Senior-level hires, promotions for week of May 11



Linda D. Taylor has been named dean of nursing at Fortis College in Cutler Bay. She was previously at Bellin College of Nursing/NWTC in Green Bay. She was also founding dean of nursing at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin. Taylor’s education includes a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Juan D. Reyes has been named assistant vice president of human resources and risk management at Community Health of South Florida Inc. The move follows the retirement of Ida Hernandez, former H.R. director. Reyes is also keeping his previous duties as risk manager and privacy officer.


Jeffrey Klein has been named vice president and managing director of Turnberry Isle Miami. Klein was an almost-eight-year Turnberry Associates executive who was serving as vice president of operations for the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology/exercise science from Indiana University.


Diane J. Zelmer has joined the Coral Gables-based law firm of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel as a partner. She will be based at the firm’s office in Plantation and will focus on construction law. Prior to joining the firm, Zelmer was in-house corporate counsel at Hotwire Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. from the University of Florida.

Richard E. Berman has joined Blank Rome LLP’s commercial litigation group in the Fort Lauderdale office. Berman was previously managing shareholder at Berman, Kean & Riguera, P.A. He is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and Broward County qualified arbitrator.


Francisco “Frank” J. Lopez-Balboa has been named chief financial officer at Univision Communications Inc. and will be based in New York. Most recently, he was a managing director and head of telecom, media and technology investment grade financing at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Peter H. Lori, who has been interim CFO since February, will continue as executive vice president of finance and chief accounting officer, and has also been named deputy CFO, reporting to Lopez-Balboa. Lopez-Balboa has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia and an MBA from Harvard.


Jorge Ortega has joined Burson-Marsteller as executive vice president and managing director of the agency’s Miami office, which serves the Florida market and is the headquarters for Burson-Marsteller’s Latin America regional business. Before rejoining Burson-Marsteller, he was founder and managing partner of Newlink America. Ortega has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the American University in Washington, D.C.


Berger Commercial Realty has named Michael Feuerman managing director of the firm’s Palm Beach County office. Previously he was at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was a director of office tenant representation. Feuerman has a law degree from the University of Michigan.


TouchSuite, a financial technology company based in Boca Raton, has named Ed Gagliardi director of strategic markets, focusing primarily on the company’s newly acquired Lightning Payments product. He was president of his own consulting company. Patrick Pritchard is now the company’s business development manager. Previously he was vice president, inside sales and operations, at Vantiv Merchant Services.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Elizabeth Vento

New position: Vice president and business banker at City National Bank of Florida. She will serve Miami-Dade County out of the bank’s Brickell Avenue office.

From: Senior business relationship manager and vice president at Wells Fargo Bank in Miami.

Experience: She has also worked at SouthTrust Bank as a business banker and vice president, and as a branch manager at SunTrust Bank.

Involved in: Chamber of Commerce events, St. Jude’s Hospital, Liga Contra el Cancer.

Education: Undergraduate degree from Florida International University.

Best advice she ever received: Provide your clients with exceptional service, and clear and concise advice, and you will have a client for life.

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