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.
Melissa DeFreest, Somerset County Business Partnership
Chris Edwards, CEO and president of the Somerset County Business Partnership, has announced the promotion of Melissa DeFreest to the position of vice president of tourism and communications. She has served the SCBP as director of marketing & communication since June 2017.
DeFreest is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a master’s degree in corporate and organizational communication.
In addition to her responsibilities to develop and implement a strategic communications plan, she will lead Somerset County Tourism, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Somerset County as designated by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. The partnership is the premier resource for advocacy for the tourism, cultural arts and hospitality industries in Somerset County. Tourism in Somerset County is a $1.235 billion industry providing more than 20,000 jobs in 2019.
Matthew Remo, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corp. and Peapack-Gladstone Bank announce the elevation of Matthew Remo to senior vice president, director of strategy and development at Peapack-Gladstone Bank. In his current role, Remo is responsible for the development and formalization of the company’s business strategy, the identification of critical objectives and priorities, and the expansion of data analytics/management information systems to measure and report progress.
Remo is also responsible for ensuring that the scope of enterprise risk management activities, including capital, liquidity and credit, aligns with the bank’s defined business strategies. Remo continues to lead new markets and products governance and serves on many of the company’s committees.
Remo joined Peapack-Gladstone Bank in 2019 as vice president, senior enterprise risk officer and was promoted to the position of vice president, director of strategy development in October 2020.
David Edelberg, a bankruptcy law attorney with decades of experience handling various bankruptcy matters, has joined Scarinci Hollenbeck’s Lyndhurst office as partner, according to the firm’s managing partner, Donald Scarinci. Edelberg brings with him years of experience handling matters relating to loan structuring & workouts, bankruptcy litigation, secured creditors, lenders & landlord representation, as well as debtor representation.
“We are thrilled to welcome David to the Scarinci Hollenbeck family. He brings with him a wealth of experience in handling bankruptcy matters and his addition adds significant depth to the scope of services offered by the firm’s bankruptcy group,” remarked Scarinci.
As Scarinci Hollenbeck continues its expansion, the firm has been focusing on refining its business practices to maintain its long tradition of offering quality legal service. In order to effectively support this expansion, the firm has welcomed the addition of Dan Scarpulla as the new director of information technology.
Scarpulla brings with him nearly two decades of experience in the field of IT. His addition enables the firm to remain up-to-date in its adoption of emerging technologies in an evolving workforce and more efficient in helping our attorneys more effectively serve our clients.
SJP Properties announced that it has deepened its leadership team with the promotion and hiring of two key professionals within its property management platform: Barbara Quintana has been promoted to director of property management, and Mary Tanzer has been hired as general manager.
Quintana and Tanzer will bring their combined experience of over 40 years to oversee all property management operations, and tenant and vendor relations for SJP’s best-in-class office portfolio.
“The highest level of concierge service in both property management and asset management has been the foundation of SJP’s success creating a world-class environment for every tenant within our portfolio, and we could not have found a more competent professional to oversee this critical function of our organization than Barbara,” said Steve Pozycki, founder and CEO of SJP Properties. “Furthermore, Barbara’s promotion created the opportunity to bring another talented professional onto our team — we’re proud to have selected Mary, who is incredibly accomplished in her own right, and who we’re confident will continue our proud legacy of delivering a superior tenant experience throughout our New York City assets.”
Doron Arazi, Ceragon Networks
Ceragon Networks Ltd., the global leader in wireless hauling solutions, announced that its board of directors has appointed Doron Arazi, an industry-leading executive and the company’s former deputy CEO & chief financial officer, as its CEO.
Arazi succeeds CEO Ira Palti. Palti will remain on the board of directors of Ceragon and will be appointed as vice chairman.
Samaritan recently announced three new appointments to its 17-member board of trustees: Robin Keyack of Marlton, Greg Payton of Blackwood and Dr. Raymond Ragland III of Philadelphia.
“We are excited to welcome these three exceptional professionals to Samaritan’s board of trustees,” said Mary Ann Boccolini, Samaritan CEO and president. “Their leadership, dedication and professional expertise will help guide our organization as we embark on the year ahead, continue to adapt to our ever-changing healthcare landscape and provide for the evolving needs of our community.”
Eytan Wiener, GETIDA
GETIDA, a global leader in Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) auditing and reimbursements, announced that Eytan Wiener has joined the company as CEO, after leading a successful private investment round in the business.
The company has also announced that its co-founders, Max Borin and Yoni Mazor, will transition to the roles of chief operating officer and chief growth officer, respectively.