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Executive Moves: May 6, 2013

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Close Up: Kim Becker

Position: Director of operations, River Drive Construction, in Elmwood Park.

Key Role: I oversee all operational functions of the company, including managing field staff and job performance. I'm also responsible for coordinating the efforts of various internal departments with an eye toward building positive and lasting relationships with subcontractors and, most importantly, clients. I'll be working closely with River Drive's president to ensure his vision for the company is being met.

Goals: Ensure River Drive Construction is recognized as a leader in the industry.

Previous Jobs: I've been in the construction industry for more than 35 years, having worked as director of development and acquisitions for Chelsea Property Group, a subsidiary of the retail giant Simon Property Group; and as a construction project manager for The Home Depot, a home improvement company. I've also worked in construction and real estate development capacities for Extended Stay America, a hospitality chain; The Sports Authority, a sporting goods store; and Federal Business Centers, the owner and developer of Raritan Center Business Park, one of New Jersey's premier business parks.

Key Strengths: Building, motivating and leading a winning team, and providing inspiration and vision to help ensure employees can achieve personal goals. I'm also a creative problem-solver with an ability to quickly adapt solutions to meet ever-changing conditions, which is important in my industry.

Challenges: Economic conditions are always in a state of flux, which can have a dramatic impact on the daily operations of any business. For most companies, growth is a mandate; however, the need for capital often interferes with growth plans. Even necessary routine maintenance sometimes gets placed on the back burner due to lack of funding, which may compound an asset's problems. Lastly, those who fund projects may be inexperienced in their understanding of the permitting process or the difficulties of assembling a team to meet their goals, which can sometimes lead to unrealistic expectations.

After Hours: I'm the commissioner of Women's Ice Hockey for the American Collegiate Hockey Association. I also enjoy golfing and spending time with my family and friends.



EXECUTIVE MOVES

BANKING

Provident Bank named James D. Nesci executive vice president. Nesci, of Chatham, serves as chief wealth management officer at Provident and also is president of Beacon Trust Co., in Morristown, a subsidiary of Provident.
Nesci has more than 20 years of financial industry experience, and is working to expand wealth management services in response to growing demand for sophisticated and reliable financial advice.
Before joining Provident, Nesci was chief operating officer for the national wealth management division of Wilmington Trust. He also worked with Lehman Brothers' high-net-worth group and in the corporate trust departments of U.S. Trust and HSBC.

Grant Chu was named assistant vice president in the commercial credit department at Provident Bank. He will conduct credit analysis and risk assessments for potential borrowers and handle underwriting requests for clients.

Chu has more than 15 years' banking industry experience. Before joining Provident, he held credit analyst and commercial loan positions at First Republic Bank, Community Capital bank and JP Morgan Chase, in New York.

U.S. Trust, a wealth management unit of Bank of America, announced four promotions at its New Jersey operations:
  • Bryan P. Amico was promoted to market philanthropic director of the metro/greater tristate area. Based in Glen Rock, Amico will supervise professional relationship managers and expand product and service offerings. Amico, of Wayne, has 22 years' experience in the financial industry.


  • Bill Stats, Scott Strapoli and Terry Byrne were promoted to managing directors in U.S. Trust's Princeton office. They will provide wealth management services, including personal banking, investment management, trust services, customized financing solutions and wealth structuring advisory services.

Team Capital Bank named Andrea Reid communications and public relations officer. Reid will be based out of Team Capital headquarters in Bethlehem, Pa., coordinating media relations, shareholder relationships and selecting internal communications at the corporate level. Reid will work with Team Capital's 12 branches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Reid previously worked for Valley National Financial Advisors, where she spent more than five years as marketing and development coordinator for the firm's four offices in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

LAW

Law firm Herrick, Feinstein LLP added attorney Lori Lewis to the community association and condominium/co-op groups. Lewis is a graduate of Cornell Law School and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and soon to be admitted in New York. Lewis will work out of the firm's Princeton office. She concentrates on advising condos, co-ops and homeowners' associations on matters including daily operations, the creation and enforcement of regulations, development transition, fair housing compliance, construction defects, unpaid assessments and common charges, and civil litigation.

Lyndhurst law firm Scarinci Hollenbeck had added Fernando M. Pinguelo to its practice. Pinguello will become chair of the firm's cyber security and data protection group, as well as its electronic discovery group.

Pinguelo has experience as a trial attorney, including the areas of cyber law and electronic discovery. Pinguelo is admitted to practice law before the bars of New Jersey; New York; District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals of the second, third, and federal circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the southern, eastern and western Districts of New York.

NONPROFITS

The Newark School of the Arts has named Lawrence Tamburri executive director. Tamburri, who had been serving as the school's interim executive director, was selected after a national search led by the Arts Consulting Group.

Tamburri, of Maplewood, has 30 years' arts management, advocacy and fundraising experience. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of the Symphony Orchestra, a $30 million orchestra and concert hall in Pittsburgh. He implemented an $80 million fundraising campaign during his eight-year tenure there.

From 1991 to 2004, Tamburri served as president and CEO of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in Newark. He also co-founded the Newark Early Strings Program in partnership with Newark public schools.
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