Senior-level hires and promotions in Miami-Dade and Broward for the week of Oct. 28, 2019

Jesse Marks has been named executive director of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
Jesse Marks has been named executive director of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.


Jason Wolske and Danny Alvarez have joined Republica Havas as executive creative directors, which are newly created roles. The two, who are based in Miami, were both group creative directors at DAVID Miami.


At Apollo Bank in Miami:

▪ Carlos Halley has been named senior vice president of commercial lending. He was vice president of commercial lending at FirstBank Florida. Halley has a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Miami.

▪ Abel Montuori has also been named senior vice president of commercial lending. He was senior vice president of commercial lending at First Tennessee Bank – Capital Bank, where he was part of a senior lending group working under the Florida marketing president of Capital Bank.

▪ Jeannie Spano has been named vice president of deposit operations. She was vice president of systems administration and deposit operations at Coastal Community Bank. Before that, she was vice president of deposit operations at Stonegate Bank. She has a bachelor’s of business administration from Florida Atlantic University.


Leonardo M. Garcia has joined the Coral Gables Trust Company as vice president and wealth advisor. He was vice president and financial advisor at NY Life Securities. Garcia has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida International University.


Bradley Saveth has been named vice president strategic partnerships at BrandStar in Pompano Beach, a new position at the full-service production and integrated marketing agency. He was president of Big Salad Consulting in Miami Beach.


Mariano Perez has joined Avison Young as vice president, based in Coral Gables. He was assistant vice president of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital. Perez has a bachelor’s in computer engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Columbia

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Jesse Marks

New position: Executive director of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

From: Miami Hurricanes senior associate athletic director for development.

Responsibilities: He will direct and lead the foundation’s signature fundraising events, including the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which has raised more than $32.5 million for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as well as Fins Weekend, featuring coaches and players with funds benefiting education.

About: During Marks’ nine-year career at the University of Miami, he was part of the Momentum Campaign, which raised over $1 billion for the University, and Momentum2, which was a university-wide $1.6 billion campaign. Under his leadership, athletics raised more than $85 million toward the Momentum Campaign and raised over $118 million toward Momentum2.

Also: Marks also has been assistant director of development at Wake Forest University. He is an active member of the National Association of Athletic Directors and is an adjunct professor in the School of Education Sports Administration Program, teaching sport promotions and sales.

Education: Bachelor’s in political science and sports administration, and a master’s in sports administration, from the University of Miami.

Best advice he ever received: Relationships: You need to know your people, before you need them.