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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

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.

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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

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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.

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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.