Hires and promotions for the week of Feb. 2, 2015



Lauren Nanni has been promoted to executive vice president, retail banking, at Miami Lakes-based BankUnited and will lead retail banking in Palm Beach, Treasure Coast and Orlando. She was a senior vice president and regional sales leader. She has a bachelor’s in business management from Florida Atlantic University.


Steve Cassetta has been named chief financial officer at Hernandez Construction in Fort Lauderdale, a Stiles affiliate. Previously he was CFO and secretary at Hypower. Cassetta has a bachelor’s in business management from University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Syracuse University.


Jean Pierre has been promoted to managing director for the South Florida Business Center of the Principal Financial Group in Plantation. He attended Florida Atlantic University.

Gytree Singh joins Calvin, Giordano & Associates as chief financial officer. She most recently was a partner at Clausson P. Lexow, CPA, P.A., of Hollywood.


Jose A. Muñoz has been named restaurant chef at the InterContinental at Doral Miami. Previously he was chef de partie at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. He has a bachelor’s in hotel and restaurant administration from the University of Puerto Rico.


Gary Yirinec, based in Atlanta, and Srinivas Kanthadi, based in Atlanta, were named consulting business directors at NEORIS, which has headquarters in Miami.


Robert M. Brochin, a partner in Morgan Lewis’s litigation practice and a co-leader of the commercial litigation practice, has been named managing partner of the firm’s Miami office. His experience includes having been deputy counsel to the Florida governor and Florida Inspector General, and an appointed member of the 1998 Florida Constitution Revision Commission. He has a bachelor’s and a J.D. from the University of Florida.

Scott Knapp has been named a partner in Broad and Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale office. He is in the firm’s commercial litigation and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice groups. Knapp has a bachelor’s from Florida State University and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

Robert F. Lewis, a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder Law, will be the managing shareholding of the firm’s new Miami office and will chair the firm’s newly formed Alcohol Beverage Group. He has a J.D. from the University of Miami.

Jonathan E. Minsker, partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, has relocated from the firm’s New York office and become co-managing partner of its Miami office. Minsker specializes in complex commercial litigation. He has a bachelor’s from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

A. Margot Moss, a partner at Markus/Moss, is now a named partner at the criminal defense firm in Miami, which was previously known as Markus & Markus. She is president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers-Miami Chapter. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from North Carolina School of the Arts, a master’s degree in music from the Unviersity of the Arts, and a law degree from Temple University.

Michael Jay Rune II has joined the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP as a partner in the firm’s Construction Litigation Practice Group. Rune was most recently co-managing partner of the Coral Gables law firm Welbaum Guernsey LLP. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.

Kelly Kronenberg, based in Fort Lauderdale, has promoted the following attorneys to partner:

▪ Valerie B. Barnhart focuses her practice on commercial matters.

▪  Suzette A. Cozzi handles matters involving workers’ compensation, occupational accident, and more.

▪ B. Kyle Morley represents clients in construction defect claims and more.

▪ Richard S. Unger focuses his practice on all aspects of civil litigation.

▪ Barbara L. Porter, based in Miami Lakes, focuses her practice on all aspects of workers’ compensation.


Luis Carlos Vélez has been named executive vice president of network news at Telemundo Network. Velez’s duties include overseeing the network news operations and the editorial direction, programming and production of all news properties, including the nightly newscast, Noticiero Telemundo. the Sunday news program, Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart; the national weekend newscast Noticiero Telemundo Fin de Semana; and the news content of Telemundo’s morning program Un Nuevo Día, as well as other related network news programming, breaking news and specials. Vélez also will oversee the network’s daily news magazine program, Al Rojo Vivo, hosted by María Celeste Arrarás. Previously, Vélez was anchor and news director at Caracol Televisión in Colombia. Previous to that, Vélez was an anchor and reporter for CNN International based in New York and an anchor for CNN en Español. Vélez’s education includes a degree in economics from the Universidad de los Andes.


Breakthrough Miami, an academic enrichment program serving more than 1,100 low-incomes students in Miami-Dade, recently made the following moves:

▪ Lauren Kellner has been promoted to managing director of program design and evaluation. She was the senior site director at the Ransom Everglades program site. Kellner has a master’s in education from the University of Miami.

▪ Jamael Stewart will be director of program operations. He will also continue as senior site director at the Miami Country Day School site. Stewart has a bachelor’s from Bethune-Cookman College.

▪ Ariel Edwards is director of college access and alumni relations. She will continue as director of the program’s College Bound site at the University of Miami. Edwards has a master’s from Nova Southeastern University.


Robson Grieve has been named senior vice president of marketing at Citrix, which is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. He will be based in the company’s Santa Clara, California, office. Most recently, he was executive vice president of global marketing and customer experience with Concur. He has a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.


Kelly Penton Chacon has been named a director in the newly opened Miami office of ASGK Public Strategies. Previously, she was vice president at Schwartz Media Strategies. Her experience also includes having been director of communications for the City of Miami and press secretary for former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. She attended Florida State University.


Kelly Bergin has been named president of OASIS, a host agency based in Boca Raton that has independent travel consultants across the country. Before she was vice president of business development. She’s a graduate of Florida Atlantic University.

An earlier version of this listing incorrectly stated where Ariel Edwards received her master's degree. She received it from Nova Southeastern University.

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Ronald C. Dresnick

New position: Partner at Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. He will handle a wide range of complex commercial litigation.

Previous position: Eleventh Judicial Circuit judge. Among the cases he heard: the Major League Baseball steroid controversy involving South Florida clinic Biogenesis; a $100 million claim against Cuba for acts of terror tied to the Bay of Pigs; and a major case resulting in a recent Florida Supreme Court decision upholding Dresnick’s definition of the legal concept of the scope of duty.

Also: Is as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami law school. Awards he has received include the Dade County Justice Association Steven Levine award for Judicial Excellence.

Best advice he ever received: I remember an excellent piece of advice I received upon my becoming a judge from Gerald Wetherington, my friend and the former chief judge of our circuit. I think that it applies not only to judging, but to life in general: “In this business there are a thousand opportunities to say nothing; take advantage of every one of them.”