Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of May 9, 2016



BankUnited has made the following moves:

▪ Daniel Valdés has been named senior vice president, Florida risk and quality manager, responsible for managing the bank’s statewide operational risk and overseeing client quality-assurance programs. He will be based in Miami Lakes. Previously, he was at Citigroup in Miami, where he was senior vice president, anti-money-laundering advisory. Valdés has a bachelor’s in international business from Florida International University.

▪ Tyson Carballo has been named senior vice president for corporate procurement and will be based at the Miami Lakes headquarters of the bank. Carballo rejoins BankUnited from CGI Group Inc. in Montreal, where he was director of global procurement.

Terrabank has made the following moves:

▪ Thaymell ‘Mel’ Martin has been named senior vice president/branch business development manager in charge of the bank’s domestic branches. He was senior vice president/market manager for TotalBank. He also has been vice president/branch manager at BankUnited. Martin has a degree in business administration from FIU.

▪ Rita Mongelli-Garton has been named vice president, consumer compliance. She most recently was compliance director for USAA. Mongelli has a bachelor’s from Texas Women’s University.

▪ JeanCarlo Pallais has been named vice president for international banking at its corporate headquarters. He previously was a senior associate at BAC Florida Investments. Pallais has a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Florida and a master’s in finance from FIU.

▪ Yisel Bello-Rodriguez has been named a loan officer/portfolio manager in the lending division department. She previously was a portfolio manager at Apollo Bank. Bello-Rodriguez has an MBA from FIU.


​Peter McCann has been named chief revenue officer at Independent Living Systems, based in Miami. He’ll be responsible for the company’s sales and marketing. Previously, he was chief business development officer for hCentive, based in Reston, Virginia. McCann has a bachelor’s in journalism from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from Penn State.


Telemundo Studios has promoted two executives:

▪ Perla Farías has been named senior vice president, scripted development. She previously was vice president of novela development at Telemundo. Farías is perhaps best known for developing the story for Juana La Virgen (Jane the Virgin), a drama for RCTV, which was remade for English-language television.

▪ Carmen Urbaneja has been named senior vice president, scripted productions. She was vice president, novela production, Telemundo Studios. Urbaneja has been executive producer on a number of Telemundo series and most recently was credited on Silvana Sin Lana, a romantic comedy.


Riviera Point Development Group, headquartered in Miramar, has added two executives:

▪ Javier Manrique has been named vice president — business development. He formerly headed Merrill Lynch International Private Client Group operations in Venezuela and Brazil. Manrique has a bachelor’s from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas; an MBA from Indiana University; and a master’s in political science from FIU, along with a master’s in social sciences.

▪ Jesús Thielen, marketing manager. He was previously marketing and sales manager at Laboratorios La Sante in Caracas. Thielen is a graduate of the advanced management program at IESA in Caracas.


David Haywood has been promoted to vice president and program management quality director from program management quality director at MWH Global. Haywood has a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Murray State University in Kentucky.

This column lists high-level promotions of director and above of executives based in South Florida. These announcements are for full-time, paid positions; we do not publish news about board memberships. Send items, including previous job; educational background; and jpegs of head shots, to

Mover’s spotlight

Name: David Greer

New position: Vice president and chief investment officer at Moss & Associates.

About the company: It is a privately-held construction firm, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, that has 10 regional offices in six states from Hawaii to Florida. It focuses on construction management at-risk, design-build and public-private partnerships.

Previously: Greer was director of finance strategies at the company, which he joined in 2012.

Also: He is a certified life underwriter and a chartered financial consultant. A member of the Operation Lift HOPE Board of Directors, Greer lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Liza, and their two children.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Cameron University in Oklahama. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Program for Management Development, a certificate program; and he belongs to the program’s alumni association.

Best advice he ever received: My mom immigrated to this country and my dad was in the U.S. Army, so they had traveled the world and fought in wars. They always told me to work hard and to never take anything for granted because we have been given endless opportunities in America.

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