Executive Moves: Merrill Lynch, Provident, CBRE 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.

James Cadet, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management announced that James Cadet has joined Merrill Lynch as market executive for the Red Bank market, which incorporates Freehold, Manasquan and Toms River.

“James brings a wealth of experience to this new role. He understands the importance of personalized investment advice to achieve client’s goals,” said Mollie Colavita, Mid Atlantic division executive, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

Prior to his most recent role, Cadet was branch office manager and a complex director at UBS. He holds his Bachelor of Science in psychology and systems engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Cliff Evans, Provident Bank

Provident Bank, a leading New Jersey-based financial institution, is pleased to announce that Cliff Evans has joined the bank as vice president, relationship manager with the Middle Market Commercial Lending Team.

Evans will be based in the bank’s Morristown office, and will be responsible for working with middle-market companies to grow the bank’s commercial portfolio by offering a variety of deposit and lending solutions. In addition, he will manage a portfolio of commercial clients based in northern New Jersey. He will also work closely with accounting firms, law firms, intermediaries, and trade associations to source new business.

Evans has more than 30 years’ experience in business development and middle market commercial lending in the New Jersey business community. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Brian Fiumara, CBRE

CBRE is pleased to announce that Brian Fiumara has earned the title of vice chairman, which is the highest title for producers within the company. This promotion marks just the third time that a CBRE sales professional in the greater Philadelphia region and New Jersey has achieved this title.

Fiumara has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, representing institutional and private equity clients in the acquisition as well as the disposition of income-producing properties and development opportunities.

Fiumara, who partners with Michael Hines (also vice chairman), Brad Ruppel and Lauren Dawicki, completed 42 industrial transactions in 2018, totaling 28 million square feet and representing $2.19 billion in total value.

Christine Lange, Prudential Retirement

Prudential Retirement, a business unit of Prudential Financial Inc., announced Christine Lange has been hired as head of Customer Solutions for Institutional Retirement Plan Services, effective immediately.

Lange, who officially joins Prudential Retirement as head of Business Management & Customer Solutions, will report to Harry Dalessio, head of Institutional Plan Solutions for Prudential Retirement.

“As part of our increased focus on technology-enabled product development and digital customer engagement, I am pleased to welcome Christine to my senior leadership team,” Dalessio said. “Christine brings more than 33 years of experience to Prudential and is known as a transformational leader who has engineered bold digital product strategies that drive rapid sales growth and client satisfaction.”

John Lonsdorf, Advertising Hall of Fame of N.J.

R&J Strategic Communications, a full-service integrated marketing and public relations agency in Bridgewater, is thrilled to announce that R&J founder and CEO John Lonsdorf has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame of New Jersey.

One of only four New Jersey professionals to be selected for the honor in 2019, Lonsdorf was recognized at the New Jersey Advertising Club’s Advertising Hall of Fame of New Jersey ceremony and dinner.

He was honored for his industry leadership, dedication to important social causes and the continued positive impact that he has on his employees, his clients, and businesses throughout New Jersey.

Friedman LLP

Friedman LLP is proud to announce that the firm’s Estate and Trust group will be led by Partner Brandon Baker and welcomes Charles Anastasia as a principal in the firm’s Real Estate group.

Baker brings more than 15 years of experience working with families of multi-generational wealth to his role as leader of Friedman’s Estate & Trust practice. Anastasia leverages more than two and a half decades of experience in accounting to serve corporations, partnerships and individuals in the real estate sector.

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Jefferson Health

Two Jefferson Health nurses in New Jersey were recipients of the March of Dimes’ 2019 New Jersey Nurse of the Year Awards — Alison Brencher of Marlton; and Barbara Midure-Crofton of Williamstown. Brencher won the Rising Star Award, while Midure-Crofton won the Neonatal and Pediatrics Award — the second straight year a Jefferson Health nurse in New Jersey won the latter category.

Held annually, the March of Dimes Awards serve as recognition for New Jersey-based nurses who exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and customer service. More than 200 nurses were nominated and 66 finalists were chosen across 11 categories; eight of the finalists were from Jefferson Health in New Jersey.

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Frank McMahon, GolfCave LLC

GolfCave LLC, a fast-growing leader in the off-course/indoor golf industry, announced that it has hired Frank McMahon, a technology and business executive with over 35 years of experience working with high growth technology companies. As president of GolfCave, McMahon will lead the company’s expansion plans to meet the increasing demand for off-course golf options by offering innovative technologies, including the latest in golf simulators, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

“We are very excited to have Frank join our executive team to help lead us in our next stage of growth,” said Dave Wechsler, co-founder of GolfCave. “For over three decades, Frank has helped leading technology companies grow into multibillion-dollar businesses. In addition, he founded and successfully grew a cloud-based consulting business into a nationally recognized firm. He has a unique skill set of building high growth companies, working with leading-edge technologies, combined with a deep knowledge of the golfing industry. He will help advance us in our mission to provide the best and most advanced off-course golf experience in the market.”

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New Jersey Resources

The board of directors of New Jersey Resources approved three executive promotions at a meeting recently as the company continues its long-term succession planning. Kraig Sanders and John Wyckoff were promoted to vice president, New Jersey Natural Gas, and Sean Annitto was promoted to vice president, NJR Energy Services.

“Kraig, John and Sean are talented leaders who are well respected in the industry and throughout our organization,” Steve Westhoven, CEO and president of NJR, said. “On behalf of our board, we congratulate them and wish them continued success in the future.”

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Jim Prekop, PeopleStrategy Inc.

PeopleStrategy Inc., a full-service brokerage and provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management solutions, announced Jim Prekop as its chief growth officer. In this role, Prekop will ignite new opportunities to deliver the programs, technologies and services small and midsized companies need to attract and retain talent.

“I am very excited about this opportunity with PeopleStrategy,” Prekop said. “I believe the company has a unique value proposition for SMB companies. In this role, my primary responsibility will be to identify new strategies and channels to deliver that value proposition and continue the disruption PeopleStrategy has put in place within the HR technology and employee benefits markets.”

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