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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE is a weekly feature that is seen by 45,000 of the most influential people in the San Diego business community. This is an opportunity to announce new hires, promotions, award recipients and board appointments.

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Non-profit – Announcement

The Board of Directors of Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) is proud to announce the appointment of Akilah Templeton as the organization’s next President and CEO. Templeton brings a wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences working with veterans and the homeless community in LA. Templeton holds a Masters of Social Work from USC, a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay. As Executive Director at U.S. Vets Inglewood, Templeton increased revenue from $4M – $10M in the last. 3 years and was recognized as U.S. Vet 2018 Executive Director of the Year. As San Diego undergoes rapid change with COVID-19 and the economy, Templeton will continue to advance VVSD’s mission and elevate awareness of the organization’s work within the greater San Diego community and extending this nationally. “Ms. Templeton will work closely with the Board to lead VVSD through these unprecedented times and leverage key opportunities to increase unrestricted funding, strive for excellence in our service to our client, and strengthen our relationship with our San Diego community” says, Alyce Fernebok VVSD Chair.” About Veterans Village of San Diego: Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) is San Diego’s largest nonprofit agency devoted to serving homeless veterans. Since 1981, VVSD meets the ongoing needs of homeless veterans and their families with a dedicated staff that focuses on the immediate needs of our veterans providing top flight services. Our Cohen Clinic provide mental health services to Post 9/11 veterans and their families. In addition to the physical struggles of living on the street, most of these veterans and their children suffer from serious trauma from multiple causes: 1) Homelessness; 2) Long-term drug and alcohol abuse; 3) PTS often caused by or exacerbated by living on the street; and 4) long-term poverty & unemployment strongly influenced.

Akilah Templeton can be reached at www.vvsd.net or 619-393-2000

August 3, 2020

de Nardis
Advertising Agency – Announcement

Ad Results Media, a leading audio and podcast advertising agency, announced a new addition to their board of directors, Mainardo de Nardis. Mr. de Nardis, the former CEO of OMD Worldwide and Aegis Media, will bring innovative thinking and global connections to his position on the board.
“I’m very excited to join the board of Ad Results Media to help write the next chapter of their successful journey across voice marketing,” said Mr. de Nardis, “There is infinite opportunity in the podcast ecosystem for integration across devices and technology, and I am looking forward to helping brands further engage with their fans and consumers.”
The appointment of Mr. de Nardis will help to further expand Ad Results Media’s growth in world-class services and technology advancements.

Mainardo de Nardis can be reached at www.adresultsmedia.com

Professional Services – Announcement

Polito Eppich Associates LLP is pleased to announce that Ryan D. Mincks, CPA has been admitted to the partnership effective July 7, 2020. Ryan joined the firm in 2012 after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He has provided highly personalized audit, tax, and consulting services to our clients throughout his career at the firm. His transition to the partnership is a reflection of the value and leadership he brings to the firm. We look forward to Ryan’s continuing contribution to the team!

Ryan D. Mincks, can be reached
at (760) 599-9900 x23 or rdm@politoeppich.com

Legal – Promotion

Crosbie Gliner Schiffman Southard & Swanson LLP (CGS3), a commercial real estate law firm, has promoted Sean Gaffney to partner.
Mr. Gaffney is a key member of the firm’s growing real estate litigation and distressed asset practice teams. With 20 years of litigation experience, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of trial work and alternative dispute resolution. CGS3 founding partner Sean Southard said, “Sean’s proven commitment to our clients is matched only by his commitment to our firm and unique culture. We look forward to his growing leadership in the years to come.”< p>

Sean Gaffney can be reached at 858-779-1713 or sgaffney@cgs3.com

Wealth Management – Promotion

Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors is proud to announce that Brett R. Pernicano CFA, CFP®, CDFA®, ChFC®, CLU® has made Principal. With over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry, Brett has provided clients with financial guidance in areas including asset management and comprehensive financial planning. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of. Washington with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. As a third generation San Diegan, Brett has deep roots in the community. Brett currently resides in Del Sur with his wife and their two children.

Brett R. Pernicano can be reached at (858) 509-9500 or brett.pernicano@dywealth.com

July 27, 2020

Commercial Real Estate – New Hire

Erik Anderson has joined NorthMarq’s investment sales platform in San Diego as Associate Vice President. He will be teaming with Managing Director Kyle Pinkalla and will be leading the development and growth of the private-client middle-market sized multifamily space. Duties will include sourcing new business, maintaining his current relationships, as well as creating awareness of NorthMarq’s capabilities for buyers and sellers of multifamily properties. Anderson specializes in properties ranging from 5 to 100 units. Anderson will also continue to cultivate long-standing relationships with local and national developers on procuring land for multifamily development. He will leverage NorthMarq’s debt and equity platform, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent capital markets firms, which has close relationships with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA/HUD, over 50 insurance companies, dozens of equity investors and other lending sources. Before joining NorthMarq, Anderson was a Senior Associate with CBRE in San Diego. Within CBRE, Anderson sourced on and off-market private client transactions. Prior to CBRE, he was a top producing associate with a regional shop focusing on all types of investment transactions.

Erik Anderson can be reached at (858) 675-7641
or eanderson@northmarq.com

Construction – Promotion

Sukut Construction, LLC announced the hiring of Felipe Olivar as the Company’s new Vice President of Public Works. Olivar brings over 29 years of experience and is highly knowledgeable in many aspects of construction management and operations.“I am excited to join Sukut and honored to become part of the legacy of this amazing company,” Olivar said. “I look forward to helping expand the network of the Public Works group. I strongly align with Sukut’s culture of putting people first and looking forward to supporting the men and women in the field and office who build these important public works projects.” Having experience of working for a public agency early on, Olivar transitioned into holding integral roles at several large general contractor companies for the past 25 years. Now, serving as the Vice President of Public Works, Olivar’s true passion lies in the alternative delivery of the projects, which allows for innovation and problem-solving, while providing opportunities to build long-lasting relationships. He has extensive experience in leading multi-partner teams of design and engineering firms, subcontractors, suppliers, and internal and external stakeholders. His great attention to detail and innovative approach assure that projects meet cost, schedule, and quality benchmarks with clients.

To contact Felipe Olivar, visit www.sukut.com

Healthcare Real Estate – New Hire

John Thomas Koss, CPM, CCIM, Vice President, Asset Management has been named Partner of Anchor Health Properties. Based in the Company’s San Diego, California office Mr. Koss will continue building and developing strategic relationships with health systems and industry partners, as well as applying his unique combination of technical skills, management experience and healthcare real estate expertise to the firm’s portfolio.

John Koss can be reached at (714) 975-4355
or jkoss@anchorhealthproperties.com

San Diego SHRM
Awarded 2019 EXCEL Platinum Award

SHRM recently awarded San Diego SHRM its prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the Chapter’s accomplishments in 2019. The EXCEL award recognizes major accomplishments, strategic activities, and tactical initiatives that elevate the profession of HR. San Diego SHRM is the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. Continuing to flourish, San Diego SHRM will partner with six California SHRM Chapters to host the virtual HR Mega Conference in September: www.sdshrm.org/Mega.

For more information, please contact Emily Mullin, CAE at (866) 632-1492
or emulling@sdshrm.org

Healthcare – Appointment

Cradle Genomics appoints Dr. Sue Gross, MD, as Chief Medical Officer. She has had a distinguished clinical career with roles at Montefiore Einstein where she was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Genetics; Natera where she was Chief Medical Officer; and most recently at Mount Sinai Hospital and Sema4 where she was the Medical Director for the Reproductive Lab and Clinical Analysis Division. She is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Medical Genetics. Dr. Gross has served on national and international guideline committees and has lectured and published extensively on prenatal screening and genetic testing, with a focus on new technologies and public health policy.

Dr. Sue Gross can be reached at linkedin.com/in/susan-gross-ab847695

Healthcare – Appointment

Cradle Genomics appoints Dr. Tanya Moreno, PhD, as Vice President of Development. She brings 13+ years of experience in diagnostics development & commercialization of genomic tests. As head of clinical sciences in multiple clinical laboratories, she’s led development programs across a broad range of advanced genomic tools to empower patients & physicians with precision medicine. Dr. Moreno earned her PhD in molecular genetics and developmental biology at the CA Institute of Technology. and postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She’s widely published in peer-reviewed journals, led & participated in numerous research studies in consumer & clinical genomics, and is an inventor of several novel genomic applications with multiple patents pending & issued.

Dr. Tanya Moreno can be reached at linkedin.com/in/tanya-moreno

July 13, 2020

Software & Technology – Promotion

DSD Business Systems, an award-winning provider of custom software solution suites for small- to medium-sized organizations throughout North America, today announced that Kayley Bell has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Doug Deane, Founder and Chief Executive Officer since 1984, will continue in a consultative role as Board Chairman on DSD’s Board of Directors.
Bell has more than 20 years senior management experience, including 16 years at DSD where she has been responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of DSD’s Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Finance and Global Operations as COO and President of DSD’s Sales & Service Division since 2015.
“Kayley will take DSD into the 2020’s and beyond,” said Doug Deane. “The Board was unanimous in electing Kayley because of her leadership skills and her exceptional dedication to making all of us successful. I know DSD’s success has no limits with Kayley at the helm and I am thrilled to celebrate her well-deserved appointment.”
Said Bell, “I am thrilled to take the reins from Doug and am committed to helping lead the company toward a new level of growth. My focus will be to maintain operational excellence throughout the organization, without disturbing DSD’s collaborative and customer- centric culture. As a technology company, we will renew our efforts
to maintain our thought leadership in innovation and provide our customers and business partners with the highest level of service and value-added support.”
Bell joined DSD Business Systems in 2004 as Controller and is active in the San Diego community. She is the Executive Secretary and Treasurer for the National Mountain Rescue Association, a nationally decorated organization, and has donated her time to Search and Rescue efforts for over two decades.

Kayley Bell can be reached at (800) 627-9032
or info@dsdinc.com

Legal – Promotion

Christopher B. Ghio has been admitted as a Partner at Mulvaney Barry Beatty Linn & Mayers LLP. Mr. Ghio has been a member of Mulvaney Barry for over 12 years where he has represented financial institutions, businesses, and individuals in a variety of commercial and real property litigation including creditor’s rights and receiverships, HOA disputes, and representation of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustees. Recently, Mr. Ghio successfully represented a foreclosing lender in a published case arising out of a bid at a Trustee’s Sale which was appealed to the California Supreme Court following the affirming of the judgment by the appellate court.

Christopher B. Ghio can be reached at (619) 238-1010
or cghio@mulvaneybarry.com

June 27, 2020

Gaming – Promotion

Benjamin Petell, Vice President of Non-Gaming Operations, joined Jamul Casino a year ago as its Director of Food & Beverage/Retail. His creativity has made an indelible mark on the organization as he has worked with the culinary team to reinvent Jamul Casino’s restaurant concepts, menus, and operations. Mr. Petell has more than fifteen years of experience managing large-scale resort amenities and food & beverage operations, including positions with Pechanga Resort & Casino and Harrah’s Resort Southern California. In his new role with Jamul Casino, he will oversee retail, food & beverage, facilities, security, and environmental services.

Benjamin Petell can be reached at (619) 315-2290
or Ben.Petell@JamulCasinoSD.com

June 22, 2020

Gaming – New Hire

Laurie South, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, THRP has joined Jamul Casino® as its new Vice President of Human Resources. Ms. South has worked in human resources leadership since 1998. Much of her experience has been gained with tribal gaming organizations throughout the West Coast. She is a Senior Certified Professional in HR in the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP), Senior Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute (SPHR), and has her Tribal HR Professional Certification (THRP) from the Native American HR Association. At Jamul Casino, she will create training opportunities, add life-enhancing programs, and boost collaboration between team members.

Laurie South can be reached at (619) 315-2286
or Laurie.South@JamulCasinoSD.com

Engineering – New Hire

Rory Linehan, P. E. has joined Latitude 33 Planning & Engineering as a Project Manager. He brings nearly two decades of experience as a naval officer and a civil engineer. For the past 14 years, he has worked in the construction and engineering fields, managing projects, coordinating contractors, and ensuring projects complied with engineering and architectural plans. Additionally, Mr. Linehan serves in the Navy Reserves. During his active duty, he served as a Construction Manager and an Engineering Division Officer, among other roles. For Latitude 33, Mr. Linehan will manage projects ranging from infill mixed-use developments to life science and hospitality projects.

Rory Linehan can be reached at (858) 875-1705
or Rory.Linehan@latitude33.com

June 15, 2020

Engineering, Construction & Architecture – Promotion

Pablo L. Lorenzo leads the regional Global Facilities team for Burns & McDonnell, designing, commissioning and constructing complex facilities for mission-critical, manufacturing, commercial, life sciences, healthcare, and foods and consumer clients. With nearly 20 years of experience, Pablo focuses on growing the business region wide, leading large programs currently being executed.

Pablo L. Lorenzo can be reached at (714) 989-5080
or pllorenzo@burnsmcd.com

June 8, 2020

Financial Services – Promotion

As the Chief Compliance Officer of Reilly Financial Advisors, Sonja Larimore is responsible for overseeing and ensuring compliance with SEC regulations as well as addressing regulatory risks, reviewing and updating the firm’s policies and procedures, and managing day-to-day compliance activities and controls. Sonja is also a sitting member of the Executive Committee.

Sonja has worked at Reilly Financial Advisors for more than fifteen years, giving her unique knowledge of the firm. Prior to becoming Chief Compliance Officer, Sonja was RFA’s Managing Director – Operations and Compliance, where she was responsible for overseeing the operations department to ensure that client requests were handled efficiently.

Sonja received her juris doctor from San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law in May 2020. She was Managing Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, and she was published in fall 2019. Sonja holds a bachelor’s degree in history from San Diego State University. In addition, she is a public notary and has earned the designations of Investment Advisor Compliance Certificate Professional (IACCP®) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).

Sonja Larimore can be reached at (800) 682-3237
or sonja.larimore@rfawealth.com

June 1, 2020

Professional Services – Promotion

Adam Steinmetz has been named office managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s San Diego office. Steinmetz boasts a 14-year career at Grant Thornton, which includes two years in Grant Thornton’s Washington National Tax Office. He has consulted on a wide variety of corporate tax matters and specializes in corporate consulting, audit support over ASC 740 and federal income tax provisions — as well as M&A support and tax structuring. Steinmetz has worked with a variety of enterprises, including closely-held businesses, emerging growth companies, pre-IPO companies, complex private companies and large public companies. He is a CPA in California.

Adam Steinmetz can be reached at (858) 704-8005
or adam.steinmetz@us.gt.com

May 25, 2020

Construction – New Hire & Promotions

Ms. Carmen Vann, LEED AP BD+C, a 20-year industry veteran, joins BNBuilders as a Regional Project Executive after working with Principal Jamie Awford, BNBuilders’ SoCal leader, at another general contractor. Previous projects under her leadership include the San Diego Central Library, Sempra Energy Headquarters, Ten Fifty B, and Stella & Bluewater. Ms. Vann brings an expertise in complex, multi-family, affordable housing, K-12, and urban high-rise projects. Her experience will help to diversify BNBuilders’ capabilities, known for its technical proficiency in biotech, healthcare, life sciences, higher education, and fast-track projects.

Mr. Jay Jadeja, LEED AP has been promoted to Project Executive. He joined BNBuilders in September 2017, and cites its family-like atmosphere and its completely unique pre-construction approach as BNBuilders’ differentiators. Mr. Jadeja has a lengthy portfolio of technical projects in the life science field. His excellent client management, cGMP knowledge, and technical expertise are a perfect fit for BNBuilders’ numerous specialized clients. Originally from Mumbai (formerly Bombay), Mr. Jadeja is bilingual in English and Hindi.

Mr. Nick Reikow, LEED AP, has also been promoted to Project Executive. He earned his B.S. in Construction Management from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 2006, and began working at BNBuilders in Seattle in 2007. Mr. Reikow joined BNBuilders’ San Diego office in 2011, shortly after its opening, bringing his Seattle BNBuilders’ experience to SoCal. His early San Diego projects included a $40 million project for Celgene (later acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb) and Illumina. Mr. Reikow’s construction specialization is local laboratory projects, including BSL-3, BSL-2, chemistry and biology laboratories, vivariums, and cGMP manufacturing facilities.

To learn more about BNBuilders, visit www.bnbuilders.com

Construction – Promotion

The San Diego office of Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce that Martine Zettle has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager. Martine formerly served as Vice President and Special Projects Division Manager for Turner’s Seattle business unit.

Martine provides leadership and strategic direction and control over construction planning, project execution, risk management and resource management. Working with Turner for over sixteen years and on the owner/developer side for four years, Martine is known for her operational excellence and leadership, and her ability to maintain an overall focus on the client and end user.

Martine joined Turner as a field engineer after graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Martine Zettle can be reached at (858) 217-0700
or mzettle@tcco.com

May 18, 2020

Multifamily Real Estate – Announcement

As co-founder and president of the Brennan Pohle Group, Justin Brennan wears multiple hats in the San Diego real estate market. Justin brings his background as a luxury Realtor with Pacific Sotheby’s, along with his years of experience in development, multifamily construction and syndication to help grow The Brennan Pohle Group into a nationwide apartment firm specializing in value add class B and C properties in tertiary markets. The BP Group is vertically integrated with development, construction, prop mgmt., asset mgmt. and capital raising all in house. This gives BP the ability to pass on savings to investors in higher returns. More news coming. Stay tuned…

Justin Brennan can be reached at (619) 823-2120
or justin@brennanpohle.com

Global Employer of Record – New Hire

Globalization Partners announced Todd Goffman has joined the company as General Counsel reporting to CEO Nicole Sahin.

In addition to leading the legal team, Mr. Goffman will be responsible for corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and managing legal compliance across the company’s entire global footprint which spans 170 countries.

“Todd is a highly-talented, seasoned General Counsel whose global business expertise and legal insight are matched only by his leadership,” said Nicole Sahin, CEO of Globalization Partners. “Todd’s experience managing innovative private and public companies across legal, finance and human resources divisions, as well as his experience in global M and A, make him exceptionally well-suited for this role.” Globalization Partners hosts dual headquarters in Boston and San Diego.

To learn more about Globalization Partners, call 1 (888) 855-5328
or visit www.globalization-partners.com

Huang Greer
Residential Real Estate – New Hire

With a 5-star rating and a record-breaking $75 million deal in the Hollywood Hills under her belt, Rannie Huang Greer has a proven track record for successfully helping buyers and sellers on their luxury real estate journey. Fluent in English, Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese, Rannie is able to assist a wide variety of clientele in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and internationally under Barry Estates®—a family owned luxury brokerage with over $5.5 Billion Sold, and home to the #1 Individual Agent and #1 Team in San Diego County for 2019. Her customer/client reviews are a testament to her industry expertise, unmatched tenacity, and top-notch negotiation skills.

She works endlessly to strengthen her market expertise, and her hunger to excel at her craft has also motivated her to become knowledgeable about construction, remodeling, architecture, and Feng Shui.

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, looking to get top dollar for your family home, or simply in the market for your next investment, Rannie would love to help you on your luxury real estate journey— don’t hesitate to send her an email or give her a call!

Rannie Huang Greer can be reached at (619)736-0791
or rannie@barryestates.com

May 11, 2020

Biotechnology – Board Appointment

Aspen Neuroscience, a private biotechnology company developing the first autologous neuron replacement therapy to treat Parkinson disease, announced Drew Spaventa as the seventh member of its newly reconstituted Board of Directors following the closing of its $70 million Series A financing. Mr. Spaventa is CEO and Founder of Singular Genomics and has been a Managing Partner at Axon Ventures since 2014. Prior to starting Singular, a company developing a third-generation genetic analysis platform, Drew helped found Truvian Sciences, a company that specializes in diagnostic blood testing. He previously served as a seed investor & consultant for Edico Genome (acquired by Illumina in 2018), and as a seed investor and part of the founding team for ecoATM (acquired by Outerwall/Coinstar in 2012). Drew is a member of the Board of the San Diego Venture Group. Over the past ten years, Drew has held numerous roles in corporate development and strategy and has a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry. Having helped lead Aspen’s initial seed funding through Axon Ventures, Drew played a significant role in helping to launch Aspen Neuroscience where he will be a valued member of the board ensuring Aspen’s future success. Drew received a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego. He also obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & International Relations from the University of California, San Diego.

May 4, 2020

Banking – Promotion

Bridge Bank has promoted Bill Wickline to managing director and head of its Life Sciences Group (LSG). Bill leads a team of seasoned lenders, in major markets nationwide, focused on adding value to companies in all life science verticals and stages of development. Bill co-founded the group in 2015 and prior to his promotion served as senior vice president, director of portfolio management. Bill holds an MBA and an M.S. in Management Science with distinguished honors from UCSD.

Bill Wickline can be reached at (858) 259-5356
or bill.wickline@bridgebank.com

April 27, 2020

Biotechnology – Board Appointment

Aspen Neuroscience, a private biotechnology company developing the first autologous neuron replacement therapy to treat Parkinson disease announced Tom Daniel, M.D. as a new member of its Board of Directors. Tom is Chairman at Locana and Venture Partner at ARCH Venture Partners. Tom was President, Global Research and Early Development at Celgene Corporation over the last decade, as the company emerged as a leader in defining new mechanisms for drug action, established industry leading collaborative networks, and advanced and commercialized innovative medicines in oncology and inflammatory diseases. He previously served as Chief Scientific Officer and Director of AmbRx, as Vice President of Research at Amgen, and as Senior Vice President of Discovery Research at Immunex Corporation. Tom previously served as director at Epizyme, Juno, Sana Therapeutics, and VIR Bio. He is currently Chairman at Locana and serves as director at Vividion Therapeutics, Gossamer Bio, Magenta Therapeutics, and Zafgen, Inc. He is a Trustee of Reed College, chairs the Board of Overseers of The Scripps Research Institute, serves on the Board of the Alliance for Lupus Research, on the Biomedical Science Advisory Board of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is a senior advisor to several private biotechnology companies. A nephrologist and former academic investigator, Tom was previously C.M. Hakim Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology at Vanderbilt. Dr. Daniel earned his medical degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern, trained in molecular genetics at UTSW, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Biotechnology – Board Appointment

Aspen Neuroscience, a private biotechnology company developing the first autologous neuron replacement therapy to treat Parkinson disease has named Faheem Hasnain as the new Board Chair. Faheem, is Co-founder and Chairman of Gossamer Bio and Chairman of Mirati Therapeutics. Faheem noted, “This is an exciting time to be involved with regenerative medicine. The board is united in our belief that these efforts will make a measurable difference in the lives of people with Parkinson disease around the world.” Prior to joining Gossamer, Faheem served as President, CEO and a director for various companies including, Receptos, Inc., Facet Biotech Corporation and PDL BioPharma, Inc. At Biogen Idec Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders and cancer, Faheem served most recently as Executive Vice President in charge of the oncology/rheumatology strategic business unit. Prior to Biogen, Faheem held roles with Bristol Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline and its predecessor organizations. He has been Chairman of the Board of Sente, Inc. since 2008, Chairman of the Board of Tocagen Inc. since November 2014, Chairman of the Board of Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. since February 2019 and a member of the Board of Overseers of Scripps Research Institute since 2018. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Ambit Biosciences Corporation and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Tercica, Inc., Aragon Pharmaceuticals, Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Vital Therapies, Inc. Faheem received a B.H.K. and B.Ed. from the University of Windsor Ontario in Canada.

Construction – New Hire

Bingham Construction is excited to welcome Jessica Wenskunas as Business Development Director. Jessica’s role will include managing and retaining relationships with existing clients, building new relationships, and managing our social media platforms. Prior to her start at Bingham Construction, Jessica was a business development representative at B+C Office Interiors in San Diego. Jessica’s extensive construction knowledge comes in part from her involvement in her family’s construction business. We look forward to Jessica continuing to assist our clients with their construction needs and we’re proud to have her as part of our team.

Jessica Wenskunas can be reached at (858) 675-0875
or jwenskunas@bingham-construction.com

Health Care – Board Appointment

Truvian Sciences, a healthcare company at the intersection of diagnostics and consumer technology, named decorated healthcare executive Jean-Pierre “JP” Millon to its Board of Directors. Millon brings a wealth of expertise and leadership in the healthcare & life science industries to Truvian’s Board of Directors. He is the current CVS Health Director and has held several global leadership positions. Million noted, “It is an honor to be appointed to Truvian’s Board of Directors. I have been impressed by the quality of and potential for the company’s diagnostics benchtop blood testing platform and believe it will be a game-changer for physicians, healthcare professionals and consumers in the quest for reliable and fast testing. I look forward to assisting the management team in delivering a disruptive platform that will improve healthcare for all.” Millon serves on a number of healthcare company boards, including InanoBio Inc., Curemetrix, Equality Health and Valenz, and he is also on the advisory boards of several companies, including Sky Republic, Kazuhm and Curematch. The latter two are incubated by Analytics Ventures, where he is also an advisor. Millon earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, and a degree in economics from the University of Lyon, France. He was awarded a Master’s of Business Administration in finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a trustee of Scottsdale Arts and a board member of ASU Biodesign Institute.

April 20, 2020

Security / Technology – New Hire

Kudelski Security, the cybersecurity division within the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), hired Ernie Anderson as head of the company’s professional services for the Americas. Anderson brings nearly two decades of cybersecurity consulting experience to Kudelski Security, having worked most recently as an associate partner and leader of IBM’s Data and Application Security Practice for North America. In his new role, Anderson will lead Kudelski Security’s portfolio of professional and consulting services, including advisory consulting, technology and staff augmentation. Prior to IBM, Ernie Anderson was at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led a commercial cybersecurity team, among other roles, and at Ernst & Young as an information technology risk transformation manager.

Ernie Anderson can be reached at (619) 663-7757
or ernie.anderson@kudelskisecurity.com

March 16, 2020

Architecture & Engineering – New Hire

HED welcomes Melina Aluwi to the firm as a Sector Leader and Associate Principal in the San Diego office. With experience in both public and private sector educational, civic, cultural, and commercial sectors, Melina’s primary focus will be on HED’s Higher Education projects and clients. With this cross-sectional and multi-sector experience, Melina will bring a unique design and management approach to every project, integrating customized solutions to client challenges.

Melina Aluwi can be reached at (619) 395-3810
or maluwi@hed.design

Health Services – Promotion

Vicki Clements has assumed additional leadership responsibilities as VP, Sales and Client Management, for San Diego and Orange County. She oversees all sales and service operations for employers with 500 to 5,000 employees. At the same time, she remains Chief Operations Officer for Cigna’s Southern California and Nevada markets, where she drives innovation to achieve the quadruple aim – improved quality, affordability, customer experience and provider experience. Vicki has operationalized three health system alliances that are transforming health care delivery, including with Scripps Health. These alliances provide access to a new level of affordable care to 120 employers in Southern California.

Vicki Clements can be reached at (949) 214-0451
or victoria.clements@cigna.com

Law – Promotions & New Hires

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP (HechtSolberg) is proud to announce the expansion of the 47-year-old firm, now with 16 attorneys focused on business law and all aspects of real estate law, including litigation and risk management.

Jennifer Chang has been named senior partner. Her practice focuses on real estate transactions, acquisitions, dispositions, entity formation and financing; title-related issues; and business entity structuring. Before joining Hecht Solberg in 2017, she practiced law at two distinguished San Diego law firms. Earlier, she worked as in-house counsel for Sempra Energy and DaimlerChrysler Corporation. Chang has held a variety of leadership roles in the Lawyers Club of San Diego since 2012.

Márcia Yafuso Loeffelholz has also been named senior partner. Her practice concentrates on real estate and business transaction matters, with a focus on acquisitions and dispositions, financing transactions, commercial leasing, entity formation and corporate governance, as well as purchases and sales of business entities and assets. Yafuso Loeffelholz, who rejoined the firm in 2018, has focused on real estate law since 2005, including two years at H.G. Fenton Company. She is active in the Real Property and Business/Corporate Law sections of the San Diego Bar and the State Bar.

Talon Powers, who joined the firm in 2014, has been named partner. His practice focuses on business litigation and risk management, with emphasis on construction, land use and environmental appeals, purchases and sales, commercial leases, real estate brokerage, and insurance issues. He is a director on the board of Rebuilding Together San Diego and was honored as one of the 2019 “San Diego Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers.

HechtSolberg also announces the addition of three new associates: Beth Abramson, Sadaf Behdin and Pooja Pujara. The new associates will play an active role in all of the firm’s practice areas, with particular emphasis on litigation, risk management and transactional matters in real estate, business and finance.

Abramson earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 2019 and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in global studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2015.

Behdin earned a Juris Doctor degree in 2019 from the UC Irvine School of Law and a BA degree, cum laude, in 2015 from UC San Diego in history and political science/public law.

Pujara earned a Juris Doctor degree from the UC Irvine School of Law in 2019 and BA degrees in both psychology and global studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2015.

“For nearly 50 years, HechtSolberg has left a bold footprint on the San Diego real estate landscape,” said Mickey Maher, managing partner of HechtSolberg. “We’re delighted to acknowledge Jennifer’s, Márcia’s and Talon’s contributions to the firm and welcome Beth, Pooja and Sadaf – three promising young lawyers,” said Maher.

HechtSolberg is located in Downtown San Diego at One America Plaza, 600 West Broadway, Suite 800.

To learn more about HechtSolberg, visit www.HechtSolberg.com

March 9, 2020

Real Estate – Promotion

After leading Affirmed Housing during two record-breaking years and being a part of the firm for seven years, Jimmy Silverwood has been promoted to Executive Vice President. As head of Affirmed’s Acquisitions & Development team since 2018, Mr. Silverwood helped initiate unprecedented growth for the firm, with eight construction loan closings totaling over $350 million, and 12 land acquisitions totaling $36.5 million. In his role as EVP, he supervises a staff of nine, and is involved in various phases of the development process. As Affirmed Housing is a state-wide leader in developing affordable housing, Mr. Silverwood’s new role allows him increased influence in addressing one of California’s most pressing issues.

Jimmy Silverwood can be reached at (858) 386-5178
or james@affirmedhousing.com

Special Construction Services – New Hire

DIV13, a Division of G|M Business Interiors, is thrilled to welcome Danette Ferretti as the Vice President of Interior Construction. Ferretti brings 27 years of architectural interior design experience, and she has led projects ranging from 1,000 to 465,000 square feet, in areas of commercial, higher education, multifamily, healthcare, bio-tech and retail design. Ferretti has co-taught and lectured at local interior design schools and served on the Board of Directors for IIDA SoCal. She holds a B.S. in Interior Design from Colorado State University and is NCIDQ certified.

Danette can be reached at (619) 990-5485 or dferretti@div13.com

Workplace Strategy Services – New Hire

G|M Business Interiors is pleased to announce
Jenny Durbin as the new Director of Strategic Workplace Services. Jenny has 20+ years experience in facilities planning, construction, relocation and change management, and she has built her expertise in leading large organizations during periods of aggressive growth and workplace transformation. Jenny holds an IFMA FMP designation, a Certificate of Laboratory Design, and is a San Diego CREW member. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on workplace insights within forums such as BisNow, CREW, CORENet
San Diego, and Urban Land Institute of SoCal.

Jenny Durbin can be reached at (619) 597-8379 or jdurbin@gmbi.net

Banking – New Hire

Christina Wolf joins HomeStreet Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer with over 15 years’ experience in banking. She’s worked with a large variety of business clients including, professional service firms, contractors, and real estate investors. She pays specific attention to her client’s needs to help them achieve their business goals. For example, last year, she was able to help a client grow from $5 million in revenue to nearly $30 million by understanding their business needs and strategically working with them to structure a mix of banking products to aid in their growth.

Christina Wolf can be reached at (858) 223-2805
or christina.wolf@homestreet.com

Law – Promotion

Drew T. Gardiner from Latham & Watkins LLP has been promoted to Partner in the San Diego office. Drew is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice in the Litigation & Trial Department who advises clients on strategies for maximizing insurance coverage. He represents policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes and advises clients on the strategic management of insurance portfolios, with a particular emphasis on Directors & Officers (D&O) liability insurance. He received his JD from University of Virginia School of Law in 2004.

Drew T. Gardiner can be reached at (858) 523-5472
or drew.gardiner@lw.com

Law – Promotion

After a comprehensive national search, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has named James Uli as its new senior vice president and chief financial officer. Uli will work directly with Rady Children’s president and chief executive officer, Patrick A. Frias, MD, and oversee the Hospital’s financial operations, including accounting, budgeting and managing revenue cycle.

Most recently the health system CFO at Keck Medicine of USC, Uli has held health care finance positions for nearly 20 years, including serving as CFO at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute and division chief financial officer at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. He completed his undergraduate education at University of California, Riverside and master of health care administration degree at USC.

Uli was selected from a broad pool of national candidates through a search committee comprising Rady Children’s board members and key organizational stakeholders. Numerous health system executives, board members, physicians, clinical leaders and staff members were involved in the interview process, allowing for full-spectrum participation across the health system.

Uli began his role at the end of February, assuming the responsibilities of SVP and CFO Kathleen Cain, who will be retiring after four years of service to the health system, and a storied career spanning decades in the health care finance field.


Law – Promotion

Greg Seibly has joined Union Bank as President and Head of Regional Banking, based in Southern California. Greg will oversee the Union Bank commercial banking, real estate industries, consumer banking (including PurePoint Financial, an online direct bank), Intrepid Investment Bankers and wealth markets businesses, as well as the bank’s corporate social responsibility programs.

Most recently, Greg served as President and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBSF) since 2016. Previously Greg served as President and CEO of Sterling Financial Corp. and as a member of its Board of Directors from 2009 to 2014; President of Consumer Banking at Umpqua Bank; President of U.S. Bank-California; and has held executive-level positions in commercial banking at Wells Fargo and in healthcare finance at Bank of America.

“Union Bank has a rich, 150-year history and strong presence on the West Coast,” Seibly said. “I am honored to join a company with such a deep heritage in these important markets and I am excited to partner with the impressive leadership bench to continue building on these incredible strengths. I am committed to serving our long-standing clients and delivering best-in-class experiences and innovative solutions, products and services.”

To learn more, visit www.unionbank.com

March 2, 2020

Real Estate – Announcement

Cannon Building welcomes Kevin Thompson as Senior Executive Manager

Kevin Thompson joined Cannon Building as senior executive manager. He drives strategy for the San Diego division and manages projects across the region. He brings over 30 years of experience in preconstruction, value analysis, and project approach to Cannon Building. Kevin has worked and resided in San Diego for most of his career. His diverse background includes managing complex construction processes as well as an in-depth knowledge of critical environments in FDA regulated manufacturing, healthcare, and research facilities. Kevin’s experience includes overseeing highly technical projects in the life sciences, biotech, healthcare, and technology sectors.

For more information, visit www.cannonbuilding.com


Architecture – Promotion & New Hire

McCullough Landscape Architecture announces continued growth with the promotion of Naby Miller as studio design leader and the addition of Zeek Magallanes to its team.

Nabyl “Naby” Miller has been promoted to Studio Design Leader. As such, she will be working alongside the studio’s design principal, influencing creative and passionate design solutions on every project resulting in empathetic, diverse, and community-driven environments.

Previously at McCullough, Miller was Senior Associate Landscape Designer, providing management for commercial landscape developments in a variety of market sectors.

To date, much of Miller’s work has focused on creative integration of landscapes and social design, mixed-use development, civic centers, residential development, office campuses, office retrofits and commercial centers throughout the U.S., China, Indonesia, and Mexico.

The cultural clash at the U.S./Mexican border, where Miller was born and raised, greatly developed her unique perspective which directly translates into her eclectic aesthetic and holistic approach to design and planning.

A Cal Poly Pomona graduate, Miller’s academic work has been recognized with national awards and has been featured in design publications.

Mario “Zeek” Magallanes will provide services as a landscape designer for large and small commercial landscape development projects in various market sectors.

Magallanes brings years of education and volunteerism to the team. He earned a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism from USC, graduating with honors in Tau Sigma Delta for his academic achievements.
Prior to attending USC, he studied Residential Landscape Design at Cuyamaca College and attended San Diego State University where he earned a degree in Cultural Anthropology.

Magallanes has been active as a volunteer in various club organizations. While at Cuyamaca College he served first as the Media Officer, then as the Secretary of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Student Chapter. Concurrently, he was active in the Cuyamaca College Botanical Society where he served first as an Assistant to the Board, then as its 36th president. While attending USC, Magallanes served as the ASLA Student Chapter President for an academic year.


About McCullough Landscape Architecture, Inc.


Founded in 1999, McCullough Landscape Architecture, Inc., located in San Diego’s downtown Makers Quarter, is an award-winning landscape-design firm. The firm is certified by the State of California Department of General Services as a Small Business Enterprise and is a Woman-Owned Small Business. For over 20 years the firm has worked on many private, civic and military projects. Clients include Gafcon, CityMark Development, Alexandria Real Estate, Pacifica Companies, the cities of Carlsbad and San Diego, the U.S. Navy, and numerous schools and universities. Their work has been recognized with many regional and national awards.


To learn more about McCullough visit www.mlasd.com


Technology – Promotion

Sony Electronics is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Goldstein as Head of Sales to the custom integrator channel at the Company’s North American headquarters in Ranch Bernardo. In his role, Jeff will oversee the company’s relationships with leading audio and video integrators and help build on Sony’s 30-year history of developing high-performance home technology products that enrich people’s lives.

Jeff brings decades of industry experience and is a seasoned Sony veteran, with his previous 24-year tenure at Sony Electronics. He has held numerous executive-level positions including director of sales for the Consumer Integrated Systems division, as well as vice president of marketing for the company’s Home Audio/Video and Television divisions. He most recently served as a strategic consultant to premium custom installation and optical companies, helping to expand their distribution channels, and refine customer engagement. Goldstein brings deep experience in product development and planning and was instrumental in creating Sony’s home theater projector line, as well as driving custom integration features for Sony ES, Home Video and TV products. He will be deeply involved in setting the direction for Sony products aimed at today’s custom integration market.

About Sony Electronics

Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming, robotics and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K and 8K Ultra HD TVs. Visit http://www.sony.com/news for more information.

Jeff Goldstein can be reached at (858) 942-7656
or jeff.goldstein@sony.com

February 24, 2020

Real Estate – Announcement

Kimberly Dotseth, Broker/Owner of Blend Real Estate, San Diego’s award-winning real estate brokerage, announces that Kerry Garnett, Broker Associate, has been named Realtor Volunteer of the Year by the North San Diego Association of Realtors, out of 6,000+ Realtor members.

Kerry’s supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with a 10% commission donation per commission check. His donations exceed five figures.
Kerry offers free professional staging for everyone. Contact Kerry today for a free property valuation — and even an email listing presentation if you’re busy, to get to “KERRY, YOU ARE HIRED” faster!

Kerry Garnett can be reached at (858) 869-3351
or kerry@blendrealestate.com
Calif DRE #01877272





Design/Strategic Planning – Promotions

ID Studios is a leading Commercial Interior Design/Strategic Planning firm for organizations across California. We’re proud to announce the promotion of five of our key team members.

Jill Russell-Layman is being promoted to Associate Principal. She graduated from the Design Institute of San Diego with a BFA in Interior Design in 2003 and has been with ID Studios since 2006, just one year after our inception. Jill has continuously exhibited her commitment to the success of the firm and to the happiness of our staff. Her inspiration comes from being in the outdoors, whether it’s camping in the summer or skiing in the winter, she says, “being in the outdoors buoys my imagination and prepares me to take on the next big challenge.”

Rich Guerena is being promoted to Associate Principal. He joined ID Studios in 2014 after a successful 18-year start to his architectural career. Rich graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Architecture. Through his positive interactions with clients, dedication to mentorship, and consistent drive for improvement, Rich has demonstrated a consistent level of professionalism. He and his college sweetheart moved to San Diego soon after graduating in 2002 and have now, “gained an appreciation for good tacos.”

Annie Wilson is being promoted to Associate. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2002 with a BS in Interior Design and later relocated from Washington DC to San Diego. Annie’s superb management skills and determination to get the job done right translate to highly successful projects such as the recently completed remodel/expansion of Brain Corp. She also makes it a priority to continue her professional growth with active involvement in organizations such as CREW and SAME.

Jeni Champion is being promoted to Associate. She graduated from SDSU in 2011 with a BA in Interior Design. Jeni brings a unique joy to her projects such as the successful remodel of the Marsh & McLennan offices. She’s dedicated to improving and giving back as demonstrated by her participation in the NAIOP Developing Leaders program and as an instructor at the San Diego Design Institute.

Maegen Curry is being promoted to Associate. She received a BFA from San Diego Design Institute in 2010 after receiving a BA from the University of Washington. Maegen possesses a fresh take on design and attention to detail that makes her a perfect fit for the ongoing renovation of ResMed. She’s found that her involvement with CREW is a great way to network and keep connected with like-minded professionals.

Each of these key team-members have proven their design and leadership ability and are of great value to ID Studios. Congratulations to them all!

To learn more about ID Studios, please call (858) 523-9836
or visit www.idstudiosinc.com


Insurance – Promotions

Dane Bustrum, Chief Financial Officer for Marsh & McLennan Agency’s West region has been named a Principal of the firm. Since joining the firm in 2017, Dane has been instrumental in driving many new financial initiatives company-wide and brings great value and experience to MMA’s financial team and Management Committee. Previously, Dane served as CFO at Recovery Partners, Veritone Media and Silver Oak Leasing. He received his undergrad from Point Loma Nazarene University and an
MBA from Chapman University.

Leticia Germain, a Client Consultant in the Employee Health and Benefits division at Marsh & McLennan Agency, has been named a Principal of the Firm. Since joining legacy agency Barney & Barney 18 years ago as a Benefit Analyst, Leticia has grown through a number of roles and eventually a key Client Consultant, becoming a major contributor to the success of her practice group. She is involved with every aspect of her client business – senior leadership, relationship management, analytical work and internal team management. Leticia serves as an excellent mentor to MMA colleagues through various internal programs.


Dane Bustrum can be reached at dane.bustrum@marshmma.com

Leticia Germain can be reached at leticia.germain@marshmma.com




Nonprofit- New Board Members

Veterans Village of San Diego announces the appointment of Peter Seidler,
Dan Shea and Tom Mulvaney to its Board of Directors. All three of Board members bring talent, expertise and energy to the table.

Peter Seidler is the General Partner of the San Diego’s PADRES and Managing Partner of Seidler Equity Partners.

Dan Shea is a partner at Paradigm Investment Group and a well-known restauranteur with ownership of restaurants in San Diego and Phoenix among others.

Tom Mulvaney’s talents include decades of leadership roles as General Counsel and many C-Suite Executive roles.

All three of these newest Board Members embody a philanthropic spirit bringing community, talent, expertise and energy to support our veterans. VVSD is thrilled to welcome these gentlemen to the board.

To learn more about Veterans Village of San Diego,
please call (619) 393-2013 or visit www.vvsd.net

February 17, 2020

Finance – Promotion

Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors is proud to announce that Larry T. Nakamura, IACCP® has assumed the role of Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and Director of Client Service. The previous CCO, Karrol Gibbs, recently retired from D&Y after 19 years. For nine years prior to joining D&Y, Larry was an Executive Regulatory Consultant with National Regulatory Services (NRS) where he worked with Registered Investment Advisors, mutual funds, transfer agencies and other regulated entities. He has been an instructor for the NRS/IACCP Presentations and Educational Programs since 2011 and continues to be a contributor and featured guest lecturer on regulatory topics.

Larry T. Nakamura can be reached at 858-509-9500
or larry.nakamura@dywealth.com

Architecture – Promotion

Tom Giuggio, Senior Lab Planner with HKS Architects, Inc., was recently promoted to Vice President. Tom has more than 20 years of experience planning, coordinating and supervising design projects from programming through construction. Tom was previously an associate with HKS, and Earl Walls Associates prior to joining HKS in 2011. Tom’s focus is laboratory planning, and he works closely with lab users, engineers and contractors to develop custom solutions. He has completed work for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Pfizer, DEA, California Institute of Technology, L.A. Biomed, Mesa College, FDA, Upsher-Smith Pharmaceuticals, and ASU/Wexford. HKS is also proud to announce that Daniel Wright and Alex Chinderle were promoted to Associates of the firm.

Tom Giuggio can be reached at 858-429-5558
or tgiuggio@hksinc.com

Commercial Real Estate – New Hire

David Pogue has joined West Coast-based RiverRock Real Estate Group, a client-centric property services firm, as chief strategy officer. A highly-respected industry veteran, Pogue’s background includes leading socially-responsible, market-driven solutions as global director of corporate responsibility at CBRE. Now Pogue will help RiverRock implement a strategy to respond to an evolving commercial real estate industry, including expansion of services and new markets, as well as increased focus on environmental and corporate governance. RiverRock services more than 29 million square feet of office, industrial and retail from its 24 regional offices.

David Pogue can be reached at 408-982-8494
or dpogue@RiverRockREG.com

February 10, 2020

Engineering, Architecture & Construction – New Hire

Gary J. Goodemote joins Burns & McDonnell as an environmental project manager. In his role, he will lead a team to provide environmental restoration and remediation services for federal, commercial, industrial and energy clients.

Gary J. Goodemote can be reached at ggoodemote@burnsmcd.com.

Law – Promotion

Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce that
Benjamin J. Morris has been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective February 1, 2020. Benjamin is a member of the Litigation and Construction Practices. He advises and counsels owners, developers, contractors, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers throughout all phases of complex construction projects and construction litigation. Benjamin also handles business and complex litigation, including defense of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, unfair competition and consumer class action claims. His commercial clients have included biopharmaceutical companies, consumer electronics manufacturers, technology companies, consumer products companies, banks and engineering and construction firms.

Benjamin J. Morris can be reached at (858) 847-6750
or bmorris@foley.com

Legal – New Hire

Mulvaney Barry Beatty Linn & Mayers LLP is pleased to welcome Jamie D. Mottola as an Associate Attorney focusing on real property and commercial transactional and litigation matters. Ms. Mottola has represented financial institutions, businesses and individuals in a variety of matters including secured transactions, creditor’s rights and receiverships, real property and title disputes, judgment enforcement, and creditor representation in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 Bankruptcy Cases. Ms. Mottola is admitted to practice law in California and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts.

Jamie D. Mottola can be reached at (619) 238-1010
or jmottola@mulvaneybarry.com.

Legal – New Hire

Nevell Group, Inc. commercial interior and exterior wall system trade partner has hired Michael Villar as Lean Director where he will train our teams in Lean values, principles, and tools for both the office and field. Michael comes to NGi with extensive Lean experience in the construction industry.

Nevell Group incorporated (NGi) has an in-house BIM department using the latest technology to perform the scopes of metal-stud framing, Drywall, Lath Plaster, Exterior Pre-fab Panels, Interior Pre-fab walls, ACT/Specialty Ceilings, and Fireproofing.

MIchael Villar can be reached at (714) 579-7501
or mvillar@nevellgroup.com

February 3, 2020


Health Care – Promotion & New Hire

Health Center Partners of Southern California (HCP) announces the continued growth of its organization with the promotion of Janet Vadakkumcherry and the addition of Dolores Olague-Swanson.

Janet Vadakkumcherry has been promoted into the position of Associate Vice President for Managed Care. Ms. Vadakkumcherry has 22 years of experience in the health care industry, 12 of those with HCP. Previously, she served as director of operations, Children’s Physicians Medical Group, and oversaw contracts and network operations for Sharp Health Plan. In her elevated capacity, Ms. Vadakkumcherry will be responsible for the organization’s managed care payer relationships and all associated lines of business with regional, state and federal health plans to ensure members’ growth and success in the managed care marketplace. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Diego State University.

Dolores Olague-Swanson has been named director of contracting. Ms. Olague-Swanson brings to HCP more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. She served as Vice President for Contracting for Care1st Health Plan, now Blue Shield/Promise, and regional manager for provider services and contracting for Molina Healthcare of California, and similar roles for L.A. Care and Health Net health plans. In her new role, Ms. Olague-Swanson will be responsible for provider and managed care contracting. She received her education from the University of California San Diego with an emphasis in Anthropology, and served in the U.S. Army, JAG Corps division.

About Health Center Partners of Southern California

Health Center Partners of Southern California, a family of companies, includes a 17-membership organization of Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Services Organizations, both urban and sovereign, and Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Its members collectively serve more than 850,000 patients each year, for 3.6 million patient visits each year, at 140 practice sites across San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial counties, with the seventh largest provider group in the region.

To learn more about Health Center Partners of Southern California,
visit www.hcpsocal.org

January 27, 2020

Architecture & Design- Announcement

Gensler, global design, architecture and planning firm, announces the appointment of Stacy Cannon as a new Principal. Cannon is an Office Leader for the firm’s San Diego office and a registered architect with 17+ years of experience with a focus on Commercial Office Renovations, Tenant Improvements and a variety of workplace environments. Stacy was recognized by Engineering News-Record as a Top Young Professional and San Diego Business Journal as an Outstanding Woman in Construction and Design. She is a member of CREW San Diego and serves as a Board Member of Border View YMCA.


January 20, 2020



Technical Advisory- Announcement

Founded in 2003, CNM LLP is a technical advisory firm that provides high value, specialized accounting advisory services based in Southern California, with offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, and now San Diego. Recognized as a Great Place to Work®, CNM is an organization fully committed to helping businesses identify and address critical accounting issues in an effective and proactive way. Since its inception, CNM has worked with a wide range of clients ranging from startups and closely held mid-market companies to multi-national Fortune 500 companies.

Recently, CNM has expanded its Southern California footprint with a new office location in San Diego, which will provide a full suite of services, including technical accounting, financial reporting, IPO and audit readiness assistance, and SOX compliance services to companies across various industries, with a focus on life sciences. To lead the expansion, CNM has hired seasoned accounting professional Tasia Blazevich, who brings over 20 years of experience in both public accounting and the private sector. Blazevich has served a wide variety of clients in many industries throughout her career. During the past five years, she has focused on emerging growth life science companies in the San Diego market, most recently with Ernst & Young. Commenting on the new San Diego office, CNM’s Managing Partner and Founder Nathan Matthews said, “We made the strategic decision to open a new office in San Diego to provide growth and development opportunities to our professionals and accommodate our growing client base who demand our specialized, best-in-class advisory services and personalized approach.”

Jeremy Wheeler, CNM Partner and the Irvine office’s leader, has also guided the expansion into San Diego after leading the successful CNM expansion into Irvine in 2015, a first for the company. This is CNM’s second new location to open in 2019 after its recent expansion to New York City, to accommodate its growing client base around the country.

To learn more about CNM LLP, visit www.cnmllp.com

Construction – New Hire

Erickson-Hall Construction Co. is pleased to welcome
Jeff Jenco, Project Executive, to the company’s senior project management team. Jenco brings more than two decades of public and private sector construction expertise to Erickson-Hall. In his position as project executive, he will provide senior management oversight to select education projects and will hold a pivotal role in directing the firm’s expansion into new markets.

Prior to joining Erickson-Hall, Jenco spent 27 years with Lusardi Construction and was responsible for the identification, qualification and successful delivery of a broad range of projects, including the $60 million Del Rey Crossing in Marina del Rey, the $35 million Elevon Campus in El Segundo, and the $152 million reconstruction of San Marcos High School in the City of San Marcos.

Established in 1998 in Escondido, Erickson-Hall is an employee-owned general contractor, construction manager and design-builder specializing in municipal, education, and faith-based building.


Jeff Jenco can be reached at (760) 796-7700
or jjenco@ericksonhall.com/center>

Financial Services – Promotion

Senior Counsel Steven Millendorf has been recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). The FIP designation is available to those who have earned a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States as well as a Certified Information Privacy Manager or Certified Information Privacy Technologist, all of which are recognized by the American National Standards Institute as the gold standard accreditation of credentials for information privacy professionals. Steve counsels clients on a broad range of security, domestic and international privacy, technology, and intellectual property related issues.

Steven Millendorf can be reached at (858) 847-6737
or smillendorf@foley.com

Accounting – Promotion to Partner

Sheena Barnes relocated from Florida and joined GPW in 2014. Ms. Barnes has significant experience in tax planning and compliance services to closely-held and family operated businesses in a variety of industries including entertainment, food & hospitality, manufacturing, professional services, retail, technology, healthcare, interior design, investment, real estate, and software. In addition, Ms. Barnes manages the firm’s niche tax advisory and compliance practice for professional athletes and entertainers. A multi-state tax specialist, Sheena assists clients with determining state individual and corporate income tax exposure and provides strategies to minimize compliance risk and its state tax burdens. Her strengths include state income tax nexus and apportionment, federal consolidated and state unitary/combined filings, controlled group testing, basis tracking for partners and S-corporation shareholders, cost benefit research and analysis of expansion into foreign markets, and tax compliance for US shareholders of foreign corporations.

Ms. Barnes has Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accounting and Finance from Florida State University, as well as, a Master of Science in Accounting from Liberty University. Sheena is a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Florida and State of California, and is currently affiliated with the FICPA, CalCPA, AICPA, American Business Women’s Association and served previously on the Bay Education Foundation board of directors. Sheena enjoys working out, hiking, traveling, reading and spending time outdoors with her Labrador, Callie Rae.


Accounting – Promotion to Partner

Fei Shen was recently elevated to Counsel in the San Diego office of Kilpatrick Townsend. Fei focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling in the computer, software, and electronics industries. He has experience in developing patent filing strategies, preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications and providing opinions on patentability, validity or infringement with respect to intellectual property rights. Fei has extensive experience in helping Chinese clients on outbound work to the U.S. and as well as works closely with our Shanghai office serving American companies with their interests in China.

Fei Shen can be reached at (858) 350-3861
or fshen@kilpatricktownsend.com

Finance – New Hire

Oracle Capital welcomes Mike Tully, CFA, ASA, CEIV, as a Senior Managing Director, working in the Los Angeles office. Prior to joining Oracle Capital, Mike spent nearly 30 years as a partner with the valuation practices of both KPMG and EY.

Mike Tully can be reached at (626) 222-5250
or mtully@oraclecapital.com/center>

January 13, 2020

Banking – New Hire

Sharon Council recently joined Citizens Business Bank as Vice President and Relationship Manager for the San Diego (Downtown) Business Financial Center. Sharon has more than 35 years of experience in commercial and real estate lending in San Diego County. Prior to joining the Bank, Sharon managed a diversified loan portfolio as a Senior Vice President with Pacific Western Bank. She has also held positions with U.S. Bank, Bank of America, and Security Pacific Bank.

Sharon received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Webster University at St. Louis, MO. She is a Board Member and Treasurer of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, and is active at the National level in the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

Sharon Council can be reached at 858-350-8637 or sscouncil@cbbank.com

Engineering – New Hire

Javier Saunders has joined Psomas as the new leader of the firm’s Water Division in the San Diego region. He brings 35 years of experience, local knowledge, and technical expertise to further enhance Psomas’ water/wastewater capabilities. Saunders managed numerous high-profile projects during his 16-year tenure with the City of San Diego and served on the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors for more than 10 years.

Javier Saunders can be reached at 619-961-2322
or Javier.Saunders@psomas.com

Financial Services – Promotion

Shaivi Vasanadu brings 15 years of experience in public accounting for closely held businesses to her new position as partner at Aldrich CPA + Advisors LLP. She focuses on clients in construction and related industries. She specializes in providing assurance services, including audits, reviews and compilations as well as accounting and business consulting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and CalCPA Education Foundation. Shaivi graduated with her Bachelor of Commerce in financial accounting and received her MBA in finance from the University of Bangalore. Shaivi currently serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego.

Shaivi Vasanadu can be reached at 619-376-4862
or svasanadu@aldrichadvisors.com

Structural Consulting Engineers – Promotion

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Steve Smith, P.E. from Associate to Principal, effective January 1st, 2020. Steve joined HTK Structural Engineers, LLP one week after graduation in 2001 from University of California, San Diego. He is currently licensed in numerous states. Steve has since proven himself to be a valuable asset to HTK with a keen sense of leadership and quality work, always with the client in mind. Through his many years at HTK, he has advanced progressively to more responsible positions, where he has played a key role in growing HTK to its current size.

Steve has been involved in projects including Monarch School, a school for homeless children in Barrio Logan, and the Moonlight Beach facilities including the Marine Safety Center, a state of the art lifeguard facility which won a Public Works Project of the Year Award. Steve has also worked closely with the division currently fabricating the Central Solenoid Module for the international ITER project that consists of multiple 250,000 pound electromagnets, which when stacked together will create the backbone of the world’s largest fusion device.

Steve has embraced the HTK philosophy and reputation of applying efficient engineering with the hands on approach while maintaining close and personal relationships with clients. Steve has also become a respected teacher and mentor for our young engineers, showing patience and providing valuable guidance.


Steve Smith can be reached at 858-679-8989

January 6, 2020

Construction – Promotion

Gafcon, Inc., the San Diego-headquartered consultant firm currently managing the Seaport San Diego redevelopment, has promoted Marty Glaske to Senior Vice President of Business Development. After leading Gafcon’s labor relations division as Vice President for nearly 15 years, Marty will direct business development strategies for Gafcon’s broader services portfolio, including program and project/construction management, technology solutions, labor relations, expert witness, outreach, and pre-construction.

Marty will leverage more than 25 years of experience and built relationships within the construction industry with both public and private clients, to define strategic, forward-thinking goals for the firm, reporting directly to Gafcon’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Robin Duveen. In this new role, he will be responsible for supporting the client experience with both new and existing clients, leading the firm’s mission of delivering complex projects that power vibrant communities. Marty operates out of Gafcon’s San Diego headquarters located in Sorrento Valley; however, he will be spending a great deal of time working throughout all of Southern California, including Gafcon’s two branch offices in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Marty holds both a Bachelor’s in Business and Master’s in Business Administration, emphasizing Organizational Management. He also studied Labor Relations at Penn State University. In 2017, Marty was honored with the Public Works Advocate of the Year Award by the San Diego/Imperial County Chapter of the American Public Works Association. He is an active member of the community, championing Gafcon’s participation in events like the Camp Pendleton Mud Run.

Marty Glaske can be reached at 858-875-0056 or mglaske@gafcon.com

Legal – Promotion

RMO LLP Elevates Matthew F. Baker to Partner.

Baker’s litigation practice focuses on representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested trust, estate and probate litigation matters; business owners and entities in business litigation matters and partnership disputes; and investors, financial industry employees, and financial institutions in securities litigation, employment litigation, and regulatory matters.

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