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Close Up: Paul Aguggia

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Chairman, CEO, and President of Clifton Savings Bank


What you do: Provide overall leadership of the bank and its holding company

Old gig: Chairman, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

School Ties: Holy Cross High School, Flushing, N.Y.; Colgate University, bachelor's degree, Hamilton, N.Y.; Duke University School of Law, Durham, N.C.

Family Tree: Wife Amy, daughter Emily, 21, son Michael, 23

Hometown: Bayside, N.Y.


When you brag about Jersey to people from out of state, you say: Jersey people are frank and direct. I admire those qualities, as well as their pride in their communities and the state. I have been fortunate to work with many Jersey executives as corporate counsel. They are smart, tough and honest.

Sopranos, Jersey Shore, or Housewives of NJ: I really enjoyed the character complexities and contradictions of Tony … and the entire cast in fact. The show had intelligent writing and didn't glorify things that shouldn't be glorified.

Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: Bruce is one of my all-time favorites for any time of the day. I have been to several concerts, which are bucket-list type events. Sinatra is perfect with a cigar, alone with my thoughts, or on a date with my wife.


What you wanted to be when you were 6: Professional basketball player

Your passion: Faith, family, work, cigars

Something about you that your co-workers don't know: I played against Michael Jordan in high school in a holiday tournament in Wilmington, N.C. We both made the all-tournament team. I have the framed article.



Fairfield accounting firm Smolin Lupin has tapped Scott Yoder to lead its Strategic Equity Advisors LLP, a boutique advisory practice specializing in succession planning, exit strategies, and merger and acquisitions.

Yoder is a certified exit planning advisor, certified merger and acquisition advisor, and an inactive certified public accountant. He specializes in developing and executing divesture strategies for business owners. His work includes mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, company valuations and business modeling.

Grant Thornton LLP has named five new leaders to its New York practice, which includes offices in Manhattan, Long Island, Albany and Edison Township.

Sean Denham, was appointed assistant managing partner for operations and quality; Nichole Jordan, was named assistant managing partner for industries and markets; Craig Casey, will serve as the practice's forensic and valuation services practice leader; Carlos Ferreira, was named the transaction advisory services practice leader; and Brian Moore was appointed as the interim tax services practice leader.


Union Center National Bank has named Linda Parish and Martin Whalen vice presidents of its commercial lending team, based on Morris Avenue in Union.

Parish, with 25 years banking experience, was previously senior member and director at Commercial Landmarks LLC in Long Branch, specializing in consulting and negotiating financing for clients needing debt or equity. She also worked at JPMorgan Chase Bank and Bank of America as vice president and commercial banker.

Whalen, with 26 years banking experience, has worked at CB Richard Ellis, Lehman Brothers, and Morgan Stanly. He was also vice president for real estate finance and securitization at Credit Suisse USA in New York.

TD Bank promoted Charles Mills to vice president, small business relationship manager in East Rutheford. He will provide lending and deposit services to the small business community throughout the southern Bergen and Passaic counties. Mills, with 15 years banking experience, was most recently store manager in TD Bank's Paterson branch.


Cherry Hill resident Larry Solomon was named North American operating officer for Accenture, a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. He will work at its Philadelphia office, responsible for driving Accenture's North America operational agenda and increasing the firm's efficiency. He was previously Accenture's senior managing director of human resources and operations.


New Jersey Institute of Technology appointed Marek Rusinkiewicz dean of the school's College of Computing Sciences.

Rusinkiewicz most recently served as a senior group vice president and the general manager of applied research laboratories at Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bell Communication Research, which included research and development centers in New Jersey, Texas, Taiwan and Poland. He also held academic positions at the University of Glasgow, Warsaw University of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the University of Houston, where he was a professor of computer science until 1999.

Mental Health

Carrier Clinic, a nonprofit mental health services provider, named Lynne C. Sennett director of addiction services at Blake Recovery Center, a rehabilitation center based at its Hillsborough campus.

Sennett was previously director of nursing at AtlantiCare Health Services, Mission HealthCare in Atlantic City. She also held positions at Lincoln Technical Institute as a faculty member and clinical instructor and at Seabrook House in Cumberland County as the vice president of treatment services.

Sennett's hire follows several internal promotions of Carrier Clinic executives:

John Hausmann, director of engineering and support services since 2009, was named assistant vice president of engineering and support services.

Donna Mozet, director of human resources since 2006, was promoted to assistant vice president of human resources and volunteer services.

Judie Paterno-Skolnick, director of compliance, risk and audit, was promoted to assistant vice president, of corporate compliance, risk management and internal audit.

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