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Movers & Shakers: Former Engel & Völkers broker joins Compass & more

Transwestern expanded its capital markets team, and Marcos Puente joined MMG
By Katherine Kallergis | August 14, 2018 09:45AM

Beth Butler and Giancarlo Cuffia

UPDATED, Aug. 15, 9:52 a.m.: Former Engel & Völkers broker Giancarlo Cuffia joined Compass as it opens a new office in Fort Lauderdale.

Cuffia and his family operated Engel & Völkers’ Sunny Isles Beach and Fort Lauderdale offices. Engel & Völkers Miami, led by managing broker Irving Padron, recently secured the rights to the Sunny Isles market, giving the franchisee control of Miami-Dade County.

Cuffia and his team of 20 agents joined Compass but are staying at his office at 908 East Las Olas Boulevard. The brokerage is opening a new 5,900-square-foot office at 1200 East Las Olas Boulevard later this month, according to a release.

Transwestern expanded its capital markets team with two new hires working under Managing Director John Bell: Nicholas Diaz-Silveira as an associate and Robert Saunders as an analyst. Diaz-Silveira was previously a headhunter in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, as well as in the software industry. Saunders was an investment analyst for ESJ Capital Partners.

Marcos Puente joined MMG Equity Partners as director of acquisitions. Puente is keeping his license at Colliers International South Florida, where he is vice president of capital markets. Before that, he worked at Marcus & Millichap.

Puente has brokered more than $200 million in sales throughout Florida and the Southeast. MMG’s commercial portfolio includes about 40 properties totaling 2.5 million square feet.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Cuffia will be working out of Compass’ new office.