Executive Moves: AFP-NJ, DAK, Sax 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.

Glenn Miller, Association of Fundraising Professionals

Glenn Miller, executive vice president, chief development officer for RWJBarnabas Health, has been honored by the board of trustees of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at its Excellence in Philanthropy Awards. Miller received the Robert J. Smythe Award for advancing philanthropy in New Jersey.

The Robert J. Smythe Award recognizes an individual who brings honor, dedication and distinction to the profession, exemplifies the professional standards set by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has demonstrated at least 10 years of experience in fundraising.

“Under Glenn’s direction, RWJBarnabas Health has shifted its philanthropic focus from special events to major gifts and capital campaigns, standardizing processes and volunteer responsibilities, centralizing key functions and enhancing the overall culture of philanthropy,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, CEO and president of RWJBarnabas Health. “We congratulate Glenn on this well-deserved recognition for his philanthropic work within the RWJBarnabas Health system and its positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Jonathan Roth, the DAK Group

The DAK Group, an investment bank specializing in mergers, acquisitions, business sales and other strategic advisory services for middle-market business owners, is pleased to announce that Jonathan Roth has joined as the vice president of investment banking.

“We are thrilled that Jon has joined the DAK team. He brings a wealth of knowledge along with tremendous deal experiences and expertise,” said Alan Scharfstein, president of the DAK Group. “Our expansion continues, as our clients take advantage of the strong middle market M&A environment.”

Roth will be part of the Deal Team and is responsible for deal execution of sell- and buy-side transactions. He works closely with owners to help them evaluate opportunities to make better business decisions and guides them during the transaction process to ensure a smooth execution.

Jennifer Barker, Rizco

Rizco, a creative campaign agency based at the Jersey Shore, is pleased to announce Jennifer “Jen” Barker as the new director of digital + engagement strategy.

Barker brings 15 years of experience to Rizco, with a track record of helping clients grow their digital footprint and increase their return on investment through design, development and marketing. Through an assessment of current strategies, pain points and goals, she has the ability to tailor SEO/SEM marketing strategies to suit client needs and exceed expectations.

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Shawna Cooper-Gibson, Seton Hall University

Shawna Cooper-Gibson, a national leader in academic, co-curricular and multicultural student development, has been appointed vice president of student services at Seton Hall University.

Cooper-Gibson currently serves as the assistant provost for student academic services at Loyola University, Chicago, and will officially begin her new position on Oct. 14.

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Cross River Bank

Cross River Bank, a leading innovator and provider of banking services for financial technology companies, announced several key initiatives taken to expand its Capital Markets portfolio and professional team, further fortifying its commitment and ability to provide best-in-class capital markets services and solutions to the fintech community and beyond.

Cross River today announced several key new hires to its Capital Markets team from online lending and business banking company Laurel Road, which was successfully acquired by KeyBank in April 2019. The new team includes team leader Noah Cooper, who becomes Cross River’s senior vice president, head of capital markets, as well as Rahul Jha, Joshua Karlgaard and Ryan Callahan.

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Leading accounting, tax and advisory firm Sax LLP expanded its New York presence by merging with James D. Miller & Co. LLP, an accounting firm based in New York City.

James D. Miller & Co. is a full-service accounting and tax firm dedicated to providing clients with professional, personalized services and guidance on a wide range of financial and business matters. The newly expanded Sax LLP, headquartered in Clifton, will continue to uphold its core values of “Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Excellence.”

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