Name: Karolina Bednarska
Company: J.P. Morgan
New position: Vice president and private banker
Past experience: Served as private banker in Wells Fargo. Worked at Wachovia Bank as a licensed financial specialist. Also served as a financial adviser at Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “The best career advice I have received was to always take ownership of your career and focus on what you can control- always work to be a top performer and say ‘yes’ to any new opportunities. We own our careers so do a great job, be proactive, seek feedback, and you will be rewarded.”
TotalBank has announced Nelson Hidalgo’s promotion to executive vice president of the banking center division. He has been with the bank for five years and was hired as senior vice president and lenderi n the corporate lending division in 2008. In 2010, he was promoted to director of the banking center division.
Great Florida Bank has named Elma Quijano as assistant vice president and senior relationship manager. She has more than 18 years of experience in banking. Before joining Great Florida Bank, she was the assistant vice president and business relationship manager at HSBC Bank in Coral Gables. Quijano has also worked at Banco Popular, First Union National Bank of Florida and FEC Federal Credit Union.
J.P. Morgan has named David Savir as vice president and private banker at its Miami Private Bank office. Most recently, he was a private wealth advisor at Goldman Sachs’ investment management division. Savir has also served as a mentor to the University of Miami Entrepreneurship Program.