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Monday, March 23, 2020


Velastegui
  
SOFTWARE
MICROSOFT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE EXECUTIVE SOPHIA VELASTEGUI JOINS BLACKLINE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

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

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


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


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

Monday, March 16, 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

laheartball.heart.org


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 9, 2020


Simpson
  
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
MATTHEW SIMPSON, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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


Trim
  
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
MIKE TRIM, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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


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


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


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

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

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


  
NEW OFFICE LOCATION
GREENBERG GLUSKER LLP MOVES TO CENTURY PARK TOWERS

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

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

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


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

Monday, March 2, 2020


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


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

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

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


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


Huffman
  
SOFTWARE
BLACKLINE NAMES MARC HUFFMAN PRESIDENT
Cloud accounting software veteran also nominated to join BlackLine’s board of directors

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

For more information, please visit blackline.com


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

Monday, February 24, 2020


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

For more information:
SRK ARCHITECTS INC.
2254 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, California 90007
T 213 747 1199
http://srkarchitectsinc.com


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


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


Moran
  
HEALTHCARE
DIGNITY HEALTH – CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Robertson
  
INSURANCE
DYLAN ROBERTSON JOINS MARSH & MCLENNAN AGENCY

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

Monday, February 17th, 2020


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Monday, February 10, 2020


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


Taylor
  
ARCHITECTURE
Westgroup Designs welcomes Architect Chris Taylor, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP as Principal, to leverage his 30 years of expertise with exceptional design, delivery and client relationships.
Chris will incorporate strategies to build upon WD’s legacy of projects notable for their commitment to sustainability and context-sensitive, award-winning design.
For more information: westgroupdesigns.com.


Pogue
  
REAL ESTATE
RIVERROCK REAL ESTATE GROUP WELCOMES DAVID POGUE

David Pogue has joined RiverRock Real Estate Group, a property services firm, as chief strategy officer. Pogue will help RiverRock implement a strategy to respond to an evolving commercial real estate industry, including expansion of services and markets, and increased focus on environmental and corporate governance.


Filip
  
NONPROFIT
EASTERSEALS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ELECTS NEW BOARD CHAIR AND OFFICERS

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

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

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


Wei
Patel
  
ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING
HED is pleased to announce two promotions to its Studio/ Sector Leadership team in Los Angeles.

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

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


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


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

Contact:
Gurgen Jacobi, PhD
1st VP/Senior Relationship Manager
790 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Direct: 626.204.2491 or Mobile: 310.993.6616
gjacobi@ppbi.com


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


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

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

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

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

Monday, February 3, 2020


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

For more information visit KROSTCPAs.com.

Monday, January 27, 2020


Belton
Brower
Mellema
  
LAW
JEFFER MANGELS PROMOTES THREE ATTORNEYS TO PARTNERSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

About JMBM
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP is a full-service law firm committed to providing clients with outstanding results. From our offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County, we serve our clients’ needs worldwide. For more information about our attorneys and our services, visit JMBM.com.


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


Eichten
  
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
DAVE EICHTEN NAMED AS PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD BY PANKOW BUILDERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact:
Kunal Shah, PE, President/CEO | kshah@pbsengineers.com
2100 E. Route 66 | Suite 210 | Glendora, CA 91740
626 650 0350 | www.pbsengineers.com

Raul Benitez, PE, Principal | rbenitez@pbsengineers.com
5700 NW Central Drive | Suite 402, Houston |TX 77092
346 396 4046 | www.bencov.com

Glendora | Los Angeles | San Diego | Houston
SBE/MBE/DBE Certified


Daubert
Ireland
Flores
  
ARCHITECTURE
Rockefeller Kempel Architects Celebrates 17 years Investing in LA

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Anderson
  
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
PANKOW BUILDERS ANNOUNCES SCOTT M. ANDERSON NAMED 3RD CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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

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

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

Monday, January 20, 2020


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

Mike Tully
626-222-5250 or
mtully@oraclecapital.com


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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

Monday, January 13, 2020


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

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

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

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


  
FUNDRAISING EVENT
Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL)
916.799.3862 / scilfundraiser.com

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Monday, January 6, 2020


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


Hoek
  
EDUCATION
ERIC HOEK Faculty Director, UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

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

Monday, December 23, 2019


English
  
AWARD/NAME CHANGE
TAUNEE ENGLISH, BROKER OWNER OF LIONS REALTY GROUP NAMED 2019 REALTOR® OF THE YEAR

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


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


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

Monday, December 16, 2019


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

310.207.1517 | kkhosrovani@ppbi.com


  
BANKING
American Business Bank
21800 Oxnard Street, Suite 1140
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
818.884.0000
www.americanbb.bank

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


Evans
  
LAW
Pillsbury

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


Bias
  
LAW
Pillsbury

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


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

Monday, December 9, 2019


Ruwe
  
ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION
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.

Paul Ruwe can be reached at paul.ruwe@1898andco.com


Hakimi
  
CONSULTING
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.


Lightner
  
RECRUITING
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


McNeil
  
NON-PROFIT
ECF (ECF.net) 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


Gill
Lippincott
  
NON-PROFIT
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.


Kracke
  
ARCHITECTURE
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.


Fox
  
AVIATION
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.


Berry
  
ARCHITECTURE
RELOCATION
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


Kyrillou
  
ARCHITECTURE
RELOCATION

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.


Kotanjian
  
BUSINESS SERVICES
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.


Wortman
  
ARCHITECTURE
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.


Jamali
Gershon
Forbes
Lewerke
Viall
Yeh
  
NON-PROFIT AWARDS
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

To learn more visit:

https://finest.cff.org/walkthepurplecarpet
https://www.cff.org/LosAngeles/

Follow Us:
@cff_losangeles
cff.losangeles

Monday, November 11, 2019


Reiss
  
LAW
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.


Ellison
  
LAW
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.


Biron
  
BANKING
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.


Zandi
Lob
Dziubek
  
ARCHITECTURE
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.


Senac
  
LAW
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.


Roshan
  
LAW
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.


Bilshausen
  
AVIATION
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


Salud
Barth-Auster
  
ARCHITECTURE/INTERIOR DESIGN
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.


Yohnke
  
CONSTRUCTION
PCL CONSTRUCTION WELCOMES AARON YOHNKE TO HEAD GROWING LOS ANGELES DISTRICT

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 PCL.com.


Fleming
Whitaker
  
NONPROFIT
WHW APPOINTS TRINA FLEMING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND WELCOMES YUMIKO WHITAKER AS CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

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 www.whw.org.


Rubio
  
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
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.


Gardiner
  
ARCHITECTURE
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


Ingram
  
ARCHITECTURE
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.


Fricke
  
INFRASTRUCTURE
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.


Levinson
Markoff
  
LAW
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.


Vaccaro
  
HEALTHCARE
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.


Geffon
  
LAW
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
  
LAW
FISHER PHILLIPS ADDS EMPLOYMENT LITIGATORS TO RAPIDLY GROWING CALIFORNIA TEAM

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
  
NONPROFIT
MHALA WELCOMES CHARLES LEW, ESQ. TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

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
  
REAL ESTATE
DIVERSIFICATION AND EXPANSION PROMPT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAND TEAM GROWTH

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 WarmingtonBuysLand.com.


Carrasquillo
  
ARCHITECTURE
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.


Kamm
  
LAW
FISHER PHILLIPS ADDS EMPLOYMENT LITIGATORS TO RAPIDLY GROWING CALIFORNIA TEAM

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.


Sweiss
  
LAW
FISHER PHILLIPS ADDS EMPLOYMENT LITIGATORS TO RAPIDLY GROWING CALIFORNIA TEAM

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.


Potashner
  
LAW
LARSON O’BRIEN LAW FIRM ADDS A NEW PARTNER AND THREE NEW ASSOCIATES TO THEIR TEAM

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.


  
FITNESS
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Monday, October 14, 2019


Boorstin
  
LAW
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.


Segovia
  
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
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.


Cuatto
  
LAW
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.


Mahaffay
  
ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION
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.


Cornelius
  
ARCHITECTURE
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.


Wang
  
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN
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.


Martin
Groendal
  
LEGAL
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


Speaker
  
BANKING
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 www.cnb.com.


Kindhouse
  
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
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.


Pierotti
Vanderwall
  
ARCHITECTURE
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.


Sapra
Yiangou
Ely
  
ACCOUNTING
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 rsmus.com


Backer
Pak
O'Brien
  
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
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.


Haire
  
TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING
ASHLEY HAIRE, PHD, PE JOINS PSOMAS

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.


  
ENGINEERING

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.



  
AVIATION
FRAZIER AVIATION RECEIVED LOS ANGELES AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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.

FRAZIER AVIATION
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 www.frazieraviation.com