Changing Places

  • Miami based La Comunidad, has hired Alain Groenendaal to become the President of the agency. Previously, Mr. Groenendaal was Leo Burnett's senior VP-regional Strategy & Business Development Director for Latin America & Caribbean.

  • Lopez Negrete Communications named Ryan Rice was as Account Supervisor in the PR department. He was previously with the American Heart Association as senior communications director. Jennifer Gee was picked as Senior Account Executive. She will work on the Bank of America team. She was previously a PR manager. Additionally, Susie Rodriguez and Judy Goldberg were named AEs. Ms. Rodriguez was previously with The Children's Museum of Houston as a PR associate, while Ms. Goldberg served as a regional promotions director at the Page Parkes Center of Modeling and Acting. The final hire for the PR team was Melissa Gonzalez as Account Coordinator. Lopez Negrete Communications account services department named two new execs. Carmen Martinez was named as Senior AE. Carmen will be on the Fiesta, Maseca, Geico and Globe account teams. Michael Vogel was picked as an AE. He will be assigned to the Wal-Mart account. Michael was previously with Pyranha, Incorporated as director/marketing and sales. Jason Valdez joined the media team as an Assistant Media Planner. He will work on the Bank of America, Blue Leaf, Reliant Energy, Tyson and Visa accounts.

  • Multicultural agency IMAGES USA named three new executives to its office. Ricki Fairley-Brown was named as VP/Strategy and Planning, Jason C. Williams as VP/Client Services and Robin Phillips as Tourism Specialist. Ricki will be responsible for strategy and account planning and business growth strategies as well as managing the marketing team. She was previously The Coca Cola Company and as VP/Marketing at Chupa Chups USA. Jason will oversee the agency's account service and PR teams. He previously owned and ran the Gelignite Communications marketing communications company. Robin will center on travel and tourism strategy analysis and support. In addition, Justin Jordan was promoted to Art Director, Michelle Browner as Executive Assistant to the President and Wyatt Jefferies as PR coordinator.