Michael A. Marquez has been appointed Florida region head at Bessemer Trust. He will continue to be managing director at the company. Before, he was regional director of Florida at Bessemer. Marquez has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s of science from Boston College.
Carlos Hernandez has rejoined the accounting firm of McGladrey, LLP as partner. He will be based in Miami. and will continue to specialize in the Healthcare assurance and consulting field throughout Florida. Hernandez is a graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill.
Rodrigo “Roddy” Melendez has been named managing partner of KPMG LLP’s Miami office. Before, he was an audit partner at the firm. He is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Richard F. Puerto has been promoted to partner in the tax department at Verdeja & De Armas, LLP in Coral Gables, where he focuses his practice on individuals and their closely owned businesses, international tax, high-net worth domestic/international individuals, real estate, schools and representing businesses/individuals before the IRS. He also is a tax advisor to numerous not-for-profit entities. He formerly was tax manager at Verdeja & De Armas. He has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from The Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida and a master’s of science in taxation from the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University.
What’s the best advice you ever received? ‘March to the beat of your own drum.’
Lowell Rush was recently named chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer of Direct Insite Corp., a provider of cloud-based e-invoicing solutions. He previously was chief operating officer of Cosmetic Dermatology, Inc. and CFO of Bijoux Terner, LLC. Rush has an accounting degree from SUNY Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Miami.
Frank Gonzalez, Alexander Binelo, Ileana Salort-Horta in new leadership positions at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC, has promoted the following: Frank Gonzalez, at lower left, to principal-in-charge of the audit department; Alexander Binelo, to principal, from director; and Ileana Salort-Horta, to director, from senior manager. Gonzalez will also continue to lead the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and SEC practices. He has a bachelor’s in accounting from Florida International University and an MBA in accounting and finance from the University of Miami. Binelo and Salort-Horta each hold a bachelor’s of accounting and a master’s of science in taxation from FIU.
Whitney Schiffer CPA promoted to director of audit and attest services at Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants announced the promotion of Whitney Schiffer to the role of director in the audit and attest services practice. She holds a master’s degree in accounting from Florida International University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.