Senior-level promotions and hires for the week of May 18



Connie Queralt has been named chief financial officer at the Kislak Organization in Miami Lakes. She has previously held several senior positions in the firm. Queralt has a bachelor of arts in accounting from St. Thomas.


Avionica, based in Miami, has announced three senior promotions:

▪ Simone Drakes to vice president of engineering. She was previously director of aircraft engineering. Drakes has a bachelor’s degree in avionics engineering from Embry-Riddle.

▪ Anthony Rios to vice president of sales. He was previously vice president of engineering. Rios has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Florida International University.

▪ Simone Segredo to vice president of finance. Segredo, a CPA, was formerly controller and director of finance, and she is also head of human resources. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University and a master’s in taxation from the University of Miami.


Audrey Otero and Maria Franco have been named vice presidents and sales directors for TotalBank. Otero will be sales director at the Coral Way Banking Center. She most recently was customer service manager at SunTrust Bank. Franco is the Hialeah Banking Center’s new sales director. She recently was store manager at TD Bank.


Juan Gomez has been named director of development at Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay. Most recently, he was development director at Columbus High School. Gomez has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida.


Harriet J. Brackey has been named co-chief investment officer/director of investments of GSK Wealth Advisors Inc. Previously she was a financial analyst/advisor at the company. Brackey, a former journalist who became a certified financial planner, has a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.


Silvia Pereda has been named vice president of human resources at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. She was most recently director of human resources at Trump National Doral Miami.


Rebecca Mandelman has been named vice president for strategy and engagement at The Miami Foundation. Previously she was consultant at the foundation.


Mike Cuesta has been named vice president of design and growth marketing, as well as co-founder, at CareCloud, based in Miami. He previously was director of design and co-founder. He studied business administration/ marketing at Florida International University.

Jamil Farhady will be director of information technology at Macken Companies, based in Fort Lauderdale. He is former network administrator for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Timothy Rodgers.

New position: Director of The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, effective July 1.

From: Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona for the past six years. He was also vice president of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private nonprofit that administers Scottsdale’s arts and cultural programs and facilities.

Also: As director of SMoCA he successfully oversaw more than 20 employees and a budget of $2.2 million while producing up to 12 exhibitions annually. He attracted 160 new works assessed at $4.25 million to the museum’s permanent collection and increased its endowment by $520,000. He was chief curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, from 2002-2009.

Education: Bachelor’s in art from Arizona State; a master’s and Ph.D. in the history of art from Brown.

Best advice he ever received: So when I was in high school my Dad gave me two words of advice: “Never go into business, and never get married....”