Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Feb. 5, 2018

Jose Monte is vice president of Benworth Capital.
Jose Monte is vice president of Benworth Capital.


At The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, the Smithsonian affiliate in Miami:

▪ Natasha D’Souza has been named director of development. She was previously associate director of development at United Way of Miami-Dade. D’Souza has a bachelor’s in political science from Emory.

▪ Amy Galpin has been named chief curator. She most recently was curator at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. Galpin has a master’s in Latin American studies from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois-Chicago.


Cenk Ozdemir has been named managing director for the Miami office of Accenture. Cenk spent 23 years at the firm as a P&L owner and client leader in design and implementation of large-scale global transformation programs. He also leads Accenture’s North America SAP Business Group. Cenk has a bachelor’s in electrical and electronics engineering from Boğaziçi University and an MBA from Northwestern University.


Scott Rivinius has been named associate vice president for advancement at Broward College. He was previously assistant vice president, advancement operations/campaign director at the University of the Pacific in California. Rivinius has a bachelor’s from Eckerd College and a master’s from the University of Michigan.


Maria Elena Holguin has been promoted to design director from interior designer for the Coral Gables showroom at Robb & Stucky. She has a bachelor’s in interior design at Florida International University.


Beverly Capasso was named president/CEO at Broward Health. She previously was interim president. Capasso also has been CEO at Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Miami, has held senior management positions at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, and was chief nursing officer at Miami’s North Shore Medical Center, which is part of Tenet Healthcare.


Andrew Rosenberg has been named vice president at JLL. He previously was at South Florida-based Rosenberg Realty Corp., where he practiced tenant representation for local, regional and national tenants as well as handling the leasing of commercial properties. Rosenberg has a bachelor of fine arts from Rutgers.


Kimberly Prior has rejoined Shutts & Bowen as a partner in its financial services practice group in the firm’s Miami office. She rejoins the firm after two years as an equity partner at Baker McKenzie. Prior has a bachelor’s in finance and marketing from Florida State University; a J.D. from Stetson; and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Miami.

At Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, which has recently absorbed immigration firm Weiss, Alden & Polo:

▪ Christine J. Alden is now a partner at Buchanan, focusing on immigration matters. She has a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Florida; a bachelor’s in international and comparative law from Oxford, England; and a J.D. from Texas Southern University.

▪ Gina M. Polo is also now a partner at Buchanan, focusing on immigration. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from Floridea State University and a J.D. from the University of Florida.

▪ Robert F. Kohlman joins the firm as co-chair of Buchanan’s matrimonial and family law practice group. He was previously at Buckner, Shifrin, Etter, Dugan, Bradfute & Kohlman. He has a bachelor’s of journalism from the University of Missouri; and a J.D. from Florida State University.

At Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman:

▪ Mitch Burnstein has been named firm managing director, overseeing operations firm-wide. He has been Broward Office managing director. Burnstein is a graduate of Emory and has a J.D. from the University of Florida.

▪ Kathryn Mehaffey, an attorney at the firm, has been named a partner. She represents municipalities and concentrates her practice on developing and applying land use and zoning tools. She has a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

<bullet>Aleida Martinez Molina, also an attorney at the firm, has also been named a partner. She leads the firm’s insolvency and creditor’s rights practice. She has a J.D. from Columbia.


Anita Panikulam has been named financial controller at Berger Commercial Realty/CORFAC International in Fort Lauderdale. Panikulam, a CPA, has a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Kansas.

Matthew J. Swanson has been promoted to vice president of asset management at Grover Corlew, a real estate investment group in Pompano Beach. He was previously vice president for Atlantic Creek Real Estate Partners, a private equity firm in Palm Beach. Swanson has a BBA in real estate finance and urban economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from DePaul University.

This column lists high-level promotions of senior executives at the director level and above who are 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; educational background; high-res jpegs of head shots and the website address of the company, to Put “Movers” in the subject line.

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Jose Monte

New position: Vice president of Benworth Capital in Miami.

From: Senior vice president of commercial lending at Sunstate Bank.

Also: He was senior commercial real estate lender and chief lending officer at TotalBank. Monte began his banking career at Ocean Bank as head of the credit administration area.

Education: Bachelor’s in finance from the University of Miami.

Best advice he ever received: The most crucial advice I’ve received in my 28 years of experience in real estate is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Also, in order to capture the financing deal, speed to market is key or in other words, it’s not the smartest mouse that gets the cheese, but the rather the fastest.

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

▪ Oct. 16, 2017

▪ Oct. 23, 2017

▪ Oct. 31, 2017

▪ Nov. 5, 2017

▪ Nov. 13, 2017

▪ Nov. 20, 2017

(No Movers ran on Nov. 27, 2017)

▪ Dec. 4, 2017

▪ Dec. 11, 2017

▪ Dec. 18, 2017

(No Movers ran on Jan. 1, 2018)

▪ Jan. 8, 2018

▪ Jan. 15, 2018

▪ Jan. 22, 2018

▪ Jan. 29, 2018