Executive Moves: Denholtz, LEAD STEM, NJBankers, etc.

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.

Blake Burger, Denholtz Associates

Denholtz Associates, a privately held, fully integrated real estate development, investment and management company, announces that Blake Burger has joined the company as an acquisitions and development associate.

In the role of acquisitions and development associate, Burger will work closely with Denholtz Associates’ executive leadership team to assist with deal sourcing, underwriting, due diligence, community relations and analytics.  Burger’s contributions will ensure that Denholtz Associates can continue to successfully identify unique real estate development, redevelopment and value-add opportunities in the market and continue to successfully execute their investment strategy.


Kim Case, executive director of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, has been selected as one of 20 fellows in LEAD STEM, a national leadership development experience. Over the coming year, Case will be educated on critical skills to impact current local learning opportunities while shaping the global future of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

As the Executive Director of the Research & Development Council, she leads the strategic vision of the organization, which includes initiatives that drive excellence in STEM education and workforce development. Part of the Council’s program portfolio includes the management of a statewide STEM Scholars organization, the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network and New Jersey’s four STEM Learning Ecosystems. Made up of hundreds of representatives from across the state, the NJSPN is currently focusing on learning efforts in the areas of computer science, early childhood STEM education, STEM teacher training and professional development, and workforce development.

Jessica Furino, NJBankers

Jessica Furino of Scotch Plains has joined NJBankers as vice president and manager of member experiences. Jessica is a seasoned event planner who will be responsible for NJBankers’ professional development opportunities. She will be the liaison for the NJBankers Leadership Academy and is also tasked to explore and spearhead new initiatives including the Young Bankers Division designed to enhance member experience and engagement.

Jessica’s experience includes having worked in the Development Department of The Salvation

Army’s executive headquarters in Manhattan. She continued to pursue her passion for event planning and joined the 92nd Street Y as special events associate, then as meeting planning specialist for Hadassah. Most recently, Jessica was responsible for planning large scale events across North America as the director of events for the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Elizabeth Hampton, CASA

Elizabeth Hampton was appointed to the board of trustees for the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Mercer and Burlington Counties. CASA is a nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure the emotional, physical and educational well-being of children residing in foster homes. Hampton is a partner in the Princeton office of Fox Rothschild LLP whose practice includes a wide range of business-related litigation.

Bruce Schlesier, Hollister Construction Services

Hollister Construction Services, a leading full-service construction manager specializing in corporate, educational, health care, industrial, retail, residential, self-storage and senior living construction, is pleased to welcome Bruce Schlesier to the growing Hollister team. Bruce joins the company as vice president of estimating, leading and managing his team’s efforts for the preparation and timely delivery of cost reports and cost deliverables. Bruce’s experience sets the stage for a cohesive, collaborative team environmental for each and every Hollister project.

Bruce brings executive management experience in estimating, scheduling, cost controls, building design and construction, with over 30 years of experience. He has assisted companies nationwide and in Canada to prepare a foundation for solid growth by developing procedures, policies, training, and management mechanisms.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate

Wolf Commercial Real Estate is pleased to announce the hiring of three new members of the firm serving its southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey teams.

April Loomis has joined the WCRE team as a senior sales associate focusing on the southern New Jersey market. Loomis brings over 25 years of professional experience with major corporations in the region, having recently served as a contracts manager at Lockheed Martin and Comcast Corp.

Mitchell Russell has joined the WCRE team as the firm’s newest sales associate in Pennsylvania. Russell will generate and service new business in the office and industrial sectors for clients in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

Nora Farghaly has joined WCRE as a marketing coordinator and administrative assistant. Farghaly will bring new ideas to WCRE’s best-in-class marketing team and enhance client service by providing additional broker support. Nora brings more than five years of experience designing, creating and executing marketing campaigns across various industries through her independent marketing consultancy NF Design.

Kirkland Andrews, Junior Achievement of N.J.

Junior Achievement of New Jersey is proud to announce that Kirkland “Kirk” Andrews, executive vice president and chief financial officer of NRG Energy Inc., has been elected to its state board of directors.

He expressed his enthusiasm about why joining the JANJ board is so important to him and our future generations: “I am honored to be part of such an outstanding and truly impactful organization that provides young minds the opportunities and tools to understand and realize their true potential as the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. NRG’s partnership with JA is an investment in our community’s youth, and future energy and STEM leaders. We look forward to hosting students at our New Jersey headquarters, where they can learn from NRG employees while exploring potential career paths.”

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Mary Beth Green, Caliper

Caliper announced recently that Mary Beth Green joined the Princeton-based firm as its regional vice president of the Southwest region, covering Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Her extensive experience with business development and her track record of exceeding company goals and client expectations makes her fully equipped to lead Caliper’s account team in the Southwest area.

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Mark Holbrook, Certara

Certara, the global leader in model-informed drug development, regulatory science, market access and real-world evidence services, announced that it has appointed Mark Holbrook to the newly-created position of vice president of quantitative systems toxicology and safety. Holbrook will lead Certara’s QSTS division from the company’s Simcyp offices in Sheffield, U.K.

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NAI James E. Hanson

NAI James E. Hanson, a leading New Jersey-based full-service commercial real estate firm, announced that Rita Tignini and Raquel Perez have joined its Teterboro office. Tignini will be serving as a property accountant and Perez will be serving as an accounts receivable bookkeeper for NAI Hanson’s Property Management team, which currently manages over 6 million square feet of commercial real estate space throughout New Jersey.

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Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, a WPP Health & Wellness company, announced the promotions of Raymond Johnson, Laura Kohler and Beth Lebowitz all from VP, management supervisors, to SVP, management supervisors, within the organization’s New Jersey-based market access team.

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