Elizabeth Pérez as been hired as sports journalist on CNN en Español in Miami. She will be covering the latest news in the world of sports throughout the daytime programming. She joined CNN en Español after working as TV presenter for the sports segments on Telemundo News, also based in Miami, where she was also invited as a guest reporter on the extreme sport show, Ritmo Deportivo.
Laura Blanco has been promoted to director of sales at Cruise Planners/American Express, a home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry headquartered in Coral Springs. She will assist the company's 700 plus franchise owners around the country with effective business solutions for sales and business growth. She joined the company's home Office team in April 2010 and was serving as manager of the tour department before the promotion. Before joining the company, she was business development manager for Costa Cruise Lines and Sandals and Beaches Resorts.
Grace Lopez named board president of the Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure
Grace C. Lopez, a legal administrator in the Miami law office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, has been named board president of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure. She is the first Hispanic to be voted president in the affiliate’s 15 year history. She has been a board member for the past six years, most recently serving as the governance chair. She will serve a two-year term as board president. She also is an adjunct professor at Florida International University in the Legal Studies Institute.
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, a law partner in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel, has been named to the Florida Judicial Nomination Commission by Florida’s U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. Representing the Southern District, de las Cuevas-Diaz joins the 64-member commission charged with selecting nominees for presidential appointments to federal judgeships, U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals. She is a member of the firm’s banking and institutional lending, real estate and special assets practice groups and has extensive experience in complex real estate transactions for private and public clients.
Rolando Aedo promoted to EVP and chief marketing officer at Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rolando Aedo has been promoted to executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). He joined the bureau in 1994 as head of marketing programs to assist in the recovery of tourism in the areas of the community affected by Hurricane Andrew. He has since held progressively responsible positions, most recently as senior vice president of marketing and tourism for the past three and a half years. In his new role, he will continue to supervise GMCVB’s marketing and tourism team. He also will work on key industry, management and operational issues.
Thad Adams has been promoted to vice president at The Allen Morris Company, a commercial real estate firm. He specializes in tenant and landlord representation for office, industrial and retail properties and will be assisting in acquisition and disposition of investment properties. He will oversee the leasing of key projects and also will be responsible for expanding and maximizing corporate and private consulting relationships.
Cristina Blanco has joined Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust as senior vice president of marketing. Before joining Gibraltar, she spent five years as vice president of communications and development with HistoryMiami. Before that, she spent five years as a project-based contractor providing professional fund-raising counsel for nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad. She also has worked as the director of development at Florida International University.
Wesley R. Parsons has joined the Brickell law firm of Clarke Silverglate as a partner. His extensive commercial litigation experience includes representation of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in its Citrus Canker Eradication Program. He will continue to represent the department at the firm.
Frank De Piano has been named executive vice president and university provost for academic affairs at Nova Southeastern University. He will plan and coordinate initiatives related to the academic development at Nova, with the deans of the university’s NSU’s 16 colleges and schools reporting to him. His responsibilities also include oversight of Nova’s Health Professions Division, NSU Health Care Centers, and Student Educational Centers. De Piano, who has had leadership roles at Nova for 30 years, was vice president of academic affairs, founding dean of NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies, and associate dean of the College of Dental Medicine. He also served as the chief editor of three peer reviewed journals and a book series. He also chairs the current Council of Deans.
Kimberly P. Riehn has been promoted to chief financial officer of Miller Construction Company. She joined the Fort Lauderdale-based company as controller in 2010. She has more than 20 years experience in corporate accounting and financial management and in commercial real estate. Before joining the company, she was manager of corporate accounting and was an area controller with Republic Services, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale.