Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of April 23, 2018

Paul Sykes has been named chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Nordis Technologies.
Paul Sykes has been named chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Nordis Technologies.


Ana Echenique has been promoted to director, communications, at República. She most recently was account supervisor. Echenique has a bachelor’s with a focus on integrated marketing from Duquesne University, and a master’s in public communications from Drexel University.


Taylor Cinalli has been named vice president, director of marketing at The Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) in Dania Beach. She was previously director of marketing and communications at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Cinalli has a bachelor’s in public relations and business from the University of Florida.


Dr. Mark E. Pomper has been named medical director at the CyberKnife Center of Miami in Kendall. Pomper, a board-certified radiation oncologist, is trained and certified to use the CyberKnife, a radiosurgery system used to target and treat tumors and other medical conditions. He continues his duties with Larkin Community Hospital and Horizon Medical Services. His medical degree is from Duke.


Jonathan Z. Kurry has been named a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth (formerly Hunton & Williams), which is expanding its real estate practice, and he will be based in Miami. He was a shareholder at GrayRobinson. Kurry has a bachelor’s from Tulane and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Max N. Panoff has become a partner at Leighton Law, based in Miami. He was previously an associate. The firm handles catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. He has a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism and criminology, and a J.D., from the University of Miami.

At Lombana Hoelle Trial Law, a newly formed firm in Coral Gables:

▪ Hector J. Lombana is co-founder and partner at the firm. He is a founder and former managing partner of Gamba Lombana & Herrera in Coral Gables. He is a trial lawyer who has represented individuals, families and companies facing catastrophic losses. He is a former president of the Cuban American Bar Association and former chair of the Third District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Lombana has a bachelor’s in history, and a J.D., from Rutgers.

▪ Maria Isabel “Mary” Hoelle, also a co-founder and partner, is a former partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr. Her practice has focused on commercial litigation, cross-border issues and defense of high exposure tort claims. She was vice chair of the Florida Bar committee on professionalism and was chair of the FIU president’s council. She has a bachelor’s in political science, and a masters of public administration, from Florida International University and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America.


Blanca Navas has been named vice president, affiliate sales, at Aire Radio Networks, the official radio network of Spanish Broadcasting System, in Miami. She was previously director, syndication and affiliations, for Entravision Communications in Coral Gables. Navas has a bachelor’s in communications from FIU.


Tiffani Dhooge has been named chief operating officer of Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines, which provides safe shelter and support to at-risk children, youth and families. She was director of foster care at Kids in Distress. Dhooge has a bachelor’s in psychology from Barry University.

At the Everglades Foundation, based in Palmetto Bay:

▪ Shannon Estenoz has been named chief operating officer/vice president for policy and programs. She most recently was at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she was director of the Office of Everglades Restoration Initiatives and the executive director of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force.

▪ Rebecca Rose has been named communications director. She most recently was vice president of communications at the Export-Import Bank.


Gigi Giusti has been promoted to on-site sales director from on-site sales executive for Galleria Lofts in East Fort Lauderdale for Douglas Elliman Development Marketing.

This column lists high-level promotions of senior executives at the director level and above who are based in Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe counties. These announcements, which also are at, are for full-time, paid positions. Send items, including name of formal title; previous position; and educational background, to Put “Movers” in the subject line.

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Paul Sykes

New position: Chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Nordis Technologies. It is a communications and payments company based in Coral Springs.

From: CFO of DMG Information, the U.S.-based private equity unit of London’s Daily Mail and General Trust.

Also: During his 20-year career at DMG, Sykes played a critical role in taking the business unit from its early stages

to more than $800 million in revenue. Earlier, Sykes held several positions at EMAP, a U.K.-based diversified media group. He started his career as an auditor at KPMG.

Education: Sykes has a bachelor of applied science in economics from the University of Leicester, U.K. He is qualified as a chartered accountant of England and Wales (equivalent to a CPA in the U.S.).

Best advice he has received: Keeping the entrepreneurial spirit is critical to building a great company.

See past senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for 2017:

▪ Jan. 2, 2017

▪ Jan. 9, 2017

▪ Jan. 16, 2017

▪ Jan. 23, 2017

▪ Jan. 30, 2017

▪ Feb. 6, 2017

▪ Feb. 13, 2017

▪ Feb. 20, 2017

▪ Feb. 27, 2017

▪ March 6, 2017

▪ March 13, 2017

▪ March 20, 2017

▪ March 27, 2017

▪ April 3, 2017

▪ April 10, 2017

▪ April 17, 2017

▪ April 24, 2017

▪ May 1, 2017

▪ May 8, 2017

▪ May 15, 2017

▪ May 22, 2017

▪ May 29, 2017

▪ June 5, 2017

▪ June 12, 2017

▪ June 19, 2017

▪ June 26, 2017

▪ July 3, 2017

▪ July 10, 2017

▪ July 17, 2017

▪ July 24, 2017

▪ July 31, 2017

▪ Aug. 7, 2017

▪ Aug. 14, 2017

▪ Aug. 21, 2017

▪ Aug. 28, 2017

▪ Sept. 4, 2017

▪ Sept. 11, 2017

(No Movers ran on Sept. 18, 2017)

▪ Sept. 25, 2017

▪ Oct. 3, 2017

▪ Oct. 9, 2017

▪ Oct. 16, 2017

▪ Oct. 23, 2017

▪ Oct. 31, 2017

▪ Nov. 5, 2017

▪ Nov. 13, 2017

▪ Nov. 20, 2017

(No Movers ran on Nov. 27, 2017)

▪ Dec. 4, 2017

▪ Dec. 11, 2017

▪ Dec. 18, 2017

(No Movers ran on Jan. 1, 2018)

▪ Jan. 8, 2018

▪ Jan. 15, 2018

▪ Jan. 22, 2018

▪ Jan. 29, 2018

▪ Feb. 5, 2018

▪ Feb. 12, 2018

▪ Feb. 19, 2018

▪ Feb. 26, 2018

▪ March 5, 2018

▪ March 12, 2018

▪ March 19, 2018

▪ March 26, 2018

(No Movers ran on April 2, 2018)

▪ April 9, 2018

▪ April 16, 2018