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Close Up: Christine O'Brien

Position: President, Insurance Council of New Jersey

Key role: Responsible for overseeing general operations and serving as the primary representative for New Jersey's property-casualty insurance industry.

Goals: To ensure ICNJ's position as the state's property-casualty trade association by expanding its role as a resource for consumers, elected officials, regulators and businesses. In a post-Hurricane Sandy era, it's important for these groups to have confidence that insurers are striving to assist with recovery efforts. In addition, my goals encompass providing our members with tangible services and fostering valuable partnerships.

Previous jobs: Since 1987, I've worked for various public affairs firms in Trenton, specializing in New Jersey's legislative and executive branches, specifically in property-casualty and health insurance, utilities and energy alternatives, health care, and social services. I also had the honor of serving as the director of scheduling and advance for Gov. Jim Florio's re-election campaign.

Key strengths: I pride myself on my ability to assess and engage diverse interests, coalesce and forge partnerships. In the arena of public affairs, this approach is critical when shaping sound public policy.

Career high: It's always a high to get a bill signed into law by a governor, but the one I'm most proud of is the childproof handgun bill — the first law of its kind in the country to mandate the sales of personalized handguns. I worked pro bono with the Million Mom March and a huge coalition of law enforcement, health care providers, clergy, children's advocates, and community groups to ensure the passage and defeat of a powerful lobbying opponent.

Next: Continue to grow the ICNJ's membership and secure alliances with other organizations that have shared interests.

Challenges: Positioning the property-casualty insurance industry as a known economic driver in New Jersey. We employ more than 75,000 people in the state and pay more than $460 million in combined taxes.

After hours: I love to unwind with my family and to go for a run with my friends. I'm thinking of starting a State Street Runners Club.



Peapack-Gladstone Bank announced the following executive changes:

  • Martin J. Brady has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and managing director of multifamily lending. Brady joined the bank in February 2013 after a 30-year career in the banking industry, where he served as vice president at North Fork Bank and Atlantic Bank of New York. He later transitioned to senior vice president at Washington Mutual and vice president of commercial real estate at the State Bank of Long Island. Prior to joining Peapack-Gladstone Bank, he held the position of first senior vice president and team leader of real estate at Hudson Valley Bank. Brady attended Thomas Edison State College, where he obtained a B.S. in business administration. He holds an MBA in financial management from Iona College and master of science in real estate finance from New York University.
  • Randy Williams, former vice president of commercial lending at Peapack-Gladstone Bank, has been promoted to senior vice president. Williams joined the bank in 2006. Williams has held lending positions at Sovereign Bank/Independence Community Bank and Summit Bank. He attended the University of Maryland and Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
  • Marc Magliaro, former vice president of commercial lending at Peapack-Gladstone Bank, has been promoted to senior vice president. With 20 years' experience in banking and commercial real estate, Magliaro previously worked at NorCrown Bank, in Livingston, and Weichert Commercial Brokerage, in Morris Plains.He is a graduate of Southern Vermont College and The Professional School of Business.

Valley National Bank, in Wayne, announced the following appointments:

  • Jason Fischer has been appointed as commercial loan officer and assistant vice president of Valley's commercial lending division, in Totowa. Fischer brings more than eight years of commercial lending experience to his position. Prior to joining Valley National Bank, he served as a business lending relationship officer for a financial institution, and also worked for Affinity Federal Credit Union. Fischer received a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University.
  • John Meyer has been appointed commercial loan officer and assistant vice president of Valley's commercial lending team, located in Livingston. Meyer joined Valley in 2009 and previously served as a residential mortgage marketing representative and credit underwriter before joining the Livingston lending team in 2011. Meyer received a bachelor's degree from Johnson & Wales University.

Higher Education

Burlington County College announced that Edith A. Corbin has been selected as the college's new Educational Opportunity Fund director. Corbin has 18 years of experience in government and nonprofit senior management roles, and was most recently director of education and health departments for the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, in Wilmington, Del. An alumna of Salem Community College, Corbin graduated with a B.S. in administration of human services from Springfield College, and with an M.S. in organizational leadership from Wilmington University.


Mobile commerce company Gold Mobile announced several personnel moves:

  • Josh Castell will lead Gold Mobile's GoMo social division. He previously has worked with national brands such as Ford, WWE and State Farm, developing social media apps, paid media campaigns and original content while president of Blabbermouth Social Media and, before that, with ExpandtheRoom LLC, in Manhattan. Castell earned a bachelor's degree in film and media arts from Temple University.
  • Gary Pollack is the company's new full-time associate sales director. Pollack, who previously served as a consultant will now take on the daily responsibilities of account management supervision as well as managing and training of the sales team. Pollack previously held sales management positions with Six Flags Inc. and Buy Rite Design. He earned his bachelor's degree in law from Rowan University and a master's degree from Seton Hall University in administration and supervision.
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