April 21, 2014

Alexander Smith, Jr., named VP, project exec at Moss & Associates

Alexander Smith, Jr., has been named vice president and project executive at Alex SmithMoss & Associates construction management. His duties include project management, development and implementation of scheduling and logistics, and overseeing cost, quality and safety control, contract administration, and owner and subcontractor negotiations. Before, he was vice president of operations for the Plaza Construction Group of Florida in Miami. He received a bachelor of science in building construction from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He was an in-flight instructor while in the United States Air Force.

Best advice he ever received: “My father always told to me to be fair in dealing with people. Do not play favorites. You can work with people you enjoy, but that should never mean giving them preferential treatment. I have tried to continue that logic throughout my career.”


Lori Perlman named VP of managed care at Broward health

Download (2)Lori Perlman has been named vice president of managed care at Broward Health. Before, she was director of managed care. She has a bachelor’s in health services administration from Florida International University.

Ileana Platt named senior VP at RBC Wealth Management

Ileana Platt recently joined IleanaPlatt_2 as a senior vice president — international financial advisor in the Miami office. Before, she was at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management. She has a bachelor’s in business administration and an MBA from Florida International University in Miami.

Kimberly Wilson is general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

KimberlyWilsonKimberly Wilson has been named general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Before, she was general manager at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale. She has a bachelor’s in management and management information systems at Valdosta State College.

Carlos Abarca, Emil Infante at Foley & Lardner

Emil Infante Carlos AbarcaEmil R. Infante, left, and Carlos Abarca have joined the Miami office of Foley & Lardner as partners. Infante previously served as managing partner and chair of the Latin America Practice Group and Family Offices Services Group at Infante Zumpano. Infante received a bachelor’s from Sacred Heart University and a master’s from the University of Dayton. He has a J.D. from St. Mary’s University and an LL.M. in securities, banking and financial regulation from Georgetown University. Before joining Foley, Abarca was a partner at Infante Zumpano. Abarca has a bachelor’s from Tufts University and his MBA from I.E.S.E. Business School, University of Navarra, in Barcelona. He received his J.D. from Stanford University. 

Ana E. Calderon Randazzo named executive director of Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center

Ana E. Calderon Randazzo has been promoted to executive director of Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, which serves more than 11,000 children with special healthcare needs in Broward County annually. Before, she was assistant administrator. She has a master’s and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Miami.  Dr. Ana Calderon Headshot

Terry Shapiro is executive director at Lucida Treatment Center

Terry Shapiro has been named executive director of Lucida Treatment Center in Palm Beach. Before, he was founding partner and executive director of of Kiva Recovery in Illinois. He has a bachelor’s in social work from Winona State University in Minnesota and a master’s in counseling with an emphasis on addictions.  Terry

Tom Watson named VP of finance, United Way of Broward County

Tom Watson has been named vice president of finance at United Way of Broward Tom Watson, Vice President of Finance at United Way of Broward CountyCounty. Most recently, he served as the CFO at Arch Aluminum. Watson received his bachelor’s in accounting from Florida State University. ​

John Allan is general manager of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

John Allan has joined Hilton Worldwide as general manager of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. He most recently held the position of general manager of J_Allan HeadshotHyatt Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale. Allan is a graduate of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management.

Joseph A. DeMaria named partner at Fox Rothschild

Joseph-demariaJoseph A. DeMaria has been named a partner in the Miami office of Fox Rothschild. Before, he was with Tew Cardenas. DeMaria, a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, received his J.D. from SUNY-Buffalo and his bachelor’s from St. Bonaventure University. 

April 14, 2014

Fernando Figueredo to join Florida International University as director of Career Services,

Fernando Figueredo will join Florida International University as director of Career Services, where he will focus on increasing career opportunities for students. Before, he was Miami-Dade County’s director of communications and external affairs in the office of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. Before that, Figueredo was chair of FIU’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in business administration from Florida International University, and a Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Seville in Spain. Fernando-Figueredo-lo-res

Elizabeth Rodriguez named VP, BSA officer at Marquis Bank

Elizabeth Rodriguez has joined Marquis Bank, based in Coral Gables, as vice president and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) officer. She will be responsible for coordinating the development, implementation and management of the BSA Compliance Program. Before, she worked for International Finance Bank, where she served as the BSA officer for eight years. She received her associate of arts degree from Miami Dade College. 

Best advice she ever had: “An old boss taught me that if you want to make lasting changes, you have to do it a little bit at a ti Elizabeth Rodriguez 2me … like a sculptor who chips away until they have something wonderful.”


David Josefsberg joins Century Risk Advisors as a partner

David Josefsberg has joined Century Risk Advisors as a partner and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of the professional practice division. Before, he was with the Linq Financial Group. He has a bachelor’s in communications and a master’s in counseling from the University of Hartford.

Javier A. Lopez now a partner at Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton

Javier A. Lopez was promoted earlier this year to partner at Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton, where he is a member of the complex litigation department. He has a bachelor’s from Harvard and a law degree from George Washington University.  Download (1)

Carlos Deupi named general counsel, executive vice president at Brilla

Carlos Deupi has been named general counsel, executive vice president and corporate secretary at Brilla Financial Group. Before, he was at the Miami office of Squire Sanders. Deupi has a bachelor’s in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has a law degree from Boston College.​ Def1

Uriel A. Mendieta named partner at Hunton & Williams

Uriel A. Mendieta has been promoted to partner at Hunton & Williams in the Miami office. He focuses on general corporate representation, including mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, and national and international project finance. Mendieta has undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Mendieta_u

Javier A. Lopez now a partner at Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton

Javier A. Lopez was promoted earlier this year to partner at Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton, where he is a member of the complex litigation department. He has a bachelor’s from Harvard and a law degree from George Washington University.  Download (1)

Jeffrey Tew joins Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez as partner

TewJeffrey Tew has joined Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez as a partner. Before, he was at Tew Cardenas. He has a bachelor’s from Dartmouth and a law degree from the University of Miami.

Angelina O'Brien, Adam Jalali promoted at Kip Hunter Marketing

Kip Hunter Marketing, based in Fort Lauderdale, has named Angelina O’Brien director of public relations and Adam Jalali  director of marketing and graphic design. Previously, O’Brien, owned and operated a marketing and public relations firm based in West Palm Beach. She has a bachelor’s in organizational management from Indian River State College. Jalali was promoted from a staff position. He has a bachelor’s in public relations from the University of Florida.​

Alberto Garofalo named Bank of America’s area executive in Miami market

Picture1Alberto Garofalo has been named Bank of America’s area executive in the Miami market. In this role, he will lead all local banking center teams in providing area customers with personal banking, mortgage, investment, and small-business products and services. He most recently was area executive for North Carolina. He has a degree in business management from SUNY-Empire State College.

Diana Pubchara named chief marketing officer at Blanca Commercial Real Estate

Diana Pubchara  has been named chief marketing officer of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. She was previously chief marketing officer for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.


April 12, 2014

George Haj named regional editor-in-chief at ALM

George Haj has been named regional editor-in-chief at ALM. He will oversee the Daily Business Review in Miami, the Daily Report in Atlanta, and Texas Lawyer, a weekly out of Dallas, effective April 21. He is senior editor of local news at the Houston Chronicle, where he has been since 2003. Before that, he was at the Miami Herald, where he had been business editor. He studied journalism and political science at the University of Miami. Hajmug

Best advice he ever received: "No one ever did their best work being comfortable. Learn to say yes — to meeting people outside your normal circles, to learning new things, and to accepting a new work challenge even if it's outside your comfort zone. Particularly if it's outside your comfort zone." 

Ty Forkner named director of commercial sales at South Beach International Realty

Ty Forkner has been named director of commercial sales at South Beach International Realty. Previously at Douglas Elliman, Ty specialized in working with clients in the entertainment industry. Forkner has a bachelor’s of science degree in advertising from the University of Florida.

Maureen Shea, Lisa Wulf promoted at Right Management-Florida/Caribbean

Maureen Shea and Lisa Wulf have been promoted at Right Management-Florida/Caribbean, which is based in Fort Lauderdale. Shea, who is CFO and a co-founder of the company, will be CEO. She has a bachelor’s from Kean College. Wulf, who has been SVP-controller, has been promoted to CFO. She has a bachelor’s from the University of California and a master’s from Florida Atlantic University.

Sarah Espat named CFO for ArtServe,

Sarah Espat has been named chief financial officer for ArtServe, which promotes art and culture arts throughout Broward County. Before, she was an accountant and grants administrator at the Helen Bentley Family Health Center. Espat has a master’s in taxation from Florida International University.

Javier I. Ortiz named VP of HR at Telemundo Station Group

Javier I. Ortiz has been named vice president of human resources at Telemundo Station Group. He will oversee all HR functions for Telemundo’s 17 stations in the United States. Before, he was director of human resources for Telemundo Networks, where he provided HR support to the news, alternative programming, sports and programming groups. Ortiz graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a BSBA in Human Resources Management. Javier Ortiz Head Shot

Aaron Gordon named partner at Schwartz Media Strategies

Aaron Gordon, a vice president at Schwartz Media Strategies, has been named a partner. Gordon, who joined the coAaron Gordonmpany in 2008, has a bachelor’s from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jacqueline Bueno Sousa to join FIU's College of Business as SBDC director

Jacqueline Bueno Sousa will join the College of Business at Florida International University as regional director of SBDC at FIU, the Florida Small Business Development Center for Miami-Dade County that recently opened at the university. Before, she was a director with i2 Integrity, an international strategic advisory firm. Before that, she had been a reporter an editor at several publications. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Florida aJSousa-Photond a master's in public administration from FIU.

Marina Foglia named executive director of BID of Coral Gables

Marina S. Foglia has been named executive director of the  Marina Foglia(BID), whose mission is to promote commerce in Miracle Mile/downtown Coral Gables. Before, she was a senior manager of the community and industry growth group with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She has a bachelor’s in international relations from Florida International University.

Adrian Legaspi takes new post at Advanced Surgical Oncology Network of Tenet Florida Physician Services

Adrian Legaspi has been named the new medical director for the Advanced Surgical Oncology Network of Tenet Florida Physician Services. He was most recently the director of hepatobiliary and foregut oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. He has a bachelor's from Colegio Tepeyac in Mexico City; his M.D. from Army Medical School, also in Mexico City; completed clinical fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The New York Hospital Cornell University Medical Center; and surgical residences with New Jersey Medical School, University Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey affiliated hospitals and Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Best advice: The best advice he ever received wLegaspi_Adrian_MD_FACSas from his grandfather, who told him: "Treat everyone with dignity and respect."