Lena Makurath has been hired as vice president of public relations and marketing for the Capponi Group, comprised of Capponi Building, Capponi Properties, Capponi Casa, and Capponi Events. Previously, she was director of event operations for Dacra Development.
Phillis Oeters, corporate vice president of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida, was elected president and chair of the Orange Bowl Committee. She currently serves on the boards of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Council, United Waym Coral Gables Community Foundation and Nat Moore Foundation. She is also chairman of the board of the Neurologically Injured Compensation Fund for the State of Florida.
Kim Abreu, senior vice president and market manager for Bank of America's Commercial Real Estate Banking team;
C.L. Conroy, president of the Conroy Martinez Group;
Stephen Sonnabend, senior vice president of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation;
and Thomas S. Moleta, president and owner of Turbulence Advertising
Michael S. Popok, chair of the Litigation Division for the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, has been named chair of the Diversity Advisory Committee of the Dade County Bar Association. He is a member of the Bars of Florida and New York, and is active in The Florida Bar. He is a member of the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and a member of the Dade County Bar Association Civil Litigation Committee, Corporate Litigation Committee and the Professionalism Committee.
John Elliott Leighton has opened Leighton Law, a personal injury law firm located in Brickell. Previously, he was a senior partner at Leesfield Leighton & Partners for 20 years. He is the chairman of the Academy of Trial Advocacy, chairs the America Trial Lawyers' Inadequate Security Litigation Group and a member on the Board of Advisors of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.
Jon Chassen has been hired as partner in the Real Estate Group of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod. He will also serve as a member of the Distressed Property Group. He handles an array of real state matters and has extensive experience handling matters involving distressed real property assests.
Patrick J. O' Connor, previously practiced with DLA Piper, Steel Hector & Davis, and the O' Connor Law Group.
Ronald Albert, Jr., previously a partner with Holland & Knight and Broad and Cassel.
Steven Christensen has been appointed chief executive officer. Previously, he was chief financial officer for FirstManagement Partners and for The Continental Group.
Al Soto has been appointed chief operating officer. He was previously president of
The Continental Group's Property Services Division.
Robert G. Berrin, president and co-owner of Capital Realty Services, has been appointed to the board of directors for First National Bank of Sount Miami. He is a board member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and serves as chair of its Pacesetter Division. He is also the chair of the South Miami Hospital Foundation and a member of the South Miami Hospital governing board.
Frank Sotolongo has been hired as senior vice president of commercial lending for Professional Bank. His responsibilities include developing and managing commercial and personal relationships, providing banking solutions to clients and delivering convenient, expedient and personalized service throughout the banking relationship. Previously, he has held executive positions at Bank of America, Citibank, Regions Bank and FirstBank Florida.