Movers

Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of July 1, 2019

Al Garcia has been named president of Homestead-Miami Speedway, whose parent company is the International Speedway Corporation.
Al Garcia has been named president of Homestead-Miami Speedway, whose parent company is the International Speedway Corporation.

ACCOUNTING

Andre Benayoun has joined Marcum LLP as a partner in Miami. He specializes in international taxation for multinational corporations, S corporations, partnerships and high-net worh individuals and families. Most recently he was with Berkowitz Pollack Brant. He has a BBA from Emory and a J.D. from Hofstra.

BANKS

At Ocean Bank, in the bank’s newly formed private services department:

Gladys Reed has been named senior vice president, and Grace Fleischman, Thomas Pla and Raphael Garcia have each been named vice president and relationship manager. They were all formerly with BankUnited.

CHILD WELFARE | NONPROFIT

Amanda G. Altman has been named CEO of Kristi House, a child advocacy center for Miami-Dade County. She was a shareholder at Fowler White Burnett. She will replace Claudia Kitchens who recently announced her retirement. Altman, who has also been an assistant U.S. attorney in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District of Florida), has a J.D. from Saint Louis University.

HOSPITALITY

Joseph Day has been appointed general manager of Gianni’s at the Villa Casa Casuarina (the former Versace mansion) on South Beach. He was vice president and director of operations at the Forge Restaurant in Miami Beach. Day has a bachelor’s in hotel and restaurant management from SUNY- Buffalo State.

Maryvel De Castro Valdes and Shari Wald Garrett have been named as partners at the Coral Gables-based law firm Siegfried Rivera. Both attorneys focus on community association and real estate law. Valdes has a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University; Garrett has a J.D. from the University of Miami.

LAW

John A. Moore has joined Vincent F. Vaccarella, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale as a partner, focusing on construction and commercial litigation. He was a partner and head of litigation at Pathman Lewis, LLP in Miami for the past eight years. Moore has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mississippi State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

MEDIA

Julissa Bonfante has been promoted to vice president, content publicity, at Univision. She has been director of corporate communications since 2016. In her new role, she will continue to be based in Miami and will report to Rosemary Mercedes, executive vice president and chief communications officer of Univision. Bonfante’s responsibilities include developing, directing and managing all publicity efforts for Univision’s leading multiplatform content and top-ranked tentpole events. She has a bachelor’s in media studies and psychology, and an MBA, from Fordham.

▪ 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: Al Garcia

New position: President of Homestead-Miami Speedway, whose parent company is the International Speedway Corporation. He will be based in Homestead.

From: Senior vice president of operations.

Responsibilities: He will oversee promotion and operation of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

About: Garcia’s new responsibilities begin with the speedway’s 2019 Ford Championship Weekend in November, which will mark 18 straight years the facility has hosted NASCAR’s championship races in all three of its national series. In 2020, the speedway will commemorate its 25th anniversary, Garcia’s team will host NASCAR’s three national series on new spring dates — March 20-22.

And: Garcia began his motorsports career with the Miami Grand Prix in 1985, soon after his graduation from Columbus High School, working for Homestead-Miami Speedway founder Ralph Sanchez. Garcia worked with Sanchez during the days of the Miami Grand Prix in downtown Miami, and then came with Sanchez to work for the speedway when construction began in 1993. Al has been at Homestead-Miami Speedway since.

Also: Garcia will report to ISC COO Joie Chitwood III. Garcia replaces Matthew Becherer, who had been the speedway’s president since December 2009. Becherer will now be vice president of consumer sales for ISC, at the company’s Daytona Beach headquarters.

Best advice: The best piece of advice l have received is a mantra from my mentor and Homestead-Miami Speedway founder, Ralph Sanchez: “If your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough.”

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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 May 6, 2019 May 13, 2019 May 20, 2019 May 27, 2019 June 3, 2019 (No Movers ran on June 17, 2019) June 24, 2019

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