Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of June 27, 2016



Ingrid Romero has been named vice president and branch manager at the Westchester banking center of Apollo Bank. She most recently was vice president and business banking lender at U.S. Century Bank. Romero has a bachelor’s in management and international business from Florida International University.

At BankUnited:

▪ Ash Benzo has been named vice president for private client services in Miami, based at the Coral Way branch. He was previously treasurer and debt/treasury manager for Cape Coral. Benzo has a bachelor’s from Morehouse College and a master’s of public administration from New York University.

▪ Grace Fleischman has been named vice president and private client services team leader in Palm Beach County. She was vice president for retail and small business banking at the bank’s Boca Raton Town Center branch. Fleischman has a bachelor’s in business administration from Broward College.

At Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust:

▪ Madelayne Cordero has been appointed senior vice president. She serves as chief fiduciary officer. Before joining Gibraltar, she worked in the trust and fiduciary banking field at Northern Trust Bank of Florida. Cordero has a bachelor’s in business administration from FIU and a J.D. degree from Concord University.

▪ Emilio Vazquez has been appointed senior vice president, market executive for the Miami office. He oversees private banking, wealth management and loans, and leads the unit’s business development efforts. Previously, he was senior vice president at Continental National Bank. Vazquez has a bachelor’s of business administration from FIU.

Tucker Coates has been named vice president of business development at Hidden Harbor Capital Partners, a Boca Raton-based private equity firm specializing in control investments in lower middle market companies. Previously, he was an advisor to the Milwaukee based venture capital firm Capital Midwest. Coates has a bachelor’s in international political economy from Fordham.


Douglas Wells has been named an operations manager in the southeast regional office of Plaza Construction in Miami. Previously, he was vice president of operations at Suffolk Construction in West Palm Beach. Wells has a bachelor’s in construction engineering technology from the University of Southern Mississippi.


John D’Angelo has joined LandScience Inc. as national sales manager. LandScience, based in North Miami, specializes in environmental and engineering consulting solutions. Previously, D’Angelo handled business development for CJones & Associates Public Relations.


Matthew Maffai has been promoted to managing director of the Construction Services Group of Florida at Aon Risk Solutions and will be based in Miami. He had been vice president of Aon Risk Services. Maffai has an MBA from the University of Miami.


Julie Abolafia joins the Fort Lauderdale office of Franklin Street as director of multifamily investment sales. She previously was at Capital Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc. Abolafia graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

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Mover’s spotlight

Name: Mayda Antun, M.D.

New position: She has been named medical director of Network Performance and Medical Management for Baptist Health Quality Network, which is part of Baptist Health South Florida.

Previous position: Dr. Antun most recently was Humana’s vice president and chief medical officer for its CarePlus Health Plans.

Education: Dr. Antun has a medical degree from the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. She completed an internal medicine residency at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., and endocrinology and metabolism fellowships at Northport V.A. Medical Center in Northport, N.Y., and at State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also has an MBA with a specialization in healthcare administration from the University of Miami.

Best advice she ever received: Detailed execution of the basics, and be authentic in your thoughts, words and actions.

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