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Position: Vice president of corporate development, Bio-Key International Inc.

Key role: Strategic and corporate development, primarily in the health care markets, support C-level management regarding Bio-Key's operational execution, as well as manage Bio-Key investor relations.

Goals: To change the way we live our lives through secure credentialing and biometric authentication.

Previous jobs: Senior securities analyst in investment banking, finance and accounting controller in health care services, senior vice president of strategic development in contactless smartcard and near-field communication.

Key strengths: Tenacious creativity, dynamic intelligence and flexible communication.

Career high: Awarded eighth-best stock picker in North America in 2005 by Forbes Magazine and StarMine Analytics.

Next: Credited with helping Bio-Key become the most recognized name in biometric identification, identity verification and access control.

Challenges: Achieving critical mass.

After hours: Enjoying time with my wife and two daughters; playing guitar and singing in Sons of Groove, a soul/R&B/funk and blues band; hunting with my English springer spaniel, Seamus.

Executive Moves

Banking

Two Rivers Community Bank announced the following personnel moves:

  • Donna Marra, vice president and branch manager of the Tinton Falls branch, has been promoted to regional vice president. Marra joined Two River Community Bank in 2000 as the manager of the Middletown branch. She opened the bank's second branch in Tinton Falls in late 2000, where she has grown deposits to more than $100 million. In addition, several Bank employees have advanced into management positions through her tutelage. Prior to working at Two River Community Bank, Marra worked at Tinton Falls State Bank and Shrewsbury State Bank.
  • Kathleen A. Daly, vice president and branch manager of the Westfield branch at South Avenue, has been promoted to regional vice president. Daly joined Two River Community Bank 10 years ago as vice president and branch manager of the South Avenue office. She started her banking career at Essex Federal Savings & Loan as a teller. She worked her way up through the ranks of the industry, gaining her education through the American Institution of Banking and the New Jersey Savings & Loan League.
  • Jodi Richardelli, vice president and branch manager of the Middletown branch, has been promoted to regional vice president. Richardelli has been in the banking industry for 21 years, and with Two River Community Bank for four years. She serves on the board of directors of the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Professional Women, and volunteers with community organizations. Prior to joining the bank, Richardelli worked at Wachovia and PNC Bank.

Northfield Bank announced the following promotions to the management team:

  • William R. Jacobs was appointed chief financial officer. Jacobs joined Northfield in 2006 as vice president and controller, and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010. Prior to joining Northfield, Jacobs was an audit manager with the international accounting and auditing firm KPMG LLP. Jacobs is a graduate of Georgian Court University, with a B.S. in accounting.
  • Angela Ho, who joined Northfield Bank in September 2012 as vice president, will assume responsibilities as controller of the company and the bank.Ho most recently held the position of accounting policy manager and assistant controller at Signature Bank. Prior to joining Signature, she was an audit senior associate in the banking and finance sector of KPMG LLP's financial services practice.

Law

The law firm of Stark & Stark announced that shareholder Carlia M. Brady was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate to sit on the bench in the Superior Court. She has been assigned to the Middlesex County Civil Part. Brady has been a Shareholder at Stark & Stark in the firm's accident and personal injury group since 2005. Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Brady served as a law clerk for Travis L. Francis and Martin Kravarik, in the Superior Court of Middlesex County.

Gibbons P.C. announced that G. Daniel McCarthy has joined the firm as a director in the corporate department. Most recently, McCarthy served as the vice president, general counsel and secretary of Hewlett-Packard Financial Services Co. He also served as the head of the worldwide government affairs organization for the parent company from 2001 to 2002, and was a director of Hewlett-Packard International Bank, Dublin, Ireland, from 2003 to 2013. Prior to that, McCarthy spent 11 years as the senior vice president, general counsel, chief risk management officer and secretary of AT&T Capital Corp. He earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, his advanced management program degree from Harvard Business School and his B.A. from the University of Dayton.

Professional Services

Urban Science has announced that Piermichele Robazza will assume the role of managing director of the New Jersey office. He most recently served as an account executive for ChannelVantage, a strategic alliance between General Motors North America and Urban Science formed in 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience working with Urban Science and ChannelVantage, and has held various global positions throughout his career. Robazza holds a bachelor's degree in industrial production from Politecnico di Torino, in Turin, Italy; a bachelor's degree in European business with technology from the University of Brighton, in Brighton, United Kingdom; and a master's degree in information systems from California State University.

Public Affairs

Cammarano & Layton Partners LLC announced it is changing its name to Cammarano, Layton & Bombardieri Partners LLC after bringing on new partner, Jon Bombardieri. Bombardieri is a former executive director of the New Jersey Assembly Republican Office. Prior to joining Cammarano, Layton & Bombardieri, Jon served as managing director of a public affairs firm in Princeton. Bombardieri is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where he received a B.A. in political science.

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Vice president of corporate development, Bio-Key International Inc.

Key role: Strategic and corporate development, primarily in the health care markets, support C-level management regarding Bio-Key's operational execution, as well as manage Bio-Key investor relations.

Goals: To change the way we live our lives through secure credentialing and biometric authentication.

Previous jobs: Senior securities analyst in investment banking, finance and accounting controller in health care services, senior vice president of strategic development in contactless smartcard and near-field communication.

Key strengths: Tenacious creativity, dynamic intelligence and flexible communication.

Career high: Awarded eighth-best stock picker in North America in 2005 by Forbes Magazine and StarMine Analytics.

Next: Credited with helping Bio-Key become the most recognized name in biometric identification, identity verification and access control.

Challenges: Achieving critical mass.

After hours: Enjoying time with my wife and two daughters; playing guitar and singing in Sons of Groove, a soul/R&B/funk and blues band; hunting with my English springer spaniel, Seamus.

Executive Moves

Banking

Two Rivers Community Bank announced the following personnel moves:

  • Donna Marra, vice president and branch manager of the Tinton Falls branch, has been promoted to regional vice president. Marra joined Two River Community Bank in 2000 as the manager of the Middletown branch. She opened the bank's second branch in Tinton Falls in late 2000, where she has grown deposits to more than $100 million. In addition, several Bank employees have advanced into management positions through her tutelage. Prior to working at Two River Community Bank, Marra worked at Tinton Falls State Bank and Shrewsbury State Bank.
  • Kathleen A. Daly, vice president and branch manager of the Westfield branch at South Avenue, has been promoted to regional vice president. Daly joined Two River Community Bank 10 years ago as vice president and branch manager of the South Avenue office. She started her banking career at Essex Federal Savings & Loan as a teller. She worked her way up through the ranks of the industry, gaining her education through the American Institution of Banking and the New Jersey Savings & Loan League.
  • Jodi Richardelli, vice president and branch manager of the Middletown branch, has been promoted to regional vice president. Richardelli has been in the banking industry for 21 years, and with Two River Community Bank for four years. She serves on the board of directors of the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Professional Women, and volunteers with community organizations. Prior to joining the bank, Richardelli worked at Wachovia and PNC Bank.

Northfield Bank announced the following promotions to the management team:

  • William R. Jacobs was appointed chief financial officer. Jacobs joined Northfield in 2006 as vice president and controller, and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010. Prior to joining Northfield, Jacobs was an audit manager with the international accounting and auditing firm KPMG LLP. Jacobs is a graduate of Georgian Court University, with a B.S. in accounting.
  • Angela Ho, who joined Northfield Bank in September 2012 as vice president, will assume responsibilities as controller of the company and the bank.Ho most recently held the position of accounting policy manager and assistant controller at Signature Bank. Prior to joining Signature, she was an audit senior associate in the banking and finance sector of KPMG LLP's financial services practice.

Law

The law firm of Stark & Stark announced that shareholder Carlia M. Brady was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate to sit on the bench in the Superior Court. She has been assigned to the Middlesex County Civil Part. Brady has been a Shareholder at Stark & Stark in the firm's accident and personal injury group since 2005. Prior to joining Stark & Stark, Brady served as a law clerk for Travis L. Francis and Martin Kravarik, in the Superior Court of Middlesex County.

Gibbons P.C. announced that G. Daniel McCarthy has joined the firm as a director in the corporate department. Most recently, McCarthy served as the vice president, general counsel and secretary of Hewlett-Packard Financial Services Co. He also served as the head of the worldwide government affairs organization for the parent company from 2001 to 2002, and was a director of Hewlett-Packard International Bank, Dublin, Ireland, from 2003 to 2013. Prior to that, McCarthy spent 11 years as the senior vice president, general counsel, chief risk management officer and secretary of AT&T Capital Corp. He earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, his advanced management program degree from Harvard Business School and his B.A. from the University of Dayton.

Professional Services

Urban Science has announced that Piermichele Robazza will assume the role of managing director of the New Jersey office. He most recently served as an account executive for ChannelVantage, a strategic alliance between General Motors North America and Urban Science formed in 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience working with Urban Science and ChannelVantage, and has held various global positions throughout his career. Robazza holds a bachelor's degree in industrial production from Politecnico di Torino, in Turin, Italy; a bachelor's degree in European business with technology from the University of Brighton, in Brighton, United Kingdom; and a master's degree in information systems from California State University.

Public Affairs

Cammarano & Layton Partners LLC announced it is changing its name to Cammarano, Layton & Bombardieri Partners LLC after bringing on new partner, Jon Bombardieri. Bombardieri is a former executive director of the New Jersey Assembly Republican Office. Prior to joining Cammarano, Layton & Bombardieri, Jon served as managing director of a public affairs firm in Princeton. Bombardieri is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where he received a B.A. in political science.

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