September 08, 2014

Col. Leland Liebe, U.S.A. (Retired) named VP of SmartWater CSI

Col. Leland Liebe, U.S.A. (Retired) has been named vice president of SmartWater CSI, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale.  He most recently was director of intelligence (J2) at Special Operations Command-South. Liebe has three master’s degrees, including a master’s in strategic intelligence from the National Intelligence University at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. 

 Best advice he ever received:Leland Liebe Headshot Great organizations make routine matters routine. The establishment of processes to accomplish “routine activity” allows the organization to ingest complexity to accomplish goals seldom achieved by those organizations who can't accomplish the “normal.” This advice was provided by Brig. Gen. (then Lieut. Col.) James T. Hirai, who was “the best commander and mentor I ever served with during nearly 25 years of active duty service. He was my battalion commander when I was leading a rifle platoon (as a second lieutenant) in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii in 1992.”

Shannon McCoy named publisher of Yachts International

Shannon McCoy has been named publisher of Yachts International magazine in Fort Lauderdale. Before, she led business development and strategic partnerships at the Palm Beach-based yacht brokerage and charter firm Worth Avenue Yachts.

Mary Jane Damavandi named director of nursing at Miami Jewish Health Systems

Mary Jane “MJ” Damavandi  has been promoted to director of nursing at Miami Jewish Health Systems. Damavandi was first brought into Miami Jewish Health Systems as a consultant in 2013 and was soon asked to join the organization’s staff full time. She has a bachelor’s in nursing from Florida State University and a Mary Jane Damavandi Headshot master’s in health service administration from Barry University.

Sami Teittinen named CEO, Silver Airways

Sami T. Teittinen has been appointed chief executive officer at Silver Airways. He was chief financial officer. Teittinen has has a bachelor’s in finance and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. He is also a graduate of the Finnish Defense Forces Reconnaissance School and Finnish Business College in Helsinki.

William Ciudad-Real named VP, office leader at HNTB Corporation

William Ciudad-Real has joined HNTB Corporation based in Miami as South Florida office leader and vice president. He has a bachelor’s degree in science civil engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. William Ciudad-Real

Ralph Aliseo joins MSC Cruises USA

Ralph Aliseo has joined MSC Cruises USA as associated director of national and strategic accounts. Most recently, he was with Azamara Club Cruises as a strategic business development manager. Aliseo studied political science at Florida Atlantic University.  Download (4)

Patrick H.F. Roberts named Head of School at Palmer Trinity

Patrick H.F. Roberts is the new Head of School at Palmer Trinity in Palmetto Bay. He most recently was Associate Head of School and Head of Advancement for Battle Ground Academy in Nashville. Roberts has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Richmond, and a master’s in education from Lipscomb University in Tennessee.  Patrick Roberts

September 03, 2014

Michelle Sanchez, Orlando Oliva, Eddy Ruiz promoted at TotalBank

TotalBank has promoted three executives within its lending team:

--Michelle Sanchez has been named vice president and business banking lender. She will be serving the Coral Way, 19th Street Drive-I Sanchez, Michelle Oliva, Orlandon, Red Sunset, Coral Gables, Bird Road, Downtown, and Brickell banking centers. She was most recently assistant vice president and business banking lender. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from University of Miami and a master’s degree in finance from Florida International University.

--Orlando Oliva, above right, has been promoted to assistant Ruiz, Eddyvice president and business banking lender for TotalBank’s Medley, Hialeah, Doral, Doral Point and Doral Plaza Banking Centers. Before, he was banking officer, lender and relationship manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and real estate from FIU.

--Eddy Ruiz, right, has been promoted to assistant vice president and business banking lender at the Pinecrest Banking Center. He most recently was lender and relationship manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Troy University.

Kevin Miliffe named VP/relationship manager at City National Bank of Florida


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 has been named vice president/relationship manager in the real estate banking division of City National Bank of Florida. Before he was at Doral Property Finance. He has an MBA and a master’s degree in management from the University of Florida.

Brent Burns, Jorge Gonzalez, Kim Magner promoted at JM Family Enterprises

JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach has announced three executive-level promotions: 

--Brent Burns has been promoted to chief operating officer. He most recently was chief financial officer and executive vice president. Burns, a certified public accountant, has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

--Jorge Gonzalez assumes the role of chief financial officer. He has been a vice president of corporate taxes at the firm. Gonzalez, a CPA, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration, and a master’s degree in taxation, from Pace University.

--Kim Magner has been promoted to vice president of corporate taxes. She has held several management positions at the company. Magner, a CPA, has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Canisius College and a master’s degree of accounting in taxation from Nova Southeastern University.