Jalal Taby

Vice President Membership
Comerica Bank

Jalal has over 10 years’ experience in the commercial banking industry providing senior debt financing to Middle Market size companies. His experience includes financing working capital, capital expenditures, owner occupied real estate, letters of credit, foreign exchange, and managing the depository aspect of relationships along with treasury management. Jalal has handled all aspects of origination, business development, structuring, underwriting, and portfolio management. Currently at Comerica Bank Middle Market, Jalal is focused on lending to middle market companies with annual revenues ranging from $20.0 million to $500.0 million. At Comerica Bank, Jalal has the ability to customize working capital solutions to clients that match their unique needs, in addition to bringing a team of specialists to handle other areas of banking such as leasing, hedging, international trade, mergers and acquisitions M&A; in addition to Private Equity backed transactions. Key sectors of focus: Food and Beverage, Aerospace and Defense; Automotive; Transportation and Logistics, and Non-Profits. 

Darleen Armour

Committee Member
Marshall & Stevens, Incorporated

Director at Marshall & Stevens, Financial Valuation & Consulting Practice

Darleen has over 25 years of experience in the valuation of business enterprises, securities, and intangible assets for a variety of purposes including financial reporting, tax reporting and compliance, dispute resolution, ESOPs, and M&A advisory, including fairness opinions. These assignments have covered a wide range of industries and included the valuation of controlling and minority interests in the equity of closely held companies, preferred stock, restricted securities, debt instruments, warrants, options, and contingent consideration offered in transactions. She is also experienced in valuing intangible assets, including trademarks, patents, customer relationships, contracts, software, and technology and have significant experience in the valuation of entertainment & media companies and assets. Specialties: Business Valuation, Intangible Asset Valuation, Fairness Opinions, and  Entertainment & Media.

Brent Costello

Committee Member
FOCUS Investment Banking

Brent is a FOCUS Managing Director, with more than thirty years experience as an investment banker and mergers and acquisition and corporate finance lawyer. He has represented a wide range of clients in cross-border and domestic transactions, including small to mid-capitalization enterprises and public and private companies that also include family-owned entities. His clients represent various industries, including manufacturing and distribution, pharmaceutical, entertainment, aerospace, information systems, publishing, insurance, and hi-tech.

Prior to joining FOCUS, Brent was the Managing Partner of Sun West M&A Advisors, a firm specializing in M&A advisory services to private middle market companies.   Previously, he was a partner with the international law firm Kaye Scholer LLP where he was responsible for handling billions of dollars of corporate and finance transactions for major firm clients in its New York City and Los Angeles offices. He started his career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, an international law firm headquartered in New York City.

Julie Francis

Committee Member

Business Development Director


RSM US LLP is the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, with over 9,000 professionals and associates in more than 90 offices nationwide. RSM US LLP is a licensed CPA firm. and is the U.S. member of RSM International (“RSMI”), the sixth largest network of independent accounting, tax and consulting firms worldwide, with offices in more than 85 countries and more than 32,000 people to serve clients’ business needs. The member firms of RSMI collaborate to provide services to global clients. Our practice areas include ASSURANCE/AUDIT and  TAX CONSULTINGin the areas of Finance Advisory,  Risk Advisory,  Technology Management Consulting,  Transaction Advisory and  Outsourcing.

Robert Sarkissian

Committee Member
Integrity Wealth

Registered Investment Advisor, CFP®

MML Investor Services; Beverly Hills, California

Cornelia Cheng

Committee Member

Cornelia is problem solver with over 20 years experience in corporate finance. She is energetic and an expert in a range of capital solutions to support growing companies.  Cornelia was most recently VP and Head of Investment Team at Prudential Capital Group’s Los Angeles Office, responsible for business development, transaction underwriting, due diligence, legal negotiations and client portfolio management for her team’s geographic territory.  She is an expert in investing private placement senior debt, mezzanine debt and equity in private and public middle-market companies.  Cornelia’s background includes investment banking and M&A advisory, syndications and debt capital markets, sponsor coverage, and Talent Acquisition. She has a deep professional network and industry expertise in real estate REITs, Aerospace & Defense, Transportation & Logistics, PEOs, Specialty Finance/Financial Services, CPG Food & Beverage, Restaurants, Non-profits, Hospitals and Healthcare, Equipment Rentals and Light Manufacturing.  Cornelia also previously took on the challenge as part of the inaugural teams that established the Los Angeles office for Prudential Capital Group, and the San Francisco Debt Capital Markets desk for CIBC World Markets.  Cornelia is currently in transition professional and is actively seeking new challenges for her talents.

Cornelia and her husband resides in Los Angeles and are active breeders of show dogs.  A highlight is when they watched their standard schnauzer dog win best of breed at the Westminster Dog Show in 2014 at the Madison Square Garden.

Channing Hamlet

Committee Member
Objective Capital Partners

Zac Turke

Committee Member
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP

Zachary is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group in the firm's LA Office. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, venture capital, and joint ventures and strategic alliances.  Zac also advises clients on securities offerings and corporate governance.  He has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, the Internet, manufacturing, construction, financial services, entertainment, healthcare, and defense. 

Bill Webster

Chief Executive Officer
Association for Corporate Growth - Los Angeles

Bill Webster is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Corporate Growth – Los Angeles.  ACG LA is a 650 member chapter of the ACG Global community of middle market M&A dealmakers and business leaders who are focused on driving business growth.  Webster is tasked with delivering thought-provoking, knowledge-based events and networking opportunities to help members stay abreast of current issues relating to corporate growth and to stay connected with their peers.  Under his leadership, ACG Los Angeles was named Large Chapter of the Year, in 2014, by the ACG Global organization.

Young Presidents’ Organization

Prior to joining ACG LA, Bill served as the Executive Director of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO).  Bill was tasked with communicating the value of the recently merged organization and to help craft a common culture.  As a long-time member of both the WPO and the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), he worked with the YPO-WPO International board, the WPO board and regional and chapter leadership to advance the mission of the organization and strengthen the value it provides to members worldwide.