People On The Move - San Fernando Valley Business Journal
Monday, January 04, 2021
BANKINGCalifornia Bank & Trust (CB&T) has promoted Eric Ellingsen to CEO after more than twenty years of unwavering commitment to the bank. Ellingsen will continue his role as president with new responsibilities as CEO overseeing CB&T’s growth across the state, including direct oversight of its commercial banking division. David E. Blackford will transition from his role as prior CEO to executive chairman, with continuing responsibility for the bank’s commercial real estate portfolio.
Ellingsen began his impressive career trajectory at CB&T in a four-month temporary role as a junior accountant that led to a permanent position within the company. Throughout the years, he’s handled risk management, regulatory compliance, international banking and asset/liability management. In 2012, he was promoted to CFO and in 2016, rose to the position of COO where he oversaw business and branch banking, SBA lending, private banking, corporate services, and the bank’s finance and planning functions.
As CEO, he sees tremendous opportunity ahead to continue to grow the bank, investing in employees, serving its clients and making a difference in the community. Ellingsen plays an active role supporting many nonprofit and professional groups; serving as the chairman of the Western Bankers Association, a board member of the California Bankers Association and president of the North American Asset and Liability Management Association. He’s been recognized as “CFO of the Year – Large Public Company” and a two-time recipient of the “San Diego 500 – The Most Influential Business Leaders in San Diego” by the San Diego Business Journal.
EXECUTIVE PROTECTION DRONE OPERATIONS
The World Protection Group (WPG), a leading security firm specializing in international executive protection and executive protection drone operations, has just received the FAA drone waiver, the beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) 107.31 – Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aircraft Operation. This is one of the most difficult waivers to acquire granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The World Protection Group is the only security firm in the United States to acquire all 3 of the most difficult FAA drone waivers.
This waiver applies to a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) and regulates to Fly a UAS beyond your ability to clearly determine its orientation with unaided vision. The waiver allows drone pilots to control the drone outside their VLOS.
This waiver joins the two others already held by WPG:
• 107.39 – Operation Over People - To Fly UAS Over a Person waiver
• 107.29 – Daylight Operations – To Fly UAS at Night waiver
The ability to operate drones beyond the VLOS is essential to the protection of human life and for ensuring WPG’s clients and their properties are kept safe and secure at all times by using visual observers on each mission. The implementation of WPG’s security operations integrates its drones with manned security maneuvers to ensure its clients’ safety at all times and in any situation.
About The World Protection Group
Founded in 2001 by Kent Moyer and headquartered in Beverly Hills, with offices in New York City, Mexico, and Shanghai. The World Protection Group offers fullservice international security. WPG has armed security trained pilots, an extensive fleet of drones and they are required to have FEMA disaster response training.
Contact us at The World Protection Group.
WEALTH MANAGEMENTAndrew Nakagawa has joined J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Westlake Village as a Vice President, Banker. In this role, Andy works with affluent families, corporate executives, business owners and nonprofit organizations across the region to pursue the important wealth management objectives required to grow and protect their wealth.
Monday, November 09, 2020
BANKINGPacific Premier Bank welcomes Armida Colmenares-Strafford to her new role as 1st VP/Senior Relationship Manager for the Encino office. Armida focuses on supporting small and medium-sized businesses with lending, deposit, and treasury management solutions. Armida brings 30 years of banking experience with various national, regional, and community banks in the greater Los Angeles area. Currently she Chairs UCC and is on the Board of TVEA.
Monday, September 28, 2020
BANKINGPacific Premier Bank promoted Arlet Hur To SVP, Director of Commercial Banking for the Los Angeles market, covering the San Fernando Valley/Encino area. Arlet brings 25-plus years of banking experience to her new role of leading relationship managers in overseeing multimillion-dollar deposit and credit portfolios for the Bank.
Monday, August 17, 2020
LEGALJoshua Chu appointed managing partner of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP’s California offices. The firm’s Los Angeles and Silicon Valley offices consist of more than 40 intellectual property attorneys who focus on delivering service in the areas of trademark prosecution, patent prosecution, licensing, opinion work, post-grant proceedings and litigation.
FINANCIAL SERVICESMerryll McElwain joins Wilmington Trust as senior wealth advisor in Los Angeles and will be responsible for substantially growing the firm’s wealth management services, with a focus on individual and family wealth, business owners, and institutions in the Western region. She will work closely with clients and their advisors to develop financial strategies, help clients meet their current needs, and plan for long-term objectives. Merryll will also coordinate comprehensive financial planning services including, investment management, planning, trust, private banking, and family office services.
Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Merryll worked for over 12 years in financial planning. Previously she was a senior client strategist for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. She is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor and helps educate and advise entrepreneurs and shareholders before, during, and after the sale or transition of their companies. Merryll is also on the executive committee for the LA Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute.
“Now more than ever individuals, families and entrepreneurs in the Los Angeles area are looking for experienced advisors to navigate the changing environment,” said Merryll. I am excited to join a firm that possesses sophisticated solutions and holistic offerings to help create successful transitions and positive outcomes. I look forward to quarterbacking a team of advisors and working closely with strategists and investment professionals to guide our clients through times of challenge, growth, and succession.”
Merryll holds an MBA from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University. She serves as vice president of the board for Braemar Country Club and as a member of the board for Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Over the past 12 months, Wilmington Trust has recruited a powerful list of market leaders, senior wealth advisors, wealth strategists, and private bankers to lead and expand regions within its footprint, including New Jersey, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston and Pennsylvania. Last year, the firm announced a new relationship-led operating model, which has attracted dozens more internally and externally to serve as wealth advisors to the firm’s high-net-worth and ultra-high-net worth clients
Monday, August 3, 2020
SENIOR CARELos Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH) - One of the nation’s largest providers of comprehensive senior care, LAJH welcomes Dale Surowitz as its newest CEO and president. He succeeds Molly Forrest, who led LAJH for nearly 25 years of dynamic growth and development. Surowitz will leverage the expertise he built as CEO of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center to fuel LAJH’s continued expansion, while Forrest transitions to a new role as president of the Jewish Home Foundation.
NON-PROFITAMANDA SUSSKIND NAMED NEW PRESIDENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOUNDATION (CRF)
Amanda Susskind joins CRF as their new President following nearly two decades as the Los Angeles Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League where she oversaw a broad civil rights agenda, anti-bias education and bullying prevention programs, Holocaust education, and hate crime victim assistance. In that role, Susskind conceived and convened LA For Good, a coalition of community leaders standing together to fight hate and create a more unified Los Angeles. She was also a leading voice advocating for ADL to take national positions on gender equity, LGBTQ rights, and immigration reform. Prior to ADL, Susskind specialized in public and environmental law as a partner at Weston, Benshoof, Rochefort, Rubalcava & MacCuish and, before that, a shareholder at Richards, Watson & Gershon. She earned a JD from Hastings College of the Law and a BS in Mathematics from Stanford University. Susskind succeeds Marshall Croddy who was a major contributor at CRF for over 40 years serving as President since 2013. Susskind will bring her background in social justice, law and education to continue CRF’s legacy of creating the next generation of active and engaged citizens. CRF’s mission is to educate students, primarily in underserved areas, about what citizenship means, to empower them to be active participants in this democracy, and to amplify their voices in being thoughtful agents of change.
ACCOUNTINGGreen Hasson Janks (GHJ) welcomes Peter Brown,CPA, CFF, ABV, as a new partner and practice leader of Forensic Services. With nearly three decades of forensic accounting experience, as well as extensive experience quantifying damages in commercial litigation and internal investigations, Brown will be an integral driver of growth for GHJ’s advisory service offerings.
Passionate about helping clients #BeMore, Brown has served as a litigation consultant and expert witness in numerous disputes.
“His expertise will help us to even better serve our clients,” GHJ Partner and Advisory Practice Leader Anant Patel said.
Monday, April 27, 2020
HEALTH CAREKaiser Permanente announced that John D. Kim has been appointed chief operating officer for the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills and West Ventura service areas. John will be responsible for day-to-day hospital operations, continuing care, capital projects, quality/regulatory services and operations support, as well as provide oversight of our West Ventura market.
Monday, February 3, 2020
ANNIVERSARYAmerican Financial Center, Inc. (AFCI) of Sherman Oaks is proud to celebrate its 20th year in business as of March, 2020.
AFCI Factors Accounts receivables for businesses and makes small loans and Merchant Cash Advances.
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14930 Ventura Blvd. Suite 320
Sherman Oaks, Ca 91403
ACCOUNTINGCohnReznick LLP, one of the top U.S. advisory, assurance, and tax firms, has promoted 12 professionals to its partnership ranks, effective February 1, 2020. Two are from the firm’s Los Angeles office:
Jeff Hollman, CPA, most recently served as an audit director and is a key member of the firm’s Cannabis, Retail & Consumer Products, and Manufacturing & Distribution practices. Jeff has more than 13 years of experience assisting companies with technical matters such as purchase accounting, debt and equity transactions and stock-based compensation. He combines technical expertise with industry knowledge to provide value-added solutions to his clients.
Natalie Tronkina, CPA, is a member of CohnReznick’s Transactional Advisory Service Practice. With more than 15 years of experience, Natalie provides buy- and sell-side due diligence for private equity, lenders, and strategic buyers and sellers. Her areas of focus include performing quality of earnings, net working capital assessments, preparing pro-forma financial statements, performing profitability and bridging analyses, evaluating financial reporting infrastructures, and recommending best practices.
“We are very excited to have Jeff and Natalie join our partnership. They are both highly talented business people who add value to our clients and our teams. They elevate our practice and we look forward to their continuing success,” said Scott Sachs, CPA, Managing Partner – Los Angeles Offices.
TAX SERVICES(top left) Greg Kniss, KROST Managing Principal, followed left to right by new KROST principals Martin Belak-Berger, Scott Eisner, Robert Price, Scott Gilmore, and Philip D’Amico. Not pictured: Jerry Block and Jane Plant.
Los Angeles-based firm, KROST CPAs and Consultants, has merged with BPE&H out of Woodland Hills effective January 1, 2020. Seven principals join the KROST leadership team, including Scott Eisner, Martin Belak-Berger, Bob Price, Phil D’Amico, Scott Gilmore; and founding principals Jerry Block and Jane Plant.
For more information visit KROSTCPAs.com.
Monday, September 16, 2019
ANNIVERSARIESYale Management Services, Inc. reached their 40th anniversary in August, with a celebration scheduled for Oct. 13 — the day co-founder, Frances Kaufman would have turned 90. Her son and company president, Richard Kaufman, presides over the company’s 150 employees, 5,000 managed units and limited partnerships, including a recent large-scale acquisition. YaleManagementServices.com
NONPROFITTheresa Edy-Kiene has been appointed new CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA), the largest girl-serving nonprofit in Southern California. Ms. Edy-Kiene comes to GSGLA from Fuller Seminary as the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Change Management in the President’s Office as well as the Executive Director for the Thrive Center for Human Development. Prior to that, she co-founded and led two national consumer food brands and was a successful television executive for Lifetime Television, Warner Bros., and Fox.
Beginning her new role on Sept. 16, Ms. Edy-Kiene will provide direction and vision for the development and achievement of the organization’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. A Girl Scout alumna, she succeeds Lise Luttgens, who retired on Sept. 6 after 11 years of leadership.
GSGLA is the fourth largest of 112 regional Girl Scout councils with nearly 72,000 members, solid retention rates, the most successful Girl Scout Cookie Program in the nation, and innovative leadership programs for girls in LA and beyond. Ms. Edy-Kiene joins the nonprofit as it enters the last year of a three-year strategic plan to reach more girls in underserved LA communities; deliver high-impact programs in entrepreneurship, STE(A)M, life skills, and outdoor; and invest in girls through philanthropic partnerships.
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATEExecutive Account Manager, Alexander Paulus transferred to LA from Carbon Lighthouse’s headquarters in San Francisco in July. He is instrumental in client success, partnering with commercial real estate owners to drive net operating income and reduce energy consumption. Paulus’s entire career has been dedicated to cleantech and sustainability.
Andres Torres, Data Acquisition Engineer at Carbon Lighthouse, transferred to LA from Carbon Lighthouse’s headquarters in San Francisco in April. He is a mechanical engineer, bringing 3 years of experience in the oil and gas and aerospace industries. He devises data collection strategies critical for enabling clean energy service in buildings.
A former Naval Officer, John Shaw joins Carbon Lighthouse as a Senior Data Acquisition Engineer. He will be the lead engineer heading up the technical team for the Los Angeles office. Shaw brings more than three years of engineering experience from SpaceX and five years from the U.S. Navy.
Monday, August 30, 2019
PROFESSIONAL SERVICESMiwako Reynolds was promoted to managing director of audit services at Crowe, a public accounting, consulting and technology firm. She’ll focus on audited financial statements, developing and managing client relationships, and the strategic growth planning of the firm.
ACCOUNTINGMike Amerio, managing partner of Lucas Horsfall, announced three promotions at the firm. Lucas Horsfall, with 76 employees, is ranked by Los Angeles Business Journal as the 27th largest CPA firm in Los Angeles County. The firm specializes in medium-sized, privately-owned companies.
Ninelly Shabani, CPA, has been promoted to an audit manager at Lucas Horsfall. She is a graduate of U.S.C. with a B.S. in accounting and a resident of Glendale. Of Armenian heritage she was born in Iran.
Krista Richardson, CPA, MBA has been named manager of Client Accounting Services, specializing in the complete back office accounting function through the level of Financial Controller to mid-sized private companies She formerly worked in the entertainment industry as a feature film accountant for Universal Studios, Disney, and 20th Century Fox.
Kenneth Woerner, CPA, has been promoted to a tax manager in Lucas Horsfall. A graduate of U.C.L.A., with a master of science in taxation from Golden Gate University, he is a resident of Azusa. He has been with Lucas Horsfall since 2013.
Monday, August 5, 2019
INFRASTRUCTUREMurali Hariharan, PE, GE, has been appointed senior tunnel engineer for HNTB’s national tunnel practice. He continues working on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project in L.A. as lead engineer for construction support services and has undertaken geotechnical tasks on XpressWest High Speed Rail project from Victorville, CA, to Las Vegas, NV, being provided at an accelerated schedule. He is based in HNTB’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
Hariharan has more than 18 years of structural and geotechnical engineering experience in the design of tunnels, shafts, deep excavation support, slope stability and underground structures in a wide range of geotechnical conditions. He joined HNTB in 2014 and has also worked on California High Speed Rail Project Segment CP4 in Bakersfield, CA, and the San Juan Capistrano Passing Siding Project in Orange County, CA, among others.
Previously, Hariharan worked on tunnel projects for Metrolink/Southern California Regional Rail Authority, California Department of Transportation, Ottawa Light Rail Transit, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and San Diego County Water Authority. He also has been project engineer for tunnel projects in New York City, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Melbourne, Australia.
Monday, July 22, 2019
BANKINGBijan Keshavarzi has joined City National Bank as a senior vice president and regional banking manager. Based in the bank’s Encino office, he is responsible for the delivery of City National’s tailored financial solutions to business owners, professionals and their families in the Northern Los Angeles region, which includes offices in Burbank, Camarillo, Chatsworth, Oxnard, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sun Valley, Universal City, Valencia, Westlake Village and Woodland Hills.
ACCOUNTINGFloQast has appointed Jill Cooper as vice president, sales. Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in leading global sales teams and driving significant revenue growth. She will help drive FloQast’s growing sales organization as it expands its leadership in close management software for accounting and finance teams.
Monday, June 24, 2019
FINANCIAL SERVICESWilmington Trust has appointed Jeffrey R. Felix as vice president and senior private banker. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, he is charged with meeting the financial needs of clients throughout the Western United States by helping them obtain the right sources of funding for significant purchases, including real estate, yachts, aircraft, artwork, and other collections; business expenses; annual gifting; and the payment of taxes. Felix also has expertise in strategic asset allocation and personal trust administration. He joins Wilmington Trust’s growing team of wealth advisors in Los Angeles, which includes president of the Western Region Brian Oard, as well as Tracy Nickl, Julie Weiss, Melissa Graf and Victoria Flores-Manrique.
Wilmington Trust has experienced 12 percent year-over-year loan growth while its Los Angeles team has grown by double digits. The firm deploys the power of the M&T Bank balance sheet and a credit culture that delivers a suite of lending solutions, including structured and securities-based lending for high-net worth and ultra-high-net worth clients.
Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Felix was a senior private banker at East West Bank. Previously, he was a private banker at Wells Fargo and Union Bank, where he provided his clients with advice and customized solutions to meet their residential, real estate, and personal asset-backed lending needs.
Felix received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the California State University, Northridge. Wilmington Trust’s Los Angeles office is located at 10250 Constellation Blvd., Suite 2800. Felix can be contacted at (310) 300-3072.
BANKINGCity National Bank has hired Jasleen Patel as senior vice president and commercial banking manager of its commercial banking team in the San Fernando Valley. Patel provides middle-market clients and real estate investors in the San Fernando Valley with portfolio management expertise, cash management and the bank’s full suite of custom financial solutions.
Monday, June 10, 2019
HEALTH CARECommonSpirit Health has appointed Julie Sprengel, President for Dignity Health Southern California, to lead the new Southwest Division of CommonSpirit Health. The Southwest division includes both Southern California and Nevada and is comprised of nine acute care hospitals and four micro-hospitals.
“We are thrilled that Julie has accepted this expanded role,” states Marvin O’Quinn, president and chief operating officer for CommonSpirit Health. “Her leadership and vision has transformed our Southern California hospitals. I am confident that she will bring the same passion and vision to our hospitals and health care facilities in Nevada.”
With nearly 20 years of progressive health care experience, Julie has successfully led a largescale strategic planning process for the Southern California market, with a focus on safety, quality and patient experience. She expanded the focus on the future state of health care, including the migration to population health and wellness, which benefits the underserved in particular. Her leadership will support our efforts to expand services beyond hospital walls and into patient’s homes and their communities via new innovative care models.
Julie is known across Dignity Health as an innovator whose leadership and collaborative style is both respected and admired. “It’s an honor to have been chosen to lead this division,” shared Sprengel. “I’m looking forward to working with our teams to continue to expand access to affordable high quality care for the families who live, work and visit our communities.”
Julie holds a nursing degree from the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University.
Monday, May 27, 2019
FINANCEERIC MANDELL JOINS CDC SMALL BUSINESS FINANCE
Eric Mandell, a 25-year veteran of commercial real estate financing, has joined nonprofit CDC Small Business Finance as a senior commercial loan officer to provide SBA financing to small businesses in Los Angeles North and Ventura County.
Prior to joining CDC, Mandell worked for American Business Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, extending more than $500 million in funding to help Ventura County and San Fernando Valley small business entrepreneurs. “Eric has strong relationships within the business community which will translate well into helping more small businesses gain access to SBA-504 financing for purchasing office or industrial buildings as well as large equipment,” said Michael Owen, chief credit officer for CDC.
Mandell’s current community involvement includes serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County; he will begin serving as board president in June. CDC Small Business Finance is the nation’s leader in SBA 504 loans – fixed-rate, owner-occupied commercial real estate financing that enables small businesses to expand and create new jobs. SBA-504 loans require only a 10 percent down-payment by the small business owner. The current SBA-504 rate for a 20-year loan is under 4.2%. An award-winning nonprofit and advocate for entrepreneurs, CDC Small Business Finance has provided more than $18 billion in funding to 11,000 borrowers over the last four decades.
For more information, contact Mandell at 805.300.0528 or email@example.com, or visit www.cdcloans.com. Mandell’s office is located in Westlake at 2945 Townsgate Rd., Suite 200.
BANKINGBank of America Merrill Lynch announced the promotion of Redonna Carpenter-Woods to Market Executive for Business Banking, leading a 10-person team serving mid-sized companies with annual revenues of $5 million to $50 million that are located in the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Ventura. She will work from offices in Thousand Oaks and Encino.
Carpenter-Woods is responsible for delivering the full capabilities of the bank, including treasury, credit, investment banking, risk management, international and wealth management, to current and prospective clients, helping them meet their financial goals.
She joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2011 as a member of the Small Business Banking team and transitioned to Business Banking the following year. She will graduate Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS) at the University of Washington, earning a Master’s Degree in Banking in August, 2019. Carpenter-Woods has also taken an active leadership role with the bank’s employee networks, including its Black Executive Leadership Team and LEAD for Women (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development). She has also been honored with a Trusted Advisor Award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
TELECOMMUNICATIONSFiber connection specialist Julie Lopez joined Cogent Communications as a NAM providing businesses with Tier 1 internet and Ethernet services for North America.
Secure fiber connection gives you the same up and down speed 24/7 with our Dedicated Internet Access connectivity that your business deserves without objectives of cost constraints, cloud connection latency.
Julie can be reached at 818-470-7916 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 13, 2019
ACCOUNTINGGreen Hasson Janks is excited to announce the expansion of its service offerings with the addition of Todd Sigler who joined the Firm as a principal to further develop new and existing segments in the Firm’s Royalty and Licensing Practice. Sigler is an accountant who brings with him over 15 years of experience in royalty audit services with an emphasis in internal investigations and litigation support. As a leader in the Firm’s Royalty and Licensing Practice, he provides services in various industries including gaming, high technology, health sciences, and consumer products, among others.
In his role as a principal, Sigler will focus on expanding GHJ’s Royalty and Licensing Practice into new areas, such as gaming, life sciences, and manufacturing.
Prior to joining GHJ, Sigler worked for RSM as a director in their litigation support and forensic accounting practice. His experience includes leading royalty audit engagements and internal investigations. He started his career in consulting at Deloitte in their financial advisory services practice.
Sigler’s appointment as principal is an example of GHJ’s commitment to drive the momentum generated in existing segments within the Royalty and Licensing Practice.
ACCOUNTINGGreen Hasson Janks (GHJ) is pleased to announce the expansion of its service offerings with the addition of Brian Watson, who joined the Firm as a principal to grow the Firm’s Royalty and Licensing Practice. Watson is an accountant who brings with him 10 years of experience in contract advisory services with an emphasis in software asset management, royalties and license compliance. His experience includes building and managing global license compliance and asset management programs resulting in millions of dollars in revenue recovery and cost savings for his clients. He has a deep understanding of business process and a technical information systems background specific to technology, IT management and data analytics.
In his role as a principal, Watson will focus on expanding GHJ’s Royalty and Licensing service in the high-technology space to allow the Firm to better serve our clients in the future.
Prior to joining GHJ, Watson worked for a Big Four firm as a director in their major projects and contract advisory practice. While there, he managed and helped grow multiple software publishers’ license compliance programs.
Watson’s appointment as principal is a strategic move in GHJ’s plan to expand the Firm’s Contract Compliance and Forensics Practice beyond the entertainment industry. Watson’s expertise and commitment makes him a true asset to expanding the Firm’s service offerings.
Monday, April 29, 2019
May 21, 2019|
7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
Toyota Meeting Hall
3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA 90503
Buffet Breakfast & parking included
Register at: www.scinstitute.org/OR2019
Please join us for our 3rd annual Owner’s Roundtable, a half-day, value-packed workshop designed for business owners who want to maximize the value of their businesses and exit on their terms.
Monday, March 18, 2019
INFRASTRUCTUREThomas Jenkins, PE, joined HNTB Corporation as a national transit/rail consultant. He will focus on advancing HNTB’s growth in the transit industry while providing strategic advice to the firm’s transit team and clients in Southern California and nationwide. Jenkins has more than five decades of extensive experience in highway and transit planning, engineering, financing and project management. He specializes in delivering complex, multimodal and multidisciplinary infrastructure projects.
Previously, Jenkins was principal professional associate and project manager for another consulting firm where he served as project team leader on Public-Private Partnership Consulting Services for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also served as project manager of the project management consultant team on the 11-mile Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project for the San Diego Association of Governments.
Earlier in his career, he served as the first executive director of the Orange County Transportation Commission (now Orange County Transportation Authority) and was the staff director of planning and engineering for the then newly formed Orange County Transit District.
MARKETINGRobeks Fresh Juices and Smoothies, welcomes Mitch Baker as Vice President of Marketing. With a variety of marketing experience across many industries, Baker plans to take Robeks to the next level with his knowledge and expertise. Baker is also no stranger to Robeks; he led the Robeks marketing department in mid-2000’s.
In his role, Baker will lead the marketing team and its various support agencies in its continued brand enhancement with a focus on local store marketing initiatives. According to his vision, the partnership with the franchisee community is key for Robeks’ continued success.
Monday, March 4, 2019
INFRASTRUCTUREResponding to ongoing growth and a robust U.S. transportation market, HNTB Corporation announced a new national leadership structure.
John Friel, PE leads the Western Region, which includes the firm’s Northwest and West Divisions. He has served in many significant roles of responsibility in his 25 years with HNTB. During the last five years, he successfully led the firm’s Design Build unit, coordinating with offices and project teams throughout the firm, establishing strong relationships with contractor clients, and developing firmwide processes while successfully delivering over $9 billion in constructed design build and public-private partnerships. Other named presidents include Michael Inabinet, PE, Central Region; James Thomson, PE, Northwest Division; and Keith Hinkebein, PE, Design Build.
As a leading engineering consultant to departments of transportation, transit agencies, airports and tolling authorities, and other public- and privatesector owners, HNTB is advancing on a strong growth trajectory. The firm currently is No. 16 on “The Top 500 Design Firms” list as ranked by revenue in Engineering News-Record, up three spots from last year.
Monday, February 18, 2019
FINANCECohnReznick LLP, one of the top U.S. advisory, assurance, and tax firms, has announced two new partners at the Firm’s Los Angeles office.
Mohamed Ghattas, CPA, has been with CohnReznick since 2013, most recently serving as a Tax Director before his election to the partnership effective February 1, 2019. Ghattas is a key member of the specialized industry teams for the Firm’s Commercial Real Estate, Retail and Consumer Product, and Cannabis Practices. He has more than 12 years of experience of diversified public accounting experience serving companies in a variety of industries. Ghattas was also named among Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2018 list of “Most Influential Minority CPAs.”
Darin James, CPA, joined the Firm on January 28, 2019 from RubinBrown LLP, where he led the firm’s subchapter C tax practice. James specializes in commercial tax and works across a range of industries. He has served as a subject matter expert for ASC 740 (Accounting for Income Taxes) and technical consultations in the areas of subchapter C, mergers and acquisitions, and partnership and subchapter K taxation issues.
“Darin is an important addition to help drive our growth. Along with Mohamed and the rest of our tax department, we look forward to driving value and success for our firm and our clients,” said Scott Sachs, CPA, Managing Partner – Los Angeles Offices.
CONSTRUCTIONPublic works general contractor, AMG & Associates, Inc. (AMG), was awarded the construction project of Santa Maria’s $41M newest elementary school in Enos Ranch by the Santa Maria- Bonita School District Wednesday evening January 30, 2019 at the district’s board of education meeting. This will be AMG’s second job with the district since 2015.
Enos Ranch’s long-awaited project had been in discussions for many years until voters passed Measure T in 2014, a $45M bond measure that eventually turned the conceptual discussions into planning. Construction will consist of three new buildings, totaling approximately 67,700 square feet, 26 classrooms, and will hold up to 900 kindergarten through sixth grade students. In addition to a large multipurpose building, space will be devoted to Therapeutic Learning and Special Education. Two softball fields, a soccer field, and four basketball courts will also be included in the scope of work. Construction is expected to begin in roughly 30 days and complete in late summer of 2020.
In addition to this project, AMG was also recently awarded two separate projects from the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Community College District: Cuesta College North County Campus R&B Schultz Early Childhood Education Building and the Cuesta College SLO Campus Data Center Project. Construction of the $10.9M Childhood Education Building began in January of 2019 and is slated for completion in May 2020. Construction will consist of a new 10,935 square foot singlestory classroom and daycare facility, including all associated underground utilities, earthwork, parking, site work, and landscape.
The $5.6M SLO Campus Data Center will consist of a new Data Center Building and all associated underground utilities, earthwork and site work. Construction began in the fall of 2018, and is expected to complete in the fall of 2019.
These awards put AMG’s total backlog to around $100M—an achievement that reflects the 104% three-year average growth that earned AMG the #3152 spot on Inc. 5000’s 2017 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, which was AMG’s sixth time on the list. Only 4% of the tens of thousands of companies who have applied for recognition realize such an accomplishment.
To learn more about AMG, visit: www.amgassociatesinc.com
Monday, February 4, 2019
ARCHITECTURERyan Gedney, NCARB, AIA, has joined HNTB Corporation as national design director of architecture and vice president, overseeing the firm’s architecture and interior design work in several offices across the country and spanning a variety of market sectors, including sports, aviation and transit/rail.
Over the past 20 years, Gedney has played a lead design role on large projects, both domestically and internationally, with a focus on innovative master planning of sports and entertainment districts. This includes work on Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, State Farm Arena Renovation in Atlanta for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and NBA’s Detroit Pistons, Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons; and Avaya Stadium for the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes.
BANKINGUnion Bank today announced that Una Fox has joined as Head of Business Data and Insights. Fox will be responsible for leading the overall data driven philosophy for both Union Bank and PurePoint® Financial and for working with the product, marketing, and business line teams to help enable them to push the business forward.
She and her team will work to strengthen the bank’s analytical approach and deliver impactful, actionable business insights for the bank. Fox is based in the Union Bank office in Woodland Hills, California, and reports to Pierre P. Habis, Head of Consumer Banking.
Monday, January 21, 2019
ACCOUNTINGCharles, Blank & Karp is merging with Lucas Horsfall, it was announced today by the two managing partners, Mike Amerio and Jim Karp, respectively. The combined firm will be known as Lucas Horsfall.
Charles, Blank and Karp traces back to a firm founded in Beverly Hills by Max Seiff in the 1920s and operating over the generations under a sequence of names reflecting its succeeding partners. The firm has operated out of the San Fernando Valley for many years.
Jim Karp, managing partner of Charles, Blank and Karp said that the merger with the larger Lucas Horsfall firm will give his clients deeper in-house resources and experience. “Over the years we helped launch and enlarge a number of businesses only to pass along their care to much larger CPA firms. We now have the resources to serve larger companies,” he said. “With Lucas Horsfall we also have the kind of in-house specialties that only larger accounting firms offer, such as expertise in international taxation.”
Amerio said, “Our merger with Charles, Blank & Karp is significant because it adds to our growing geographical reach. Charles, Blank and Karp’s generations of relationships with successful businesses and families in Beverly Hills and the San Fernando Valley fits hand-in-glove with the personal relationships that have been our strength in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley areas where our home office is located.”