Executive Moves: Parlex Group, MCANJ, Catalent, Denholtz, Goldberg Segalla, Withum and more

Executive Moves is an occasional feature on ROI-NJ.com describing some of the important personnel changes in the New Jersey business community. Reports are based on news releases, edited for content, clarity and style.

Robert W. Anderson, The Parlex Group

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper P.C., announced that Robert W. Anderson has been elected president of The Parlex Group, an international network of law firms that work cooperatively to handle cross-border legal transactions.

Anderson is the first non-European to serve as president in the 47-year history of The Parlex Group. He will also serve as a member of the Management Committee for a two-year term.

“In our increasingly interconnected world, legal transactions now regularly involve multiple countries and legal systems,” said Anderson. “I am greatly honored by the opportunity to serve as Parlex’s president while we work to seamlessly meet the challenges of global transactions.”

In his practice, Robert Anderson represents both emerging and established corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and securities law matters. He also has expertise in cybersecurity, data privacy, internet law, and start-up companies’ formation and operations. Admitted to the New Jersey and New York bars, he holds a J.D. from Fordham University of Law.

Kevin Armistead, Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey

Kevin Armistead, chief operating officer of Waldwick-based Armistead Mechanical Inc., a provider of mechanical construction, engineering and contracting services throughout the New Jersey/New York area, has been appointed president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey, effective July 1.

Armistead also will continue his role as a member of MCANJ’s Finance, Legislative and Labor Policy Committees, as well as his position as a trustee for UA Local 274 Pipefitters. At the national level, he serves on the Mechanical Contractors Association of America Government Affairs Committee and the Safety and Health Committee.

The MCANJ is an organization providing education, industry guidance and a network of valued affiliations to mechanical contractors and their ancillary business partner companies.

Armistead has been a co-owner of Armistead Mechanical for nearly 30 years and helped spearhead the company’s growth.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be trusted by the MCANJ with this new role as president,” said Armistead. “The MCANJ is an organization that truly binds mechanical contracting experts throughout the Garden State, and I look forward to helping them further their already significant accomplishments.”

Graham Brearley, Catalent Pharma Solutions

Somerset-based Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, recently announced that Graham Brearley has been appointed as general manager of the company’s Madison, Wisconsin, facility. He will report to Brian Riley, vice president of operations, biologics & specialty drug delivery.

In his most recent position, Brearley served as senior director, technical operations with Shire, where he was responsible for leading strategy, organization, execution and business processes. With a proven track record in providing technical expertise on operational aspects of the bioscience business, including process development and life cycle management, he has over 25 years’ technical, operations and business experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Christina Jordan, Denholtz Associates

Denholtz Associates, a privately held, fully integrated real estate development, investment and management company, has announced the promotion of Christina Jordan to director of leasing.

Jordan joined Matawan-based Denholtz Associates in 2010 as a tenant relations coordinator and later received a promotion to leasing associate. Since joining the firm, Jordan has been an integral piece of the firm’s leasing team and has enabled Denholtz Associates to successfully execute its multitenant leasing strategy throughout its 4.2 million-square-foot portfolio of office, industrial and flex buildings.

In her new role, Jordan will be responsible for the administration, negotiation, tracking and execution of leases throughout the Denholtz portfolio. She will also take a larger role in overseeing Denholtz Associates’ leasing strategy and helping to streamline the firm’s leasing operations throughout its multi-state investment portfolio.

“Over the past eight years, our leasing team has been integral in driving our firm’s tremendous growth, as well as our high occupancy and exceptional tenant service across our portfolio,” said Kristine B. Hurlbut, senior vice president of leasing at Denholtz Associates. “A large part of this success is a direct result of Christina’s tireless work and invaluable contributions to our leasing team. Her experience and knowledge have made her a vital piece of our incredible success and this promotion serves as a recognition of that work and the long-term role we see for her at our firm.”

Jeanette Luna, Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added associate Jeanette Luna to the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group in Newark. Luna was previously with Kelman, Winston, and Vallone.

Luna counsels and defends employers, insurers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters throughout New Jersey and New York. She is also a court-certified mediator.

After earning her bachelor’s at Tufts University, Luna went on to Syracuse University, where she enrolled concurrently in the College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, graduating with her Master in Public Administration and J.D.

WithumSmith+Brown P.C.

WithumSmith+Brown P.C., the national top-ranking public accounting firm, has announced the promotion of three senior managers to the position of partner. Ryan Babiak, Joseph Cassano and Shawn P. Gillon are the newest partners to join the firm’s growing corporate leadership team, effective July 1, 2018.

“Ryan, Joe and Shawn represent a new generation of firm partners who embody our enduring company values and Withum Way traditions,” said Bill Hagaman, CEO and managing partner. “Collectively and individually, they represent passion, innovation, community and strength for their profession, clients, colleagues and peers. We congratulate each on this pinnacle of professional achievement.”

  • Ryan Babiak, based in the firm’s Whippany office, specializes in accounting for income taxes, federal and multi-state income tax for business entities, equity-based compensation and U.S. international taxation.
  • Joseph Cassano is based in Withum’s New York City office, where he specializes in financial reporting, tax and accounting services for hedge fund clients and also has experience working with domestic and offshore investment funds, fund-of-funds vehicles, investment advisers and related management entities.
  • Shawn Gillon, who is based in the firm’s East Brunswick office, is a CPA with over 15 years of experience focusing on auditing, accounting and consulting services.

The three new partners join an impressive corporate leadership team at Withum comprised of more than 120 partners.

Emanuel Klein, East Orange Property Owners Association

Emanuel Klein, co-founder of The Fountain Group LLC, based in Teaneck, has been appointed vice president of the board of directors of the East Orange Property Owners Association, an industry-unique commercial real estate membership organization committed to advancing the city of East Orange’s renaissance.

The Fountain Group LLC, founded by Klein, has developed and managed over 700 units in the northern New Jersey region and continues to grow its portfolio through residential, mixed-use and development projects throughout Northern New Jersey.

“Since the creation of The Fountain Group, we have focused on building projects that work in emerging markets like East Orange, where I have been involved with the EOPOA since its inception,” said Klein. “In my new role, I’m thrilled with this new opportunity to advance East Orange’s future as a live/work enclave for all.”

On the board, Klein joins President Philip Evanski, managing member of Equis Realty Partners LLC; Secretary Marc Watkins, CEO of Rockledge Ventures LLC; Treasurer Abraham Brender, president of ASB Investments; and board member David Oropeza, executive managing director of Gebroe-Hammer Associates.

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Charles J. Messina, Genova Burns

Genova Burns is pleased to announce that Counsel Charles J. Messina has been elected partner, effective July 1, 2018.

“Charles is an exceptional attorney and brings extraordinary client service and skills to all matters in which he is involved,” said firm Chairman and Managing Partner Angelo J. Genova. “He is a tremendous asset to our firm and clients, and we are more than proud to announce his election to the partnership.”

Messina is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Construction Law & Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation Defense, Insurance & Reinsurance, and Intellectual Property & Information Technology practice groups. He is also co-chair of the Cannabis Law Practice Group and part of the firm’s Strategic Planning Committee.

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Angela M. Scafuri, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A. is pleased to welcome Angela M. Scafuri as a shareholder in the Family Law Practice Group. A prominent matrimonial lawyer, Scafuri joins Wilentz with more than a decade of experience representing clients in simple and complex family law cases, including mediation and collaborative law matters.

Brian J. Molloy, president and managing director of Wilentz, said, “Angela is an accomplished  lawyer whose experience will strengthen our family law and litigation capabilities, and be of great value to our clients.”

At Wilentz, Scafuri will continue to represent clients in matrimonial and family law litigation, arbitration and related matters, such as treatment of joint marital assets, protection of separate property, cohabitation, child custody and parenting time issues, spousal and child support, domestic violence, and separation and marriage settlement agreements.

Scafuri graduated from Seton Hall School of Law in 2000, and earned her B.A. from Colgate University in 1996. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey.

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