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City National Bank recently promoted Mark Forbes of Glendale to executive vice president and manager of the real estate division. Forbes is responsible for providing a wide range of financial services to real-estate developers in the bank's California and Nevada markets. Forbes joined City National in 1992 as vice president and asset manager in its former real estate special assets department. He was promoted to senior vice president in 1997 and assistant division manager in 2004.

Consensus Planning Group of Los Angeles has recently added several executives to its leadership team. Sherman Oaks resident Josh Gertler has been named president. Gertler has worked for Consensus since 2001, and in his new role he will guide the agency's three offices and its expansion into other markets. Company founder and fellow Sherman Oaks resident Julie Gertler, Josh Gertler's mother, has become the chief executive officer. The team also includes a new vice president, Nazan Armenian of Glendale, who will oversee company marketing and talent development, and a new controller, Ralph Ziegler of Glendale.

Mark Gelfman is the new manager of California Pools' San Fernando Valley office, responsible for overseeing the sales team and construction of pools, as well as day-to-day office activities. Gelfman has been a top salesman for California Pools for more than 10 years and was named Salesman of the Year in 2005. California Pools has more than 20 offices across the western United States.

Granada Hills residents Roni Piterman and Ari Kosmal recently opened the first independent "make-and-take" meal-assembly store in Los Angeles, called Your Dinner Secret. Customers at the cross between a restaurant and a grocery store select ready-made ingredients and assemble them with the help of an "assembly assistant," then take them home to cook later. Customers can buy up to 48servings' worth of meals from $6 to $8 per serving. In four years, the make-and-take industry has grown to more than 1,200 stores nationwide. Your Dinner Secret is located at 20929 Ventura Blvd., No.22, in Woodland Hills.

To Network, a business networking club, is looking for members who would like to improve their businesses. The club meets at 7a.m. Tuesdays at Mimi's Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Call (805)377-0853 for an appointment.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Feb 12, 2007
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