Robert H. Conley, Borough of Madison—Mayor
Founding Chair, Collaboration
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
Founding 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 is a member of the Board of Directors of Covidien, a healthcare products provider, and Project Hope, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization.
Dr. Vivian Bull, Drew University—Interim President
Founding Chair, Education
Dr. Vivian A. Bull became Drew University’s president for the interim term on July 1, 2012. Her appointment marks a return to Drew, where she taught for more than 30 years as a member of the economics department and served for eight years as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Bull also directed the university’s Semester on the European Community in Brussels four times and served on a total of 21 Drew-led archaeological expeditions in the Middle East.
In 1992 she left Drew for Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, to become that school’s 18th president and retired in June 2005. She has served as a consultant to a number of institutions of higher education, to corporations, and to a variety of government and non-government organizations.
Noreen Beaman, Brinker Capital—CEO
As CEO, Ms. Beaman is responsible for developing and executing the firm’s detailed operating plan and for the oversight of the company’s short and long term strategies. Previously, Ms. Beaman 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 20 years of investment experience working with financial advisors and high net worth investors in strategic planning and investment management. Additionally, she is a member of the firm’s investment management and finance committees. 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; and was also the firm’s chief financial officer. Prior to joining Brinker Capital, Noreen was treasurer at Mutual Benefit Capital Companies, a subsidiary of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company. Noreen is a resident of Madison.
Dennis Bone, Montclair State University Business School—Director 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.
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 Foundation—President 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.
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.
Bruce Galton, Infusion Pharma Consulting, LLC —Senior Advisor, Development Stage Commercial Strategy
Bruce is the Senior Advisor, Development Stage Commercial Strategy, at Infusion Pharma Consulting LLC, a consulting firm that assists pharmaceutical companies, universities and medical schools assess and advance their technologies in the market place. Prior to joining Infusion Pharma, Mr. Galton had an extensive career as president, CEO and director of several development stage biotechnology companies, both publicly and privately held. Mr. Galton also has served as the interim president and CEO of a new therapeutic company that is a university spin-out.
Mr. Galton is a trustee of the Interfaith Food Pantry (Morris County New Jersey) and is a former member of the Borough of Madison, New Jersey Downtown Development Commission and a former trustee of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. Mr. Galton also served as a Councilman from 1996 through 1998 and as a member of Madison’s Planning Board from 1994 through 1998.
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 Group—President
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.
Thomas J. Higgins (“TJ”), Pfizer Consumer Healthcare —US President
TJ is responsible for leading the operations for PCH’s US Brands, including Advil, Centrum, ChapStick, Robitussin and Emergen-C. He has been part of PCH since February 2012. Before joining PCH, TJ was at Merck Consumer Care for almost 12 years and was most recently Group Vice President, Regional Leader for Developed Markets which included Canada, Mexico, Australia, Western Europe and Japan.
Previously, TJ led U.S. Marketing, overseeing a portfolio of Claritin allergy, Coppertone sun care, Dr. Scholl’s foot care and MiraLax laxative products. TJ oversaw the successful creation of the Dr. Scholl’s Custom Fit Orthotics platform as well as the revolutionary Coppertone Continuous Spray product line. He also led the Rx to OTC Switch activities for Claritin, MiraLax and Zegerid OTC. TJ joined Merck Consumer Care after holding various positions at Vlasic Foods International (formerly of Campbell’s Soup Company) and Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Products division. Pfizer’s Consumer Healthcare Division and other diversified business units are currently located in Giralda Farms.
Diane Mann, Madison Area YMCA—President 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
Todd Rechler, RXR Corporation—President and Co-Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Rechler oversees the New Jersey division’s 3.5 million square foot premium real estate portfolio. He has a solid background in commercial real estate construction, development and property management. Since 1994, he has been instrumental in the successful integration of the management of over eleven million square feet of newly acquired or developed properties. Mr. Rechler is actively involved in the communities in which he works and lives. He serves in numerous leadership roles at charitable organizations across the region. RXR Corporation owns various corporate buildings in Giralda Farms.
Jeffrey 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.
David Weaving, Realogy Holdings Corp—Chief 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.
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.