NEWSMAKERS Simon Elected to Lead Chamber Alliance Joel Simon, an attorney and partner with the Encino-based law firm of Alperstein, Simon, Gillin & Scott LLP has been elected to serve as the chairman of the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley. Simon, who replaces local attorney Bill Powers, will serve a two-year term heading up the UCC, which represents the Valley’s 24 member chambers, approximately 8,000 businesses and roughly 250,000 employees. Simon holds a master’s degree in history from Cal State University, Northridge. He graduated cum laude in 1978 from Whittier College of Law where he was given the American Jurisprudence Award in commercial transactions and constitutional law. He was admitted to the California Bar that same year. In addition to his practice, Simon has taught American history, political science and far eastern history at Rio Hondo and Cerritos colleges. Simon has tackled tough cases involving business law, real estate, civil litigation and commercial transactions and is also a certified mediator. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and former trustee of the Hollywood Bar Association. Simon often lends his expertise through pro bono work with municipal and superior courts in civil matters, small claims and other issues. Jacqueline Fox Consulting Jonathan Goldhill, principal of Jonathan Goldhill & Associates in Woodland Hills, has opened an office of The Growth Coach, a business dedicated to helping small business owners achieve more success and balance in their life. The Growth Coach is a network that has coaches in more than 13 states and Canada. Goldhill will continue to provide project consulting services to entrepreneurial businesses. Government Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has appointed Isaac Diaz Barcelona to the county’s Citizens’ Economy and Efficiency Commission. Barcelona is the president and CEO of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce and former spokesman and public relations director for the Palmdale School District. Land Use Jeff Lambert, former chief of planning for the city of Santa Clarita, has opened a consulting practice specializing in land use and development. Jeff Lambert Planning and Government Relations is continuing to work with Santa Clarita on some projects. Marketing Sherman Oaks-based Sunkist Growers, Inc., a citrus marketing cooperative, appointed Jeffrey E. Moxie as Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Moxie comes to Sunkist from Virgin Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, where he was CFO. Media Calabasas-based THQ Inc., an entertainment software manufacturer, promoted Ian Curran to the newly created position of vice president, European publishing, from managing director of THQ UK. It also gave Martin Good the title of vice president, Asia-Pacific Publishing. Curran will oversee the company’s European operations in England, Germany and France. Good, who was with THQ since 2000 as general manager of Australia and New Zealand operations, had overseen the Asian markets as well with an opening of a Korean office in early 2003. Daily News Publisher John Schueler was promoted to president and CEO of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. In that role, Schueler, 54, will oversee the operations of eight area daily newspapers owned by MediaNews Group of Denver: the Daily News, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, The San Bernardino Sun, and the Redlands Daily Facts. Schueler’s office will remain at the Daily News and LANG headquarters in Woodland Hills. He came to the Daily News in July 2001 from the Star Tribune in Minnesota where he was president and publisher. Tracy Rafter was promoted to publisher and CEO of the Daily News. She was most recently senior vice president of advertising and marketing for LANG. Rafter has been with LANG since February 2002 and will report to Schueler. Non-profit The Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals chose Gregory A. Silberman president. Silberman, an accomplished pianist with two degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston and 27 years of experience in fundraising, is vice president of Partners in Care Foundation, a non-profit based in Burbank that promotes improvement in healthcare and social services. Previously, Silberman had worked at the Northridge Hospital Foundation and the Junior Blind in Los Angeles, as well as several performing arts non-profits. Technology Fred R. Jones has been named chief financial officer for Valencia-based 3D Systems. Jones replaces James Selzer, who was terminated following an internal investigation into the company’s accounting methods in early 2003. Jones previously owned his own consulting firm and served as CFO for Thomas & Betts Corp. and Joy Technologies Inc. 3D Systems also chose Bob Kayser as Vice President of Global Sales, effective Jan. 19. He joined the company, a manufacturer of solid imaging products, two years ago from KEMET Electronics as managing director, Asia Sales and most recently served as vice president of Asia Sales, based in Shanghai, China. Ventura-based Document Systems, a provider of copiers and other digital imaging devices with offices in Woodland Hills, promoted Larry Levine to the post of vice president of major accounts. He had been with the company as a senior marketing executive since 1994, and will be responsible for all sales and marketing efforts aimed at new customers for the company.
NEWSMAKERS – Simon Elected to Lead Chamber Alliance