Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Oct. 16, 2017

DAVID HELFMAN is vice president of corporate partnerships at Brightline.
DAVID HELFMAN is vice president of corporate partnerships at Brightline.


At JM&A Group:

▪ Gavin Tennant has been promoted to vice president of customer services. He has been assistant vice president of customer service and has led the company’s dealer portal initiative called Dealer Source. He has degrees from the University of Manitoba in psychology and Northwood University in finance and automotive industry management, and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

▪ Mark Barovich has been promoted to assistant vice president of portfolio risk management and actuarial services. He was actuarial services director. Barovich has a Ph.D in mathematics from Florida Atlantic University.


Aamir Ali has been named market executive and senior vice president of business banking in Miami for BankUnited. He was vice president and senior commercial banking manager at HSBC Bank in Fort Lauderdale. Ali has a bachelor’s from FAU.

Eli Rodriguez has joined TotalBank as managing director for the South Beach market. He was an assistant vice president with Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust as a corporate trainer, private banker and commercial lender.

Natalia Tarazona has been named assistant vice president, relationship manager and client adviser at Coral Gables Trust Co. She was previously a trust officer in the wealth management division of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust. Tarazona has a bachelor’s in international finance and marketing from the University of Miami.


Robyn Melvin has been named director of sales for Xtreme Action Park. Most recently, she was senior corporate sales manager and special events manager at Dave & Buster’s in Hollywood. Melvin has a bachelor’s in business management from Broward College.


At Broward Health:

▪ Gino R. Santorio has been named chief operating officer. He previously was senior vice president and CEO of Jackson North Medical Center at Jackson Health System. Santorio has a bachelor’s in business leadership from Le Moyne College in Syracuse and a master’s in public administration from SUNY-Albany.

▪ Alan D. Goldsmith has been named chief financial officer. He most recently was CFO at Jackson North. Goldsmith, a CPA, has a bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Roberto J. Cubeddu has been named chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiology in the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida, which has a location in Weston. He joined the clinic in 2015 as section head of structural heart disease and director of the Multidisciplinary Valve Clinic. Cubeddu has a medical degree from the Central University of Venezuela. He has completed fellowships at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Roy L. Hawkins Jr. has been named senior vice president and chief executive officer of Jackson North Medical Center, a 382-bed hospital serving North Miami-Dade. He was previously chief operating officer at Johnston-Willis Hospital, a 292-bed facility and a campus of CJW Medical Center, in Richmond, Virginia. He also has 15 years of experience in various Veteran Affairs healthcare organizations, including at the Miami VA Healthcare System. Hawkins has a bachelor of business administration from Howard University and a master of health administration from Florida International University.


Etan Mark, Josh Migdal and Don Hayden are partners in the newly formed firm of Mark Migdal & Hayden, based in Miami. It will focus on complex commercial litigation as well as domestic and international business disputes and appeals. Mark and Hayden were previously partners at Berger Singerman. Migdal is a former partner at Stolzenberg Geilles Flynn & Arango LLP.


David Bakelman has been named CEO of The Pap Corps, an all-volunteer fundraising organization based in Deerfield Beach. The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, including a $50 million pledge in 2016 dedicating The Pap Corps Campus at Sylvester in Deerfield Beach. Most recently, Bakelman was national CEO of HelpHOPELive, a Philadelphia-based national health organization.


Eric D. Swanson has been named senior vice president at the Fort Lauderdale office of Avison Young and will head up development advisory services for Florida. He was a partner at Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital LLC. Swanson has a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Illinois

This column lists high-level promotions of senior executives based in Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe counties. These announcements, which also are at, are for full-time, paid positions. Send items, including previous job; education; high-res jpegs of head shots and the website address of the company to Put “Movers” in the subject line.

Mover’s spotlight

Name: David Helfman

New position: Vice president of corporate partnerships at Brightline. It is a privately funded express intercity passenger rail service that is preparing for its anticipated launch.

From: Director of corporate partnerships for the Miami Dolphins.

Also: When he was with the Dolphins, Helfman generated more than $10 million in revenue; his accomplishments include building the departmental strategy for the sale of five new luxury clubs and leading partnership sales efforts for the Miami Dolphins Foundation. Before that, he was director of corporate partnerships for the Miami Heat between 2008 and 2014 and was marketing solutions manager for the Florida Panthers three years prior.

Education: He has a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Florida and an MBA and master’s (MSBM) in sports business management from the University of Central Florida.

Best advice: The best advice I was given and continually share with my teammates is to work with energetic people and always lead with your value. Always be in a service-oriented mindset, how can you assist — the sales will naturally follow.

See past senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for 2017:

▪ Jan. 2, 2017

▪ Jan. 9, 2017

▪ Jan. 16, 2017

▪ Jan. 23, 2017

▪ Jan. 30, 2017

▪ Feb. 6, 2017

▪ Feb. 13, 2017

▪ Feb. 20, 2017

▪ Feb. 27, 2017

▪ March 6, 2017

▪ March 13, 2017

▪ March 20, 2017

▪ March 27, 2017

▪ April 3, 2017

▪ April 10, 2017

▪ April 17, 2017

▪ April 24, 2017

▪ May 1, 2017

▪ May 8, 2017

▪ May 15, 2017

▪ May 22, 2017

▪ May 29, 2017

▪ June 5, 2017

▪ June 12, 2017

▪ June 19, 2017

▪ June 26, 2017

▪ July 3, 2017

▪ July 10, 2017

▪ July 17, 2017

▪ July 24, 2017

▪ July 31, 2017

▪ Aug. 7, 2017

▪ Aug. 14, 2017

▪ Aug. 21, 2017

▪ Aug. 28, 2017

▪ Sept. 4, 2017

▪ Sept. 11, 2017

(No Movers ran on Sept. 18, 2017)

▪ Sept. 25, 2017

▪ Oct. 3, 2017

▪ Oct. 9, 2017