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ARCHITECTURE James Heimler, Architect, Inc. announced three new hires. Byron Drake is senior designer. He has 22 years of experience and has worked on educational, healthcare, religious, recreational, commercial, and transportation projects with budgets ranging from $200,000 to $430 million. Miguel Flores is re-joining the firm as senior draftsperson. He has more than 20 years of experience in residential, commercial and educational projects. Kapil Lahoti is LEED certified and is joining the firm as a senior draftsperson. Lahoti has eight years of experience working on primarily commercial projects ranging in sizes from 1,000 square foot retailers to extensive 500,000 square foot commercial centers. EDUCATION Cal State Northridge officials elected three new members of the university’s Foundation Board of Directors. The board’s newest members are Bryan A. Green, president and CEO of Advantage Fitness Products; George S. Leis, president and CEO of Pacific Capital Bancorp; and Marla M. Vasquez, senior vice president and regional president for Wells Fargo’s Community Bank for the San Fernando Valley. ENTERTAINMENT Tix Corporation named veteran financial executive Steve Handy to serve as chief financial officer. He replaces Matthew Natalizio. Handy has recently been serving in senior finance roles for public companies primarily in the entertainment industry. He has been providing regulatory reporting, strategy and business development. Prior to this position, he was senior VP, CFO and corporate secretary of SM&A, a former publicly traded professional services firm with revenues of approximately $100 million. Handy also held various management roles in high technology manufacturing and service companies including working abroad. He served as senior auditor, business advisory and audit services for Deloitte & Touche LLP. HEALTHCARE AMHN, Inc., parent company of America’s Minority Health Network, Inc., announced that Robert Cambridge, who previously served as president and CEO will now serve as chairman of the board and CEO. Charles Richardson will serve as president. Previously, Richardson worked with a major marketing and advertising communications company specializing in the African-American market by providing market research, public relations, sales promotion, and strategic planning to Fortune 1000 companies, the healthcare industry and to governmental agencies. The company also promoted Shaneeka James from director of subscription sales to president and CEO of that division and Andre Small from customer service manager to director of subscription sales. Julie Sprengel, associate administrator at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, was promoted to chief operating officer for the 431-bed hospital. A five-year employee of Providence Saint Joseph, Sprengel will oversee operations in the hospital including several clinical departments as well as support services. She also will partner with nursing to continue promoting quality care. Sprengel, 39, earned her nursing credential from the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Nursing, and her bachelor’s degree in management and master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University. Her experience includes nursing positions at California Hospital, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and Centinela Hospital Medical Center. She also served as director of emergency medical services for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. INSURANCE Michelle Jackson joined Bolton & Company in Pasadena as assistant VP. Her area of specialty includes the Education Practice Group. A San Fernando Valley native, Jackson previously worked with Brown & Brown as a commercial lines producer, and The Trident Agency in Woodland Hills as a personal lines agent. She works with mid to large sized companies on their insurance needs, as well as with private and independent schools of all sizes in California and on a national level. REAL ESTATE Pacific Office Properties Trust, Inc., an office REIT, named James R. Ingebritsen president, chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors. He is a major shareholder and co-founder of Pacific Office Properties and an owner and director of the company’s external advisor, Pacific Office Management, Inc. As a partner of The Shidler Group, the company’s founders, Ingebritsen was integral in the formation of the company through its reverse merger in 2008. He then served as executive vice president, Capital Markets/Operations, and was responsible for maintaining debt and equity relationships as well as oversight of the western region operations. Pacific Office Properties Trust also announced it has named James R. Wolford chief financial officer. For the past six years, he has served as chief financial officer of Bixby Land Company, a private diversified REIT with assets of over $1 billion. In that capacity, he led initiatives that significantly increased cash flow, including the company’s conversion to the more tax-efficient REIT structure, and negotiated $750 million in debt financing to support the company’s growth strategy. Prior, Wolford was the financial officer for the Pacific Region of AIMCO, where he oversaw the financing activities of more than $2.5 billion in assets. Michael A. Zugsmith, chairman of NAI Capital, achieved the SIOR office designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. SIOR is a Washington, DC-based international professional organization of 3,000 commercial real estate professionals, 2,600 of whom have earned the coveted SIOR designation. Zugsmith, SIOR completed at least five years of creditable experience in the highly specialized field of office real estate; met stringent education requirements; and demonstrated to SIOR professional ability, competency, ethical conduct, and personal integrity. Zugsmith is the chairman/founder of NAI Capital and oversees more than 230 professionals and fourteen offices throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. Troop Real Estate, Inc. opened an office in Valencia that will be staffed by veteran Santa Clarita personnel. The new office is located in 4,000 square feet of space at 23822 Valencia Blvd., S. 101 in the heart of Valencia adjacent to City Hall. The office is being managed by Colleen Davis, formerly co-owner of a real estate office in Stevenson Ranch. John Carlson, a 22-year veteran of the Santa Clarita real estate market, is sales manager. Troop Real Estate, established in 1987, is a Ventura County-based firm that specializes in residential real estate. It has approx. 650 sales professionals and offices scattered throughout Ventura and L.A. counties. RESTAURANTS IHOP named Bill Alexander VP, Franchise and Business Development. He is responsible for the strategic expansion of the IHOP brand through franchising of traditional locations domestically and in selected international locations. In addition, he will lead efforts to further IHOP’s market penetration through non-traditional venues. Alexander previously served as VP, Development and Finance at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. He was employed by Brinker International Inc. and Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, Inc. in a variety of executive level positions. And he began his career in public accounting with Arthur Anderson & Company and Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. TECHNOLOGY Xavient Information Systems announced the hiring of Tim Lutz as CFO. He joins the firm after 10 years of working at Convergys Corporation, where he served as CFO for its $600 million telecommunications software division and was responsible for budgeting, forecasting, revenue recognition, cash management and capital expenditure decisions. Before being appointed CFO, Lutz was VP of Internal Audit and chief compliance officer. He served as chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee. He also worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a manager of business assurance, with a focus on information technology for the telecommunications industry. Cynvenio Biosystems, Inc., developer of high performance cell-sorting technology for biomedical research, added two key executives to its management team. David J. Sauvageau is appointed to the position of VP, Engineering & Product Development. Dr. Paul W. Dempsey is appointed to the position of VP, BioEngineering, Research & Development. Both are new to the company. Prior, Sauvageau held VP of R&D positions with Boston Scientific Corporation and Medtronic as well as engineering positions within Smith & Nephew and Texas Instruments. Dempsey was an assistant researcher professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA. Camarillo-based Power-One named Kent Sheldon as VP of renewable energy sales for North America. Sheldon was most recently at Enphase Energy, and served at SMA America and Xantrex, two firms in the photovoltaic inverter market. Power-One said the appointment would help support the firm’s efforts in the global PV and wind inverter market. Burbank-based Electrosonic announced that Paul Brown joined the company as general manager of service. He will be based in the European office in Dartford, England. Brown is responsible for all service activities including on-site service, service and maintenance, and service administration for users of AV systems within corporate, command and control, entertainment and retail markets. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the job. Prior to joining Electrosonic, he worked for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. He also operated a consulting company that provided services to Verigy, following its spin-off from Agilent Technologies. Bioness Inc. announced that its board of directors named Thomas G. Fogarty as the company’s new president and CEO. He succeeds former president and CEO Yitzhak Zilberman, who left the company. Fogarty is a 25-year veteran of the medical device industry, having held various senior management positions at public and private companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Baxter, Edwards Lifesciences, and ev3. He assisted in the development and global commercialization of more than 25 products over the course of his career. Fogarty has also helped lead the sale of an early-stage device company to a publicly traded company. Westlake Village-based Row 44, provider of satellite-based Wi-Fi equipment for aircraft, added Larry Kellner, former chairman and CEO of Continental Airlines, to its board of directors, according to SoCal Tech. Kellner served as both CFO and CEO of Continental, where he worked for 15 years. He also serves on the board of Marriott International. Row 44 is backed by PAR Capital Management, and is supplying in-flight Wi-Fi to Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and others. SANYO North America Corp. appointed Andrew Nelkin president of the Consumer Solutions Division. Nelkin comes to SANYO from Panasonic where he was president of the Panasonic Professional Display Company since its establishment in May 2007. His 25-year career in the Consumer Electronics industry has included digital displays, HDTV, audio, imaging, and emerging digital products. In his new role, Nelkin will help drive development and implementation of an integrated brand strategy across the division’s product lines. SANYO also announced the promotion of Sam L. Malik to the position of vice president of SANYO North America Corporation and general manager of the Presentation Technologies Group. Formerly, he was director of sales and marketing for the group. Malik is a long-time California resident based in Chatsworth. He will serve as the day-to-day general manager, drawing upon over 16 years of executive experience in the presentation industry. Prior, he was director of national sales and marketing for Toshiba America, where he oversaw the launch of his business unit and developed multiple distribution channels in North and South America.

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