Executive Moves: Morais Law, Spencer Savings 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.

Cherylle C. Corpuz, Morais Law

Morais Law, a woman-owned law firm specializing in U.S. immigration and nationality law, welcomes its newest attorney, Cherylle C. Corpuz, an accomplished professional with more than 25 years’ experience in employment- and family-based immigration matters. In her role, she will counsel a broad range of individual and institutional clients on immigration matters and will be available to advocate before immigration and federal courts. Her expertise in federal court litigation, immigrant investors and I-9 and related compliance training will complement the comprehensive services offered to Moorestown-based Morais Law’s clients.

Corpuz joins Morais Law having most recently been partner and chair of the Immigration Practice Group with a Philadelphia-based, full-service firm. Over the years, she has managed the immigration practice for a Philadelphia-based AmLaw 100 firm, was vice president with the legal services department of a nonprofit organization and founded her own practice. Career highlights include the establishment of a pro bono domestic violence representation project, Safety in Numbers, and litigation of multiple precedent decisions in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

An active member in the legal industry, Corpuz frequently presents on immigration law at panels and conferences. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Citizens Diplomacy International and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as a supporter of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. She has been admitted as a licensed practicing attorney in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Fourth Circuits.

Jose B. Guerrero, Spencer Savings Bank

Spencer Savings Bank, a community bank headquartered in Elmwood Park, has reelected Jose B. Guerrero to the bank’s board of directors, for a term of three years. The election was announced at its annual meeting, held Jan. 24 at the Royal Manor in Garfield.

Guerrero has been with Spencer Savings Bank for almost 40 years. He serves as chairman of the board, CEO and president. He became a director of the board in 1991 and is an active member of the New Jersey Bankers Association.

Guerrero continues to bring a great deal of leadership experience as well as knowledge of the company to the board. Under his leadership and growth strategies, the bank continues to expand while maintaining its core values of trust, integrity and a steadfast commitment to its customers and community. A recent recipient of the David Sarnoff Award for Advocacy, he is a dedicated supporter of many civic and charitable organizations.

Scott C. Overholt, Savoy

Savoy, a leading benefits consulting firm and general agency, announces that Scott C. Overholt has joined the Florham Park-based company in the role of vice president, consumer and senior markets. Prior to joining Savoy, Overholt was managing director of Accenture’s Northeast payer practice.

Overholt will be responsible for advancing Savoy’s marketing, sales and retention strategies in the Medicare and individual markets, including Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, Part D, individual health and personal life insurance. He will also oversee Savoy’s Delaware-based contact center and the MySavoyBenefits.com website, bringing new capabilities to Savoy’s broker partners to grow their business.

“I am excited to join the Savoy team to support their efforts to elevate broker services. The consumer and senior segments are rapidly growing markets and require a consumer-centric set of capabilities. Savoy has shown its strong commitment to broker success by investing in its people, technology and infrastructure to support broker revenue growth,” Overholt said.

David M. Ukleja, NAI James E. Hanson

NAI James E. Hanson, a leading New Jersey-based full-service commercial real estate firm, announces that David M. Ukleja has joined its Teterboro office as an associate. Ukleja will work closely with Anthony Cassano on retail, office and industrial leasing and sales in the Bergen County submarket.

Prior to joining NAI James E. Hanson, Ukleja worked as a sales associate at Keller Williams Realty of Woodcliff Lake, where he worked on residential sales in the Upper Parkway submarket. Additionally, Ukleja worked as the head bartender and beverage supervisor at Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. In this role, he was able to help the longtime Bergen County institution drive beverage sales and continue to be one of the most popular destinations in the area. Ukleja graduated in 2017 from the American School of Business, where he earned his real estate agent license. He is also bilingual in English and Polish.

“David’s extensive background in retail and hospitality coupled with his strong passion for the field will provide him the necessary skills to succeed in his new role,” said Cassano, vice president of NAI James E. Hanson. “His enthusiasm and drive to maximize customer satisfaction will make him a valuable contributor to our team. We’re looking forward to working closely with David, as he will help us continue NAI Hanson’s proud tradition of delivering superior service to each of our clients.”

Kelsey Bigler, Shannon Rose Irish Pub/Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Restaurant concepts The Shannon Rose Irish Pub, with locations in Clifton and Ramsey, and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, with locations in Clifton and Garden City, New York, announced Kelsey Bigler has joined their teams as catering and event sales coordinator for all four restaurants. Bigler brings more than nine years of experience to her role, where she will provide service and support to customers requesting in-restaurant and off-site private parties and group dining experiences.

Bigler will work directly with guests to create unforgettable and seamless special occasions from start to finish, including selecting the right venue space for each event, menu planning and coordinating day-of food preparation and service. Bigler will also serve as a liaison between the culinary teams and guests, coordinating with the chefs to create the perfect food and beverage package. Each restaurant concept can accommodate a range of event options, from small gatherings to large parties, and spanning from corporate luncheons to bridal showers to birthday celebrations. The Shannon Rose provides an authentic Irish experience by combining the design and décor of the Emerald Isle with modern amenities and features a menu that blends Irish pub classics and new tavern favorites. Spuntino Wine Bar specializes in small plates that put modern twists to Italian classics and fine wines from around the world.

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Custom Essence Inc.

In an effort to support its continued growth and expansion, Custom Essence Inc. is announcing the following personnel changes:

  • Chris Casale as director of creative services (Perfumery)

Casale has been promoted to director of creative services and will be responsible for managing Somerset-based Custom Essence’s perfumery team and aligning Custom Essence’s creative efforts with customer needs.

  • Annmarie Reed as vice president of sales

Reed joins Custom Essence after a successful 26-year sales career with Aromatech/Agilex. Annmarie will be an important addition to the Custom Essence team, helping us achieve our aggressive five-year sales growth strategy.

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Anthony Faustini, Commvault

Commvault, a recognized global enterprise software leader in the management of data for cloud and on premises environments, announced the appointment of Anthony Faustini as vice president of sales for the Americas. In this role, Faustini will work closely with sales leadership to drive Tinton Falls-based Commvault’s go-to-market strategy and revenue growth in the Americas, with and through the company’s global partners.

Faustini brings to Commvault more than 20 years of experience in GTM strategy, sales leadership and execution in both partner-led and direct sales models. His diverse background and experience working closely with product teams ideally position him for this role. Throughout his career, he has built dynamic workplace cultures that have empowered, excited and motivated his teams to thrive.

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Kristin Lewis, Student Transportation of America

Student Transportation of America, an industry leader in school bus transportation, safety and fleet services, announced the newest addition to its Technology & Innovation Group, Kristin Lewis, as vice president of product.

Prior to joining Wall-based STA, Lewis worked at Equifax, where she led the design, development and launch of several new product lines, including a solution that was awarded Top HR Product of the Year by Human Resource Executive Magazine. Prior to Equifax, she held leadership positions in product management and product marketing at ENGAGE Talent and Blackbaud.

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Mack McConkey, The Money Store 

As the Florham Park-based company continues to successfully grow its national footprint, The Money Store recently hired Mack McConkey as division manager for the Western states. McConkey’s track record of expediting significant growth with Wells Fargo, Countrywide, Medallion and Movement Mortgage over the past 25 years will help drive The Money Store’s continued growth, as the company strategically expands its national footprint.

“The resurgence of a brand with such an extraordinarily successful legacy is an opportunity that provides the perfect platform to benefit customers, loan originators and real estate professionals navigating the market conditions in 2019 and beyond,” said McConkey. “As the market has evolved, having an agile organization which can deliver highly competitive rates & programs to customers, with a system that delivers top speed & efficiency, while compensating mortgage professionals fairly — is a superior value proposition that achieves a new industry standard. Ultimately, this is what helps the company thrive in the communities we serve.”

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National Organization for Women, New Jersey chapter

The New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women, a statewide women’s rights activist organization consisting of thousands of women and men members, activists and allies, has announced the biannual election of its officers.

On Dec. 15, the organization held a continuation of its state conference to elect officers for 2019-2020. The newly elected officers consist of the following:

  • President: Anjali Mehrotra;
  • Administrative vice president: Jill LaZare;
  • Action vice president: Margaret Illis;
  • Legislative vice president: Deb Huber;
  • Membership vice president: Rick Gray;
  • Technology vice president: Karen Lontka;
  • Secretary: Elena Gonzalez;
  • Treasurer: Marvann Covington.

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