Executive Moves: SGW, eDriving 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.

 Jeff Buonforte, SGW

SGW is proud to announce the addition of Jeff Buonforte as the agency’s director of bank marketing.

Buonforte comes to SGW with more than 35 years of experience in the banking and financial industries. He previously served as executive vice president with Lakeland Bank from 1999 to 2019 and worked with National Community Bank, the Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Over his career, he managed and directed essential banking departments, including marketing and communications, government and municipal relations, commercial lending, retail and wealth management, as well as Lakeland Bank’s scholarship foundation.

Cory Fee, eDriving

EDriving, a leading global provider of driver risk management programs, has appointed Cory Fee as vice president of customer success for Asia Pacific/Middle East and Africa.

His appointment, based in Australia, completes the creation of Cape May-based eDriving’s global customer success network that provides support to clients in over 100 countries around the world and approximately 1.2 million fleet drivers using the Virtual Risk Manager and/or MentorSM patented closed-loop risk reduction programs.

“Cory has a diverse and fascinating background that involves managing risk for some of the world’s largest companies and keeping drivers safe in some of the world’s most challenging driving environments,” said Ed Dubens, founder and CEO of eDriving. “I’m delighted to welcome Cory to the eDriving leadership team, where his love of ‘Big Data’ and passion for safe driving will be invaluable in helping our clients across AMEA further reduce driver risk.”

David Krawczuk, Digital Dog Direct

Digital Dog Direct is proud to announce David Krawczuk has joined the team as chief operations officer at its headquarters in Ewing. Krawczuk fulfills both a strategic and operational role, taking the helm on day-to-day management while also driving the company forward as a leader in the direct marketing industry.

“Dave comes to us with a tremendous knowledge of the business,” said Ken Maisel, president of Digital Dog Direct. “He is a proven leader with a thorough understanding of sophisticated data processing and complex marketing integrations. His ability to implement successful growth strategies and stay abreast of industry technology and advances in data-driven marketing programs will benefit Digital Dog Direct immensely.”

Krawczuk brings over 30 years of experience in offset and digital printing, marketing communications, direct mailing and project consulting to his role at Digital Dog Direct. Most recently, he served six years as vice president, marketing technology for Mittera/EarthColor in Parsippany. Prior to that he was vice president, operations for the digital division of Sandy Alexander in Clifton.

Robert Kwiatkowski, R.J. Brunelli & Co. LLC

Veteran real estate executive Robert Kwiatkowski has joined R.J. Brunelli & Co. LLC in the newly-created position of vice president of tenant representation.

Among his responsibilities, Kwiatkowski will serve as account manager for Jersey Strong, formerly Work Out World, which R.J. Brunelli and Co. have represented for over 25 years. Jersey Strong is currently seeking 25,000- to 40,000-square-foot locations in Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer, Somerset, Union, Essex, and Morris counties.

Kwiatkowski, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the commercial real estate field, comes to the Old Bridge-based retail property brokerage from Toys “R” Us, where he served as director of real estate-new store development/asset management since 2009. In that role, his responsibilities included evaluating existing assets within the United States and developing a strategic plan to implement the company’s initiatives to integrate the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us brands into one store.

Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.

Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. is pleased to announce that Gary S. Young has joined its Corporate and ERISA practice groups as a member, where he’ll utilize his more than 40 year of legal experience to provide clients with a unique perspective on ERISA and tax matters. His practice will focus on ERISA, employee benefits, executive compensation as well as assisting businesses and individuals with drafting business formation contracts and documents, and advising on tax audit rules.

The Roseland-based firm also announced 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, Salloum 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.

Since its founding in 1930, Mandelbaum Salsburg has been “built on relationships and focused on results.” The firm and its 75 attorneys are committed to providing clients with the highest level of personal, hands-on attention to their legal needs.

Karen Ravensbergen, Caryl Communications

In a move reflecting continued growth and broad, specialized services, Caryl Communications has promoted Karen Ravensbergen to vice president.

A public relations and marketing firm based in Paramus, CCI has consistently expanded its services and team over the years to meet the industry’s evolving dynamics. In the past decade, the rapid growth of communications technology has further increased the opportunity to connect through multiple platforms.

“This well-earned promotion reflects Karen’s many talents, her hard work and her commitment to the company,” noted Caryl Bixon Gordon, president. She originally joined the agency in 2014 as an account coordinator with a strong background in PR. She quickly became a manager and was then promoted to assistant vice president.

David J. Coppola, Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added associate David J. Coppola to the law firm’s General Liability Practice Group in Princeton. Coppola was previously with Travelers Insurance in New Jersey.

Coppola focuses his practice on representing clients in a broad range of general liability matters. He is involved in all aspects of the claims-handling process, from inception through trial and appeal, including mediation. He received his bachelor’s in political science with a minor in English from Villanova University before going on to earn his law degree from Notre Dame Law School.

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John S. Pancetti, Amboy Bank

Gregory Scharpf, Amboy Bank CEO and president, recently announced the hiring of John S. Pancetti, vice president and senior commercial loan officer.

Pancetti joins Amboy Bank from Spencer Savings Bank, where he served as vice president and relationship manager. Pancetti graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Science in economics & business administration, as well as from New York University with a diploma in real estate & investment analysis. He currently resides in Old Bridge.

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Provention Bio

Provention Bio Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to intercepting and preventing immune-mediated diseases, today announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas Jacobstein as vice president of clinical development and Alex Rabiee as vice president of business development.

“The addition of Doug and Alex further strengthens our leadership team as we advance the clinical development of our pioneering portfolio of immune-mediated interception and prevention assets,” stated Ashleigh Palmer, CEO of Provention Bio. “Doug’s gastroenterology expertise and extensive clinical development experience will be invaluable as we advance our inflammatory bowel disease assets and prepare for next year’s start of our Phase 2b PROACTIVE study of PRV-015 (anti-IL-15) in gluten free diet non-responsive celiac patients. Alex has a proven track record in designing, executing and leveraging long-term value-creating partnerships, which will be essential as our pipeline progresses towards more advanced stages of clinical development and potential commercialization. We welcome Doug and Alex to the team and look forward to their contributions as we work to transform the therapeutic landscape for immune-mediated diseases.”

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Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Three area residents, Celia Colbert of Summit, Dr. Russell Langan of Jersey City and Richard Ritholz of Short Hills, were recently named to the board of trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility in Livingston.

“I welcome our newest board members and thank them for their passion, talent and dedication to further Saint Barnabas Medical Center in our mission to provide compassionate care, health care excellence and superior service to our patients and their families,” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, CEO and president, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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