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Aerospace Kevin Wright has joined Meggitt Fluid Controls as group vice president, marketing. In this newly created position, Wright will integrate marketing initiatives across the Group’s five companies, based in the United States and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Meggitt, Wright was Group Vice President, Customer Satisfaction at Crane Aerospace based in Burbank where his responsibilities included product development, strategic new ventures and sales and marketing. He also held senior management positions with SITA, Vickers and Lucas Aerospace in Los Angeles, Seattle and the UK. A native of the UK, Wright received a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham in England. Banking Wells Fargo Private Bank announces that Scott Hansen will be joining their ranks as senior vice president and regional manager for its Westlake Village and Encino offices. In this role he will oversee a team of 50 financial professionals throughout the San Fernando Valley and Conejo Valley. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Hansen was vice president and private client advisor at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Westlake Village for nine years. He previously held various positions at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. Hansen earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of business for California Lutheran University. Consulting Pete Tzavalas joined global outplacement and business coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. as vice president. Tzavalas will be based in Woodland Hills and is responsible for developing and maintaining business relationships in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Tzavalas brings more than 20 years of business development and sales experience in management and recruitment to Challenger. Prior to joining Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., Mr. Tzavalas served as a branch manager overseeing five divisions for Robert Half International. Previously, he was a client relationship manager for Capital H Group, an organizational consulting firm. Before his position at Capital H, Mr. Tzavalas was senior vice president of business development at Spherion in Los Angeles and served as vice president of client services at Right Management Consultants. Entertainment New Wave Entertainment has promoted Andrea DeLesDernier to director of communications. She will oversee all aspects of corporate communications, publicity, and media relations for the rapidly expanding production and marketing company. She will report to newly-appointed COO Rick Nowak. For the past two years, DeLesDernier has managed publicity for the company, joining New Wave in 2000 as executive assistant to Paul Apel and Alan Baral. She previously served in a variety of roles at Priority Records. Her new position is in line with the recent restructuring of New Wave’s operations. Hospitality Mike Domingo has been appointed assistant general manager of the new Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale. The 272-suite hotel, currently under construction, is scheduled to open in September 2008. Domingo will assist in the direction of all areas of the hotel’s operations, including guest services and hotel administration. Previously, Domingo was assistant GM for Courtyard by Marriott in Marina Del Rey. He has a background in revenue management from Holiday Inn Santa Monica Beach and was also influential in leading the hotel to number one in guest satisfaction scores in 2004 as guest services manager. Domingo is not new to the Embassy Suites Hotel family as he was once a key player for the front desk and sales departments at Embassy Suites Hotel Arcadia-Pasadena. Furthermore, he is quite familiar with the Hilton family, since his hospitality career flourished from his employment at the Beverly Hills Hilton in 1999. Information Technology Micah Ciancia has joined Aspyra as regional sales manager for the South Central U.S. region. He has more than a decade of experience in imaging sales, representing companies such as Agfa Healthcare and GE Healthcare Technologies. Rob Pruter, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Aspyra, commented, “Micah has the tenacity and experience to effectively promote the Aspyra product solutions and contribute to the sales growth for the Company. Bringing him on board further represents our continued forward movement in the building of a powerful sales and marketing team for Aspyra.” Manufacturing Robert Haendel has been named as the new president of SolarWorld California Inc. based in Camarillo. Prior to joining SolarWorld, Haendel was product and sales director in the solar division of REC Group. He completed his undergraduate technical degree, as well as a Master in Solar Engineering and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering at Dalarna University in Sweden. Marketing Media production and marketing agency 1K Studios has hired Mitchell Rubinstein as Managing Partner. For the last seven years, Rubinstein was Executive Vice President of both the Original Content and DVD divisions of Trailer Park (formerly Creative Domain), a leading creative marketing services firm catering to the entertainment industry. A pioneer in advanced “added-value” content for DVD and Blu-ray projects, he has been responsible for supervising the development of thousands of projects including games and interactive features, documentary content and menu design. Prior to that, he was with The Cimarron Group serving as president and executive producer of the agency’s Interactive division overseeing more than 500 web, CD-ROM, and DVD projects for such major clients as Pepsi, Warner Bros., Sony, Microsoft, MGM, Nickelodeon, Universal, CAA, Boeing and ESPN. He began his career in the industry as a trailer and feature editor. Media Thomson announced today that it has appointed Alan Wright as senior vice president of business development for Technicolor Network Services. Wright most recently spent eight years leading business development activities at Motorola including the overall strategy and business development for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. Prior to that, Wright held a number of positions with systems integrators and professional service companies. Wright is a Chartered Electronic Engineer, and holds degrees from the University of Glasgow and the University of Durham in the U.K. Non-profit The Los Angeles Jewish Home has selected longtime board member and past-president of Jewish Big Brothers of Los Angeles David Swartz as its new board of directors’ chair effective July 1. The board also elected Marshall A. Gluchow, Gary Goldfein and Robert Rodin as new members. Swartz, who succeeds Arthur A. Greenberg in the Home’s top volunteer leadership spot, performs accounting, auditing and business advisory services at Good Swartz Brown & Berns, a Division of JH Cohn LLP, and is the immediate past managing partner of the firm. He has more than 35 years of experience providing business advisory services to clients in several industries, including manufacturing, wholesale, and retail, entertainment, real estate and professional services. Swartz will be actively involved in some of the Home’s newest ventures, including Skirball Hospice and the Annenberg School of Nursing. Goldfein was a co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Interstate Consolidation, a Los Angeles-based transportation and logistics company. Gluchow currently owns Valley Motor Center in Van Nuys. Rodin is the chairman and CEO of RDN Group, strategic advisors focused on corporate transitions, customer interface, sales and marketing, distribution, and supply chain management. Marvin R. Selter has been appointed president of The Olive View-UCLA Foundation. Selter has been a member of the foundation’s board since 1996 and most recently served as the board’s Vice President. Selter is President and CEO of CMS, Inc., a national management consulting firm, which he founded in 1968. Selter has served on various boards throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles including the Valley Economic Development Center, Med First Health Care and the American Jewish University. He has also served on the Los Angeles Business Tax Advisory Committee and the San Fernando Valley Advisory Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers and is a licensed Public Accountant. Real Estate Marcus & Millichap has also named three to the position of vice president investments: Jeff Benson, Matthew Friedman and Matthew Ziegler. The achievement of vice president investment status is one of the highest levels of recognition the firm awards its sales agents. It represents excellence in client relationships, investment real estate expertise and sales volume, according to Mitchell R. LaBar, managing director in the firm’s Encino office. Benson joined Marcus & Millichap in 2002 and specializes in multi-family investment sales. Friedman joined the firm in 2003 and specializes in multi-family investment sales. Ziegler joined the firm in 2002 and specializes in multi-family investment sales. Mark Dobbs has joined Hanes Investment Realty, Inc., a firm specializing in apartment investments. In 2007 Dobbs founded and operated a national investment company focusing on acquisitions, development and sales. Through his efforts this venture proved his ability to meet the challenge in all aspects of real estate while benefiting as an entrepreneur. Mark is a California native who received a bachelor of science degree from San Francisco State University. Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services has named Earle J. Hyman to senior vice president investments in the Encino office. Hyman began his career with the company 21 years ago and has won 11 National Achievement Awards and 20 Sales Recognition Awards in that time. He was inducted into the prestigious Seven-Figure Club in 1994. Hyman serves as a director of the firm’s National Multi Housing Group. SALES Drew Dixon has been hired as sales manager for Sin City Entertainment in Chatsworth. Dixon is a long-time adult industry veteran who has previously worked for Vivid Entertainment, Hustler and Pure Play Media. Staffing Lisa Knupp of Equis Financial Staffing has been promoted from recruiting manager to director of recruitment services. A part of the Equis Financial Staffing team since its inception, Knupp handles placement of CPAs and Accounting/Finance professionals across all industries. In her new position, Knupp will be responsible for all direct-hire placement and will also handle internal training for the department. Before joining the firm, Knupp was technical recruiting manger at Cross Creek Systems in Westlake Village and, in her two years there, was the fastest-promoted associate in company history. Knupp graduated from the University of the Pacific Eberhardt School of Business, earning her bachelors of science in Business Administration in 1995. Technology DataDirect Networks, Inc announced the appointment of David Zimmer to vice president of worldwide channel sales. Zimmer will be chartered with expanding the company’s channel sales and services operations, including growing its channel coverage model, introducing channel-optimized storage solutions and spearheading international growth. Zimmer, a technology veteran with more than 20 years of channel sales experience, comes to DataDirect Networks most recently from Pillar Data Systems, where as vice president of Worldwide Channel Sales, he was named one of CRN magazine’s 2008 Channel Chiefs, and his programs led the company to be recognized by VARBusiness in its Annual Partner Program Guide as a Gold 5-Star winner, as well as one of Computer Dealer News’ Hot Companies to Watch. Prior to Pillar, he was the senior director of Worldwide Channel Sales and Marketing at QLogic, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a global channel strategy that successfully increased channel revenue from $12 million to $200 million in five years. Zimmer has a B.S. in Business Computer Methods and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.

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