Helen Jurado has been named senior director of sales and business development at Cisneros Media Distribution. Before, she was vice president of sales & distribution, Latin America and U.S. Hispanic, for BBC Worldwide. She has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.
September 08, 2014
Andrew P. Marcus has been named a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Fort Lauderdale office. Before, he was a senior associate. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Miami.
Col. Leland Liebe, U.S.A. (Retired) has been named vice president of SmartWater CSI, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. He most recently was director of intelligence (J2) at Special Operations Command-South. Liebe has three master’s degrees, including a master’s in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.
Best advice he ever received: Great organizations make routine matters routine. The establishment of processes to accomplish “routine activity” allows the organization to ingest complexity to accomplish goals seldom achieved by those organizations who can't accomplish the “normal.” This advice was provided by Brig. Gen. (then Lieut. Col.) James T. Hirai, who was “the best commander and mentor I ever served with during nearly 25 years of active duty service. He was my battalion commander when I was leading a rifle platoon (as a second lieutenant) in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii in 1992.”
Sami T. Teittinen has been appointed chief executive officer at Silver Airways. He was chief financial officer. Teittinen has has a bachelor’s in finance and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. He is also a graduate of the Finnish Defense Forces Reconnaissance School and Finnish Business College in Helsinki.
Shannon McCoy has been named publisher of Yachts International magazine in Fort Lauderdale. Before, she led business development and strategic partnerships at the Palm Beach-based yacht brokerage and charter firm Worth Avenue Yachts.
Mary Jane “MJ” Damavandi has been promoted to director of nursing at Miami Jewish Health Systems. Damavandi was first brought into Miami Jewish Health Systems as a consultant in 2013 and was soon asked to join the organization’s staff full time. She has a bachelor’s in nursing from Florida State University and a master’s in health service administration from Barry University.
Patrick H.F. Roberts is the new Head of School at Palmer Trinity in Palmetto Bay. He most recently was Associate Head of School and Head of Advancement for Battle Ground Academy in Nashville. Roberts has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Richmond, and a master’s in education from Lipscomb University in Tennessee.
September 03, 2014
JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach has announced three executive-level promotions:
--Brent Burns has been promoted to chief operating officer. He most recently was chief financial officer and executive vice president. Burns, a certified public accountant, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.
--Jorge Gonzalez assumes the role of chief financial officer. He has been a vice president of corporate taxes at the firm. Gonzalez, a CPA, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, and a master’s degree in taxation, from Pace University.
--Kim Magner has been promoted to vice president of corporate taxes. She has held several management positions at the company. Magner, a CPA, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Canisius College and a master’s degree of accounting in taxation from Nova Southeastern University.
Ramón Usategui has been named senior vice president and manager of the Brickell wealth management office of Ocean Bank. Before, he was senior vice president and market executive for the Coral Gables private banking office of Gibraltar Private Bank. Usategui received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Villanova University, and his MBA from the Instituto Centroamericano de Administración
de Empresas in Managua, Nicaragua.
TotalBank has promoted three executives within its lending team:
--Michelle Sanchez has been named vice president and business banking lender. She will be serving the Coral Way, 19th Street Drive-I n, Red Sunset, Coral Gables, Bird Road, Downtown, and Brickell banking centers. She was most recently assistant vice president and business banking lender. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from University of Miami and a master’s degree in finance from Florida International University.
--Orlando Oliva, above right, has been promoted to assistant vice president and business banking lender for TotalBank’s Medley, Hialeah, Doral, Doral Point and Doral Plaza Banking Centers. Before, he was banking officer, lender and relationship manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and real estate from FIU.
--Eddy Ruiz, right, has been promoted to assistant vice president and business banking lender at the Pinecrest Banking Center. He most recently was lender and relationship manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy University.
Andrea Darlow has been named Florida Chapter Director of the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Before, she worked with Jewish nonprofit organizations, including serving as the executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women (Greater Miami Section) for two years. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from The George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Miami.
Ronaldo Möntmann has been promoted to vice president of information technology at Broward Health. He joined Broward Health more than 15 years ago. Most recently, he was director of technology services, information systems. Möntmann serves as an ordained children’s minister and chaplain at a Brazilian Christian church in Pompano Beach. He also travels on short mission trips overseas to work with impoverished children. Möntmann has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity International University in Illinois.
Best advice: The best advice I ever received was to build trust in both personal and professional relationships. Without trust, nothing worthwhile can be built.
August 24, 2014
Rich Andrews has been named vice president-commercial for North America at Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. He will lead commercial and customer marketing activities across the United States and Canada and will begin his new role in September. For the past two years, he was business unit managing director for the Bacardi business in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Andrews has been with Bacardi for more than 10 years in country, regional and global roles. He began his career with the company as vice president of sales for Canada and was later promoted to president of Bacardi Canada. He returned to the commercial side as Bacardi’s interim regional president of Latin America at the company. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada, with a major in social science.
Best advice he ever received: Always treat people with respect.
Alexander Jimenez, left, will be vice president and branch manager at the Coral Gables location of Apollo Bank, and Miguel Mesa will be vice president and commercial lending officer at the bank. Jimenez was most recently vice president and branch manager at Coconut Grove Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University. Before joining Apollo Bank, Mesa was vice president and
a commercial credit officer at Florida Community Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from FIU.
Donte Johnson, far left, has been named general manager and Alex Batista director of sales and marketing at Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami, South Beach. Johnson, who was most recently general manager of Topaz Hotel in Washington, D.C., is a graduate of St. Peter’s University in New Jersey. and was on The Washington Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” list. Before his new position, Batista was the director of sales at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Florida International University.
August 18, 2014
Marta Colomar Garcia has been named partner at Diaz Reus & Targ. She is in the firm’s Miami office, and she also heads the firm’s Mexico City office. She has been an attorney and associate at the firm. Colomar Garcia, a certified anti-money laundering specialist, has extensive legal experience in the U.S., Spain and Latin America. A frequent guest contributor to the television news network CNN Español, she also writes on topics including international finance, government, banking, and money laundering for Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin America Advisor publications. She has law degrees from Nova Southeastern University and the Universitat de Barcelona.
Best advice she ever received: There ar
e a lot of pieces of advice that have helped me craft my career. Here are the ones that have marked me the most. From my mother: Never cry in the office; thick skin. From my father: Work because you enjoy it, don’t do it because of the money. From my now-partner Michael: Fight equally for each client, no matter whether it’s a billion-dollar case or a $5,000 dispute. From my former boss Addie: You are not going to the firm to make friends; you are there to work and make the law firm grow.
Luis M. O’Naghten has joined Baker & McKenzie’s North American Litigation Practice and International Arbitration Group as a partner in the Miami office. Before he was at Akerman, where he was chair of the firm’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice. O’Naghten has a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown and a law degree from Columbia. He also teaches a course on federal and state arbitration at the University of Miami School of Law, and a class on international arbitration at Universidad Panamericana (Mexico).
Iris Berges has been promoted to chief executive officer for Hollywood Pavilion Hospital, a facility Larkin Community Hospital manages. Before, she was vice president of compliance and support services at Larkin. She has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition at Florida International University and and an MBA at Nova Southeastern University.
Julio C. Barrionuevo named senior VP of operations at FedEx Express Latin American and Caribbean Division
Julio C. Barrionuevo is senior vice president of operations, Mexico, Central America and Caribbean for the FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division, headquartered in Miami. Before, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer at FedEx Express International, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Barrionuevo has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami and an MBA from Florida International University.