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Awards Bob Holguin , former director of the North Los Angeles Small Business Development Center, has received the 2006 Minority Small Business Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Association’s Los Angeles District Office. Holguin was recognized for efforts that resulted in the district office doubling in size in three years. Alan Purwin , founder of Helinet Aviation Services in Van Nuys, was one of fourteen small businesses and volunteers who were recognized by the Small Business Administration for their assistance to the recovery and cleanup efforts related to hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Purwin was honored with the 2006 SBA American Spirit Award as part of National Small Business Week, which took place April 9 April 15. Helinet helicopters were on the scene filming in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The footage served as a pool feed for all the networks, according to the company. Banking Francis Nakano was re-elected as chairman of California Credit Union’s Board of Directors. Nakano has served on the board since 2002. At an organizational meeting of the Glendale-based CCU, Mario Florio was re-elected as vice chairman of the board; and Reginald T. Murphy was re-elected as secretary/treasurer. Entertainment Katie O’Connell has been named as senior vice president of drama development at NBC and will work out of the company’s Burbank location. O’Connell will oversee developing one-hour drama series for the network. Mike Meadows has been promoted to president of New Wave Home Entertainment, a division of New Wave Entertainment based in Burbank. In his new position, Meadows will oversee the production of DVD special features, specialty DVDs, and “making of” television specials. Greg Frazier has been appointed as senior vice president for international trade policy with the Motion Picture Association of America. Before joining the Encino-based MPAA, Frazier was an independent consultant on trade policy. Westlake Village filmmaker Lee Toland Krieger earned top honors for his film “December Ends” at this year’s Method Fest Film Festival in Calabasas. Krieger’s film won the City of Calabasas Best Picture Award, and garnered the New Millennium Homes John Garfield Award for Best Actor for its male lead Josh Janowicz. Krieger is a 2005 graduate of USC who was participating in the festival for the first time. Insurance Lori A. Cain and Leslie B.L. Perry have joined Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers, Inc. as senior employee benefits consultants. Both come to the Calabasas company with experience in the employee benefits area. Thomas R. Tizzio was elected to the board of directors of 21st Century Insurance Group. Tizzio spent nearly 40 years with American International Group, Inc. in various capacities including as president from 1991 to 1997. Law Nicola McDowall has joined the law offices of Barry Kurtz as of counsel. McDowall, a franchise lawyer, has focused on franchise registration and compliance matters since 1994. Manufacturing David Weatherford and Frank Gurley have been appointed as regional sales managers with Magnetek, Inc., a power control products and services manufacturer. Weatherford joins the company from CompTechSales where he was vice president of sales and marketing. Gurley previously worked for Martek Power, Inc. as southeast regional sales manager. Media Arthur W. Salyer has been appointed as senior vice president of worldwide film and cinema distribution services for Technicolor Film Services. Salyer will be based in Technicolor’s Burbank facility and will be responsible for managing all film laboratories and cinema distribution services. Michael Roberts has been named as executive vice president, current programming with The CW, the new television network from CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment launching this fall. Roberts will supervise and provide creative direction for all scripted series on The CW’s primetime schedule. Dennis Ciapura has been named as senior vice president for broadcast development with Calabasas-based Salem Communications. Ciapura’s responsibilities include overseeing broadcast development, property management, and the engineering and research departments. Crown Media announced the resignation of Chris Moseley as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Hallmark Channels effective at the end of the month. Moseley joined the company in 2000 and oversaw the Hallmark Channel becoming a top-ten cable network in total day and prime time. Real Estate Joy DeBacker was appointed director of asset management at Younan Properties Inc. DeBacker will be responsible for overseeing the company’s commercial assets in Arizona, California, Illinois and Florida. She was previously first vice president of property management for CIM Group Inc. Transportation Steve Doerfler was promoted to the post of CFO at Allen Lund Co., a national transportation broker. Doerfler replaces Joe Hillman who announced his retirement earlier in the year. In addition, Allen Lund Co. named Cynthia Lupica as in-house corporate counsel. Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian was nominated for a seat on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board by the North County/San Fernando Valley sector committee. Najarian has served on the Glendale Transportation and Parking Commission. His nomination must be approved by the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee.

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