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CHRISTINE LEE   contact info
President

CHRISTINE LEE is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in the valuation of businesses and intangible assets by the American Society of Appraisers.  Her past positions for the Los Angeles Chapter included: President (2014-2015), Sr. Vice President, (2014-13), Secretary (2013-12), Treasurer (2011-10) and Business Valuation Chair (2010-09).  Christine continues to serve on the Board.  For the current term, she will continue to focus on Education and focus on Members' educational interests in their discipline.

JOHN A THOMSON   contact info
Senior Vice President

MR. JOHN A. THOMSON, ASA, MAI -- KLARIS, THOMSON & SCHROEDER, INC., VICE PRESIDENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE LOS ANGELES OFFICE

Mr.John A. Thomson (BSME/MBA) has over 38 years of valuation consulting experience. Mr. Thomson is designated as a Senior Appraiser, ASA, in business valuations and intangible assets, holds a MBA in Finance, he has his MAI in real estate and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California. In addition, Mr. Thomson has his undergraduate degree in engineering and has been a speaker on numerous valuation topics to various groups in Southern California, CPA firms, Estate Planning Associations and law firms. He has testified extensively as an expert witness on valuation related cases.




DAREN J. MESROBIAN   contact info
Vice President

DAREN J. MESROBIAN (Business Valuation) is the President of Vineyard Capital Advisors, a full service financial consulting firm providing valuation and advisory services. He has provided valuations, solvency and fairness opinions, and other advisory services to public and private clients in connection with strategic alternative assessments, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions and capital-raising activities to hundreds of clients in a wide range of industries.

Daren currently serves as Treasurer of the ASA’s Los Angeles Chapter, and was previously co-chair of the Chapter’s business valuation committee. Daren was previously an Associate at Houlihan Lokey, in the firm’s financial advisory services group. Daren received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.



STEVE HJELMSTROM   contact info
Treasurer

STEVE HJELMSTROM, ASA-MTS, ARM-MTS, Certified Commercial Cost Approach-Marshall & Swift, B.S. Industrial Engineering , CSULB

I have been appraising for over ten years.  I am accredited by ASA in MTS, and Appraisal Review Management.  I have over 5,000 hours as an assistant appraiser in real property.   I have served on the executive board committee every year since 2009 in all capacities including president.  My previous experience prior to being accredited appraiser were mergers and acquisitions for venture capital investment groups as well as owning my own 60 employee manufacturing business for 10 years in Huntington Beach, CA.  




GAZELLE RAYE WICHNER   contact info
Secretary

GAZELLE RAYE WICHNER, ASA, is a real property valuation specialist and Director of the Pasadena office of Curtis Rosenthal, Inc..  She holds a senior Real Property designation with the American Society of Appraisers and is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in California and Arizona, as well as a licensed Real Estate Broker in California.   Active in the valuation profession for nearly 30 years, Ms. Wichner specializes in the analysis of complex property types and corporate and family-owned portfolios, as well as litigation support and expert witness testimony.   Recent assignments include real estate appraisal and consulting in the areas of estate and gift tax planning, M&A/IPO support, wealth and portfolio management, institutional lending and portfolio analysis, and buy/sell decisions.  She has served as Real Property Chair and Mentor Chair for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers.   

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ASA-LA, c/o DeborahAnn Marshall
PO Box 1877
Santa Clarita, CA 91386-1877
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