The mortgage banking firm of Dwyer-Curlett & Co., headquartered in Los Angeles, has promoted Selma J. Friedman to assistant vice president, loan closing division. The company specializes in placement of real estate financing with life insurance companies, pension funds and other institutional sources.


Charter Commercial Brokerage Co. has announced the addition of Dwight Shelton as a corporate account consultant to its Newport Beach regional office. The firm only represents the interests of companies leasing or purchasing real estate, and not property owners.

R. Donald Crawford has been appointed director of financial planning for Coldwell Banker Residential Group, located in Newport Beach. He will oversee management reporting and financial planning activities for the firm’s operating companies nationwide.


Rick Vesci will be head of business development at Coldwell Banker New Homes in the South Orange County and Inland Empire areas as senior sales manager. Vesci’s current projects include the sales and marketing of two major developments in Dana Point. He will be working out of the Laguna Hills office.

Property Managers

Scott M. LaRose has become regional vice president of R&B; Commercial Management. He will assume responsibility for more than 2 million square feet of property in Orange and San Diego counties, ranging from multi-tenant industrial properties to Class-A office buildings. LaRose will also manage all the company’s personnel in this region. Marcia Maloney has also been named area manager for Orange County. Both will be based at R&B;'s Newport Beach office.



Sullivan Concrete Textures of Costa Mesa has appointed Lance Boyer vice president/chief estimator. He will be responsible for the estimating department, as well various projects. The firm specializes in airports, hotels/resorts, civic centers, shopping centers and residential communities throughout the Southland.

The Irvine-based firm of Kraft Architects has made three announcements: David J. Prickett and Jo-Ann Pitcher have become associates; Susan Granger has been promoted to director of corporate services. Pitcher will direct all administrative functions for the firm, and Granger will handle all its marketing, public relations and client relations activities.

Civil Engineers

Joel Miller has been promoted to vice president of the independent civil engineering firm Psomas & Associates, founded in 1946 and headquartered in Santa Monica. Miller will be in charge of the governmental relations staff, as well as maintaining communications with clients, public agencies and other design professionals.

The Keith Co. of Riverside has made Stephen L. Brown director of planning. He will supervise and coordinate all planning projects throughout Riverside and surrounding Inland Empire communities. The firm has offices in the Southwest and Pacific Rim, offering services in civil engineering, land planning, surveying, public works, water resources and environmental analysis, as well as architecture.

Developers / Builders

John B. (Jack) Gilbert, chairman of TOLD Corp., has been chosen as the first inductee into the Ventura County Economic Development Assn.'s Hall of Fame. Gilbert, 68, was chosen because of his contributions to the county’s economic progress. He began his career in 1952 when he founded the Zero Corp., a Burbank sheet metal fabrication shop that grew into a $170-million electronic packaging firm. In 1973, he moved to Ventura County and founded the Thousand Oaks Land Development Corp.--now known as TOLD Corp.--which builds industrial and commercial developments.

Robert M. Hysell has become chief executive officer of StoneCrest Associates, developer of a 318-acre master-planned commercial project in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. Hysell will oversee all aspects of the development. StoneCrest is a partnership of the Daley Family and Old Stone Development Corp.


Bill Dennis has been appointed to head the Koll Co.'s new office in the Inland Empire as its vice president. The facility will be part of the company’s Newport Division. Koll is a nationwide developer that owns and manages office buildings, business parks and research-and-development complexes.

John W. Luedtke, who joined Pacific Scene of San Diego in 1987 to head its multifamily division, has been promoted to senior vice president. Under his direction, multifamily construction has been completed in the Hillcrest and Mid City areas of San Diego and in Poway.

Ahmanson Commercial Development Co. has made two appointments: the promotion of Julie A. Ellis to vice president, director of acquisitions, and the addition of Elsa P. Ralston to the staff as vice president, director of leasing. Ellis will be responsible for the acquisition of project sites in primary markets across the nation. Ralston will oversee leasing activities for all Ahmanson’s projects, including office towers, suburban office buildings and industrial parks. The company is a subsidiary of Home Savings of America, located in West Los Angeles.

Jeffrey M. Robinson, vice president of marketing of Ontario Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Land & Development Co., has been named president of the Inland Empire chapter of the National Assn. of Industrial and Office Parks.

Michael V. McGee has been named vice president, project manager of Pardee Construction Co.'s Riverside County development operations. He will direct planning, processing, approvals and development coordination of the firm’s residential, commercial and industrial projects in Riverside County and outlying areas.

Christopher B. Pierce has joined the Newport Beach-based Manning Co. as director of land acquisition. His responsibilities will range from planning and feasibility analysis to governmental processing. He will also maintain contacts with consultants.

The William Lyon Co. has named Don Jackson construction manager of its Inland Empire division. He will supervise off-site and on-site operations plus the administrative support for the firm’s construction in the Inland Empire area.