Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Aug. 15, 2016



At Kaufman Rossin:

Jeffrey Ardizon has recently been named a director in the firm’s tax practice. He previously was a manager. He is also a real estate tax practice leader. Ardizon, a CPA, has a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in taxation from Nova Southeastern University.

Leandro Barbuscio has recently been named a director in the international tax practice. He previously was a manager. Barbuscio, a CPA, has a bachelor’s in accounting and a master’s in taxation from Florida International University.

Jason Chorlins has been promoted to risk advisory services principal from director. He focuses his practice on providing risk management and regulatory compliance consulting services to private and publicly traded financial institutions. Chorlins, a CPA, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Gregory Katsikas has been promoted to assurance and advisory services principal. He was previously an associate principal at the firm. Katsikas, a CPA, has a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Florida.

Albert Primo has been named chief innovation officer. Primo previously was an associate principal at the firm. Primo, a CPA, has a bachelor’s in finance and international business from FIU.


Rina Grossman-Kerbel has been named vice president and senior private client banker for the Miami-Dade market of BankUnited. She was previously at Sabadell United Bank in Aventura and Miami Beach, where she most recently was vice president and relationship manager for the bank’s private banking and wealth management division. Grossman-Kerbel has a bachelor’s in international business and finance from Florida Atlantic University.


Bernard Potere has been hired as project executive in the southeast regional office of Plaza Construction in Miami. Previously, he was senior project manager at Hitt Contracting in the Washington, D.C., area. Potere has a bachelor’s in science from the University of Maryland.


Timothy Walker has been named vice president of TARA Ink., based in Miami. Most recently he was director of development at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Walker has a bachelor’s and a master’s from John Carroll University in Ohio.


At Ransom Everglades School:

▪ Martha “Marty” Taft Elkins has been named director of college counseling. She previously worked at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. Elkins has a bachelor’s in American studies from Williams College and a master’s in secondary education from the University of New Hampshire.

▪ Gregory Pollard arrives as director of advancement. He previously was director of advancement at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. Pollard has a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Delaware.

This column lists high-level promotions of director and above of executives based in South Florida. Send items to

Mover’s spotlight

Name: Claude Grubair

New position: CEO, The Children’s Bereavement Center.

From: Athletic director of Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove for 17 years.

About the organization: The nonprofit provides free peer support groups for children, young adults and adult caregivers after the death of a loved one. There are support groups in Miami-Dade and Broward, including at Ransom Everglades, Belen, Miami Country Day and Nova Southeastern University. More information at

Also: Grubair has also engaged in projects with the University of Miami working with UM’s KIDZ Neuroscience Center to prevent concussions in student athletes, and with UM’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, educating students to avoid injuries that contribute to paralysis. He has also been a volunteer with the Bereavement Center; Blessings in a Backpack; the Overtown Youth Center; Habitat for Humanity International; Americcorp, Project Medishare, Virrick Park, The Miami Project, the Miami Rescue Mission and The St. Bernard Project (New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina).

Education: Bachelor’s in history from the University of Miami.

Best advice ever received: You will only be successful if you are passionate about what you are doing and appreciate the people you are doing it for.

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