Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, August 24, 2015

Barbara Voss has joined the City of El Segundo as Economic Development Manager. Ms. Voss comes from Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). Ms. Voss is a community and economic development professional with extensive experience in managing business attraction, retention and expansion initiatives for state and local government.


RNL, an international architecture and urban design firm, hired design architect Curtis M. Hung, AIA, as Senior Designer. Leveraging two decades of experience, Hung will direct design efforts for the Los Angeles office and help expand RNL’s commercial practice. The firm also hired Phil Klinkon, AIA, as the Pacific Region Transit Director for RNL’s nationally recognized transit facilities practice. Klinkon brings over 30 years of experience working on transit, urban public, and private sector projects.

David Callahan Joins Hughes Marino as Senior Vice President
LOS ANGELES, CA – Hughes Marino, an industry-leading California tenant representation company, is pleased to announce that David Callahan has joined the firm as Senior Vice President. Callahan, previously with Avison Young, will be based in Hughes Marino’s newly expanded West LA office, and will serve as a key member of the firm’s rapidly growing Los Angeles team. As Senior Vice President, Callahan will focus on representing Los Angeles business owners and corporate real estate decision makers in the entertainment, technology and healthcare industries. He specializes in helping corporate tenants and buyers develop real estate strategies aligned with their business objectives, taking advantage of existing market conditions to give clients maximum flexibility and help them plan for the future. Callahan is also president of the Southern California chapter of CoreNet Global, the world’s leading association for corporate real estate professionals. His involvement with CoreNet gives him exceptional insight into local market trends and industry best practices, which he leverages for the benefit of his clients throughout the region. Prior to joining Hughes Marino, Callahan spent the majority of his real estate career with Cresa Los Angeles. He has also held management positions with Oracle and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer). Callahan earned his MBA at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and his bachelor’s degree at Tufts. He is an active member of the Tufts University Alumni Association, and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional.

Monday, August 17, 2015


Julia Mewbourne, MEd., ERMp has joined Williams Data Management in the role of Vice President of Information Governance and Advisory Services. Mewbourne held previous positions at both Recall and Iron Mountain, where she grew multi-national client relationships through the implementation of information governance strategies. Mewbourne has also served as ARMA president, providing information governance professionals with further education and training. At Williams Data Management, Mewbourne will lead the consultancy division with a particular focus on corporate information and regulatory compliance, and business continuity planning. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/julia-mewbourne-med-ermp/4/785/619

As Wolcott Architecture Interiors celebrates its 40th anniversary, the company’s success is reflected by the firm’s stature and success in the industry. Helping to expand Wolcott’s market position is Melani Atkinson, a highly successful business development executive with an acute sense of the marketplace. Her diverse industry experience adds value to projects further solidifying Wolcott’s professional client relationships. Strengthening Wolcott’s leadership team is Studio Director Betty Duffy, who utilizes her extensive experience in retail development business and strategic planning to achieve creative results that place people at the center of solutions and emphasize the importance of community engagement. A key employee added to bolster the firm’s architectural and conceptual design reputation, Studio Director Carlos Carrasquillo is a design guru and leader with notable professional accomplishments. He has spent over sixteen years designing award-winning architectural and interior spaces. Design Lead, Pam Juba, has an impressive industry reputation attributable to her contributions in increasing the visibility of the design community. With over twenty-two years of interior design and architecture experience, she is an active member of IIDA, and a number of her projects have been featured in various design publications.


Art Hadnett joined HNTB Corporation as senior vice president and president of the firm’s West Division, overseeing vital and complex infrastructure programs in growth markets, including rail/transit, tolling and aviation. A well-known transportation professional, Hadnett brings more than 30 years of infrastructure and transportation experience gained on high-profile megaprojects in the West and throughout the U.S., including work with LA Metro, OCTA, LAWA and SCRRA. As West Division president, Hadnett leads the operations of the nine-state division, including 10 offices and over 400 employees. He will oversee strategic planning and operations, represent HNTB in civic- and industry-related associations, help recruit top talent to the firm, and foster relationships with clients. HNTB has been involved in the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are reshaping the West. The firm’s signature infrastructure projects include: the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Interstate 405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements project, Seattle’s Sound Transit University Link light-rail and tunnel project, Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion for Los Angeles World Airports, and San Diego International Airport’s “Green Build” expansion.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Armanino LLP is proud to announce that Catherine Catherine has been promoted to Principal. Catherine is in the firms’ Business Management group and has 11 years of business management experience providing services to talents, such as actors, writers, directors, and producers, as well as high net worth individuals. Catherine serves her clients as their personal CFO; managing their day-to-day financial operations, providing timely planning and advising in all aspects of clients’ personal and business matters.


Carlos Arambula is VP of R&R Partners’ Hispanic marketing division, based in the agency’s El Segundo and Mexico City offices. For two decades, Carlos has guided domestic and international brands through cross-cultural strategy, research, analytics and multiplatform executions. He brings the unique thinking that also created R&R’s “What happens here, stays here” campaign for Las Vegas, helping clients grow market share within their U.S. Hispanic segments and expand their cross-border reach. R&R specializes in travel, finance, public utilities, sports and entertainment.

Nicole Kuklok-Waldman is joining Cerrell as Vice President of the firm’s Land Use practice. For the past decade, Nicole has been a respected L.A. based land-use attorney. She was most recently of counsel to Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac and formerly an associate at Latham & Watkins. Nicole has advised clients on high-profile real estate entitlement, community engagement and regulatory services across the commercial, residential, industrial, institutional and mixed-use development sectors. She brings a depth of expertise and relationships that will further bolster Cerrell’s strong land use work.


Harley Ellis Devereaux is pleased to welcome Jerome “Otis” Odell, AIA, as a Studio Leader in our 100-person Downtown Los Angeles office. Otis has three decades of planning and design experience with multifamily, senior and affordable housing throughout California and Colorado, and led his own architectural practice in Denver for many years.

SWA Architects, located in Pasadena, welcomes Tina Go, AIA. Go is a graduate of USC School of Architecture and a registered Architect with over 25 years of experience. As an Associate Architect, Go will be working closely with clients, consultants and in-house staff to manage healthcare projects in Southern CA.


Christian Teeter, EdD, has been hired as the new director of Mount Saint Mary’s University’s MBA program in Los Angeles. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate University, Teeter earned MBA and EdD degrees from the University of Southern California, and served as chief of staff for undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley. Mount Saint Mary’s MBA offers concentrations in Entrepreneurship/Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational Leadership and Project Management. The program is presented in a cohort-based, weekend format at the University’s Doheny Campus. For more information, visit www.msmu.edu/graduate.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Americas United Bank is pleased to welcome Cesar Rosas as Senior Vice President, Business Banking. Rosas’ experience aligns with that of Americas United, a growing community bank headquartered in Glendale, which recently announced the acquisition of two branches from Banc of California. Rosas previously served as the Senior Vice President of Pan American Bank in Los Angeles, overseeing finance, operations and investor relations. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.


EY is pleased to announce that Blake Edwards has joined the firm as an executive director in its healthcare practice. Edwards brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the firm from his work at a top-rated academic medical center, an integrated healthcare delivery system, a major health plan and a professional services firm.

John Trautmann, RA, AIA LEED AP, joined HNTB Corporation as transit architecture studio leader for the firm’s West Division. He brings 25 years of experience in design and design management as a licensed architect that includes all phases of development for a wide range of complex public and private project types, including rail transit and other transportation-related facilities. He provides architectural services for the firm’s major public transit projects in the region, including for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the San Diego Association of Governments. HNTB is a leader in the California rail and transit industry and has been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile, complex infrastructure programs that are reshaping the region, including providing lead design and engineering services for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

For an unprecedented fifth time in six years, Walton Isaacson (WI), an independently held, minority owned, full-service advertising and marketing agency, has been named Supplier of the Year by the Southern California Minority Business Development Council. The SOTY is considered the most prestigious award majority corporations can bestow upon Minority Business Enterprises partners. Pictured, L-R: Charles Harmon, American Honda, SCMSDC Vice Chair, Monetta Stephens, Manager Supplier Diversity, Toyota, Ayiko Broyard, Vice President, Group Account Director, Walton Isaacson, Aaron Walton, Partner, Walton Isaacson, Virginia Gomez, SCMSDC President, Rick Hobbs, SCMSDC Chair, Southern California Gas

SWA Architects has promoted three staff members to Associate. They are: Saori Horie, RA, LEED AP BD+C; Mark Tu, AIA, NCARB, MBA, LEED AP BD+C; and Guad Flores, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Each serves in Project Management delivering a high level of client service and contributing greatly to our firm. Pictured, L-R: Saori Horie, Mark Tu, Guad Flores

Monday, July 27, 2015

Jennifer Lorenzen, CPA, was named a tax manager of Lucas Horsfall, said Mike Amerio, managing partner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State Univ. and a master’s degree in taxation from Golden State University. Lucas Horsfall is one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in Southern California.


Navé & Cortell is pleased to announce that Janet Kerr has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Kerr brings to the firm her expertise in corporate and securities law, startups, angel and venture capital funding, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, and technology strategies. She is also CEO of Kerr Strategic Consulting. Navé & Cortell specializes in business formation, business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, general counsel services, and public entity law.

Jim Slouber, Managing Director of CBIZ MHM, LLC, was a featured speaker for the Lawyers and Legal Professionals Affinity Group in Century City on June 12th. He presented “Business & Tax Issues in Immigration Law” to professional members of the group and provided an overview of U.S. Income taxation of US nonresident aliens, tests for determining residency status, pre-immigration US income tax and estate tax planning as well as the potential impact of US income tax treaties. Jim has over 30 years of public accounting experience in partnership and corporate tax planning, tax and business consulting, transactional tax structuring, tax controversy, tax compliance, federal aspects of international taxation, and bankruptcy and insolvency taxation.


Tes Baradas, CPA, joins Lucas Horsfall as a manager. A Philippines native, B.S. in Accountancy from St. Scholastica’s College in Manila, Baradas is a tax manager with experience in both public accounting firms and in corporate accounting positions. Lucas Horsfall is a 56-person, 84-year-old accounting and consulting firm in Pasadena.

McKool Smith has announced that Robert Allen has joined the firm as a principal in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Allen specializes in copyright-related disputes in the entertainment and new media sectors. He was instrumental in formulating the legal theories supporting the successful class action brought by his clients, two founding members of rock band The Turtles, against SiriusXM Radio concerning misappropriation of their pre-1972 recordings that recently resulted in a partial settlement of $210 million.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Felicia Williams opened the Los Angeles office in Downtown for Clean Fund. Headquartered in Sausalito, Clean Fund provides direct financing to property owners for energy/water efficiency and renewable energy improvement projects. The loan is re-paid through an annual assessment on the owner’s property tax bill through State legislation known as PACE Bonds. The financing is fixed rate, long term, and tied to the property so transferable upon sale.

Fralin Commercial welcomes Julian B. Curry, an apartment investment specialist focused on representing sellers and buyers in auction-environment dispositions and strategic acquisitions. With an emphasis on serving the Mid-City L.A., South L.A., and Inglewood markets, Julian has amassed a wealth of practical knowledge and strong relationships. Over the last 24 months, Mr. Curry has closed over $25M in apartment transactions.


Watt Companies President Nadine Watt was installed today as the first female board chair in the history of the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC). As President of the 12th largest woman-owned business in LA County, Watt brings significant development expertise and knowledge about LA’s evolving business landscape to the post.

Diana Hallal and Christina Johnson (from Union Bank) have joined TMC Financing’s Southern California commercial real estate lending team of Jennifer Davis and Jennine Gilmer. In the past three years, TMC has participated in financing projects of more than $612 million to Southern California businesses, primarily through the SBA 504 loan program.


Mark S. Luttrell, CPA/ABV/CFF, of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., was a featured speaker on complex forensic accounting issues for the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists in Walnut Creek on June 9th, presenting to attorneys who have been designated a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California. Mark manages the firm’s offices in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Irvine and Oxnard. In addition to managing these offices, Mark works in complex litigation matters, testifying as an expert witness on issues related to accounting and finance.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Kamus + Keller Interiors|Architecture, is proud to announce the transition of David Keller into the role of President|CEO. David, along with partner John Kamus, recently celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of their firm, which began in his home office and has grown into a thriving business with three SoCal locations. David’s new position will allow him to focus on developing long-term relationships with the firm’s diverse clientele, and nurturing the talents of his dedicated staff.

Women’s Foundation of California supporters gathered at City Club Los Angeles June 25 with community leaders for updates on plans to strengthen women’s economic security in the Southland. The evening was underwritten by The California State University (CSU) and Board member Maryann Reyes Jackmon. www.womensfoundca.org

Manhattan Beach-based CPA Michael Allmon was named the 2015 Saul Braverman Award recipient by the California Society of CPAs and the State Committee on Taxation. Honored for his strong ethics, professionalism and creativity, Allmon is recognized for distinguished service in tax & estate planning at the individual & corporate levels.


Todd C. Pennington has joined Build Group as President of Southern California and will be responsible for all Southern California operations. Todd will leverage his 30 years of experience and contacts to position the company in this region across all business units, including ground-up, tenant improvements, and structures.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Justin Weissman has been promoted to Senior Vice President of 1st Century Bank. Justin manages the bank’s Business Banking Group that serves the needs of entrepreneurs, service professionals and business managers in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.1cbank.com


California Bank & Trust has hired Ardy Farokhirad as Senior Vice President, Regional Manager for the Greater Southern California East Region. Farokhirad oversees branches spanning from the Inland Empire to Downtown Los Angeles. Farokhirad brings to the California Bank & Trust team 25 years of extensive professional experience in financial services as well as an entrepreneurial background in small business as a business owner and Chief Financial Officer. (www.calbanktrust.com)

Team One–Saatchi & Saatchi’s fully integrated premium, luxury and aspirational brand agency–announced veteran Julie Michael as its new president effective August 1. Former executive director, communications Paul Silverman was named executive director, account management and will head the agency’s Texas office as managing director when it opens.

Monday, June 29, 2015


David Comfort has been promoted to Executive Vice President of 1st Century Bank. Dave is responsible for the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Commercial Real Estate teams. Dave focuses on commercial and private banking, serving professional firms and locally-held businesses in Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.1cbank.com

Emily Schaub Lichtman joins Sklar Kirsh LLP as Director of Administration. A seasoned legal management professional, Lichtman will lead all aspects of the firm’s business operations. Lichtman joins Sklar Kirsh from Valensi Rose where she worked for nearly a decade.


Gerard Fox Law P.C. is proud to announce the addition of Eva Plaza as a Partner. Eva brings a wide range of experience in civil litigation in matters including business, real estate, constitutional and environmental torts, medical malpractice, and banking litigation. Eva has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America and has received numerous awards for outstanding achievement.

Peter A. Alford has joined City National Bank as a senior vice president and senior private client advisor with the bank’s private client services team. Based in Beverly Hills, he advises high net worth families, non-profits and professional services firms on comprehensive wealth management strategies and private banking solutions.


Jacqueline Griffith Crowley has joined City National Bank as a vice president and private banker with the bank’s Beverly Hills private client services team. Crowley serves the needs of entrepreneurs and investors, specializing in customized lending, estate planning related to liquidity events, and investing focused on fixed income securities.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Harry Oetojo joins 1st Century bank as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management Group Manager. Harry brings in to the company 25 years of expertise in commercial lending and credit portfolio management. He will be assuming leadership of the bank’s underwriting group and management of the bank’s growing portfolio. www.1cbank.com


Real estate and corporate attorney Ted M. Handel has joined Valensi Rose, PLC. Ted works with clients in developing the most effective strategies to acquire, sell, and develop properties; lease commercial and office space; and finance affordable housing projects. He also assists clients in establishing for-profit and nonprofit business entities and qualifying nonprofits for tax-exempt status. Century City-based Valensi Rose serves clients in the areas of Tax and Wealth Planning, Banking and Creditors’ Rights, Business Transactions, Entertainment, Family Law, Litigation, and Real Estate.

St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, an international Catholic non-profit serving the poor and homeless is pleased to announce the hiring of Oscar Valenzuela as General Operations Director. Oscar will be responsible for all functions of St. Vincent’s Los Angeles and Long Beach thrift stores. Oscar brings over 30 years of industry knowledge and experience. He has a Bachelors’ Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Masters’ Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies. Oscar will apply leadership concepts and principles to achieve the mission and vision of St. Vincent’s. For more information: www.svdpla.org