Mr. Bachman has over 30 years of experience working with local government. He was the Assistant City Manager/Finance Director for the City of West Covina and the Finance Director for the City of Commerce. He is a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, Government Finance Officers Association and the California Municipal Treasurers Association in addition to serving on the League of California Cities Policy Committees for Environmental Quality and Employee Relations. Mr. Bachman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.
Mr. Braulik has over 25 years of experience working in local government as a City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Deputy Director of Plans & Operations and Program Manager. He has held positions in the cities of Martinez, Ross, Palo Alto, Fairfield, Rocklin, Concord and Benicia. He is a former past president of the Cal-ICMA Board of Directors and he has been awarded the prestigious John H. Nail award by the League of California Cities, City Manager Department. Mr. Braulik holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University Fullerton, a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration degree from New Hampshire College. He is also a graduate from several esteemed governance leadership programs.
Mr. Brown has 18 years of experience working in the public sector. He most recently served as the Director of Administrative Services for the City of Irvine where he was responsible for overseeing development of Irvine's long term Strategic Business Plan. He is active in municipal affairs at the regional and state levels, and recently served as Chair of the Professional Standards and Recognition Committee for the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Association. Mr. Brown holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Humboldt.
Mr. Foster has over 23 years of experience working in local government as a Director of Economic Development for the Cities of Moreno Valley and Rancho Mirage. His extensive background in Community and Economic Development has been instrumental as HdL expands to provide additional economic development consulting and site selection services to its clients. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas. Mr. Foster is currently a member of the California Redevelopment Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Municipal Management Assistants of Southern California.
Mr. Longballa previously served as Finance Director and City Treasurer for the Cities of Alhambra, Placentia, Monrovia and Fountain Valley. He is a past President and Board member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and is certified as a Public Finance Officer and California Municipal Treasurer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from San Jose State University and Master’s degree in Management from the University of La Verne where he has also served as Adjunct Professor for their M.P.A. program.
Mr. McPherson has 28 years of experience working in local government. He has held management positions for the cities of Newport Beach and San Jose, and was most recently the Revenue & Tax Administration for the City of Oakland. He is active in local tax policy issues and served as a member of the Silicon Valley Joint Venture Tax Committee and the League of California Cities Revenue & Taxation Policy Committee. Mr. McPherson is also a past president of California Municipal Revenue & Taxation Association. He holds a Bachelor's degree in History from California State University, Fullerton and a Master's degree in Public Administration for California State University, Long Beach.
Mr. Nordhoff has over 25 years of local government experience in various leadership roles, including Administrative Services Director, Assistant City Manager and more recently as City Manager in San Rafael and Walnut Creek. During his tenures, he was responsible for a broad range of budget, financial management and long range fiscal planning functions. His experience includes information technology and economic development, plus serving on various regional JPA Boards. Prior to his local government service, he spent several years in the private sector as a Certified Public Accountant conducting municipal audits. As an active member of the City Manager’s Department of the League of California Cities, he is a former Department Officer and the recipient of the prestigious John H. Nail award. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Accounting.
Ms. Ovrom has been assisting clients with budget and sales tax revenue issues since 2002 and came to HdL with over 20 years’ experience supervising finance, budget, technology and administrative operations as Assistant City Manager of Beverly Hills, Brea and Claremont and as the City Manager of Temple City. She has served on CSMFO's Committee on Budgeting and Management Reporting and is a past member of USC's Master of Public Administration Advisory Board. She also serves as HdL's representative to the League of California Cities' Revenue and Taxation Committee. Ms. Ovrom has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Padilla has 31 years of public sector experience. He recently served in management positions for the cities of Madera, Chowchilla, Modesto and San Luis Obispo. Mr. Padilla holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University, Fresno and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is active if municipal affairs at both the regional and state levels.
Ms. Peasley assists clients with budget and sales tax revenue issues. She has over 20 years’ experience in Municipal Finance including eleven years as Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of Westminster and as Administrative Services Director/Treasurer for the City of La Habra. Ms. Peasley is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Mr. Russell has been performing sales tax analysis and staff support to HdL’s clients since 1997. With over 20 years’ experience as an expert in community development, he has compiled massive databases and designed sales tax report enhancements to help clients develop successful economic development strategies. Previously CEO of GRC Redevelopment Consultants, Inc., Mr. Russell laid the groundwork for such highly successful retail projects such as Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, The River Project in Rancho Mirage, Old Town Brea, Simi Valley Town Center and the Desert Hills Factory Outlets in Cabazon. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles.
Mr. Vestal performs sales tax analysis, conducts quarterly client briefings and assists clients with budget and economic development issues. He has over 29 years of local government experience with the cities of Westminister and Norwalk. During his tenure with the City of Westminster, he served in successive assignments as Planning Director, Community Development Director, Deputy City Manager/Public Works Director and City Manager. As Executive Director of the Westminster Redevelopment Agency, he led the expansion of the Agency's project area throughout the City to fund needed residential infrastructure repairs and participated in numerous revenue generating development projects. He has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern University, where he was a member of the international economics honorary Omicron Delta Epsilon, and a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach where he was member of the national public affairs and administration honorary Pi Alpha Alpha.
Mr. Young has over 20 years of local government experience, most recently serving as the Finance Director for the City of Costa Mesa. During the majority of his tenure, he led the City’s strategic financial planning and decision making through the Great Recession. Prior to his employment in local government, he was an external auditor of government and non-profit entities specializing in assessment and documentation of internal controls and annual review and preparation of client’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). He has also been an active member in municipal affairs with both the Government Finance Officers Association and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton in Accounting.
Ms. Sturdivant has been with HdL for 20 years and performs sales tax analysis, conducts quarterly client briefings, and assists clients with budget issues. She works with both clients and taxpayers to provide training and assistance on complex sales, transaction and use tax issues. Ms. Sturdivant is responsible for high level appeal cases including research, analysis and preparing legal briefs. She represents HdL clients at Legal Department Appeals Conferences and is the main point of contact between HdL and the elected members of the Board of Equalization, BOE Legal Department and the State Controller’s office. Ms. Sturdivant regularly appears at local tax appeal hearings before the Board Members and for any proposed BOE regulatory changes. She works directly with HdL’s lobbyist to monitor proposed legislative changes.
Mr. Schmehr is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for the HdL Companies. He has held both positions with the companies since 2005. In addition, Mr. Schmehr is the Trustee for the HdL 401(k) Plan and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board for Prospectors Federal Credit Union. He also serves as President of the Koll Diamond Bar Association. Mr. Schmehr has over 20 years of business operation and management experience, including a previous position as an Area Finance Manager for Coca-Cola Enterprises. Mr. Schmehr earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
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