July 21, 2014

Marla Wilson named exec director, Honey Shine Mentoring Program

Marla Wilson has been named executive director, Tracy Wilson-Mourning’s Honey Shine Mentoring Program. This nonprofit organization, based in Miami, was created to provide young girls with opportunities and experiences that will help them grow into confident, productive and socially aware citizens. Before, she was the business development consultant for 1 Percent Circle, the consulting group she founded based in Atlanta. Clients included the National Black College Hall of Fame, Wells F Marla Wilson (1)argo, and the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she studied broadcast and print journalism

Best advice: The best advice that she has ever received was from her grandmother: “Respect who you are when nobody else is watching.” Wilson says this is basically a lesson in integrity. You have to be happy with who you are and what you do, regardless. 

David Monter hired as VP, controller, at Professional Bank

David_MonterDavid Monter has been hired as vice president, controller, at Professional Bank based in Miami. Before, he was vice president and assistant controller at Great Florida Bank. Monter received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University and a master’s degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University.

William Yahr is hotel manager at Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove

William Yahr has been named hotel manager at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. Before, he was at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, where he was room executive. Yahr has a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management at Penn State University. William Yahr HeadShot (1)

Dr. Brian Bethea named regional medical director of cardiovascular surgery at Tenet Florida Physician services

Dr. Brian T. Bethea has been named regional medical director of cardiovascular surgery at Tenet Florida Physician Services. He is on-staff at Delray Medical Center and Florida Medical Center, and his practice will be based in Delray Beach. His educational background includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery in Baltimore.

Christopher Marlowe, Todd Michaels named partners at The Haggard Law Firm

Christopher Marlowe and Todd Michaels have been promoted to partners at The Haggard Law Firm. Marlowe, who has been with the firm since 2008, has a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and a law degree from the University of Miami. Michaels, who joined the firm in 2009, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Miami.

Karen Chastain, Chris Bielski named to senior posts at The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Karen Chastain  and Chris Bielski  have been named to senior posts at The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Chastain is now general manager. Before, she worked with the Marriott Western Regional Team as the regional director of finance and accounting. Chris Bielski was named director of sales and marketing. Before, he was market sales leader in South Florida at Marriott International. He has a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Bobby Gusman to be managing broker at Howard Ecker & Co.

Bobby Gusman will be managing broker at the new Miami office of Howard Ecker & Company, a tenant representation firm based in Chicago. Before he was director of leasing at  American Ventures Realty. Gusman attended Florida State University.​

July 14, 2014

Shed Born named chief executive director, Camillus Health

Shed Boren has been named chief executive director of Camillus Health. Before, he was chief executive officer of Sister Emmanuel Hospital in Miami. He also was executive director of Special ImmunShed_Borenology Services for Mercy Hospital in Miami, where he designed and implemented Miami-Dade County’s largest vertically integrated service delivery network providing medical and social services to persons living with HIV/AIDS. He is a social worker who received a Ph.D. in sociology, and an MBA, from the University of Miami, and he has a graduate certificate in Catholic healthcare ethics from Saint Louis University.

Best advice he ever received: It is better to err on the side of charity and compassion rather than righteousness. This advice was given to me by Sister Edith Gonzalez, a nun that I worked with for years. She died last year. She was my friend and colleague, and a mentor. 

Janet Chase, Yadira Hiraldo, Todd Kesterson in new posts at Kaufman Rossin

Recent hires and promotions at Kaufman Rossin in its Miami office include: 

Jchase --Janet Chase, left, who has been named director of business valuation. Before, she was senior manager at Ernst & Young. She has a bachelor’s in mathematics and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

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who has been named associate principal in the firm’s tax department in the Miami Hiraldo Yadiraoffice. Before she was a director. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Hartford. 

--Todd Kesterson, below, who has been named director of Family Office Services. Before, he was a director of Family Office Services at Rothstein Kass in Dallas. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of North Texas.

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Billy Hayes named VP, sales operations, at Southeast Toyota Distributors

Billy HayesBilly Hayes has joined Southeast Toyota Distributors as vice president of sales operations. For the past two years, Hayes has been based in Japan where he been Nissan’s vice president of Global Zero Emissions Vehicles. Hayes, who served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a medic, has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bates College.

Ann McCowan starts A.C. McCowan CPA PLLC

Ann McCowan has started A.C. McCowan CPA PLLC, a full-service tax & accounting firm. Before she was tax director at Price Waterhouse Coopers. She has degrees in business, economics and accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of greater Miami-Dade for the last five years as the Treasure and curr Image001 (3)ently serves as the Board President. 

Emilio J. Alvarez-Farré named a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig

Emilio J. Alvarez-Farré has been named a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig in its Latin American and Iberian Practice Group and Miami Corporate and Securities Practice Group. Before, he was a partner at the Miami office of White & Case. Alvarez-Farré, who has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, has a law degree and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Alvarez_Emilio_J

April Dahl named partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson

April M. Dahl 
has been promoted from associate to partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson’s Fort Lauderdale office. Dahl, a litigation attorney, received her law degree from Notre Dame.

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Christopher R.J. Pace joins Jones Day as a partner

Christopher R.J. Pace has joined the Miami office of Jones Day as a partner in its business and tort litigation practice. Before he was a partner at Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP. He is a former assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida, law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court , and law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Pace has a bachelor’s of business administration from Southern Methodist University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.​ Christopher R.J. Pace

Patricia Siles named tax director at Goldstein Schechter Koch

Patricia Siles  has been promoted to tax director from senior manager at Goldstein Schechter Koch. Siles has a bachelor’s, and a master’s of accounting, from Florida International University. 

July 09, 2014

Jarred Diamond is exec VP at HEAT Group Enterprises

Jarred Diamond is now executive vice president of HEAT Group Enterprises, the marketing and booking arm of AmericanAirlines Arena. Diamond has been with The HEAT Group since 1999 when he began his career as a gJarred Diamonduest information agent. Since then, he has also served as director of event services, assistant general manager and vice president of programming. Before that, he worked for Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden as well as Delaware North. Diamond has a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Florida International University.

Best advice he ever received: Treat everyone with respect. However, don’t spend 80 percent of your time on 20 percent of your business.



Joanna Sherry named assistant VP of marketing at World Omni Financial

Joanna Sherry 2014Joanna Sherry has joined World Omni Financial Corp., a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, as the assistant vice president of marketing. She was vice president of the insurance division for Hyundai Capital America. Sherry will be responsible for supporting the marketing efforts of World Omni’s business units. World Omni Financial, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Sherry received her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and her MBA from Duke University.

Michael Grindstaff named managing partner at Shutts & Bowen

Michael J. Grindstaff, a longtime Shutts & Bowen partner in real estate and land use law in Miami, has been named managing partner of the firm. He will be responsible for the administration and growth of the firm’s seven Florida offices. He received his B.S.B.A. from the University of Central Florida and his law degree from Mercer University. Michael Grindstaff

Juan Carlos Flores named VP, governmental affairs, for AT&T Florida

Download (2)Juan Carlos “J.C.” Flores, formerly AT&T regional external affairs director for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, has been named vice president of government affairs for AT&T Florida. Before joining AT&T, Flores managed the Carlos Gimenez for Mayor campaign in 2011 and served as director of communications for then-Miami-Dade Commissioner Gimenez, Miami-Dade field director for Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign, and special assistant to Florida Speaker Marco Rubio at the Republican Party of Florida. He is a graduate of Florida International University. 

Steven Kelton named director of construction for 321 North in Plantation

Download (1)Steven M. Kelton has been named director of construction for 321 North, a development at the former Fashion Mall in Plantation. The development is owned by Plantation-based U.S. Capital Holdings. Kelton has managed construction for several South Florida locations, including Bayside Marketplace in Miami and Las OlasRiverfront in Fort Lauderdale. He was most recently general manager and senior project manager for CoreStates Inc. 

Alicia Hughes named HR director at World Emblem

Alicia Hughes 2Alicia Hughes has been named human resources director at World Emblem, based in Miami, which designs and manufactures industrial and domestic wash, custom-embroidered, screen-printed and sublimated emblems. Before, she was at FirstService Residential Florida in Hollywood. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Carthage College and a master’s in human resource management from Nova Southeastern University.

Jonathan Schoenwald is new principal at Gulliver Prep

JonathanShoenwaldJonathan M. Schoenwald has been named the new principal of Gulliver Preparatory School. He was head of school at Rocky Hill School, a private day school in Rhode Island. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in American history from Stanford University. He is an author and has ​been an honors college director at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

Patricia Zeiler named exec director at Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Headshot ZeilerPatricia Coyle Zeiler has joined the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society as executive director and will oversee all aspects of the organization, including membership, fiscal budget and events. She also will spearhead and manage the development of new programs and initiatives. She previously worked for downtown Fort Lauderdale‘s Transportation Management Association.​

Jim Pyburn named director of Port Everglades' business development division

Image002Jim Pyburn has been named director of Port Everglades’ business development division. Pyburn was the director of marketing and business development for Latin America at Port Tampa Bay. Before that, he worked for Tropical Shipping, Tec Marine Lines and Emery Worldwide. He is a graduate of the University of Houston. 

June 30, 2014

Nisad Hack named corporate controller, The Peebles Corporation

Nisad Hack has been named corporate controller at The Peebles Corporation. Before, he was accounting manager for The Related Group.  Hack, a CPA, has an MBA in finance from Florida International University and a BBA in accounting from the University of Miami.

Best advice he ever reNisad Hack Headshotceived: Seek to provide more value than you receive in return.

Lisa Gibbs to be business editor at The Associated Press

Lisa Gibbs has been named business editor for The Associated Press, based in New York City. Gibbs a former executive business editor at the Miami Herald and a senior writer at Money, was most recently the real estate section chief of Money.com. She graduated from the University of Miami with majors in journalism and economics. Download (22)

Jeremy Schwartz, William Lukach in new posts at Starmark International

Starmark International has recently named Jeremy Schwartz vice president of digital marketing and William Lukach senior art director. Before, Schwartz was lead developer at the company. Lukach was consulting art director for multiple companies.

Lisa Anderson named SVP, regional VP in commercial banking at TD Bank in Broward

Lisa B. Anderson has been promoted to SVP, regional vice president in commercial banking, for Broward County at TD Bank. She most recently was VP, senior loan officer on the commercial team in Broward at the bank. Anderson is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Robert Gauci named VP, GM at tw telecom

Robert Gauci has been appointed vice president and general manager for the Miami market of tw telecom. Before, he was a senior manager for the company’s Charlotte market. He has a degree in business/commerce from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Robert J. Downing joins Greenberg Traurig

Robert J. Downing has joined Greenberg Traurig as a shareholder in its Latin American and Iberian Practice Group and Global Energy and Infrastructure Practice Group. He will split his time between the firm’s Miami and Houston office. Before, Downing worked as Associate General Counsel at Duke Energy International, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, the largest electric utility in the United States. His experience also includes having been senior attorney at the Cisneros Group and senior vice president of business and legal affairs at Telemundo Network Group. He has a bachelor’s in political science, a J.D. and an MBA from Columbia University, and a master of laws from the University of Houston. Robert_Downing