August 18, 2014

Marta Colomar Garcia named partner at Diaz Reus & Targ

ColomarMarta 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.

Tony Arellano named executive VP, Metro 1 Commercial

Tony ArellanoTony Arellano  has been promoted to executive vice president of Metro 1 Commercial. Arellano has a degree in business administration from Florida International University.

Juliio C. Barrionuevo named senior VP of operations at FedEx Express Latin American and Caribbean Division

Julio Barrionuevo (2)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.

Brijesh P. Mehta named medical director of stroke and neurocritical care, Memorial Neuroscience Institute

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Brijesh P. Mehta has joined the Memorial Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Healthcare System as medical director of stroke and neurocritical care. Also, he is employed with the Memorial Physician Group. Before, he was at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mehta’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in biology from Emory; a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and specialty training at Harvard Medical School programs in Boston. 

Eugene Marini named COO at Victoria Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Eugene MariniEugene Marini  has been named chief operating officer at Victoria Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Miami. Before he was chief executive officer of Metropolitan Hospital of Miami. Marini has a bachelor’s degree in health administration and a master’s degree in public health from Florida International University.

Luis M. O'Naghten joins Baker & McKenzie as partner

Luis M. O’NaghtLuis_onaghtenen 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). 

Shawn Gracey named area managing director, Eden Roc Miami Beach

Image001Shawn Gracey has been named area managing director of Eden Roc Miami Beach. Before, he was with Destination Hotels & Resorts, most recently in Houston, where he was general manager at Hotel Derek. Gracey has a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Missouri.

Jeffrey Tenen, Israel Sanchez named shareholders at Greenberg Traurig

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Jeffrey S. Tenen,
left, and Israel I. Sanchez, below, have been named shareholders at Greenberg Traurig. Tenen and Sanchez were most recently partner and of counsel, respectively, at the Miami office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. Both men were also previously shareholders at Greenberg Traurig. Tenen has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts and a law degree from The Catholic University of America. Sanchez has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth and a law Sanchez, Israel_jpgdegree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Iris Berges named CEO at Hollywood Pavilion Hospital

Iris-bergesIris 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. 

August 11, 2014

Fred A. Roger named executive director, The Veterans Trust

 Fred A. Roger is the new executive director of The Veterans Trust, a grant-making foundation dedicated to supporting transitioning veterans. Before, he was CEO of the HELO Foundation, which establishes veteran resource centers on university campuses. Previously he was director of training and product development with Dr. G’s Franchising Companies, where he trained new franchisees and established a training center and curriculum. He is the managing director of Roger Consulting. From 2002-2007 he served in the United States Marine Corps.

Roger Fred TVTRoger has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in entrepreneurship, from Nova Southeastern University. ​
Best advice he ever received: Opportunities are everywhere. You have to learn how to spot them and prepare yourself to have the ability to act. A relentless, boundary-less mindset goes a long way. Align yourself with likeminded people that have passion, energy, and an edge in the area of interest. Follow your gut and dreams. 

Marixa Franco named managing director of customer care, American Airlines

Marixa Franco has been named managing director of customer care for American Airlines at Miami International Airport. Most recently, she was managing director of customer operations at MIA. Marixa Franco

Alvin Lodish, Scott Kravetz at Duane Morris

Scott KravetzScott D. Kravetz, left, and Alvin Lodish have joined Duane Morris as partners in the Alvin Lodish firm’s Trial Practice Group. They were both previously at Daniels Kashtan. Lodish has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and a master’s in public administration, from the University of Pittsburgh, and a law degree from Antioch School of Law. Kravetz has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from the University of Florida and a law degree from the University of Miami.

David Gellen, Michelle Gonzalez, Stacey Ibarra named partners at Akerman

Akerman has named three new partners:

Gellen, DavidDavid Gellen
, a corporate lawyer, will be in the Boca Raton office. Before he was at FriendFiner Networks Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Temple University.


Michelle Gonzalez, at right, a real estate lawyer, will be in Miami. She has moved from Liebler, Gonzalez Gonzalez, Michelle& Portuondo. She has two undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida and a law degree from the University of Miami. 

Ibarra, StaceyStacey Ibarra
, at left, a litigator, in West Palm Beach. She moved from Gunster. A former assistant state attorney and an assistant statewide prosecutor under the Office of the Attorney General, she has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a law degree from the University of Florida.

Mirta Ojito named director, news standards, at Telemundo

Mirta Ojito has been named director, news standards, at Telemundo and will be based in Miami. Her responsibilities will include: reviewing scripts and reports for accuracy and fairness, supporting news IMG_mirta_ojito.jpg_2_1_FP2DMPKO_L58470731management on review processes and ethics training, and providing guidance to Telemundo journalists about news standards. She will also be responsible for training new hires and ensuring that all Telemundo employees are continually educated on NBC News standards and practices, including the use of social media. Before, she was an assistant professor in the Colombia University  Graduate School of Journalism. Previous to that, she was at the New York Times, where she was a member of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has also held various positions at The Miami Herald Publishing Company. Ojito, whose books include Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus, has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s from Columbia in journalism.

Ivan Ramirez named sales director of Sereno in Bay Harbor Islands

Ivan RamirezIvan Ramirez
 has been named sales director of Sereno, a bayfront property in Bay Harbor Islands. He previously directed sales and marketing for Cerberus Private Equity and Momentis Property Group. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Barry University.

Genaro 'Chip' Iglesias joins Ballard Partners

Chip_Iglesias headshotGenaro “Chip” Iglesias 
 has joined Ballard Partners as a partner and will be Chair of Local Government Practice. He was deputy mayor of Miami-Dade County since 2011. Before, he was the Key Biscayne village manager. He received his bachelor’s degree in public administration from Barry University and an MBA from Florida International University.

Giovanni Caloretti named director of international sales, Douglas Elliman

Giovanni M. CalorettiGiovanni M. Caloretti  has been named director of international sales for the Florida team of Douglas Elliman. Before, he was at Miami-based Cervera Real Estate.

August 04, 2014

Joel Berger named executive director, Temple Israel of Greater Miami

Joel Berger has been named executive director, Temple Israel of Greater Miami. Before, he was executive director of Beth David Congregation in Miami. At Beth David Congregation, he led the synagogue’s successful 2012 centennial campaign. Previously, he was executive director of University of Miami Hillel in Coral Gables, and earlier served as youth, camp and executive director at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in Aventura. He also has been a marketing strategist at Kettler Financial in Coral Gables. He has a bachelor’s degree in management/management information decision systems, and an MBA in marketing and finance, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. 

Best advice h 1-Joel Bergere ever received: Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated.

Ron Nuce named VP of sales, visitor service at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Ron Nuce has been named vice president of sales and visitor service at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. Before, he was vice president of guest experience and sales for the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University.

David Dvorak to join Cendyn Arcaneo as vice president, strategic accounts

David Dvorak will join Cendyn Arcaneo  as vice president, strategic accounts. Before, he was vice president of catering and event management for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Dvorak graduated from the Chubb Institute of Computer Programming. 028982c

Maritza Meza named director of sales for Privage Condominium Estates

Maritza Meza has been named director of sales for Privage Condominium Estates. Before, she was a waterfront and luxury estate specialist at Coldwell Banker Previews, working with high-end resale properties on Fort Lauderdale beach. She was also sales director for several condo high-rise properties. Meza has a bachelor’s deMaritza headshotgree in business from the Universidad Virgen Immaculada in Peru.

Julianne Gordon named VP of operations and underwriting at TouchSuite

Julianne Gordon (1)Julianne Gordon has been named vice president of operations and underwriting at TouchSuite, a Boca Raton-based company that focuses on electronic payments. Before, she was at North American Bancard. Gordon has a degree in business management from Oakland University in Rochester, Minnesota.

Cammie Goldberg named director of leasing, landlord representation at Franklin Street Real Estate Services

Cammi Goldberg_resizedCammi Goldberg has been named director of leasing and landlord representation at Franklin Street Real Estate Services. Before, Goldberg was a commercial leasing manager for RAM Realty Services. She attended the University of Miami.

Andrew S. Fierman a named partner at Alberni Caballero & Fierman

Andrew S. Fierman  has become a named partner at Alberni Caballero & Fierman. Before, he was a partner at the firm, formerly known as Alberni Caballero & Company AF - For Web Cropped. Fierman, a CPA, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida and an MBA from Florida International University.

Sherril M. Colombo joins Littler as a shareholder

Sherril M. Colombo joins Littler as a shareholder. Before, she was a partner at Wilson Elser. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Bruce McKittrick named principal at Mallah Furman

Bruce McKittrick  was promoted to the position of principal at Mallah Furman. He joined the firm in 2008. He has a degree in business science and business administration from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo. Bruce McKittrick_9545

Monica Ribeiro named VP, branch manager at BankUnited in West Pompano

Monica Ribeiro  has been named vice president and branch manager of the West Pompano Branch of BankUnited. Before, she was vice president and market leader at BB&T in Deerfield Beach. She attended the Universidade Santa Úrsula in Rio de Janeiro.  Ribeiro, Monica

August 03, 2014

Barbara Ferrer to join GrayRobinson as a shareholder

Barbara Ferrer  will join the Miami office of GrayRobinson as a shareholder in the firm’s real estate practice group. She is a former partner at Holland & Knight. Ferrer has a bachelor’s degree from St. Thomas University and a law degree from the U Barbara Ferrerniversity of Miami. 

July 28, 2014

Elizabeth Coto named VP, market manager at U.S. Century Bank

Elizabeth Coto has been named vice president, market manager at U.S. Century Bank. She will oversee all personal and business banking efforts in the Hialeah and Miami Lakes area, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch. Before, she was a vice president, branch manager at Citibank. She began her Elyedit2_jpegcareer in banking at U.S. Century Bank in 2002 as a teller. She has been involved with the March of Dimes and various chambers of commerce. She currently serves as secretary for the Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce. She attended Miami Dade College and is pursing an MBA at the University of Miami.

Best advice she ever received: The best advice I have received in my career comes both from experience, and from my father, who is also my career mentor: “A goal without a plan is just a dream.” At an early age, I drew out my career plans through my retirement. With the base I have built, I look forward to having a long, successful banking career filled by changing clients’ lives through finance.

Chanteya Lawrence named sales performance manager supporting BoA's South Florida teams

Chanteya LawrenceChanteya Lawrence 
has been named sales performance manager supporting the Bank of America’s banking center teams in South Florida. Lawrence previously worked with the company’s Dealer Financial Services in Jacksonville. She has a bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of North Florida.