Movers & Shakers: Blanca hires new SVP, Engel & Völkers names head of luxury division in Fort Lauderdale & more

Lennar Corp. promoted Fred Rothman to COO

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Jan.January 21, 2019 08:45 AM

From left: Niliana Nassar-Garcia and David Valdez

Blanca Commercial Real Estate brought David M. Valdez back as a senior vice president and chief operations director.

Valdez was previously a vice president of corporate services and real estate at Goldman Sachs in New York, a managing director at CBRE in New York, and a broker with the Codina-Bush Group in Miami.

Engel & Völkers hired Niliana Nassar-Garcia to oversee the new luxury division for the brokerage in Fort Lauderdale. She previously handled sales for Ocean Land Investments’ waterfront projects, including AquaVita Las Olas, AquaLuna Las Olas, AquaMar Las Olas, AquaVue Las Olas and AquaBlu Fort Lauderdale. Nassar-Garcia has closed more than $120 million in new construction sales over the last four years, nearly $60 million of which was in 2018.

Lennar Corp. promoted Fred Rothman to chief operating officer, taking over a role previously held by Jon Jaffe, president of Lennar. Jaffe will continue to oversee Lennar’s operations nationally, while Rothman will continue to oversee the company’s east homebuilding region and will take on a larger role in Lennar’s land acquisition program. Rothman joined Lennar in 2006.

Joe Rubin, a former director of acquisitions for American Landmark Apartments, joined Franklin Street as director of the company’s multifamily investment sales. Rubin will focus on multifamily sales in South Florida and up the Treasure Coast. He’s also worked for Ocwen Financial Corporation and Marcus & Millichap.

Franklin Street also named Mark Behling a retail investment sales senior associate.

Dwntwn Realty Advisors, led by Tony Arellano and Devlin Marinoff, hired Rayza Perez, who will focus on investment sales and leasing of industrial properties in Doral and Medley.

Ana Paula joined Blue Box Real Estate as a vice president in the company’s Miami office. She was previously a senior leasing associate at The Hogan Group, responsible for leasing and marketing the Waterford at Blue Lagoon Office Park.

The city of Miami promoted Joseph Ruiz to director of the zoning office and zoning administrator, City Manager Emilio Gonzalez announced recently. Ruiz has worked for the mayor’s office since 2017, and was chief of staff for then-Commissioner Francis Suarez’s District 4 office.

Derek Martin and Chrissy Valle are now part of Meyers Group’s leasing team for Avery Pompano Beach. Martin was hired as director of leasing and Valle was named community manager of the project, which is expected to open in March. Meyers launched leasing of the 144-unit apartment building in October.

Miami-based Atlantic | Pacific Companies promoted Jermaine Moncur to human resources director and Doribel Abreu to human resources manager.


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