W. Joe DeMiero, US CEO
As CEO, W. Joe DeMiero will lead strategy, direction, and operations for media company UM’s largest market, as well as overseeing management of clients, including USPS, E.J. Gallo, Rocket Mortgage and Zillow. DeMiero is founder of TiltShift, Publicis Groupe’s immersive reality arm, and CloudTix, the first software-as-a-service mobile ticketing platform. DeMiero also previously served as CEO of Publicis CRM agency, Hawkeye, where he worked with clients such as Google, AT&T, USAA, and Capital One. Though UM is based in New York, DeMiero will remain in Dallas.
Education: University of Southern California (B.A.)
The CMI Group
Carrie Finney, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Carrie Finney has Finney has been with the CMI Group since 1998 as president and CFO, leading the company’s growth and expansion into markets including, government, toll authorities, telecommunication, utilities, healthcare, insurance, and financial services. Finney will keep her president title, but in her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and leading the company through additional growth.
Education: The University of Texas at Dallas (B.S.)
Sherif Mityas, President
Private Equity company Jamco Interests has promoted Sherif Mityas to president of Brix Holdings, a collection of franchise brands for which Jamco is a majority stakeholder. This will be an addition to his role as operating partner. In his new role, Mityas will lead Brix Holdings’ brands, which include Smoothie Factory, Redbrick Pizza, and more. Prior Jamco, Mityas held various executive positions including chief experience officer for TGI Fridays and CEO for Hollywood Video/Movie Gallery.
Education: Northwestern University (MBA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.), Boston University (B.S.)
Jon Zucker, President
Prior to joining environmental health technology company CASPR, Jon Zucker founded and led the Dialectic Group, an independent digital agency. Now, Zucker will lead CASPR Group, an air purification company, as it tries to meet increased demand.
Education: George Washington University (J.D.), Barrett, The Honors College (B.A.)
Brent Moore, Chief Operating Officer
Brent Moore was previously president of Canadian-based gas and electricity retailer Just Energy’s North American retail business and founder of Save On Energy, an online energy comparison marketplace. Moore created Save On Energy’s model and developed its brand in the newly deregulated retail energy industry, then sold it in 2012. Now, Moore will lead operations for ComparePower, a marketing and sales tool that allows consumers to compare energy prices.
Education: Texas State University (B.A.)
Catalyze Dallas Holdings
Michele Hodde, Chief Marketing Officer
In her new role as Catalyze Dallas’ first CMO, Michele Hodde will drive revenue and sales growth. She previously spent 10 years with Orica, a commercial explosives company in the mining industry, serving in a variety of roles. Hodde was also formerly cofounder, president and CEO of EarthRoamer, an Xpedition Vehicle manufacturer.
Education: University of California, Los Angeles (MBA), Iowa State University (B.S.)
Shea Kracheck, Tax Partner
Shea Kracheck will oversee of individual, corporate, partnership, state, and franchise income tax returns, while also assisting clients with their tax planning goals. She was previously with Lane Gorman Trubitt for nearly15 years, rising from tax manager to partner.
Education: University of North Texas (B.S.)
Benjamin Howell, Divisional Vice President of Operations
Benjamin Howell will now oversee operations for Remington’s 12–15 properties in the Midwest region. Howell spent the first 10 years of his career with Remington, rising from manager to general manager, before accepting various roles with Sonesta Hotels and Resorts, Aimbridge Hospitality, Widewaters Hotels, and more for the following 10 years.
Education: University of Florida (B.S.), Santa Fe College (A.A.)
Ben E. Keith Beverages
Alex Weaver, Director of Government Affairs
As director of Government Affairs, Alex Weaver will manage relationships between distributors and local, state, and federal policymakers for Ben E. Keith Beverages, the third-lartgest beer distributor in the nation. Weaver will also oversee the company’s agenda by guiding its state and federal associations. She joined Ben E. Keith five years ago and previously spent five years in banking and investment roles at PlainsCapital Corp.
Education: Texas Tech University (B.S.)
DFW Alliance of Technology and Women
Barry Shurkey, Advisory Council Chair
Barry Shurkey, CIO of NTT Data Services, will be incoming chair of the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women. Shurkey has been an active member of the Advisory Council for three years and has more than 30 years of IT leadership, including experience with EDS and HP.
Education: Central Michigan University (B.S.)
Saurajit Kanungo, Advisory Council Member
Saurajit Kanungo is president of Cyber Group, where he has held various roles for 12 years. He was previously a principal at IT management company Pariveda Solutions.
Education: The University of Texas at Arlington (MBA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Carina Reyes, Advisory Council Member
Carina Reyes is executive managing director for Ernst & Young Global Consulting Services. She was previously senior vice president and managing director at JLL, as well as a vice president at Xerox.
Education: Florida Institute of Technology (M.S.), Brigham Young University (B.S)
Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors
Shannon Ashkinos, Board President
Shannon Ashkinos has been a part of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors since 1995. As president, her responsibilities will include community outreach, mentorship, development, and advocacy efforts. Ashkinos began her career at William Rigg Realtors before moving to RE/MAX in 1997, then JPAR Real Estate in 2016, where she is now the vice president of connections and career success.
Education: Weatherford College (A.D.)
GFWAR’s Board of Directors of 2022 also includes:
- Bart Calahan, vice president, Coldwell Banker Realty
- Randi Reams, secretary and treasurer, Orr Property Management
- Elizabeth McCoy, immediate past chair, Williams Trew Real Estate
- Blake Barry, Williams Trew Real Estate
- Zareen Brendel, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International
- Paul Epperley, Century 21 Judge Fite Co.
- Kim Gartner, Coldwell Banker Realty
- Michelle Moran, AHOUS4U
- Malyn Powers, RE/MAX Trinity
- Gaye Reed, Coldwell Banker Realty
- Betsy Senter, Coldwell Banker Realty
- Tony Sims, Kimball Real Estate
- LaToya Williams, RJ Williams & Co.
- Haley Zamarripa, Kimball Real Estate
- Billie Dodd, Presidential Appointee, Billie Dodd
- Robbie Renfro, Presidential Appointee, RE/MAX Achievers