Hires and job promotions for the week of March 23, 2015



De La Hoz, Perez & Barbeito, P.A., has named two new partners: Cristina Perez and David Barbeito. They were previously directors at the firm. Perez’s sub-specialty is international taxation. Barbeito is principal in charge of the assurance practice.

Howard Rosenbloom has opened Howard Rosenbloom, CPA & Co., P.A., in southwest Miami, specializing in accounting and taxes for businesses, individuals and startups. Previously he was president of Shubitz Rosenbloom & Co., P.A. He has an MBA in taxation from Baruch College.


Anita Aedo has been named executive vice president and chief lending officer at U.S. Century Bank. Most recently, she was client advisor for Seaside National Bank & Trust.


Tom C. Murphy and Sean Murphy have been named co-presidents at Miami-based Coastal Construction. Both have bachelor’s degrees in building construction from the University of Florida. Tom Murphy also has an MBA from the University of Miami. The company’s current president, Dan Whiteman, will become vice chairman and chairman and CEO. Tom Murphy Jr. will continue as chairman and CEO of the company.


Alan Poppe joins Arnstein and Lehr’s Fort Lauderdale office as a partner. His practice focuses on complex commercial and tort litigation. Previously he was counsel at K&L Gates. Poppe has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Miami.

Douglas Wolfe has been promoted to partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. He is a member of the firm’s healthcare and complex litigation practice groups. Wolfe has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from DePaul University and a law degree from the University of Miami.


David Lucoff has been named director of digital sales at Lincoln Financial Media of Florida. He most recently was managing director at On the Ball Marketing. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Florida State University.


Wendy Friswell is executive director of Spirit of Giving, which has a focus on children and families in Palm Beach County. She was with the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department for 10 years. She has a bachelor’s from Temple University and a master’s in recreation management from Florida International University.

Claudia Kitchens has been named executive director of Kristi House, a children’s advocacy center in Miami-Dade. Previously she was executive director at Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. She attended Florida State University.


Jessica Ransom has been named business development manager-fine arts services at RoboVault, which is based in Fort Lauderdale. Previously she was with Winston Art Group. Her education includes a bachelor’s in Asian studies and Mandarin from Connecticut College.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Jeffrey Thornton.

New position: Vice president of operations for Central America and the Caribbean at FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division.

Duties: Thornton is responsible for managing the profit and loss of operations across the region’s 40 countries.

Previously: Managing director for FedEx Express in Brazil, responsible for all international operations, overseeing more than 450 employees.

Also: In 2014, Thornton was awarded the FedEx VP Award for Managing Director and District of the year, for excellence in leadership, customer service and financial performance. He has also been the recipient of the coveted FedEx Five Star Award three times. This is the company’s highest honor that recognizes team members whose accomplishments demonstrate innovation, collaboration, efficiency and profitability. Additionally, Thornton has been recognized as Southern Region Managing Director for two consecutive years and for District of the Year, Southern Region for three consecutive years.

Education: Bachelor of science, Creighton College; MBA, University of Tennessee.

Best advice he ever received: My father managed large industrial bakeries with hundreds of employees working for him. He told me when I was first promoted into management in 1986. “Don’t ever forget where you came from and always treat each employee as you would want to be treated.”