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Banking City National Bank has appointed Margie Minter as vice president and manager of its Chatsworth banking office, located at 9400 Topanga Canyon Boulevard. She oversees the delivery of the bank’s full range of financial products and services, including small business services; Small Business Administration, business and consumer loans; cash management; deposit; international banking; and foreign exchange. Minter also manages the office’s customer service and business development efforts. Before joining City National, she worked for more than 12 years with Washington Mutual as vice president and small business relationship manager in the Temecula area and managing its Northridge Corbin office. She also held branch manager positions with Wells Fargo, First Interstate Bank and Security Pacific National Bank. Education Cal State Northridge announced the election of five new members to the university’s foundation Board of Directors. As a non-profit auxiliary of Cal State Northridge, the foundation receives and oversees the management of private donations to the university. Among its roles is to raise money for the enhancement and support of programs that would not normally be funded by the state. The newest members of the foundation board include: Harvey A. Bookstein of Encino who is managing partner for Roth, Bookstein and Zaslow, LLP, a Los Angeles-based public accounting firm; William C. Griffeth of Park Ridge, N.J., a financial journalist and anchor for CNBC; Mark Lainer of Encino, a partner with the real estate company Lainer Investments of Van Nuys; Philip J. Mundy Jr. of Calabasas, president of Calabasas-based Mundy Medical Marketing, Inc.; and Milton G. Valera of Woodland Hills, who is president of the Chatsworth-based National Notary Association. Entertainment Howard Levine will represent Vivid Entertainment in a sales capacity at Pulse Distribution. Levine had done sales for Vivid previously from 1989 to 2007. He also handles sales for Club Jenna, Teravision, SunLust Pictures and adult film parodist Axel Braun. Panavision Inc. announced that William (Billy) M. Campbell resigned as president and CEO, and William C. Bevins has taken over worldwide operations and management. Bevins is an entertainment business leader with more than 40 years of experience. He has held positions as president and CEO and as a director of Andrews Group Incorporated, an entertainment media holding company, as well as of its two publicly traded operating subsidiaries, New World Communications Group Incorporated and Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. He also served as CFO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and is currently a director of M & F; Worldwide Corporation. Jonathan Axelrod, an award-winning independent producer of television and film, has been appointed COO of AECG. He will oversee the strategic integration of all of the AECG companies that are emerging as pre-eminent providers of a range of services and content to the film, TV and other media communities. Axelrod’s background in the film and television community includes: serving as vice president and senior executive of ABC-TV Prime Time, where he oversaw all comedy, drama and variety development; executive vice president of Worldwide Production for Columbia Television; and president of New World Pictures. Among the TV movies developed and supervised by Axelrod are the Emmy Winning Jericho Mile, and Friendly Fire. Shauna Krikorian and Stacey Palm have joined AECG as Head of Film Licensing and Head of TV Licensing, respectively, at Opus 1 Music Library, an AECG company. Krikorian’s experience in the music industry includes working as executive director at Paul Anka Productions where she handled all of the company’s day-to-day management, and working as manager of music for Tyrell Music Group. Spiderman 3, The Watchmen, Horton Hears a Who, The Nanny Diaries, Ghost Rider, Dirty Sexy Money, Family Guy and America’s Next Top Model are among Krikorian’s many film and television credits. Stacey Palm was formerly VP Film and Television Music at Famous Music Publishing. Her background includes working as senior director, Film Soundtrack Division, at EMI Music Publishing. Music placements in television include many high profile shows such as Entourage, House, Ugly Betty, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Heroes, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. Insurance Danone Simpson Insurance Services LLC has hired Edgard Aguilar as Customer Service Representative in the Property and Casualty Department. Aguilar will be handling personal lines, commercial accounts, and assisting Terri Peters, Director of Property & Casualty. He is a California licensed Fire and Casualty Broker/Agent, Accident and Health Agent, and Life Only Agent. Marketing Advertise.com recently filled eight positions. In addition to hiring client service representatives, the company expanded its management team to include: Maricel Maling Dehne, CPA Operations Manager, who previously worked as a search affiliate manager for more than two years; Ulysses Davalos, Ad Operations Manager, who brings 10 years of experience as an ad operations manager in the online space and will take on the responsibility of managing the Display and Banner Division; Sheryl Madden, CPA Advertiser Account Manager, who will utilize her previous account manager experience to assist Maricel Maling Dehne in building out a unique high quality advertiser network; Dan Yates, Large Ad Agency Account Manager, who brings five years of advertising agency experience to the company and will be responsible for managing the company’s growth and relationships with large ad agency clients. Marketing Mustang Marketing, a Thousand Oaks-based marketing, advertising and communications firm, is expanding its reach to Northern California. Danny Bracco, communications coordinator, will run copywriting and PR operations from the Bay Area and work directly with the company’s Thousand Oaks headquarters. Mustang has a full-time staff as well as scalable part-time and freelance team members. The state-spanning telecommute model is allowing the company to grow its marketing and public relations presence in California. Medical Patty Williams, who has 20 years experience raising funds for nonprofit organizations, is the new executive director of Providence Tarzana Medical Center Foundation. She is the former executive director of the Arthritis Foundation’s Valley Region, and is currently meeting with community members to establish a foundation board of residents, physicians and business leaders. The board members will help tap resources to build upon the $36 million in upgrades Providence Health & Services has invested in recent months. Williams is a graduate of Loma Linda University and has earned numerous awards for professional fund-raising. Real Estate Mark Gonzales was chosen as one of REALTOR Magazine’s Class of 2009 in the publication’s “30 Under 30” national competition. At 26 years of age, he is one of the youngest winning finalists. Winners are featured in a special edition of the magazine that is out now. Gonzales, 26, is a realtor at Rodeo Realty in Sherman Oaks, where he was recognized as one of the top 7 percent of all real estate agents nationwide. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and real estate from California State University, Northridge, where he also became specialized in real estate and business law, real estate finance, business communication, and economics. Additionally, Mark is the 2009 Vice Chairman of the Young Realtor Committee of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. This summer he will also be featured on an episode of the national HGTV series “Good Buy/Bad Buy,” where he will provide a buyer with solid real estate advice. The Board of Directors of the California Housing Consortium (CHC) in Agoura Hills appointed Ray Pearl as its new executive director. Pearl is now the lead staff person for the association and will oversee all organizational operations. He will work with CHC’s board of directors to enhance housing production and affordability throughout California. Pearl came to the Consortium from the private sector, where he worked in the government affairs and land use planning departments of two major Southern California development companies. He also has extensive experience in association management and housing policy advocacy through his service as the executive director of the Greater Los Angeles/Ventura Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Pearl is a former congressional staff member and served as a US Naval officer. His community involvement includes previously serving on the board of directors of HomeAid Los Angeles/Ventura and the Child Care Resource Center in the San Fernando Valley. Restaurants Glendale-based DineEquity, Inc., parent company of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, appointed Jean M. Birch president of IHOP Restaurants effective June 22, 2009. She will lead the overall strategic direction for all functional areas of IHOP’s predominantly franchised business and will be responsible for providing leadership for the business and execution of its key growth strategies around brand building, operational excellence and franchise restaurant development. Birch served as president of Brinker International’s Romano’s Macaroni Grill where she was responsible for stabilizing and improving the operations execution of the business and creating a differentiated brand position. Under her leadership, Macaroni Grill benefited from improved guest satisfaction scores, the implementation of a menu development pipeline and process, reductions in hourly and management turnover, as and the development of retail products for sale in grocery outlets. She was president of Brinker International’s Corner Bakery Caf & #233; where she was responsible for driving consistent same-store sales growth, improving restaurant profitability, and simplifying operations for a more, Birch served in various leadership positions for 12 years with Yum! Brands’ Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurant systems. She most recently served as an independent restaurant industry consultant working with start-up, small and mid-sized restaurant concepts. Technology THQ Inc. has reorganized its management team and business units. Its three new business units include: Core Games; Kids, Family and Casual Games; and Online. Danny Bilson has been promoted to executive vice president, Core Games. Doug Clemmer has been promoted to executive vice president, Kids, Family and Casual Games. And Steve Dauterman has been promoted to senior vice president, Online. Ian Curran has been promoted to executive vice president, Global Publishing and will oversee worldwide revenue for THQ. Telecommunications Chris Bradish has been named executive vice president of global wholesale markets in the East Coast office of Simi Valley-based VoiP provider InterMetro. Prior to joining InterMetro, Bradish was founder and CEO of NTA Communications and vice president of corporate development for Global Communications. As part of the East Coast office, Bradish hired Eric Engbers, a co-founder and chairman at WiMax Global Roaming Alliance; and Robert Serrett, who has served in executive positions at PNG, Flint Communications and GlobalNet Carrier Services.

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