Five years ago, Mother Co. founder and Chief Executive Abbie Schiller, 42, and her family decided to move in with her parents at her childhood home in Pacific Palisades to keep her then-fledgling children’s entertainment startup above water.
Sandy Lechtick makes sure to exercise regularly when he’s not running Woodland Hills legal search firm Esquire Inc. But the 65-year-old is not much for golf or treadmills.
Most bank executives wouldn’t brag about how many of their employees were watching sports during the workday. Then there’s Alan Rothenberg.
Ilya Kuntsevich studied economics as a college student in Russia, but his training wasn’t exactly the industry standard for employees of big international companies.
An NFL stadium in Los Angeles? Maybe Inglewood would be the best place, Charles Crumpley opines.
The sacking of Dov Charney points out how creative types still don’t fit well in straight-laced corporate America, Charles Crumpley writes.
Swagbucks Chief Executive Chuck Davis, an avid soccer fan, enjoyed this summer’s World Cup in person by heading down to Brazil to catch some games.
Shortly after Andrew Silber opened his Whale & Ale pub in San Pedro, he hired a retired violinist to provide entertainment every Friday night.
On a Thursday in May, Hugh Hewitt was not at the Burbank studio where he records his nationally syndicated radio program or at the downtown Los Angeles law firm offices where he is a partner.
As a college student in the late 1970s, Darell Krasnoff dreamed of getting a job with a company where he could climb the ranks and eventually become a top executive.
Though they’d both been lawyers for at least 30 years, Ira B. Katz and Ira N. Katz first met three years ago over lunch – though they didn’t eat together.
Local attorney and car enthusiast Tim Lappen recently scored the gig of a lifetime: test driving and reviewing a $2.5 million Bugatti roadster.
L.A. is a magnet for magnates, and that is one of the city’s greatest assets, says Charles Crumpley.
Last month’s Walk to End Genocide at Pan Pacific Park drew more than 3,000 people, the largest iteration yet of what has become the biggest annual anti-genocide demonstration in the country.
Monica Dodi is a managing director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund on the Miracle Mile and co-founder of MTV Europe.
Sometimes a crisis is good for a workplace, Charles Crumpley opines.
Charles Crumpley thinks California’s water crisis is all wet.
Talk about a career change: Longtime local TV newscaster Laurel Erickson, who used to do hard-hitting stories on housing developments, is now showing houses for a living.
In his 34 years as an attorney in Los Angeles, Michael A. Sherman has made a name for himself as a bet-the-company litigator.
It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.
The death of Mickey Rooney last week got Michael Levine reminiscing.
Charles Crumpley pushes for a sea change in the way the ports are promoted and operated.
Daniel Singer is the 14-year-old creator of Backchat, an anonymous messaging application.
Charles Crumpley looks forward to the day he won’t hear the same bleak numbers at L.A. luncheons.
Ross Goldberg remembers what his father told him 11 years ago when he asked if he’d join him again on opening day at Dodger Stadium.
Charles Crumpley notes that fracking opponents don’t trust Occidental Petroleum and seconds the emotion.
Mark Sullivan is a senior litigation paralegal for Century City law firm Cox Castle & Nicholson. He’s also the firm’s resident rocker.
There’s one partner at Westwood law firm Liner who’s such an institution that he’s actually written into the terms of the lease.
COMMENT: Should cable providers pay a huge sum to carry the new Dodgers channel? Charles Crumpley says definitely yes and no.
Publicist Nicole Wool’s trip to the Sochi Olympics wasn’t just about the athlete she was there to represent – U.S. Olympic women’s halfpipe skier Angeli Vanlaanen – but also the one who never made it there.
A few weeks ago, Ray Adamyk, 52, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a historic home in La Verne that his Pomona company, Spectra Co., worked to renovate and restore.
COMMENT: Charles Crumpley asks if lower sales figures for Barbie mean the doll is the latest victim of Internet disruption.
COMMENT: Nice aim by L.A. labor in targeting the spread of “living wage” to hotels beyond the airport, Charles Crumpley writes.
As founding partners of their own law firm in Century City, Keith Elkins and Scott Kalt don’t just divvy up attorney pay or recruit new partners. Some days, you’ll find them planning relay races.
Comment: It’s time to get organized, some believe. But not Charles Crumpley. He writes that creativity springs from chaos.
Tom Nix, 65, has lots of tales to tell from his days building and running Nix Check Cashing, a chain he founded in South Los Angeles in 1978 and sold in 2007.
Charles Crumpley thinks Snapchat may have committed a business blunder for the books.
Ellen Landau, 66, and her husband, Howard, 68, moved to Pasadena last summer after 30 years in Cleveland. She left behind a tenured professorship teaching art history at Case Western Reserve University for an opportunity to strike out on her own, writing and lecturing at various cultural institutions in Southern California.
Haitham Fakhouri never considered himself in top physical shape.
Since driverless cars are coming, maybe there’s no need to worry about freeway congestion anymore, Charles Crumpley writes
When Lew Feldman, chairman of law firm Goodwin Procter’s L.A. office, sat down with Westfield Group co-Chief Executive Peter Lowy last month for a real estate symposium talk in downtown Los Angeles, it was more than the usual highbrow market discussion,
Shannon Kelly, 28, and her husband, Sean, 30, like to get together Sunday evenings to compare their busy schedules of after-work events for the week.
A quarter-century ago, David Henry began his real estate career while living in Dandora, a slum near Nairobi, Kenya.
The trend to ever-smaller work spaces has Charles Crumpley feeling pinched.
Call it a temporary return to his youth.
Charles Crumpley wants an answer: Is Herbalife a pyramid scheme or not?
Stephan Roth usually is behind the scenes, reaching out to journalists as a principal at OutThink Partners in Beverly Hills, a PR firm specializing in the gay and lesbian market.
Last spring, Bao Ngo wanted to get a basketball competition going. Her company, Santa Monica online genealogy mapper Geni, had a team and they challenged the team at her former employer, ScoreBig Inc.
The problem with Demand Media is that it treated content like a pawn, not a king, Charles Crumpley believes.
Mark Paolucci loves art enough to gut a portion of his office space to create a gallery.