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Executive promotions and hires for the week of Nov. 3



Coraly Rodriguez has been named senior vice president and account director at TotalBank. Most recently, she was vice president and assistant controller in the accounting and finance department. Rodriguez has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in accounting from Florida International University.


John Dewhurst has been named general manager for the West Palm Beach location of Sims Crane. Before he was at Hunter Crane, a merchant transport and rigging company in West Palm Beach. Dewhurst has a bachelor’s degree from Barry University.


Rafael Velazquez has joined Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort as executive chef. Most recently, he was executive chef at the Hilton Westchester hotel in Rye Brook, N.Y. Velazquez is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Alex Paz has been named executive chef at the JW Marriott Miami on Brickell Avenue. Before, he was executive sous chef at the JW Marriott Marquis in Brickell. Paz attended the Florida Culinary Institute.


David J. Caponera has been appointed vice president, patient advocacy and reimbursement at Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners in Coral Gables. He most recently was vice president, patient advocacy and reimbursement for Aegerion Pharmaceuticals. Caponera has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in biology and a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.


Sofia Ruzo was named chief marketing officer at Fairchild Partners Commercial Real Estate Services in South Miami. She was most recently the marketing manager for Lucchese, based in El Paso, Texas. Ruzo has a master’s degree in brand strategy from Southern Methodist University.

Darin Tansey has returned to Douglas Elliman, where he was from 2008-2011, as director of luxury sales in the firm’s Miami beach office. Tansey most recently was vice president of Calibre International Realty. He has a bachelor’s degree in public communication from Western Illinois University.


Alejandra Vicenttin has been appointed by The Palace Group as vice president of performance excellence, overseeing performance development. Before, she was at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Her education includes degrees in hospitality and restaurant management from Washington State University.


Rita Yanes was named vice president of the technology staffing division at answerQUEST, a recruiting and executive search firm based in Hollywood. Before, she was division director at Beacon Hill Staffing Group. She attended Miami Dade College and double-majored in business and paralegal studies.


Alex Dominguez has been named the new regional director of external affairs for the city of Miami, south Miami-Dade County and Monroe County at AT&T. He previously was the director of the Miami-Dade County legislative delegation. He has a bachelor’s in psychology from FIU and a master’s in public administration from Florida State University.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Dr. Dan Cormany.

New job: Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida International University. He’s also responsible for The Prestige Cultural Series and other Biscayne Bay campus events. He will continue to teach at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Previous: He came to FIU in January 2011 as an instructor in hospitality with a focus on event and meeting management. Before that, he was part of the opening team for Wynn Las Vegas and also worked for the Hyatt Regency and Loews in Lake Las Vegas in catering and convention services. Cormany was dean of students at Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii. He has also been dean of students at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota.

Education: Cormany’s degrees include a master’s and a Ph.D. in hotel administration from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

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