Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of March 7, 2016



Michael Cabanas has been named head of relationship development at Fiduciary Trust Company International and will be based in Coral Gables. He most recently was executive vice president and head of wealth management at Coconut Grove Bank. Cabanas has a bachelor’s from Florida International University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern.


Christof Pignet has been promoted from hotel manager to general manager at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach in Sunny Isles Beach. He is a graduate of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management in Warmbard Villach, Austria.

Ramón Von Schükkmann has been named director of sales and marketing at W South Beach in Miami Beach. He previously was director of sales for the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai. Von Schükkmann has a bachelor’s in business administration from Hotel Management School Leeuwarden in The Netherlands.


Steven M. Appelbaum, a member of the litigation practice group at Arnstein & Lehr, has been promoted to partner in the firm’s Miami office. He has a bachelor’s from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

Cristina Papanikos has been promoted to shareholder at Gunster. She works in the firm’s Miami office and focuses on estate, trust and guardianship litigation in the private wealth services practice. Papanikos has a bachelor’s degree and a J.D. from the University of Florida.


Kevin Kaminski has been named group editor of all 10 lifestyle and life publications of Lifestyle Media Group, which is based in Fort Lauderdale. He was previously editor of Boca Raton magazine.


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Piñeiro has been hired as director of property management and leasing at The Allen Morris Company. Previously, he owned Ros Realty Group Inc., a full-service commercial and residential real estate brokerage. Piñeiro has a bachelor’s in finance and real estate from Florida International University.

Lenor Ryan has been named managing partner of High Street Management, a property management division for commercial and mixed-use complexes that has recently been launched by High Street Retail USA. Ryan was previously at DDR and General Growth Properties.


Alexandre Hohagen, who formerly headed up Latin America for both Facebook and Google, has acquired Nobox, a full-service marketing agency based in Miami. He will be CEO and partner. Also, Pedro Cabral, founder and former CEO of Agencia Click in Brazil and former chairman of Isobar Global, will be chairman and investing partner. He joins Nobox co-founder Jayson Fittipaldi, who will remain as chief creative officer. Carlos Garcia, co-founder and former CEO of Nobox, will remain a partner and adviser on innovation as he leads a new venture in marketing tech called HYP3R.

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Mover’s Spotlight

Name: Pamela Cothran Marsh

New position: Partner at Berger Singerman as a partner on the dispute resolution and government & regulatory teams. She will work out of the firm’s Tallahassee and Miami offices.

From: Former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Also: Marsh was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2010 to serve as U.S. Attorney and was then confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She served as the leading federal prosecutor for Florida’s 23 Panhandle counties and was one of 16 U.S. Attorneys on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, during which time she chaired the Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Working Group. She also was on the Subcommittee on Counter-Terrorism and National Security as well as the White Collar Criminal Subcommittee. Marsh also established and led the Big Bend Coalition against Human Trafficking. Before becoming U.S. attorney, Marsh was of-counsel at Akerman Senterfitt.

Education: A bachelor’s degree and a J.D. from Georgetown.

Best advice: When I was clerking for the Honorable Jane R. Roth, she told her clerks to remember that your reputation is the most important asset you have. Never jeopardize your reputation for any opportunity or ambition.

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