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Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Oct. 1, 2018

Belissa Alvarez has been named foundation director with oversight of The Related Group Philanthropic Foundation and the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation.
Belissa Alvarez has been named foundation director with oversight of The Related Group Philanthropic Foundation and the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation.


Gonzalo A. Acevedo is the division head for BAC Florida Bank’s personal, digital and commercial banking division. He was previously chairman and managing member of Ace International Capital Ventures. Acevedo has a bachelor’s, and an MBA, from Florida International University.


At IT’SUGAR, a specialty candy retailer based in Deerfield Beach:

Mark Davis has been named chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He previously was at Party City for nearly 20 years, where he held several senior positions. Davis has a bachelor’s in accounting from Lehigh.

John Heidt has been named vice president of stores. He was vice president of retail for Fannie May Confection Brands based in Chicago.

Marianne Scaffidi has been named vice president of human resources. She was senior director of organizational development and talent management for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; she has also led Swarovski’s North America organizational development function in the Providence, Rhode Island area.


María Carla Chicuén has been appointed to lead FIU’s CasaCuba, an initiative that will harness the university’s scholarly assets to build a leading center to promote global understanding on Cuban affairs and culture, through education, discussion, research and the arts. Chicuén previously led special projects in the Office of the President at Miami Dade College. Previously, she was an education consultant at the World Bank in Washington D.C., and at the Inter-American Development Bank in Panama City, Panama. Chicuén has a bachelor’s in history from Harvard and a master’s in international relations from the London School of Economics.


Patrizia Pesce has been named director of nursing services at the Kendall Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to open this fall. It is part of Greystone Healthcare Management. Most recently, Pesce was director of nursing services for Greystone’s facility in Wilton Manors.


Timothy P. Moran will be chief executive officer as well as a member of the board of directors at Motus GI Holdings in Fort Lauderdale. He joins the company from ConvaTec Group, where he has been president of the Americas since 2015. Motus, which has subsidiaries in the U.S. and Israel, is dedicated to improving clinical outcomes and enhancing the cost efficiency of colonoscopy.


Armando Vieira as joined Rivergate KW Residential as regional manager, based in Miami. He spent 14 years at Gables Residential, most recently as regional manager.

Tom Viscount has joined Avison Young as principal, based in Fort Lauderdale. He will continue to focus on industrial landlord and tenant representations throughout South Florida. Most recently, Viscount was senior vice president of leasing and sales with Butters Realty & Management based in Coconut Creek. He attended Monmouth University in New Jersey.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Belissa Alvarez

New position: Director, The Related Group Philanthropic Foundation and the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation. Both are housed at The Miami Foundation.

From: Chief business development officer at the Miami Children’s Museum.

Also: She has been director of development at Baptist Health South Florida Foundation and manager, corporate social responsibility at Burger King Corporation.

And: Alvarez’s appointment comes on the heels of a million-dollar gift from the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation to the Honors College at Florida International University. The donation created the Jorge and Darlene Pérez Scholars Endowment, which supports scholarships for high-achieving students intending to live and work in South Florida upon graduation.

Education: Alvarez has a bachelor’s in international relations from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s in mass communication from Florida International University.

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