The Faulk Center has named Vicki Katz as CEO. She has many years of experience in nonprofit leadership, board development and fundraising achievements. Katz has held senior-level positions in the nonprofit sector at the Slomin Family Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, The Anti-Defamation League, Florida Atlantic University, and Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options.
Christopher Garcia-Halenar has been named director of human resources at Home Financing Center. He was previously the vice president of operations of BrightSky in Fort Lauderdale. He has experience in process improvement, cost reduction, client/customer service relations, human resources, and training and development.
Also at Home Financing Center, Maria Perez-Arche has been named director of operations. She has served as operations officer for Ocean Bank’s residential lending department. She has worked at Home Financing Center before as vice president of operations from 2002 to 2010 and accounting manager from 2001 to 2002.
Felice Gorordo has been named vice president of business development at iClearpath. Before joining the company, he was one of 15 White House Fellows for 2011-2012, appointed by President Barack Obama. He has also led government sales and business development for Liberty Power Corp. During President George W. Bush’s administration, Gorordo worked in the White House Office of Political Affairs, serving as an aide to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.
Name: Ronald Colas
Company: Parsons Brinckerhoff
New position: Vice president, senior area manager in the Miami office.
Past experience: Has 25 years of transportation industry experience. Managed and completed civil engineering projects for clients such as Miami Dade Aviation Department and Virgin Islands Port Authority.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Focused teamwork and proper planning always yield high-quality products that result in clients’ satisfaction and appreciation.”
Name: Martin Mendez
New Position: President of the South America Region.
Past Experience: Worked with the company since 2000 in several roles, including leader of Neoris’ operations in Argentina, president of the Southern Cone Region, and president of the Latin America Cluster.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Wisdom lies in the simple pleasures in life. The best advice I have ever received was actually when I was watching a movie with my kids: ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.’ — Kung Fu Panda.”
Name: James E. Ayres II
Company: The Angler’s Boutique Resort in South Beach
New position: General manager of the boutique.
Past Experience: Ran several boutiques in Florida and Georgia for Coral Hospitality. Worked at Ritz Carlton in Naples and the Don Cesar Beach Resort & Spa in St. Pete Beach. Helped Don Cesar Beach Resort & Spa prepare for its role as VIP Host Hotel during Super Bowl XXXV.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “The secret to sleeping well at night from a professional standpoint is teaching everyone under you to handle any situation the same way that you would.”
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