Dennis Hanthorn has been named chief advancement officer for Florida Grand Opera. He previously was general director of Opera Naples. Hanthorn has a bachelor’s in music education K-12 from Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri; a master’s of music, music performance, in French horn from the University of Wisconsin; and postgraduate studies in arts administration and music performance from the University of Cincinnati-CCM.
Steve Reynolds has been promoted to principal at Trivest Partners. He had previously been promoted to vice president in 2013. Reynolds has a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Notre Dame.
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Thomas J. Crossin has joined City National Bank as senior vice president and chief information officer. He will work out of the bank’s downtown Flagler headquarters. He most recently was vice president of IT and infrastructure for Bayview Asset Management, where he managed the technology infrastructure budget along with a division of 24 employees. Crossin has an undergraduate degree from Barry University.
Ronald Kornreich has been named a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Akerman. He previously was at Proskauer Rose LLP. Kornreich has a bachelor’s from Cornell and a J.D. from Fordham.
Nathaniel D. Tobin and Paul S. Vicary have been promoted from attorneys to partners in the Miami office of Kelley Kronenberg. Tobin focuses his practice on first- and third-party insurance defense, property and casualty, complex commercial and construction disputes. He has degrees in chemistry and religious studies from Franklin & Marshall College and a J.D. from the University of Miami. Vicary focuses his practice on first-party insurance defense as well as property/casualty and complex commercial and construction disputes. Before joining Kelley Kronenberg, he operated his own commercial litigation firm representing several small businesses as in-house counsel. Vicary has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from the University of Florida.
Melinda Sherwood has joined Kreps DeMaria Public Relations & Marketing as account director. She previously was at CBRE, where she was communications and media manager for Florida. Sherwood has a bachelor’s in English from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Yudi Fernandez has been named vice president at Schwartz Media Strategies. She previously was account director. Fernandez has a bachelor’s in journalism and business from UF and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Douglas Elliman Development Marketing announces the appointment of Carolina Rainer as director of sales for 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach.
Caroline Fleischer has joined Cresa South Florida to head the office as a managing principal. She previously was a director of Cushman & Wakefield’s South Florida tenant advisory group. Fleischer majored in accounting at the University of Oklahoma.
Mika Mattingly and Gerard Yetming have been named executive vice presidents at Colliers International South Florida, which is launching an urban-core division. Mattingly, who previously was a commercial real estate agent at Sterling Equity Commercial, has a bachelor’s in business from Boston University. Yetming, who was a senior vice president at CBRE, has a bachelor’s in mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
This column lists high-level promotions of director and above of executives based in South Florida. These announcements are for full-time, paid positions; we do not publish news about board memberships. Send items, including previous job; educational background; and jpegs of head shots, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Sara J. Czaja
New position: Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She’ll also continue as the center’s scientific director.
Experience: Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include: aging and cognition, care-giving, human computer interaction, training and functional assessment. She has written several books and scientific articles.
Also: Czaja is Leonard M. Miller Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and holds secondary appointments in the departments of industrial engineering, neurology and psychology. She also is on the executive committee for the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute. Czaja is director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Czaja is also a member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Board on Human Systems Integration. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging and is on the IOM Committee on Family Caregiving for Older Adults. She also was on The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
And: Czaja received the 2015 M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology of the Gerontological Society of America, the 2013 Social Impact Award for the Association of Computing Machinery and the 2013 Jack A. Kraft Award for Innovation from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She was also an invited panel member for the Nobel Prize Week Dialogue in Stockholm in 2014.
Education: Her degrees include a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from SUNY-Buffalo.
Best advice she ever received: To maintain a good work ethic and enjoy what you do, but work is only a small part of what defines a person — family and friends come first!
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