the Company's new Global Head of Marketing, reporting to Ignite's President Jim McCormick. Holzmann has operated in various marketing positions orchestrating strategy, planning and execution global marketing teams. He has helped drive the success and growth of some of the world’s most valuable lifestyle brands to reach mass audiences.

Mr. Holzmann stated, “I am very excited to join Ignite and play an instrumental role in the creation and global expansion of the brand and its industry-leading products.

Burnett, Penniall, Leu

Penniall & Associates, an investment advisor with $400 million under management, added two new owners and changed its name to Bridge Advisory.

Vanessa Burnett, 36, and Alex Leu, 37, took equity stakes in the firm, alongside Dave Penniall, who founded the firm in 1997. The name change reflects the new ownership and the firm’s renewed commitment to helping investors plan prosperous retirements.

To bolster its services, Bridge has forged a partnership with The Accountancy, a company that has been providing accounting services in the Los Angeles area for more than 60 years. Together, Bridge and The Accountancy will provide clients with tax planning and tax preparation that compliments their investment plans.

“Vanessa and Alex are the very best in the next generation of wealth managers,” Dave Penniall said. “The three of us believe strongly that investment planning must be integrated with tax planning to give clients everything they need to reach their retirement goals.”

Penniall, a former professional baseball player, became an investment advisor after seeing fellow players make poor decisions with their money. He started Penniall with the belief that clients should pay an asset fee for investment advice. At the time, investors were often victim to endless commissions on trades and sales charges on mutual funds.

Bridge, a registered investment advisor, retains that fee-based model, dropping the percentage it charges as clients accumulate wealth.

“When I joined Dave’s firm 12 years ago, I knew that I had found my calling,” Burnett said. “Every hard-working American deserves a secure retirement, but with pensions getting smaller or disappearing, getting one takes planning and preparation. Helping with that work is what motivates me, and seeing people succeed is my greatest reward.”

“Dave saw the future clearly when he started Penniall 22 years ago,” Leu said. “That’s why the firm has prospered. We intend to keep the momentum he’s gathered by leveraging technology and adding new services through our partnership with the Accountancy. Dave, Vanessa and I are eager to prove that the best is yet to come for our clients.”

Bridge Advisory can be found at

L–R: Silva, Luskin, Garcetti and Luskin
The city’s newest and most modern urgent care center for children with musculoskeletal conditions opened July 29 at Orthopaedic Institute for Children in downtown Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti cut the ribbon at the grand opening along with OIC Medical Director Dr. Mauricio Silva and Renee and Meyer Luskin.

Murali Hariharan, PE, GE, has been appointed senior tunnel engineer for HNTB’s national tunnel practice. He continues working on the Crenshaw/ LAX Transit Corridor Project in L.A. as lead engineer for construction support services and has undertaken geotechnical tasks on XpressWest High Speed Rail project from Victorville, CA, to Las Vegas, NV, being provided at an accelerated schedule. He is based in HNTB’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters.

Hariharan has more than 18 years of structural and geotechnical engineering experience in the design of tunnels, shafts, deep excavation support, slope stability and underground structures in a wide range of geotechnical conditions. He joined HNTB in 2014 and has also worked on California High Speed Rail Project Segment CP4 in Bakersfield, CA, and the San Juan Capistrano Passing Siding Project in Orange County, CA, among others.

Previously, Hariharan worked on tunnel projects for Metrolink/Southern California Regional Rail Authority, California Department of Transportation, Ottawa Light Rail Transit, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and San Diego County Water Authority. He also has been project engineer for tunnel projects in New York City, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Melbourne, Australia.

John G. Baker is joining Loyola Marymount University as its senior vice president for University Advancement. He most recently served as chief philanthropy officer at University of Utah Health. Baker will take the helm of LMU’s fundraising operation as the university prepares to launch the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in its history.

Lynn Alvarez joins ECMC Foundation as its Vice President of Programs and Strategy, where she will direct strategy and implement the postsecondary education foundation’s goals, grantmaking, investments and initiatives. Lynn brings extensive experience in philanthropy, law, education and public service to her new role.

To lead its new LA studio, global architecture firm Woods Bagot welcomes two industry veterans. Kevin Roche, Global | North America Retail Leader, comes on board after nine years with LVMH Paris and LVMH’s DFS Group. He oversaw an unprecedented growth period of T Gallerias, and the planning and design of airport retail experiences. LA native Michael McCoy, Associate Principal and Business Development Leader, Los Angeles, is responsible for building strategic relationships across all sectors.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mirae Asset Securities and Investments (USA), LLC announced the appointment of Patrick Y. Shim as Managing Director. Mr. Shim will focus on private equity and late-stage venture capital investments, as well as the firm’s strategic investment opportunities. Mirae Asset Securities & Investments (USA), LLC is an institutional investment management firm based in Los Angeles, California, and a part of the global financial conglomerate, Mirae Asset Financial Group. Mirae Asset Financial Group currently has a presence in 14 countries and over $400 billion under management.

Patrick Shim most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Administration at Hana Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services firm. As a member of the Hana Financial’s senior management, Mr. Shim was responsible for the firm’s corporate strategy, planning, restructuring, and investments.

Mr. Shim started his career at Ridgestone Corporation, an investment firm specializing in private equity, venture capital, and real estate investments. He then worked for Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., and for Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC advising both domestic and international ultra-high-net-worth and family office clients, as well as select corporate and institutional clients. Mr. Shim also served as a principal at Bluepine Associates, LLC, where he advised global conglomerates with cross-border corporate strategy and investments.

Patrick Shim studied economics at Claremont McKenna College, and previously served as a chair of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association’s Los Angeles Chapter. He also has served on the board of directors of Foothill Family Service based in Pasadena.

Think Together, a statewide nonprofit organization that partners with schools to provide early learning, afterschool and support programs, announces the appointment of Joel Wyatt as chief development officer for the organization.

Wyatt will lead the organization’s efforts to expand Think Together’s impact across California, specifically in Los Angeles County where Think Together operates more than 275 programs serving over 85,000 students. Wyatt will lead Think Together’s Engagement Team in developing new relationships with supporters and influencers to change the odds for kids from low-income families in low-performing districts. Wyatt will also lead development efforts for Think Together affiliate partner Orenda Education, an organization providing in-school coaching and training for district and school administrators and teachers.

Cityview, a premier multifamily investment management and development firm, has hired Khalif Edwards as its managing director of capital raising and investor relations. With over 20 years of real estate investment and capital management experience, Edwards will help broaden and diversify the firm’s investor base by identifying and fostering key institutional relationships that align with Cityview’s targeted urban investment strategy. Previously, Edwards was a partner and managing director at Clarion Partners.

Steinberg Hart, a leading full-service architecture firm, announces the expansion of its business strategy and marketing executive team with the appointment of two industry veterans in firmwide roles. The firm welcomes Amanda Fasenmyer as Director of Growth and Strategy and Samantha Chastang as Marketing Director. Fasenmyer and Chastang will be working closely with Steinberg Hart’s leadership team to improve and expand its practice areas and lead growth in key markets to better serve its clients, communities, and collaborative partners.


Jeffrey Mistarz
CFO - Corporate

Citadel welcomes Jeff Mistarz as Citadel’s new CFO. Mr. Mistarz has over 20 years of experience as a CFO guiding rapidly growing, small and mid-sized private and public companies, including a private equity-owned civil engineering firm ranked as the fourth fastest growing firm in the US for two years in a row and 14 years at a NASDAQ listed company. Over his career, Jeff has completed numerous financing transactions of all different forms and multiple M&A transactions.

Jeff will be based out of Citadel’s Costa Mesa office and will be responsible for Citadel’s reporting, financing, M&A, and growth strategy formulation. Jeff, Welcome to California.

Ken Daigle, PE, MBA
Principal Consultant, Industrial Hygiene & Safety

Citadel warmly welcomes Ken Daigle, PE, MBA. Ken formerly served as the Corporate VP of Safety for BP where he led a team of more than 2,500 safety professionals and set strategic direction for corporate programs in 72 countries. He’s a registered professional engineer in mechanical engineering and has a bachelors and two masters degrees. He’s also the chairman and founding member of the ASSP Risk Assessment Institute.

Ken brings expertise in a variety of safety consulting areas such as risk management, safety management systems, auditing, and process safety. Ken’s arrival deepens Citadel’s already very strong “bench” and further demonstrates Citadel’s commitment as a leader in the EHS&S space. Citadel will be based in Citadel’s soon-to-open Long Beach office.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Karan Kapoor is a managing director in the Technology Advisory Practice of Duff & Phelps, Pagemill Partners, based in the Los Angeles office.

He is focused on advising tech companies on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital.

Conor Sherman joined Cyber Defense Group in Los Angeles, a trusted security firm specializing in responding and recovering from attacks, defending against future attacks, and compliance with evolving regulations. Sherman (CISSP) will serve as Managing Partner as he brings extensive experience defending multi-billion dollar companies from attacks.

RSM US LLP – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – welcomes Kenneth Le, an IT risk consulting principal, to our Los Angeles office.

Ken has served the Los Angeles community over the last 26 years, providing consulting and technology audit services. He has extensive experience in risk management, operational and IT internal audit, external audit support, Sarbanes-Oxley, regulatory compliance, and system development life cycle advisory. Ken’s industry experience includes entertainment, technology, telecommunications, financial institutions, and biotech. He has led national and global teams and provided leadership and mentorship to team members as a diversity and inclusion champion.

“We are very excited to have Ken join our team and are especially pleased with the risk management expertise he brings to our consulting practice,” said Joe Mazza, Los Angeles Office Managing Partner.

Ken is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

About RSM
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 everchanging 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. Learn more at

Bijan Keshavarzi has joined City National Bank as a senior vice president and regional banking manager. Based in the bank’s Encino office, he is responsible for the delivery of City National’s tailored financial solutions to business owners, professionals and their families in the Northern Los Angeles region, which includes offices in Burbank, Camarillo, Chatsworth, Oxnard, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sun Valley, Universal City, Valencia, Westlake Village and Woodland Hills.

Monday, July 15, 2019

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

Fuscoe Engineering Welcomes Amanda Sigafoos, Los Angeles Regional Marketing Manager

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

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


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

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

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

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

MARC HERNANDEZ lands at Compass.

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

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

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Beverly Hills, California 90212
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The City of El Segundo Appoints Scott Mitnick as New City Manager.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on Puchlik Design Associates, visit


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

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

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 10, 2019

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

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

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