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“It’s a threepeat!” exclaimed MGA Entertainment Inc. Chief Executive Isaac Larian in a statement about the company’s L.O.L. Surprise dolls winning the Toy of the Year award for a third straight time. The award was presented at Toy Fair New York sponsored by the Toy Industry Association on Feb. 21. The Chatsworth company debuted new L.O.L. dolls at the fair, including Alt Grrrl, Candylicious and Miss Independent. … Dennis Greer ranked No. 4 globally among Coldwell Banker Commercial sales professionals in 2019. The Lancaster broker specializes in agricultural and industrial sales and leasing, as well as wind and solar energy developments. … PSI Services has appointed Peter Celeste, its president, to spearhead its Global Talent Management business after two strategic acquisitions. Talent management – the field in human resources focused on planning for future workforce needs – has become the fastest-growing segment at the Glendale recruiting firm. … Sarah Paulson Sheehy, the former senior director of Government and Public Affairs for Hollywood Burbank Airport, has accepted the position of vice president of Government Affairs at developer KB Homes in Los Angeles. … Estrella TV in Burbank has named Hernan Molina as its lead Hispanic media political commentator heading into the U.S. presidential election in November. Molina joins anchor Mirthala Salinas on “Cierre de Edición,” the network’s national weeknight newscast. A native of Argentina, Molina has more than 15 years of experience as a political commentator, collaborating with CNN en Español, Univision Communications Inc. and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo as well as local broadcasters including Miami-based MegaTV and Los Angeles’ KTNQ-1020 AM. In 2015, Molina anchored “En la Lucha,” a national public affairs show on Estrella TV.. … Chief Executive Maria Hawthorne and her managers at PS Business Parks Inc. in Glendale, backed out of a scheduled presentation at the Citi 2020 Global Property CEO Conference on March 4 because of the coronavirus. “The company’s CEO and other members of its management team no longer plan on attending the conference due to uncertainty related to COVID-19,” PS Business Parks said in a statement. Valley Insider is compiled by Editor Joel Russell. Send submissions to jrussell@sfvbj.com.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.

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