Movers

Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of May 6, 2019

Curtis Crider has been named general manager of Jungle Island.
Curtis Crider has been named general manager of Jungle Island.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Danielle Milota has been named as senior vice president, head of capital markets and investor relations at CGI Merchant Group, a private-equity, alternative investment manager focusing on commercial real estate and infrastructure in Miami. Milota was director of fixed income at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) in New York.

Barbara Fernandez, who is consumer financial services partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, has been named partner-in-charge of the Coral Gables/Miami office of the firm. She has a bachelor’s from Florida International University and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

HEALTHCARE

At AvMed, two new senior vice presidents have been named. Both will be based in Miami:

▪ Christine Shipley, senior vice president and chief people officer, is responsible for leading the company’s human resource functions. She most recently was at Johns Hopkins Medicine International, where she led HR functions. Shipley has a BBA in information technology from Loyola College in Maryland and a master’s in management from Johns Hopkins.

▪ Catherine “Ashley” Allen, senior vice president, chief strategic growth and marketing officer, will oversee the company’s enterprise growth and profitability strategy. She was vice president of sales and marketing at Health New England. Allen has a bachelor’s in advertising, and an MBA/master’s in health science, from the University of Florida.

LAW

David L. Gay has joined the Miami office of Carlton Fields as a shareholder. He is a member of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights section of the national trial practice group. Gay was at Berger Singerman. Gay, who was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, has a bachelor’s in finance, and J.D., in finance from the University of Florida

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Bryna Winer has been promoted to senior vice president from vice president at Ander & Co., which is based in Miami. She has a master’s in journalism and public relations from Arizona State University.

REAL ESTATE

Ileana de la Torre has been named sales director of Arte by Antonio Citterio, a luxury condo development in Surfside. She previously led sales at the Four Seasons Hotel Residence at the Surf Club.

SCHOOLS

Alan Blass has been named director of finance at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach. He has been the deputy chief investigative auditor for the New York City Department of Investigation. Blass, a CPA, has a bachelor’s in accounting from Brooklyn College.

TOURISM | TRAVEL

Tracy Vaughan has been named senior vice president of tourism & travel industry sales at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. She was director of global market development for the tourism division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Vaughan has a business degree from the University of Texas.

This space lists promotions of executives at the director level and above who are based in Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe counties. Announcements, also at miamiherald.com, are for full-time, paid positions — not for board or volunteer positions. Send items, with jpeg of a head shot, to movers@miamiherald.com. Include the position (company, title) most recently held prior to the new job.

MOVER’S SPOTLIGHT

Name: Curtis Crider

New position: General manager of Jungle Island.

From: General manager at the Sonesta Coconut Grove. Crider takes over the helm from Christopher Gould, who joined Jungle Island in 2014 and will be transitioning to senior vice president of Iconic Attractions Group.

About Jungle Island: It is seeking to reinvent itself into an eco-adventure theme destination, which will include a hotel and new attractions.

And: Crider, who has more than 26 years of hospitality management experience, has worked solely for Sonesta Hotels and Resorts, where he has held various leadership positions. He was at the Sonesta Coconut Grove for 10 years. Under his leadership of the 212 units, 22-story luxury and boutique condo/hotel, the hotel’s RevPar and average rate increased by 10 percent and annual revenues exceeded $12 million. He has also been resident manager at both Sonesta Coconut Grove and its sister property, Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne.

Also: Crider sits on a number of executive boards including the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and Historical Society. In addition, he was a member of the Grove Chamber of Commerce where he was vice president for two terms.

Best advice: One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from a mentor who implored me to always uphold my team to a certain level of standards, to not accept mediocrity, and to follow my passion. This is something I’ve lived by throughout my career.

See past senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for 2017-2018: 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 ) (No Movers ran on April 2, 2018) April 9, 2018 ▪ April 16, 2018 ▪ April 23, 2018 ▪ April 30, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 14, 2018 May 21, 2018 May 28, 2018 June 4, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 25, 2018 (No Movers ran on July 9) July 16, 2018 July 23, 2018 July 30, 2018 Aug. 6, 2018 Aug. 13, 2018 Aug. 20, 2018 Aug. 27, 2018 Sept. 3, 2018 Sept. 10, 2018 Sept. 17, 2018 Sept. 24, 2018 Oct. 1, 2018 Oct. 8, 2018 Oct. 15, 2018 (No Movers ran on Oct. 22, 2018) Oct. 29, 2018 Nov. 5, 2018 Nov. 12, 2018 Nov. 19, 2018 Nov. 26, 2018 Dec. 3, 2018 Dec. 10, 2018 Dec. 17, 2018 Dec. 24, 2018 (No Movers on Dec. 31, 2018) Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 14, 2019 Jan. 21, 2019 Jan. 28, 2019 Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 11, 2019 Feb. 18, 2019 Feb. 25, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 18, 2019 March 25, 2019 April 1, 2019 April 8, 2019 April 15, 2019 April 22, 2019 April 29, 2019

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