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How’s the work-from-home routine? “It’s really living at work instead of working at home,” said Victor Berrellez. “I feel like I sleep in my office every night.” The banker, whose office is at an Encino branch of US Bank, has a home in Sylmar where the phone calls start early in the morning and last into the evening, he said. … Short-form video distributor Loop Media Inc. in Glendale has hired Neil Watanabe as chief financial officer. Watanabe previously served in the same job at PetSmart Inc., CarParts.com Inc. and High Times Holding Corp. “In addition to his significant background in finance and accounting, Neil’s expertise in working with and for Nasdaq and (New York Stock Exchange) listed companies was also a critical factor to us in filling this role,” Chief Executive Jon Niermann said in a statement. In conjunction with Watanabe’s hiring, Jim Cerna, former chief financial officer, became head of strategy. … Film producer Stephanie Allain has joined the board of Cast & Crew, the entertainment accounting firm in Burbank. “I’ve been fortunate to work with Cast & Crew throughout my career, and I now look forward to working with the other directors to contribute to the company’s continued success,” Allain said in a statement. … Teledyne Technologies Inc. in Thousand Oaks has appointed Vincent Morales, chief financial officer at PPG, to its board. … Amanda Farris is the new director of strategic partnerships at marketing automation platform Phonexa in Glendale. She will find tech partners to expand services on the Phonexa platform, which helps agencies and entrepreneurs manage calls, clicks and emails. … Mike Anderson has joined Elevate, a division of marketing firm SmithGeiger Group in Westlake Village, as director of training and development. He will concentrate on building Trailblazer Academy events that teach media salespeople how to “approach high-value prospects.” Anderson comes to Elevate from Cox Media Group, where he was director of consumer insights and analytics. “He has a magical way of bringing out the best in others, helping sellers get in the door,” Elevate founder Nicole Bergen said in a statement.

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