Cristina Blanco has joined TotalBank as senior vice president and director of marketing. She previously led marketing and community involvement efforts for Coconut Grove Bank. Blanco has a bachelor’s and a master’s from Florida State University.
Monica Garbati has been named vice president, branch administrator at Marquis Bank. In her new role, she will oversee the overall operations of the bank’s branches, including sales, customer service, operations and staffing. Previously, she was assistant vice president at Professional Bank.
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James J. Rasche has joined Munilla Construction Management (MCM), a Miami-based company specializing in general building and heavy civil construction, as general construction operations manager. He previously was vice president and operations manager of the Orlando office of Turner Construction. Rasche has a bachelor’s in civil and structural engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONSULTING
Santiago Leon has been named senior consultant and Florida practice leader at BenRx Employee Benefits Consultants, based in Coral Gables. He has been a member of several organizations, including the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners’ Healthcare Task Force. Leon has a bachelor’s from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard J. Preira has joined Greenspoon Marder as a shareholder. He will lead the firm’s family law practice group and will be based in Brickell World Plaza in Miami. Preira studied accounting at Broward Community College, and has a B.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Miami.
At Kelley Kronenberg in Fort Lauderdale:
▪ Brian Hines has been named director of finance at the firm. He previously was director of finance at Greenspoon Marder. Hines has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University in Rhode Island.
▪ Jeffrey M. Wank has joined the Fort Lauderdale office as a partner, focusing his practice on first-party property insurance defense matters. Previously, he was an associate attorney at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. Wank has a bachelor’s in political science from FSU and a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
Jenna Kaloti Ramirez has been promoted to director of finance at Kaloti Metals and Logistics in Miami. Previously, she was office manager. Kaloti Ramirez has an associate’s degree from Miami Dade College.
Elyssa Linares has been named president and CEO of Communities in Schools of Miami. She had been director of planning and operations of CIS of Miami for eight years. Linares has a bachelor’s from the University of Central Florida and an executive master’s in public administration from FIU.
Alex Schreer has been named director of marketing at Grass River Property, a real estate development, finance, investment and management firm based in Coconut Grove. He previously was vice president of marketing at Trendsettah USA, Inc., in Doral. Schreer has a bachelor’s in communication and information from FSU.
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 email@example.com.
Name: Alejandro “Alex” A. Dominguez
New job: Director of External Affairs, South & Southwest Florida for AT&T. Dominguez will be based in Miami and lead a team that is responsible for representing AT&T with local governments in South and Southwest Florida along with state officials in Tallahassee.
Previously: AT&T’s regional director external affairs Miami-Dade County.
Also: He is a member of the HistoryMiami Board of Trustees; the Florida International University Engagement Advisory Council; the Regional Council of the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund; and Leadership Florida Connect Class 6.
Education: Bachelor’s in psychology from FIU; master’s in public administration from Florida State University.
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