Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Oct. 5, 2015



Jonathan Hill has been promoted to senior vice president, director of investments, at Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. Previously, he was an investment strategist. Hill has a bachelor’s in economics and political development from the University of Exeter in Devon, U.K., and an MBA from New York University.


Deyanirhah Montalvan has been named general manager of Adonel Block, which is Adonel Concrete’s newest block facility, in West Palm Beach. She will also continue as vice president of operations for Adonel Concrete. Montalvan has an associate of arts in business from Miami Dade College.


Jeremy Straub has been named managing partner of MetLife Premier Client Group of Florida. Previously, he was regional vice president with Ameriprise. Straub is a graduate of Moravian College in Pennsylvania.


Barbara Vazquez has been named chief nursing officer at Palmetto General Hospital. She was previously chief executive officer at The Woodlands Specialty Hospital in Spring, Texas. Vazquez’s degrees include an associate degree in nursing from Miami-Dade College. She also has a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Phoenix and a master’s in nursing from Brandman University in California.


Alex Novo has been named general manager of Viceroy Miami. Previously, he was the regional vice president of operations for Trust Hospitality. Novo has a bachelor’s degree from Barry University.


Justin Shapiro has been promoted to partner at Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., a Miami-based personal injury law firm. He will help lead the firm’s recreational and resort litigation section. Shapiro has a J.D. from the University of Miami.


Kimberly Matthews has been named assistant director for the library department at the Miami-Dade Public Library System. Previously she was executive director of the Trenton (N.J.) Free Public Library. Matthews has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Kansas; a master’s in library science from Emporia State University; and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Katherine Doble has been named director of digital media and branding at Schwartz Media Strategies. She most recently was CEO of Siren Marketing. Doble is a Florida International University graduate.

Joel Velez has been named managing director, strategy/creative of the Miami office of (add)ventures. Previously he was director. Velez’s education includes a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a post-graduate degree in account planning from Florida State University.


Mary Jo Eaton has been promoted to president over Florida and Latin America at CBRE Group Inc. She has led CBRE’s Florida region since 2011. Eaton has a bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree from Temple University.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Sergio Tigera.

New position: Executive director of development at Florida International University’s College of Business.

Previously: At Caterpillar Inc. for 14 years, Tigera most recently was sales support manager of mining for the Latin America division.

Education: Tigera graduated from the College of Business’ Executive MBA program in August and completed his undergraduate studies at FIU in 2001 with a major in international business and marketing.

Best advice: Learn to push yourself and be comfortable outside your comfort zone, it will help you grow professionally and personally by leaps and bounds. Every time you overcome challenges and succeed, you will find that your belief in accomplishing anything you set out to do will likely guarantee success.