Laura Masvidal has been named communications representative for American Airlines’ Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America division. Before joining the company, she worked at Beber Silverstein Group, a marketing and public relations agency. She has also worked with a wide range of clients including Wells Fargo, Audi Latin America and arteamericas.
Name: Steve Tucker
Company: All Leisure Group, North America
New position: President
Past experience: Served as vice president of field sales for Silversea Cruises. Has also worked in sales for Holland America, Orient Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Always protect your reputation, because when you move from one job to the next you can’t take files or equipment, but you will always take your reputation.”
Gabriela Gonzalez named vice president of guest technology and photo operations for Carnival Cruise Lines
Name: Aimeerenee Layton-Junco
Company: Carnival Corp. & PLC
New Position: Vice president of global human resources
Past Experience: Has worked at Carnival since 2002 in several positions in management advisory services and corporate strategic projects.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “The best advice received is from my dad and reads as follows: ‘There is good and bad in everyone. Always look first for the good. Great leaders don’t transform people, they find and help bring out the best in each person to accomplish great things.’”
Visit Florida, the official tourism marketing corporation for Florida, has named two South Florida tourism leaders to national positions.
Olga Ramudo, president and CEO of Express Travel in Miami, will serve on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.
Robert Festinger has been promoted to chief operating officer at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles Beach. He will oversee the day to day operations of the Newport Group; Kitchen 305, Seven Seas Aveda Spa & Salon, Newport Marketing, Newport Hospitality and Newport Vacation Club. He was vice president of sales and marketing before the promotion and was responsible for the branding, marketing, selling and management of the Newport's hospitality properties.
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.
Eduardo Chapoval has been named general manager and Lourdes Beach has been named director of sales at the new Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell-Downtown. They bring more than 40 years of combined experience to the new 221-room hotel, which is scheduled to open in September.
Chapoval will direct all areas of hotel operations, including guest services, sales and marketing, and hotel administration. He was general manager of the 149-unit Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Airport South/Blue Lagoon.
Beach will be responsible for revenue production and managing all areas of the hotel’s marketing and sales plans. She was director of sales at the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Airport South/Blue Lagoon for the last 10 years.