Gregory Brown has been named chief financial officer of Home Financing Center, a mortgage lender headquartered in Coral Gables with an additional office in Fort Lauderdale. He previously was the CFO for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. Brown, a CPA, has a master’s in professional accounting from the University of Miami.
Mey-Ling Perez has been named senior vice president, private banking and wealth management at Sabadell Bank & Trust. She previously was second vice president, private banking advisor at The Northern Trust Co. Perez has a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in finance from Florida International University.
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Tim Gifford has been named managing director, Capital Advisors Latin America, based in Miami, for CBRE. He’ll continue as a professional within the CBRE Global Capital Markets Group, according to a press release.
Nan Wodarz has been named founding head of school at The Greene School in West Palm Beach, which is scheduled to debut this fall. She has been head of The Sage School, just outside of Boston, for many years. Wodarz has several degrees in education and has completed post-doctorate work at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania.
Duane Morris is adding five partners to its Miami office. All five join the firm from Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.
▪ Roger S. Goldman joins the firm’s real estate practice group. (Bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Maryland.)
▪ Anastasios G. Kastrinakis (bachelor’s from Cornell; law degree from the University of Miami; LL.M. from New York University) and William D. Rohrer (bachelor’s and law degrees from Ohio State; LL.M. in taxation from NYU ) join the firm’s tax practice within the corporate practice group.
▪ Marsha Madorsky joins the firm’s wealth planning practice group. (Bachelor’s and law degrees from UF; LL.M. in taxation from the University of Miami.)
▪ Robert A. Zinn joins the firm’s corporate practice group. (Bachelor’s from Emory; law degree from Cornell.)
Jennifer A. Schwartz has joined Littler Mendelson PC as a shareholder in the Miami office. She previously was a principal at Jackson Lewis. Schwartz received a bachelor’s and a law degree from the University of Florida.
Valerie Peru has been named national sales manager for Turnberry Isle Miami. Previously she was at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach resort, where most recently she was the sales manager for corporate group sales.
Layla Caballero has joined Azteca America as general manager of WDGT in Miami and WXAX in Tampa. She comes from Las Américas Multimedia Group, where she was part of the executive team and director of display, classified and digital sales. Caballero has a bachelor’s from Florida Southern College.
Robin S. Martin Jr. has been named executive director of Rebuilding Together Broward County. Previously he was executive director of HOPE South Florida Inc. Martin holds a master’s in divinity from Trinity Western Seminary in Vancouver, and bachelor’s in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. He served overseas in the U.S. Army for Operation Joint Guard, part of NATO’s Stabilization Force, in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1997.
Charles Callari has been named vice president of customer development at Fenero, a provider of cloud-based contact center solutions for sales and customer service operations. He previously was global VP at Sykes Enterprises. Callari is a graduate of Manhattan College.
Lito Roitman has been named vice president, category sales, at Tire Group International, a wholesale distributor of tires. Most recently, he was marketing and sales manager, South America, for Alliance Tire Group. Roitman has a bachelor’s in economics.
Joe Docal has been named director of travel industry sales Latin America and the Caribbean at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Previously, he was with Global Marketing & Sales. Pam Payano has been named corporate sales manager at the organization. Previously, she was marketing project manager at TURKEL Brands. She has a bachelor’s in interpersonal/organizational communications from the University of Central Florida, and an MBA from FIU.
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Name: Jennifer Stewart.
New position: Development director, Seafarers’ House. Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades is a nonprofit organization supported by the faith-based community as well as by labor, business and civic leaders with a mission “to offer refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community through multifaith service.”
From: The Community Foundation of Broward, where she was chief stewardship officer.
Also: She has been development director for Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines, where she grew its donor base by nearly 150 percent. She also has been development director and grant manager for Women in Distress in Fort Lauderdale.
Education: Stewart has a bachelor’s in hospitality management from Florida International University. She is a graduate of Leadership Broward, a 32-year-old leadership and training organization, and was recognized as the 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Broward County.
Best advice she ever received: A close friend shared the Max Ehrmann poem “Desiderata” with me several years ago. The piece talks about the importance of being true to yourself and, to me, serves a guidebook to living a life of peace and happiness.
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