Executive Moves: CBRE, Ciberspring 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.

Nick Jann, CBRE

CBRE announced that Nick Jann has been named to spearhead the firm’s thought leadership initiatives in the greater Philadelphia region, which includes South Jersey. In this role, Jann will work with local leadership, advisory and transaction services professionals and the firm’s research teams to reinforce CBRE’s thought leadership.

Prior to CBRE, Jann spent five years working in the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Commerce Department. His public-sector tenure focused on managing large data collection and analytics projects, publishing the OEO’s annual and quarterly reports, developing policy with the city’s legislators and administration, and overseeing compliance by city agencies and private developers on large construction projects.

“Having worked in both the private and public sectors, Nick brings a wealth of experience and insight to his leadership role,” said Adam Mullen, CBRE’s Greater Philadelphia Market Leader. “I am confident that Nick will continue to elevate our place as the dominant thought leader in the industry.”

Marlena Smith, Ciberspring

Ciberspring, a hybrid digital and creative agency, is excited to announce Marlena Smith’s promotion to Salesforce practice lead.

An information technology veteran with a decade of experience in the Salesforce ecosystem, Smith is well prepared for her new role, where she will lead Ciberspring’s growing Salesforce group. Specializing in enterprise-grade solutions across Salesforce’s sales, service, community and health clouds, Ciberspring’s Salesforce practice serves clients in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, financial services and health/life sciences.

“I desire to grow and contour Ciberspring’s Salesforce practice to be sharp and witty, yet inclined to support and master the ever-evolving changes in information management systems and the technology industry,” Smith said. “My team of certified developers, business analysts, project managers and consultants are eager to help our clients transition away from the daily ‘swivel-chair’ pivot between paper notes, Excel spreadsheets and disparate tracking systems that are time-consuming, inefficient and often noncompliant.”

Renee C. Vidal, Capehart Scatchard

Capehart Scatchard is pleased to announce that Renee C. Vidal has recently joined its Business & Tax and Wills, Estates & Trusts groups as a shareholder in its Mount Laurel office.

Vidal concentrates her practice in estate planning, estate administration, business and corporate services and elder law. Her specialty incorporates matters such as business succession planning, tax advice, contract drafting, estate plan drafting, preparation of estate and gift tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns; corporate business and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses, preparation of shareholder agreements and operating agreements and negotiation and preparation of employment agreements/noncompetition agreements.

Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Vidal earned an LL.M. in taxation from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, and received a B.S. in finance from Penn State University.

Jack Armstrong, CorMedix Inc.

CorMedix Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapeutic products for the prevention and treatment of infectious and inflammatory disease, announced that it has entered into a new three-year employment agreement with Jack Armstrong, currently executive vice president and head of technical operations.

The new agreement terminates in April 2023, and may be extended annually thereafter upon mutual agreement. The employment agreement was concluded as CorMedix works to secure marketing authorization for Neutrolin in the second half of 2020 with potential commercial launch in the U.S. in 2021.

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Dave Keiser, SDM Northcoast

SDM Northcoast is excited to announce that it has added Dave Keiser as a senior research analyst. Keiser has nearly 20 years’ experience in health care research, with 16 years’ experience in equity research, more than half of which focused on the dental industry at Northcoast Research and FTN Midwest. Prior to that time, Keiser worked for Health Research International, focusing on market research reports and custom consulting projects.

Keiser’s analytical skill and forecasting ability propelled him to earn the No. 1 ranking as an equity research earnings estimator in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies segment by StarMine in 2015 and also by Thomson Reuters in 2017 and 2018.

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Jay Shepard, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announced the election of Jay Shepard as chairman of its board of directors. Shepard, a board member since 2016, becomes only the sixth chair in the foundation’s 37-year history.

As chairman, Shepard said he will focus on broadening the base of scientific and academic experts collaborating with the foundation and each other in order to hasten advances in care and progress toward cures for people living with paralysis.

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Verus LLC

Verus LLC has announced four key new hires to meet the growing demand for the firm’s mass tort litigation support services. Specifically, Mariya Goliyad, Victoria Murphy, Tasha Patel and Lee Anna Will have joined Verus. The announcement comes on the heels of the firm’s recent opening of a second location, a 1,900-square-foot office located in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, which supports Verus’ operations, group trainings and team meetings.

“As mass tort litigation continues to grow, as well as the continued need to support our asbestos trusts, Verus, too, is growing to meet these client needs,” said Mark Eveland, co-founder and CEO of Verus. “These new hires are for newly-created positions in strategic roles, which will allow us to better serve our clients and enhance our operational efficiencies.”

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Hope Zelinger, Bressler, Amery & Ross

The Florham Park-based law firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross announced that insurance defense litigator Hope Zelinger has been named managing principal of its Miami office.

Zelinger took over for Wes Holston, who has led both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices. Holston continues as managing principal of the Fort Lauderdale office.

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