Scott F. Smith has been named vice president for student affairs at Barry University in Miami Shores. He has more than a decade of experience in student development for Catholic higher-education institutions. Before joining Barry, he was assistant vice president for student development and dean of students at Saint Louis University. Before that, he also held various positions in student development at Seattle University, Ohio Northern University, Marquette University and North Carolina State University.
Dwayne Warner has been named promoted to vice president and chief information officer for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. He will be responsible for overseeing all of Carnival’s technology systems and leading the information technology organization. He joined Carnival in 1986 as a financial systems programmer/analyst. He held multiple information systems management positions and was named vice president, strategic automation, in 2000. Before joining Carnival, he spent four years in the United States Air Force, stationed at Gunter Air Force Station in Alabama, where he participated on the design and development of various military IT systems.
Carol Finklehoffe and Robert Peltz have joined Leesfield & Partners, P.A. as partners in the firm. Both attorneys will focus on maritime litigation and cruise ship liability matters.
Finklehoffe is an active trial attorney in state and federal courts throughout Florida. The main concentration of her practice is in complex personal injury, wrongful death, and sexual assault and harassment claims on commercial and private vessels. She also is a trained Civil Circuit Court mediator.
Peltz has more than three decades experience as a trial attorney focusing on maritime law and general tort liability in various fields, including products liability and professional negligence. He is chairman of the nationwide Maritime Law Association’s Passenger and Cruise Ship Committee. He was president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Maritime Law Association.
Barbara Salk has been named president of asset management at Lynd, a real estate investment and management company. She will work out of the company’s Miami office. Before joining Lynd, she was senior vice president for The Related Group and executive vice president for an affiliated company, Related Asset Advisors LLC.
Helga Silva has been named vice president of news and content at WSCV-Telemundo 51 in Miami. She is an award-winning journalist and broadcast executive with more than 20 years experience. She was a news director at Miami's Univision station, and in New York at Telemundo and Univision stations. She is the recipient of six Emmy Awards and two New York Festival Awards for documentaries. Before her career in television, she was a reporter for The Miami Herald.
David M. Gersten, a former judge in Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, has joined Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP as a partner in the law firm's litigation group. He also will head the firm's appellate practice. Gersten retired from the bench in July after more than three decades of service to the judiciary. He worked as a private practice attorney until 1980, when he was elected as a judge in the Miami-Dade County Court. Two years later, he was elected as a judge in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and in 1989 was named to Florida's Third District Court of Appeal.
Anthony F. Sierra has been named chief executive officer of BMI Financial Group Inc. (BMI), replacing Tony M. Sierra, founder and chairman of the board of BMI, who will resign his position as CEO effective Sept. 1. Anthony Sierra is president and CEO of Best Meridian Insurance Company. BMI is a provider of life and health insurance. Tony Sierra will continue as chairman of the board of BMI. He will maintain involvement in the company's foreign operations and will head various committees. BMI's board of directors also have named Manuel Pelati as chief financial officer of BMI. He will retain his position of CFO of Best Meridian Insurance Company and Best Meridian International Insurance Company.
Leann Standish has been named deputy director of external affairs at Miami Art Museum (MAM). She will lead the museum’s development, marketing, public relations, facilities and visitor services departments. She has more than 16 years experience working with arts institutions across the country. Before joining MAM, she was assistant director and director of external affairs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Before that, she was deputy director for public affairs, director of development and communications, and director of institutional advancement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.