“The Team” is different from most networking groups: there are no dues or fees except for the cost of breakfast (even Valet parking is free), they are by invitation only and are exclusive groups. Each member is of high integrity, a seasoned professional with numerous contacts, already an expert in his/her field, and a success in his/her endeavors. There will be only one person from each profession, so that there are no direct competition or conflict.
Selecting the members really comes down to personal chemistry. We need to feel comfortable with each other in order to develop confidentiality and trust. We also need to look at the attitude, character, expertise, commitment, open-mindedness, and integrity of each potential member, as well as what benefits he/she expects to get from our group and what he/she can contribute to the group.
Ara A. Babaian
Advise clients on complex business and legal matters, including entity formation (corporation, LLC, partnership), corporate finance (including venture capital, private placements, and debt financing), mergers and acquisitions (including buying and selling businesses), intellectual property licensing, commercial transactions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, state securities law compliance, SEC compliance, and healthcare transactional and regulatory matters. Advise upper management and business owners, including in transactional matters, employment matters, executive compensation (including stock option plans, restricted stock and other forms of equity and non-equity compensation), risk mitigation, and various contract negotiation and advice. Also handle copyright and trademark registration, licensing and enforcement. Often act as outside general counsel for companies. Advice regarding social media and Internet matters, such as website terms and privacy policies, and domain name and trademark protection.
Represent clients in many industries, including Entertainment, Technology, Financial Services, Health Care, Manufacturing & Distribution, Professional Services, Real Estate, and Restaurant & Hospitality.
Specialties: Tarkus Capital is a provider of 1st lien cash-flow loans to middle market businesses with minimum EBITDA of $2.5 million. Additionally, Tarkus will lend to specialty finance companies in boththe commercial and consumer sectors.
The four primary areas of my law practice are:
1. Estate Planning/Trust Administration/Probate: This area includes advising clients with respect to asset transfers both during their lives and upon death, particularly designing estate plans and drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance healthcare directives. I also assist clients in funding their trusts, and trustees and beneficiaries in the distribution of assets from trusts, and advise trustees in connection with trust administration, particularly following the death of one or more of the trustor/beneficiaries. In addition, I represent executors and estate beneficiaries where court intervention or specialized document preparation is required to accomplish transfers upon death, including probating of estates.
2. Real Estate: This area includes the negotiation and drafting of real estate related agreements, with a particular emphasis on the buying, selling, leasing and financing of real estate.
3. General Business Transactions: This area includes the creation and maintenance of business entities such as LLCs and corporations, the negotiation and drafting of most types of business contracts, the buying and selling of businesses, and consulting with business clients on the operations of their companies.
4. Premarital and Cohabitation Agreements: This area includes the negotiation and drafting of cohabitation agreements and premarital agreements.
David Kupetz specializes in troubled transactions, crisis avoidance consultation, workouts, restructurings, reorganizations, bankruptcies, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, municipal debt adjustment and other non-bankruptcy insolvency proceedings. He represents debtors (in restructurings and workouts and in Chapter 11 reorganization cases), secured creditors, unsecured creditors’ committees, assignees for the benefit of creditors, buyers/sellers of businesses/assets in distressed circumstances and governmental and other entities in insolvency and bankruptcy situations.
Dennis Duitch has practiced public accounting, business management and consulting for over 30 years, with expertise in strategic planning, business operations, personnel management, taxation, finance, marketing and most other facets of business, for a wide spectrum of companies including technology, manufacturing, distribution, retail, marketing, real estate, personal service, entertainment, and not-for-profit organizations. He has been a top-level consultant to closely-held businesses, families & high-wealth entrepreneurs, celebrities & heirs, in varying advisory & leadership roles including creative, structuring, analyzing, documenting, executing, training, facilitating, mediating, and coordinating personal life plans with risk-managed business plans.
With credentials including an MBA degree in Finance from Northwestern University and certificates of specialty in Business Appraisal and Mediation, Dennis provides pragmatic counsel in strategic direction & planning, business formation/structure & forecasts, operating plans & budgets, control systems/procedures & infrastructure, succession & exit strategy, deal negotiation, merger/acquisition/disposition, income & estate tax, crisis & continuity planning. He is a Certified Estate and Family Business Advisor, licensed insurance advisor, and mediator for matters including partner/shareholder disputes, business dissolution, divorce property settlement, and dysfunctional families & Boards.
Dennis has lectured extensively in management, financial & accounting areas for business & professional groups, has instructed professional & university courses, and has authored technical articles in management & taxation for national publications. He has served in executive officer roles and as Board Member for many companies (public & private), not-for-profit organizations, and as Vice-Chairman for Accountants Global Network.
After service with an international CPA firm in Chicago, San Francisco & Beverly Hills offices, Dennis founded Duitch & Franklin LLP, which evolved to one of Southern California’s largest independent CPA/Business Management/Consultancy practices, with divisions including Audit, Taxation, Forensic, Technology, Human Resource consulting, and was acquired by a public company in 1998. He subsequently served as President for a consumer products company until forming Duitch Consulting Group which serves clients in Advisory, C-Level, and Board roles.
DataTamer has been providing IT computing support since 1984. During that time we have had the opportunity to work with many individuals and companies in California and throughout the world. Our client list includes such entertainment luminaries as Yvette Mimieux and Diane Ladd.
In the corporate world we have done extensive work with Oakwood Worldwide (formerly R&B Realty Group), Cohon and Gardner Attorney’s At Law, Hoag and Robi CPA’s, Michael Levine of Levine Communications Online, and Breakthrough Marketing. In the government sector, we have done work for the Executive Branch of the State of California.
As is clearly evident, DataTamer has the ability to assist you in your computing needs whether you have one computer or a network that spans the globe.
A professional communicator, Devon Blaine is the founder, president, and CEO of The Blaine Group, Inc., a total communications agency established in 1975, which was recently named the 24th largest public relations firm in Los Angeles.
She has represented many diverse business, manufacturing, financial and healthcare clients and several bestselling authors with their publicity needs, both promotional and as a crises intervention and management specialist.
Devon Blaine is experienced in all facets of the communications industry. She has written newspaper and magazine columns, scripted radio and television commercials, served as a production supervisor, strategized political issues and campaigns, developed and implemented investor relations plans, and created communications campaigns for a diverse range of clients.
Besides helping other businesses maximize their success, Blaine has long been active in numerous organizations that aid entrepreneurs, thus earning her reputation as “the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur.”
She is three times a past president of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA), a dynamic and diverse group composed of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other money providers, and service providers which exists for the sole purpose of creating win‑win‑win situations amongst its members.
Devon is past president of the California chapter of National Small Business United, a grassroots leadership organization for free enterprise with the mission of improving the climate for small businesses in the United States. An elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, she was active in the California delegation since 1978 and served on the Board of Directors of the 1980, 1982, and 1984 California State Conferences on Small Business. Blaine was appointed as a delegate to the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business by then U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, and elected by her peers to co‑chair the California delegation.
Douglas W. Schwartz
Douglas Schwartz specializes in tax matters (international, federal, state, and local) as they affect individual and compensation planning; business formations, transactions, and operations; charities, public pension systems, and other tax-exempt entities; and investments in different asset classes and investment vehicles. Mr. Schwartz has a comprehensive understanding of the complex local, state, and federal laws and regulations that affect personal and business taxes for a wide variety of industries, including entertainment, internet, manufacturing, real estate, sports, nonprofit, and public agencies, and including advice on sales and use tax; Proposition 13; documentary transfer; and local business license taxes in addition to income and franchise taxes.
Accomplished financial executive with proven track record reflecting 30+ years experience, advanced education and training in credit, private banking, CRE and middle market lending. Results-oriented with special ability to establish banking relationships with high net worth individuals and larger business customers. Experienced in supervision, coaching, training and motivation of personnel. Knowledgeable in C&I and CRE lending. Possess a high level of energy combined with consistency in exceeding goals. Committed to highest level of service excellence.
Garry Michael Kann
Garry Michael Kann has been a prominent corporate finance professional on both Coasts for over 20 years. As an investment banker he has completed more than 50 transactions exceeding $2 billion in value. Previously, while in senior management positions for a wide variety of financial institutions serving the middle market, he structured and completed more than 200 transactions exceeding several billion dollars in value. Mr. Kann chairs the Capital Markets Group at Mosaic Capital LLC. He draws on many years of experience both as a direct lender and as an investment banking intermediary, in underwriting, structuring, and closing complex financings involving multiple capital layers. To his credit, he has been integral in the creation of a number of innovative financing programs including the securitization of third party medical insurance receivables, as well as credit enhanced middle market corporate asset backed securities; these represented a viable alternative to traditional asset backed and cash flow lending.
Mr. Kann received his Bachelors degree from Kean University in New Jersey. He is certified by FINRA as a Registered Representative, holding Series 7, Series 79 and Series 63 licenses as well as a Series 24 Securities Principal License.
Mr. Kann formerly served as a member of The Boards of Directors for a number of companies including Gameworks Entertainment, a location based entertainment company, Alpha Media Group, a specialty travel company and was a Vice President of Parigi Equity Partners, a private equity fund based in Milan, Italy.
Issy Kotton has more than 40 years of experience in accounting, auditing and consulting of both privately and publicly held companies. Clients rely upon Issy as a trusted business advisor for a wide range of financial and business matters, including daily operations, acquisitions, and going-public decisions. He has assisted numerous clients with leveraged buyouts (LBOs), initial public offerings (IPOs) and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and structuring the integration of acquired businesses. Issy’s practice focuses on clients in the consumer business, manufacturing and distribution, and technology industries.
Experienced Senior Portfolio Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. Skilled in Equity Research, Portfolio Management, Investment Management, Hedge Funds, and Securities. Strong business development professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Finance and Financial Management Services from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Serve on Board of Directors of Japan America Society of Southern California on the Executive Committee and have the title of Immediate Past Chairman.
Jennifer Skolnick has been practicing law since 1996 and is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Ms. Skolnick’s experience includes handling all aspects of family law, particularly relating to divorce, paternity and custody issues, and post-judgment modification matters. She also mediates family law disputes.
Ms Skolnick is a co-chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association 2019 Family Law Symposium committee. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Haven Hills, provider of services for survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Skolnick was on the Family Law Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Monica Bar Association.
Ms.Skolnick volunteers as a Daily Settlement Officer for family law cases at the Los Angeles Superior Court and has settled dozens of family law disputes. She has completed mediation training with the Los Angeles County Bar.
Joel M. Bernstein is a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Mr. Bernstein is a Member of McDermott’s Corporate Department and is based in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Bernstein’s practice areas and industries include corporate, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, public companies, SEC defense, and securities. He has served as a Counsel in connection with corporate, limited liability company, and partnership structuring and restructuring, with emphasis on control
Jon Tullo is Executive Director of Real Estate for the West Coast, overseeing Alliance’s third-party expansion strategy. In his role, Mr. Tullo is focused on fostering existing client relationships while sourcing new management opportunities, identifying pipeline, acquisition and disposition targets throughout Alliance’s targeted West Coast markets, and coordinating regional events that promote, introduce and showcase Alliance’s capabilities to clients and prospects. Jon holds a B.S. in Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, a M.S. in Finance from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation.
Karim Jaude, your partner in real estate, has founded and operated 19 successful companies in 8 countries. He made his first million by the age of 26 buying and fixing up distressed properties and businesses. For the last 40 years, Karim has developed, invested, financed, brokered, managed, and consulted in real estate properties in 8 countries. These properties have ranged from single family homes to condo projects and apartment buildings; from shopping centers to commercial and industrial buildings; from hotels to land, mixed-use, and special use properties. He has built from scratch, remodeled, fixed up, and converted properties for different uses in order to maximize their return on investment. In 1984 he was the very first entrepreneur to convert an industrial building in downtown Los Angeles into artist lofts. His offices have handled over 20 billion dollars in real estate transactions. Karim mentors, writes, teaches, and speaks about real estate frequently. He has been published in over 115 business and real estate publications nationwide, as well as 42 newsletters. Karim enjoys tennis, skiing, reading, and travel and is passionate about helping others. Most importantly, for almost 40 years, Karim has committed—and never failed—to help at least one person every single day.
I empower companies and individuals to maximize potential sales and profits through strategic planning and operations review.
‣ Experience working with over 1,000 companies across various industries
‣ Strategic Planning and Business Plans
‣ Risk Management / Maximization of Profitability
‣ Part-time CFO and COO
‣ Establishment of Alternative Credit / Banking Relationships
‣ Expert in Logistics of Manufacturing and Warehousing & Distribution
‣ Training CEOs, CFOs, COOs and many other company positions
‣ Succession Planning
‣ Successful Recession Fighter
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