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Chief Executive Council for Madison

Hartley Dodge Memorial Building
50 Kings Road
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)

Connecting Chief Executives that live or work in Madison with a goal of civic engagement, corporate impact and education leadership within the community.

Robert H. Conley, Borough of Madison—Mayor
Chair, Civic Engagement

Mr. Conley has served as Mayor of Madison, New Jersey since January 2012. Prior to this role as Mayor, Conley was a Councilmember for Madison from 2005 to 2011 serving as a liaison to public works, utilities and public safety. Conley is also currently the Vice President of Operations at the Madison Area YMCA.

In addition, he has been the Chairman of Grace Counseling Center Board of Trustees and President of the Madison Rotary Foundation. Also, he was President of the Madison Rotary Club and the Board of Trustees for the Adult School.

Stephen H. Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics—President and CEO
Chair, Corporate Impact

Since joining Quest Diagnostics in May 2012, Mr. Rusckowski has focused on transforming the company, based on its compelling vision of “Empowering better health with diagnostic insights.” Under his leadership, the company has refocused on its core diagnostic information services business, sold non-core assets, delivered disciplined deployment, including share repurchases and acquisitions, and simplified its organizational structure to better serve customers by removing complexity, speeding decision making and empowering employees.

Prior to joining Quest Diagnostics, Mr. Rusckowski was CEO of Philips Healthcare, which became the largest unit of Royal Philips Electronics under his leadership. He joined Philips in 2001 when it acquired the Healthcare Solutions Group he was leading at Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. 

Mr. Rusckowski serves as Chairman of the American Clinical Laboratory Association, the nation's leading advocacy organization for the clinical laboratory industry.  In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors at Covidien, a healthcare products provider; and is a member of the Board of Project Hope, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

MaryAnn Baenninger,  Drew University— President
Chair, Education Leadership

MaryAnn Baenninger began as the 13th president of Drew University in July 2014.  Drew is a liberal arts University that includes the undergraduate College of Liberal Arts, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, and the Theological School.  Prior to her presidency at Drew, Baenninger completed a very successful 10-year presidency at College of Saint Benedict, a national liberal arts college known particularly for its strength in international education.

Drew University is ranked among the top liberal arts institutions nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Washington Monthly, and The Princeton Review.  Its distinctions include an innovative approach to the arts and humanities, an emphasis on hands-on learning in the STEM fields, and pioneering experiential learning models, including the New York Semesters.  The University fosters a commitment to social justice, community, and corporate engagement, manifested in deep connections with the communities of Madison, NJ, Newark, NJ, and New York City.

Before becoming a college president, Baenninger was executive associate director with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in Philadelphia, where she developed an expertise in higher education assessment.  Baenninger also served as a tenured member of the Psychology Department at College of New Jersey, and held teaching positions early in her career at Philadelphia University and Washington College. 

Baenninger has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Women’s College Coalition Board, the Council on Independent Colleges, and Minnesota Public Radio.  She is currently a trustee at the American University of Sharjah, a US-accredited private coeducational university in the United Arab Emirates.

Baenninger earned her bachelor’s degree, Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Temple University, where she also earned her PhD, both in psychology.  She has published extensively on gender and cognition and outcomes assessment in higher education.  Baenninger is most proud of her support of experiential and international education.  While President of College of Saint Benedict, the institution received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.  Baenninger was also honored with the William M. Burke Presidential Award from the National Society for Experiential Education in 2013.



Ronald Bangs, Hartz Group, Inc.—CFO

Ronald joined Hartz in 1996 as the CFO for Hartz Mountain Corporation and then moved to Hartz Capital, Inc., the privately held investment arm of the Hartz Group, when it was created in 2005. The Hartz Capital portfolio is run opportunistically and invests across a wide variety of asset classes, including debt and equity securities, financial and physical commodities, and direct equity investments.The Hartz Group, Inc. is the family holding company of the Leonard Stern family.  

The Hartz Group's business lines include Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc., the owner and manager of one of the largest privately held real estate portfolios in the United States; and Hartz Capital, which invests across a wide variety of asset classes, including debt and equity securities, financial and physical commodities, and direct equity investments.

Ronald is a graduate of Bucknell University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He lives in Madison with his wife and three children.

Noreen Beaman,  Brinker Capital—CEO

Noreen D. Beaman is the chief executive officer of Brinker Capital, Inc. Noreen oversees the strategic direction for the $17.5B investment management company (as of 12/31/14). Previously, she served as the firm’s chief operating officer responsible for policy and oversight of operations, administration, performance, reconciliation, technology and human resources.

Noreen has more than 25 years of investment experience working with financial advisors and institutional and high net worth investors in strategic planning and investment management. As one of Brinker Capital’s original partners, Noreen previously held a variety of regional and national sales positions at the firm, including new business development and client service in New York and New Jersey. She was also the firm’s chief financial officer. Noreen is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been quoted extensively in top financial and advisor media.

Prior to joining Brinker Capital, Noreen was treasurer at Mutual Benefit Capital Companies, a subsidiary of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company. She also worked at Ernst and Young. Noreen is a graduate of Saint Peter’s University and is a member of their Board of Trustees.

dennis bone Dennis Bone, Montclair State University Business SchoolDirector of Entrepreneurship

Dennis was appointed to his current position at MSU in December 2012 after a short, six month retirement.  Prior to that, Dennis was president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey for twelve years from 2000 - 2012.  During this time, Bone helped guide Verizon through advances in telecommunications technology, including a fiber-optic network that transformed the way the company delivers Internet, television, and phone service.

Dennis served as co-chairman on Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 Economic Development Transition Team, which led to the formation of Choose New Jersey, with Bone as founding chairman. In addition, Bone serves on the boards overseeing the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. He previously served on the boards overseeing the Newark Alliance, the Liberty Science Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Aviation Research and Technology Park.   

Dennis is a 1973 graduate of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Montgomery, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He also holds a master of business administration degree in finance and economics from Rutgers University and a master’s of science degree in counseling from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.  Dennis is a resident of Madison.

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Paul Boudreau, Morris County Chamber of Commerce—President

Paul Boudreau has over twenty years of experience as a government and corporate affairs executive, most recently as Vice President of State and Corporate Relations for Honeywell. He has lobbied on business issues in twenty-five states and has expertise in state & local government relations, crisis and strategic communications, and community outreach. While at Honeywell, he also served as the Executive Director of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s award-winning corporate citizenship program. 

 In government relations, Paul has developed and implemented lobbying campaigns to pass legislation to open new markets for energy efficiency products and services. He has successfully negotiated with state regulators to preserve market access for products and has secured several million dollars in state incentives for business expansions.

Kevin Cummings,  Investors Bank—President and CEO 

Kevin Cummings was appointed President and CEO of Investors Bank on January 1, 2008, and also appointed to the Board of Directors on the same date. Between 2003 and 2008, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Along with the Senior Executive management team, Cummings is guiding the bank’s strategic expansion and evolution into a full-service community and commercial bank. 

Prior to joining Investors, Mr. Cummings had a 26-year career with the independent accounting firm of KPMG LLP. He was an audit partner in the Financial Services practice in the New York office and lead partner on a major commercial banking client. Mr. Cummings also worked in the New Jersey community bank practice for over 20 years, serving clients such as Summit Bank, Valley National Bank, Provident Bank and Hudson City Bank.

Chris Daggett, The Geraldine R. Dodge FoundationPresident and CEO

Chris Daggett assumed his position in 2010. He has been a respected leader in New Jersey’s nonprofit world for nearly 20 years, serving on a number of boards, including the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, the Regional Plan Association, and the Trust for Public Land.

Previously, Chris served as Deputy Chief of Staff to NJ Governor Tom Kean, Regional Administrator of the USEPA, and Commission of the NJDEP. In addition, for 6 years he was a Managing Director of William E. Simon & Sons, a private investment firm. Just prior to coming to the Dodge Foundation, he was a Principal with JM Sorge, Inc., an environmental consulting and management firm.

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Hans Dekker, Community Foundation of New Jersey - President

Hans Dekker has served as president of the Community Foundation of New Jersey since June 2003. During Mr. Dekker’s tenure the foundation’s funds have made over $225 million in grants to charitable causes. A key element of the Community Foundation’s mission is to play a leadership role on the critical issues facing New Jersey and its communities. It has recently focused on public media -- helping to found the online newspaper njspotlight.com to provide needed reporting on public policy issues in New Jersey; the links between wealth migration and charitable giving; and public safety by supporting the Newark Violence Reduction Initiative and the deployment of the Community Eye system – a camera surveillance and gunshot detection system in Newark.

Mr. Dekker is a past chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and a trustee of the Hyde and Watson Foundation and the Ohl Foundation.

Richard R. “Rick” DeLuca, Jr., Merck & Co. – Executive Vice President and President Animal Health

Rick was appointed Executive Vice President and President Animal Health for Merck & Co. in 2011.  He is a member of Merck & Co.’s Executive Committee and Management Pension Investment Committee.  Prior to joining Merck & Co., Mr. DeLuca was Chief Financial Officer of Becton Dickinson Biosciences from 2010 – 2011.  Before that, Rick spent 22 years at Wyeth from 1988 to 2010 serving in a variety of roles including President Animal Health, Chief Operating Officer and CFO Animal Health, Vice President Finance Global Pharmaceuticals, Director Internal Audit and a variety of other leadership roles in Business Units, Operations and Finance.  Mr. Deluca was a member of Wyeth’s Management, Operations, Law and Regulatory, and Human Resources and Benefits Committees.

Rick is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.  Merck Animal Health relocated to 2 Giralda Farms in Madison, NJ in December 2014.

Bruce Galton, Infusion Pharma Consulting, LLCSenior  Advisor, Development Stage Commercial Strategy

Bruce is the Principal of Galton Consulting, LLC and is the Senior Advisor, Development Stage Commercial Strategy at Infusion Pharma Consulting, LLC. He has over 20 years of experience as President and CEO of development stage biotechnology companies and manufacturers, both publicly and privately held. He has sponsored research projects with major universities across North America and has helped to raise tens of millions of dollars in equity financing.  As a consultant, he has been a project manager for preclinical toxicology, drug metabolism, and pharmacokinetic studies needed to support IND filings, participated in technology assessments and provided development prioritization plans and has supported client due diligence for partnering negotiations. Bruce is also a named co-inventor on several biotechnology patents and applications.

Bruce obtained his MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia. His past work includes: President and CEO of Senesco Technologies, Annovis, and Cistron Biotechnology. Not to mention, he also worked for Chrysalis Pharma Partners and Becton Dickinson and Company.

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Kevin T. Kenny, CPCU Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.Executive Vice President, Head of Insurance Brokerage and Consulting

 Kevin Kenny is the Head of Insurance Brokerage and Consulting for Wells Fargo Insurance. The division provides insurance consulting, sales and services to business banking, middle market, large corporate and high net worth clients and consists of seven regional offices nationwide. He also serves on the company’s Executive Leadership Committee and led the integration of Wachovia Insurance Services in the East. Kenny is the chair of the Wells Fargo Insurance Diversity Council, as well as the company’s representative on the Wells Fargo Wholesale Diversity Council.

 A graduate of Delbarton School, Kenny has served as the president of the Alumni Association, served two terms on the board of trustees, and is a member of the Delbarton Hall of Honor. He has been an officer and board member of the Alumni Association of the University of Notre Dame. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Notre Dame Man of the Year Award. He is currently a member of the board of trustees for The Peck School in Morristown, N.J. Kenny also actively donates his time and energy to various youth sports organizations as a coach and mentor.  A division of Wells Fargo Insurance is located Madison in Giralda 7.

Martin Heller, The Heller GroupPresident

Mr. Heller is the President of Heller Group in Madison, New Jersey, a privately held Commercial Real Estate property. He has overseen the company since 1988 and has been in the real estate business for over 40 years. Mr. Heller oversees property development, property management and consulting and advertising for the firm. He is a graduate of the Choate School and Haverford College.

Martin’s past board affiliations include Vice Chairman of the Newark Museum, Chairman House Committee for Morristown Memorial Hospital for 17 years, Chairman of the House Committee for Seton Hall University for 10 years and Head of all real estate for the Catholic Community Services and Archdiocese of Newark for 10 years. He is founder and developer of the Jewish Community Campus at Whippany NJ and is currently Chairman. Martin is the recipient of the Knight of St Sylvester, the highest Papal honor bestowed by the Catholic Church on a non-Catholic. The Heller Group’s corporate offices are located in Madison. Martin also lives in Madison and owns various properties in Madison. 

Diane Mann, Madison Area YMCAPresident and CEO  

Mann has served as President and CEO of the Madison Area YMCA since June 2010. She came to the Madison Area YMCA from her position as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of the East Bay in Oakland, Calif., where she led philanthropic and fundraising activities, business services and information technology, and supported strategic planning and operations management. Mann had previously served on the organization’s Board of Directors.

Before beginning her career with the YMCA organization, Mann served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Operations at Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Calif., and earlier spent 15 years at Kaiser Permanente. As a corporate executive at Kaiser Permanente, an integrated, nationwide healthcare system serving more than 7 million patients, Mann specialized in healthcare quality management, leadership development and workforce planning.  Mann has also served on a variety of non-profit and professional association boards during her career.  She has served as president of Women Health Care Executives of Northern California, chairman of the Inroads, Inc., Northwest Region Board of Directors, and on the board of the Society of Healthcare Professionals.  She is currently leading a statewide YMCA initiative to provide child sexual abuse prevention training to 83,000 New Jersey residents over the next five years 


jeffJeffrey S. Shuman, Quest Diagnostics Inc Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jeff Shuman is Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Quest Diagnostics. He is responsible for all human resources activities across the company.  Prior to joining Quest Diagnostics in 2012, Mr. Shuman served as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer with Harris Corporation. His career includes human resources leadership roles with Northrop Grumman, Litton, AlliedSignal/Honeywell and Avon Products.

Mr. Shuman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Citadel and served as a Medical Service Corps officer inthe U.S. Army.

Kevin Smith, Prudential Real Estate Investors Senior Managing Director, Head of US Business

Kevin is a member of the U.S. Executives and Investment committees and serves on PREI’s Global Management Committee. PREI is a major Real Estate Investment firm with businesses in the US Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. 

Previously, Kevin was the Senior Portfolio Manager for Prudential’s flagship core equity real estate fund, as well as its value-add fund. As such, he was responsible for the oversight of all aspects of each fund’s operations, including portfolio strategy, acquisitions, sales, and asset management. Formerly, Mr. Smith was the head of investment underwriting and operation for the Transaction Group of PREI. Prior to that, he managed separate account portfolios for pension fund clients, as well as a series of smaller, closed-end commingles funds. 

Thomas Uhlman “Tom”, New Venture Partners LLC—Managing Partner 

Tom Uhlman founded New Venture Partners, LLC, an early stage technology focused venture capital firm.  Prior to New Venture Partners, Tom served as President of Lucent Technologies' New Ventures Group. Since 1997, Tom and his colleagues have created over 60 new technology businesses. 

Additionally, Tom was in charge of merger and acquisition activity at AT&T.  From 1985 to 1995, Tom was Director of Corporate Development at Hewlett-Packard, leading worldwide equity investment, strategic alliance, and strategic planning efforts. Tom has also worked in the government arena. In 1983 and 1984, he managed the President Reagan's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness on behalf of the Chief Executive of Hewlett-Packard. In 1981 and 1982, he was Director of Productivity Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education.  Currently, Tom is Board Chair of the Madison Area YMCA and also serves on the Board of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.  Tom is a resident of Madison. 

Suneet VarmaSuneet Varma, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare—Regional President, North America

Suneet Varma is President and General Manager of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, and is responsible for all aspects of the business unit’s global operations, including the development and marketing of major household brands such as Advil, Centrum, Caltrate, ChapStick, Nexium OTC, Robitussin, ThermaCare, and many others.

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare is among the largest over-the-counter (OTC) health care products companies in the world.  In 2014, the business unit achieved global sales of $3.4 billion while operating in several dozen countries.  PCH’s mission is to bring differentiated, science-based self-care solutions to consumers, enhancing their health and well-being.   

He has worked in consumer healthcare, prescription pharmaceuticals and the corporate office of the company since joining American Home Products Corporation in 1993.

Suneet most recently served as Regional President, North America, for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, and previous roles included Regional President, Asia Pacific and President of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in Canada.

During his career, Suneet has held many leadership positions of increasing responsibility in general management positions in the U.S. headquarters in Madison, New Jersey and a variety of other sales, marketing, and operations roles within the company, including Vice President and Global Business Manager of Neuroscience at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals where he had broad commercial responsibility for the Effexor® family of products.

He has also been featured in various publications including Pharmaceutical Executive, Pharmaceutical Executive Europe, PharmaVoice, The Hill, Guide to Careers in Marketing and How to Get the Best Creative Work From Your Agency and has spoken at Fordham University, Farleigh Dickinson University, the Stern School of Business at New York University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University.

Suneet received his Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Tufts University.  

David Weaving, Realogy Holdings CorpChief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President 

David J. Weaving has served as Realogy’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer since August 2006. Weaving is responsible for human resources, information technology, procurement and preferred alliances, corporate real estate and facilities. He also oversees the Company's mortgage joint venture. 

Weaving previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cendant’s Real Estate Services Division (now Realogy) from 2001 until June 2006, overseeing all financial aspects of the Division including the Real Estate Franchise Group, NRT, Cartus, TRG, and Cendant Mortgage (now PHH Corporation). Weaving led the acquisition team and subsequent integration of NRT and TRG into the Division in 2002. Realogy will be re-locating their firm to a new building on Park Avenue in Madison within the next few months. 


Cali Williams Yost, Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc

An active speaker, consultant and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc., Cali Williams Yost has shown hundreds of organizations like BDO USA, Novo Nordisk and the United Nations, along with tens of thousands of individuals, how to partner for award-winning, flexible work success.

 Since 2007, Cali has been an expert blogger for FastCompany.com, and every year from 2010-2012, her Work+Life Fit blog has been voted one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes.com.  Cali was called “one of the smartest, sophisticated thinkers” by The New York Times and is the author of various books  on work/life management.  Cali lives in Madison with her husband and two daughters.

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Mark Yeager, MRY Associates, LLC

Mark Yeager is founder and principal of MRY Associates, LLC, a private equity real estate organization seeking value added commercial and multi-family investment and development opportunities in the Northern New Jersey marketplace.  Mark is in the process of constructing a twenty six unit apartment building in downtown Madison and is also a partner in over 2.5 million square feet of office renovation projects in Parsippany, Roseland, Princeton and Hopewell Township.

 With 28 years of experience in commercial real estate, Yeager previously served as president of The Gale Company, where he oversaw the investment of more than $3 billion of institutional funds and the acquisition or development of more than 15 million square feet of commercial space throughout the greater New Jersey marketplace.  He also previously served as executive vice president of Mack-Cali following the company’s acquisition of Gale. 

 After graduating from Lehigh University with a BS in Finance, Yeager earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, where he majored in marketing. 

 Yeager has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the Regional Business Partnership, the Executive Committee for the Tri-County Fund and the Executive Committee of Daytop.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lehigh University.