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Banking and Finance

Eric Washington joined Union Bank of California as business relationship officer. Imperial Bank promoted Kathleen L. Berry and Dennis J. Lacey to executive vice presidents and appointed members of the bank’s management committee.

Construction and Design

Gene Hussey joined Ninteman Construction Co. as vice president, manager of general construction. Paul Delio was named vice president of project development at Progressive Concrete, Inc. Smith Consulting Architects welcomed Michael Montello as a CAD drafter. Shelley Bennett and Robert Bodenhamer were named principals at Vasquez + Marshall & Associates. NTD Architects named Richard Nowicki principal at the firm. Martin Gabey joined Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. as project manager. Nghi Le became controller and Cortni Sable became project engineer at Bilbro Construction Co.

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Government and Nonprofit

The San Diego Aerospace Museum promoted Allan Palmer from curator to executive director. Ron Bird, Judy Friedel, Jeffrey Miller, Joan Nelson and Javier Velasco were elected to the San Diego Performing Arts League board of trustees. The San Diego Pulmonary Society elected James Vevaina, M.D., president, David Willms, M.D., vice president and Dennis Amundson treasurer.

Health Care and Biotech

Leonard Vena joined Community Health Group as group sales director.

High-Tech and Manufacturing

E. Michael Campbell was appointed vice president for laser and inertial confinement fusion programs at General Atomics. Ensemble Communications Inc. named Steven Schlumberger vice president of sales. Michael Nieman was appointed vice president of North American sales at Tadpole-Cartesia. Mark Allen joined Bay Logics as vice president of service and support. The firm kinzan.com named Dana S. McGowan vice president of finance and chief financial officer.

Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants

Kurt Hauser was promoted to executive chef at San Diego Paradise Point Resort. Pala Mesa Resort appointed David Preciado chief engineer and Aimee Hathaway director of human resources. Chive restaurant promoted Hanis Gavin to executive chef and Henry Freidank to chef de cuisine.


The Arrowhead Group of Companies promoted Matt Lubien to assistant vice president, Donna House to senior vice president and Rudy Serna to assistant vice president. Frank Kotarba was appointed president and CEO at Golden Eagle Insurance Corp. Micahel Poltorak joined the San Diego Penn Mutual Insurance office as regional manager.


Robert W. Bell Jr. and David B. Geerdes joined Heller Ehrman. Robert Allenby, Stephen Brigandi, Dirk Michels and Steven Owen became partners of Hillyer & Irwin, and James MacRobbie, Chris Bouffard and Sandra Chong joined the firm as associate attorneys. RSM McGladrey, Inc. welcomed Daniel Piombo as an accountant. Jason Hannon, Kris Hanson, John Healy, Patrick Keran, Catherine Lee and Jessica Warner Oien joined Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP as attorneys. Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP elected Rex Heeseman to a two-year term on its executive committee.

Media and Marketing

The San Diego Advertising Club named Helen Baker executive director. Heying & Associates welcomed Theresa Choi as intern account coordinator. Richard Myrick was appointed vice president of sales at The Flowers Group. The Townsend Agency named Philip Little director and Nicole Thome and Frank Bantle account executives. Imbi Leetma was appointed managing principal of the San Diego office of Stanton Chase International. Aviv Fernandez joined The Monger Co. as a media relations account executive.


Kate Moulene was named vice president of content for Colleges.com and editor of U. magazine. The LEGACY Alliance appointed Foster Mobley to president and managing partner. Ryan Van Der Vorste was named account manager for American Golf Corp. John Hull became San Diego area vice president for Pacific Bell. Dr. Richard K. Brown was promoted to president of IRORI, a subsidiary of Discovery Partners.

Real Estate

Eric Comer was named senior associate at CB Richard Ellis’ San Diego Central office. RE/MAX Associates’ Poway office welcomed Ellen Jaffee and Carol Matossian as real estate agents. Mike Pappas was appointed vice president at the Carlsbad office of Colliers International. Investment Developmental Services, Inc. named David Campbell real estate manager and Mary Knight property administrator.


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