Los Angeles Business Journal

Monday, June 29, 2015

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


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

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


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

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

Monday, June 22, 2015


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

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


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

Monday, June 15, 2015

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


Kamus + Keller Interiors|Architecture, a leading Southern California commercial design firm, is proud to announce its 10 Year Anniversary of taking clients from ordinary to extraordinary through customized, innovative design. The company’s creative visionary and principal architect, John Kamus, has 35 years experience and is licensed in over 20 states. John recently transitioned into the role of CMO|Chairman, a position that will allow him to focus on the firm’s future as an imaginative thought leader throughout the design community.

Gerard Fox Law P.C. is proud to announce the addition of Calvin Cheng as a Partner and Head of the Corporate Group. Calvin joins us from Morrison & Foerster. Calvin brings a wide range of experience including corporate practice, venture capital funds, REITs, corporate governance, commercial agreements and general corporate matters.

Monday, June 8, 2015


Northern Trust has announced that Heidi Sandoval has joined them in the role of Senior Wealth Strategist for their Foundation & Institutional Advisors Group. Heidi will be based in Northern’s Pasadena office and brings with her 22 years of business development experience in the institutional segment. Heidi will focus on advising and developing institutional clients throughout Southern California.

Richard M. Grimes has joined InSite Wireless Group, LLC as Chief Operating Officer of InSite’s DAS and Small Cells Group. InSite is one of the largest privately owned tower and wireless infrastructure companies in the U. S. Grimes was formerly Chief Executive and Co-founder of Capital Tower Group, LLC and has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in wireless telecommunications infrastructure design, development and project management. Grimes will be based at InSite’s Western Region office in Pasadena, CA.


David Nelson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Electrical Engineer, was promoted to Associate Principal in GLUMAC’s Irvine office, where he leads academic, healthcare, commercial, hospitality and retail projects throughout California. David has 15 years experience in power systems design integration, construction administration, and sustainable design. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-j-nelson-pe-leed-ap-bd-c/2/a14/923

Electrical Engineer David Rushforth was promoted to Associate Principal in GLUMAC’s Las Vegas office where he leads electrical design as well as BIM, lighting, and AV coordination for various markets throughout the US. David has 10 years experience in project management, BIM, and sustainable design. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-rushforth/12/330/862


Robin Mosley, PE, LEED AP, Mechanical Engineer, recently became Associate Principal in GLUMAC’s Irvine office, where he leads mechanical projects in the high rise residential, academic, science and technology, and renewable/net zero energy markets. Robin has 18 years experience in project management, sustainable design, and complex building system innovations. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/robin-mosley/5/248/480

Monday, June 1, 2015

LEO A DALY, an internationally renowned healthcare-design firm, has made two new additions to its Los Angeles team. Steven Powell, AIA, a senior medical architect and planner, has devoted over 20 years to helping hospitals improve operational efficiency and care through building design. Gerard Gulpeo, AIA, a senior project architect, has spent 13 years taking highly technical healthcare projects from conception to execution for clients such as Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai, and UC-Irvine.


Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF.net), which has been serving children and adults with special needs since 1946, announces the appointment of Jeff Aidikoff, Esq., to its Board of Directors. Jeff is the owner of Aidikoff Law, a boutique firm specializing in elder abuse, personal injury and business litigation. Connect at www.Facebook.com/ConnectwithECF.

Chris Carr has been promoted to Vice President of Clune Construction Company. Chris will continue to provide leadership to the management of projects in Southern California. Clune Construction is a national 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.

Monday, May 25, 2015


Alison Kermode has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Director of National Marketing of Clune Construction Company. In this role, Alison will continue to manage the company’s marketing and communications nationwide as well as continue to oversee the marketing efforts for the downtown Los Angeles office. Clune Construction is a national General Contractor with offices in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, South Florida and Washington DC. Clune employs nearly 300 professionals and manages $550 million in commercial interior and mission-critical projects annually.

Marie Ebersbacher, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE, Managing Director, CBIZ MHM, LLC and shareholder with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., a national accounting firm, presented “What is Advocacy? Expert Opinion vs. Applied Legal Theory” and “What Would You Do? Ethical Dilemmas” at the 2015 AICPA Family Law Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 13, 2015. The conference was attended by CPAs from around the country that concentrate in Business Valuation and Family Law. Marie is also a member of the conference steering committee.


Congratulations to Kelly O’Neil, CPA and Shareholder with Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C., a national accounting firm on her nomination for the Los Angeles Business Journal Women Making a Difference Awards. Kelly is the Audit Practice Leader of the Southern California offices. She has been in public accounting since 1998 with extensive experience with publicly and privately held companies.

Monday, May 18, 2015

LA MARATHON LLC has named Sheri Wish as Vice President of Business Development. Wish has held the positions of Chief Revenue Officer for the Tournament of Roses/Rose Bowl Game and Director of Sports & Entertainment with The Tribune Company. Most recently, Wish was managing Director, Business Development for the National Association of Television Programming Executives. Wish will help further develop and enhance LA MARATHON LLC events and programs with a strong emphasis on business development and engaging onsite experiences for corporate partners and participants.


Mark Holbrook has joined Kinecta Federal Credit Union as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, where he is responsible for oversight of all enterprise risk management activities. Holbrook brings nearly 15 years of experience in risk management for financial institutions to his new role. Founded in 1940 and now celebrating its 75th anniversary, Kinecta is one of the largest credit unions in Los Angeles County, with $3.6 billion in assets.

Brandy Davis, CPA has joined the partnership of MGO. With over 15 years of Business Management and Taxation experience, Brandy specializes in entertainment industry executives, artists, and high net worth individuals. A graduate of the University of New Mexico, she is active in the AICPA, CalCPA, and Women in Film.


KPRS Construction welcomes Keith Taylor and Rob Kaneko, along with other team members from Los Angeles-based Inner Space Constructors. Keith as Senior Project Manager, Rob as Project Manager, and their team bring over 30 years’ experience in the industry. KPRS is proud to continue supporting the needs of our clients.

CBIZ has hired Dan Fein as a property and casualty sales producer for the Los Angeles office of CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc. Fein will be responsible for identifying both new business opportunities for the CBIZ property and casualty team in Los Angeles and cross-serving other CBIZ services.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Many changes are taking place at Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters. Joe Boskovich, Jr., Old West Investment Management, has been elected Chair of the Board. Serving on the Executive Committee are: Lewis Horne, CBRE, and Tammy Funasaki, Evolution Capital Management, as Co-Vice-Chairs; Rolf Donath, EliteCom, Secretary; Ken Michaels, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Treasurer; John Byrnes, JL Byrnes & Co., Past Chair; and Kathryn Gorsch, PCCP LLC, and Evan Moran, Jones Lang LaSalle, as Jr. Partners Co-Chairs. Also, Dr. Kim Alaine Rathman has joined the agency as Chief Development Officer.

Jennifer McLean is honored to be a nominee for The Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Awards. She has a 27-year business strategy career in Corporate America, including the launch of Yahoo! Canada in 1995. After creating hundreds of multi-millionaires through her Credibility Branding System, she left corporate America in 2008 and launched her company, McLean MasterWorks, a multimillion-dollar organization in the human potential movement. In her newest program, Success Signature, Jennifer blends healing and business savvy to accelerate entrepreneurs into major success. Download your free eBook at successsignature.com.


Penny Griego has joined Arlene Howard Public Relations (AHPR, Inc). With 30+ years in Broadcast Journalism, working in both television and radio, Penny will be a consultant at AHPR. Penny worked in television news as an anchor/reporter in Los Angeles (KCBS-TV 2), Denver (KCNC – TV 4) and Albuquerque (KGGM-TV 13). Most recently, Penny was the anchor of a 4-hour morning-drive newscast at KFWB radio in Los Angeles. penny@arlenehowardpr.com

Legacy Partners Commercial LLC, formerly the commercial division of San Francisco Bay Area-based Legacy Partners, a full-service real estate investment management company, announced today their new brand SteelWave. “The new SteelWave brand opens a significant new chapter for us and it comes at an opportune time as our core markets ­— West and Southwest ­— are expanding and providing plenty of solid investment opportunities,” said Barry DiRaimondo, former Legacy Partners Commercial CEO and now SteelWave CEO.


KPRS Construction welcomes Keith Taylor and Rob Kaneko, along with other team members from Los Angeles-based Inner Space Constructors. Keith as Senior Project Manager, Rob as Project Manager, and their team bring over 30 years’ experience in the industry. KPRS is proud to continue supporting the needs of our clients.

Judith S. Deutsch has a 30-year history of fundraising, including positions with UCLA and City of Hope. She was recently the principal of JSD Consulting. Ms. Deutsch holds a B.A. in Art History from UCLA and an M.A. in Education from the College of William & Mary. She is involved in community service and serves on eight boards of directors.

Du Brow

Julie Du Brow is honored to be a nominee for The Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference Awards, along with many other notable LA leaders. Employing a holistic PR / Marketing perspective to advance and connect clients in sustainability, the environment, architecture/design, the arts and nonprofits is her path to improving her native Los Angeles. (www.dubroworks.com)

As Principal of Interior Design at Kamus + Keller Interiors|Architecture, a leading Southern California commercial design firm, 30-year industry expert Susan Woller heads up KKIA’s newly established Downtown LA office and oversees the superior design initiatives firm-wide. Her most recent design work with worldwide humanitarian organization World Vision International was recognized at this year’s prestigious IIDA Calibre Awards.


David M. Reeder has joined Valensi Rose, PLC. With over twenty-five years of experience in bankruptcy law, Reeder’s focus is on business reorganizations, bankruptcy litigation, loan workouts, bankruptcy trustee representation, and the purchase of distressed assets. 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.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tayiika M. Dennis, CPA, has joined the Partnership of NSBN LLP, CPAs & Advisors in Beverly Hills. Tayiika provides audit and tax services for nonprofit organizations, and contributes to the success of her clients through exceptional client service. She is Board Treasurer of the Beauty Bus Foundation. Additionally, as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of CPAs, Ty stands out as a leader in the profession.


Kamus + Keller Interiors|Architecture, a leading Southern California commercial design firm, is proud to announce the promotion of Kristen Mays to Marketing Director. An MBA with over 10 years experience, Kristen guides the business development and marketing efforts of KKIA’s Downtown LA, Westlake Village and Long Beach offices with creative energy and unique insights into the A/E/C industry.

Carey M. Heyman, CPA, has joined the partnership of NSBN LLP, CPAs & Advisors in Beverly Hills. Carey is a valued business advisor to his clients, as well as a respected leader and mentor to the staff. His extensive audit and tax knowledge generate success for his clients and growth for the firm. Carey is Chair of the Audit & Accounting Committee and a Board Member of the Affordable Housing Management Association, Pacific Southwest Chapter.


Eric S. Adler, CPA, has joined the Partnership of NSBN LLP, CPAs & Advisors in Beverly Hills. Eric distinguishes himself through his hard work and his dedication and commitment to his clients, who range from individuals to closely-held companies. He advises his clients regarding business growth, taxation, and planning. Eric is a dynamic presence in the community, with the natural ability to connect people.

1st Century Bank warmly welcomes Candice Hassid as Business Development Officer. Candice has over 6 years of experience in banking, most recently serving as a Premier Banker in Beverly Hills and Century City. Candice, a native of Beverly Hills, will be focused on the needs and acquisition of middle-market companies and high net-worth individuals in Beverly Hills.


Hub International announced the addition of Robert Jellen to its Entertainment Industry Solutions practice. Jellen brings over 40 years of experience specializing in major studios, television networks, independent filmmakers, Fortune 500 advertisers and advertising agencies. He is a pioneer who created many of the entertainment insurance policies that are now seen as standard, and was the first insurance broker to receive screen credit for providing production insurance for a film. www.hubentertainment.com.

McGladrey, LLP, a leading provider of tax, assurance and consulting services, is pleased to announce that Rich Ferraro has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a director, leading the firm’s West Coast private equity consulting practice. Rich has more than 24 years of IT, operations and consulting experience and brings deep expertise in helping private equity firms and their portfolio companies develop IT strategies and initiatives.

Monday, April 27, 2015


Bank of the West has added two new executives to its mortgage banking division team. With more than 19 years of experience, Jim McCraw is a Southern California regional sales manager overseeing a team that specializes in working with individuals to purchase or refinance homes. Ted Johnson, the area sales manager for the Inland Valley area and Las Vegas, manages a team of mortgage bankers originating purchase and refinance loans for existing and new bank customers.

Julie A. Weitzell has joined advanced boutique visual effects company KILT STUDIOS as head of business development / television. She brings more than 20 years of entertainment post-production experience to her role at KILT. Julie’s career includes executive-level positions at The Post Group, Sunset Digital and, most recently, NBC Universal.


Kamus+Keller Interiors | Architecture, a leading Southern California commercial design firm, is proud to announce the promotions of Cheri Bancroft to Interior Design Director, and Cory Anttila to Architecture Director. With a combined 32 years in the industry, Cheri and Cory guide KKIA’s team in creating customized, innovative spaces for a wide range of clientele.

Brandon Rawlings has joined Business Finance Capital (BFC) as Senior Vice President, Business Development, for the firm’s Inland Empire office. In this role, Brandon will work with small and medium sized businesses in financing owner occupied real estate via the SBA loan program. Brandon brings over 17 years of commercial banking and real estate lending experience and a proven track record of driving sales and building strong client relationships.


Independent marketing communications firm R&R Partners has promoted John Wells to SVP, Group Managing Director. As the agency that created the ”What happens here, stays here” campaign for Las Vegas, R&R Partners has grown to nine offices. Beyond his Los Angeles base, John will expand his oversight to include Phoenix, Austin and R&R’s newest office in Mexico City, Mexico. The firm also maintains offices in Las Vegas, Denver, Reno, Salt Lake City and Washington DC. Specialties include travel, technology, sports and entertainment, real estate, and government affairs.

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) welcomes Chris Rico as Director of Innovation. Chris will lead the continued development of LAEDC’s InnovateLA Program. Chris has extensive experience creating, producing and executing projects in Media, Politics, Philanthropy and Education. He is a graduate of Duke University. To be showcased in LA InnovationWeek, October 5-11, 2015, contact Chris at 213-236-4836 or chris.rico@laedc.org.


Harley Ellis Devereaux is pleased to announce that Mitchell E. Sawasy, AIA, FIIDA, has joined the firm as a Studio Leader on the Corporate Commercial team. Mitch co-founded Rothenberg Sawasy Architects in 1979 and was design partner of the 60-person firm for over 30 years. He has an extensive background with multifamily/mixed-use/interior design projects throughout Southern California, China and Brazil, and currently serves as President of the 350-person Pasadena Chapter of the AIA.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mitra Esfandiari, AIA, is an influencer for women in architecture, highly regarded in entertainment design. As managing principal of the Placemaking Studio, she has contributed greatly to P+R; fostering solid client and workplace relationships, while leading project teams on significant commercial and entertainment projects.
Michael Bohn, AIA, continues to coordinate design efforts – striving for innovative, context-driven, environmentally responsible projects. His focus on transit-oriented development, mixed-use urban infill, multi-family housing and urban design, Bohn continues to shape communities and make more inhabitable places


Peggy Delach and Christian Capper have joined the Los Angeles office of Shangri-La Construction. As a Director of Business Development, Peggy brings over 30 years of construction experience from Swinerton Builders and will enhance Shangri-La’s presence in diverse global accounts and special projects. Formerly with NOVO Construction and Turelk, Inc., Christian has over 20 years of tenant improvement project management experience. In the Senior Project Manager role, Christian’s expertise and client relationships will strengthen Shangri-La’s special projects division.

Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. (Pankow) is pleased to announce the promotion of Dave Eichten as President and Chief Operating Officer. Dave is a 27-year veteran in the field of construction and will spearhead the executive leadership team at Pankow. Pankow is also pleased to announce the promotion of Jack Mollenkopf as Regional Vice President for its Southern California region. Jack is a 20-year veteran in the field of construction and an executive leader for Pankow well-known for his solutions-oriented ideas and cool-headed demeanor.


JuraLaw Retains Joseph Scott for Strategic Growth. Law Bulletin Publishing Company announced that they have engaged Joseph Scott, a licensed California attorney, with over 20 years of experience in the legal vertical as a consultant and author of numerous articles and white papers on legal technologies and risk management. To learn more, visit http://www.gsspconsulting.com/.

Don Perata, former State Senate President Pro Tempore joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s government relations department in the Sacramento office as a policy director. He will help clients across all Brownstein’s California offices from Sacramento, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara navigate complicated state legislative issues..

Justin Glasser has joined the Financial Reporting practice within Cushman & Wakefield’s Valuation & Advisory group. In this new role, he’ll lead the practice in the West, primarily responsible for consulting with corporate clients, including public and private REITs, on valuation of tangible and intangible assets for financial reporting purposes.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Los Angeles-based litigation law firm Bird Marella announces the addition of Timothy B. Yoo as Of Counsel. Mr. Yoo will focus his practice on business litigation and intellectual property disputes. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Senior Litigation Counsel for CJ E&M, Korea’s largest entertainment and media conglomerate..


Vincent Leoni, CPA is a partner with Miller Kaplan Arase LLP. He has over 27 years of experience performing entertainment consulting and royalty/contract compliance examinations on behalf of licensors, recording artists, music publishers, film studios and software developers. Vince also works with major trademark licensors in Asia and Europe. He has provided litigation support services and analyzed income streams in order to determine damages, revenues and royalties due to participants. He has also been called upon to serve as an expert witness.

Shuster Financial Group, LLC, a leading boutique Financial and Insurance Services firm, has named Nathan Gierke as Chief Administrative Officer. Nathan has held previous management positions within AXA Advisors, New England Financial and MetLife. Nathan passed the California State Bar exam in 2005 and holds his FINRA Series 6, 7, 66 and 24 registrations. Nathan graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and received his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.


Wells Fargo Advisors announced the appointment of Joey M. Behrstock to Vice President- Investments. Behrstock will work out of the Beverly Hills office and provide advisory services, asset management, estate investment planning and other financial services. He can be reached at 310-288-5535 or via joey.behrstock@wellsfargoadvisors.com.

Roxana K. Chamouillé joins Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP. Ms. Chamouillé handles sophisticated commercial real estate transactions on behalf of local, regional and nationwide institutional lenders, with an emphasis on financing, acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing. Previously, Ms. Chamouillé was the Founder and President of RKC APC, a law firm specializing in real estate transactions and litigation.


The Richman Group of California has appointed veteran affordable housing developer Rick Westberg Executive VP to spearhead the company’s expansion of affordable/mixed-income housing in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
The Richman Group of California’s new Newport Beach office is located at 420 31st Street, Suite B-1. (949) 612-7293

Monday, April 6, 2015

Derek Barto, CPA has been promoted to Principal of RBZ’s highly respected Law Firm Services Group. Derek has spent most of his career working with law firms and their leaders helping them understand and solve the critical issues they face in their own firms and in the changing law firm environment.


Gursey | Schneider LLP, a Los Angeles full service accounting firm announces the addition of Jerome D. Vermeulen, CPA as a principal in Audit Practice. The firm maintains satellite offices in the South Bay and Orange County. Vermeulen‘s audit practice focuses on corporate entities in technology, manufacturing and distribution, media and entertainment, and on non-profit organizations.

The San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Building and Airside Expansion Project, designed by HNTB Corporation, has been named as Best of the Best Projects winner for 2014 by Engineering News-Record, an industry-leading publication that reports on design and construction. The airport took top national honors in the Airport/Transit category.

“We are proud of our ongoing relationship with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and our project partners who worked diligently to bring this award-winning facility to travelers,” said Laddie Irion, HNTB senior vice president and national aviation market sector leader.

HNTB provided the initial planning, lead architectural and engineering services for the 460,000-square-foot expansion – branded as The Green Build – adding or renovating a total of 20 gates and designing the airport’s new retail and food atrium, among many other interior enhancements. The terminal was also awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world’s first commercial airport terminal to earn the highest LEED certification available for sustainable construction.

Monday, March 30, 2015

David Burrus has joined Turner Construction as Aviation Project Executive for the Southwest Business Unit. In this leadership role, his work will primarily focus on the LAX Midfield Satellite Concourse project. David has dedicated his career to building some of the most notable projects in transportation infrastructure including the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal project and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC). He was recently named one of ENR’s annual Top 25 Newsmakers.

Congratulations to Michael R. Lawson who has been elected to New York Life’s Agents Advisory Council (AAC), a prominent group of 24 New York Life agents elected by its 12,000 peers to work with senior management to develop and implement ideas that will benefit families and businesses in their local communities.


Deborah Varon has joined international architecture and engineering firm LEO A DALY as Director of Business Development for the firm’s Los Angeles office. In this role, she will work with practice leaders to pursue new strategic opportunities in the education, aviation, healthcare, civic, hospitality, and science & technology markets.
Deborah brings over 15 years of experience in the A/E industry, and a proven record of driving growth, cultivating strategic alliances, and building successful client relationships.

Peyman Salehi has joined City National Bank as senior vice president and manager of the Beverly Hills private client services team. Salehi leads a team of more than two dozen professionals and is looking to expand his team. Salehi and his team provide customized credit, investment management, wealth planning and trust services to high-net-worth families, select nonprofits and professional services firms.


Paul Craig, chief administrative officer for USC Health and interim chief executive officer of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, has accepted to chair the American Heart Association’s Los Angeles Heart Walk in 2016. The annual 5K walk engages the community in raising awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke, the nation’s leading killers. For information, visit www.heartwalkla.org.

Robert D. Counter, AIA, has joined international architecture and engineering firm LEO A DALY as Director of Healthcare for the firm’s Los Angeles office. He will serve as chief strategist and decision-maker for the firm’s growing healthcare-design practice, which was recently ranked 6th by Modern Healthcare. Robert brings over 30 years of experience as a healthcare-practice and team leader, with recent projects completed for Cedars-Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, VA and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.


Miller Kaplan Arase LLP, one of the top 100 accounting firms in the US, proudly announced the promotions of 3 new partners:
Alexandra (Alex) Chernyak, CPA focuses primarily on employee benefit plans and labor organizations. She works on many of the firm’s more complex 401(k) plans and larger labor unions, as well as financial and regulatory needs of our clients.
Justine Grant Ruffalo, CPA serves businesses, estates, trusts and high net worth individuals in the entertainment industry, including the areas of music, film, television and licensing. She also has extensive experience in royalty and contract compliance, film and television tax credits, probate court and tour accounting.
Stephen M. Ozen, CPA specializes in the food and beverage, and manufacturing industries. His experience includes audit, tax and strategic planning. Stephen also deals with matters relating to setting up businesses in the United States and implementing internal control systems. MillerKaplan.com