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The naming of Kevin J. Wiley as the new chief executive at Interlink Electronics Inc. coincided with the release of the company’s second quarter earning statements. The Camarillo-based technology company cut its net loss to $522,000 from $2.2 million in the previous year and saw revenues increase by 76 percent in the same period. Wiley has spent his career in the telecom and technology industries and as CEO at Interlink he guides the strategy that will put the company in the black. “We are on the right track,” Wiley said. “With a bit more effort and focus the expectation is we will get to profitability in the next few quarters.” Interlink has two main business divisions e-signature software products; and the specialty products division that develops sensors allowing for precise detection of a user’s touch. A year ago, the company sold off its remote- and branded-products business segments for $11 million to SMK Electronics Corp. USA so that Interlink could concentrate on the divisions with the best potential of long-term growth. Wiley was introduced to the company through acquaintances on its board of directors. He replaces interim CEO John Buckett who stepped into that role with the resignation of E. Michael Thoben. Buckett remains as chairman of the board. As Interlink’s technology is already developed, Wiley’s main focus as chief executive will be in sales and business development of existing products. A background in the telecom industry, including a stint at Motorola, will help in getting Interlink products into the next generation of cell phone, Wiley said. A graduate of Creighton University, Wiley has also served as chief executive of Nebraska Cellular Telephone Company. He had just finished up two years overseas with a New Zealand broadband wireless company when the opportunity at Interlink presented itself. “They are the right size company for my experience level,” Wiley said of Interlink. — Mark R. Madler Aviation Dan Feger has been named as the executive director of the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Feger joined the airport in 1988 as director of planning and engineering. He became deputy executive director in 2001 and has been acting executive director since January. Also, John Hatanaka has been appointed as senior deputy executive director. Hatanaka started with the airport in 2003 as director of contracts and properties, and was promoted in 2007 to deputy executive director. Banking Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc. appointed V. Charles Jackson as CEO of First Private Bank & Trust. He replaces interim CEO James D. Dawson. Dawson will also continue to serve on the First Private board of directors. Previously, Jackson was president and CEO of Community Bank, based in Pasadena, Calif. Willie Pleitez joined Mission Valley Bank as vice president and manager of the Valencia Office. He has more than 20 years of commercial banking experience in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Also joining Mission Valley’s Valencia Office is Art Lugo as a Vice President and Relationship Manager. Lugo has more than 25 years of experience in Business Banking and is a seasoned commercial lender. Entertainment Supervising sound editor Laurent Kossayan has joined the creative team at Warner Bros. Post Production Services. Kossayan served as supervising sound editor on the Oscar-nominated “Amelie” and “The City of the Lost Children,” for which he received a Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award in the Best Sound Editing Foreign Film category. Healthcare Aspyra, Inc. announced that Mike Pusateri has joined the company as regional sales manager for the Western U.S. region. Pusateri previously held positions in companies such as Agfa Healthcare and Stryker Endoscopy, and was CEO and Founder of Empire Group, LLC. Also, Mark Olley has joined Aspyra as regional sales manager for the Northeastern U.S. region. Media Mariel Garza has been promoted to editor of the editorial pages at the Daily News. Also, Oscar Garza (no relation), formerly the editor of Tu Ciudad magazine and before that a longtime editor at the Los Angeles Times, joins the Daily News as senior editor/content. KCAL and KCBS President and General Manager Don Corsini announced his retirement effective the end of the year. Patrick McClenahan has been named as Corsini’s replacement. McClenahan joined KCAL in 1997 as vice president and executive producer of sports. He later added overseeing the new media business to his duties. McClenahan was promoted to his current position of senior vice president and station manager in 2001. Real Estate AMCAL Multi-Housing Inc. has added Frank Chang and John O’Neil to their homebuilding team. Based in the Agoura Hills corporate office, Chang serves as acquisitions manager and O’Neil serves as construction manager.

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