Executive Moves: Sills Cummis, Vantage RES 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.

Ivette P. Alvarado, Sills Cummis & Gross

Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce the addition of Ivette P. Alvarado as a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department in the Newark office.

Alvarado focuses her practice on multiple disciplines within every commercial real estate asset class, including leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, finance, condominium, redevelopment and tax incentives. She has handled matters for clients in more than 15 U.S. jurisdictions and in Latin America and Europe.

Alvarado is a Member of Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, where she is a board member and director of programs, the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP-NJ and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Keren Niv, Vantage RES

Vantage RES, a full-service commercial real estate service & management company headquartered in Marlton, announced that it has hired industry leader Keren Niv as a member of its dynamic sales team. In the role of sales adviser, Niv will focus on all types of commercial real estate transactions, including large-scale development, retail, office and industrial space in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas.

With an extensive background and 19-year track record of success in both residential and commercial real estate, Niv is highly qualified to join the rapidly expanding team at Vantage RES.

“Keren has proven to be an accomplished and innovative real estate professional who is respected within the commercial real estate community,” said Leor Hemo, founder and managing principal of Vantage RES. “She is a great choice for our sales team given her outstanding relationship-building and negotiation skills, not to mention practical experience in nearly all aspects of real estate. Adding Keren to our team will help to further establish Vantage RES as the choice commercial real estate services and investment firm for companies in our region.”

Barton Schack, NAI James E. Hanson

NAI James E. Hanson, a leading New Jersey-based full-service commercial real estate firm, announced that Barton Schack has joined its Teterboro office as an associate vice president. Schack will work closely on health care real estate consulting and leasing as well as office and industrial leasing and sales in the Bergen County submarket.

Prior to joining NAI James E. Hanson, Schack served as chief investment officer of Regent Medical Properties in Glen Rock. As CIO, Schack managed Regent’s medical office building portfolio and charted the firm’s long-term strategic investment goals.

“As the brokerage model evolves and our clients lean more heavily on our team for counsel regarding increasingly complex real estate transactions, continuing to bring deeply experienced real estate professionals onto our team remains a constant focus,” said, William C. Hanson, president of NAI James E. Hanson. “Barton’s decades of experience in commercial real estate arms our team with another valuable resource that our clients can rely upon to navigate real estate transactions across a range of asset classes.”

Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added associate Kenneth M. Kaup to the law firm’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Group in Newark. Kaup was previously with Adelson, Testan, Brundo, Novell & Jimenez in Basking Ridge.

Goldberg Segalla also added associate Thaddeus J. Hubert IV to the law firm’s General Liability Practice Group in Princeton. Hubert was previously with Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas LLP in New Brunswick.

Kaup counsels and defends insurers, employers and third-party administrators against a variety of workers’ compensation claims. Hubert is an experienced trial attorney who has tried more than a dozen personal injury cases to verdict.

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Venetia Lannon, Matrix New World Engineering

Matrix New World Engineering Vice President Venetia Lannon was honored by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy at its recent Gowanus Spring Gala at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

The GCC, which supports the development of a resilient, vibrant, open space network that is centered on the Gowanus Canal through the activation and empowerment of community stewardship, welcomed Lannon as a new board member, recognized the focus and results of her work as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former deputy secretary for the environment for New York state, and lauded her leadership at the Department of Environmental Conservation’s New York City office. Other honorees at the gala included Ben Jones, Chairman of Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Langan and Elisa Long, founder and director of Spoke the Hub Dancing.

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Deborah Larkin-Carney, RWJBarnabas Health

Recently, Deborah Larkin-Carney, vice president, quality and patient safety, RWJBarnabas Health, received the Baldrige Foundation 2019 Leadership Award in the health care category. The national awards ceremony was held as part of the 31st annual Quest for Excellence Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

The Baldrige Foundation is the private-sector partner of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program in the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Department of Commerce. The Baldrige Awards recognize outstanding individuals, leaders and supporters who embody Baldridge leadership values and principles. Recipients are awarded with a sector-specific medal.

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Connie Ludwin, Taft Communications

Taft Communications announced the promotion of Connie Ludwin to vice president. With nearly six years at the firm, Ludwin has been instrumental in managing several key client accounts and directing human resources and account operations.

“We are very pleased to see Connie move into this senior position at Taft, as she has taken on growing responsibility at the firm over the past several years,” Taft President Ted Deutsch said. “She has played a leading role in our account management, HR and ongoing growth, helping Taft solidify its position as one of the leading New Jersey-based communications firms serving companies, nonprofits, foundations and public agencies.”

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Violet PR

New Jersey-based public relations firm, Violet PR, announced the hiring of Dan Gunderman as account executive and Sarah Smith as account coordinator. A boutique PR firm, Violet PR represents a diverse set of clients including economic development organizations, engineering and architecture firms, performing arts venues, philanthropic organizations, site selection consultants and real estate developers.

“Dan and Sarah bring valuable professional and practical experience to their roles at Violet PR,” said April Mason, owner and president of the Montclair-based firm. “Dan’s expertise as a daily news and trade reporter and Sarah’s social media skills and nonprofit experience make them ideal hires for our New Jersey PR firm.”

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Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP

Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP announced that four lawyers have been promoted to partner: Greg T. Krauss (New Brunswick), Sanjay Mody (New York), Jared E. Rosen (New York) and Julie R. Tattoni (New Brunswick).

The promotions, combined with the firm’s recent addition of 15 Intellectual Property – Hatch-Waxman lawyers from Budd Larner, raise the partner ranks to 64 and total lawyers to 138.

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