Los Angeles Business Journal


Monday, February 2, 2015



Lowman
  
FINANCE
Shuster Financial Group, LLC, a leading provider of Insurance and Financial Services, has named Ken Lowman as Executive Director, Employee Benefits. Ken has over 27 years of experience in the Employee Benefits industry, consulting in public, private and tax exempt organizations. Ken has held similar positions at AON Hewitt, Mercer Health & Benefits, Lockton Insurance and J&H Marsh & Mclennan.”


Durkin

  
ACCOUNTING
Grant Thornton LLP is continuing the expansion of its Forensic and Valuation Services practice. Ron Durkin joins as managing director to lead forensics, investigative and dispute services. Previously, Durkin was a principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP and has over 30 years of combined experience in public accounting and with the FBI.”



Bell
  
REAL ESTATE
Topa Management Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Darren S. Bell to Senior Vice President, Leasing, responsible for the leasing and marketing of Topa’s 2.5 million sf southern California commercial real estate portfolio. Darren brings a broad background in commercial real estate leasing, development, investment, and management resulting in the negotiation and consummation of over 1,500 commercial lease transactions throughout his 25-year career. Since joining Topa in 2002, Darren has been responsible for the execution of over $750 million in lease transactions representing over 3 million sf..”


Davis

  
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Dewberry, a nationally recognized professional services firm, has hired Robert Davis as regional manager in the energy solutions group in the firm’s Costa Mesa office. Davis is responsible for energy solutions project management throughout California in the areas of demand response, micro grid program development, utility management, and implementation services.”



Beck
  
CONSTRUCTION
Adam Beck has been promoted to Vice President of Clune Construction Company. Adam will continue to supervise major projects in Southern California and support the overall field operations. Clune Construction is a nationwide General Contractor with offices in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Washington DC. Clune Construction specializes in interior construction projects as well as heavy renovations including mission critical projects. ”


Horning

  
CIVIL ENGINEERING
Joshua Horning, PE, LEED BD+C has been promoted to Project Manager at Fuscoe Engineering’s downtown Los Angeles office. He is a detailed professional engineer with extensive construction administration experience and a can-do attitude. Since joining Fuscoe, Josh has worked on noteworthy assignments, including City of Santa Monica’s Colorado Esplanade project and multiple downtown Los Angeles infill developments. He is currently managing retail projects and overseeing design of a multi-site residential redevelopment. Tel 213.988.8802 / www.fuscoe.com ”



Aarons
  
AVIATION/INFRASTRUCTURE
Peter Aarons, HNTB West Division aviation director and associate vice president, has been appointed co-chair of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation Infrastructure Committee. Bringing more than 25 years of industry experience, he will help lead efforts to ensure that critical infrastructure in LA County and across Southern California is adequately maintained, financed and funded to support strong economic growth. Aarons was also named to the Airports Council International–N.A. Business Information Technology Committee which is tasked with identifying technologies that enhance airport efficiency and reduce costs. He joins a distinguished group of aviation professionals who advocate policies and provide services that strengthen the ability of airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities. With more than a century of service, HNTB professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services. ”

Monday, January 26, 2015


Caruso

  
CONSTRUCTION
Julie Caruso has joined Clune Construction as Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles office and will be responsible for building and managing relationships within the industry. Prior to joining Clune, Julie has been involved in Business Development for over ten years, responsible for leading growth within related industries. Julie is an active member of the International Interior Designers Association and American Institute of Architects. Clune Construction is a nationwide General Contractor with offices in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Washington DC. Clune Construction specializes in interior construction projects as well as heavy renovations including mission critical projects. ”



Ehling
Bianchini
  
NONPROFIT
The Arthritis Foundation has appointed Dennis M.P. Ehling, Esq., as chair of the Pacific Region Board of Directors. Ehling is a partner at Blank Rome LLP, Los Angeles. Region Board member Diana Bianchini, owner of Di Moda Public Relations, was also named to Board Chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s Los Angeles Advisory Board. ”


Pacini

  
HEALTHCARE
The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) named Sarah Pacini as its new chief executive officer. Pacini is a dynamic health care leader with extensive experience in law, patient safety, insurance, claims and risk management, and medical professional liability. She will focus on enhancing CAP’s core businesses, Mutual Protection Trust (MPT) and the CAPAssurance Risk Purchasing Group, which provide access to superior medical professional liability protection, patient safety education, and risk management services. www.capphysicians.com ”



Gryczman
  
REAL ESTATE
Regent Properties announces that Daniel Gryczman has been named a partner and President of Regent Land Development Partners. Gryczman brings two decades of experience to the position with an extensive background acquiring and developing a wide range of projects. Prior to Regent, Gryczman was a multifamily housing development executive and a land use attorney with a national firm. Regent, founded in 1989, is a diversified development company with over $750 million of assets under management. ”


Hsu

  
ARCHITECTURE
Harley Ellis Devereaux has promoted Studio Leader Jeremy Hsu to Principal in its 100-person Los Angeles office. Jeremy is a respected project director with over 25 years of domestic and international experience with large mixed-use developments of unique complexity. He currently leads HED’s project teams on Greenland USA’s Metropolis Phase II condominium towers of 40 and 56 stories, and the $650-million, 15-acre 2,700-bed Village at USC mixed-use student housing/retail development.”


Monday, January 19, 2015



Cozolino
  
CONSTRUCTION
Todd Cozolino has joined Spire Consulting Group, a construction engineering consulting firm, as an Associate Principal in its Los Angeles office. In this role, he will lead Spire’s Capital Advisory, Project and Construction Management, Project Controls and Dispute Resolution Practice in Southern California. Cozolino was formerly with URS Corporation.


Saulson

  
FINANCE
1st Century Bank warmly welcomes Ben Saulson as Business Development Officer to the bank’s Business Banking Group. Ben brings to the company three years of successful banking expertise as Preferred Banker at First Republic Bank. In his new position at 1st Century Bank, Ben will be focused on the needs of closely-held businesses and legal and medical professionals in the West Los Angeles community.



Luskin
  
LAW
Payne & Fears LLP is proud to announce the promotion of Scott O. Luskin to partner in its Los Angeles office. Scott is a member of the firm’s business litigation group, focusing on complex commercial matters, trade secrets, healthcare, and asbestos. Scott also has extensive experience in employment and insurance coverage litigation.


Franklin

  
ACCOUNTING
Steve Franklin, CPA/CFF, CFE shareholder of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and Director of CBIZ MHM, LLC received accreditation as a Charted Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Management accountants are trusted to guide critical business decisions and drive strong business performance. Their skills encompass a mix of operations, management and strategy. Steve provides accounting and tax services to numerous forms of business entities and high net worth individuals, as well as economic damage analyses in connection with litigation matters.



Asher Epstein
  
ACCOUNTING
NSBN LLP, CPAs & Business Consultants, held its 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Concern Foundation for Cancer Research. The net proceeds from the tournament funded cancer researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. NSBN’s annual golf tournaments have raised over $750,000 for charities. Photo: NSBN Partner and Golf Tournament Chairman Steve Asher, CPA, presents check to Dr. Anat Epstein at CHLA.


Parelskin

  
INSURANCE
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company is pleased to announce that Selina Parelskin has joined the company as Vice President, National Commercial Title Services. Jim Ryan, Senior Vice President of National Commercial Marketing stated, “We are proud to welcome such an experienced and capable professional to spearhead our national commercial marketing efforts in Southern California.”


Monday, January 12, 2015



Conroy
  
CONSTRUCTION
Tom Conroy has joined Austin Commercial as Regional Manager of the company’s California operations and will be based in the Los Angeles office. Conroy brings to Austin more than 25 years of solid construction experience. This includes extensive prior experience with large general contractors throughout California in areas such as healthcare, corporate office/campus, higher education, convention centers and research facilities, retail and assisted living facilities. Additionally, his experience includes preconstruction, design-build services, and lean construction principles. Conroy has in-depth knowledge about the California market through extensive interaction with multiple healthcare systems, higher education clients and numerous other entities. Conroy is a graduate from Purdue University with a B.S. in Construction Management. He is also LEAN Enterprise Certified from San Diego State University, and is affiliated with the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council. Austin Commercial is one of the largest builders in the United States and most recently completed the $1.3 billion construction of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, which is the largest project to have ever been awarded the prestigious Cal OSHA Sharp Award for safety excellence. Founded in 1918, Austin Commercial is 100 percent employee owned and made up of 6,000 employee owners.


Benbassat

  
REAL ESTATE
Regent Properties is proud to announce the promotion of Matthew Benbassat to Executive Vice President. Matthew has been a partner at Regent Properties for the past 3 years and has been with Regent for 6 years as the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Management. Matthew is also a member of the State Bar of California. Regent, founded in 1989, is a diversified real estate development company with over $750 million of assets under management.



Davis
  
TECHNOLOGY
National technology consulting firm The Sextant Group recently hired David Davis CTS-D, CTS-I in Los Angeles. David has 24 years of technology experience with an extensive focus on consulting, design, project management and commissioning of audiovisual and information technology systems. A Certified Technology Specialist in Design and Installation (CTS-D, CTS-I) by InfoComm International, his project experience spans a variety of markets including education, corporate, government and private sectors. David’s presence strengthens The Sextant Group’s rapid West Coast expansion. Contact David at 213-412-4870, ext. 294 or DDavis@TheSextantGroup.com.


Vera

  
TECHNOLOGY
National technology consulting firm The Sextant Group recently hired Stalin Vera INCE, LEED Green Assoc. in Los Angeles. An accomplished acoustician, Stalin has extensive experience providing architectural acoustics, environmental acoustics, field measurements, HVAC noise mitigation and 3D modeling, sustainable design, and building services noise and vibration control. His projects span a variety of markets including educational, corporate, healthcare, and government. Stalin’s coordination skills support the West Coast team with a thorough understanding of acoustics and its proper design implementation. Contact Stalin at 213-412-4870, ext. 297 or SVera@TheSextantGroup.com.


Monday, January 5, 2015



McLean
  
ENGINEERING
Ryan McLean has been named the new CEO of Psomas, one of the top-ranked engineering firms in the nation. Previously, as Corporate Director of Survey and Mapping, McLean built the Survey Group into the largest survey operation in the Western U.S. McLean took the reins from Blake Murillo, who will continue as Chairman of the Board.


Franklin
Hansen
  
ACCOUNTING
Steve Franklin, CPA/CFF and Coral Hansen CPA/CFF, Shareholders of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and Directors at CBIZ MHM, LLC presented a seminar entitled, “Accounting for Lawyers” at the 2015 MCLE Seminar hosted by Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin. Steve and Coral have substantial expertise in forensic accounting and economic damage analyses conducted in connection with litigation matters. Steve is based in our Los Angeles office and Coral is based in our Oxnard office.


Hansen
  
ACCOUNTING
Coral Hansen, CPA/CFF, Shareholder of Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. and Director at CBIZ MHM, LLC presented information about the field of forensic accounting to accounting students at Cal State LA in November. Coral has substantial expertise in forensic accounting and economic damage analyses conducted in connection with litigation matters.


Pyzow

  
ACCOUNTING
Nick Pyzow, Business Development Manager at CBIZ MHM, LLC presented “How to Stand Out, Not Stick Out” at a personal development seminar for the CalCPA Young Professionals group on December 11, 2014. Nick shared his tried and true techniques for putting your best foot forward in business. Nick has over 17 years’ experience specializing in business development.



Waters
  
TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING
The national independent technology consulting firm The Sextant Group promoted Timothy R. Waters CTS to Principal Consultant in Los Angeles. Tim has been with The Sextant Group since 2010 and has worked in the audiovisual industry in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years. In his new role, Tim will continue to offer thought leadership in leading-edge audiovisual and unified communications for high-profile clients from Google to the National Music Centre of Canada and for college campuses from UCLA to the University of Calgary. Waters holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Principia College and is a member of InfoComm International, Synergetic Audio Concepts (SynAudCon), and the Interactive Multimedia Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA). Contact Tim at twaters@thesextantgroup.com or 805.334.0309.

Monday, December 22, 2014


Waters

  
TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING
The national independent technology consulting firm The Sextant Group promoted Timothy R. Waters CTS to Principal Consultant in Los Angeles. Tim has been with The Sextant Group since 2010 and has worked in the audiovisual industry in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years. In his new role, Tim will continue to offer thought leadership in leading-edge audiovisual and unified communications for high-profile clients from Google to the National Music Centre of Canada and for college campuses from UCLA to the University of Calgary. Waters holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Principia College and is a member of InfoComm International, Synergetic Audio Concepts (SynAudCon), and the Interactive Multimedia Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA). Contact Tim at twaters@thesextantgroup.com or 805.334.0309.



Luttrell
  
TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING
Mark Luttrell, CPA/ABV, Senior Managing Director of CBIZ MHM, LLC and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. was recently admitted as a Charter Member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation’s Forensic & Business Valuation Division. This elite group of 28 Charter Members was selected from financial experts across the United States on the basis of their national reputation and achievements in litigation support, forensic accounting, business valuation, and their history of serving AAML attorneys and their clients in complex financial matters during divorce proceedings, with a commitment to integrity in this process. Contact Tim at twaters@thesextantgroup.com or 805.334.0309.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Garzas

  
ACCOUNTING
City National Rochdale, a wholly owned subsidiary of City National Bank, has hired David Garza in Beverly Hills as a director of portfolio management. With more than 20 years of investment management expertise, Garza is responsible for managing City National Rochdale’s nationwide group of portfolio managers and support teams. City National Rochdale manages nearly $26 billion as a registered investment advisory firm.



Luttrell
  
ACCOUNTING
Mark Luttrell, CPA/ABV, Senior Managing Director of CBIZ MHM, LLC and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. was recently admitted as a Charter Member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation’s Forensic & Business Valuation Division. This elite group of 28 Charter Members was selected from financial experts across the United States on the basis of their national reputation and achievements in litigation support, forensic accounting, business valuation, and their history of serving AAML attorneys and their clients in complex financial matters during divorce proceedings, with a commitment to integrity in this process.

Monday, December 8, 2014


Greaves

  
NONPROFIT
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services – one of Los Angeles County’s leading private providers of children’s mental-health services – has appointed Jay Greaves to its Board of Directors. Jay currently serves as a vice president with Ceridian Corporation, a global human capital management company that helps organizations maximize their success enterprise-wide.



Story
  
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Phelps, an integrated marketing communications agency, welcomes Kiley Story as an interactive producer with more than four years of experience in digital production, advertising and marketing. Kiley is responsible for digital projects for Southern California Gas Company, Tyson Foods, Tortilla Land and Los Angeles World Airports. Story graduated from Boulder Digital Works in Colorado with an MBA in digital design/technology, and has previously worked with Nissan, Reebok and Johnson & Johnson.


Han-Jeon
Mouradian

  
FINANCE
Community Bank recently filled two key positions in the Pasadena Business Center. Sunny Han-Jeon recently joined the Bank as SVP, Regional Business Developer bringing more than 24 years of experience to the Bank. Alineh Mouradian has joined as VP, Regional Development Officer with more than 25 years of banking experience.



Cullen
  
FINANCE
Community Bank, a regional business bank headquartered in Pasadena, has recently promoted John R. Cullen to Vice President and Business Center Manager of the Pasadena location. John has been with Community Bank since 2001 and has more than 54 years of banking experience serving the Pasadena area. His experience includes business deposits, commercial loans and real estate loans. In his new role, John will be responsible for new business acquisition, cross-sales and client retention.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Montoya
Selna
Grant

  
CONSTRUCTION
Mark Montoya and David Selna each join Skanska’s Los Angeles office as a Vice President/Account Manager. Montoya has been in the construction business 30 years and has significant experience in mixed-use and multi-family residential work. Selna has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and more than a decade of design-build expertise. Kim Grant joins as VP of Operations and will help lead aviation projects in the region.



Pati
  
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
Phelps, an integrated marketing communications agency, welcomes Saswati Pati as a quality assurance (QA) specialist bringing more than 12 years of experience in QA and project management. Saswati is responsible for digital projects for Public Storage, Panasonic, Tyson Foods and Southern California Gas Company clients. Pati graduated from Pune University in India with a master’s degree in computer science, and has previously worked with DirecTV, NFL, Cisco and Sony.


Dekker

  
CONSTRUCTION
Brandon Dekker, Assoc. DBIA, has achieved the level of Principal because he thinks like an owner of gkkworks, embracing the responsibility to always act in the best interests of his clients and to grow the firm. Brandon’s responsibilities include developing creative solutions for clients while collaborating with the operations team to deliver “best in class” professional services and quality projects. Brandon also sits on several industry organizational committees including the DBIA Western Pacific Region.



Haim
  
BANKING
Senior Vice President at Citizens Business Bank and San Fernando Valley-based business leader, Alon Haim, has been appointed as the newest member of the Los Angeles Region of the Israeli-American Council (IAC). Established in 2007, the IAC emphasizes community empowerment, philanthropy, and advocacy in an effort to build an engaged and united Israeli-American community. Haim is the current Senior Vice President and Manager of the San Fernando Valley Commercial Banking Center for Citizens Business Bank. He specializes in real estate, nonprofit, acquisitions financing, working capital, and large deposit banking relationships for Southern California businesses.



  
NONPROFIT
Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) bestowed awards to distinguished honorees at Franklin D. Roosevelt Dinner November 20. (l-r): Nordstrom’s Terri Baldwin accepted DRLC’s Corporate Award for featuring models with disabilities in advertising and marketing campaigns; film producer Bonnie Arnold accepted on behalf of DreamWorks Animation for depiction of disability in storyline and animation in films How to Train Your Dragon 1, 2; acrobat Jen Bricker, Disability Rights in Sports Award for courage and accomplishment; Melanie S. Cibik from Teledyne Technologies with DRLC’s Employer of the Year Award; and Paula D. Pearlman, Charles D. Siegal President’s Award. DRLC champions the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation.


Monday, November 24, 2014


Frank
  
ASSOCIATIONS
Alan Frank, a retired accountant and member of Oakmont Country Club, was elected president of the Southern California Golf Association at its Annual Meeting, held Thursday morning in Universal City. He succeeds Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and Torrey Pines Men’s Golf Club member Ken Bien.


Hosken
  
ENERGY / TRAINING
Kimberly Hosken, LEED Fellow, has joined California-based energy efficiency consulting/design firm Partner Energy as Director of Training. She will lead Partner Energy’s newly launched training program focused on delivering green building development and management classes to building owner/operators. Ms. Hosken joins Partner Energy from Johnson Controls, Inc., and previously held the position of Director LEED, New Construction for the US Green Building Council.


Shepley

  
DESIGN
Gensler, the leading global design firm, announces architect Deborah Shepley, AIA, LEED AP has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as Director of Higher Education. An accomplished and award-winning higher education design leader, Shepley has successfully collaborated with more than 40 California community colleges on a variety of projects. Shepley brings strategic leadership and experience in master planning, capital outlay planning and educational space programming.


Monday, November 17, 2014


Wise

  
CONFERENCING AND COLLABORATION SERVICES
Robert Wise was appointed as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at FreeConferenceCall.com, the largest privately held conferencing provider in the United States, to lead the company’s growth strategy and corporate development. Wise brings more than 15 years of cloud-based and hosted conferencing, collaboration and unified communications experience.



Goldstein
  
HEALTHCARE
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services – one of Los Angeles County’s leading private providers of children’s mental-health services – has appointed Ken Goldstein to its Board of Directors. Ken currently serves as a strategic advisor for Market America, and previously held the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board at SHOP.com.


Nash

  
INFRASTRUCTURE
Terry Nash, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as a transit and rail leader. Nash will focus on the Southern California transit and rail market. He is a senior project manager on transit projects and participates on client leadership teams throughout the West region. Nash has served in a variety of management and technical roles on a wide range of transit planning, analysis, design and construction projects for street car and light rail transit delivery with clients such as LA Metro, Sound Transit in Washington, Valley Metro in Arizona and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.


Monday, November 11, 2014


Diaz
  
HEALTHCARE
Lalo Diaz, Executive Vice President at Travers Realty Corporation, has joined the Orthopædic Institute for Children (OIC) Foundation Board of Trustees. OIC is a world leader in pediatric orthopaedic care, research and education, with locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Westwood.


Larkin
  
ARCHITECTURE
Celine Larkin, AIA, LEED-AP, has joined HGA Architects and Engineers as Associate Vice President and Senior Planner in the Los Angeles office. With more than 25 years of experience focused on master planning and urban design, she will direct planning across the firm’s growing healthcare, higher education and public/corporate practice groups.


Heffernan

  
ENGINEERING
City of Palmdale Director of Development Services Chuck Heffernan is joining Psomas as a vice president in the Engineering Group. A leader in the land development industry, Heffernan has strong relationships in both the public and private sector. He will be responsible for directing the firm’s engineering operation in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding region, as well as assisting with efforts in other regions.



Post
  
LAW
Jennifer A. Post joins Raines Feldman LLP as Partner and Chair of the firm’s Securities Practice Group. Post serves as primary outside counsel to a variety of individuals and companies, including entrepreneurs, startups and investors, as well as domestic and international public companies. Her expertise includes private and public securities offerings, capital markets transactions, venture capital financings, M&A, secured lending and commercial transactions, SEC reporting and registration statements, exit strategies and transactions.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Melgar

  
INTERIOR DESIGN
Wirt Design Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Eduardo Melgar to Design Principal. Eduardo has over 17 years of progressive experience in Corporate Interiors. He joined the firm in 2008 as a Senior Designer and has led many important project assignments including those for Bolton Insurance, eHarmony, Red Bull and Whole Foods Market. He is well respected in the industry and a proven team player. Wirt Design Group is looking forward to his continued leadership in this new role.




  
INSURANCE
In recent months, LBW Insurance and Financial Services added 4 new staffers and promoted an additional 3 veteran team members. The Group Benefits department added Account Managers Kathy Phillips and Joe Tejada while the Commercial Lines department added Assistant Account Manager Letty Torres. Jamie Morton joined the firm as an Administrative Assistant. Promoted team members include Dawn Hovhannisyan now Vice President of Commercial Lines, Sandra Phillips now Assistant HR Manager / Office Administrator and April Price who is now Manager of Sales & Marketing.



Robertson
  
ARCHITECTURE
Jessie Robertson has joined HGA Architects and Engineers as Associate Vice President and Business Developer in the Los Angeles office. With more than 20 years of marketing and strategic planning experience within the architecture and engineering industries, she will oversee business development strategies in the firm’s healthcare, higher education and government/corporate market sectors.


  
HOSPITALITY
Volunteers from Lawry’s The Prime Rib of Beverly Hills led by general manager and LA5 Rotary Club member Gina Doyle served a prime rib lunch to nearly 100 men on Skid Row at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s (SVDPLA) Cardinal Manning Center homeless facility October 21, 2014. Doyle said, “Lawry’s being here and being a part of LA5 shows service above self.”



Rosenberger
  
NONPROFIT
The Downtown Women’s Center, a pioneering permanent supportive housing provider for women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, named Sylvia Rosenberger its new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Rosenberger has spent two decades advocating for women and girls, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.


Hamburg

  
BANKING
Mark Hamburg recently joined Community Bank as Senior Vice President, South Bay Business Center Manager. He brings 34 years of banking and finance experience, the last 20 focusing on the South Bay, to Community Bank. Hamburg specializes in manufacturing, distribution, service and marine industry accounts. His extensive banking experience includes credit, management, sales, compliance and customer service. In addition, Hamburg has consistently provided excellent customer service and solutions to meet the needs of his clients.


Monday, October 27, 2014


Rosen
  
LAW
Stradling is proud to announce that debt finance attorney, Dayan Rosen, joins the Firm as shareholder and will lead the expansion of its Debt Finance and Financial Services practice group. Mr. Rosen has a broad finance practice with a particular focus on acquisition financings, middle market debt financings, broadly syndicated debt financings, asset based lending and a broad variety of cash flow based debt financings, including first and second lien debt, unitranche financings, mezzanine debt and others. Mr. Rosen regularly represents financial institutions and private equity firms, as well as companies in connection with their ongoing financing needs. He will be based out of Stradling’s Santa Monica office. Dayan Rosen, Shareholder • (424) 214-7052 drosen@sycr.com


Barbara
  
FINANCE
City National Bank has hired J. Peter Barbara to lead private client services in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley and the South Bay. Barbara is a senior vice president and manager with more than 25 years of wealth management experience and will lead a group of highly skilled private bankers and advisors who provide advice and services in investment management, customized credit and trust and estate planning for high-net-worth families, professional services firms and select nonprofit organizations. drosen@sycr.com


Barbara

  
AVIATION
Peter Aarons joined HNTB Corporation as West Division aviation director and associate vice president. He brings 25 years of experience in planning, development, design, program and project management, and construction to HNTB, which was ranked as the No. 1 airport design firm in Roads & Bridges magazine. Aarons served as program manager for the “Green Build” terminal at San Diego International Airport and will lead development and implementation for HNTB’s aviation strategy in the West. He will work on the development of targeted client service action plans, project pursuits and industry representation.


Monday, October 20, 2014


Horacek
  
LAW
Kayla Horacek has joined the Family Law Group at Valensi Rose, PLC. Named a Rising Star in 2014 by Super Lawyers Magazine, Horacek has extensive experience in business evaluations, complex property division and child custody issues, especially pertaining to high asset clients. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist and accredited Minor’s Counsel. Century City-based Valensi Rose serves clients in the areas of Banking and Creditor’s Rights, Business, Entertainment, Family Law, Litigation, Real Estate, and Tax and Wealth.


Margolis
  
ARCHITECTURE
Evens Architects, part of KAA Design Group, is pleased to introduce the newest member of its senior leadership team - John Margolis, AIA. A native Bostonian, John joins Evens Architects as a Senior Project Manager after maintaining his own practice - Margolis, Incorporated - for more than twenty years on the affluent Gold Coast north of Boston. His impressive portfolio consists of custom private residences, predominantly is the traditional vernacular typical of the region’s historic grand estates. John’s passion for classical and traditional architecture led him to the Institute of Classicial Architecture and Art where he served as New England Chapter President for five consecutive years.


Reynoso

  
ACCOUNTING
Cesar Reynoso<, CPA, has joined Marcum LLP as a Senior Manager in the firm’s national Real Estate Practice, serving as the Regional Practice Leader for Real Estate in Southern California. Mr. Reynoso has extensive experience in the real estate accounting industry for both public and private companies. “Cesar’s expertise in all aspects of real estate audit and attestation further strengthens Marcum’s real estate services capability in Southern California,” said Philip J. Wilson, Southern California Partner-in-Charge and lead Real Estate Tax Partner in the region. Mr. Reynoso holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of California.



Reed
  
NONPROFIT
Emmy Award-winning casting director and BET executive Robi Reed has joined the American Heart Association Los Angeles County Division as a new board member. She will serve a two-year term and help lead the local charge of advancing the organization’s mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.


Craig


Dorani

  
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
Knoll announces two new hires to their SoCal team. Casey Craig has joined Knoll as the Architecture and Design Manager for Southern California. Casey brings experience from her prior role as Senior Consultant on CBRE’s workplace strategy team, where she was directly involved in the creation of their internal “Workplace360” strategy. As A&D Manager, Casey will be responsible for interfacing with the A&D Community, pursuing new business opportunities, and communicating Knoll’s latest research on workplace trends and industry sectors. Hana Dorani has joined Knoll as the Dealer Sales Specialist of Southern CA. Hana will be working closely with Knoll’s local dealers and design communities to ensure success with each opportunity. Her capabilities in account acquisition are highlighted by accomplishments where she has utilized her expertise in the contract furnishings market and established quality relationships. Previously, Hana was the LA Account Developer for SideMark Corporate Furniture


Monday, October 13, 2014


Reed
  
NONPROFIT
Emmy Award-winning casting director and BET executive Robi Reed has joined the American Heart Association Los Angeles County Division as a new board member. She will serve a two-year term and help lead the local charge of advancing the organization’s mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.


Mino
  
CIVIL ENGINEERING
Greg Mino, PE, LEED BD+C has been promoted to Senior Project Manager at Fuscoe Engineering’s downtown Los Angeles office. A dedicated professional greatly respected for meticulous attention to detail and creative design solutions, Greg’s experience includes urban infill mixed-use, retail, parks, commercial and educational projects. Tel 213.988.8802 / www.fuscoe.com


Luttrell

  
ACCOUNTING
Mark Luttrell, CPA/ABV, the Senior Managing Director of the Southern California offices of the national accounting firm Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., spoke at the 87th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California in San Diego on September 11, 2014. His presentation focused on accounting tactics employed by parties involved in divorce matters.



Skornik
  
CONSTRUCTION
Millie and Severson General Contractors, with headquarters in Orange County, is pleased to announce the opening of a third office in Stevenson Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley. Along with our offices in the Orange County area and Ontario, this new office will allow us to better service our clients in the northern Los Angeles County area.
With the opening of this office, Peggy Sue Skornik joins the Millie Severson team as Senior Estimator where she will be responsible for supporting our warehouse / distribution clients across Southern California with a focus on those in Los Angeles County. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in the construction industry as an Estimator and has been a Project Estimator for projects exceeding $38 million dollars. Prior to joining Millie and Severson Skornik worked for Oltman’s Construction for seventeen years and lastly served as a Senior Estimator.


Garibaldi

  
FINANCE
Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, a leading investment advisory firm to high net worth individuals, families, trusts and foundations, announced today the addition of Tom Garibaldi as Vice President to its trusted and highly regarded team of professionals. Tom will provide investment advisory services to Bel Air’s clients.



Chylinski
  
ACCOUNTING
McGladrey’s Los Angeles office is pleased to announce the promotion of Patrick Chylinski to principal in the firm’s litigation consulting and financial forensics practice. Patrick has extensive experience managing and directing engagements relating to complex commercial litigation, business disputes, and investigations of fraud and financial misconduct. He also has experience testifying as an expert witness. Industries and areas covered include construction, real estate, intellectual property, hotels, gaming, insurance, entertainment, financial services, and technology. www.mcgladrey.com.

Monday, October 6, 2014


Warden

  
FINANCE
Craig Warden was appointed Citi Commercial Banking director for Greater Los Angeles. In this role, he will be managing the Greater Los Angeles Commercial Banking office for Citi, which provides senior secured loans, treasury management and global banking products to companies in the area. Warden has more than 25 years of banking experience in Greater LA. Prior to Citi, he worked at Wells Fargo as SVP and regional team leader.



Guerrero
  
NONPROFIT
Alex Guerrero has joined VEDC as Chief Operating Officer. In his newly appointed position, Guerrero will provide day to day oversight of the entire national organization. Alex comes to VEDC from his previous position as the Executive Vice President of Tower General Contractors where he was a vital part of their success. Mr. Guerrero joins VEDC at a time of tremendous growth as the organization expands into Nevada, Salt Lake City, Chicago and the New York Tri-State area.


O'Neil

  
ACCOUNTING
Congratulations to Kelly O’Neil, CPA, Shareholder and Attest Practice Leader with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., a national accounting firm for being named to the “40 Under 40” program by CPA Practice Advisor. This award honors distinguished individuals under 40 who have made an impact on the accounting and tax profession.


Monday, September 29, 2014


Cavecche
  
CONSTRUCTION
Richard E. Cavecche, LEED AP, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations for Snyder Langston, serving as Snyder Langston’s liaison with current and potential clients for assigned projects along with overseeing the process management of all projects and subcontractor relations in the institutional and commercial market sectors.


Bagnall
  
CONSTRUCTION
Jonathan Bagnall is now Vice President, Project Development for Snyder Langston. He is a Client direct contact responsible for the overall success of the project, working on the entire spectrum of a project, from development into pre-construction and then through execution. Since joining Snyder Langston in 2005, Jonathan has served as Project Manager and Senior Project Manager. Experience includes healthcare, institutional, faith-based, tenant improvement, sports centers, commercial office, retail, bio-tech labs and data centers.


Warden

  
FINANCE
Craig Warden was appointed Citi Commercial Banking director for Greater Los Angeles. In this role, he will be managing the Greater Los Angeles Commercial Banking office for Citi, which provides senior secured loans, treasury management and global banking products to companies in the area. Warden has more than 25 years of banking experience in Greater LA. Prior to Citi, he worked at Wells Fargo as SVP and regional team leader.



Rich
  
CONSTRUCTION
Jason Rich, LEED AP, is now Vice President, Operations for Snyder Langston, responsible for project execution and overall client satisfaction. He handles staffing and training for all operations personnel as well as ensuring budgets, schedules, safety and quality are met and maintained. Jason is a mentor to team members, reinforcing Snyder Langston’s Trusted Advisor commitment. A 25-year industry veteran, Jason’s experience includes a spectrum of multifamily, office and retail commercial construction projects.


Cull

  
CONSTRUCTION
HOK has announced that Robert Cull, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the firm’s leadership team as senior vice president and managing principal in Los Angeles. Cull brings 25 years of experience in the architectural and engineering profession. Most recently, as executive project director at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he led the project team that developed the 820,000-sq.-ft., LEED Gold-certified Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion in Los Angeles. HOK was the architect and interior designer for the project.
Current and recent projects for HOK’s Los Angeles practice include the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in Anaheim; the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences; the Scripps Memorial Hospital Prebys Cardiovascular Institute in La Jolla; PHX Sky Train® at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; and the East County Detention Center in Indio, Calif.
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm and has been named by ENR California 2014 Design Firm of the Year.