Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of June 20, 2016



At FirstBank Florida:

▪ Mahesh Pattabhiraman has been named senior vice president and commercial banking head. He previously was at Apollo Bank, where he was executive vice president. Pattabhiraman has an MBA from the University of Miami.

▪ Yuleisy A. Montalvo joins as vice president and commercial banking officer. Previously, she served in the same position with Mercantil Commercebank. Montalvo has a bachelor’s in finance and international business from Florida International University.

▪ Jose Marrero joins as vice president of commercial real estate, responsible for commercial real estate lending. He was most recently senior vice president and relationship manager at Ocean Bank. Marrero has an associate’s in arts in business from Miami Dade College and a lending certificate from the American Institute of Banking.

▪ Aileen Fundora, formerly of Homestead-based Community Bank of Florida, has joined the bank as human resources director. She has a bachelor’s in health information management from FIU; a master’s in human resources management from Troy State University; and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State.

Jalal “Jay” Shehadeh has been named general counsel of U.S. Century Bank. He will supervise all of the bank’s legal work and oversee the activities of the board of directors. Most recently, Shehadeh had his own practice and specialized in real estate. Previously he was at the State Attorney’s Office, 10thJudicial Circuit and was a Gubernatorial Fellow under former Gov. Charlie Crist. Shehadeh has a bachelor of business administration from Florida Atlantic University and a J.D. from FIU.


Eduardo Latham has been promoted to senior client partner in the Miami office of Korn Ferry. He is member of the firm’s global consumer, retail and industrial centers of expertise. Latham has a bachelor’s in international relations and English from Saint Edward’s University.


Nicole Sinclair has been named general manager for Faena Hotel Miami Beach. She previously was vice president of human resources, talent and culture for Faena District Miami Beach. Sinclair has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.


Fifteen lawyers from Feldman Gale, based in Miami, will be joining the intellectual property department of Cozen O’Connor, which is expanding its South Florida presence. Those at the partner level or above who are making the switch include six who will be based in Miami:

▪ Feldman Gale founders James Gale and Jeffrey Feldman will be co-chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s newly formed national Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Both have a bachelor’s degree and a J.D. from the University of Florida.

▪ These Feldman Gale partners will be partners at Cozen O’Connor: Thomas Dye (bachelor’s, College of William and Mary; J.D., University of Miami); Susan Latham (bachelor’s, University of Delaware; J.D. , Florida State, LL.M., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law); Samuel Lewis (bachelor’s and master’s, Florida State; J.D., UF); and Rafael Perez-Pineiro (bachelor’s, University of Puerto Rico; master’s, Johns Hopkins; J.D., George Washington University).

Michael P. Levinson, M.D., has been named a partner in the healthcare practice of K&L Gates LLP. He joins the firm in the Miami office from Hogan Lovells. Levinson, who has a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania, has an M.D. from Chicago Medical School-Rosalind Franklin University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.


Carlos Quijano has been named commercial director, air commerce (Latin America) at Travelport. Quijano, who will be based in Miami, will lead the team that manages Travelport’s airline relationships in Latin America. He previously was sales director, West region (U.S.) for LATAM Airlines Group.

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: Dr. Clifford Medina

New position: Chief of general medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He will be based at the center’s main campus at 4300 Alton Rd. in Miami Beach.

Previous position: Internal medicine hospitalist at McLeod Regional Medical Center in South Carolina. He was team lead. He was also chair of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease committee, chair of the sub-committee on diagnostic imaging process improvement, and physician advisor.

Also: Dr. Medina will work alongside the hospital’s team of internists and endocrinologists. He will also oversee the enhancement of patient safety, patient and physician satisfaction and the growth of the medical center’s internal medicine practices. And he will also part of Mount Sinai’s medical education program, which trains future doctors and healthcare providers.

Education: Dr. Medina completed his internal medicine residency in 2001 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1998, he graduated from Harvard Medical School. He also received an MBA from Duke in 2014. Dr. Medina is board-certified in internal medicine and sleep medicine. He is an active member of various professional organizations including the American College of Physicians, Society of Hospital Medicine, American Association of Physician Leaders, American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Best advice he ever received: 1. Treat everyone you encounter throughout your day sincerely, with kindness, humility and respect. 2. Engage the challenges of life head-on with confidence and optimism, never fearing the perceived impossibility or limitations of the task at hand.

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