In 2019 El Segundo established a proactive and forward-thinking communications plan to increase and foster engagement with the community.
The City of El Segundo Appoints Scott Mitnick as New City Manager
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – June 18, 2019 – El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Pirsztuk and El Segundo City Council Members Dr. Don Brann, Scot Nicol and Chris Pimentel have appointed Scott Mitnick as the new City Manager. Mitnick brings more than 30 years of public service and leadership experience to the position. Mitnick assumes the role from current City Manager Greg Carpenter, who is set to retire at the end of the month. Mitnick was unanimously confirmed with a 5-0 vote at the city council meeting on June 18th. He begins his new role at City Hall on July 1st, 2019.
“Scott’s ability to craft a compelling vision, hold his team accountable and achieve results were key factors in our decision. As El Segundo continues to evolve as a preeminent employment hub and the best place to raise a family, Scott will provide the leadership to move our city forward, while preserving our charm and heritage. El Segundo is the most important economic hub in Southern California, and Scott’s dozens of years of public and private experience will ensure El Segundo continues to further its legacy as the best place to live, work and visit,” notes Mayor Drew Boyles.
“El Segundo continues to cultivate a world-class work force. To complement our thriving city, we will continue to focus internally to attract, retain and develop high-caliber talent. We want to be the employer-of-choice in Southern California and we look forward to working with Scott on creating a culture that fosters collaboration, motivation and a sense of pride,” shares Mayor Pro Tem Carol Pirsztuk.
Council Member Don Brann led the search and diligence process in partnership with executive recruitment firm Bob Murray & Associates. The city received 60 applications during the four-month nationwide recruitment search. Following extensive background checks and vetting, a narrowed candidate pool went through a two-round process with rigorous panel interviews by City Council. Once a consensus was reached, City Council conducted a thorough review of Mitnick’s background, as well as, extensive reference checks, and they are confident in their decision.
“Scott’s long history of successes brings to life how his leadership and experience will move El Segundo forward. We entrust him to lead our city with transparency and partnership,” notes Council Member Dr. Brann. “Near and dear to my heart is Scott’s role as a mentor and educator. He’s brought his experience to the future workforce by serving as a guest lecturer at conferences and universities, including UCLA, USC, Syracuse University, Bristol University (England), CSUN, CSUF, CLU and University of Wisconsin, Madison.”
“The El Segundo community has a long history of deep involvement from our community – both residents and businesses. As our community grows and changes, we know Scott is the right person to lead us forward. His long tenure and successes illustrate his expertise in positioning and growing a city for the future,” shares Council Member Scot Nicol. “We have recently embarked on an enhanced communications effort for the city. The goal is to ensure that communications are consistent, proactive and collaborative. Scott will be a key team player in ensuring its success.”
“Finding a candidate with expertise working at all levels of governance was a priority for the council. Scott’s extensive experience with intergovernmental issues will result in immediate dividends,” notes Council Member Chris Pimentel.
"I am humbled by City Council's support and vote of confidence in my abilities to manage the organization at this exciting time. I look forward to working closely with all city employees to implement City Council's direction. El Segundo has a long history as a full-service city with a proud tradition of independence and self-confidence. I look forward to building on the successes of the past to prepare for the challenges of the future. The best is yet come," shares newly-appointed Scott Mitnick.
Mitnick has three decades of public service in which he served five California local governments, with 21 years at the executive level. Prior to joining the City of El Segundo, Mitnick served as a Director and licensed Municipal Advisor with KNN Public Finance in Oakland, California. In this role, he worked closely with cities, counties, and special districts to address a wide array of financial and management needs.
From January 2017 to March 2019 Mitnick served as County Administrator for Sutter County in northern California where he led and stabilized an organization of over 1,000 employees with a budget of $325 million providing an array of public services to 100,000 residents spread across 600 square miles.
He previously served as City Manager for the City of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County for 11 years from 2005 to 2016 where he managed more than 500 employees with a budget of over $200 million. Scott led the organization through the Great Recession of 2007-2009 with minimal service impacts. On his watch, Thousand Oaks maintained healthy reserves and obtained an implied General Fund AAA bond rating. He previously served as Thousand Oaks Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager from 2000 to 2005.
Other prior local government positions included: Yuba City Administrative Services Director (1996–1999), Burbank Budget Officer (1994-1996), Burbank Assistant to the City Manager (1992-1994), Burbank Financial Analyst/Budget Analyst (1989–1992), and Brea Budget Analyst (1987-1988).
He earned his Master of Public Administration (State and Local Government Public Finance Concentration) from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors from California State University, Fullerton.
Mitnick is married to Mia (a former public elementary school teacher) and has twin 18 year-old boys (Matthew and Michael) whom have completed their freshman year at University of Wisconsin, Madison and University of Washington, Seattle.
About El Segundo:
El Segundo is a coastal community in the south bay region of Los Angeles County. Recognized as the aerospace capital of the world, it is renowned for maintaining a quaint, small town atmosphere, as well as, a thriving business environment that caters to some of the world’s most prestigious corporations. El Segundo is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Air Force Base and the award-winning Los Angeles Times.
Denna Lee Named Fire Battalion Chief in El Segundo
Appointment Marks First Female Battalion Chief in the South Bay
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – May 17, 2019 – Deena Lee will be officially appointed battalion chief for the El Segundo Fire Department on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The appointment will be marked with a badge pinning ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in El Segundo City Council chambers. Battalion Chief Lee will then be honored and officially welcomed by El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles and the El Segundo City Council at the city council meeting that evening. Lee is the first female fire battalion chief to be appointed in South Bay region.
“Deena competed in a rigorous promotional exam where she finished first on the list. Her leadership skills, technical expertise and experience made her the perfect candidate for this position. Her dedication to fire service is unparalleled and I look forward to having her on the management team,” shared El Segundo Fire Chief Chris Donovan.
Lee will be assigned to the B shift and will lead training, health and safety efforts for the department.
“El Segundo is home to many accomplished female executives in the public and private sectors; Deena is joining this esteemed list of professionals. She is a hard-working, dedicated firefighter that has earned our support and respect, as well as, this critical position in our community,” noted Mayor Drew Boyles.
“As a long-time resident of El Segundo, as well as, current city manager, I am very proud of her accomplishment. Deena is a first-rate employee and is well-deserving of this promotion. She will be the first female battalion chief in the South Bay and Deena is an outstanding role model for young women looking at public safety as a career,” said El Segundo City Manager Greg Carpenter.
Lee, a 16-year veteran, joined the El Segundo Fire Department in 2003 as a firefighter and was promoted to fire captain in 2007. Lee’s staff assignments have included, safety equipment officer and platoon training officer, among many others. Lee was one of the original members of the department’s Rapid Extraction Modular Support (REMS) team, a specialized unit deployed to major incidents to provide support for firefighters who become ill or injured in remote locations. Her technical rescue skills played a major role in the success of that team.
“As a battalion chief, I look forward to deeper engagement with the El Segundo community. I am honored to be the first female battalion chief in El Segundo and the South Bay. I attribute my success to being driven, courageous, hard-working, and dedicated to helping people,” said Lee.
Lee volunteers with the Women’s Fire Alliance and Girls’ Fire Camps, an organization for young women aged 14-19. She is currently mentoring a high school student now interning with the El
Segundo Fire Department. Lee always makes time for station visits with young women who are interested in a career in the fire service and will continue her mentorship to future firefighters.
About El Segundo:
El Segundo is a coastline community in the south bay region of Los Angeles County. Recognized as the aerospace capital of the world, it is renowned for maintaining a quaint, small town atmosphere as well as a thriving business environment that caters to some of the world’s most prestigious corporations. El Segundo is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Air Force Base and the award-winning Los Angeles Times.
The City of El Segundo’s Annual Champions of Business Celebration
Honors Hackman Capital Partners’ CEO Michael Hackman, TechStyle
Fashion Group, and Melanie Stricklan of Slingshot Aerospace
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — October 2, 2019 — The City of El Segundo and the El Segundo Economic Development Advisory Council (EDAC) hosted the sixth annual Champions of Business Celebration on Thursday, Sept. 26th at the Toyota Sports Performance Center - Home of the LA Kings. The evening’s keynote speech was given by Luc Robitaille, president of the LA Kings and hockey legend. The MC was LA Kings radio analyst Daryl Evans.
A city with vibrant economic development growth, El Segundo annually recognizes local business leaders’ contributions to the city at the Champions of Business Celebration. This year, city and business leaders gathered to honor Michael Hackman, CEO of Hackman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment and operating company with a strong foothold in El Segundo. Past honorees include Jeanie Buss, owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers (2018); Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, CEO of NantWorks (2017); Richard Lundquist, president of Continental Development Corp. (2016); Federal Realty Investment Trust and The Point (2015); and the LA Kings (2014). As a past honoree of the Champion of Business award in 2017, Dr. Soon-Shiong presented the Champion of Business award to Hackman and recounted anecdotes of their shared journey to create big ideas and boost El Segundo’s economic landscape.
El Segundo is consistently one of the hottest commercial real estate markets in the region, and Hackman Capital Partners recognizes the many advantages of doing business in the city. With properties across Los Angeles in its portfolio, including CBS Television City and Manhattan Beach Studios, Hackman Capital Partners has been expanding its reach within El Segundo with the acquisition of industrial office buildings at 888 N. Douglas Street and 401 Coral Circle. Hackman Capital Partners acquired 888 N. Douglas from defense giant Northrop Grumman and is transforming the historic aerospace site into a one-of-a-kind creative campus.
In addition to the presentation of the Champion of Business Award, the below honorees were announced during the event:
Thorsten Struck, Chief Financial Officer, TechStyle Fashion Group - Big Idea Award, awarded to an exciting business or organization that is reshaping the world through their innovations. TechStyle Fashion Group was honored for its unique approach in merging advanced technology with the latest fashion trends to offer an entirely new shopping experience to millions of people worldwide.
Melanie Stricklan, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Slingshot Aerospace - Entrepreneur of the Year Award, awarded to an individual who demonstrates outstanding commitment to business growth and leadership. Stricklan was honored for her strong vision in aerospace and artificial intelligence technology that she brings to Slingshot Aerospace, the advanced analytics company she co-founded that has raised more than $9 million in funding.
“We are thrilled we could honor Michael Hackman as the city’s Champion of Business,” says Al Keahi, chairman of EDAC. “EDAC’s goal is to create a conducive business culture that attracts and retains the best and brightest entrepreneurs and businesses in the world, like Hackman Capital Partners.”
Known for its roots in California’s aerospace and defense sectors, El Segundo continues to grow and evolve and has established itself as a leader in the technology, media and entertainment industries. Due to the city’s business-friendly economy, new developments and plans, including a plan in the Smoky Hollow district that, El Segundo has positioned itself as an attractive location for business relocation and expansion.
“Sharing in the city’s vision of growth and innovation, the honorees this year have all had a significant impact on El Segundo’s economic development, from TechStyle Fashion Group’s rapid expansion here to Melanie Stricklan’s skilled entrepreneurship” says El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles. “We are proud that they choose to do business in our city.”
“This event celebrates the leaders in El Segundo’s diverse and vibrant economy,” shares Deputy City Manager Barbara Voss. “The city continues to add new companies to our roster of world-class businesses, and this is an opportunity to bring the business community together to recognize their many achievements”
Sponsors of this year’s event include Chevron, Continental Development Corp., Focusing Philanthropy, Gensler, Adam Gunther & Stephen Gunther, Hackman Capital Partners, Klee, Tuchin, Bogadanoff & Stern, LLP, KPRS, LA Kings, NantWorks, Orrick, Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones; and Walter P Moore. General Manager of Chevron El Segundo Refinery, Henry Kusch, presented a grant check for $110,000 to the El Segundo City Council to further support the city’s economic development efforts.
The El Segundo Economic Development Advisory Council serves as a forum for effective collaboration leading to the identification of responsible development strategies in the city. EDAC provides support and guidance to city staff and advises the city council on business attraction and retention. EDAC assists with the implementation of the city’s Economic Development Program.
About the City of El Segundo:
El Segundo is a thriving coastal community in southwestern Los Angeles County. Recognized as the aerospace capital of the world, it is renowned for maintaining a quaint, small-town atmosphere and a vibrant economy that includes leaders in aerospace and defense, bioscience, information technology, energy, real estate, and creative media. The city has seen tremendous growth and evolution over the past several years and is home to the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Kings, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Air Force Base. For further information regarding innovative businesses in El Segundo and destination information, please visit www.elsegundobusiness.com and www.destinationelsegundo.com.
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