Matthew Kobasa has been named vice president and commercial banking officer at FirstBank. Previously, he served as Commercial Lending Officer at Apollo Bank. Kobasa has two master’s from Florida International University: in accounting (taxation) and in finance.
Shane Sweet has been named vice president, private banker in the Fort Lauderdale relationship office of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. He most recently was vice president, senior branch sales leader, at BankUnited. Sweet has a bachelor’s in multinational business from Florida State University and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.
Giancarlo Sopo has joined JeffreyGroup, a Latin American strategic communications agency, as senior account manager, based in Miami. He was formerly the head of marketing at Benenson Strategy Group and a director of communications in the U.S. Congress. Sopo is a cofounder of the CubaOne Foundation.
Daniel Jenkins has been named Eastern regional director of construction for Golden Sands General Contractors, which is based in Miami. He was previously director of facility services at the company.
Maria Maloney has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Pullman Miami Airport, the first of the Pullman Hotels & Resorts brand to enter the North American market. She previously was at the Hyatt Centric South Beach, leading the sales team. Maloney has a bachelor’s in business administration from Pacific University in Ecuador and a master’s in hotel management from European University of Madrid in Spain.
Will Silbernagel has been named food and beverage director at Plunge Beach Hotel in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, where he will oversee three restaurants. He was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta and worked in several restaurants in that city.
Sebastien Silvestri has been named senior vice president, food and beverage, hotel division, at sbe and will be based in Miami. He previously was vice president of food and beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo Casino Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. Silvestri has a baccalaureate hotel and culinary art degree and a BTS: hotel management and culinary art degree from ESITEL School in Montpellier, France.
Michael Sayre has been named partner at the recently formed Waldman Barnett in Coconut Grove, which focuses on complex litigation. He previously was at Heller Waldman. Sayre has a law degree from the University of Florida.
Donny Hudson has been named general manager and vice president of Spanish Broadcasting System Miami. He was previously senior vice president of sales at the company. He will be based at the company’s Miami headquarters. Hudson has a bachelor’s from the University of Miami.
Manny Gonzalez has been named executive director of the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID), a municipal board of the City of Miami comprised of local property owners. He was Coconut Grove BID leader for the past eight years.
This column lists high-level promotions of senior executives at the director level and above who are based in South Florida. These announcements, which also are at miamiherald.com, are for full-time, paid positions. Send items, including previous job; educational background; and high-res jpegs of head shots, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: George R. Lesmes
New position: He has been named chief operating officer and executive director of Pediatric Specialists of America, the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Miami Children’s Health System. He will oversee the health system’s physician practices at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
Previously: Was chief administrative officer for the University Medical Group of Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina.
Also: In Greenville at the $2.2 billion academic healthcare network, Lesmes was responsible for the oversight of more than 160 multispecialty physician practices. Before that, he worked for 17 years with Advocate Health Care, a Chicago-based $5 billion not-for-proft health system and held various positions in the organization, including senior vice president of operations of Advocate Medical Group.
Education: Lesme has a master’s of science from CUNY-Queens and a doctorate in physiology from The Ohio State University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in muscle physiology at Ball State in Indiana.
Best advice he ever received: Best advice I ever received was from my parents: Always say ‘hello’ and be nice to people. I try to follow this in all I do and in my healthcare career.
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