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CENTURY CITY, CA-Commercial mortgage banking firm George Smith Partners Inc. has named longtime principals Gary Mozer and David Rifkind as co-managing directors and Todd August as COO in a restructuring of the company’s management. Rifkind will oversee operations, leading policy and strategy, while Mozer will lead the firm’s program of “Peerless Excellence” in production and client services.

Steve Bram and Gary Tenzer, principals with the firm since its inception, have been named senior directors. The firm hired August following a nationwide search for an experienced finance and administration leader. He was formerly the COO of the department of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rifkind explains that the firm sought to restructure because it has grown to a “from a personality-driven company” into a national enterprise that last year achieved and arranged financing volume of $3.5 billion. The new structure positions the company to grow and to expand its menu of services.The new structure follows the company’s recent relocation to new, larger headquarters offices at the MGM Tower in Century City, at 10250 Constellation Blvd. The firm, which has satellite offices in Newport Beach, Anchorage and Spokane, was founded in 1992 by the late George A. Smith.

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