Alumni Notes: April-June 2014

Tony Argiz (BAcc ’74), chairman and CEO at Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, was featured in the June 19, 2014 Miami Today in the section “The Achiever”. He is also the new 2015 chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Governor Rick Scott has appointed Javier Vazquez (BBA ’86) to the Miami Dade Expressway Authority. He is currently a partner at Berger Singerman.

Daniel Alfonso (BBA ’01, MSF ’02), city manager for the City of Miami, was featured in the Miami Today issue of April 10, 2014 in the section “The Achiever”.

Holland & Knight has added Gabriel Caballero (BBA ’03) to its Financial Services Practice Group. He will join as a senior counsel. He was previously a member of Gunster’s Banking and Financial Services Practice Group.

On Tuesday April 22, 2014 Miami-Dade College inducted outstanding and distinguished alumni to its Hall of Fame. Among them were Guillermo G. Castillo (BBA ’81), market president of Chase, Juan Kuryla (BBA ’89, MBA ’94), director designee of PortMiami, Roberto Capo (BBA ’93), chief marketing officer of El Dorado Furniture and Henry A. Delgado (BBA ’07), general manager of Smith & Wollensky.  Kuryla was also featured in the Miami Today issue of May 29, 2014 in the section “The Achiever”.

Carlos Migoya (BBA ’74, MBA ’76), president & CEO of Jackson Health System and Alberto Santalo (MBA ’97), president and CEO of CareCloud have been named 2014 Miami Ultimate CEOs by the South Florida Business Journal.

Tony Argiz, Stewart Appelrouth (MBA ’80), co-founder & partner of Appelrouth, Farah & Co., Monte Kane (MS ’82), managing director at Kane & Co., Hector Tundidor Jr. (BAcc ’92), office managing partner of Ernst & Young and Jeffrey Taraboulos (BAcc ’96, MAcc ’00), partner of Kabat, Schertzer, De la Torre, Taraboulos & Co. have been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as the 2014 Power Leaders in Law and Accounting.

Mayi de la Vega (BBA ’81), founder & CEO of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Malcolm Butters (MS ’83), president of Butters Group have been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as the 2014 Power Leaders of South Florida in Commercial Real Estate.

Apollo Bank has promoted Otto Escoto (BBA ’85) to assistant vice president-assistant controller and Melissa Martinez (MBA ‘10) from vice president to vice president-director of human resources.

TD Bank hired David M. Deza (BBA ’97) as relationship manager for commercial business banking. Prior to this position he was the business banking development officer for Wells Fargo.

Greenberg Traurig promoted Iris Escarra (BBA ’97) to shareholder and co-chair of the Miami land development practice group.

David Sacks (MBA ’97) has been named chair of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Pillar Trustees Board of Directors. He is currently a partner at Pathman Lewis.

Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLC has added Jesus Socorro (BAcc ‘99) as a principal in the audit department. He was most recently an audit senior manager at Ernst & Young.

Professional Bank has named Mary Benevente (BBA ’07, MSF ’08) senior vice president and chief financial officer. She has recently served as vice president and controller at the bank.

William J. Spratt Jr. (MS ’74), partner in the Healthcare Practice Group at Akerman LLP, was recognized among the 2014 Florida Super Lawyers under the Healthcare category.

Fowler White Burnett has added Henry Knoblock (BBA ’79) as an attorney on the defense of manufacturers in product liability litigation with a primary concentration on the aviation industry.

Sal Ferradas (BBA ’87), senior vice president at U.S. Trust, earned the Certified Private Wealth Advisor designation.

Tami Clemenza-Wilson (MS ’92), partner at Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, has been appointed to the board of directors of Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc.

Carlos F. Giron (BBA ’95) joined Marketing & Business Development for Areda Construction. He previously worked as director of business development at Central Concrete Supermix.

Jose Ferrer (BBA ’96) was recognized in the 2014 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite listing. He is currently a commercial litigation and trial attorney for Bilzin Sumberg and head of the firm’s litigation team abroad.

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce named Albert Santalo (MBA ’97), chairman and CEO of CareCloud, 2014 Tech Executive of the year at the Technology Leaders of the Year Awards.

Jon Soto (BBA ’97) was recently promoted by BNY Mellon Wealth Management to managing director of portfolio for the Florida East region.

Yuni Navarro (BBA ’99), senior vice president and head of HR at Ocean Bank, recently joined the executive board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

Dennis Coral (BBA ’02) recently joined SunTrust Bank as vice president and private financial advisor. Previously he worked for Morgan Stanley in the same capacity.

IMUSA USA promoted Raul Corzo (BBA ’03) from vice president to president. He will transition from overseeing sales/distribution of brand products to leading product development.

Kirk D. Weiss (BBA ’03), general counsel at Areas USA Inc., and Melissa Lissette Martinez (MBA ’10), vice president and director of Human Resources at Apollo Bank, were featured in the 2014 South Florida Business Journal 40 under 40.

Marquis Bank has named Ramon de Los Santos (BBA ’05, MBA ’10) vice president in the commercial lending division. He first joined the bank in 2009, prior to that he worked at Regions Bank.

Nisad Hack (MBA ’07) joined The Peebles Corporation as a corporate controller. He previously worked as an accounting manager at The Related Group.

United Capital Financial Advisers promoted Adam Vega (BBA ’09) to Wealth Manager.

Jeanine Fernandez (BAcc ’13) was hired as a realtor associate at Avatar Real Estate Services.

Armando Llechu (MBA ’13) was promoted to vice president of clinical operations at Miami Children’s Hospital. Previously he worked for the hospital as administrative director of the emergency department and support services.

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