Executive Moves: HCCC, FDU, Ancero 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.

Archana Bhandari, Hudson County Community College

Hudson County Community College President Chris Reber announced that Archana Bhandari has been appointed executive director of online learning.

“We understand and embrace the value of technology in today’s world, and Ms. Bhandari’s extensive experience will help the college develop new, fully online programs and shape best practices in online education, a strategic priority for HCCC. She will provide leadership to strengthen our technology infrastructure and allow our students to experience and utilize the latest and best technologies,” Reber said. “Her expertise in advising, guiding, planning and creating online and technology-supported resources and incorporating them into curricula will be important as we offer students expanded options in achieving their academic goals through online and hybrid studies.”

Bhandari has a unique combination of leadership, technical expertise and teaching experience. She comes to HCCC from Santa Ana College — part of the Rancho Santiago Community College District in California — where she was director of academic support. In that position, she provided leadership for technology infrastructure, information technology systems hardware and software. In addition, she spearheaded technology policy review and recommendations. She significantly contributed to the district’s strategic plan for technology and was involved with the distance learning community in its migration to Canvas, the online learning platform.

Bradford Hurlbut, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University announced that Bradford D. Hurlbut will be the new director of athletics at the University’s Metropolitan Campus, home of the Division I Knights. He began his new role at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Monday.

Hurlbut comes to FDU from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, another member of the Northeast Conference, where he has served as deputy director of athletics since 2013. During his tenure at Sacred Heart, the Pioneers won two NEC Commissioner Cup trophies, three Women’s Cup titles and set the conference standard for community service three times and overall program GPA twice. Hurlbut will replace David Langford, who retired in June 2018 after serving the university for 15 years.

“I am thrilled and truly humbled to become the next director of athletics at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus,” said Hurlbut. “My sincere gratitude to President (Christopher) Capuano and the members of the search committee for choosing me to lead the Athletics Department during this transformative period at FDU. The vision set forth in the university’s strategic plan, coupled with the incredible location of the Metropolitan Campus and the infectious energy exhibited to me during the interview process, makes this a tremendous opportunity.”

Scott Zadina, Ancero LLC

Ancero LLC, a leading cloud solutions and information technology services provider, announced the promotion of Scott Zadina to director of sales. Zadina joined Ancero in December 2018 as a channel manager. With more than 10 years in the technology industry and a wealth of sales, telecommunications and cloud computing experience, Zadina quickly demonstrated outstanding growth within his role that led to his promotion.

“Scott was a clear choice for the role of director,” said Managing Partner Paul Boyer. “His experience, knowledge and positive energy is a perfect match to our culture. We have full confidence that he will skillfully lead, grow and mentor our sales team.”

In his new role, Zadina will expand the Ancero sales organization in targeted markets putting Ancero on the path to becoming the leading super-regional provider of cloud solutions for the SMB market.

Mel Blackwell, Solix Inc.

Mel Blackwell, former vice president of the E-rate program, has joined Solix Inc.’s E-rate consulting team — further broadening Solix’s expertise and presence in the marketplace. As a consultant to Solix, Blackwell will provide a wealth of program knowledge and industry insights to Solix and its clients.

Blackwell served as vice president of the E-rate program from 2006 through 2016. E-rate provides more than $3 billion annually to support affordable broadband and telecommunications services to schools and libraries throughout the U.S. and its territories.

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Jon Cressman, Prudential Financial Inc.

Prudential Financial Inc. is consolidating its annuities sales and distribution leadership of banks, wirehouses and independent broker-dealers under one unit to increase efficiency across sales channels.

Jon Cressman, vice president and national sales manager for the independent broker dealer channel within Newark-based Prudential’s Individual Solutions Group, is also now leading bank and wire sales. The Prudential Advisors channel will continue to be led by Don Mallavia, vice president and annuities national sales manager. Cressman’s appointment was effective Jan. 1.

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Joe Lipari, Supreme Security Systems

Supreme Security Systems, a turnkey provider of residential and commercial security systems, announced the hire of Joe Lipari as sales manager. The seasoned sales executive will be responsible for identifying and maximizing new revenue channels and to continue to expand the company’s commercial and residential customer base for one of New Jersey’s largest private security companies.

Supreme Security Systems is a family-owned business that has been protecting New Jersey businesses and homeowners since 1929 with commercial and residential security systems. The company offers state-of-the-art technology, their own dedicated 24/7 alarm monitoring center, and expert service and maintenance.

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Robert F. Vicci, Transwestern

Transwestern announced Robert F. Vicci has joined the firm as senior vice president to grow the firm’s property management portfolio throughout the Northeast. Based in Florham Park, he will work with Asset Services leadership to implement national initiatives, drive new business pursuits, and ensure operational consistency across the region.

“Rob’s impressive track record and depth of industry experience will be key assets to our owner clients as we continue to expand our property management portfolio in the region,” said Rob Bridges, executive managing director of asset services at Transwestern. “His commitment to excellent service and collaboration make him a perfect fit with our corporate culture.”

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