Executive Committee

  • Gabe Rodriguez

    Gabe Rodriguez

    President

    Gabe Rodriguez, NCIDQ Interior Designer, is multi-disciplined with experience in workplace, hospitality, health & wellness, a…

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  • Casie Idle

    Casie Idle

    VP/Development

    ID & Design International is a leading, award winning design and branding firm specializing in commercial mixed- use, hospita…

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  • Ashley Squires

    Ashley Squires

    Secretary

    Ashley, NCIDQ & FL ID Certified, started her career in the Washington D.C./ Metro area with a focus on hospitality design. He…

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  • Jennifer Delmas

    Jennifer Delmas

    Treasurer

    Prior to joining the hospitality industry, Jennifer received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University …

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  • Carolina Coelho

    Carolina Coelho

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    Carolina was born into the field of design & construction; which carved the path into her career. During high school she work…

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  • Cynthia Guthrie

    Cynthia Guthrie

    Ad Hoc Advisor

    Guthrie & Associates is a creative & collaborative playground for designers, architects, developers, procurement specialists,…

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Board of Directors

  • Amy Neumann

    Amy Neumann

    Scholarship

    Known as ‘Neumann’, Amy has been a part of the world of Architecture for over twenty years. She is absolutely fascinated …

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  • Keith Stibler

    Keith Stibler

    Student Relations

    Keith started in the hospitality field in 1999 as an independent manufacturer’s representative. His tenacity, curiosity and…

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  • Eric Fernandez

    Eric Fernandez

    Membership

    Eric, born and raised in Miami has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and contract furniture industry. He is a te…

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  • Stella Pena

    Stella Pena

    Fundraising

    With a bachelor's in Fine Arts in Interior Design, Stella decided to move to South Florida from New York City to pursue her m…

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  • Aura Zapata

    Aura Zapata

    Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

    Aura is an Industrial Designer who started her Journey in the Hospitality Industry working for the Hotels Chain Sandals & Bea…

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  • Carolina Coelho

    Carolina Coelho

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    Carolina was born into the field of design & construction; which carved the path into her career. During high school she work…

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Committee Chair

  • Amalia Morejon

    Amalia Morejon

    Student Representative

    Amalia Morejon has been part of the board since 2017. As a student rep. her main goal is to aid students to achieve their car…

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  • Maria Cachonegrete

    Maria Cachonegrete

    Hospitality

    Maria Lopez-Cachonegrete is Stone Rep by day and Zumba dancer by night. Mother of two amazing boys and 3 adorable dogs. "I …

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  • José Patino

    José Patino

    Social Media

    Born in Bogotá, Colombia & raised in Miami, FL with a passion for the hospitality industry. Worked my way through college, g…

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  • Carolina Murado

    Carolina Murado

    Publications

    Carolina is an experienced designer with an affinity for curating, storytelling and branding. With experience in advertisi…

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  • Enith Lam

    Enith Lam

    Community Service

    Interior Designer, turned multi-line representative with over 15 years in the Hospitality Industry, Enith is the President of…

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  • Christopher Machado

    Christopher Machado

    Committee Development

    Chris comes to us from Five Star Ceramics Group, Distributors and Specifiers of quality Ceramics located in South Florida and…

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  • Marilynn Kaufmann

    Marilynn Kaufmann

    Historian

    Marilynn studied fashion merchandising and business at Indiana University. After several years in the fashion industry, she m…

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Gabe Rodriguez

Gabe Rodriguez

President

Gabe Rodriguez, NCIDQ Interior Designer, is multi-disciplined with experience in workplace, hospitality, health & wellness, and senior living. He bridges the design and technical roles of projects to deliver high quality, high design spaces for his clients. He has a Masters in Interior Architecture from Florida International University. Passionate about giving back and making a difference in our design community he is currently serving as President.

Casie Idle

Casie Idle

VP/Development

ID & Design International is a leading, award winning design and branding firm specializing in commercial mixed- use, hospitality, food & beverage, multifamily, cruise ship, supermarket, and entertainment design. As Vice President of Business Development & Client Relations, Casie Idle is a leader in the execution of the company’s business plan and new business strategy for the 76-person organization. By leveraging her strong research and analytical skills, she identifies emerging gaps and opportunities in the marketplace. In addition, she has produced healthy, enduring relationships with some of the world’s most recognizable brands. But more than a VP of Business Development, Ms. Idle is an advocate for giving back to the community and sits on several Board of Directors and Committees. Board of Director – Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Broward Chapter Board of Director Historian Chair – NEWH Hospitality Industry Network Member of Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce 2-1-1 Broward Club Member Broward Health Foundation Committee Member Charitable organizations include: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Feeding South Florida, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, HANDY, Adopt a School Mentorship, and Operation Christmas Child. Contact: casie@iddidesign.com Website: www.iddidesign.com

Ashley Squires

Ashley Squires

Secretary

Ashley, NCIDQ & FL ID Certified, started her career in the Washington D.C./ Metro area with a focus on hospitality design. Her passion for travel and design have driven her to pursue multi-disciplines throughout her career, including Hotels, Restaurants, Luxury Apartments, and Cruise Ships. Ashley can be found working as the Studio Director for IIG’s South Florida design Team. She spearheads design concepts, FF&E selections, and overall project management and deliverables. Her goal is to keep the client’s unique vision and needs a priority throughout the design process, while having fun & mentoring junior designers on her team.

Jennifer Delmas

Jennifer Delmas

Treasurer

Prior to joining the hospitality industry, Jennifer received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami with a double major in Business Management and Legal Studies. In pursuit of what she felt was the ideal career path for such a major, she worked as a Law Firm Administrator for over 11 years. In 2014, Jennifer decided to change her path for a more creative and trend-setting industry when she joined EoA (Edge of Architecture) as its Director of Operations. She has sense never looked back and truly enjoys all of the amazing industry professionals and creative souls that she is able to interact with on a daily basis. Jennifer is currently the South Florida Chapter Treasurer and is in her 7th year on the NEWH Board.

Carolina Coelho

Carolina Coelho

Past President/Parliamentarian

Carolina was born into the field of design & construction; which carved the path into her career. During high school she worked as an associate at a local tile & stone showroom. Shortly after high school she advanced to managing their New York City showroom. Her passion for the industry grew and enrolled in college to become an interior designer. In 2015 she decided move to Florida to be closer to her immediate family. To proceed with her career & establish new roots she got heavily involved with local industry organization including IIDA & NEWH. Currently holds the title of NEWH South Florida Chapters’ Past President / Parliamentarian. Carolina is also the Regional Director of Business Development in Florida for TileBar. TileBar is a direct importer of porcelain and ceramic tiles, natural stone & LVT.

Cynthia Guthrie

Cynthia Guthrie

Ad Hoc Advisor

Guthrie & Associates is a creative & collaborative playground for designers, architects, developers, procurement specialists, corporate brands, and construction professionals. We proudly represent the finest manufacturers in our industry.

We keep things simple. The best way to work together is to create enthusiasm, provide impeccable service and keep the flow rolling throughout the whole process. Driven by the thought that collaborative & collective work gets the best results we believe in partnership with our clients. Every great project needs strong ideas and clients need inspiring people who can advise them about innovative products and applications for their creative world.

The foundation for our work is a very simple idea……providing our relevant products and combining our client’s vision to achieve great projects and experiences. “If you like what you do you excel at what you create.” anonymous

Amy Neumann

Amy Neumann

Scholarship

Known as ‘Neumann’, Amy has been a part of the world of Architecture for over twenty years. She is absolutely fascinated by Art and Architecture and have maintained my Interior Design license (as well as my Florida Educator’s license) for many years – vowing to stay true to my passion(s). Amy is very active within the design community. She participates in events and support colleague education by delivering the required CEU credits needed for Licensure Renewal. Her passion is Rockfon, Architecture and of course… NEWH!

Keith Stibler

Keith Stibler

Student Relations

Keith started in the hospitality field in 1999 as an independent manufacturer’s representative. His tenacity, curiosity and honest approach allowed him to quickly grow the business. Today KM-Associates represents some of the top names in the hospitality industry. Keith’s extensive product knowledge and ability to navigate fast-paced environments has cultivated strong relationships with key design firms, purchasing agents and hotel owners. Keith embraces the day-to-day challenges and is an expert at streamlining the design and specifying process. Keith received his Master’s Degree in Finance from Barry University.

Eric Fernandez

Eric Fernandez

Membership

Eric, born and raised in Miami has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality and contract furniture industry. He is a territory manager for C2C Designs. He brings a plethora of design, manufacturing, and sales experience to the NEWH board. He loves traveling as his job, as well as building relationships with his clients. in his personal life he loves to do any type of outdoor activities including tennis, riding bike, and going to the beach. Eric is also a proud veteran of the US Army.

Stella Pena

Stella Pena

Fundraising

With a bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Interior Design, Stella decided to move to South Florida from New York City to pursue her master’s degree in Interior Architecture. That is when she became familiar with Southern Hospitality and NEWH. After a few years in the industry, Stella realized that the best way to learn, grow and connect was by networking. Since then, she has enjoyed being part of the design community and looks forward to the many opportunities the South Florida industry has to offer.

Aura Zapata

Aura Zapata

Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity

Aura is an Industrial Designer who started her Journey in the Hospitality Industry working for the Hotels Chain Sandals & Beaches Resorts. Right before COVID-19 Joined The Royal Caribbean Group. Unfortunately, it lasted very little as it was the most affected industry. Today she is co-founder of a movement called “Live By Design”.

Carolina Coelho

Carolina Coelho

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

Carolina was born into the field of design & construction; which carved the path into her career. During high school she worked as an associate at a local tile & stone showroom. Shortly after high school she advanced to managing their New York City showroom. Her passion for the industry grew and enrolled in college to become an interior designer. In 2015 she decided move to Florida to be closer to her immediate family. To proceed with her career & establish new roots she got heavily involved with local industry organization including IIDA & NEWH. Currently holds the title of NEWH South Florida Chapters’ Past President / Parliamentarian. Carolina is also the Regional Director of Business Development in Florida for TileBar. TileBar is a direct importer of porcelain and ceramic tiles, natural stone & LVT.

Amalia Morejon

Amalia Morejon

Student Representative

Amalia Morejon has been part of the board since 2017. As a student rep. her main goal is to aid students to achieve their career goals with the scholarships’ financial aid. During her High school’s Senior year, she decided to study Interior Design. This career has fueled her passion for helping others, as Interior Design is a career where creativity can influence the lives of those who experience it.

She graduated in May 2019 from Miami Dade College with an Arts Associate in Interior Design. As a part of her college experience she volunteered on several events from NEWH and IIDA. Now, she’s pursuing a Master’s of interior design at FIU. Amalia’s transition through the industry has always involved giving back to the community. The community that has given her many opportunities of which she is extremely grateful of.

Maria Cachonegrete

Maria Cachonegrete

Hospitality

Maria Lopez-Cachonegrete is Stone Rep by day and Zumba dancer by night. Mother of two amazing boys and 3 adorable dogs.
“I graduated from Interior Design but I found my passion in selling stone when I was recruited by marble company 20+ years ago. I joined NEWH with the idea to built my network with the local designers and architects but I was impressed with the organization mission to educate, serve and give back to the design community. Joining NEWH South Florida Chapter Board has giving me a personal and professional opportunity to give back to my design community, very happy to serve.”

José Patino

José Patino

Social Media

Born in Bogotá, Colombia & raised in Miami, FL with a passion for the hospitality industry. Worked my way through college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Supervision & Management. With hard work & passion for the industry I was able to use my experience to join Lawrence & Associates. Today, I’m a Furnishings consultant for nationally recognized manufacturers in the hospitality furnishing industry, providing quality products that meet designer specifications and National hotel standards, including custom hotel case goods, custom seating, fully upholstered furniture, outdoor seating, public area lighting, bedding, commercial fabrics and custom window treatments.

Carolina Murado

Carolina Murado

Publications

Carolina is an experienced designer with an affinity for curating, storytelling and branding.

With experience in advertising, marketing and consulting, she’s had the opportunity to collaborate with some of America’s largest corporations and Fortune 500 companies on a global scale such as LinkedIn, Ford, American Airlines, Cisco and JP Morgan Chase.

Through strategic planning and consultation, she enhances experiences by crafting unparalleled solutions. Whether it be through project coordination, visual identity creation, or spacial design, she approaches each project with a multidisciplinary mindset. Ensuring that the best methods and practices are used to achieve maximum impact and exceptional delivery.

Enith Lam

Enith Lam

Community Service

Interior Designer, turned multi-line representative with over 15 years in the Hospitality Industry, Enith is the President of Lam Interiors Group. A multi-line company specializing in unique materials servicing the commercial mixed- use, hospitality, multifamily, cruise ship and high-end residential industry.

Go getter by day and foodie, traveler, gardener by night. Enith has been an NEWH member since 2015, past board member, and currently holds the position of Community Service Chair.

Christopher Machado

Christopher Machado

Committee Development

Chris comes to us from Five Star Ceramics Group, Distributors and Specifiers of quality Ceramics located in South Florida and servicing the Southeast United States.
Born and raised in Miami, Chris has a deep sense of tradition, trends and community!
Graduating from Miami Killian Senior High School he received a scholarship to continue his baseball skills at Elon University in North Carolina. Upon his return to South Florida, he joined his family business bringing to the blend his energetic spirit and love for the world of design. Chris works not only with the local Architect and Design firms but with national franchise accounts throughout the United States. When he is not promoting the latest and the greatest in the tile world, you can find Chris playing sports, painting, and spending time with his family and always looking for opportunities to give back in some way to the community he calls home.

Marilynn Kaufmann

Marilynn Kaufmann

Historian

Marilynn studied fashion merchandising and business at Indiana University. After several years in the fashion industry, she made the switch in 2013 to sales as a hospitality design rep. She now has a strong passion for the world of interior design, and recently relocated to South Florida after 9 years in NYC. Being on the board of NEWH has allowed her to give back to the community while forming great relationships in the industry.

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