Senior-level promotions for the week of Oct. 26, 2015



Yvette Leiva has been named vice president and sales director III for the West Kendall banking center of TotalBank. She was most recently a vice president and banking center manager at City National Bank of Florida. Leiva has a bachelor’s in business administration from Mount Saint Mary’s College and an MBA from the University of Redlands, both in California.


Dustin Jacobs has been named vice president of marketing at BrightStar Credit Union. He was previously the credit union’s marketing manager. Jacobs has a bachelor’s in business administration and marketing from Shawnee State University in Ohio.


At North Shore Medical Center:

▪ Dr. Alia Abdulla will serve as the new medical director of surgical oncology. She is also on the medical staff at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah. Abdulla’s educational background includes graduating from Nova Southeastern University of Osteopathic Medicine and a general surgery residency and internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

▪ Dr. Amy L. Jarvis will be the medical director of the Primary Stroke Center. Previously, she was interim director of stroke and vascular neurology and interim administrative chief at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. Jarvis’s degrees include an M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica and a residency in neurology at Georgetown, where she was named chief resident.

Dr. Allan Levi has been named chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, which he joined in 1997. He previously was chief of neurosurgery at University of Miami Hospital. Levi’s degrees include an M.D. from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UM.


Jorge L. Cos has been named marketing director at Fowler White Burnett, P.A. and is based out of the firm’s Miami office. He was previously the research consultant for LexisNexis, covering the Miami and Fort Lauderdale region. Cos has a marketing degree from Fordham University and a J.D. from St. Thomas University.


Caroline Parker has been named interim director of Coral Gables Museum. She was previously director of programs. Parker has a bachelor’s in art history from Florida International University and a master’s in arts administration from Boston University.


Ali N. Ghraoui has been named VP of operations at Lynx Property Services, an affiliate of The Lynx Companies. He most recently was VP of international sales at Nili Aviation.

Jerry Sanchez has been named director of sales by Two Roads Development for Elysee Residences, a 57-story condominium set to rise at 700 NE 23rd St. in Miami’s East Edgewater neighborhood. He is also an agent at Cervera Real Estate. Sanchez was previously sales director for Biscayne Beach, a Two Roads project in East Edgewater. Sanchez has a BFA from Monterey Peninsula College in California and also attended Universidad CETEC in the Dominican Republic, where he majored in business administration.

George Sosa has been named property manager for Swire Properties and Brickell City Centre. Sosa was previously district manager for AlliedBarton, a Philadelphia-based security service company. Sosa, a Navy veteran, has a degree in computer science and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Noreek “Nick” Davitian

New position: Partner at Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman, based in Fort Lauderdale. He focuses his practice on aviation law and complex product liability cases.

Previously: He was an associate at the firm.

Also: Davitian was a mechanic on helicopters in the U.S. Army Reserves for four years, receiving an honorable discharge as a Private First Class. He was hired by the firm during his first year of law school to work as an aviation expert and law clerk. He is also a law enforcement and firearms industry legal consultant.

Education: Davitian studied aeronautical engineering and maintenance technologies at Embry Riddle, but left due to the Gulf War. He has an undergraduate degree, MBA and J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

Best advice he ever received: Concentrate on what is within your grasp; if you can’t reach it, it’s out of your control and should be ignored.