Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, October 24, 2016

BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations, would like to announce that Benjamin White has joined BDO’s Los Angeles office as a Tax Partner. Benjamin was previously a Partner in BDO’s Las Vegas office. In his new role, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships for the Los Angeles office and provide support for other offices in the west region.

Evens Architects, a boutique studio at KAA Design, is excited to announce the promotion of John P. Margolis to Studio Director. Mr. Margolis joined the firm as Sr. Project Manager in 2014, after operating his own firm, Margolis Incorporated in New England for twenty years. In his new role, Mr. Margolis is responsible for managing the daily operations of the studio, and bringing his discerning eye and talent to all design endeavors. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Council for Architecture and the Regional Cabinet for Southern California for Washington University, and served as president of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, New England Chapter.


Monica Baumann launches The Scali Law Firm’s Sacramento office.
Baumann, former Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), will be based in Sacramento to service the firm’s Northern and Central California clients. As a leading law firm in California to the Automotive Industry, The Scali Law Firm advises its auto dealer clients and others on the rapidly changing automotive regulatory landscape.

Cecilio Valdivia, CPA, an audit partner with the renowned international firm, BDO USA LLP, brings 15 years of public accounting experience to the finance committee at Valley Community Healthcare. Valdivia was nominated to the board by Victor Berrellez, current Board Vice-Chair, who he met through the Little League they both support. “As a first generation Mexican American I can relate to the issues faced by the many immigrant patients served by the Center” he said. “By serving on the board I have a way to support my community and this organization.” Cecilio Valdivia lives in Santa Clarita with his wife, Jennifer, and children, Meghan, Mathew and Everett.


RSM US LLP, the nation’s largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, recently announced the promotion of Susan Lee to tax partner in the Los Angeles office. Susan is a trusted advisor to middle market leaders globally and has extensive experience in federal and state tax consulting, tax compliance and audit examinations. Susan has been in public accounting for over 15 years and has been with RSM since 2007.

Green Hasson Janks is expanding its Tax Practice. Raymond Blatt has joined the Firm as a principal. Blatt brings with him more than 30 years of state and local tax experience with an emphasis in property tax compliance and valuation issues, as well as audit representation and resolution. Blatt’s expertise in property tax extends throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and his industry experience includes manufacturing, wineries, bio-medical and airlines in addition to many others.


BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, would like to announce that Mr. Karim Pirmohamed has joined the Los Angeles office as a Managing Director in their Risk, Management & Technology Advisory Services (RMTAS) Practice. Pirmohamed, is relocating to Los Angeles from BDO’s United Kingdom office. In this role, he will be responsible for managing client and prospect relationships for the firm and providing support to other offices in the west.
“Karim is an excellent fit for our Los Angeles Risk, Management & Technology Advisory Services Practice,” said Vicky Gregorcyk, National Practice Leader Risk, Management and Transaction Advisory Services at BDO USA, LLP.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier has appointed Jeff Klocke, to Vice President and General Manager. Klocke assumes all aspects of the daily operation of the two-acre amusement park. Mary Ann Powell remains Chief Executive Officer and owner of Santa Monica Amusements, which has managed operations for Pacific Park since 2012. Klocke joined the team in 1999 and together they have generated record EBITDA growth and increased attendance to over 8 million visitors annually.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica is proud to announce that Jessica Rubecindo, Manager of Resource Development and Volunteer Management, has been named Administrator of the Year for the Pacific Region. Awarded by The Professional Association of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Ms. Rubecindo was recognized during a special awards luncheon at the BGCA Pacific Regional Conference on Thursday, September 22nd held at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.


Douglas Elliman welcomes Sunny Magner as vice president of people and culture for the Western region. Magner will work alongside corporate leadership to support the expansion of the firm’s brand, coordinating office expansions, spearheading the recruitment of professionals and integrating all new agents and employees into Douglas Elliman’s culture.

Exer More Than Urgent Care announced Rob Mahan as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and confirmed plans to open new clinics in Redondo Beach, Santa Clarita and Manhattan Beach over the next several months. Exer More Than Urgent Care is California’s fastest-growing privately-owned ER-alternative and offers patients high-quality healthcare that’s affordable, convenient and provided directly by Emergency Medicine Doctors and Mid-Level Providers.
“I am humbled to join the Exer family and look forward to working with this incredible team of doctors, clinicians and staff to expand our operations and open more clinics across Southern California,” said Rob Mahan.


RSM US LLP, the nation’s largest provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, recently announced the promotion of Pat Carney to tax partner in the Los Angeles office. Pat currently leads the West Region state and local tax practice and has been particularly active bringing value to his clients with training grants and sales tax refund studies. He has also identified significant income tax planning opportunities across multiple industries.

Signature Analytics Appoints Trevor Lattin as Vice President of Business Development
Trevor Lattin has been appointed Vice President of Business Development of Signature Analytics for the Orange County and Los Angeles markets. Trevor is a high performing sales executive with over 20 years of service, product, and consulting sales expertise on top of a Big 4 accounting firm foundation.


Linda Chou, CPA, was named a Manager of Lucas Horsfall, said Mike Amerio, managing partner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from UCLA and a master’s degree in taxation from USC. She is a resident of Baldwin Park. Lucas Horsfall is one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in Southern California.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Stan Luker has been admitted as a partner in the Moss Adams Los Angeles office. Luker leads the firm’s transaction services practice in Southern California and specializes in mergers and acquisitions for transactions ranging from several million dollars to $10 billion.


BlackLine, a leading provider of financial controls and automation software solutions that enable Continuous Accounting, has appointed Karen Flathers as the company’s first Chief Customer Officer.
Formerly vice president, Global Field Operations, at leading cloud enterprise software company Zuora, Ms. Flathers brings deep experience to BlackLine, including international expertise in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and other Finance technology implementations. In her new role, Flathers will directly oversee the day-to-day functions of BlackLine’s Implementations, Support, Customer Success and Product Training departments.

New Directions for Veterans (NDVets), a nonprofit organization that helps our nation’s veterans successfully address the challenges after military service, has named Colonel (Retired) Yvette Kelley as President and Chief Executive Officer, it was announced today by Board chair, Rudy E. Grimaldo. Ms. Kelley succeeds Ted Howells, a long-time board member who served as interim CEO for the past six months.
Colonel Kelley comes to NDVets after a long and distinguished career of military service. In 1983, she began as a platoon leader and company commander in the 2nd Infantry Division (Korea) and has since served in a multitude of critical command and staff positions. From 2001-2003, she served as a Battalion Commander during both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Monday, October 3, 2016


Brooks Kushman P.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas A. Runk to the firm’s Los Angeles Office. Runk handles all aspects of intellectual property law. He regularly advises clients on the management of patent portfolios in the electrical and electromechanical arts. Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Runk was a partner at Fulwider Patton LLP.

Acceleration Business City (ABC) has named international award-winning publicist and strategist Nicholas E. Adams to its board of directors. Adams, president of PR and ad agency NINICO Communications, brings media relations, strategic planning and marketing communications expertise to the ABC board and one of the world’s top 25 business accelerators.


Envision Consulting, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit consulting firm, adds Suzanne Elliott, Principal, and Julie Ha Truong, Principal, to the team. Suzanne, previously with Elliott Strategies, focuses her work on strategic planning. Julie, previously with Center for Nonprofit Management, emphasizes talent development with individuals as well as organizational leadership. www.envisionnonprofit.com

Monday, September 26, 2016

Acceleration Business City (ABC) has named international award-winning publicist and strategist Nicholas E. Adams to its board of directors. Adams, president of PR and ad agency NINICO Communications, brings media relations, strategic planning and marketing communications expertise to the ABC board and one of the world’s top 25 business accelerators.


Jan Berger joins international broker and risk management firm Integro Insurance Brokers as Los Angeles operations leader and head of the Southern California Entertainment practice. He was chief risk officer of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. His experience also includes technology, engineering services, natural resources and food retailing sectors. Jan is a graduate of Hamilton College, Cornell University (M.S.), and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (MBA). www.integrogroup.com

HDR’s Los Angeles Architecture Studio Welcomes Susan Suhar
As an interior design director, Susan Suhar, IIDA, LEED AP, RID, is an accomplished design professional with 20 years of experience in healthcare and workplace interiors. Fueled by a passion for research and trends in design, she is excited by how people experience interior environments: “The integration of technology, new materials and concepts in functional efficiency while designing interiors—it’s all continually evolving at a rapid pace,” she says. Among her valuable skills is listening to her clients and delivering innovative design solutions for their projects. She approaches her role as both a design leader and mentor with a collaborative spirit and creative concepts. Susan is involved with the IIDA, and she volunteers for Designs for Dignity and City of Hope.

Monday, September 19, 2016

RBC Wealth Management-U.S., one of the nation’s largest full-service securities firms, named Michael Melton director of its Southern California complex. In his new role, Melton will oversee 10 branches and more than 80 financial advisors, working to strengthen the strategic partnership of RBC and City National Bank.

Immigration attorney Yesenia Acosta with The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, a civil litigation firm, received the Building Bridges Congressional Leadership Award. Presented by Congresswoman Judy Chu of the 27th Congressional District, the award recognizes Ms. Acosta’s focus on strengthening collaboration between organizations and nonprofits in the San Gabriel Valley.


Simone Collins and Brien Kelley join Sklar Kirsh LLP. Collins is a corporate attorney who focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions and private equity, representing public and private companies from a broad array of industries. Kelley is a real estate transactional attorney whose experience includes matters involving all primary real estate asset classes. Earlier this year, the firm added corporate Partner Scott Ehrlich and real estate Partner Owen Gross.

Monday, September 12, 2016

MATT Construction has promoted Hakim Khalil to SVP of Estimating after over 10 years with MATT. Hakim leads a staff dedicated to best-in-class preconstruction services. He is widely acknowledged across the A/E/C industry for his impeccable track record of recommending efficient building systems and producing stable GMP budgets.


MATT Construction has promoted Kathy Fairbanks to Vice President of Talent & Organizational Development. A strategic leader, Kathy is the force behind developing MATT Construction’s human capital. Prior to MATT, Kathy worked for over 20 years at Jacobs Engineering, a Fortune 500 company.

Kaufman Legal Group Elevates Stacey Shin and Joseph Guardarrama to Shareholder. Shin and Guardarrama are key to expanding the firm’s practice and solidifying the future of the firm, which offers a full spectrum of legal services connected to the political process at the federal, state and local levels. Their promotion reflects the firm’s total confidence in them as senior professionals working with and delivering tremendous value to the firm’s clients.


MATT Construction has promoted Dafna Zilafro to VP of Marketing. Since 2011, Dafna has codified MATT’s brand and developed the company’s digital marketing strategy. She is responsible for translating MATT’s operational experience into actionable commercial insights. Dafna has 20+ years of branding and communications experience in A/E/C and tech corporations.

MATT Construction has promoted Randal Wallace to Vice President. Randall has devoted his 38+ years in the industry to constructing life-enhancing structures. At MATT Construction, Randal oversees the company’s largest and most complex tech campus work. His masterful ability to bring diverse stakeholders together reflects his commitment to collaborative leadership.


Nancy Tseng has joined West Monroe Partners’ Los Angeles office to lead the Mergers & Acquisitions consulting practice in Southern California. Nancy brings extensive experience partnering with executives during large-scale transitions to set strategic vision, establish new businesses, and transform operations for profitable growth. www.westmonroepartners.com

Henderson Engineers is excited to announce the promotion of Mike Haramia, LEED AP BD+C, to West Coast Sports Practice Leader. Mike has been a prominent figure on Henderson’s sports team since 2004. While Mike is relocating to Los Angeles from Kansas City, he’s no stranger to Southern California – he’s the project manager for both the Los Angeles NFL Entertainment District and the Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Center. For more information, visit www.hei-eng.com.

van Dissel

MATT Construction has promoted Faron van Dissel to Vice President after over 11 years with the company. Since joining MATT, Faron has overseen some of its most complex, high-end, campus-based projects, including extensive work at Harvard-Westlake Middle School and a recent LEED Platinum-rated science facility at Pomona College.

Further strengthening its research enterprise, LA BioMed announced today the appointment of a new chief scientific officer to its leadership team, Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas, MD, PhD. Dr. Madrenas brings decades of experience as a researcher, physician, educator and administrator to one of the nation’s leading nonprofit independent research institutes.


Owen P. Gross joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Real Estate Group
Gross has over 20 years of complex, real estate transactional experience handling all types of properties for lenders, borrowers, buyers, sellers, developer partners, equity partners, government agencies, tenants and landlords.

Loyola Marymount University President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., announced the creation of a new Marketing and Communications unit and appointed John Kiralla as its vice president Sept. 1.
Kiralla, an LMU alumnus, has worked in marketing, digital strategy and communications for 20 years. He served as the executive director for marketing and communications for the past year and prior to that was executive director of digital, new media and design at LMU. Under Kiralla’s leadership, he and his teams have been recognized by the Webbys, CASE, W3, AMA, SPD, UCDA, Graphis and other international awarding bodies for their work on websites, publications and mobile apps. Kiralla has also consulted and worked for Apple, Collegis Eduprise, and Sungard Education.

Monday, September 5, 2016


Stefano Vranca, CFE, FCPA, CICA, has joined Marcum LLP as Advisory principal-in-charge in the California Region. A member of the Firm’s national Forensics Practice group, he will be based in Los Angeles and will also spend time in the Irvine office. Mr. Vranca specializes in fraud investigations, forensic accounting, intellectual property valuation, royalties and participations audits, and lost profits and commercial damage analysis.

University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business professor and entrepreneur Christopher J. Harrer is the new Chair of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Board of Directors; East West Bank Lead Director Rudolph I. Estrada is the new Executive Vice Chair. Dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness, Didi Hirsch provides mental health, substance use and suicide prevention services to more than 90,000 children and adults each year. Its Suicide Prevention Center, the nation’s first, helps people who have attempted, thought about or lost loved ones to suicide.


Adam Yorkshire joins MGO CPAs & Advisors. Yorkshire, who has a focus on issues pertaining to music clientele, concert touring, merchandising and royalties, will lead a team of Music and Entertainment-industry professionals who offer clients tax, assurance, advisory, and business management services.

CO Architects has promoted Jennifer Knudsen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to Principal. Jennifer’s design and management expertise in digital design and collaboration has contributed to several innovative, large-scale institutional projects. Other promotions include Jennifer Swedell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Raymond Yang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to Associate Principal. www.coarchitects.com

Monday, August 29, 2016


Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP Expands its Real Estate Practice.
Beverly Hills-based law firm Ervin Cohen & Jessup bolsters its real estate capabilities with the addition of Albert Valencia and Elizabeth Dryden. The firm represents clients in the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, forming joint ventures and syndications, structured finance and asset management across all asset classes.

International design firm, Selbert Perkins Design, is pleased to announce the promotion of Cheri Devlin to Principal. During her 22 years in the industry, Cheri has led design projects worldwide. Cheri is currently leading signage and wayfinding projects for Wilshire Grand, Union Station and the cities of Santa Monica and West Hollywood.


SRR Welcomes Michael Krakovsky
Michael Krakovsky has joined SRR in Los Angeles as Managing Director and Head of the Special Situations Practice in the Investment Banking Group. Mr. Krakovsky brings more than two decades of experience advising middle market debtors and creditors on a wide range of special situations including numerous in-court and out-of-court restructuring transactions. A veteran of Houlihan Lokey Inc., Mr. Krakovsky has worked with distressed companies across a variety of industries as both an investment banker and principal investor. For more information, visit www.SRR.com.

Diemlan “Lannie” Tonnu has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for Orthopaedic Institute for Children. For the past 25 years, Tonnu was senior VP and CFO at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. OIC is focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children and receives 60,000 patient visits each year. ortho-institute.org.


SRR Welcomes Keith Sipes
Keith Sipes has joined SRR in Los Angeles as Managing Director and Head of the Technology, Media, and Telecom Practice in the Investment Banking Group. A veteran of CRT Capital Group, Mr. Sipes’ experience spans a wide range of TMT sectors including broadcasting, cable, digital media & internet, ecommerce, entertainment, information services, media technology, and video gaming. Mr. Sipes provides strategic advisory and corporate financial services, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and equity and debt financing for both public and private companies. For more information, visit www.SRR.com.