Executive Moves: JRM, Wilentz 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.

JRM Construction Management

JRM Construction Management is pleased to announce the recent addition of Sean Galvin as chief estimator in the firm’s New Jersey office, Antonina Caruso as director of business development and Edmund Shannon as business development manager.

Galvin brings more than 30 years of experience leading a diverse array of teams in the construction industry, while Caruso has worked on the business development and marketing side of commercial construction for more than 18 years and Shannon brings more than 22 years of business development experience.

In his role as chief estimator, Galvin provides oversight of all estimating activities, including estimate planning, equipment and material take-off, preparation of estimation bases and estimate reviews. Prior to joining JRM, Galvin managed all estimating activities across five office locations for a major construction firm in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Willard C. Shih, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Willard C. Shih, a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The virtual induction ceremony at which Shih became a fellow took place before an audience of 670 fellows during the 2020 Annual Meeting and 70th Anniversary Celebration of the College.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years’ trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Shih is a member of the Management Committee at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and a shareholder in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice. For nearly 20 years, he has been at Wilentz representing businesses of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses as well as individuals in complex commercial disputes. He also represents national, regional and local law firms in cases involving claims of professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and civil conspiracy.

Dr. Eliel Bayever, Elucida Oncology

Elucida Oncology, a biotechnology company pioneering the next frontier in targeted cancer therapy, announced the appointment of Dr. Eliel Bayever as chief medical officer.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Bayever join the company at this key point in its evolution, as we have recently selected our lead C-dot-drug-conjugate to advance into the clinic in 2021,” stated Geno Germano, CEO and president of Elucida Oncology. “Dr. Bayever’s extensive expertise in oncology drug development, combined with highly relevant industry experience, will be invaluable to Elucida Oncology as we continue to push the boundaries of precision oncology therapeutics.”

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James Green, Inkbench Inc.

Inkbench Inc, the leading creative collaborative platform for marketers to amplify and protect their brand assets, announced that James Green has joined the company as chief revenue officer to drive integration of marketing, sales and revenue operations for the company.

Green has 30 years of senior management experience, including strategic development and planning execution, having started his career with the Walt Disney Co., then running new business development and marketing for Steve Jobs at Pixar Animation Studios. Most recently, James founded and managed startups including Sabela (sold to 24/7 Media, now owned by WPP); GiantBear (sold to Blucora BCOR); PVI (sold to ESPN); the world’s first e-sports company, the World Series of Video Games; and Magnetic (sold to Deloitte Digital).

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The Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area, IOREBA, announced its 2020-21 board offices at its annual Golf Outing at the Morris County Country Club in Morristown. The gathering of commercial real estate professionals offered an outstanding day of golf, dining and networking.

IOREBA’s president, John Johnson of Wellington Real Estate, was installed as president of the organization for a second term. He welcomed the 2020-2021 board officers, who include Vice President Ed Horne of HK Commercial Realty Advisors, Secretary Jeffrey Greif of First American Title Insurance Co. and Treasurer Ryan Tiger of Punia Co.

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RLS Logistics

RLS Logistics, a leading provider of cold chain solutions, and its affiliates announced a string of new hires and promotions supporting its national expansion plans. The moves include co-founding RLS Partners with Tom Casey, a noted business leader, entrepreneur and veteran of the cold storage industry. His involvement is bolstered by promoting another industry leader, Ken Johnson, to chief operating officer, RLS Warehousing Group, and Ron Pack to vice president, technology.

These moves further RLS’ goal to provide food manufacturers and entrepreneur-led cold storage companies an unprecedented platform and national network. The changes within the RLS organizations are designed to support the entrepreneurial spirit and family values at the core of the RLS PRO Program.

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Sills Cummis & Gross

Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce that Matthew L. Lippert and Gregory E. Reid were promoted to members of the firm; and Laura E. Sedlak and William L. Wilkins were promoted to of counsel.

Lippert, Reid and Sedlak are on the Litigation team, while Wilkins is on the Corporate team.

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Stark & Stark

Stark & Stark announced it has received the 2020 Law Firm of the Year Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. The firm accepted the award during the HBA-NJ’s 39th Annual Scholarship Gala & Awards Dinner, which was held virtually in 2020.

The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey’s Law Firm of the Year Award recognizes a law firm for showing a genuine commitment to both diversity and the mission of the HBA-NJ. Recipients of this award are proven advocates of diversity and inclusion, and promoters of a more inclusive legal community.

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Vertice Pharma

Vertice Pharma, a specialty pharmaceuticals company focused on improving patients’ health, announced that Don DeGolyer will join the company’s board of directors, promoting Scott Meyers to CEO.

Meyers joined Vertice Pharma in 2016 as chief operating officer, during which time he helped the company build key operational capabilities across manufacturing, quality, research & development, regulatory affairs, new product selection, new product launches and business development. DeGolyer founded Vertice Pharma in 2015 with a unique focus on acquiring specialty pharmaceutical companies and products, including both branded and generic products, to create a durable specialty pharmaceutical business of scale.

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Laurie Weisberg, Creatd Inc.

Creatd Inc., the parent company and creator of the Vocal platform, announced the appointment of Laurie Weisberg as its new chief operating officer. Weisberg currently sits on the company’s board of directors and will lead Creatd’s sales team in the execution of its growth strategy and manage all strategic partnership initiatives.

This appointment aligns with Creatd’s 2021 plans to broaden and scale its product line and revenues, including Vocal for Brands, Seller’s Choice and Vocal+ paid subscriptions.

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