Andrew Kiernan has been named director of captive services in the Miami office of Franklin Street Insurance Services. Kiernan is responsible for establishing company-owned “captive” insurance companies for commercial real estate owners and managers. Previously, he was an area vice president of Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
The Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies has elected Alexander Dopazo as president. He has been a member of the board of directors since 2006. Dopazo is also the vice president of Dopazo & Associates.
Name: Mayco Villafaña
Company: Chartis Insurance Company, part of AIG.
New position: External communications manager for the Latin America region.
Past Experience: Graduated from the University of Florida. More than 20 years of experience in communications. Served as lead media relations specialist for Florida Power & Light Co. Worked as chief communications officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “The best advice I received was to always make a decision in my professional and personal endeavors. When you avoid making a decision, the decision is made for you with, most likely, a detrimental outcome. Deciding what course of action to take has taught me to be a more effective planner; it has improved my leadership skills and has allowed me to foster a more effective professional relationship with colleagues.”
Julio Soria was recently appointed general manager of National Life’s South Florida agency. Before joining National Life, he worked with Mass Mutual as agency director for South Florida. As general manager, Soria will lead market development and agent recruiting in South Florida for the insurance company. He is an active member of the PR Hispanic Chamber of Palm Beach, ALPHA, the Hispanic Chamber of Palm Beach, Broward Chamber and the American Cancer Society.
Avery A. Dial, Peter J. Melaragno, Richard P. Morris, and Yelena Shneyderman have been promoted to shareholders at the law firm of Fowler White Burnett, P.A.
Dial is a member of the firm’s insurance group. He focuses his practice on products liability, professional and medical liability, general liability, bad faith and transportation issues. He joined the firm in 2009 and works out of the Fort Lauderdale office.
Melaragno focuses his practice on toxic tort litigation. He represents manufacturers, distributors, insurers and retailers in the defense of claims that arise from alleged exposure to hazardous materials. He has been with the firm since 2003 and works out of the Miami office.
Morris is a member of the firm’s aviation group. His practice focuses on the defense of casualty and commercial litigation claims involving aviation, maritime, premises and products liability, medical malpractice, and general liability. He has been with the firm for three years and works at the Miami office.
Shneyderman is a member of the insurance group. She represents major insurance carriers and focuses her insurance defense practice on coverage disputes and bad faith litigation. She has worked with the firm for the last three years at the Fort Lauderdale office.
Michele Centeno has been named senior managing director, risk management practice at Frank Crystal & Co., an insurance brokerage firm. She will be based in Miami and will be responsible for the growth of the risk management practice on a national level. She was most recently managing director of Beecher Carlson.
Jose M. Hernandez has been named managing partner at Plasencia, Hernandez & Company, an insurance and financial services firm in Miami. He will consult in the areas of life insurance, health, disability, long term care, employee benefits and retirement planning. He was financial consultant at New England Financial from 2002-2008. Before that, he was engine parts coordinator at AeroThrust Corporation.