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.
The national firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has promoted three Miami-based associates, Tracy L. Kramer, Maureen G. Pearcy, and Edward T. Sylvester, to partners in the firm.
Kramer represents insurers in first- and third-party insurance coverage disputes during litigation and in the pre-suit claim process. She also counsels property and casualty insurers on best practices for establishing and maintaining proper claims handling procedures.
Pearcy represents clients in appeals in state and federal courts, including before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Florida Supreme Court and several Florida district courts of appeal. She also provides appellate assistance and advice to trial attorneys during litigation. She handles professional liability, first-party, and other insurance coverage.
Sylvester represents insurers in complex insurance coverage disputes, including common law and bad faith litigation. He handles matters involving commercial property and auto, life insurance, personal auto and professional liability policies.
Anthony F. Sierra has been named chief executive officer of BMI Financial Group Inc. (BMI), replacing Tony M. Sierra, founder and chairman of the board of BMI, who will resign his position as CEO effective Sept. 1. Anthony Sierra is president and CEO of Best Meridian Insurance Company. BMI is a provider of life and health insurance. Tony Sierra will continue as chairman of the board of BMI. He will maintain involvement in the company's foreign operations and will head various committees. BMI's board of directors also have named Manuel Pelati as chief financial officer of BMI. He will retain his position of CFO of Best Meridian Insurance Company and Best Meridian International Insurance Company.
Edward A. Latour has been named senior director of operations and risk management at Gulliver Schools. His responsibilities will include oversight of technology, cafeteria services, maintenance and facilities, legal compliance, security, transportation, and risk management. He also will play an integral role in the schools’ strategic initiatives. He has nine years of experience in private school finance and operations, having worked as director of finance and operations at Palmer Trinity School and most recently for the past nine years as director of finance for Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove.
Barbara M. Arco has joined Rojas Law Firm LLP as senior counsel. She focuses her practice in commercial and civil litigation, insurance matters, and real property litigation. Before joining Rojas, she was at Holland & Knight where she had a diverse commercial litigation practice in state, federal and appellate courts. Before that, she worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Alan S. Gold, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Terry G. Smith, M.D., has been promoted to regional market president for Humana’s South Florida Medicare market operations. He was chief medical officer of the Medicare health benefits company. He will oversee Humana’s Medicare and Medicaid businesses in South Florida, including the market’s strategic direction, growth and profitability. He has been with Humana for more than 20 years.
Michael J. Fichtel named managing partner at Kelley, Kronenberg, Gilmartin, Fichtel, Wander, Bamdas, Eskalyo and Dunbrack
Michael J. Fichtel has joined Kelley, Kronenberg, Gilmartin, Fichtel, Wander, Bamdas, Eskalyo and Dunbrack, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale as managing partner of the law firm’s eight Florida offices. He was managing partner of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He joined the firm in 1987 and headed the firm’s geographic growth and efforts to diversify the firm’s legal offerings. He practices insurance defense with a focus on Workers’ Compensation claims and client services.
Douglas Ede has joined Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel as a partner in the law firm's Miami office. He was a partner at Yoss, LLP. He will continue his practice in complex commercial litigation, labor, administrative and municipal actions, first party insurance claims, admiralty and maritime, personal injury defense, construction litigation, and complex commercial transactions.