Executive Moves: Bayer, Armistead, AJC N.J. 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.

Bayer U.S.

Bayer U.S., with its headquarters in Parsippany, recently announced the appointments of Albert J. Mitchell and Michael Parrish to two of the company’s corporate affairs leadership positions.

Both moves are effective immediately.

Mitchell was appointed to the newly created position of vice president of corporate engagement in the U.S. and will be based in St. Louis, while Parrish was named as the new vice president of government relations and will be based in Washington, D.C.

Matthew Grande, Armistead Mechanical Inc.

Armistead Mechanical Inc. Services, a provider of mechanical construction, engineering and HVAC contracting services throughout the New Jersey/New York area, has hired Matthew Grande to join the company’s seasoned automation control team. Grande’s deep experience in active energy management and automation architecture will help Waldwick-based Armistead guide its clients — which include commercial buildings, hospitals and Fortune 500 companies — through the process of incorporating digital technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Armistead Mechanical Inc. Services’ team of building automation control experts offers a combined 50-plus years of mechanical contracting experience. These complementary professional backgrounds allow Armistead to service its clients more comprehensively than traditional building automation control vendors.

In his new position, Grande will focus on assisting customers with the system design and layout of their HVAC, security and lighting control systems, handling all aspects of project delivery, from design to estimating to sales to project management. He will focus on the digital transformation of energy management and automation — guiding customers in the deployment and usage of IoT-enabled solutions that connect, collect, analyze and act on data in real-time.

Alan R. Hammer, AJC New Jersey

The New Jersey Region of the American Jewish Committee honored Alan R. Hammer, a member of Brach Eichler LLC and a Livingston resident, with its prestigious National Judge Learned Hand Award at a celebratory award dinner in December.

The National Judge Learned Hand Award was established by AJC in 1964 to honor the memory of Judge Learned Hand for his extensive range of decisions, which he tendered in more than 2,000 cases throughout his lifetime, especially those centering on questions of constitutional rights and antitrust legislation. The annual award was created to cite leaders in the legal profession for excellence and for their contributions to the legal community.

“I am delighted to be chosen by AJC New Jersey to receive this year’s Learned Hand Award,” said Hammer. “It’s an honor to be considered amongst a group of individuals whom I recognize as true leaders in our profession.”

Stephanie Harris, Levin Management

Levin Management Corp. has appointed Stephanie Harris as vice president of leasing, announced Matthew K. Harding, company president. This key addition augments LMC’s executive leadership team during a period of strong growth and transactional volume for the North Plainfield-based commercial real estate services firm.

Based upon the company’s portfolio growth over the past year — including the addition of more than 1.4 million square feet in three states — the time was right to add the vice president of leasing position, noted Harding. Joseph Lowry, LMC’s senior vice president of acquisitions and business development, had been serving in an expanded role as head of the firm’s leasing department. Lowry will continue his focus on the expansion of LMC’s management and leasing portfolio, as well as acquisitions for clients, with Harris assuming responsibility for the oversight of LMC’s leasing team.

“LMC’s longevity in the real estate industry is a testament to management’s foresight and the company’s nontraditional corporate structure,” said Harris. “As vice president of leasing at LMC, I’ll be given the opportunity to round out my professional career. I’m very fortunate to be working with such a closely knit team that has been very successful working across a wide range of platforms.”

Joan Hoerauf, NAI James E. Hanson

NAI James E. Hanson, a leading New Jersey-based full-service commercial real estate firm, is happy to celebrate Treasurer Joan Hoerauf’s 50th anniversary of working with the firm.

Originally hired at James E. Hanson Mortgage Co. in 1968, Hoerauf has been an exemplary model of professional excellence at the company through her work serving under three generations of Hanson family ownership. Beginning her career with the firm as a bookkeeper in the company’s apartment management division, Hoerauf has been serving as treasurer for NAI James E. Hanson since 2002, where she helps manage cashflow and financial reporting to ensure that the executive team has an up-to-date and accurate picture of the firm’s finances.

“In today’s fast-paced business world, it is becoming increasingly rare for employees to stay at a company for five years, let alone five decades, which makes Joan’s achievement even more remarkable,” said William C. Hanson, president of NAI James E. Hanson. “Throughout her career, Joan has been an integral part of the continued growth and success of our company. At NAI Hanson, we acknowledge exemplary members of our team with the ‘employee of the year’ award. Joan has received this award so many times that it was recently renamed the ‘Joan K. Hoerauf Employee of the Year Award.’ I would like to applaud Joan for her decades of steadfast dedication and hard work and I look forward to her continued contributions.”

NAI Hanson also announced that Gates W. Frassetto has joined its Parsippany office as an associate. Frassetto will work closely with the team of Josh Levering and Barry Cohorsky on office and industrial sales and leasing.

Frank Leibowitz, New Jersey Innovation Institute

The New Jersey Innovation Institute, an NJIT corporation, announces the appointment of Frank Leibowitz as director, regional operations and partnerships. He will lead NJII’s efforts in the economic development of southern New Jersey to include the continued growth and development of the National Aviation Research and Technology Park and across the larger defense and homeland security market.

Leibowitz brings a 16-year career focused in the defense and homeland security arena with experience working in the public, private, and government sectors. His technical background encompasses broad ranging experience in research and development, product marketing, and project management.

In making the announcement, Ian Trammell, NJII’s executive director of economic and cluster development, said: “We are delighted to have Frank join our NJII team as we expand our efforts in southern New Jersey. His extensive experience in bringing government, public and private interests together to focus on issues of economic development, combined with his knowledge of defense and homeland security, will bring strong leadership to NJII’s efforts in the region.”

McLaren Engineering Group

McLaren Engineering Group, a Woodcliff Lake-based, full-service engineering firm, announced it is expanding its leadership team with the additions of Dawson Bloom as civil technical director and Michelle Piechowski as senior vice president of human resources.

“We’re excited to welcome both of these professionals to the team. Dawson will be taking on key duties, including companywide oversight for the technical work product for the site civil team and expanding this team across all markets. Michelle will help us move forward with the next phase of our expansion as we create scalable systems for growth,” said McLaren Engineering Group CEO Malcolm McLaren. “Their cumulative experience is a clear indicator that McLaren continues to recruit some of the best talent in the industry.”

Bloom has over 25 years of experience managing complex, multidisciplinary teams of design professionals and overseeing civil engineering projects across the tri-state area. Piechowski is an accomplished human resources executive who has experience in building successful teams and leading organizational matters within both public and privately held companies.

Karl Seemer, Mazars USA LLP

Mazars USA LLP, a leading accounting, tax, and consulting firm with a major presence in New Jersey, announced that Karl Seemer has joined the firm as a partner in the New York Real Estate Practice. Karl will provide focused tax advisory and compliance experience, continuing the firm’s ongoing growth trend, particularly in the real estate industry.

“We are excited to have Karl join Mazars USA. His experience will bring significant value to our clients as we continue expanding our tax advisory capabilities and continuing the firm’s ongoing growth trend in the real estate industry, particularly with real estate funds, investment advisers and institutional investors,” said Shahab Moreh, partner and Real Estate Practice leader. “The significant changes to the tax regime have particularly impacted the real estate sector and Karl’s expertise in taxation will be of significant value to our clients as we continue to grow our real estate practice.”

Seemer has over 15 years of experience in the field of taxation and law. His background includes tax compliance and tax consulting for partnership clients with a real estate focus. His expertise includes partnership allocations, capital account and basis calculations, REIT and partnership structuring, contracts, leases and other consultations. In addition to real estate, he has a deep background serving clients in financial and professional services, manufacturing, technology and renewable energy. He also has experience with high net worth individuals, trusts and foreign reporting.

Russ Parisi, Acrow Bridge

Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, has announced the recent appointment of Russ Parisi as vice president/general manager U.S. and Canada. In this newly-created position, Parisi will report to Acrow President Mark Joosten and will be based in the company’s Parsippany headquarters.

“Russ brings solid experience in the sales and marketing of heavy construction equipment to both the public and private sectors,” said Bill, Killeen, Acrow Bridge CEO. “We look forward to the key role he will play in helping grow and develop business across North America.”

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