Naida M. Torres, a partner with AM Insurance Services, has been named president of the Business Networking International Coral Gables chapter.
The Miami chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) has named Susan Perry, of Taylanna's, Inc., as the chapter's vice president, Luisa Bravo, of Luisa Bravo & Associates, as the group's membership chair and Mercedes La Porta, of Mercedes Electric, as corporate partner.
Coral Gables City Attorney Elizabeth M. Hernandez has joined Akerman Senterfitt as a shareholder in the firm's litigation practice. She will focus on counseling clients on governmental issues impacting both public and private sector employers on a local and state level. Hernandez has served as Coral Gables' top legal officer since 1995.
Avisena, a provider of revenue cycle management software and services for physicians, has appointed Timothy Mills as vice president of sales and marketing. He will lead Avisena’s marketing efforts and sales. Most recently, Mills was senior vice president of provider operations with NaviNet, a healthcare communications network.
United HomeCare Services has appointed Hank Klein to its board of directors. Klein is vice chairman of Blanca Commercial Real Estate.
BankUnited has hired Rainer Pelzel as vice president and private banker. He will be based in BankUnited's Clearwater/Harbor Oaks office. Pelzel was most recently a private banking relationship manager for Regions Bank.
TotalBank has added an in-house wealth management division led by Joel Palatnik, who has been appointed vice president and managing director.
American Airlines has promoted Marixa Franco to managing director of ramp services at Miami International Airport. Franco has been working with the airline for more than 20 years and was most recently the airline’s general manager at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. She will be responsible for coordinating baggage operations, baggage service and cabin services.
American Airlines has named Radamés Vélez managing director for the Caribbean. He will be responsible for American’s operations in the region, which includes 23 destinations in 19 countries. Most recently, he was American's regional director of Mexico.
Nason & Nason, an executive search and temporary staffing firm, has appointed Roberto Diaz de Villegas to executive director of Nason Temp Solutions, one of the firm's integrated business solutions.