Senior-level hires and promotions for the week of June 1, 2020

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ACCOUNTING

Carol Surowiec joins EisnerAmper as a partner in the tax group. She will be based in the Miami office. She was a partner at Cherry Bekaert. Surowiec has a bachelor’s in accounting from Florida State University.

THE ARTS

Claire Breukel has been named curator at DACRA, the developer of the Miami Design District. She will manage cultural programming in the District, including selecting performance exhibitions and events. She also manages the Craig Robins Collection, a private contemporary art collection. She was executive director and curator for the Robert S. Wennett and Mario Cader-Frech Foundation, establishing the art program Y.ES Contemporary in Miami and El Salvador. Breukel, who moved to Miami in 2003 to work with the Rubell Family Collection, has a bachelor’s from the University of Capetown in English and art, and a master’s in art history from Hunter College.

BANKS

Carlos Iafigliola has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer at Amerant Bancorp Inc. Iafigliola has been interim CFO since March 16, and has been with Amerant since 2004. He has a degree in economics from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and a master’s in finance from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA).

DESIGN/CONSULTING (professional services)

Melsie Ordoñez has joined Stantec as buildings engineering principal in its Miami office. Ordoñez will oversee and support engineering for hospitality, institutional, and aviation projects while developing the local healthcare, lab-research facility and ports-marine markets. She was at TLC Engineering Solutions in Deerfield Beach, and before that, at Ross & Baruzzini in Miami. Ordoñez has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.

EDUCATION

Ande Noktes has been named Head of School at Metropolitan International Centner Academy. MICA, whose campuses are near Miami’s Design District, is a private, progressive school in Miami which has more than 300 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Noktes was previously Head of School at Midtown International School in Atlanta.

LAW

Roger S. Kobert has joined Carlton Fields as a shareholder in Miami and New York. Kobert, a trial lawyer, has more than 30 years’ experience representing foreign and domestic businesses, governments, and individuals in litigation and appeals. He was at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, where he was a partner based in Coral Gables. Kobert has a bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

David B. Levin has been elected a shareholder at Baker Donelson in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He focuses his litigation practice in real estate, insurance, business dispute and other areas. He has a bachelor’s in political science and government from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

Jeffrey V. Nelson has joined Stearns Weaver Miller as a shareholder. Miller, who will be based in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale’s office, with work with the real estate and litigation groups on all construction-related matters. Previously, he owned his own practice in Fort Lauderdale. He has a bachelor’s from Emory and a J.D. from Georgetown.

NONPROFITS

Tiffany Bedran has been named chief administrative officer, and Amy Powers has been named chief development officer, at The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation in Hollywood. The organization solely supports the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Bedran was recently CFO of The Children’s Trust. She has a business and accounting degree from Tulane. Powers was executive director of major gifts at Jupiter Medical Center. A graduate of UM, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business, as well as a master’s of business administration and a master’s of taxation.

Randy Kominsky has been named CEO and president of the Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County. He is a former partner with the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers and was the assistant general counsel for Ryder System, Inc. in Miami. Kominsky has a bachelor’s in business administration, and a J.D., from Temple University.

REAL ESTATE

William Domsky has been named a principal at Lee & Associates South Florida, specializing in industrial and office sales and leasing in the region. He was a corporate real estate advisory service and tenant representation professional at CBRE, Inc.

Debra Frankel has been promoted to first vice president investments at Marcus & Millichap. Frankel, who is based in the company’s Miami office, was previously vice president investments.

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MOVER’S SPOTLIGHT

Name: Peter Powers

New position: CEO of Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship hospital of Memorial Healthcare System.

From: CEO for St. Anthony Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center in Colorado.

And: Powers succeeds Zeff Ross, executive vice president of Memorial Healthcare System and CEO of Memorial Regional Hospital, who retired in December 2019,

About: Powers will oversee the 797-bed hospital, which is home to Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Memorial Transplant Institute, Memorial Cancer Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute and Comprehensive Stroke Center, The Family Birthplace and Level I Trauma Center. Memorial Healthcare System is one of the largest public healthcare systems (by revenue) in the United States. Facilities that include Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Memorial Hospital Miramar, and Memorial Manor nursing home.

Education: Bachelor’s of public affairs from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Best advice: Work really, really, really hard and always do the right thing. Pretty basic advice from my father and has served me well.

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This space lists promotions of executives at the director level and above who are based in Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe counties. Announcements, also at miamiherald.com, are for full-time, paid positions — not for board or volunteer positions. Send items, with a high-resolution jpeg of a head shot, (lower resolutions reproduce poorly online), to movers@miamiherald.com. Include the position (company, title) most recently held prior to the new job. Educational background is also desirable, but optional.

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See past senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for 2017-2018: Jan. 2, 2017 Jan. 9, 2017 Jan. 16, 2017 Jan. 23, 2017 Jan. 30, 2017 Feb. 6, 2017 Feb. 13, 2017 Feb. 20, 2017 Feb. 27, 2017 March 6, 2017 March 13, 2017 March 20, 2017 March 27, 2017 April 3, 2017 April 10, 2017 April 17, 2017 April 24, 2017 May 1, 2017 May 8, 2017 May 15, 2017 May 22, 2017 May 29, 2017 June 5, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 19, 2017 June 26, 2017 July 3, 2017 July 10, 2017 July 17, 2017 July 24, 2017 July 31, 2017 Aug. 7, 2017 Aug. 14, 2017 ▪ Aug. 21, 2017 ▪ Aug. 28, 2017 ▪ Sept. 4, 2017 Sept. 11, 2017 (No Movers ran on Sept. 18, 2017) Sept. 25, 2017 Oct. 3, 2017 Oct. 9, 2017 Oct. 16, 2017 Oct. 23, 2017 Oct. 31, 2017 Nov. 5, 2017 Nov. 13, 2017 Nov. 20, 2017 (No Movers ran on Nov. 27, 2017) ▪ Dec. 4, 2017 ▪ Dec. 11, 2017 Dec. 18, 2017(No Movers ran on Jan. 1, 2018) ▪ Jan. 8, 2018 Jan. 15, 2018 ▪ Jan. 22, 2018 ▪ Jan. 29, 2018 ▪ Feb. 5, 2018 ▪ Feb. 12, 2018 ▪ Feb. 19, 2018 ▪ Feb. 26, 2018 March 5, 2018 ▪ March 12, 2018 ▪ March 19, 2018 ▪ March 26 ) (No Movers ran on April 2, 2018) April 9, 2018 ▪ April 16, 2018 ▪ April 23, 2018 ▪ April 30, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 14, 2018 May 21, 2018 May 28, 2018 June 4, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 25, 2018 (No Movers ran on July 9, 2018) July 16, 2018 July 23, 2018 July 30, 2018 Aug. 6, 2018 Aug. 13, 2018 Aug. 20, 2018 Aug. 27, 2018 Sept. 3, 2018 Sept. 10, 2018 Sept. 17, 2018 Sept. 24, 2018 Oct. 1, 2018 Oct. 8, 2018 Oct. 15, 2018 (No Movers ran on Oct. 22, 2018) Oct. 29, 2018 Nov. 5, 2018 Nov. 12, 2018 Nov. 19, 2018 Nov. 26, 2018 Dec. 3, 2018 Dec. 10, 2018 Dec. 17, 2018 Dec. 24, 2018 (No Movers on Dec. 31, 2018) Jan. 7, 2019 Jan. 14, 2019 Jan. 21, 2019 Jan. 28, 2019 Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 11, 2019 Feb. 18, 2019 Feb. 25, 2019 March 4, 2019 March 11, 2019 March 18, 2019 March 25, 2019 April 1, 2019 April 8, 2019 April 15, 2019 April 22, 2019 April 29, 2019 May 6, 2019 May 13, 2019 May 20, 2019 May 27, 2019 June 3, 2019 (No Movers ran on June 17, 2019) June 24, 2019 July 1, 2019 July 8, 2019 July 15, 2019 July 22, 2019 July 29, 2019 (No Movers ran on Aug. 5, 2019) Aug. 12, 2019 Aug. 19, 2019 Aug. 26, 2019 (No Movers ran on on Sept. 2, 2019) Sept. 9, 2019 Sept. 16, 2019 Sept. 23, 2019 Sept. 30, 2019 Oct. 7, 2019 Oct. 14, 2019 Oct. 21, 2019 Oct. 28, 2019 Nov. 4, 2019 Nov. 11, 2019 Nov. 18, 2019 Nov. 25, 2019 (No Movers ran on Dec. 2, 2019) Dec. 9 (No Movers ran on Dec. 16, 2019) Dec. 23, 2019 Dec. 30, 2019 (No Movers ran on Jan. 7, 2019) Jan. 13, 2020 Jan. 20, 2020 Jan. 27, 2020 Feb. 3, 2020 Feb. 10, 2020 Feb. 17, 2020 Feb. 24, 2020 March 2, 2020 March 9, 2020 (No Movers have run for the weeks of March 16, 23 and 30, and April 6 and 13.) April 20, 2020 April 27, 2020 (No Movers have run for the weeks of May 4 and May 11.) May 18, 2020