Executive Moves: HCCC, Betson, MBI 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.

Hudson County Community College

Hudson County Community College President Chris Reber announced that Jennie Pu has been selected as the College’s Dean of Libraries. She began serving in that capacity at the start of the Spring semester on Jan. 7.

“Jennie Pu’s knowledge and diverse experience will greatly benefit our students and the entire community,” Reber said. “She will build upon the outstanding programming and operations that earned the College the Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the only New Jersey institution ever to be so honored.”

Reber also announced that John Quigley has accepted the position of executive director of public safety and security. Quigley began serving at the College on Dec. 10.

“Ensuring the well-being and safety of our 15,000 students and 1,000 faculty, staff and administrators is at the top of our priorities,” Reber said. “In his past positions, Mr. Quigley placed a strong emphasis on preparedness, which is essential in protecting two urban campuses with 12 state-of-the-art buildings.”

Paul Novick, Betson Enterprises

Betson Enterprises is pleased to announce the expansion of the sales team with Paul Novick hired as vice president of sales & sales operations. Novick will oversee critical planning and help to maximize sales performance. His responsibilities will include planning, sales process optimization, sales training, and sales program implementation.

“Betson continues to evolve and grow as a company,” said Jonathan Betti, vice president, sales & business development for Carlstadt-based Betson Enterprises. “Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales management, training and program development which he’ll utilize to strengthen the great things our sales team is currently doing.”

Novick has worked closely with small to medium-size companies specializing in sales process optimization and business development. He spent the last five years leading sales and sales management training for Kärcher North America, where he led the customization and launch team as well as providing ongoing training for its CRM program.

Kayvon Paul, MBI

MBI announced the addition of Kayvon Paul to the firm as an associate.

“We are very excited to announce the addition of Kayvon Paul to the MBI team,” said Raul “Rudy” Garcia, president, MBI. “When you meet Kayvon, it’s clear he is not only intelligent and likable, he is beyond his years in terms of his level of maturity and focus. The bad news is, Kayvon sat for the LSAT exam and was accepted to attend a number of great law schools. The good news is Kayvon caught the political bug during his college years and has decided to join MBI instead. We welcome Kayvon to the MBI family.”

Paul already has three successful political campaigns under his belt. In 2016, Paul served as a field-organizing intern for U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. In 2017, he managed a school board ticket that ousted two incumbents in his hometown of Asbury Park. Later that year, Kayvon served as a field organizer for the campaign that led to the election of Vin Gopal — New Jersey’s first Indian-American state senator.

Kristin Peck, Feather in Her Cap Awards

Over 200 industry leaders attended the second annual Feather in Her Cap Awards dinner, where women leaders in the animal health industry were recognized for their achievements and significant contributions to the industry and for mentoring and developing future women leaders.

Kristin Peck, executive vice president and group president, U.S. operations, business development and strategy at Zoetis, was awarded the 2nd annual Feather in Her Cap Award. Jenny Trudeau, previously the director of large animal and equine national accounts at Boehringer Ingelheim, was posthumously awarded a Feather in Her Cap Award, honoring her lifetime achievements.

To continue the tradition started last year, Peck received a gold feather brooch and a feathered hat; Trudeau’s daughter accepted these awards in honor of her mother.

Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C.

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.C. is pleased to announce four attorney promotions, effective Jan. 1. The changes are as follows:

  • Christopher R. Paldino, formerly counsel, has been promoted to member in the firm’s Litigation Group.
  • Michael R. Caruso, formerly an associate, has been promoted to counsel in the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Litigation Groups.
  • Scott C. Hollander, formerly an associate, has been promoted to counsel in the firm’s Litigation Group.
  • Abigail J. Remore, formerly an associate, has been promoted to counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.

Matthew P. Pietrowski, Levinson Axelrod P.A.

Levinson Axelrod P.A., a full-service personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm serving New Jersey, has named Matthew P. Pietrowski as its newest partner. An experienced advocate for the injured and the wronged, Pietrowski once served as a law clerk for Levinson Axelrod P.A., prior to becoming a lawyer.

His journey toward a career in law began with his studies in environmental policy, which instilled in him an intimate understanding of how laws and policies directly impact the health of citizens, workers and their families. This knowledge became critical to his work as a former environmental chemist and AIG claims adjuster, and have driven his ability to fight effectively for clients when they come face to face with powerful corporations and insurance companies.

His passion for the law and protecting the rights of victims who suffer injuries and illnesses due to the negligent and wrongful acts of others began to grow. He enrolled in Seton Hall University School of Law while still working as an insurance claims adjuster, and eventually graduated, passed the New Jersey State Bar, and began his career as an associate with the firm.

Christopher Salloum, Mandelbaum Salsburg

Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. is pleased to announce that Christopher Salloum has joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Healthcare and Government Enforcement & White Collar Groups. A former deputy attorney general, Chris will use the skills he developed in that position to assist licensed professionals facing fraud investigations before various professional licensing boards, including the State Board of Medical Examiners, and unlicensed individuals in health care-related prosecutions.

“We are thrilled to have Chris join our team,” said Mohamed Nabulsi of Mandelbaum Salsburg. “His experience as a deputy attorney general will add yet another dimension to our multidimensional health care practice, specifically to our clients who are facing fraud and other investigations/disciplinary action by state boards, such as the Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Chiropractic, Board of Nursing and Board of Pharmacy, as well as investigations/prosecutions by state offices of the insurance fraud prosecutor and federal Office of the Inspector General and Department of Justice.”

Prior to joining Mandelbaum Salsburg, Salloum served as a deputy attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Law, where he was a member of the Professional Boards Prosecution and Government and Healthcare Fraud Prosecution Sections.

Rachel E. Simon, Scarinci Hollenbeck

Scarinci Hollenbeck is pleased to announce the addition of Rachel E. Simon to the firm’s New Jersey Litigation practice group. Specializing in complex litigation, Simon has practiced as a criminal defense attorney, civil plaintiff’s attorney and municipal prosecutor and has represented clients before every level of the federal and state courts in New Jersey. Based out of Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Lyndhurst office, Simon will continue to represent individuals and corporations of all sizes, as well as public entities in protracted, complex and highly-sensitive matters.

Prior to her legal career, Simon was a professional trumpet player based in New York City. She received her undergraduate degree with honors from The Juilliard School, and has performed, recorded and toured with, among others, Kanye West, Jon Batiste, Diana Ross, Jethro Tull, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Verbier (Switzerland) Festival Orchestra, New World Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble and various Broadway shows.

“It is not often that you have the opportunity to work with an attorney as well-rounded as Ms. Simon. She has a unique background and I feel she will become a valuable asset to our practice group,” stated Partner Roshan D. Shah.

Michael Barbara, Otterstedt Insurance Agency

Michael Barbara of Otterstedt Insurance Agency in Englewood Cliffs has been awarded a Certified Advisor of Personal Insurance designation from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Chubb.

He is among a group of only 38 agents in 2018 to receive the certification, after completing a one-year intensive educational program on understanding the lifestyle and risk management and insurance needs of successful individuals and families. Created by Wharton and Chubb in 2014, the CAPI program is the first of its kind to focus on a specific client segment in the personal insurance marketplace.

Otterstedt Insurance Agency operates seven branches at six locations in New Jersey: Englewood Cliffs, Summit, Pompton Plains, Teaneck, Hackettstown, and Hasbrouck Heights.

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Meghann Belford, Woodmont Properties

Woodmont Properties, one of the region’s leading residential and commercial real estate developers, announced the promotion of Meghann Belford to regional manager of the East region at Woodmont Properties.

As manager of the East region, Belford will lead and support the operations and on-site teams for Woodmont Properties’ award-winning communities including: Woodmont Knolls at Hanover, Woodmont Station at Cranford, Woodmont Metro at Metuchen Station, Woodmont Cove at South Amboy and Woodmont Bay Club at Bayonne.

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Bressler, Amery & Ross P.C.

The law firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross P.C. announced that Diana C. Manning and Michael T. Hensley have been named as co-chairs of the Florham Park-based firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation Practice.

They will lead a national practice which has more than 40 attorneys and paralegals in the firm’s six offices. Manning is based in the New Jersey office, while Hensley is based in the New York and New Jersey offices.

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Builders League of South Jersey

The Builders League of South Jersey has announced its new slate of officers for 2019. Hans Lampart of Eastern Pacific and Brookfield Construction in Vineland was sworn in as the 75th president of the Builders League of South Jersey at the Installation of Officers Gala at the Atlantic City Country Club.

Joining Lampart on the League’s 2019 Executive Committee are Chuck Insalaco of Integrity Building Group in Mount Laurel as vice president; Jerry Silvi of First Colonial National Bank in Collingswood as treasurer; Sam Williams of Atlantic Development and Construction Management in Medford as secretary; Georgette Kyriacou of FWH Associates as vice president of associate affairs; Steve Shriver of Consulting Engineer Services as vice president of state affairs; and Jesse Dougherty of Marathon Engineering & Environmental Services Inc. as 2nd vice president of associate affairs.

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Joseph W. Devine, New Jersey Hospital Association

Joseph W. Devine of Sewell, president of Jefferson Health New Jersey, was installed as chair of the board of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the state’s oldest and largest hospital and healthcare advocacy organization. The chair’s official installation, as well as the appointment of new board officers and members, was held during NJHA’s 100th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

The following officers also were appointed to the NJHA Board:

  • Vice Chair Kevin J. Slavin of Hackettstown, CEO and president of St. Joseph’s Health;
  • Treasurer Douglas A. Struyk of Wayne, CEO and president of Christian Health Care Center;
  • Secretary Lori Herndon of Brigantine, CEO and president of AtlantiCare;
  • Immediate Past Chair Amy B. Mansue of Hightstown, president of Southern Division, RWJBarnabas Health; and
  • President Cathy Bennett of Haddonfield, CEO and president of NJHA.

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Francisco D’Souza, World Economic Forum

Cognizant announced Vice Chairman and CEO Francisco D’Souza was named chairman of the IT and Electronics Governors community at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, held in January in Davos, Switzerland.

The World Economic Forum is an independent and impartial international organization for public-private cooperation with an objective to improve the state of the world. The IT and Electronics Governors community is a group of business leaders dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainability of their industry and society. A key focus for the community in 2019 will be addressing the industry’s challenge of trust and being responsible stewards of data and the many technologies and markets of industry firms, including artificial intelligence.

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Ryan Laddey, Laddey, Clark & Ryan LLP

Ryan R. Laddey was recently sworn in as an attorney by Thomas N. Ryan, managing partner of Laddey, Clark & Ryan LLP, the Sparta-based firm that Laddey’s late father, Brian M. Laddey, co-founded with Ryan in 1989.

In addition to founding Laddey, Clark & Ryan, Brian Laddey is a former Sussex County prosecutor, Sparta Township attorney and president of the Sussex County Bar Association. During his career, he was widely recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading trial attorneys and as a distinguished member of the State Bar. Laddey passed away in 2007.

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Barry Lefkowitz, RVNTV

Barry Lefkowitz of Lumberton has been named the host of “New Perspectives” on RVNTV, a live streaming TV studio tied to ROKU, Apple TV, YouTube and other live streaming stations.

Lefkowitz’s “New Perspectives” show will be seen every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. “New Perspectives” will be done in a documentary format designed to give the viewing public an opportunity to look at current event issues in both a new light and become more educated about the various topics to be viewed.

The shows will begin to be aired starting Jan. 29.

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Nicholas Mazis, EisnerAmper LLP

EisnerAmper LLP announced that Nicholas Mazis has joined the firm as a director in Process, Risk and Technology Solutions. He will specialize in IT strategy, digital transformation, ERP business application, systems selection and implementation, and technology business management.

He has more than 25 years of experience delivering solutions that improve operational efficiencies while achieving financial effectiveness. He will be based at EisnerAmper’s Iselin office.

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Peapack-Gladstone Bank

Jay D’Auria joins Peapack-Gladstone Bank as vice president, director of treasury management. He is responsible for overseeing the treasury management product suite, including the development and implementation of cash and escrow management services to meet clients’ treasury management requirements while ensuring superior service levels.

Jeffrey Keating has joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank as a managing director, trust officer for Peapack Private, the wealth management division of the bank. Working out of Morristown, he is responsible for providing a wide range of high-level advice and superior service to high net worth individuals and families through custom-created strategies and solutions.

Anthony Mattaliano joins Peapack Capital, a subsidiary of Peapack-Gladstone Bank, as vice president, senior credit underwriter, responsible for the evaluation and due diligence of new and existing equipment finance and leasing clients and preparation of loan proposals.

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PKF O’Connor Davies

PKF O’Connor Davies LLP, the nation’s 29th-largest accounting and advisory firm, announced it has promoted seven employees to the role of partner and two to the role of principal.

Benjamin Beskovic, Scott Brown, Scott Edison, Julia Eisenhaur, Jason Fastiggi, Samantha Paris and Victor Peña were named partners. Anan Samara and Julie Williams will serve as principals at the firm. The promotions demonstrate the Firm’s ongoing focus on nurturing the next level of leaders as it continues to expand in key service areas and geographies.

Brown and Edison are based in Cranford, while Paris is based in Woodcliff Lake.

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Public Service Enterprise Group

Public Service Enterprise Group announced that Stuart J. Black, vice president and controller, is retiring. The company named Rose Chernick, vice president-finance, corporate strategy and planning, as Black’s successor, effective March 11. Black will help transition the role’s responsibilities to Chernick until his official retirement in May.

The company also announced the promotion of Scott Jennings, vice president – finance, Public Service Electric & Gas, to senior vice president – corporate planning, strategy and utility finance, also effective March 11. He will continue to lead finance for PSE&G and PSEG Long Island and assume additional responsibilities previously assigned to Chernick, including corporate strategy and planning.

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Eliot M. Rotstein, Management Planning Inc.

Management Planning Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Elliot M. Rotstein as a partner.

“We are very proud to welcome Elliot into the partner group,” stated Dan Kerrigan, president of Lawrenceville-based MPI. “Under Elliot’s direction, the firm has further strengthened its position in the New England region, adding new client relationships in the estate planning communities and positioning us for further growth in the litigation support, corporate advisory and complex valuation markets.”

Rotstein joined MPI in 2012 following his employment with Fidelity Charitable. Based in the firm’s Boston office, he oversees all client engagements in New England.

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