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NEWSMAKERS Advertising Encino-based Inter/Media Advertising has recruited specialist Amy Hanno to be its new vice president of affiliate sales at Mediapoint Network, the company’s per-inquiry division. Hanno will also head up Inter/Media’s new Minneapolis office. Hanno had previously worked for Cornerstone Media Group in Minneapolis, where she was marketing manager. Awards Jean and Wally Hollenstein, owners of the Calabasas Inn, received the Paralysis Project of America’s 2004 Donald G. Watt Award for outstanding service. The Hollensteins were recognized with Sid and Sue Lopez for creating the Tom Hollenstein Golf Tournament held each year in October at the Calabasas Country Club, followed by a banquet at the Calabasas Inn. In its 16th year, the annual Hollenstein Golf Tournament has raised over $1.1 million that goes directly to research in finding a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. Boards Patrick F. Stone has been named vice chairman of the board of directors at Metrocities Mortgage LLC in Sherman Oaks. Stone was most recently CEO of Fidelity National Information Solutions Inc. He has served as an advisor to the Metrocities board for the past several years. Mayor Jim Hahn appointed Robert Simonds to the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Simonds is a movie producer who has built a reputation in Hollywood for making profitable films at a relatively low cost. His credits include his studio debut, “Problem Child,” in addition to the more recent, “Big Daddy” and “The Waterboy.” The Arthritis Foundation, Southern California Chapter, has elected Mary C. MacKinney as its board chair. MacKinney, first vice resident of Private Banking at Comerica Bank in Los Angeles, is a long time La Crescenta resident who has been active with the Arthritis Foundation for 15 years, serving on the organization’s board of directors for the past 12 years. Amgen has appointed Leonard D. Schaeffer to its board of directors. Schaeffer is chairman and chief executive officer of Wellpoint Health Networks Inc. Named president and CEO of Blue Cross in 1986, Schaeffer is credited with converting the company to a for-profit status, creating Wellpoint in 1993, which now has a market capitalization of over $16 billion. Construction John H. Hill, owner of Hill Engineering in Canyon Country, has been selected a national finalist for the Contractor of the Year 2004. Hill joined 11 other finalists from around the country in Las Vegas for the award ceremony. Entertainment In a reorganization of the sales department and key operating group responsibilities, Universal Studios has appointed Heidi Geier to the post of senior vice president, food and retail and has promoted Tom Kiely to vice president, sales. Geier will oversee Universal Studios Hollywood’s retail operations as well as all food service at the theme park’s 17 restaurants and its 75 outdoor vending locations. Kiely will be responsible for developing new strategies for international and domestic sales channels, including overseeing the regional sales marketing team. Insurance Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Company has named Thousand Oaks resident Ken Kilbane executive vice-president. Kilbane is responsible for Market Development for Transamerica Insurance & Investment Group (TIIG). TIIG markets an array of financial services and products designed to help individuals, families, and businesses, build protect, and preserve their assets. Kilbane joined Transmerica as vice-president of technology in 1996. Real Estate Grubb & Ellis promoted two of its brokers. Nigel W. Stout, an industrial specialist in the North Los Angeles office, has been promoted to vice president. Stout has been with Grubb & Ellis for nine years. Chris Jackson, an industrial specialist in the North Los Angeles office, was promoted to associate vice president. Jackson is a six-year veteran of Grubb & Ellis. John Westerhof has been named vice-president in NAI Capital Commercial’s office leasing division. Prior to joining NAI, Westerhof had been in the office leasing division of Charles Dunn Company where he represented clients including Holualoa Companies, Weingart Foundation, The Marks Properties, California National Bank and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Manufacturing Sherman Oaks-based Earl Scheib, Inc. has two new faces on its board of directors: James P. Burra and Salvatore J. Zizza. Gregory Helm stepped down from the board, effective March 1. Burra comes to the nationwide operator of auto paint and body shops from Endural/Hoover Group, Inc., where he was CEO. Burra also is a director at Semtech Corp., a semiconductor company. His appointment fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Alex Kyman last December. Zizza was chairman of Hallmark Electrical Supplies Corp., a supplier of electrical parts. Scheib recently reduced the size of its board from six members to five, and is now full.

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