David E. Kolan, CPA, has been promoted to director-in-charge of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants’ audit and attest services practice. Kolan has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Duquesne University.
Marquis Bank has added two senior executives. Danny Martin has been promoted to senior vice president, commercial lending division. Martin has more than 27 years of commercial lending experience. Monica Garbati has been named vice president and branch manager for the bank’s headquarter office in Coral Gables. She was recently assistant branch manager at Professional Bank. Garbati has a bachelor’s in finance from Florida International University.
Luis Miguel Gonzalez Romero has been named senior vice president and director of international personal banking at TotalBank. He previously was an international corporate development executive with Grupo Banco Popular Español. Gonzalez has a bachelor’s in economics from Universidad de Salamanca and MBAs from Case Western Reserve and Universidad de Alicante, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona y Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Lily Tapia has been named new CEO of Curve Commercial, a trade solutions corporation based in Miramar. Previously she was director and senior vice president in the enterprise client coverage group of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Tapia has a BBA from the University of Florida and an MBA from FIU.
Sonia Diaz has been named director of public relations and digital strategies at Balsera Communications. Previously she was senior account executive at the firm. Diaz has a bachelor’s in Spanish and mass communications from Texas State University.
Michael Fruchter has been named vice president of digital strategy for the High Impact Division of Pierson Grant Public Relations. Fruchter joined Pierson Grant Public Relations more than five years ago as director of digital strategy.
Martin Méndez has been named chief executive officer of NEORIS, a global business and IT consulting company based in Miami. He currently is president of the company’s South America Region and will begin his new job Aug. 1. Méndez’s education includes a business degree from the Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires.
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Neeti Ayare has been named global sales manager, Asia/Pacific, for Landry & Kling. Previously she was associate head of sales for the Leela Palaces & Resorts in New Delhi, India.
Deborah S. Chames has been named partner at Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. She previously was of counsel with the firm. She has a bachelor’s from Touro College and a J.D. from the University of Miami.
Lewis F. Murphy has joined the national litigation practice group of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as a partner in the Miami office. He was a partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Murphy has a bachelor’s from the United States Naval Academy and a J.D. from UF.
Dorcas L. Wilcox has been promoted to chief executive officer of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Inc. Previously she was chief clinical officer. Wilcox, a U.S. Army veteran, also was a licensed clinical social worker for nearly two decades. A graduate of FIU, she has a master’s in social work from SUNY Stony Brook.
This column lists full-time, senior-level promotions and hires at the director level and above. Send items — job title, description of previous jobs and education, jpgs — to movers@MiamiHerald.com.
Name: Carlos Martinez
New job: President and chief executive officer of United HomeCare.
Previously: He was CFO and COO at the organization.
Also: Before joining UHC in 2008, he was CFO for the Alliance for Aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe.
Education: Martinez earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and received an associate’s degree in business administration from Miami Dade College. He is a certified public accountant (state of Texas) and a member of the Texas Society of Public Accountants.
Best advice he ever received: The best advice I have received is to remain focused on our corporate mission which is “To make a difference in the lives of individuals by offering community-based health care solutions that promote independence and wellness.” Every success we’ve had, including my own, is because we’ve remained laser focused on that mission.
Spotlight choices made from items sent to movers@MiamiHerald.com.