Aracely Alicea has been named partner at Alvarez Arrieta & Diaz-Silveira LLP. She focuses on international and domestic transactions and has represented clients with business and investment interests in Florida, Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the United States and the Americas. Before, she was founding associate at the firm. Before, she began her legal career at White & Case LLP. She also practiced briefly at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff and Sitterson, P.A. She received her bachelor’s degree in public policy and American institutions from Brown University, and her law degree from the University of Miami.
Enrique M. “Rick” Suarez has been selected as Postmaster, Miami. Suarez, who began his postal career as a city letter carrier in Miami, had been serving as officer-in-charge in Miami since February 2013. As Postmaster, he oversees administrative and operational activity for approximately 2,218 employees, working in 29 stations and branches, 10 finance units, three carrier annexes, and seven Postal Stores. With an operating budget of approximately $205 million, Miami and its suburbs have 741,459 possible city deliveries and 22,589 possible rural deliveries. He is a graduate of Barry University where he earned a bachelor’s in business and public administration.
Roberto Castro has been promoted to director of marketing and innovations for Marky’s Group, Inc., a Miami-based gourmet food conglomerate. Before, he was e-commerce marketing/SEO manager at the company. Castro received an undergraduate marketing degree and an MBA in international business from the University of Miami.
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod has elevated three of its attorneys to partners.
Bryan Hawks focuses on commercial real estate transactions. He has a bachelor of science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Miami.
Joshua A. Kaplan responsibilities include tax planning. He has a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Florida; a master of law from New York University School of Law; and a doctor of law from American University College of Law.
Jeffrey I. Snyder focuses on bankruptcies and commercial loan transactions. He has a bachelor’s in economics from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a law degree from the University of Texas.
Shaniqua “Shay” Smith has recently been named director of human resources at Miami Jewish Health Systems. Before, she was senior manager of employment and benefits services at the company. She received her bachelor of science in business administration and management at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and her MBA and Ph.D at the University of Phoenix.
Rodrigo “Roddy” Melendez has been named managing partner of KPMG LLP’s Miami office. Before, he was an audit partner at the firm. He is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Richard F. Puerto has been promoted to partner in the tax department at Verdeja & De Armas, LLP in Coral Gables, where he focuses his practice on individuals and their closely owned businesses, international tax, high-net worth domestic/international individuals, real estate, schools and representing businesses/individuals before the IRS. He also is a tax advisor to numerous not-for-profit entities. He formerly was tax manager at Verdeja & De Armas. He has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from The Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida and a master’s of science in taxation from the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University.
What’s the best advice you ever received? ‘March to the beat of your own drum.’
Carlos M. Tait named director of travel industry sales at Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Carlos M. Tait has been named director of travel industry sales, Latin America and the Caribbean for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Before, he was division sales manager with American Airlines, responsible for sales and marketing in 14 countries representing $250 million in annual revenue. Tait has a bachelor’s of business administration from City University of New York – Baruch College.