The Board of Directors is comprised of a distinguished group of 17 business leaders in Hollywood, who oversee the management of the Hollywood Entertainment District.
Musso and Frank Grill is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood and we are glad to have Mark Echeverria, CFO/Proprietor, representing on the board. Echeverria joined the HED board, where he also serves on the Streetscape and Planning Committee, in 2013 to become active in the community and help ensure the long success of Hollywood. He hopes to be a part of helping businesses and residents success in Hollywood through leadership and direction so there will be a prosperous Hollywood for decades to come. Echeverria is an avid fly-fisherman and skier.
As managing director at Argent Ventures, Michael Gargano oversees the development partnership between Argent Ventures and Millennium Partners, which includes the proposed 1.2 million sq. ft. Capitol Plaza project near the iconic intersection of Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood. Gargano has worked on major real estate development transactions, including Argent Ventures’ redevelopment of the Manhattan Mall in New York City. Prior to joining Argent Ventures, Gargano was a real estate attorney with Shearman & Sterling, where he represented institutional and government clients on major real estate and financial transactions.
As President & CEO of the Sieroty Company, a 110 year old commercial real estate development and management company, Evan Kaizer oversees all operations of this 4th Generation family business. Sieroty Company is proud to be active in Hollywood since 1930. Evan has enjoyed a diverse career in business and government. He was a Sr. VP in a consumer products company, served on the U.S. Congressional Staff of Henry Waxman, and was Chief of Staff to former State Senator Alan Sieroty – where his almost 40 year relationship with the Sieroty Family and Company began. He graduated from UC Berkeley, holds an MA from Occidental College, attended the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and was a Coro Fellow in San Francisco. He is active in several charitable and community endeavors.
BRIAN JOHNSON, Loews Hollywood Hotel – Treasurer
Brian D. Johnson brings over 25 years of hotel experience to his position on the board, and has served as the managing director of Loews Hollywood Hotel since November 2013. Johnson joined Loews Hotels & Resorts in 2002 and has worked in various roles throughout his 12 year tenure with the company. He served as Director of Guest Services at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, Director of Rooms for Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, General Manager of Loews Lake Las Vegas and most recently, was General Manager at AAA Four Diamond property, Loews Coronado Bay Resort. He brings a working knowledge of public relations, financial management and tourism marketing to the HPOA Board. He has had extensive experience on similar boards, including the Coronado Tourism Improvement District, the City of Henderson Cultural Arts and Tourism Board and the Lake Las Vegas Marketing Committee. He currently serves on the Los Angeles Tourism Marketing District. He would like to work to see stronger collaboration between local businesses to tackle community issues, including those dealing with non-permitted street vendors and homelessness.
Leslie Blumberg is the owner of the historic Fonda Theatre, and joined the BID board in April 2013. Blumberg divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City and joined the board to participate in the maintenance and improvement of our community. She is interested in public transportation, the Hollywood Central Park project, and would like to have a positive influence on the direction the HPOA takes in terms of streetscape planning, parking and political relationships. Though she has lived in New York for the past two and a half decades, she was born in Los Angeles, grew up here, and went to graduate school in California. The Fonda Theatre has been in her family for three generations, and she is very happy to be at the helm of it now!
Representing 1601 N. Gower Street and 6115 Selma Ave., Joseph D’Amore is a commercial property manager/owner in Hollywood. Joseph’s business assists clients with buying, selling and investing in commercial real estate. Joseph is a Los Angeles native, having grown up in Hollywood proper. He worked in his parents’ restaurant business before becoming a licensed real estate agent, later working at both Ramsey-Schilling as well as Lee & Associates. He is interested in assisting the BID with special events, security and promoting Hollywood nationally. His long term goal is to help continue steady, sensible growth with residential and commercial offices in the area.
DARCY DERLER-JUDD, Robertson Properties Group
Darcy Derler-Judd is Vice President for Property Operations for Robertson Properties Group, owner of the historic Warner Pacific Theatre on Hollywood Blvd and surrounding retail and parking assets. Derler-Judd brings to the board over 20 years of institutional asset management and real estate advisory experience. She oversees the property management and leasing of seven million square feet of primarily retail assets. Previously, Derler-Judd served on the board managing the Sunset & Vine BID (the company also owns the Cinerama Dome property in the Sunset & Vine BID). With respect to objectives for the BID in the coming term, she would like to see attention paid to utilizing the assessment dollars paid by property owners in a meaningful way; invested to their highest potential. She also believes the BID is useful in building alliances that promote the well-being of the Hollywood community.
Representing the property that houses the iconic Pantages Theatre and office building near Hollywood and Vine, David Green has been a steadfast contributor to the Hollywood community for decades. He has served as president of the HED Board from 1999-2001 as well as serving on the board of the Chamber of Commerce. He encourages the growth of live entertainment in the HED as a way to promote continued vitality in the District.
JULIE HUDMAN, PhD, Saban Community Clinic
Dr. Julie Hudman brings over 25 years of experience in analysis, development, communication and administration of social programs, with an emphasis on health care finance and public health, to the board of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance. Hudman represents the Saban Community Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive primary and preventative health and social services to underserved and low-income patients. The Clinic has a long history in Hollywood, having purchased the building at 6043 Hollywood Boulevard in 1992 and establishing their High Risk Youth Program there to provide medical and behavioral health services to homeless, runaway high-risk youth. Today, the Clinic is a patient-center medical home offering primary care and behavioral health services to low-income and other vulnerable patients in the area. In addition, they offer case management and shower services to our homeless neighbors and work as a primary health care partner with many organizations in the area to help solve the homelessness crisis. Hudman’s objective in joining the board is to help create a growing, thriving, safe neighborhood.
Chad Lewis, representing 1600 Vine, is Vice President of Development and Senior Housing for Klein Financial Corporation, a real estate investment, development and consulting firm specializing in tax-exempt bond multifamily residential development. Mr. Lewis is involved with project and asset management of the Company’s two real estate investment funds with approximately $530 million in property value and its 450 senior housing units. He also serves as a member of the Company’s Capital Improvement Committee. Chad has over 18 years’ experience in operations management, asset management, capital raising, marketing and property entitlement.
With over 12 years of experience in finance, insurance and real estate, Galo Medina is the founder of CFS Investors. Medina is an investment advisory representative registered with H.D. Vest Advisory Services and holds a Series 7 (General Securities) license, a Series 66 (Uniform Combined State Law) license, California State Life Insurance and Annuity license as well as a CA Real Estate License. Also, he holds a Mutual Fund Counselor Charter (CMFC) from the College of Financial Planning, as well as a Certified Senior Advisor designation from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. Previously, Medina served on the BID’s Security committee and as a board member with HED, Medina hopes to bring Hollywood back to its glory days, as a destination that people rank at the top of their travel agendas.
Mark is the senior business administrator at the Hollywood United Methodist Church and its second campus at Toluca Lake. The church has been a long-standing, respected non-profit religious organization in Hollywood since 1909. The church houses the non-profit private school “The Oaks School.” Mark supports the BID’s aim to beautify the neighborhood, as well as keeping the area clean and safe. He continues to advocate and collaborate to end chronic homelessness in the area. Currently, Mark serves on the Board of Directors for the Heart of Hollywood Foundation, and is a member on the Planning and Land Use Committee for the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council. Mark is also a founding company member and on the board for Moving Arts, an experimental theatre company with productions staged in various area theatres.
With more than ten years of extensive experience in developing large-scale projects, Frank Stephan is the Senior Managing Director for Clarett West Development, where he is responsible in overseeing the development and construction of all West coast properties for the company. Stephan is active in the community and is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture from Columbia University and a Master of Science Degree in Real Estate Development and Investment from New York University.
John Tronson is a principal of Avison Young. As an active member of the community, Tronson has recently served as Chairman of the Board of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, a member of Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Council for California State University at Northridge, and also serves as chair of the HED’s security, renewal and nominating committees. Tronson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science from CSUN, where he was recently inducted into the CSUN Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. He currently resides in Woodland Hills with his wife, Pam, and their two daughters, Emily and Avery. We hear he makes a pretty good soccer coach, too.
Monica Yamada is a principal of investments at CIM Group – one of the largest and most diverse property stakeholders in Hollywood. Yamada brings more than 20 years of experience to the board and has an extensive background in asset management, financial reporting, strategic planning and leasing. Yamada holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii and an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University. As an HED board member, Yamada would like to see the BID undergo streetscape and alleyway improvements; and help to implement marketing co-op programs.
Representing the Hollywood Orange Building at 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Katie Ullman Zandona oversees communications and tenant relations for Ullman Investments and is the second generation of her family to serve on the BID board. As a board member, Katie hopes to contribute to the continued revitalization of Hollywood by supporting the Hollywood Entertainment District’s main programs and efforts. In addition to the BID board, Katie serves on Council District 13’s Street Closure Committee and previously served as a board member for the Hollywood YMCA. Katie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from San Diego State University and a Master of Science Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University. Always up for an adventure, Katie loves snowboarding and traveling, and can often be found toting her twin girls around town.
Tony Zimbardi is the community relations liaison and director of stage and media productions at AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts. AMDA is the first truly urban campus in Hollywood with a community of over 1,000 faculty, staff and full-time students on the streets of Hollywood every day. Overseeing the security and well-being of such a community requires an extraordinary amount of effort and coordination. In this role, Zimbardi works closely with many agencies including LAPD and LAFD and the HED BID security, real estate owners and commercial groups. Zimbardi is deeply dedicated to the safety of the community and the improvement of the neighborhood.
Ex – Officio Members
LERON GUBLER, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
CAPTAIN CORY PALKA, LAPD Hollywood
Past Board Member
Greg Angelo, Metro
Aziz Banayan, Algert Co., Inc.
Nathan Barr, Musicians Institute
Greg Beck, Champion Real Estate
Rick Beltz, M & S Management
David Benavente, Shine America
Mehdi Bolour, Hollywood Plaza Associates
Michael Bolour, Bolour Trust
Chris Bonbright, Whitley Court Partners
Lynda Bybee, Metro
Melvin Choo, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Renee Cohen, Schenley Trust
Sam Cole, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Charles Colletta, HEI Hotels and Resorts
Ed Collins, Buena Vista Distribution
Donelle Dadigan, Max Factor Building
Jeff Damavandi, Hollywood Entertainment Plaza
Captain Connie Dial, LAPD (Honorary Director)
Captain Mike Downing, LAPD (Honorary Director)
Pietra DuBuclet, Meringoff Equities
Aaron Epstein, Patio Property Co.
Captain Clayton Farrell, LAPD (Honarary Director)
Joel Fisher, Avalon
Jeff Fitts, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc.
Judith Franklin, Hollywood Horizons Parking
David Gajda, Hollywood Software
John Given, MTA
Thomas Goffigon, The Lofts at Hollywood and Vine
Sam Goren, Cherokee Apartments
Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood (Honorary Director)
William Hertz, Mann Theatres
Sheila Holincheck, 6253 Hollywood at Vine
Shawn Ingram, My Friend’s Place
Don Jacinto, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Terry Jorgensen, Bank of Hollywood (Honorary Director)
Russ Joyner, Hollywood & Highland (Past President)
Kathy Ketchum, LA Gay & Lesbian Center
Ali Khalil, Mar-Gulf Management
Nathan Korman, NBK LLC
Earl Lestz, Paramount Pictures (Honorary Director)
John Lyons, Avalon Hollywood
Jose Malagon, Hollywood Media Center
Jan Martin, AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts
Jim McPartlin, W Hotel
George Meyer, Prentiss Properties, Inc./Hollywood Galaxy
Don Mushin, Toyota of Hollywood
Karen Oishi, El Capitan Building
Robert Percival, Citicorp Real Estate, Inc.
Drew Planting, GPI Inc.
Ron Radachy, Oasis of Hollywood
Sandra Reed, Black Equities
Jim Reichow, Campus Hollywood
Jeff Rouze, CUNA Mutual/El Capitan Building/Hillview Apartments
Hilary Royce, Church of Scientology International
Captain Ron Sanchez (LAPD), Honorary Director
Sami Shabshab, Mar-Gulf Management
Alan Sieroty, Sieroty Company, Inc.
Thaddeus Smith, The Music Box / The Fonda Theatre
Raubi Sundher, Hollywood Wax Museum
Tej Sundher, Hollywood Wax Museum
Steve Ullman, Grant Parking (Past President)
Robert Victor, Vanowen Realty Corporation
Jim Waldvogel, Holiday Inn Hollywood
Brett Wood, Pacific Theatres
Massoud Yashouafar, Supreme Real Estate
Ed Zorehkey, Frederick’s of Hollywood