Business Monday

Senior-level promotions and hires for the week of Aug. 1, 2016



At MBAF, four CPAs have been promoted to directors:

▪ Elizabeth Egan has been named director in the tax and accounting department in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. She has a bachelor’s of accounting and a master’s of science in taxation from Florida International University.

▪ Lisette Rodriguez has been named director in the audit department in the firm’s Miami headquarters. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s of accounting from FIU.

▪ Brian Schlang and Adam Ziffer are now directors in the tax and accounting department in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. Schlang has a bachelor’s and a master’s of accounting from the University of Florida. Ziffer has a bachelor’s in accounting and a master of science in taxation from UF.


Christopher Damian has been named executive vice president of City National Bank, overseeing private client group and wealth management. He previously was executive vice president, chief lending officer and director of private banking at Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. Damian has a bachelor’s in business administration from UF.


Roymi V. Membiela has been named chief experience officer and associate vice president for marketing and communications for UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, beginning Aug. 8. Membiela was previously at Baptist Health South Florida, where she has served in various roles since 2005, most recently as corporate vice president and chief marketing officer. Earlier in her career, she was director of new business and Hispanic market development for the Miami Herald Publishing Company. Membiela has a bachelor’s from Barry and a master’s in leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


John Arrastia has been named a litigation partner at Genovese Joblove & Battista. He previously was a managing partner at Arrastia Capote Partners. Arrastia has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from UF and a master of laws from the University of Cambridge.

Richard Guerra has joined the intellectual property department as a member at McDonald Hopkins, a business advisory and advocacy law firm, in the Miami office. He was previously at Feldman Gale, which recently merged into Cozen O’Connor. Guerra has a bachelor’s in cell and molecular biology from Tulane and a J.D. from George Washington University.


Shay Coker has been named a managing director in the Miami office of London-based Savills Studley. He will be responsible for growing the industrial services line and leading the Miami office’s cross-border transactions with Brazil, Mexico, Columbia and the west of Latin America. Previously, Coker was a development manager for TRX Group, an industrial real estate developer in São Paulo. He has a bachelor’s from Texas Tech and an MBA from Thunderbird.

This column lists high-level promotions of director and above of executives based in South Florida. These announcements are for full-time, paid positions; we do not publish news about board memberships. Send items, including previous job; educational background; and jpegs of head shots, to

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Cristy Swink

New position: Vice president and general manager for AT&T Florida. She will be based in Miami.

From: Vice president and general manager for AT&T for the mid-Atlantic states.

Also: In her new role, Swink will oversee more than 2,100 employees in ATT company-owned retail stores. She will also manage the company’s relationship with AT&T’s authorized and national retailers in Florida, who operate nearly 800 stores, and she will weigh in on network projects. Swink has been with the company since 1994, starting as a sales manager for BellSouth Mobility in Greenville, South Carolina.

Education: Bachelor’s in political science from Furman University in South Carolina; MBA from Mercer University in Georgia.

Best advice ever received: Learn constantly. Lead transparently. Live fully. (From a note my mother sent me when I got my first promotion at BellSouth.)

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