San Diego Business Journal Executive Spotlight: Igor Pereira

Z57, Inc. has hired Igor Pereira as director of technology. Pereira will lead efforts to expand the company's technology infrastructure as well as oversee the technology team in developing and implementing advanced online marketing software applications. Most recently, Pereira was vice president of technology and development for Super Warehouse. He has software, hardware, networking and online marketing experience.

Banking and Finance

City National Bank has promoted Thomas Rogers to executive vice president. He was previously with the Orange County branch for five years. Before that, Rogers served eight years as senior vice president and treasurer of the Irvine Co. Karen Vold has joined Landmark National Bank as vice president and commercial loan officer. She has 31 years of banking experience and most recently served as vice president and corporate banking officer at Rancho Santa Fe National Bank.

Construction and Design

Cherisse Regnart has joined Austin Veum Robbins Partners as project manager. She will manage, coordinate and develop numerous projects. Regnart has nine years' experience in the architectural and building industry and most recently was project manager for Graham Downes Architecture. McGraw Baldwin Architects has added Jim van Order and Axel Probst as project leaders; Michele Puentespina and Ed DeBlieck as job captains; and Emily Schauermann, Morgan Greenseth and Crystal Castillo as draftspeople.

Government and Nonprofit

The High-Tech Marketing Alliance has appointed Shlomi Ron as the organization's new president-elect for 2006. Ron leads the marketing strategy at Linspire in addition to being on the board of directors of Decision Tactics. Calista Davis has been appointed to vice president of human resources for the YMCA of San Diego County. She has more than 25 years of human resources experience and most recently served as the director of human resources for the National University system. Alexis Lukianov, the chairman and chief executive officer of NuVasive, Inc., was elected to the board of directors of the California Healthcare Institute.

High-Tech and Manufacturing

Staccato Communications has named Leopold Bomer the vice president of solution delivery and Robert Brand the director of software development. Bomer has more than 14 years of program and product management, technical support and marketing experience. Brand has more than 16 years of wireless software development and management experience. Lamkin has hired Norman Assali as director of engineering and product development. Assali spent the past 10 years with Ingersoll-Rand/Schlage.

Law

Grace Hollis Lowe Hanson & Schaeffer LLP has named Rebecca Cady as partner. She began at Grace Hollis as a law clerk and joined the firm as an associate attorney in 1995. Cady is also a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Nursing Administration's Health Law, Ethics and Regulations. Steven Strauss has joined Cooley Godward LLP as a partner. He will focus his practice on complex business litigation and intellectual property and patent litigation. Strauss has not lost a trial in his 24 years of practice and was previously with Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch. Cheston Larson and Christine Rolph have been named partners at Latham & Watkins LLP. Larson practices corporate law and Rolph environmental law. Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP have elected Suzanne Badawi, Joseph Foss, Andrea Kimball, Eli Mansour and Jaikaran Singh partners. Badawi practices insurance and business litigation; Foss specializes in insurance bad faith litigation; Kimball practices business and commercial litigation; Mansour focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law; and Singh is a trial lawyer specializing in civil litigation.

Media and Marketing

Nuffer, Smith, Tucker has hired Erika Sheppard as a Web associate. Most recently, she was a graphic designer and Internet developer at eBusiness Australia. Berkman Communications has promoted Alison Phillips to senior account executive and has hired Kristin Faulstich as an associate account executive. Phillips, who has been with the company for two years, will now head Berkman's Hospitality Group. Faulstich was previously a public relations associate with R & R; Partners. Formula has named Amanda Wheatcroft an account supervisor for the business technology division and Alex Anzalone an assistant executive for the consumer products and services division. Wheatcroft will be responsible for developing programs as well as providing creative direction and client counsel. Anzalone will be responsible for media relations outreach, writing and marketing coordination on accounts.

Miscellaneous

Patrick Zabrocki has joined Pacific Municipal Consultants as a biologist. He will be responsible for preparing environmental impact reports and conduct habitat assessments. Most recently, Zabrocki worked as a biologist and environmental planner for BRG Consulting, Inc. William Lennartz has joined the San Diego Aerospace Museum as president and chief executive officer.

Real Estate

VR Business Brokers has added Sharon Willey as office manager and John Woosley as a senior associate. Willey has more than 20 years' experience in office support and management and will be overseeing day-to-day activity in the office. Woosley has 30 years of finance, accounting and business management experience and most recently was with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Eleanor Hugus has been promoted to chief executive officer of N.N. Jaeschke and Mike Packard has been named president. Hugus has been with the company for 28 years and most recently was the senior vice president. Packard has more than 30 years' experience in executive positions.

Awards and Recognition

Margit Smith, associate professor at Copley Library at the University of San Diego, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at the Bavarian State Library of Munich, Germany. Mission Valley Pools & Spas was honored by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, San Diego chapter, for excellence in design.

Philanthropy

HHSA's North Inland Family Resource Center teamed up with the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program to distribute toys to more than 1,400 underprivileged children.

The San Diego City Fire Fighters and San Diego Unified School District distributed food baskets to pre-selected families at various fire stations.

, Compiled by Stacey Bengtson