Paul O’Dell has been named director of the Miami Springs Golf and Country Club. He has more than 25 years of experience in golf industry marketing and administration throughout the South. He has worked at several country clubs including High Vista Country Club, Doral Park Country Club and Turnberry Isle Resort and Club.
Emanuel Galimidi has been promoted to partner from senior associate at the Miami law firm of Lydecker Diaz. He will focus his practice on complex commercial litigation, construction law, maritime law, real estate litigation and transactions, title insurance law and workman's compensation law. Before joining the firm, he represented several professional athletes in contract negotiations with sports leagues including the National Football League and the Canadian Football League. He also is a licensed title agent for the Attorneys' Title Fund.
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.
Jason R. Buratti has joined the Zumba Fitness company as its general counsel and vice president of business affairs. Buratti assumes the role of general counsel to support the company’s continued international growth and to develop its extensive intellectual property portfolio and global business relationships. He was with the firm of Christopher & Weisberg, P.A., where he worked for more than 14 years practicing intellectual property law and serving as outside counsel to Zumba Fitness.
Jim McIver has been promoted to general manager for the University of Miami’s “Hurricane Sports Properties” (HSP) team. His primary duties will be working with the Hurricanes’ athletics administration and fulfilling various elements of the rights relationship. HSP is the exclusive multimedia rights holder for UM Athletics and operates as a joint venture of Learfield Sports and IMG College (formerly ISP Sports). McIver joined HSP as associate general manager in March 2010. Before that, he served with AEG in Los Angeles, where he was vice president, business development. Before that, he served 15 years with IMG in Los Angeles, where he managed the office and worked in the same capacity.
Shawn McGee has been named vice-president of sales & marketing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Before joining the Speedway, he was with Atlanta Beat of Women's Professional Soccer, where he ran the professional soccer franchise as general manager and chief operating officer.
Alan K. Fertel, a partner with law firm Pathman Lewis in Miami, has been named vice-chair of the Miami Dade Sports Commission. The commission was created by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in 2003. It promotes youth, amateur and professional sports in Miami-Dade County, and works to secure sports events that will generate economic impact for the community.
International Speedway Corp. has named Matthew Becherer as president of Homestead-Miami Speedway. Becherer was most recently vice president of marketing for Richmond International Raceway in Virginia.