Leila Weir joined Elliott, Lewis, Lieber & Stumpf, Santa Ana, as a senior accountant. Weir’s expertise comes from working with the manufacturing sector.
Squar Milner, Newport Beach, named Ken Lipinski director of the firm’s strategic resources group. Lipinski has experience in the telecommunications industry, and joins Milner from Smarthome.com.
Banking and Finance
Rafael Sanchez joined Global Vantage Ltd., Newport Beach,. as principal and manager. Previously, Sanchez was chief executive officer of Investigacion Ingenieria e Industria S.A. in Mexico. The company also named Frank Limbaugh principal.
Pacific Summit Securities, Irvine, named Dave Jackson and Steve Petrucci to its staff. Jackson will focus on international sales, while Petrucci will focus on mergers and acquisitions.
Andrew Youngquist, president of Costa Mesa-based Andrew L. Youngquist Construction, was appointed to the board of directors for the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s Seniors Housing Council.
Concordia University Irvine named Kent Schlichtemeier vice president and executive director of the Concordia University Foundation. Schlichtemeier will set fundraising goals, increase the endowment and build the scholarship fund.
Duncan Johnson, former superintendent of the Fullerton School District, was appointed to the board of trustees at the Southern California College of Optometry.
Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, named Lori J. Ash director of cancer and breast center services. The 20-year oncology veteran resides in Laguna Niguel. In addition, Dale S. Vital was appointed chief nursing officer at the center, where she has practiced for 12 years.
The TriZetto Group Inc., Newport Beach, promoted Gail H. Knopf to chief operating officer of its HealthWeb business unit. Knopf, with 30 years of industry experience, was previously senior vice president of e-commerce for HealthWeb.
SCAN, a social HMO in Long Beach, appointed Thomas R. McDaniel to its board of directors. McDaniel is president, CEO and director of Edison Capital. In addition, Patrick Seaver, a partner at Latham & Watkins, was appointed to the board of directors.
Employer Benefit Services, Irvine, appointed Richard Badger chief executive officer. Badger is a former president and CEO of PacifiCare of California. Employer Benefit Services founder James P. Clarke has assumed the role of chief operating officer.
Stephanie Toller was named general manager of the Embassy Suites Hotel, Garden Grove. Toller comes from the Embassy Suites Hotel, Anaheim, where she was also general manager.
Dieter F. Schneider was named director of destination services at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Schneider joins The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC from PRA Destination Management Inc., where he directed the operations of the Orange County and Los Angeles offices.
SullivanCurtisMonroe Insurance Brokerage, Irvine, appointed Mark A. Nimmo senior vice president specializing in large commercial accounts. Nimmo returned to SullivanCurtisMonroe after a six-year stint with Johnson & Higgins, which merged with Marsh & McLennan to become Marsh Risk & Insurance Services.
Peter Arkley was appointed head of the Southern California region for Aon Risk Services.
Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, Irvine, hired Sherry Du Pont as senior counsel. Prior to rejoining Nicholson, Du Pont worked for Archon Group.
Thomas Reilly was elected partner at the Irvine office of Arter & Hadden LLP. Reilly will be part of the firm’s labor and employment practice team.
As part of the integration of its major U.S. subsidiaries, Mitsubishi Motors promoted Gael O’Brien to vice president, corporate communications for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. She is responsible for corporate communications at Mitsubishi’s four subsidiaries: Mitsubishi Motor Sales Of America Inc., Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc., Mitsubishi Motors R & D; of America Inc. and Mitsubishi Motors America Inc.
SitOnIt, a Brea office chair manufacturer, appointed Mark J. Rhoades to vice president, sales and marketing. Prior to joining SitOnIt, Rhoades was vice president of marketing and sales for Jami Inc., parent company of Harter, Fixtures and ABCO Office Furniture.
Marketing and Public Relations
Jim Huttenberger was named vice president of MORPACE International Inc., Irvine. Huttenberger will be responsible for business development in healthcare and financial services.
Morgan Marketing & Public Relations, Irvine, added Janice Callado as account coordinator.
Pure Octane appointed Claudia Ossa art director and Erika Sime account director. The 10-year-old company, formerly Esprit Communications, is based in Newport Beach.
Burnett Companies, Newport Beach, named 30-year industry veteran, Sonny Geary, vice president of construction. Geary will supervise all building activities at the Rio Vista Village under construction in Cathedral City.
Lisa R. Forster has joined Coreland Carlson, Tustin, as director of leasing,Los Angeles. Forster will be based in Coreland’s West Los Angeles office.
Roland DGA, Irvine, named Will Curtis public relations representative. Before joining Roland, Curtis was a magazine editor.
Linda Martin joined NCG Porter Novelli, Irvine, as senior vice president and general manager of the firm’s Irvine office. Martin spent 12 years at Laer Pearce & Associates before joining NCG.
BDS Marketing of Irvine, appointed Sara Silfvast vice president. Silfvast will be responsible for strategic planning, operations, and business development.
Lori Ziegler joined Marina Pacifica Homeowners Association, Lake Forest, as general manager. Prior to joining Pacifica, Ziegler was general manager at the Colony at California Oaks.
Scott Covey, Henry Elvira and Pat Robertson joined The Greater Alarm Company Inc of Irvine. Covey is a sales consultant, Elvira will manage Greater Alarms’ larger projects, and Robertson is the firm’s billing manager.
Sherri Snelling was named director of national advertising activities for Canon Computer Systems Inc, Costa Mesa. Snelling joined Canon in 1994 as senior manager of marketing events and communications.
Micro General Corp. of Santa Ana named Mick Goldstein executive vice president of business development and Mick Nadeau chief financial officer.