Kathryn Purwin rises to CEO of Helinet Aviation Services

Helinet Aviation has a long history as a leader in aerial photography for broadcast, entertainment media and public safety. The announcement of new CEO Kathryn Purwin was accompanied by her statement regarding the bright future of the company.

“Alan was committed to helping law enforcement agencies across the country develop customized, turnkey solutions, that have been widely adopted among agencies nationally and internationally,” Purwin said. “That’s a legacy I am dedicated to building on.”

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Broads Circle names 16 Top Women of Influence


From left: Courtney Nichols Gould, SmartyPants Vitamins; Elizabeth Stewart, The Hub LA; Linda LoRe, InJoy Global; Deborah Benton, formerly Nasty Gal; Rita Illig Liebelt, Illig Construction Company

Broads Circle, a women’s C suite group in Los Angeles, announced the 16 winners of its 2014 Top Women of Influence from more than 150 nominations, spotlighting women who drive revenue and grow capital for their organizations.

The winners are:

  • Accounting: Cheryl Calhoun  Managing Director, Tax & Business Management, CBIZ MHM, LLC
  • Banking: Commercial Banking: Julia Gouw President and COO, East West Bancorp, Inc. and East West Bank
  • Banking – Investment Banking: Fran Seegull Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, ImpactAssets
  • Banking – Fund Managers: Eva Yazhari CEO, Beyond Capital Fund
    Close runner-up: Jeri Harman Managing Partner, Avante Mezzanine Partners
  • Corporate Boards: Larraine Segil CEO, Little Farm Company and Board Director Frontier Communications among others
  • C-Suite – CEOs & Presidents: Deborah Benton Former President & COO, Nasty Gal
    Close runner-up: Susan Feldman Co-founder & Chief Merchandising Officer, One Kings Lane
  • C-Suite – CFOs: Susan Collyns CFO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp
  • Attorneys: Pamela Palmer Partner, Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • General Counsels: Carol Bradford General Counsel, California Community Foundation
  • Technology: Therese Tucker CEO and Founder, BlackLine Systems
  • Life Sciences: Dr. Nazli Azimi Founder and CEO, Bioniz
  • Talent Acquisition & Diversity: Kimberly Congdon Managing Director and CHRO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
    Close runners-up: Debra Langford The Langford Company and Associate Director, Diversity Programs, Keenan MBA Career Resources Center, USC, Daisy Auger-Dominguez Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Organization & Workforce Diversity, Disney ABC Television Group
  • Marketing & PR: Linda Whalen Western US Brand and External Communications Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Nonprofit & Philanthropy: Elizabeth Stewart Co-founder and CEO, The Hub LA
    Close runners-up: René JonesDirector, UTA Foundation, Jocelyn Tetel Vice President Advancement, Skirball Cultural Center

Read the full list of winners:

Sixteen Women of Influence in LA Named by Women’s C-Suite Group, Broads Circle

DreamHammer speaks at California UAS Summit

DreamHammerDreamHammer along with 300 other drone experts gathered Tuesday in San Diego at the California UAS Summit  to share their ideas and concerns about how to make the skies friendlier for the general public.

CEO Nelson Paez discussed the importance of other industries getting  into the drone software market. There’s a need for dozens of apps that assist firefighters, survey land and serve law enforcement needs, he said.

DreamHammer, headquartered in Santa Monica, California,  is a commercial software company with clients in the military and industrial markets.

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Drone-makers ponder the path to friendlier skies in California

Mayor Garcetti appoints Peter Marx as Chief Innovation Technology Officer

Peter Marx
Mayor Garcetti today appointed Peter Marx as the city’s first Chief Innovation Technology Officer. A key part of Mayor Garcetti’s back to basics agenda, Marx will oversee the implementation of new tools and technologies across L.A. city government better solve problems for residents and make City Hall work more efficiently and effectively. In addition, he will partner with L.A.’s growing tech industry to deploy innovative technology and promote local job creation.

Among his first projects will be improving MyLA311 for one stop customer service; revamping the City’s scores of web sites to make them more useful and user-friendly; and capitalize on sharing and analyzing data to upgrade performance throughout City government in the same way LAPD’s COMPSTAT system has been used to drive down crime.

“Incredibly talented, a force in the tech community, and an L.A. native to boot, Peter was my top choice from a very strong pool of applicants,” said Mayor Garcetti. “I’m thrilled to have him on the team and look forward to working with him to better serve Angelenos and foster the already strong tech ecosystem here in the City of Angels. Harnessing technology is critical to the future of our economy and improving city services.”

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Mayor Garcetti proclaims ‘EY Day in Los Angeles’ as 700 volunteer

From left, Angela Milano, Kelvin Keith, Michael Flood, Richard Fong and David Lipschutz with the proclamation from Mayor Eric Garcetti declaring Sept. 27 "EY Day in Los Angeles.” The five joined more than 170 EY accountants and other professionals who volunteered at the LA Regional Food Bank during "EY Connect Day."

From left, Angela Milano, Kelvin Keith, Michael Flood, Richard Fung and David Lipschutz with the proclamation from Mayor Eric Garcetti declaring Sept. 27 “EY Day in Los Angeles.” The five joined more than 170 EY accountants and other professionals who volunteered at the LA Regional Food Bank during “EY Connect Day.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a proclamation recognizing today as “EY Day in Los Angeles” as more than 700 hundred accountants and other professionals left their spreadsheets at the office to volunteer throughout the community. It’s all part of the firm’s national “EY Connect Day” which gives employees nationwide the day off so that they might give back to their communities.

Among the “EY Connect Day” projects this year, thirty firm volunteers worked with the United Way and YWCA to provide coaching on interviewing techniques to Job Corps students, conduct mock job interviews, offer resume feedback and assist with financial education classes.

Building on last year’s project where EY volunteers established a lending library at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in East Los Angeles, this year’s volunteers catalogued, labeled and shelved an additional 1,000 books for the club’s collection, as well as removed books the club no longer needed. The project has enabled club members to read over 500 books in the past year.

Other organizations with “EY Connect Day” projects in Los Angeles this year included the California Science Center, Habit for Humanity, a number of food banks and numerous others.

LA Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

EOYErnst & Young LLP has announced 19 finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award in greater Los Angeles. The finalists were selected by a panel of independent judges. Collectively, these finalists have created over 10,000 jobs. On average, they have increased their workforce by 20% and have grown their revenues by 53% since 2010.

Award winners will be announced at a special gala, with over 7o0 entrepreneurs and business leaders, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The 2013 finalist are:

  • Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO, The Act 1 Group – Torrance, CA
  • Dinesh Ravishanker, CEO & Co-Founder, CallFire – Santa Monica, CA
  • Mel Elias, President & CEO, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Los Angeles, CA
  • Clarence Daniels Jr., Chairman & CEO, Concession Management Services – Los Angeles, CA
  •   Sam Naficy, President & CEO, DTT – Los Angeles, CA
  •   Jeff Stibel, Chairman & CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. – Malibu, CA
  •   Martha de la Torre and Joe Badame, Co-Founders, El Clasificado – Norwalk, CA
  •   Jamey Edwards, CEO, Emergent Medical Associates – Manhattan Beach, CA
  •   The An Family, Founders, House of An (Crustacean, An Qi, Tiato, Thanh Long, and An Catering) – Beverly Hills, CA
  •   Ed Bagdasarian, President, Jim Freedman, Chairman, Mike Rosenberg, CEO, Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC – Los Angeles, CA
  •   Bob Sinnott, CEO, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. – Los Angeles, CA
  •   Moctesuma Esparza, CEO, Maya Cinemas North America, Inc – Los Angeles, CA
  •   Demian Sellfors, CEO and Co-Founder, Media Temple – Culver City, CA
  •   Rick Stollmeyer, CEO, MINDBODY Inc. – San Luis Obispo, CA
  •   Tim Cadogan, CEO, OpenX – Pasadena, CA
  •   Loren Bendele, President & Co-Founder, Savings.com – Los Angeles, CA
  •   Walter Driver, CEO, Scopely – Los Angeles, CA
  •   Jessica Firestone, President & CEO, Tempest Telecom Solutions LLC – Santa Barbara, CA
  •   Jeff Green, CEO & Founder, The Trade Desk – Ventura, CA

LA Boy Scout group calls for welcoming gay adults

Boy_Scouts_of_America_universal_emblem.svgThe Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America doesn’t think the new proposal to lift a ban against gay Scouts goes far enough and should include “homosexual adults as troop leaders,” reports Reuters.

“We’re hoping that by being visible on the issue, we can encourage others to have the temerity to join us,” said Alan Snyder, chairman of the board for the Western Los Angeles County Council.

POPP Program on KTLA: Changing the lives of young Angelenos

Following up on the recent LA Times article written by Bob Pool, the Police Orientation Preparation Program appeared on the morning editions at KTLA. One of the segments on KTLA displayed the students in the classroom preparing for a test. The reporter interviewed a young girl from the program, and it proved to be an incredible moment that highlighted the importance of POPP. She relayed to the reporter that she once had a 2.0 GPA, but ever since she started POPP, her GPA rose to a 3.8. Plus, she’s pursuing college. Her story serves as an example of the direct impact POPP has on changing these students lives.


Another segment on KTLA showcased the students during their PT session. A student was interviewed and commented on how the program was changing his life, because when he was growing up in his neighborhood, he saw shootings and crime everywhere. However, now that he is in the POPP Program, he has a chance to return as an officer, one day, and impact his community.