In alignment with the CECM's core mission of education, the Brain Trust was created as a vehicle for Madison based executives to advise and counsel the students of Drew University. The CECM Brain Trust roster includes seasoned executives and young professionals from various industries all sharing a common passion for mentoring the next generation of leaders.
Paul Boudreau President, Morris County Chamber of Commerce
Paul has over 20 years of experience as a government and corporate affairs executive, most recently as VP of State & Corporate Relations for Honeywell. He has lobbied on business issues in 25 states and has expertise in state and local government relations, crisis and strategic
communications, and community outreach.
Jim Burnet Assistant Administrator, Borough of Madison
Jim has close to 30 years of experience in developing and managing a wide variety of entrepreneurial and community related organizations including local government, arts & culture, Main Street retail and real estate. He graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Finance and MBA lives in Madison with his wife Sara and two children.
Andy Buteux Partner, The Partnering Group
Andy focuses on the best practices of retail availability, supply chain optimization, customer logistics programs, and manufacturer/retailer joint value creation. He has 30 years of experience in consumer packaged goods, customer management and customer service/logistics. Andy is a graduate of Hamilton College and lives in Madison with his family.
Leigh Ann Catlin International Business Development VP, NeoStrata Company
Leigh Ann has over 20 years’ experience in the skin care industry and is responsible for developing new international markets and managing the international distribution and licensing network for NeoStrata Company, which markets and sells patented therapeutic skin care products in the United States and in 85+ countries. Leigh Ann holds a BA from Bucknell University and lives in Madison with her husband and two children.
Jim Conroy Actor
Jim is a voice actor and television writer. He is known for appearing on television shows, such as Celebrity Deathmatch, Kenny the Shark and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, radio commercials and video games. He worked for companies such as WGBH, The Walt Disney Company and Discovery Channel. He has a degree in theatre arts from the State University of New York.
Steve Coppola Managing Partner, MDMS Recruiting LLC
Steve graduated from Upsala College in 1986.
Steven Eget Group Manager, Dewberry
Steve is a senior manager with broad-based experience in the engineering and professional service fields. He has a track record of growing businesses through proven ability to establish strong relationships with clients and business partners. Steve graduated from Rutgers with a BS in Engineering and Stevens Institute with a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering. Steve and his family live in Madison.
Mark Fabyanski Managing Partner, NewView
Mark is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. As owner and Managing Partner, Mark's responsibilities at NewView include customer development, marketing, sales, branding and operations. Mark an active member of the Downtown Development Commission and lives in Madison with his wife and children.
Gary Fisch Owner, Gary's Wine & Marketplace
Gary's Wine & Marketplace began as a small wine shop in Madison, New Jersey in 1987 and has grown to be one of the largest fine wine businesses in the New York
metropolitan area, with stores in Northern New Jersey. Gary has a degree in Political Science from Rider University and has served on various boards including the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Commission.
Jim Guiheen New Product Development Manager, Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies
Jim has over 20 years of experience in engineering, including nanotechnology, fuel cells, transparent conductive coatings, proprietary security pigments and other material sciences. He holds PHD and MBA degrees from Rutgers as well as a Masters Degree from UCLA and BS in Engineering from Alfred University. He is a scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America and lives in Madison with his wife and two children.
Thomas Haralampoudis Sales Manager, Lanca Sales, Inc.
Thomas is owner and sales manager of Lanca Sales, a leading Full Service Export Distributor for Food Service Disposables and Institutional Products from the United States. Tom helps distributors and importers in more than 50 different countries source products from the US and worldwide. Thomas was elected to the Madison Board of Education in 2011 and is active in the Madison Rotary and Madison Recreation Advisory Committee. He and his family live in Madison.
David Kern Managing Partner, Kern Capital LLC
David has been researching and investing in small, innovative companies since 1986. Currently, David manages a partnership which invests in rapidly growing companies seeking to capitalize on secular growth opportunities with innovative products and/or services. David graduated from Lehigh University in 1986 with a B.S. in Business and Economics and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1993. David and his family live in Madison.
John Meek President Americas, ASCO Numatics
John has been President Americas of ASCO Valve Inc. since 2003. Better known locally as Automatic Switch Company, its world headquarters is in Florham Park, NJ. ASCO is a subsidiary of Emerson Electric Co., a $25 billion manufacturing company based in St. Louis. John lives in Madison and is an active volunteer for the Madison Rotary Club and the Boy Scouts of America.
Paul Rosica Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets
Paul is responsible for U.S Equity Linked Capital Markets at BMO Capital Markets. A 25year Wall Street veteran, he oversees the origination, structuring and distribution of equity linked securities. Paul holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in Business Administration from Franklin and Marshall College. Paul and his family live in Madison.
Amy Cohen Rowland Corporate & Foundation Relations Director, Paper Mill Playhouse
A not-for-profit professional, Amy has broad development experience in the arts and media, including Paper Mill Playhouse, WNYC Radio and Sesame Workshop. She is an accomplished writer, editor and team leader. Amy received a BA degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Amy and her family reside in Madison.
Ed Rowland Founder and Managing Partner, Rowland Global LLC
Ed Rowland, Founder & Managing Partner of Rowland Global LLC, is a senior executive with over 30 years experience in running businesses. His track record includes Fortune 50 industry powerhouses Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Kraft, PepsiCo, Mars, and McDonald’s as well as boutique firm consulting. Ed received a BA from Dartmouth College, MA from Middlebury College and MBA from The University of Chicago. Ed and his family reside in Madison.
Ranjan Sinha Principal, Axis Group, LLC
Ranjan joined Axis in 2003 and is responsible for leading Axis in strategy, sales and delivery. He has over 25 years of experience developing and managing business solutions that have utilized all areas of computing and communications technologies. Ranjan has a BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Ranjan and his family resident in Madison.
Eric Slabaugh Brand Marketing Executive
Eric is a successful marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience in brand development. He has held positions in both large global consumer package goods companies (Unilever, Kraft) and entrepreneurial, fast growth consumer packaged goods companies (B&G Foods). Currently, Eric is in charge of Food and Beverage marketing for DSM, a leading supplier of nutrition products to the Food and Beverage industry. Eric has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from New York University.
Maria Slabaugh Candidate Marketing Director, Dice
Maria is a digital marketing professional with expertise in direct response display, mobile, social, and email marketing. Maria has a BS in Environmental Science/Public Policy from Marist College and an MBA from Fordham University.
Russell Stern Director of Planning, Roxbury Township
Russell has over 25 years of experience in the Planning industry for local governments with experience in COAH, zoning, and various other land use disciplines. He is an active volunteer in Madison including the 2014-16 Chairman of Madison's Downtown Development Commission. He studied at Rutgers University and lives in Madison with his wife and two children.
Steve Tombalakian Attorney, Vogel Chait Collins & Schneider
Steve's practice emphasizes land use, zoning, environmental and municipal law and commercial litigation. He has represented property owners, developers and re-developers, municipalities and notforprofit entities on a wide variety of matters.
Also licensed as a professional engineer and planner, Steve began his career with a consulting engineering firm where he worked on many civil and environmental
engineering projects throughout New Jersey. Steve is a resident of Madison and the current Chair of the Madison Planning Board as well as a trustee of the Madison Main Street Foundation.
Tom Uhlman Founder and Managing Partner, New Venture Partners, LLC
Prior to founding New Venture Partners, LLC, Tom served as President of Lucent Technologies' New Ventures Group. Since 1997, Tom and his colleagues have created over 60 new technology businesses. Tom has also worked in the government arena. He is a resident of Madison and holds leadership positions in many organizations including the Madison Area YMCA Board of Trustees.
Steve Whitehorn Managing Principal, Whitehorn Financial Group, Inc.
Steve is the founder and managing partner of Whitehorn Financial Group, which provides insurance solution to Architects and Engineers. Steve has over 27 years of experience in the Insurance Industry. Steve graduated from Lafayette College with a BA in Economics & Business. He lives in Madison with his wife and three daughters and is a current member of the Downtown Development Commission.