Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, June 27, 2016

Ultimate New Home Sales & Marketing Inc. Announces the Hiring of Melissa Reese
Celebrating 30 years of success, Ultimate New Home Sales & Marketing is a full service new home Real Estate Brokerage providing builders, nationally and internationally, a turnkey solution for their sales and marketing needs, and is less expensive than an in-house staff. Recently, Ultimate added another stellar individual to its exceptional management team in hiring Melissa Reese. Melissa brings 25 years of experience and is recognized as one of the top high-rise sales management specialists nationwide. Welcome and congratulations Melissa!


Suzi Rosen, PG has joined Partner as Technical Director of Site Mitigation. Ms. Rosen will apply her national experience and expertise providing environmental due diligence, remediation, site closures and litigation support to help clients around the country better mitigate environmental risks. Contributing over 20 years of experience within the engineering, environmental, and energy consulting industry, Ms. Rosen will be an exceptionally valuable addition to the Partner team.

City National Bank has hired Lisa Farley as a senior vice president and senior private client advisor with the bank’s private client services division. Based in the South Bay, Farley advises and counsels wealthy individuals and families, professional service firms and nonprofit organizations on a full range of financial solutions and expertise. For more information go to: www.cnb.com


The Klabin Company announces that Tyler Rollema has joined the firm as senior associate in its Los Angeles office. Rollema comes to The Klabin Company after gaining four years of experience with Coldwell Banker Commercial where he served as an associate. Tyler can be contacted at 310.329.9000. www.klabin.com

Monday, June 20, 2016

Brittany Knott, PE, ENV SP, QSD, LEED AP has joined Fuscoe Engineering’s downtown Los Angeles Office as a Project Manager and we couldn’t be more thrilled! She has successfully executed significant developments throughout the City of Los Angeles and surrounding areas, and is currently managing a wide portfolio of retail, mixed-use and residential development projects. Tel 213.988.8802 / www.fuscoe.com


Kunal Shah, PE, RCDD, LEED AP, President of PBS Engineers, Inc., is being honored in Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine’s 2016 issue: 40 Under 40. These forty engineers under the age of forty are described as exceptional, dedicated, and driven. PBS is a consulting firm of mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers with offices in Glendora, Los Angeles, and San Diego. www.pbsengineers.com

Robert M. Heller joins Freeman Freeman & Smiley as Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Heller focuses his practice on business litigation with an emphasis on shareholder disputes. He represents corporate shareholders (both majority and minority), limited liability company members, as well as corporations and limited liability companies.


Marie Montgomery has joined L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, as Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for all accounting, actuarial, financial reporting, financial planning, and related activities. She previously served as SVP, Corporate Controller at Health Net. Marie brings 30 years of financial management experience and is a member of the AICPA.

Grand Performances is celebrating 30 years of free performing arts downtown at Cal Plaza and is growing its board of directors with three new members: Janet Chung, a litigation and white collar attorney with Holland & Knight; Greg Salter, vice president, corporate business development & strategy with Warner Bros. Entertainment; and Debora Vrana, a senior vice president and media relations manager with City National Bank. For more: www.grandperformances.org


Cara MacArthur, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, has been promoted to senior vice president and director of interiors in HOK’s Los Angeles office. MacArthur has more than 16 years of interior design experience, with over a decade at HOK. She is commitment to design excellence and building long-term relationships with clients.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dino Kasdagly has joined L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan, as Chief Operating Officer. He will manage the organization’s operations including member services, human resources, information technology, claims and provider network. He brings over 35 years of experience in global operations, information management, general management and product development in health care and technology.


Gensler, the leading global design firm, announces interior designer Yvonne Colacion, has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a Design Director. An accomplished and award-winning lifestyle design leader, Colacion brings expertise in the luxury yachting, residential, hospitality and commercial marketplaces, creating intellectually stimulating spaces focused on the guest experience.

Loyola Marymount University’s Board of Trustees named Paul S. Viviano as board chair, succeeding Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, who held the position for five years. Viviano’s term began June 1.
Viviano, who serves as president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has been a member of LMU’s Board of Trustees since 2010. He also served on the university’s Board of Regents from 2007-2010.
“Paul Viviano is an inspiring leader who devotes his experience and passion to advancing LMU’s mission and goals. In his new capacity as board chair, Mr. Viviano brings an extraordinary record of success and accomplishment, which will continue to benefit our university,” said LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.

Monday, June 6, 2016


City National Bank has hired Zach Mayo as senior vice president and commercial banking manager in New York. Based out of City National’s Park Avenue office, Mayo will lead a team of commercial bankers, delivering City National’s customized financial solutions to mid-sized businesses in the New York region. For more information go to www.cnb.com.

RSM US LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Dean Joaquin to West region tax leader. In this role, Dean will help develop national tax strategy and execute and localize that strategy in the firm’s West region. Dean joined RSM in 1991 and has served as the tax practice leader for the LA office since 2009. He provides federal and state consulting and compliance services to middle market companies in a variety of industries. www.rsmus.com.

Monday, May 30, 2016


Andres Ocon, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as Southern California office leader and vice president, based in the firm’s downtown L.A. office. Ocon has over 30 years of experience in business development, program management, construction management, planning and design. He leads more than 100 multidisciplinary transportation infrastructure and architecture professionals in the firm’s four Southern California offices that deliver aviation, toll, highway, transit, rail, planning, construction management, tunneling and other services to clients in this region. His major project experience includes program management for the Los Angeles Community College District; construction management and technical support for Caltrans District 59, Los Angeles and Orange County; and Port of Los Angeles South Wilmington Grade Separation project.

Buchalter Nemer Nabs Litigation Team in Orange County
Buchalter Nemer continues its expansion by announcing the addition of Gary Wolensky and his core team—Anne Marie Ellis, Jamison Power and Paul Alarcón—to the firm’s Litigation Group. These attorneys, who will practice in the firm’s Orange County location, concentrate their respective practices on product liability and consumer class actions as well as regulatory matters representing manufacturers and retailers, particularly in the automotive, sports, consumer products, pharmaceutical, medical device, food and hospitality industries.


Turelk would like to welcome David Marlow and Thomas Reyes to Turelk’s new DTLA office. David and Thomas bring a wealth of construction experience and are very well respected in the LA Market. We are excited to welcome them to our strong roster of Project managers.

HNTB Corporation hired Khalil Saba as new Inland Empire office leader where he will lead the continued growth of the firm’s operations to better serve regional transportation clients, including the California Department of Transportation – District 8, San Bernardino Associated Governments, Riverside County Transportation Commission, the City of Ontario, and other cities/agencies regionally. Saba brings over 37 years of transportation industry experience in civil engineering and program and project management in the western U.S. and Canada. His expertise encompasses road and highway development, where he has a proven track record of success managing and completing complex infrastructure projects, including the $4.5 billion SANBAG Program, Interstate 215 Bi-County HOV Project, San Bernardino/Riverside, CA and the SR91/SR71 Interchange Improvement Project in Corona, CA.


Scott R. Ehrlich joins Sklar Kirsh LLP’s Corporate Group

Ehrlich, formerly General Counsel of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group where he oversaw dozens of high-stakes, post-production and new distribution technology deals, has joined the firm as a Partner. Ehrlich’s in-house experience within the media and entertainment industry and his time counseling a wide range of clients while practicing at national law firms will expand the Firm’s brand as Hollywood dealmakers.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Land Use Group Joins Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP.
Beverly Hills-based law firm Ervin Cohen & Jessup expands its land use capabilities with the addition of Ellia Thompson, Jonathan Riker and Jeffrey Harlan. Handling land use and entitlement disputes from Santa Barbara to San Diego, the firm now represents clients both on the planning and development side and in litigation. Expertise includes land use due diligence and analysis; defending property owners from code violations and criminal prosecution; obtaining entitlements including zoning and planning approvals; and litigation actions.


Robert Bloomer joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in March 2016 as Area Vice President and Senior Consultant in the Los Angeles office. Bob brings extensive experience leading all areas of benefit plans & programs. His practitioner background complements the Gallagher team in all areas of Benefit & HR consulting.

Tom Boulet joined Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in March 2016 as Area Senior Vice President and Senior Consultant in the Los Angeles office. Tom leads the Human Resources consulting practice for Southern California. His depth of HR leadership and consulting expertise will expand Gallagher’s consulting team capabilities.


BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading accounting and consulting organizations, announced that Connie Cheng has joined as a national tax senior director in the Los Angeles office. In this role, she will advise clients on federal income tax accounting methods issues, including income and expense recognition and capitalization.

Gary Winuk joins Kaufman Legal Group.
Winuk, who served as Chief of the Enforcement Division at the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) from 2009-2015, will head Kaufman Legal Group’s Sacramento office. Winuk will join a team of legal and compliance professionals who provide a full spectrum of legal services connected to the political process at the federal, state and local levels, including expert advice on ethics compliance, campaign finance and election laws.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Barbara Dunn, FIIDA, a Principal at Gensler Los Angeles, was named this year’s Circle of Excellence Honoree by the International Interior Design Association at the Calibre Design Awards on May 13. This award recognizes leadership, passion for excellence, innovation and mentorship shaping the future of the interior design profession.

VEDC has elected Nishen Radia as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Radia is managing partner and co-founder of FocalPoint Partners, a leading middle-market investment banking firm with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. He has served on the VEDC board since 2004 and previously held investment banking positions at Merrill Lynch, SocGen and Baring Brothers in London, New York and Hong Kong. Radia received his MBA with Distinction from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and received a degree with honors in economics from the University of Bristol, England.


Kevin Haboian joined HNTB Corporation in the new position of chief business development officer and senior vice president, where he will support the firm’s growth within the transportation sector across the U.S. He brings more than 30 years of transportation industry experience leading and growing major lines of business – including highways, bridges, transit and aviation – and serving in key roles on numerous complex public transportation programs. Haboian’s experience includes the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement, Long Beach, CA; I-15 and Route 91 Express Lanes program management projects, Riverside, CA; Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, Monrovia, CA; and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Gold Line Light Rail Extension.

Coldwell Banker Commercial SC (CBC SC) announced that Don Hudson has been recruited to serve as Executive Managing Director for the Company’s Ontario office. Don has built an impressive resume of successes at a number of National and Regional firms in the greater Los Angeles market and he is well known and admired as a Leader, Motivator and Top Producer.
“The growth of our business has created both a need and an opportunity to bring a dynamic leader like Don into our organization,” said Brandon Sudweeks, Chief Executive Officer of CBC SC.
His expertise is strategically aligned with the needs of the firm and in his new role, he will be executing an aggressive recruiting plan and overseeing the delivery of integrated real estate solutions to a growing list of impressive clients.

Monday, May 9, 2016


NRPR Group’s educational video series, PRactical Guide to Publicity, received a Gold Award in 2016’s Hermes Creative Awards competition. The series, led by Nicole Rodrigues, teaches C-Level executives—especially CEOs and CMOs—the benefits of strategic PR, and continues to receive rave reviews. The 11-part series was produced by The Readmond Company and is on YouTube.

Evens Architects is excited to congratulate John Margolis, Sr. Project Manager, on his appointment to the Los Angeles Regional Cabinet of Washington University in St. Louis. The Regional Cabinets include some of the university’s most distinguished volunteers and supporters outside St. Louis, who meet regularly to discuss their efforts on behalf of the university.


Victoria Greene serves as a Vice President and Portfolio Specialist with Chicago Title, consistently managing multi-state and multi-site transactions exceeding one billion dollars. Her expertise comprises a multitude of product types, and her competency extends to a wide variety of clientele including REITS, law firms, and cross-border investors. Victoria has a national presence and is based out of the Los Angeles office, she can be reached at vgreene@ctt.com and 951-225-2560.

John Mehigan has been promoted to Senior Market Officer for Regency Centers. He will be overseeing the asset management, development, operation, and leasing of the Southern California region, which includes 35 properties. Previously, John was Vice President of Investments for Regency Centers.


Marketing communications executive Monica Bouldin has joined R&R Partners in Los Angeles as vice president. Bouldin brings more than 20 years of experience to her new role at R&R, specializing in consumer and entertainment marketing; brand and digital strategy; and corporate and multicultural communications. Bouldin most recently served as executive vice president and general manager for Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Southern California.

John Murphy has taken the position of Vice President of Investments for Regency Centers. He is responsible for development and redevelopment opportunities in San Diego.