Javier O. Torres has been promoted to principal, shareholder and owner of M.C. Harry and Associates. He has worked with the firm for 12 years and was a project manager before the promotion. He has more than 14 years professional experience in the planning, programming, design, and construction administration of numerous facilities for municipalities, government agencies and public institutions. He joins James W. Piersol and Thomas M. Carlson as shareholder and owner.
Ana Acle-Menendez has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications at The Beacon Council, the official economic development partnership of Miami-Dade County. She joined the nonprofit organization in 2010 as the director of communications. Before joining the Beacon Council, then, she was a reporter and editor of The Miami Herald, working on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the newspaper. In 2009, she opened West Kendall Today, an independent company that partners with The Miami Herald for online neighborhood news.
The Black Affairs Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County have named new members to its board. Priscilla Dames-Blake has been named chairman, Stephen Hunter Johnson has been named vice-chairman and Gerri Lazarre has been named secretary. The Black Affairs Advisory Board advocates for the social, economic, political and educational needs of the black community in the county.
Dames-Blake is president of Wingspan Seminars, a multinational firm specializing in conflict resolution services. She is a certified mediator, member of the national and Florida State Crisis Team, a nationally-certified crisis trainer, and community activist.
Francisco Borges, Susan Kronick named to the board of trustees of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Francisco L. Borges and Susan D. Kronick have been named to the board of trustees of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Borges is chairman and managing partner at Landmark Partners, an alternative investment firm specializing in private equity and real estate. He was treasurer for the state of Connecticut and deputy mayor of the city of Hartford. He also is a former member of the board and treasurer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Kronick was a vice chairman of Macy’s, Inc. During her tenure, she was responsible for overseeing 850 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores, led one of the largest mergers in retail history and was instrumental in creating Macy’s as a national brand. She retired in 2010, and continues her community service work.
Patricia H. Thompson will serve a three-year term as a private sector member of the board of directors of the Beacon Council, a Miami-Dade economic development organization. She also is a member of the Beacon Council’s Executive Committee and a past treasurer and secretary of the organization. She is a shareholder with the Miami law office of Carlton Fields, serving as member of the firm’s labor and employment, construction, and insurance litigation practice groups. She concentrates her practice in employment, construction, surety, fidelity and other commercial insurance coverage, and commercial litigation.
Marcelo Llorente has joined LSN Partners, a national government affairs and strategic business development firm, as an equity partner. He will focus on providing his expertise in strategic planning and communications to LSN’s clients, concentrating on private sector business development. Before joining LSN, he practiced public finance, employment defense, and governmental law at Bryant Miller Olive for 10 years. In 2002, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives to represent the 116th District and was subsequently reelected in 2004, 2006, and 2008. During his near-decade of service in the Florida House, he held positions including chairman of the full appropriations council on general government and health care. He also served as vice-chairman of the joint legislative budget commission, chairman of the policy council, and chairman of the committee on constitution and civil law.
Sylvester "Syl" Lukis has been named managing partner at the new Miami-based government affairs firm, Ballard Partners. He will continue to expand the firm's lobbying efforts in South Florida. He has more than 30 years of legal and government relations consulting experience at the federal, state and local levels, including serving on the U.S. State Department's Cuban Haitian Task Force and also as a principal assistant to the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After leaving federal employment, he served as principal lobbyist for a D.C. firm, working on behalf of several local governmental entities, including Miami Dade County, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and the Miami Dade County School District. Before joining Ballard, he moved his operations to Florida in 1996, where he established a state and local government relations consulting practice serving the cruise, health, corrections, infrastructure, communications and information technology industries.
Alfredo L. Gonzalez has joined Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A. as a partner in the law firm. He has more than 30 years experience in real estate, international transactions, land use, governmental, environmental and aviation law. Before joining the firm, he was the chief executive officer of Yoss LLP and past head of the real estate and governmental practice groups.
Eduardo Santos has been named vice president of public policy for MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean region. He will be responsible for formulating and implementing the company’s public policy initiatives in the region. He regularly visits senior government officials in Latin America, and senior officials of the U.S. government, multilateral agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders to discuss policy issues relating to MasterCard’s mission and goals and to the financial payments industry. He is based in Miami. Before joining MasterCard, he was government affairs manager for Latin America at Hewlett-Packard. Before that, he spent more than 20 years working in the international commercial and investment banking sector as a senior lending and private banking executive at Florida International Bank, Espirito Santo Bank, Barclays Bank and Bank Leumi Le-Israel.