Los Angeles Business Journal

Law of Jungle in Action

Mark Robinson knew when he embarked on an African safari this summer with his wife, Pamela, that he’d get to see all kinds of wildlife up close. But the executive director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Century City real estate brokerage never imagined just how close.

In a Family Way

In less than a year, David Fletcher went from being a single guy to married with two children.

Rough Road for Family

Ari Bass was one of many L.A. dads who spent a couple weeks in August driving a van on a family vacation.

Text Exec Sends Message

Dez White, founder of free ephemeral messaging app Invisible Text, is excited to head to New York this month to kick off her work with the Clinton Global Initiative.

Open to Opposing Views

Things got a little uncomfortable at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

Taking Top Honors After Sub Mission

Mike Margolis drove down to San Diego with his family earlier this month to cheer on his oldest son, 18-year-old James Wu, who was participating in an unusual event: an international robo-sub competition.

What, Me Divide?

Why split the state into six small ones, Charles Crumpley asks, when it’s so much fun as a big dysfunctional mess?

Sharing Athletic Spirit

From soap opera extra to crew director, Steven Barber has had every job in the “biz” over the past 25 years.

Barbie Toys With Obsolescence

Barbie’s had many careers but Charles Crumpley thinks it’s time for Mattel to retire her.

High-Flying Bonds

Most people find a packed flight to be a disappointment, robbing them of the chance at being next to an empty seat. But Drew Zager sees a silver lining.

Mother’s Helper

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.

Follow the Bouncing Ball

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.

OK, Soccer Break’s Over...

Most bank executives wouldn’t brag about how many of their employees were watching sports during the workday. Then there’s Alan Rothenberg.

Saying ‘Da’ to Business

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.

Inglewood for the Score?

An NFL stadium in Los Angeles? Maybe Inglewood would be the best place, Charles Crumpley opines.

Goal Was to Have Fun So They Kept Playing

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.

Creative Economy’s Naked Truth

The sacking of Dov Charney points out how creative types still don’t fit well in straight-laced corporate America, Charles Crumpley writes.

Violinist Not Ready to Bow Out

Shortly after Andrew Silber opened his Whale & Ale pub in San Pedro, he hired a retired violinist to provide entertainment every Friday night.

Faithful Fan Waits for Cleveland to Rock

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.

Not Following Dad’s Footsteps

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.

Katz Out of Bag

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.

In Presence of Bugatti Greatness

Local attorney and car enthusiast Tim Lappen recently scored the gig of a lifetime: test driving and reviewing a $2.5 million Bugatti roadster.

Sometimes Speaking Loudly Carries Day

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.

L.A. a Magnet for Magnates

L.A. is a magnet for magnates, and that is one of the city’s greatest assets, says Charles Crumpley.

Conference Resists Ukrainian Chill

Monica Dodi is a managing director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund on the Miracle Mile and co-founder of MTV Europe.

Clarity From Crisis

Sometimes a crisis is good for a workplace, Charles Crumpley opines.

Newscaster Finds New Home in Real Estate

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.

Water Fears All Wet

Charles Crumpley thinks California’s water crisis is all wet.

They’ve Managed to Avoid an Identity Crisis

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.

You’re Going to Ecuador and Coming Back a Star

It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Taking Pass on Politics

The death of Mickey Rooney last week got Michael Levine reminiscing.

Time to Make Waves at Ports

Charles Crumpley pushes for a sea change in the way the ports are promoted and operated.

Answer Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Daniel Singer is the 14-year-old creator of Backchat, an anonymous messaging application.

Up for the Count

Charles Crumpley looks forward to the day he won’t hear the same bleak numbers at L.A. luncheons.

Father, Son Mark 11th Diamond Anniversary

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.

Oil Giant Dug Its Own Hole

COMMENT

Charles Crumpley notes that fracking opponents don’t trust Occidental Petroleum and seconds the emotion.

Lawyer Takes His Case to the Whisky

Mark Sullivan is a senior litigation paralegal for Century City law firm Cox Castle & Nicholson. He’s also the firm’s resident rocker.

To Watch or Not to Watch

COMMENT: Should cable providers pay a huge sum to carry the new Dodgers channel? Charles Crumpley says definitely yes and no.

This Dog Has His Day Every Day at Law Firm

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.

Trip That Celebrated Halfpipe Legacy

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.

Surprise Proposal at Recovery Site

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.

Tech Toys With Dolls Market

COMMENT: Charles Crumpley asks if lower sales figures for Barbie mean the doll is the latest victim of Internet disruption.

Wage Creep

COMMENT: Nice aim by L.A. labor in targeting the spread of “living wage” to hotels beyond the airport, Charles Crumpley writes.

Creativity From Chaos

Comment: It’s time to get organized, some believe. But not Charles Crumpley. He writes that creativity springs from chaos.

Competitive Juices Flow at Firm

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.

Poor Snap Decision

COMMENT

Charles Crumpley thinks Snapchat may have committed a business blunder for the books.

Talk About ‘Regulation’ That Thwarts New Business …

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.

Go West, Not-So-Young Man and Woman

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.

Race Tests Car Salesman’s Drive

Haitham Fakhouri never considered himself in top physical shape.

Getting the First Laugh

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,

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