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Executive Moves: July 15, 2013

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Close Up: John VanMetre

Position: Director of property management, The Aspen Co. LLC

Key role: Responsible for the management and financial performance of the company's affordable housing real estate portfolio throughout the country.

Goals: Developing the company's operational procedures, standards, expectations and philosophies that can handle the aggressive growth of a national portfolio.

Previous jobs: I have spent my entire career in the real estate management field, starting as an on-site manager years ago while getting my master's degree in business administration. I have worked for several major high-growth owner and developers in regional positions, and have had exposure to most of the different government funding programs out there.

Key strengths: I'd like to believe I am a "leadership by example" type of person. Our business requires us to be a jack of all trades, and therefore, personnel development and motivation are critical to the success of what we do.

Career high: I started a management company in Michigan in my early 30s. Time to do it again here with Aspen.

Next: Would like to see us become a major national player in the affordable-housing market.

Challenges: Trying to run a business amid the growing government regulations and financial uncertainty coming from Washington, D.C.

After hours: Avid golfer, racquetball, sports fan, and wanting to explore the East Coast having just moved here two years ago from the Midwest.



Sun National Bank has named Eileen F. McEvoy senior vice president and senior relationship manager of wholesale lending.

McEvoy will manage commercial loans for client companies in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Before joining Sun National, McEvoy was a senior vice president and relationship manager for a Citibank commercial lending division. She has more than 20 years' experience in commercial banking.

McEvoy, of Jefferson, earned a master's degree in business administration from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Cash Management

Kenneth Nielsen Goldmann has joined CFO Strategies LLC as a partner. Goldmann, a certified public accountant, recent retired as a partner from CohnReznick LLP after more than 40 years in accounting. At CohnReznick, Goldmann served public and private clients in industries including manufacturing, distribution, biotechnology and transportation.

Health Care

The New Jersey Hospital Association named John Slotman vice president of graduate medical education policy and teaching hospital issues. Slotman will be responsible for focusing NJHA's efforts regarding teaching hospitals, graduate medical education and medical residencies. He will also lead NJHA's teaching hospital constituency group.

Slotman, a Moorestown native, most recently served as part of the health care regulatory and policy team in the Washington, D.C. office of law firm DLA Piper.


The Palace at Somerset Park named Justin DiBianca director of food and beverage, responsible for daily management of all banquet and culinary operations. DiBianca started at The Palace in 2006 as a sous chef and rose to become banquet chef at the Franklin Township banquet hall and conference center.


Law firm DLA Piper announced that Joseph Guarino, litigator and employment counselor, has joined the practice at its Florham Park office.

Guarino is a trial counsel on employment matters, including wage and hour class-action lawsuits, as well as employment discrimination, whistleblowing and retaliation cases.

Guarino also represents management in matters before the National Labor Relations Board and the New Jersey Department of Labor.

Before joining DLA Piper, Guarino served as an employment litigation partner in the Newark office of Epstein, Becker, Green. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Labor and employment law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C., has named Steve Luckner a shareholder at its Morristown office.

Luckner, an employment litigator and counselor who has practiced in New Jersey and New York for more than 15 years, joins Ogletree Deakins from Coughlin Duffy LLP in New York, where he was a partner.

Luckner focuses his litigation practice on defending employers against allegations of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination, whistleblower and other statutory claims, as well as wage and hour claims. He earned his law degree from Tulane Law School.

Law firm Wolf & Samson has named Matthew E. Beck to its practice. He joins the West Orange firm from the U.S. attorney's office, where he served as chief of the general crimes unit. Beck focuses on white-collar criminal defense, securities litigation, internal corporate investigations and complex civil litigation.

Before joining the U.S. attorney's office, Beck was an associate at Cooley LLP, in New York. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Real Estate

Sharbell Development Corp. has named Mark A. Cannuli vice president of development and Peter A. Weathers to vice president of finance.

As vice president, Cannuli will lead the company's smart growth development efforts in New Jersey and the firm's expansion into other markets. Cannuli previously was director of development for the past 11 years at the Robbinsville company. Cannuli has more than 20 years' experience as a professional planner in the public and private sectors.

Weathers will oversee all company finances and employee benefits, including health care, payroll, retirement plans and risk management. He also manages the accounting and property management teams, as well as human resources and information management. Weathers has more than 23 years' accounting experience.
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