Executive Moves: Kearny Bank, Genova Burns 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.

Diane Corter, Kearny Bank

Ringwood resident Diane Corter has been appointed assistant vice president/retail relationship manager at Kearny Bank’s Caldwell branch. In her new role, Corter is responsible for leading a team of sales and service professionals, while managing sales and development operations, delivering financial products both to current and potential clients, and establishing new business relationships.

Most recently relationship sales manager for Valley Bank, Corter began her career as a teller and now has three decades of retail banking experience in operations, sales and financial training.

“Diane brings both professional experience and expertise to her new position,” says Heather Moskal, Kearny Bank first vice president/retail banking & sales development. “Our clients at the Caldwell branch will benefit from her knowledge and skills, as will the team of Kearny Bank employees she’s leading.”

Avi D. Kelin, Genova Burns

Avi D. Kelin, an associate with Genova Burns LLC, one of the top law firms serving New Jersey and the greater Northeast, was nominated to the New Jersey Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force by New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge) as part of the Assembly’s legislative session in mid-December. Kelin’s nomination was recently approved, and he is already working actively with fellow task force members.

“We congratulate Avi on his nomination to the state’s Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Task Force and are confident he will represent the firm and New Jersey well,” said Angelo Genova, co-founder, chairman and managing partner of Genova Burns. “Avi is truly an expert in this emerging technology sector and is the perfect legal mind to provide counsel to the task force as we move closer to the reality of autonomous cars on the streets and highways of the Garden State. The firm is pleased to add another of its ranks to the list of Genova Burns attorneys serving in advisory capacities to our state government.”

Kelin is an associate in the firm’s Newark office and, for some time, has concentrated on the legal issues surrounding the emerging technology of autonomous vehicles. Beyond this growing sector, Kelin mainly focuses on the interaction between government and business.

Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C.

Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. is pleased to announce that Jordan Solomon has joined as a member in the Healthcare Practice and Boris Peyzner as counsel in the Commercial and Corporate Litigation Practice.

Solomon, an experienced transactional attorney with over 25 years counseling business clients on a variety of legal matters, serves as a trusted adviser to clients with expertise in forming, buying, selling, merging and divesting businesses, including health care facilities, medical practices, dental practices and veterinary practices. Peyzner has extensive experience as a litigator, both trying and arbitrating cases, and negotiating settlements. He handles a wide range of matters, including complex negotiations, litigation and transactions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jordan and Boris to our firm,” said Barry Mandelbaum, founding member and chairman. “Jordan is a pragmatic and creative dealmaker who adds depth and guidance to our expanding Healthcare Practice. Boris is known as a litigator who quickly assesses issues in a case and works towards a swift resolution.”

Joseph P. Scorese, Sills Cummis & Gross

Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce the addition of Joseph P. Scorese as a member of the firm’s Tax, Trusts and Estates Practice.

Scorese’s primary area of practice is complex estate planning and estate and trust administration for high net worth individuals and families. Scorese counsels clients in the New York and New Jersey area and helps them design and realize both appropriate and realistic estate planning goals. He then implements those goals with customized drafting solutions utilizing the latest cutting-edge strategies, including sophisticated wills, revocable trusts and more.

Scorese received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and his B.A. from Trinity College. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

Robert Slowikowski, Blue Foundry Bank

Blue Foundry Bank has hired industry veteran Robert Slowikowski as vice president to manage the bank’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Team. In addition to team oversight, Slowikowski will be responsible for originating and structuring loans, developing relationships and partnerships within Blue Foundry’s footprint and executing strategies to grow the bank’s loan portfolio.

“Rob has the leadership proficiency and industry expertise to galvanize our department of skilled commercial real estate lenders,” said Vincent Micco, executive vice president/chief lending officer at Blue Foundry Bank. “I am confident that, under his guidance, our commercial lending team will exceed bank and customer expectations.”

Having been in the banking industry for 25 years, and a commercial lending specialist for more than half of that time, Slowikowski brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to his new role. He joins Blue Foundry following impressive tenures at Unity Bank, ConnectOne Bank and Kearny Bank. He held senior level positions at each of these institutions and consistently generated business that surpassed established goals.

Richard Vaill, Spencer Savings Bank

Spencer Savings Bank, a leading New Jersey-based community bank, announced the expansion of its retail banking business team with the addition of a new business development team leader. The Elmwood Park-based bank recently hired Vice President Richard Vaill as business development officer team leader.

With over 25 years of experience working in the industry, in both sales and management roles, Vaill will be based in Parsippany and will be responsible for providing deposit and lending solutions, geared to helping businesses grow, to both small and midsized companies in the area. He has a strong focus on relationship management, with a background in escrow and 1031 exchanges, and has worked with small and middle-market clients in a variety of industries and professions throughout the state.

“We are excited to welcome Richard to the Spencer team. He is a dynamic, insightful and experienced business professional with strong leadership skills and strategic planning skills,” said George Celentano, executive and senior vice president of retail banking. “We are also excited to hire a former Marine. Their training and leadership skills are vital to any company. We look forward to having him as part of the Spencer team and know that he is going to be a great contributor to our success.”

Calcagni & Kanefsky

Calcagni & Kanefsky, a Newark/New York City litigation and investigations firm, continues its expansion, welcoming three attorneys to its top-notch team of former federal and state prosecutors. The attorneys join CK’s Newark office and include of counsel Lauren M. Paxton, senior associate Linda-Claude-Oben and associate Gianna A. Bove.

“The unique make-up of our firm attracts exceptionally talented lawyers, and our newest team members are proof of this,” CK Senior Partner Thomas R. Calcagni stated. “Lauren, Linda and Gianna join CK during an exciting time of expansion and growth. We’re thrilled having them aboard.”

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP is pleased to announce that Jemi Goulian Lucey and Steven G. Mlenak have been named partners in the firm.

Lucey is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on employment, higher education and professional negligence matters. A member of our Litigation Department and co-chair of the Higher Education Practice Group, she is based in the firm’s Woodbridge office and is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. Mlenak concentrates his practice in the areas of redevelopment, land use, zoning, and real estate development. A member of our Real Estate and Redevelopment & Land Use departments, he is based in the firm’s Roseland office and is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York.

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Pete Metzger, ZRG

ZRG, the fastest-growing global executive search firm, continues its expansion with the hiring of Pete Metzger, former vice chairman of two of the world’s largest search firms, and a government, cyber and security industry specialist.

Metzger’s executive search career extends over two decades and has earned him a reputation as a trusted adviser to business and government leaders by providing solutions across a wide range of industries and functions for government and security organizations around the world.

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