October 13, 2014

MOVERS has moved -- to MiamiHerald.com/business

Effective Oct. 13, 2014, the Movers column of Business Monday will be found at MiamiHerald.com/business.


October 07, 2014

Joel Goren named VP/relationship manager, City National Bank

Joel Goren (2)Joel Goren has been named vice president/relationship manager, City National Bank, based in Miami. He will  focus on high net worth clients, with a special focus on serving the financial needs of attorneys, law firms and other businesses in the legal sector. Before he was at SunTrust Wealth Management where he was vice president and legal specialty group client advisor. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Best advice he ever received: I have been given many words of wisdom. Two of the best pieces of advice that I live by are, “Doing good is good business” and “If you are able to work at a place you love and do a job you love, you'll never be bored."

Andrew Nguyen named executive chef at 430 Duval

Andrew Nguyen has been named executive chef at the newly opened 430 Duval, at La Concha Key West. Nguyen, who attended the Culinary Institute of America, was executive chef at Square One Restaurant in Key West. 

Linda Chu named CFO at Swire Properties

Image002 (1)Linda Chu has been promoted to chief financial officer from head of finance at Swire Properties. Her education includes an MBA from the University of Manchester and degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Marcello Coltro named executive VP at Cisneros Media

Image008Marcello Coltro has been named executive vice president of content distribution at Cisneros
. He will be based in Miami and oversee the company’s pay-TV and content distribution units. Before he was executive vice president and chief operating officer at MGM Networks Latin America. Coltro has an executive MBA from Vanderbilt/University of São Paulo.

Seth Hyman joins Kelley Kronenberg

Seth A. Hyman has joined the regulated substances practice group at Kelley Kronenberg as business development and special projects director, which handles legal issues arising from the legislation passed this spring and from Amendment 2, should it pass this fall. Before he was director of business development at TGZ Group. He has a bachelor’s deegree in communications from Lehman College in New York.

Jeffrey Gilbert named partner at Cozen O'Connor

Jeffrey_Gilbert (2)Jeffrey Gilbert 
has been named partner in the Miami office of Cozen O’Connor. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation. Before, he was a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Miami

G. Donovan Brown joins Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb

G  Donovan Brown (1)G. Donovan Brown will join Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee, in early December. He is at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), where he was counsel for state government relations. Brown, a former special assistant to then-Gov. Jeb Bush, has an undergraduate degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Florida.

Coral Gables Hospital names Ricardo Ramirez, Charles Tyson to senior roles

Coral Gables Hospital recently named: 

Ricardo J. Ramirez as director of the intensive care unit. He previously worked as a critical care nurse, a patient care supervisor and a clinical business technology consultant. Ramirez has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Florida.

Charles Tyson as controller. He previously was assistant controller at Delray Medical Center. Tyson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and his master’s degree in health administration from Florida Atlantic University, where he is also currently pursuing his master’s in accountancy. 

Dan Mikesell named president at One Planet Infrastructure

Dan Mikesell has joined One Planet Infrastructure as president. He will be leading One Planet’s teams as they develop utility grade solar, wind and geothermal energy projects in Africa, Eurasia and Latin America. Before, he was VP for Oracle’s Latin American Telco/Media Division. He has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Trinity College.

U.S. Century Bank names Enso Martinez, Niurka Rodriguez, Juan Gil to exec roles

U.S. Century bank recently named: 

Enso A. Martinez as senior vice president, business banking. Before he was VP, relationship manager government nonprofit group CQ on title at JPMorgan Chase & Co. He has a business degree from Florida State University.

Niurka Rodriguez as senior vice president, business banker. She was previously VP and specialty finance officer for the business banking specialty finance group at JPMorgan Chase.

Juan C. Gil as vice president, business banking. He previously was relationship manager and VP, business banking for JPMorgan Chase.

Tal Frydman named VP investments at Marcus & Millichap

Tal Frydman has been named vice president investments at Marcus & Millichap. Before, he was vice president investments. He has a business degree from East Carolina University. 

D. Porpoise Evans named partner at Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright, P.L.

D. Porpoise Evans has joined the Miami office of Perlman, Bajandas, Yevoli & Albright, P.L. as a partner. He most recently was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. Evans’ practice focuses on litigation and compliance, including ADA and FHA litigation, employment counseling and litigation, FCPA compliance and investigations (with an emphasis on African countries), and securities litigation, including FINRA arbitrations. He has a law degree from the University of Miami and a bachelor’s degree from Brown. At UM, Evans interned under U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan and was recognized as a Certified Legal Intern by the Dade County Public Defender’s office.

Luis Miguel named senior VP at Apollo Bank

Luis A. MiguelLuis Miguel has been named senior vice president and branch administrator at Apollo Bank, overseeing the bank’s seven branches. Previously he was at Mercantil Commercebank for 12 years, in which he last served as retail regional sales and service manager. Before that, he held the position of executive vice president and branch administrator at Transatlantic Bank. He previously spent 17 years at Regions Bank, where his last position was as senior vice president and regional manager. Miguel has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College of New York. 

 Best advice he ever received: Anybody can be a banker, but being a banker with passion for your profession, the community and the businesses that you serve, that makes the real difference.

Scott Herman named senior VP at Univita Health

Scott M. Herman has been named senior vice president of provider solutions and performance improvement for Univita Health in Miramar. Before, he was vice president of practice development at Sheridan Healthcare. Herman has a graduate degree in business management from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis.


Theresa DiNardo Brown named associate VP, marketing, at Miller School of Medicine

DiNardo-Brown_Theresa_5559Theresa DiNardo Brown has been named associate vice president of marketing and communications for the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, and executive director of marketing and communications for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Before she was chief communications officer of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Before joining Ohio State in 2008, DiNardo Brown was president of Brown Communications in Columbus for nearly 20 years. She is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.


Michael Curbelo, Donna Johnson, Victor Vergara promoted at TotalBank

TotalBank announces three promotions:

Michael Curbelo, most recently vice president and market lender, has been promoted to senior vice president. He is responsible for servicing the Doral, Hialeah and Medley Banking Centers. 

Donna Johnson has been promoted to vice president for Pinecrest, Aventura, West Kendall and North Miami Banking Centers. Before, she was assistant vice president. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Miami.

Victor Vergara has also been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president. He is a residential lending loan originator working with the Airport, Doral Point, Doral Plaza and West Miami Banking centers. 

Enso Martinez, Niurka Rodriguez, Juan Gil promoted at BankUnited

Tatiana Eyzaguirre has been promoted to senior vice president and private client managing director. She was most recently vice president and sales hub manager for Weston and parts of Sunrise. Eyzaguirre will direct a private banking team serving clients in Broward County and West Palm Beach. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida International University. 

Raphael Garcia has been promoted to vice president, senior private client services banker and physician specialist. He was most recently hub manager for the Aventura/Hallandale market. He has a master’s degree in management from the UAC School of Global Management in North Miami and a bachelor’s degree from Nyack College in New York. 

Shane Sweet has been promoted to senior vice president and regional sales leader. He was most recently vice president and business banker. Sweet will manage the branch network throughout Miami-Dade. He has an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree in multinational business from Florida State University. 

David Gilbert named president, Interval International

David C. Gilbert has been named president of Interval International. Headquartered in Miami, the company is a global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry. Before, he was Interval International’s executive vice president of resort sales and marketing.



Lowell D. Plotkin named general counsel at The Peebles Corporation

Lowell D. Plotkin has been named general counsel of The Peebles Corporation, a real estate investment and development firm in Miami. Plotkin will oversee all legal matters, day-to-day development operations and provide counsel to executive management for all real estate transactions. Plotkin received a law degree from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree in political science and religion from Emory University. 

B. Michael Clark, Nicholas Siegfried named partners at Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel

Attorneys B. Michael Clark Jr. and Nicholas D. Siegfried have been named partners at the Coral Gables-based firm Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel. Clark joined the firm in 2007, and focuses on construction law, and Siegfried has focused on construction and community association law since he joined the firm in 2006. Siegfried has a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Florida and a law degree  from the University of Miami.

Richard Lara named managing shareholder at Mase Lara

Richard D. Lara has been promoted from shareholder to managing shareholder at Miami-based trial and appellate firm Mase Lara. He focuses primarily on complex civil and commercial litigation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a law degree from Boston College.

Sarah Beth Reno named VP of entertainment at Carnival

Sarah Beth Reno has been named vice president of entertainment for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. Reno spent 19 years at Miami Beach-based Onboard Media, serving as president of the firm for the past three years. She has a bachelor of science degree in recreational management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Brenda Bailey named VP at SmartWater CSI

Brenda Bailey has been promoted from director of business development to vice president at SmartWater CSI, a high-technology company in Fort Lauderdale specializing in crime deterrence and theft reduction. Bailey joined the company in June 2012, and manages the marketing team and oversees its national brand-awareness campaign. Before joining SmartWater CSI, Bailey was vice president of marketing for the NHL Florida Panthers and National Car Rental Center. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston. 

Ignacio Undurraga named VP and strategy planning officer, City National Bank of Florida

Ignacio Undurraga has been named vice president and strategy planning officer at City National Bank of Florida in Miami. He worked with Siemens AG in its corporate sustainability office in Munich, Germany, and with the Principal Financial Group as a financial adviser and chief of sales representative for the residential and small business loans department in Santiago, Chile. Undurraga graduated with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management after completing course work concentrated in operations and strategy. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. 

J. Steven Nouss named director at Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants

J. Steven Nouss has been promoted to director in the business services and consulting practice of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants in Miami. He leads the firm’s consulting practice and works with closely held middle-market companies, entrepreneurs and international entities. Nouss has worked with a Big Four public accounting firm and has served as chief financial officer of publicly traded companies in South Florida. Nouss holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida. 

October 06, 2014

Hernando Gomez named director at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra

Hernando Gomez has been promoted to director in the management advisory services department of Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra. Gomez was a senior manager, and is based at the firm’s headquarters in Miami. He earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering, with specializations in finance and project management, and a master of business administration degree from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. He also holds a master’s degree in international business from Florida International University. 

Nita Summers named managing broker at Douglas Elliman

Nita Summers has been named managing broker at Douglas Elliman's Boca Raton office.

Eric Rapkin named office managing partner at Akerman

Eric Rapkin, a partner with Akerman's Real Estate Practice Group, has been promoted to office managing partner in the firm's Fort Lauderdale office.

Jenna Rassif named litigation manager at Jackson Lewis

Jenna Rinehart Rassif, a shareholder at Jackson Lewis, has been promoted to litigation manager of the firm's Miami office.