La Vie En Blue 2016 Fashion Gala HARRY F. TOPPING, JR.

Mr. Topping is Sr. Vice President and Manager of the Corporate Real Estate Department of City National Bank where he is responsible for all aspects of City National’s owned and leased real estate, including strategic occupancy planning, site acquisition, design, construction, and management. With assets exceeding $36.4 billion and assets under management or administration exceeding $53.9 billion, City National provides premier private and business banking services to a broad range of professionals, entrepreneurs, and businesses. CNB continues to expand its facilities that now include 75 offices with multiple locations in San Diego, the Bay Area, Nevada, Seattle, Nashville, Atlanta, and New York City. Mr. Topping completed a 425,000 sf consolidation of several of CNB’s business units to one central location in downtown Los Angeles at the City National Tower and Plaza, the firm’s headquarters.

Prior to joining CNB, Mr. Topping was Vice President of Real Estate Development for Warner Bros. where he managed the planning and development process for a number of projects. Mr. Topping also served as a Vice President/Project Manager for Maguire Thomas Partners where he was responsible for managing the development of the 1.2M square foot Gas Company Tower in Los Angeles and the 1.0M square foot Two Commerce Square in Philadelphia.

Mr. Topping is a licensed Architect in the State of California, graduated from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with a MBA, and holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois. Prior to receiving his MBA, Mr. Topping practiced architecture in San Francisco with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and earlier with Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. Projects Mr. Topping worked on as a designer include the Bank of Canton in San Francisco, and Citicorp Center, also in San Francisco.

Mr. Topping served as Chair of CoreNet Global’s Southern California Chapter, and has used his industry contacts to actively promote both membership in and sponsorship of the organization. In 2004, CoreNet Global named Mr. Topping it’s Southern California Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year. He is also Past President of the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House where he was awarded the prestigious Kim Hill Award for his service to the charity.

In 2010, one of Harry and his wife Susan’s sons, Liam, was diagnosed as autistic. Wanting to contribute immediately to the battle against autism, Susan, her mother, Mary, and Harry started a family-run charity golf tournament that same year named after all three of their sons, The Topping Brothers Invitational benefitting Autism Speaks. This fall, Trey, Miles, and Liam will be hosting the 6th annual event which has raised approximately $125,000 for Autisim Speaks.

STEVEN GROSSMAN

Steven Grossman is a talent manager and producer at Untitled Entertainment, widely recognized as one of the most prestigious management companies in Hollywood. As an Executive Producer, Steven has been involved in numerous television series on networks ranging from the CW to VH1.

Steven previously worked as an agent at the William Morris Agency and ICM. He got his start in the entertainment industry as an assistant, and was elected to serve as a board member of the JHRTS (Junior Hollywood Radio Television Society). Since then, he’s been named on several occasions to The Brown List as one of Hollywood’s “Most Liked Executives.” In 2011, he was recognized as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” in a special cover issue of Variety.

Born and raised outside of Philadelphia in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Steven graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He earned a master’s degree from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. While there, he met his wife, Lisa, and jokingly refers to USC as “the most expensive matchmaking service on the planet.” Together they have two young boys, Grayden (6) and Landon (4), who are their pride and joy.

Prior to his involvement with Autism Speaks, Steven served on advisory committees for the Make a Wish Foundation and City of Hope. He’s a true believer of using his voice, platform, and relationships for a greater purpose within the community. In 2013, he received a diagnosis that his older son was on the autism spectrum and started focusing his efforts on autism awareness. He hopes that someday his son and countless others will inevitably test off the autism spectrum.image. 

Now heres some photos from last years 2015 great Autism Speaks event.

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