Lourdes Solera has been promoted to principal at M.C. Harry and Associates in Miami, joining James W. Piersol, Thomas M. Carlson and Javier O. Torres as shareholders and owners of the firm. She has 25 years of professional practice and experience in the private and public sector. Before the promotion, she was head of the firm’s education design group. She has been a dedicated leader at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for many years, leading the institute in many positions. Her passion for architecture, history and educating the public about the value of architecture and design also has translated to teaching as an adjunct professor of History of Architecture and History of Landscape Architecture at Florida International University. She also has served on the City of Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board and on the State of Florida’s Board of Architecture and Interior Design.
Cristina Raecke, Angel Burgos newest executive directors at FIU's College of Business Administration
Cristina Raecke and Angel Burgos have been hired as executive directors at Florida International University's College of Business Administration.
Raecke will be responsible for publications, web presence, event marketing and the development and implementation of the marketing strategies for graduate and undergraduate programs. She has worked with Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks and the law firm of Greenburg Traurig. She also was manager of marketing and communications for Univision, TeleFutura and Galavision. Before that, she was manager for marketing and community relations for the Miami Downtown Development Authority, and director of recruiting and admissions for the University of Miami's MBA programs.
Burgos will direct and manage the MBA programs and will have overall management responsibility for the Master of International Business program. He was director of MBA and MS in accounting programs for the George Mason University School of Management. Before that, he also contributed to the graduate programs for the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.
Peter A. Ramirez has been promoted to senior vice president and head of commercial lending at U.S. Century Bank. He will be responsible for the entire department, which includes the maintenance of the loan and deposit portfolios, daily operations, new business activity and the overall quality of assets. Additionally, he also will be responsible for risk identification of loans and for staff development. He joined U.S. Century Bank in 2008 as senior vice president, commercial lending. He began his banking career in 1985.
Gonzalo Acevedo has been named managing senior vice president, private client group director, at City National Bank of Florida (CNB). He will be headquartered at the bank's Coral Gables office. Before joining CNB, he was senior vice president at SunTrust's Private Wealth Management division in Miami-Dade.
Stephanie Reed Traband has joined Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman LLP (LKLSG) as partner in the Miami-based commercial law firm. She focuses her practice on business and commercial litigation and has more than a decade of experience in the areas of bankruptcy, creditor's rights, real estate, and corporate litigation. She also practices international law and has significant appellate experience. She currently serves on the management committee of the International Association of Young Lawyers. Before joining LKLSG, she was a partner at Jones Walker in Miami.
Curtis B. Hunter has joined Berger Singerman as a partner and member of the law firm’s business, finance and tax team, working from the firm's Miami office. He concentrates his practice in corporate law, tax, trusts/estates and estate planning, including wealth preservation, business succession and asset protection planning. He also has experience in tax controversies involving the IRS and Department of Revenue, real estate and litigation. Before joining Berger Singerman, he was a partner with Messer, Caparello & Self in Tallahassee.
Leslee Gross has been promoted to assistant vice president of operations for Baptist Health South Florida. Before the promotion, she was director of the transfer center, which she developed and centralized for six hospitals and 12 urgent care centers. She will be responsible for overseeing the eICU operations and related telemedicine applications. She also will continue to direct the transfer center and oversee credentialing and verification services for the organization. She began her career as a staff nurse at Baptist Hospital in 1982 and held several nursing positions, including assistant nurse manager in the emergency department.
Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine announced the addition of Angelique Grant Hutchinson, Ph.D. as the new Assistant Vice President of Development. Prior to joining FIU, she was Executive Director of Major Gifts at the University of Miami's Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and since 2004 had been responsible for the development efforts of 24 medical divisions and a campaign goal of $86 million. She has an extensive career in institutional advancement, media relations and public relations. She has worked in higher education at Princeton University where she served as Director of Development from 1999 to 2004, and at Washington State University where she served as a communications instructor with the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications and was Assistant Director of Development from 1994 to 1999.