Senior-level hires and promotions in Miami-Dade and Broward for the week of Feb. 3, 2020

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Fabian Alfonso has joined Duff & Phelps as managing director in the transfer pricing practice. He will be based in Miami, where he will also lead the firm’s service offerings in Latin America. Alfonso was a partner in the international transfer pricing group at BaseFirma.

Brigette Lumpkins has been named a director at EisnerAmper in Miami. She will be responsible for creating strategic growth and maximizing business opportunities throughout Florida. She was previously director of business development at Datum 9 Analytics. Lumpkins has a bachelor’s in psychology and French from Spelman College, a master’s in psychology from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Joe Tripodi has joined the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies as executive director of Student/Post-Graduate Support Services. He was at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, where he had been director of student services. (Bachelor’s in sociology from St. Bonaventure University; master’s in higher education from Ashford University.)


John Arrastia Jr. has been promoted to shareholder at Genovese Joblove & Battista, a litigation and bankruptcy firm in Miami. (Bachelor’s from Notre Dame; J.D. from the University of Florida; LL.M. from Cambridge University.)

Harris B. Kirsch has been elevated to shareholder at Marshall Dennehey in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He is a member of the casualty department. (J.D., University of Florida.)

Justin Uhlemann has joined Foley & Lardner as a partner and member of the litigation department and business litigation & dispute resolution practice group. He will be based in the firm’s Miami office. Uhlemann was a partner in McDermott Will & Emery’s Miami office. (Bachelor’s from Brown; J.D. from the University of Florida.)

Joshua Wintle has been made a partner at Panter, Panter & Sampedro in Miami. He joined the firm as an attorney in 2008. His practice focuses on complex and catastrophic injury claims. (Bachelor’s in business administration, master’s of decision and information sciences from the University of Florida; J.D., University of Miami.)

At Shutts & Bowen, five attorneys in the Miami office have been elevated to partner:

Logan E. Gans is a member of the tax and international law practice group. (Bachelor’s, Emory; master’s accounting, Boston College; J.D., University of Florida.)

Jake Monk is a member of the insurance law and appellate practice groups. (Bachelor’s, Ohio State; J.D., University of Miami.)

Mayte Peña is a member of the class action and mass litigation practice group. (Associate’s, Miami Dade College; bachelor’s Nova Southeastern University; J.D., Florida International University.)

Aleksey Shtivelman is a member of the international dispute resolution practice group. (Bachelor’s degrees, SUNY- Stpny Brook; J.D., Boston University.)

Raul L. Tano is a member of the class action & mass litigation practice group. (Bachelor’s, Florida International University; J.D., University of Miami.)


Evelyn Torres has been named chief marketing officer of BluGlacier, a Chilean importer of salmon to the U.S. She will be based in Miami. Torres was in charge of business development at Greenberg Traurig.


Bonnie Rayman has been named chief community officer at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center. She was executive director at Temple Dor Dorim. (Bachelor’s from Union College; master’s in education from Lesley University.)

Sean Kramer has been appointed chief executive officer of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. DRIF’s mission is to provide funding for the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Kramer was senior vice president and chief development officer for Parkinson’s Foundation’s Miami and New York offices. (Bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida International University; master’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of Miami.)


Anthony Seijas has joined Altis Cardinal as a principal. He will be based in Miami. He was managing director of the Falcone Group for the previous year and a half. Prior, he was at Rialto Capital Advisors, a Lennar subsidiary, for about 11 years, most recently as managing director. (Bachelor’s in accounting from New York University.)

At Driftwood Capital (formerly Driftwood Acquisitions & Development) in Coral Gables, a privately held real estate firm that focuses on hotel assets:

Nelson Parker was named managing director of development. He was senior vice president of corporate development at Penn National Gaming, a regional casino operator.

David Steiner was named managing director of capital markets. He was at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, where he was a director in the New York office’s commercial real estate finance group.

Paul Sacco was named chief investment officer. He was executive vice president and president of global development for RLH Corp., a publicly traded hospitality company.


Albert Llodra has been named managing director, Vaco South Florida. He will be based at the company’s Miami office. Vaco is a talent and solutions firm specializing in consulting, recruiting and staffing in technology, accounting and other fields. Llodra was at Llodra Brooks Corp. (Bachelor’s in business administration from Florida International University.)


Tara Maitra has been named chief revenue officer of BDEX. The Fort Lauderdale based data-exchange platform services marketing companies, automotive dealerships, retailers and more. Maitra will oversee all business development initiatives and marketing strategies for the firm. She was senior vice president at TiVo. (Bachelor’s in journalism and psychology from Washington and Lee University.)



Name: Sonia V. Diaz

New position: Senior vice president of Balsera Communications, based in Coral Gables.

From: Director, public relations & digital strategies at the firm.

About: She will oversees the development, implementation and execution of communications and branding strategies for the firm’s media relations, public affairs, public outreach, community grassroots, and crisis clients.

Also: She started her career at Edelman Public Relations in her home state of Texas. She joined Balsera in 2011 as a senior account executive after four years at Burson-Marsteller Miami. There, she led campaigns for the Costa Rica Tourism Board to raise awareness of the country's role in sustainable tourism practices. She was president of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) Miami chapter 2014-2016 and was a director for HPRA USA 2016-2017. She was on the inaugural board for ColorComm Miami and remains part of the Texas State University College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board. The Texas State University College of Liberal Arts awarded her with the Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award in 2017.

And: Her past and current client roster includes UnitedHealthcare, National Hispanic Landscape Alliance, Hispanicize, Miami Beach FOP, United Teachers of Dade, Environmental Defense Fund, Miami Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities, The Jose Milton Foundation, IMPAC Fund, 3M, BBC Worldwide, VmeTV, SAG-AFTRA, United Health Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), Our Kids of Miami Dade & Monroe, the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, eMerge Americas and Wellstone, in addition to a number of bond and referendum initiatives.

Education: Bachelor’s in modern languages and mass communications from Texas State University.

Best advice: A friend once told me, “There are seven billion people in the world and you aren’t going to necessarily care for 99.9 percent of them. That still leaves you with the opportunity to make 700,000 friends.”

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