Business Monday

Promotions and hires for the week of Feb. 9, 2015



Kimberly “Kim” Garcia has joined Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra as a director in the Risk Advisory Practice, focusing on Information Technology risk. Previously, she was at Ernst & Young. Garcia has a master’s of accounting in information systems audit and a bachelor’s in accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Claudia G. Reithauser has been named managing director and business development officer at Fiduciary Trust International of the South, based in Miami. Previously, she was vice president and senior trust advisor at The Northern Trust Company.

Alejandro “Alex” M. Trujillo is the newly named partner of Verdeja, De Armas, & Trujillo, LLP. Trujillo, a CPA, has experience in the audits of nonprofit, for-profit and governmental organizations. previous and college.


Ahmed A. Alvarez has been named principal at Zyscovich Architects. Previously, he was senior associate/senior project manager. Alvarez is a graduate of the University of Miami’s School of Architecture.


Alex Molgora has been named complex director of revenue management at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort in Sunny Isles beach. He previously was director of revenue management at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami. He is a graduate of Pace University.


Mark S. Auerbacher has been promoted to shareholder in the Miami office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. He focuses his practice on a broad range of complex commercial disputes. Auerbacher has a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University and a law degree from Rutgers.


Farrey’s Lighting & Bath has promoted:

▪ Luis Costa to vice president and chief operating officer. Costa, who joined the company in 1979 as a puller/packer in the warehouse department, was most recently vice president of sales & marketing.

▪ Ana Marmol to vice president and chief financial officer. Marmol, who joined Farrey’s in August 1981, was a secretary.


Ina Paiva Cordle has joined The Real Deal as managing editor of its South Florida publication. Cordle was most recently a business reporter for the Miami Herald.


Lynx Property Services, an affiliate company of The Lynx Companies, has named:

▪ Thomas Ryan as president. Previously, he was vice president of the company. He has a business degree from Queens (N.Y.) College.

▪ Abdel Blanco as vice president. Previously, he was supervisor of the company.


Dan Hechtkopf has been named director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman’s Miami Beach office. Previously, he was a luxury real estate specialist for South Beach International Realty. Hechtkopf has a business degree from the University of Delaware.

Philip Gutman has been named vice president of sales at Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Previously, he was a broker associate at Majestic Properties.

Gonzalo Cortabarría has been named senior vice president of Swire Properties. Previously, he was managing director at Hines. He also played a key role in the opening of Hines’ offices in Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires. Cortabarría has an undergraduate degree in architecture from the Universidad de la Republica del Uruguay, an MBA from the Universidad de Montevideo, and a master’s in real estate and real estate development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David Metalonis has joined Lionheart Capital as chief investment officer and partner. He is a former senior vice president and partner for Colliers International. Metalonis has a master’s in real estate development from Nova Southeastern.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Matthew Amster

New position: Partner at Bercow Radell & Fernandez, a Miami-based firm specializing in zoning, land use and environmental law.

From: Senior associate in the firm, which he joined as a summer associate in 2004.

Experience: Includes a stint as law clerk at the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida in the environmental crimes division. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a field inspector and code enforcement officer at Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management.

Education: Has a bachelor’s in chemistry from Cornell and a J.D. (law degree) from the University of Miami.

Best advice he ever received: If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Embrace the challenge to grow.