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Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Sept. 26, 2016



At Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, the following CPAs have been promoted:

▪ Guillermo Campos to senior manager in the tax services group. (Bachelor’s in economics, Wharton; master’s in public administration from Harvard.)

▪ Nuria Huillca to senior manager in the audit and attest services practice. (Bachelor’s in accounting, Florida International University.)

▪ Debra Sears to senior manager in the tax services department. (Bachelor’s, business administration accounting, Valparaiso University.)

▪ Ken Vitek to senior manager in the tax services group. (Bachelor’s from Rollins, master’s in accounting from the University of Florida.)


Greg Cassamajor has been named marketing manager at BrightStar Credit Union, and will oversee the strategic planning of community outreach and marketing campaigns. Most recently he was a branch manager at the credit union. He has also been assistant vice president/branch manager for TD Bank. Cassamajor has a bachelor’s in business management from Berkeley College in New York.

Romey T. Samtani has been named assistant vice president and retail banking officer at CenterState Bank in Homestead. He previously was a branch manager at the bank. Samtani has a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Puerto Rico.

Ignacio Sanchez-Zaragoza has joined TotalBank as senior vice president of its international personal banking division. Previously, he was a vice president for Santander Private Banking. Sanchez-Zaragoza has a bachelor’s in economics from Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and an MBA from Madrid’s Instituto de Empress.


Nicole Ivey has been named vice president of marketing at Coverall North America Inc., a franchisor of commercial cleaning businesses based in Deerfield Beach. Previously, she was senior director, marketing and advertising, North America for Regus. She attended Broward College.


Rudy Armenta has been hired as vice president of operations in the southeast regional office of Plaza Construction in Miami. Previously, he was project executive — Broward County for Odebrecht Construction. Armenta has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from FIU.


Elena Maria Marty-Nelson has been named associate dean for diversity, inclusion and public impact at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law. Marty-Nelson is a professor on the law school faculty. Her educational background includes a J.D. and an LL.M. from Georgetown.


Florencia Rotemberg has been named general manager of The JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts Miami. She most recently was general manager of the JW Marriott Miami.


Emily F. Dixon has been named president and CEO of Miami-based Panelfold Inc., a manufacturer of operable walls, accordion partitions, folding doors and relocatable partitions. She succeeds her late father, Guy E. Dixon III. Previously, she was manager, retails sales and marketing at the company. Dixon has a bachelor’s in advertising from UF.


Denver Bright has been named director of luxury sales within the sports and entertainment division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. He returns to the company full time after a stint as a real estate agent with Compass Real Estate. At Elliman, he will concentrate on the Sunny Isles, Miami Beach and downtown Miami market. Bright has a bachelor’s in finance from Quinnipiac University.

This column lists high-level promotions of senior executives at the director level and above who are based in South Florida. These announcements are for full-time, paid positions. Send items, including previous job; educational background; and jpegs of head shots, to

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Mayra Mesa

New position: Vice president and director of private wealth management at Sabadell United Bank in the bank’s Key Biscayne office.

Previously: Vice president and senior branch manager at SunTrust Bank in Key Biscayne.

Experience: She has more than 33 years of experience in the financial services industry, having worked at Wells Fargo, PNC Bank and others.

Also: Mesa is involved with several organizations, including the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne and the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce, where she is on the Board of Trustees. She has volunteered with other organizations such as The Latin American Society, Employees for the Arts Campaign, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and is a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Key Biscayne and the Aventura Marketing Council.

Best advice she ever received: Believe and things will happen.

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