Brian Little   President   Duff & Phelps  Brian Little is a managing director in the Consumer M&A advisory practice for Duff & Phelps and is based in the Los Angeles office. Brian has over 17 years of experience advising middle-market clients on mergers and acquisitions and private placements of debt and equity. He has closed numerous transactions in the Apparel, Sporting Goods, Retail, Food and Restaurants sectors.  Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Brian served as a managing director at Imperial Capital where he led the firm’s Apparel practice. Brian has also held senior positions at US Bank, Union Bank and FocalPoint Partners.  Brian earned both his M.B.A. with an emphasis in Corporate Finance as well as his B.S. from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder as well as a FINRA-registered General Securities Principal and possesses Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses. Brian is a frequent lecturer on topics such as Valuation and Corporate Finance and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Southern California.   

Brian Little

President

Duff & Phelps

Brian Little is a managing director in the Consumer M&A advisory practice for Duff & Phelps and is based in the Los Angeles office. Brian has over 17 years of experience advising middle-market clients on mergers and acquisitions and private placements of debt and equity. He has closed numerous transactions in the Apparel, Sporting Goods, Retail, Food and Restaurants sectors.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Brian served as a managing director at Imperial Capital where he led the firm’s Apparel practice. Brian has also held senior positions at US Bank, Union Bank and FocalPoint Partners.

Brian earned both his M.B.A. with an emphasis in Corporate Finance as well as his B.S. from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder as well as a FINRA-registered General Securities Principal and possesses Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses. Brian is a frequent lecturer on topics such as Valuation and Corporate Finance and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Southern California.

 


 Marco Valverde   Board member   Moss Adams  Marco Valverde is a Partner with the accounting firm Moss Adams LLP. Marco has practiced public accounting since 2004 when he joined Moss Adams LLP.  Marco provides an array of accounting, auditing and consulting services to his clients. Marco primarily works with privately-held middle market apparel, manufacturing, distribution and retail companies.  Marco is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Apparel Industries Group for the City of Hope.  Marco received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Cal State Northridge.

Marco Valverde

Board member

Moss Adams

Marco Valverde is a Partner with the accounting firm Moss Adams LLP. Marco has practiced public accounting since 2004 when he joined Moss Adams LLP.

Marco provides an array of accounting, auditing and consulting services to his clients. Marco primarily works with privately-held middle market apparel, manufacturing, distribution and retail companies.

Marco is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Apparel Industries Group for the City of Hope.

Marco received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Cal State Northridge.

 Tanya Viner   Vice president   Buchalter Nemer  Tanya Viner’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, representing both the buyer and seller in large complex transactions ranging from the sale of closely-held family businesses to transactions in excess of a billion dollars.  In addition to her mergers and acquisitions practice, Ms. Viner provides day-to-day counseling on a broad range of transactional and governance matters advising emerging growth companies on formation, venture capital financing, licensing, and employment issues, often acting as outside general counsel, and trusted advisor throughout every aspect of growth.  Ms. Viner advises clients on matters in nearly every major business sector, including consumer product, apparel and textiles, food and beverage, technology, beauty, financial services, manufacturing, and retail.  Currently, she is serving on the Board of The Professional Club and on the Board of the California Fashion Association. Ms. Viner earned her J.D. at Loyola Law School in 2004 and her B.A. in Political Science and Russian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000.

Tanya Viner

Vice president

Buchalter Nemer

Tanya Viner’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, representing both the buyer and seller in large complex transactions ranging from the sale of closely-held family businesses to transactions in excess of a billion dollars.

In addition to her mergers and acquisitions practice, Ms. Viner provides day-to-day counseling on a broad range of transactional and governance matters advising emerging growth companies on formation, venture capital financing, licensing, and employment issues, often acting as outside general counsel, and trusted advisor throughout every aspect of growth.

Ms. Viner advises clients on matters in nearly every major business sector, including consumer product, apparel and textiles, food and beverage, technology, beauty, financial services, manufacturing, and retail.

Currently, she is serving on the Board of The Professional Club and on the Board of the California Fashion Association. Ms. Viner earned her J.D. at Loyola Law School in 2004 and her B.A. in Political Science and Russian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000.


 Ravi Sadasivaiah   Board member   Cohn Handler Sturm  Ravi Sadasivaiah is a Partner at Cohn Handler Sturm, an accounting firm in Los Angeles. He has been with the firm since the beginning of his career in 2003. His responsibilities include accounting and auditing, tax, and consulting services to a wide array of clients. He has a specific practice focus on apparel and consumer products.  Cohn Handler Sturm is a full service accounting firm that was founded in 1980. The firm focuses on small and middle market privately held companies. Services include accounting, assurance, tax, business management, and advisory.  Ravi received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002. Outside of work you will find him on the golf course and spending time with his wife and young children.   

Ravi Sadasivaiah

Board member

Cohn Handler Sturm

Ravi Sadasivaiah is a Partner at Cohn Handler Sturm, an accounting firm in Los Angeles. He has been with the firm since the beginning of his career in 2003. His responsibilities include accounting and auditing, tax, and consulting services to a wide array of clients. He has a specific practice focus on apparel and consumer products.

Cohn Handler Sturm is a full service accounting firm that was founded in 1980. The firm focuses on small and middle market privately held companies. Services include accounting, assurance, tax, business management, and advisory.

Ravi received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002. Outside of work you will find him on the golf course and spending time with his wife and young children.

 

 Sara Rajo-Miller   VP Finance   Miracle Mile Advisors  Sara works closely with clients to design and implement customized investment and financial plans based on their unique needs. As an investment advisor, she constructs detailed investment and cash flow models, asset allocation recommendations, wealth transfer structures, pre-transaction planning recommendations, and a variety of other life planning strategies. Sara has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s 200 Top Women Advisors and Top Next-Gen Financial Advisors.  Prior to joining Miracle Mile Advisors, Sara worked as an analyst at a global talent agency in the business affairs and client services division where she modeled financial plans, strategies and agency agreements.  Sara received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Los Angeles, Dean’s List. She holds the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 65 securities license and active life insurance license in California (CA #0L20841). In Los Angeles, Sara is actively involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and Step Up Women’s Network. Sara is fluent in Spanish and conversational French.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sara Rajo-Miller

VP Finance

Miracle Mile Advisors

Sara works closely with clients to design and implement customized investment and financial plans based on their unique needs. As an investment advisor, she constructs detailed investment and cash flow models, asset allocation recommendations, wealth transfer structures, pre-transaction planning recommendations, and a variety of other life planning strategies. Sara has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s 200 Top Women Advisors and Top Next-Gen Financial Advisors.

Prior to joining Miracle Mile Advisors, Sara worked as an analyst at a global talent agency in the business affairs and client services division where she modeled financial plans, strategies and agency agreements.

Sara received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Los Angeles, Dean’s List. She holds the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 65 securities license and active life insurance license in California (CA #0L20841). In Los Angeles, Sara is actively involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and Step Up Women’s Network. Sara is fluent in Spanish and conversational French.                                                                                                                                                                                                         


 Brittany Parrish   Board member   Hilldun Corporation  Brittany Parrish is the Director of Business Development for the West Coast and Asia-Pacific for Hilldun Corporation.  For the last 13 years, Brittany has been providing business advice, financing, factoring, and other financial services to the fashion industry.  Brittany has helped to foster the growth and development of hundreds of established and rising stars in the fashion industry, with clients like Elder Statesman, ALC, Madeworn, Raquel Allegra, Rosetta Getty, Rails, NSF, and Naeem Khan.  Brittany is involved with CFCC as a board member of Young Professional Group.  She is also a member of TPC.  Brittany graduated from The Marshall School at The University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis is Real Estate Finance.  She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and currently lives there now with her husband and five kids.

Brittany Parrish

Board member

Hilldun Corporation

Brittany Parrish is the Director of Business Development for the West Coast and Asia-Pacific for Hilldun Corporation.  For the last 13 years, Brittany has been providing business advice, financing, factoring, and other financial services to the fashion industry.  Brittany has helped to foster the growth and development of hundreds of established and rising stars in the fashion industry, with clients like Elder Statesman, ALC, Madeworn, Raquel Allegra, Rosetta Getty, Rails, NSF, and Naeem Khan.  Brittany is involved with CFCC as a board member of Young Professional Group.  She is also a member of TPC.

Brittany graduated from The Marshall School at The University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis is Real Estate Finance.  She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and currently lives there now with her husband and five kids.