People On The Move - Real Estate and Finance

Aug. 15
Jo Colonna was named hotel director of Fisher Island Club hotel. Colonna has worked for the Setai Miami Beach and W Hotel South Beach. Colonna received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University.

Maria D. Franco was named store manager of the Pembroke Pines West store of TD Bank. Franco worked for U.S. Century Bank as a branch manager in Miami Lakes.

Raul Valdes-Fauli, president and CEO of Professional Bank, has been named to the board of directors of the Florida Bankers Association. His will head the regulatory relief committee. Valdes-Fauli received a bachelor degree from Lake Forest College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami.

Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants announced six promotions:
Larry Bernstein is senior manager in the tax services practice.

Christopher Cichoski is senior manager in the audit and attest services practice.
Rachel Gram is senior manager in the audit and attest services practice.
Rachel Kelly is senior manager in the business valuation and forensic services practice.

Dustin Grizzle is senior manager in the tax services practice.
Andrew Leonard is senior manager in the international tax services practice.

Esslinger∙Wooten∙Maxwell Realty International has added six associates to the Pinecrest-Palmetto Bay office branch: Paula Ruth Brown, Maria Bennett, Erika Di Porto, Daniel Hunt, LeAnn Soto and Gabriel Zilban.

Brown worked as a sales associate for Nordstrom in Miami and brings 11 years of real estate experience.

Bennett was a wedding planner in Miami and has previous real estate experience. She attended Miami-Dade College and Florida State University.

Di Porto worked as a physical therapist for the University of Miami. She attended Florida International University.

Hunt was a partner with Matovich, McLean & Hunt in San Jose, Calif. Hunt has a bachelor degrees from the University of Florida and law degree from Golden Gate University.

Soto worked as a commissioned faux interior painter in Miami. She attended East Carolina University and Florida International University.
Zilban worked for GDS in Miami Beach. He graduated from the University of Albany.

Aug. 13
Lynn M. Britt, founder of Britt & Company, received two honors. The American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded Britt the National Public Service Award. Britt was also honored at the 2014 annual Florida Bar Convention in Orlando by Elisa Roy, chair of the Florida Bar Family Law Section.

St. George Guardabassi, senior vice president of Berger Commercial Realty, was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale. Guardabassi received his bachelor degree from Texas Christian University.

Mirian Vidal was named senior vice president and managing director and Maryluz Yapur was named banking officer and sales director of TotalBank’s Aventura Banking Center. Vidal was with Florida Community Bank. Vidal has an associate of arts degree from Miami-Dade College. Yapur was at BB&T. Yapur earned her magna cum laude bachelor degree from Universidad del Este, Puerto Rico.

David Ogman, financial adviser, has joined UBS Wealth Management in Boca Raton. David was with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Ogman has an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a masters in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Douglas Stein, president of HMS National, has been named president of the National Home Service Contract Association, a national nonprofit. Stein will serve as an advocate for the home warranty industry.

Ana Maria Braga joins Opulence International Realty as a sales associate. Braga was with Musa Realty.

Ivan Ramirez has been named sales director of Sereno, a property in Bay Harbor Islands. Ramirez received his bachelor degree from Barry University.
Rafael Aguilar, project manager of the roadway department, has rejoined HNTB Corp. Aguilar earned a bachelor degree from Florida International University.