Business Monday

Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of Feb. 29, 2016



Teresa Torres has joined Amicon Construction Management, a boutique owner’s representation and construction management firm, as senior vice president. She previously worked for Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, where she led the nationwide expansion program for Capital One’s new café-bank concept. Torres attended DePaul University.


Ralph Calzadilla has joined Compass Financial Federal Credit Union as assistant vice president – branch manager at the Medley branch. He most recently was with Wells Fargo.


Vanessa Blanco has been named director of the San Juan, Puerto Rico, regional campus of Nova Southeastern University. She previously was the assistant director at the university’s Miami campus. Blanco has a bachelor’s degree in professional administration from Barry University.


Judy Dolan has been promoted to senior vice president at Berger Commercial Realty in Fort Lauderdale. She was previously vice president. Dolan has a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Rowan University in New Jersey and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

Denise Sicuso has been named vice president, managing broker of the Pinecrest office of EWM Realty International. Previously, she was at EWM’s Brickell branch.

JLL has named Brian Smith as managing director and Audley Bosch as senior vice president. Smith had been executive director, and Bosch had been senior director, at Cushman & Wakefield, where they specialized in selling and leasing industrial property.

Frank Trelles has joined State Street Realty, a Miami-based brokerage and advisory firm, as a vice president. He most recently was executive vice president at Cornerstone International Realty.


Mark Miller, CIO of Service America, has been named chief operations officer at the air-conditioning, appliance and plumbing service in Fort Lauderdale. Previously, he was director for Wipro LLC specializing in the implementation and integration of Oracle ERP solutions. He has a bachelor’s degree from Stockton State College.


Mike Pacifico has joined Venture Hive, a Miami-based entrepreneur education and innovation company, as chief financial officer. Most recently, he was an investment banker based in New York City. Pacifico has a BBA from Emory and an MBA from Columbia.

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Mover’s Spotlight

Name: Saima Chaudhry

New position: Chaudhry, an M.D., will be vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer for graduate medical education programs at Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the country. The move follows Memorial’s initial institutional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Her attention is currently centered on pursuing accreditation for the following residency programs: physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine and pediatrics.

From: Professor of medicine at Hofstra-North Shore LIJ School of Medicine. There, she developed curricula for the new medical school. She also worked for North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York and was vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine. She also has held several other leadership positions within the healthcare system.

Best advice she ever received: It’s more about learning than teaching, so focus on what the learner needs and not merely what the teacher should do. By the time one gets to the college level, the balance should shift towards a more self-directed mode of learning, which is what adult learning theory tells us should be applied to education. This is particularly true in medical education.

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