Executive Moves: Genova Burns, Brookdale CC 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.

Genova Burns LLC

Genova Burns LLC, one of New Jersey’s premier law firms, announced the promotion of two attorneys to partner and the addition of four new associates. Jennifer Roselle and Lawrence Bluestone have been elevated from counsel to partner at the well-known Newark-based Firm.

Roselle has been with the firm for nine years, during which time she has exhibited the professional growth and stature to become a key member of the Labor Practice Group and the Genova Burns team. Bluestone, a member of the Firm for eight years, has proven to serve a vital role not only as an attorney but also as a mentor in firm’s Litigation and Appellate Practices.

Continuing Genova Burns’ trend of expansion, the firm has gained/hired/brought four new associates on board across key or strategic practice areas: Harrison Clewell is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group and has been focusing on specifically Commercial Litigation and Election Law. Yostina Mishriky is an associate in the firm’s Employment Law & Litigation and Labor Law Practices. Christopher Manley is an associate in the firm’s Labor Law practice group. And Herschel P. Rose is an associate in the Commercial Real Estate & Redevelopment Law Practice Group at Genova Burns and has worked in the real estate and land use law practice for several years.

Angela Kariotis, Brookdale Community College 

Brookdale Community College is pleased to announce Angela Kariotis as the college’s first director of diversity and inclusion. This position will elevate and accelerate the college’s 21st-century vision for inclusive excellence.

“We are fortunate to bring Angela Kariotis here to the college from Seton Hall. She already has a national name from her ‘Walking the Beat’ initiative, where she helps train police officers on diversity issues,” said David Stout, president of Brookdale Community College. “Our employees have been working on many initiatives to enhance equity and inclusion throughout our community, but there is much more to do.”

Kariotis will coordinate and advise on activities in departments and academic programs throughout the college to develop, integrate and articulate Brookdale’s commitments to a more diverse and inclusive community. She will also manage the Community College Opportunity Grant program, creating innovative programs and services that attract and retain marginalized and economically challenged students.

Parker McCay

New Jersey law firm Parker McCay announces that Shareholder Brett E.J. Gorman has been installed as the president of the Burlington County Bar Association.

Gorman has been an active member the BCBA for many years, serving as a trustee or as an officer since 2015. He most recently served as the president-elect, and, in 2015, he received the association’s prestigious Robert W. Criscuolo Award, presented annually to a young attorney committed to the legal profession and the community.

Parker McCay also announced that James Keating joined the firm. Keating has joined Parker McCay as counsel in its Construction and Procurement Department. For more than two decades, he has been involved in municipal, commercial and industrial construction.

Andrew Muser, Mint Advertising

Mint Advertising, renowned for its high-impact creative and branding, adds strategic sales veteran Andrew Muser to its roster as the agency’s first vice president of growth & partnerships to help reach companies who are looking to shift tactics and reenergize their advertising arsenal in the transitioning economy. The pandemic has shifted the conscious of consumers, and the creative boutique is on a mission to help clients revamp their marketing to meet today’s marketplace.

“Andy has a real talent for helping businesses pivot toward profitability during depressed markets — the time is right to bring him on board,” says Eric Schoenfeld, co-founder and CEO of Mint Advertising. “Like Mint, Andy takes pride in developing and evolving long-term client relationships.”

Muser joins Mint Advertising following a dozen years serving as vice president of business development at Signmasters Inc. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated an aptitude for analyzing market trends and identifying growth opportunities.

Claire Pedulla, Mission 50

Mission 50 has announced the appointment of Claire Pedulla to the newly created position of director of community. As a member of the Mission 50 leadership team, Pedulla will be responsible for spearheading the firm’s efforts to create an experience that fosters productivity, flexibility and community in a reimagined workplace environment.

Owned and managed by JDA Group LLC, the Mission 50 building — formerly the Hoboken Business Center —has a long history of serving businesses in the Greater New York City marketplace. Located at 50 Harrison St., the 80,000-square-foot boutique office property offers traditional for-lease office space and is home to the “original” Mission 50 coworking space, founded in 2011 by JDA CEO Greg Dell’Aquila.

In 2020, Dell’Aquila launched a yearlong initiative to transform the building into a unified community under the Mission 50 brand umbrella. The multimillion-dollar renovation included expanding the coworking space to 20,000 square feet from 3,000 square feet and dedicating the remaining 60,000 square feet to private for-lease offices.

Ruben D. Perez, Stark & Stark

The law firm of Stark & Stark announced Ruben D. Perez has joined its Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use and Banking & Financial Services groups. He specializes in representing developers, landowners, lenders and individuals.

“Ruben Perez brings a broad range of experience to our firm,” said Stark & Stark Managing Shareholder Michael G. Donahue. “His work as both counsel to New Jersey municipalities and representing real estate parties will be an excellent addition to Stark & Stark.”

Perez has advised clients on issues pertaining to real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing, redevelopment projects, tax abatements and appeals, local governance, zoning appeals and affordable housing litigation. He additionally has served as counsel to local public entitles, public officials, an historic preservation commission and New Jersey municipalities, focusing on matters regarding development, redevelopment, land use, utilities law, municipal law and real estate.

Porzio Governmental Affairs LLC

Porzio Governmental Affairs LLC is pleased to announce two new directors, Rebecca Lubot and Beau Huch, to the PGA lobbying team. Both Lubot and Huch bring varied experiences in government, nonprofit and political campaigns. They will add depth and additional experience to PGA’s ability to service its existing clients and capacity to service future clients.

Members of the PGA board of directors, Lynn Nowak, Barbara DeMarco and Sal Anderton, in a joint statement, said, “Rebecca and Beau are well-regarded across the spectrum of New Jersey government, and each is poised to make immediate and meaningful contributions to PGA’s current clients, as well as serve as a catalyst for our growth in the years to come.”

Lubot has experience at the state, federal, and international levels in education, energy, health care, pharmaceuticals, cannabis and several other issue areas. Huch served as a legislative aide to New Jersey’s 10th Legislative District Office and most recently as legislative director to New Jersey’s 13th Legislative District senator, Declan O’Scanlon.

Uchenna Baker, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Fairleigh Dickinson University has appointed Uchenna Baker as FDU’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced President Christopher A. Capuano.

Baker will serve on the President’s cabinet and report directly to Senior Vice President for University Operations Robert Pignatello.

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Andrew ‘Drew’ Clark, Wayside Technology Group

Wayside Technology Group Inc., a value-added information technology channel company providing innovative sales and distribution solutions for emerging technology vendorsannounced the appointment of Drew Clark as chief financial officer.

“Drew brings an excellent track record of driving results, as a leader in both publicly traded and privately held companies and we are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said CEO Dale Foster. Throughout his career, Clark has played a pivotal role as a finance and operating executive, most recently serving as the chief operating officer of Medisolv Inc., where he led all business operations, including finance, while supporting the strategic vision of the company.

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Dianne Greene, Verisk

Verisk, a leading global data analytics provider, is proud to announce that Dianne Greene has joined the company as its new head of diversity and inclusion.

In this role, she will work with Verisk’s D&I leadership council, business and function leaders, employee networks and colleagues across the enterprise to help drive the company toward an increasingly inclusive culture.

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Bernadette Macko, Lakeland Bank

Thomas J. Shara, CEO and president of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following appointment.

Bernadette Macko has joined Lakeland as the senior vice president, team leader of treasury management services. Macko will be responsible for consulting with commercial clients regarding treasury management solutions. With more than 36 years of financial services experience and 23 years of treasury management experience, she has worked with clients in the middle market, commercial real estate, asset-based lending, business banking and health care disciplines, as well as the government sector.

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David White, Strategic Resource Alternatives

Strategic Resource Alternatives, an industry-leading full-service receivables management and outsourcing firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of David White as CEO.

SRA provides accounts receivable management, debt recovery, business process outsourcing, call center & letter service solutions, with 30 years of operating history. The firm also has a strategic partnership with Arena Investors LP, a New York-based global investment firm that is SRA’s primary capital provider and also utilizes SRA as a servicer for its investment portfolio.

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