James Rufus Koren is a finance reporter covering the banking industry.
Prior to joining the Business Journal, he covered state and local politics for several daily newspapers in Southern California. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He can be reached at 323-549-5225, ext. 225, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Her Mark In America
When Sunnie S. Kim left South Korea in 1974, it was a society that would have locked her out of nearly any career.
Jamie Montgomery sells bank but holds on to its conference.
INVESTMENT: Jamie Montgomery found it too tough to break connections with his former bank’s tech conference.
INVESTMENT: Trevor Saliba sees opening for licensed operator as money pours in.
Foreigners who put money into American enterprises in exchange for green cards through the federal EB-5 visa program have enjoyed the same protections from scammers that safeguard other investors.
Ten years ago, when Jeff Friedman and Mark Zytko were trying to secure their first deal, they had a nearly empty office, one employee and no track record.
“There’s always money available,” says Howard Levkowitz, “but not always for what people want.”
Special Report: Who’s Who in Banking & Finance
Business Journal spotlights nonbank execs who provide business loans that institutions can’t or won’t.
ACQUISITION: De La Rosa sees pickup by Stifel boosting its public bond business.
The partners at Century City investment bank and bond underwriter De La Rosa & Co. had wanted to sell to a bigger firm for a few years, and they’d had offers.
Rene Kaerskov is hoping the Federal Aviation Administration will soon clear Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to take tourists to space.
Banks never loaned to tech startups – until now
LENDING: Commercial banks hook up with tech startups through venture loans to be repaid after future funding rounds.
Non-profit: Homeboy Industries’ new chief executive aims to make the gang rehabilitation program more self-sufficient.
Non profit: New CEO looks to reform rehabilitation-focused Homeboy Industries into a more self-supporting business.