Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of April 18, 2016



Adam Ingles has joined MBAF as a director and will lead the firm’s Regulatory Risk Solutions Group. He was previously a senior advisor at Treliant Risk Advisors. Ingles attended the University of Phoenix.


Frank Casal has been promoted to senior vice president and director of operations at Marquis Bank. Casal, who joined Marquis in February 2015 as branch administrator, will oversee bank operations.

Marta Fernandez has been named senior vice president / wealth management & trust director at Sabadell Bank & Trust. Previously, she was senior vice president and head of trust operations, and trust compliance officer, at Coconut Grove Bank. Fernandez attended Florida International University’s College of Business.


Adriana Jaegerman has been named structural team leader for the Miami office of Stantec. Previously, she owned AJK Engineering, a structural engineer consulting firm, while working part time at the City of Miami Building Department as a structural plan reviewer. She has a degree in civil engineering/architectural engineering from the University of Miami and an MBA from the University of Florida.


Scott Fech was named director of Nova Southeastern University’s University School’s JK-12th grade college preparatory school. He is currently the director of educational programs at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago. Among his college degrees is a Ph.D. in educational administration from Loyola University in Chicago.


John “JP” Oliver has been named vice president and managing director of The Confidante and vice president of lifestyle — Americas, Hyatt. Currently operating as Thompson Miami Beach, the hotel is expected to convert on April 25 to The Confidante, the newest property in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Most recently, Oliver was regional vice president southeast for Morgans Hotel Group, overseeing the Delano, Shore Club and Mondrian hotels in South Beach.


Eduardo Portas has been named a partner at Global Risk Insurance Services. He joined Global Risk in 2010 as a producer specializing in commercial insurance and employee benefits.


Maria D. Garcia has been named an income partner at Zumpano Patricios & Winker, P.A., where she has been an attorney. She focuses her practice on healthcare law, commercial litigation and international law matters. She is vice president of the Cuban American Bar Association, a member of the Florida Bar Health Law Section, and a member of the board of directors of the Florida International University Alumni Association. Garcia has an undergraduate degree and law degree from FIU.

Joseph Mamounas has joined the Miami office of Holland & Knight as a partner. He will be in its litigation practice group, focusing on international arbitration matters as well as complex business disputes and corporate fraud and compliance issues. Mamounas most recently was a partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP. He has a bachelor’s from Cornell and a J.D. from UM.

Roberto M. Suarez, a patent attorney, has merged his transactional intellectual property practice with the Miami full-service intellectual property law firm of Espinosa Trueba Martinez, P.L., and has joined the firm as a partner. He was previously the principal of the Law Office of Roberto M. Suarez, P.L., in Coral Gables. Suarez has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, and a J.D., from Florida International University.


David Lydia has been promoted to tourism director at Aventura Mall. He was formerly tourism manager. His responsibilities include overseeing Aventura Mall’s visitor outreach programs and developing relationships with tourism bureaus. Lydia has a bachelor’s in public relations from Florida State University.


Vance Aloupis, who helped launch The Children’s Movement of Florida in 2010, has been promoted to CEO of the early childhood advocacy organization. The Children’s Movement of Florida is a nonpartisan advocacy group with a presence across the state, insisting on increased investment in early childhood healthcare, education and parenting. Aloupis has been the organization’s state director for four years. He has undergraduate and law degrees from UM.

This column lists high-level promotions of director and above of executives based in South Florida. Send items, including previous job; educational background; and jpegs of head shots to

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Peter Kaldes

New position: President and CEO of Impact Broward. The nonprofit is the local sponsor of the national Senior Corps program, which links volunteers with service opportunities and works with Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer programs.

Previously: Kaldes managed JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Corporate Responsibility’s $20 million philanthropic program supporting economic opportunity in the world’s cities. He also has been a White House advisor and was director of international economic affairs at the National Security Council. He began his career as an attorney at Weil, Gotshal, and Manges, LLP.

Also: Originally from Philadelphia, Kaldes was co-founder of his family’s specialty Greek food company. He speaks German and Greek. He and his husband recently moved to Oakland Park from Washington, D.C.

Education: Graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s in international relations; has law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Best advice: The best advice I ever received was from my former boss at JPMorgan Chase, which was: Be true to yourself, and pursue things that leverage your talents the best. This came when I was considering my career path; it was about being open to the possibility that the best path for me wasn’t the one for which I studied, or spent the most time doing, but the one that played to my strengths.

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