Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Feb. 15, 2016



Jorge Alvarez has been named senior vice president, digital advertising, at, based in Coral Gables. He previously was a media consultant at the Miami Herald Media Co. Alvarez has a bachelor’s in business administration from Florida International University.


Philip Cassel and Chris Mansueto have been named vice presidents of Cassel Salpeter & Co., a middle-market investment banking firm. Before joining the firm, Cassel worked for Rialto Capital, a real estate private equity fund. He has a bachelor’s in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mansueto has worked at Ladenburg Thalmann, among other firms. He has a bachelor’s from George Mason University and an MBA from Rice. Laura Salpeter, who was named an associate at the firm, has worked at Conrad & Sherer. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s from the University of Central Florida and a J.D. from Nova Southeastern.

Alexandra Ruiz and Ana Contreras-Ludvigsen are now vice presidents at TotalBank. Ruiz, who is VP/private banker, was most recently at City National Bank-Bci Financial Group, where she was assistant vice president/personal and small business banker. She has a bachelor’s from Florida International University. Contreras-Ludvigsen, VP/sales director at the downtown banking center, was previously with U.S. Century as vice president, branch manager. She has an associate’s degree from Miami Dade College.


Four of nine attorneys recently elected to shareholder at Tampa-based Carlton Fields are from the Miami office. They are: Douglas Chumbley, in the firm’s national trial and products and toxic tort liability practice groups — J.D., Washington & Lee; Anastasios Kastrinakis, business transactions, international and taxation — J.D., University of Miami, and LLM in taxation, New York University; David Luck, appellate and trial support, national trial, and products and toxic tort liability — J.D., UM; Ilan Nieuchowicz, national trial, real property litigation — J.D., Florida State.


American Hometown Publishing has named Donna E. Dickey publisher of The (Key Biscayne) Islander News. She has been local retail and classified advertising director at the Miami Herald Media Co.


Nayla Benitez has been named vice president, managing broker of the Brickell office of EWM Realty International. Before joining the firm in 2009, she was a logistics manager for Ekman & Co. Inc. She is an FIU graduate.

Janette Driggers has been named director of office leasing for Two Brickell City Centre and Three Brickell City Centre, class-A office buildings, by Swire Properties. She previously was senior associate at CBRE’s office brokerage division. Driggers has a bachelor’s in education from FIU.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Troy Sterba

New position: Senior vice president, manager of wealth management at Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. Sterba will manage the wealth management and trust departments.

Experience: Sterba, who joined the firm four years ago, was previously vice president, private wealth advisor. He also has been private banker and financial advisor at BankUnited. Sterba has also held executive positions in other banks in the retail branch, trust and wealth management departments.

Also: He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Broward County and is on the board of directors for the Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables.

Education: Sterba, a certified financial planner, has a bachelor’s of business administration in finance from the University of Miami.

Best advice he ever received: My father’s advice to me was to surround yourself with individuals that you trust and they will help guide you in life, in your relationships and in your career.

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