Executive Moves: Gottesman, HCCC 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.

Kevin Byrd, Gottesman Real Estate Partners

Gottesman Real Estate Partners announced the hiring of Kevin P. Byrd as vice president/real estate.

In his new role, Byrd will oversee GRE’s 1.7 million-square-foot, four-state portfolio of commercial office buildings and retail space. He will manage partner relationships involving operations, capital improvements and leasing, as well as transactional work.

“I am very excited to join Gottesman Real Estate Partners, given the strong performance and sustained growth of the portfolio over many years,” said Byrd, who previously ran the real estate department at Privet Capital, a family office in New York. “GRE’s commitment to long-term value creation through a focused investment strategy has established the firm as an exceptional owner, partner, and manager of real estate. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the team.”

Christopher Conzen, HCCC

Hudson County Community College President Chris Reber announced that Christopher Conzen has been named executive director of the College’s new Secaucus Center at the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus of Hudson County Schools of Technology. Conzen began working in this new position on May 20.

In this role, Conzen will provide vision, leadership, and operational management of the college’s Secaucus Center, serving as the primary liaison between HCCC and HCST. In this capacity, he will identify and maintain clear, early-college pathways for HCST students to pursue at the HCCC Secaucus Center.

Additionally, he will oversee HCCC evening and weekend offerings at that center beginning in September. Offerings will include first-semester classes for any HCCC major, as well as classes for full degrees in A.A. liberal arts (general) and A.S. business administration studies, with additional program offerings to be added in the future.

Laura A. Lark, RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health recently announced Laura A. Lark has been appointed vice president of emergency services. Reporting to Dr. John F. Bonamo, RWJBarnabas Health executive vice president and chief medical and quality officer, Lark will be responsible for identifying and implementing best practices in Emergency Departments across the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, helping each of the system’s facilities deliver optimal care.

“Laura is exceptional at leading and managing multidisciplinary teams,” said Bonamo. “As creative as she is analytical, she has the ability to absorb and process large quantities of information and synthesize them. She will be integral to the achievement of our goal: growing and developing our EDs to be able to provide our communities with the highest quality care and safest experience.”

Lark was formerly director of client services for Envision Healthcare in Parsippany, where she developed and implemented system projects, programs and solutions for Emergency and Hospitalist operations and service lines.

NAI James E. Hanson

NAI James E. Hanson, a leading New Jersey-based full service commercial real estate firm, has announced that Patrick Lennon and Christopher Todd have been promoted to the role of associate vice president.

Since joining NAI James E. Hanson in 2013, Todd and Lennon have established themselves as leaders in the commercial real estate brokerage community and important team members at the Teterboro-based real estate firm. Their expertise in industrial sales and leasing have become relied upon by the area’s most prominent developers, investors, and tenants, while they have become trusted partners by NAI James E. Hanson’s senior leadership team.

Lennon, working on a team with Kenneth Lundberg, senior vice president at NAI James E. Hanson, has helped to negotiate 100 deals totaling 2.96 million square feet, valued at $219.7 million, since joining the firm. Working on a team with Scott K. Perkins, senior vice president, Todd has helped negotiate 43 industrial deals totaling 1.47 million square feet with a value of $130.5 million over his career with NAI James E. Hanson.

Lynn Powell, CMA

CMA, a full-service communications, marketing and association management firm, welcomes Lynn Powell as its managing director of marketing. She will oversee client services and marketing operations.

A seasoned strategic marketing professional, Powell has more than 20 years of experience in client services, account management, operations, business development and financial administration.

She has worked with clients across diverse industries encompassing technology, healthcare, tourism, nonprofit, insurance, real estate, finance, education, supply chain and hospitality. Powell has an established track record of successfully overseeing and growing marketing initiatives through cross-functional departments within Fortune 100 companies.

Carolyn Welsh, NJ Sharing Network

Joe Roth, CEO and president of NJ Sharing Network, said the organization is recognizing Carolyn Welsh for her 20 years of service to the nonprofit, which is committed to saving lives through organ and tissue donation.

Welsh joined NJ Sharing Network in 1999 as hospital services manager and rapidly advanced to take on broader responsibilities and positions, including expanding clinical, regulatory compliance and operations. Welsh serves as part of NJ Sharing Network’s senior leadership team that guides the organization.

“Over the course of her career, Carolyn’s combination of intellect, passion and compassion have enabled her to make a positive impact on those who have given the gift of life, along with their families,” Roth said. “Through her leadership, Carolyn and her clinical team are making significant contributions not only here at NJ Sharing Network, but within the broader organ and tissue donation community.”


Steven I. Okoye has joined Wilentz as an associate on the firm’s Corporate and Health Law teams in Woodbridge.

Okoye represents health care providers in a variety of legal disputes, business transactions, Pharmacy Benefit Manager matters and regulatory matters affecting their operations. He also has experience in health care fraud and abuse matters, payor disputes and payor contracting.

In addition, Zain A. Naqvi has joined Wilentz as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate group in Woodbridge.

Naqvi represents real estate investment trusts, commercial developers, property owners, and commercial landlords in connection with transactional matters ranging from leasing, subleasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties.

Jim Borelli, Boiling Springs Savings Bank

Boiling Springs Savings Bank, one of northern New Jersey’s largest savings banks and provider of financial services to individuals and businesses for nearly 80 years, has appointed Jim Borrelli to the role of vice president of central operations.

In this position, Borrelli will lead this newly established department by managing Deposit Services, IRA teams and the new Cash Management Department. He will also be responsible for the compliant operation and administration of key support areas of the bank including quality assurance, overdrafts and merchant services, among other functions.

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Yasmine L. Misuraca, Prager Metis CPAs

Prager Metis CPAs, a leading accounting and advisory firm with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, welcomes Yasmine L. Misuraca to the firm as it expands its expertise in the forensic and dispute advisory space. Misuraca will be the partner-in-charge of the Forensic and Dispute Advisory Services Practice.

“Bringing Yasmine on board is essential for our plans to expand our resources and further strengthen our reputation as the ‘go-to’ experts in forensic and dispute advisory,” said Glenn Friedman, CEO and co-managing partner. “She possesses a unique and extensive background in this arena and she is a valuable addition to the team.”

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