Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mrunal Patel has been named a partner in the Los Angeles office of accounting and business consulting firm Moss Adams. Patel has practiced public accounting since 2000 and specializes in tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, IRS examinations and accounting methods for clients in manufacturing, consumer products and distribution.

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Tracy Washburn Bradley has joined Fortis Advisors, a leading professional shareholder representative firm that manages the post-closing process on behalf of selling shareholders in private M&A transactions. Fortis has been engaged by the country’s leading venture and PE funds in hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in value.
Based in Fortis’ Los Angeles office, she assumes the role of Senior Director and is responsible for business development and overseeing client relationships within law firms, corporations, venture capital firms, private equity firms, and intermediaries.
Prior to joining Fortis, Tracy was a senior technical sales specialist within the Escrow Services team at JP Morgan Chase, where she led the business development initiative across the Western US focused on sourcing escrow and paying agent services within mergers & acquisitions, private equity, restructuring, and litigation related matters.

Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., whose career in higher education spans more than two decades as a professor, scholar, dean and vice president, was installed as the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University on Tuesday, Oct. 6, before a crowd of 2,000.
The inauguration celebration was attended by students, faculty, university leaders and local dignitaries, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a keynote speaker. Snyder discussed the university’s place in a changing society. “As we contemplate our wildly changing world, as we address that world today, and as our global imagination illuminates pathways into our future, we must accept change, embrace change, imagine, then inspire change,” he said. Snyder, who succeeds President David W. Burcham, is the former Vice President for Academic Affairs at Loyola University Maryland.
He was also Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University and Dean of Science at Georgetown University, where he began his academic career.


Leading Venture Capital Attorneys Frank Grant and Ryan Azlein Join Stradling
The duo adds tremendous bench strength to Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth’s expanding Santa Monica team
Santa Monica, California – Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. (“Stradling”) announced today that venture capital attorneys, Frank Grant, and Ryan Azlein, join the Firm as shareholders and will lead the expansion of its Venture Capital, Start-Ups and Emerging Companies practice groups. They will be based out of Stradling’s Santa Monica office.
Prior to joining Stradling, Mr. Grant spent 10 years in Silicon Valley and 8 years in the LA market, most recently as Senior Counsel at Perkins Coie, where he advised early stage companies, entrepreneurs and investors. He’s also held corporate development and senior counsel positions at Nortel Networks and Kennedy Commercial.
Mr. Grant brings both legal and business acumen to his client’s issues, having earned his JD and MBA from Stanford University. He’s earned his sterling reputation in the west coast business community by providing strategic growth solutions to complex problems in high volatility markets. He assists start-up companies in raising capital from angel investors and venture capital firms while delivering exclusive relationships and solutions for his investor and emerging growth clients. He provides expert counsel for a variety of fast-moving industry sectors, including blockchain technologies (Bitcoin and other digital currencies), entertainment technology and digital media.
Mr. Azlein has practiced in the LA market for over 15 years, most recently as Partner with Stubbs Alderton & Markiles and director of its Preccelerator Program. An active advisor to the Southern California emerging company and venture capital community, he is a regular speaker on venture capital and entrepreneurship. Mr. Azlein will also spend time in Stradling’s Santa Barbara office.
A native of California, Mr. Azlein earned his undergraduate degree with honors from University of San Diego and his JD from University of California at Berkeley. He serves as outside general counsel to several venture-backed and early stage growth companies in the mobile, software, digital media, Internet, medical device and technology industries. He’s also served as lead counsel in several notable public and private company transactions and M&A deals, and advises top-tier venture capital, angel investors and family offices in completing hundreds of millions of dollars in venture and private equity transactions.
“We are very pleased to have both Ryan and Frank join Stradling in Santa Monica and help continue the extraordinary growth trajectory we have experienced across all practice areas since opening this office in the fall of 2011. They are both highly respected in the growing venture capital and emerging company community of Southern California, and will provide the cornerstones upon which we will continue to expand the practice group,” adds David Smith, Managing Shareholder of Stradling’s Santa Monica office and member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
As one of the west coast’s leading business law firms with more than 125 attorneys practicing in 9 offices including Santa Monica, Newport Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Reno, Denver and Sacramento, Mr. Azlein and Mr. Grant’s venture capital practices are natural complements to the Stradling platform.
The Firm’s clients include emerging and high growth public and private companies as well as private equity funds and venture capital groups and their respective portfolio companies. Widely recognized for its expertise, responsiveness and outstanding client service, Stradling’s size, structure, and culture allow it to provide the highest quality representation while maintaining the responsiveness and relationships commonly associated with smaller firms.

Monday, October 5, 2015

UniHealth Foundation has elected Bradley C. Call as its Chairman and CEO. He succeeds David R. Carpenter, who led the establishment of the Foundation in 1998 and who will remain a board member and Chairman Emeritus.
UniHealth Foundation is an independent, private health care Foundation and a leader in healthcare philanthropy. It provides support to hospitals and nonprofit healthcare organizations including partner hospitals, community clinics, respite care providers, social service agencies and supportive housing providers.
Mr. Call has been involved with the Foundation since its inception, most recently as Vice Chairman.

CPA Firm NSBN LLP Ranked #7 of The Best Places to Work in Los Angeles, According to the Los Angeles Business Journal
NSBN LLP, CPAs and Business Consultants in Beverly Hills, was ranked #7 of The Best Places to Work in LA for 2015 by the Los Angeles Business Journal, in the medium-sized company category. NSBN is a full service firm with 20 partners and 85 staff, and rated among the Top 200 CPA Firms nationwide, the Best Firms to Work For nationwide, the Top 10 Best Firms Nationwide for Equality Leadership for Women and the Top 25 CPA Firms in LA County.
“Our employees are our strongest asset,” said Ken Miles, CPA, Managing Partner. “We’ve established a fun environment where everyone loves to come to work, and it is because of all the wonderful staff at NSBN that we received this prestigious award again this year.”

CalCPA Los Angeles Chapter Named NSBN Partner Tayiika Dennis as President
Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA, of NSBN LLP, Beverly Hills, was elected president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) for 2015 – 16.
Tayiika Dennis is a Partner at NSBN, a full service CPA firm, and provides audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations. She was given the 2014 Women to Watch Award from CalCPA.


Erler & Kalinowski, Inc. welcomes Dr. Andrew Sheldon to our team. Dr. Sheldon is a senior project manager and supervising environmental engineer specializing in hazardous substance site mitigation, human health risk assessment, and water/wastewater engineering. Prior to joining EKI, he served as the Environmental Programs Manager at City of Malibu and was an environmental consultant for URS. He is based in EKI’s newly relocated Southern California office, 12424 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 740, Los Angeles.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Los Angeles-based litigation firm Bird Marella is proud to announce the elevation of Timothy B. Yoo to Principal. Formerly Senior Litigation Counsel for CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate, Mr. Yoo joined Bird Marella in early 2015 and served as Of Counsel. He focuses on business litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes.


BlackLine, provider of the industry’s leading cloud platform for finance controls and automation, today announced the appointment of Karole Morgan-Prager as the company’s chief legal officer. In this role, Morgan-Prager will oversee BlackLine’s legal functions on a global basis.
Morgan-Prager brings more than 25 years of legal experience to BlackLine, with special expertise in corporate finance and securities matters, investor relations, internal audit, corporate development and public company governance, disclosure and compliance issues.

Laura Mohr joined HNTB Corporation as vice president and rail and transit group director in the Los Angeles office. She brings more than 25 years of industry experience in the planning, design and construction of public transportation projects, including light, heavy, commuter and intercity rail and bus rapid transit. In addition, she has led analysis, design and implementation of safety improvements for existing and new at-grade rail crossings. Mohr will be responsible for managing rail and transit projects for clients such as Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink.
As an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm, HNTB has been involved in some of the region’s most complex infrastructure programs, including the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion.

Monday, September 21, 2015


Mark Gamble, SVP/COO of the Hospital Association of Southern California, was named chairperson of L.A. Care Health Plan’s Board of Governors. The board is comprised of 13 members representing various stakeholder groups. L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving more than 1.8 million members.

Kevin Joseph has joined Luther Burbank Savings, a privately held bank with over $4 billion in assets, as Income Property Loan Officer. In this role, Kevin leverages nearly 20 years of experience in commercial and multifamily lending to expand the Bank’s direct to investor channel. A portfolio long known for competitive rates, Kevin brings a superior level of service and industry expertise to clients seeking financing from Los Angeles County to Santa Barbara County.


Tom Donohue has been promoted to Vice President of Turner Construction’s Southern California Special Projects Division. In this leadership role, his work will primarily focus on tenant fit-out and renovation projects throughout the region. Tom has been an invaluable part of Turner’s team for 20 years. In his most recent role, Tom was instrumental in developing flexible, efficient and cost effective building solutions for Turner’s interiors clients.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net), which has been serving children and adults with special needs since 1946, announces the appointment of Larry Rabineau, Esq., to its Board of Directors. A graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School, Larry has been a practicing lawyer for 44 years specializing in civil litigation. Connect at www.facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.


The Jefferson Awards Foundation (www.JeffersonAwards.org) has been dedicated to activating and celebrating public service for over four decades. National Board Chair Joseph N. Sanberg recently tapped Adeena Bleich to head a Los Angeles office to expand the Foundation’s efforts in the Golden State. A native of Southern CA, Sanberg is a public and private-sector entrepreneur and active venture investor in companies that combine profit and purpose. He is Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Advisors for Aspiration.com.

Karen Layfield, CPA, CMA, CPM joins United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) as the Chief Operations Officer. UCPLA is one of the largest nonprofit direct care providers of services in Southern California for persons with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. As the COO, Karen will provide vital leadership in the design and implementation of UCPLA’s 40 programs and services.


Citizens Business Bank is pleased to announce that Beatriz Villagomez has been promoted to Vice President and Center Manager of the Covina Business Financial Center. Ms. Villagomez joined Citizens Business Bank as a Relationship Manager in May 2002. Prior to joining the bank, she had a successful career at California State Bank and Wells Fargo where she served as Relationship Manager. Ms. Villagomez graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration.

McGladrey LLP, a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, is pleased to announce that Peter Lee has joined the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office as an assurance services partner. Peter has over 20 years of experience providing accounting and auditing services to both public and privately held entities in a variety of industries, with a focus on those in consumer and industrial products and technology sectors. www.mcgladrey.com.


John D. Stuart has joined InvestCloud, Inc. as Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Hybrid Solutions in Beverly Hills. Stuart will focus on defining and executing the firm’s strategic marketing and business development initiatives. He will also manage the vision and distribution plan for InvestCloud’s digital advisory products. www.InvestCloud.com

Tabitha Blaylock, General Manager of the Red Lobster in Palmdale, has been presented with the company’s top honor – The Lighthouse Club Award. This prestigious award, which has been an integral part of the company’s culture for nearly 20 years, is presented annually to General Managers throughout North America who have achieved top financial performance in the company’s previous fiscal year. This year, Blaylock joins an elite group of 34 General Managers selected from the more than 700 Red Lobster restaurants in North America, making this a truly exclusive honor. Blaylock accepted this award on behalf of the entire Palmdale team.


Cresa Los Angeles congratulates Seth Wellisch on his promotion to Principal
Seth Wellisch began his real estate career in 2002, building a practice focused on Los Angeles’ Westside creative office market. Since joining Cresa in 2010, Seth has grown his client roster to include many of the most recognizable high-growth companies in the city.
Seth serves as vice-chairman of Cresa’s Emerging Leadership Council as well as on the board of Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization helping children with disabilities.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Arthur Brown Joins Marcum LLP as Tax Partner
Arthur Brown, CPA, has joined Marcum LLP as an Assurance Partner in Marcum’s National Alternative Investment Group. He provides audit and advisory services for private equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge funds, including fund of funds, offshore funds and real estate funds. Mr. Brown has more than 19 years of public accounting and private industry experience in the alternative investment industry and will lead Marcum’s California Alternative Investment Group practice. He graduated with a B.S. degree in accounting, summa cum laude, from Marist College and is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a member of the 74th Army Band at Fort Harrison, Indianapolis.


Cresa Los Angeles congratulates Dan Gallup on his promotion to Principal
Dan Gallup joined Cresa in 2005 after receiving his MBA from the University of Southern California and has focused on tenant representation for his entire career. His client list includes many well-known emerging growth companies in the tech and entertainment sectors as well as established public and Fortune 500 companies.
Dan is also part of Cresa’s Mission Critical Solutions team and negotiates data center and other mission critical facilities on behalf of his clients.

The Mani Brothers Real Estate Group (MBRG) announced that Gregory Day will join their team on September 1, 2015, as president of luxury hospitality. Day, the former general manager of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., will also serve as the general manager of the firm’s Malibu Beach Inn, which is the jewel of the company’s expanding real-estate portfolio that includes luxury office buildings located across Los Angeles.


Manoucher Estami recently joined Harley Ellis Devereaux as a Senior Project Architect. Manoucher spent ten years with Gehry Partners on demanding technical design projects, as well as four years with Samsung Construction in Seoul as the Director of Design-Build Projects. He has more than 25 years’ architectural experience including high-rise residential mixed-use towers of 77, 82 and 92 stories in New York and Toronto. Manoucher has a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture degree from USC.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Rudolph I. Estrada, CEO of Estradagy Business Advisors, Lead Director of East West Bank, an adjunct professor of Business and Management at California State University, Channel Islands, and Executive Director of the university’s Small Business Institute, has re-joined the Board of Directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Estrada served on the board between 2003 and 2008. Estrada’s interest in mental health advocacy was inspired by his experience living with depression and the suicide of his younger brother years ago.


Lewis C. Horne, the President of the Greater Los Angeles-Orange County Region for CBRE, Inc., has joined the Board of Directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Horne, the father of four children including a son who was a victim of suicide in 2003, is passionate about suicide prevention and ensuring all people who suffer from mental illness have access to resources so they can get the help they need.

Eric Li has joined Bank of the West as vice president, SBA business banking officer providing SBA 504 and 7 (a) loans to small- and medium- sized business clients in the Pac Rim Market in Los Angeles. Li has more than 10 years of business banking experience and is a graduate of Indiana University.

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.