Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of August 17, 2015



Marc Freeman, CPA, has been promoted to principal in the tax and accounting department of MBAF. He previously was a director of the firm and is based in Miami. Freeman has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University.

Christopher Galuppo, CPA, has joined Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants as a director in the international tax practice. He previously was at Raiche Ende Malter & Co. in New York, where he was a tax partner. Galuppo has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

José Lobón has been promoted to vice president of CBRE. He is a member of the company’s capital markets, institutional properties team based in Miami. Lobón has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and and an MBA from UNC at Chapel Hill.


Dr. Marlene Aramburu has been named medical director at John Knox Village, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Pompano Beach. Previously, she was with the Broward Health Physician Group. Aramburu, who is a board-certified osteopathic family physician and geriatric medicine practitioner, is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University.


Angel Jimenez has been named branch manager at the Little Havana branch of U.S. Century Bank. He was previously a branch commercial lender at Ocean Bank.


Michele Carrasco has joined Berger Commercial Realty as human resources manager, overseeing HR across the firm’s three offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miramar and Palm Beach County. Previously, she was HR director at Allegiance Home Health in Boca Raton. Carrasco has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Vassar.


Sase Gjorsovski has been named general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, Miami. He was previously at Acqualina Resort and Spa as general manager.

Turnberry Isle Miami has made the following moves:

▪ Joseph M. DeMille Sr. has been named director of sales and marketing. He previously was regional director of sales and marketing for Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree. DeMille has a bachelor’s in food administration from Rochester Institute of Technology.

▪ Dustin Irwin has been named director of golf. He was most recently director of golf at San Juan Hills Golf Club in California. Irwin has a bachelor of science degree in marketing/professional golf management from Ferris State University in Michigan.

Robbin Lubbehusen has been named vice president of operations and marketing at Red Banyan Group, which has offices in Deerfield Beach. She was most recently executive director at Gentiva Health Services, a nationwide home health/hospice corporation. Lubbehusen has an MBA from Indiana State University.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Dr. Louis M. Fernandez.

New position: Vice president and chief medical officer of Humana South Florida, based in Miramar. He is responsible for clinical operations, care management and quality improvement for the company’s South Florida Medicare and Medicaid operations.

From: Regional medical director for the Gulf states for Humana, based in New Orleans.

Also: He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is a fellow of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Education: Fernandez has a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University, a medical degree from the University of Illinois and a master of science in medical informatics from Northwestern University. He completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of California Los Angeles Harbor Medical Center.

Best advice he ever received: From a med-school professor: When you are meeting with anyone, no matter how rushed you are, always sit down and look them in the face and smile. Even if it is for one minute, it will make it seem like you spent an hour, and they will come way feeling you cared.

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