Associate vice president of innovation and partnerships at Rutgers University
What you do: My responsibilities include oversight and strategic planning for the Office of Technology Commercialization and units organized to implement public-private partnerships, new ventures and entrepreneurship.
Old gig: Interim executive director of the Office of Technology Commercialization and professor in the School of Engineering and Rutgers Business School, inventor (I hold 17 U.S. patents) and entrepreneur.
School ties: Doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the City University of New York.
Family tree: Wife Christine and son Richard Jr.
Hometown: Warren Township, N.J., native of Brooklyn
When you brag about Jersey to people from out of state, you say: New Jersey was home to Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. It does not get better than that in my book.
Favorite place to chow down: Sahara Restaurant, New Brunswick
Celebrity you'd like to meet: Steve Wozniak — wait, I did meet him at Rutgers Entrepreneurship Day last year.
Your passion: Bringing to market new technologies that offer great potential benefit to society.
Something about you that your co-workers don't know: I am co-founder of Speakez Inc. and founded two other technology companies, including Clearview Diagnostics.
Ocean First Bank named Owen McKenna vice president/senior relationship manager and Christine Paccione vice president of the company's commercial lending team in Red Bank. Each brings more than 25 years community banking experience.
McKenna has assisted businesses with customized financing solutions throughout his career. Paccione was a commercial lender at Investors Bank before joining Ocean First Bank.
William C. Johnson has joined the loan department at Colonial American Bank. Johnson, vice president, commercial lending, is responsible for growing the Shrewsbury bank's commercial loan portfolio. He has more than 30 years banking industry experience.
Howard H. Haynes joined Hill International as senior vice president. He will lead the Marlton-based firm's Construction Claims Group operations in Florida.
Haynes brings more than 25 years experience in engineering and construction. He was previously senior vice president with Delta Consulting Group.
Next Generation Trust Services LLC named Jared Lopez as team accounts specialist and marketing coordinator. Lopez returns to the Roseland-based company after a leave in February to explore other opportunities in pension plan management and real estate acquisition and sales. The new position holds broader responsibilities building on his prior work at Next Generation as well as interim jobs.
Celator Pharmaceuticals named Les Mintzmyer vice president of manufacturing and technical operations. The Ewing company specializes in developing therapies for cancer treatment. As vice president, Mintzmyer will lead the company's production, supply chain logistics, customer service, quality and regulatory compliance.
Mintzmyer was previously vice president of manufacturing operations at Laureate Biopharmaceutical Services.
George W. Arnett has joined Newark law firm McCarter & English LLP as a partner in the business and financial services litigation practice.
Arnett brings 25 years experience in complex civil, criminal and regulatory matters in the financial sector. His background includes obtaining insurance coverage for corporations and individuals accused of fraud or that are victims of fraud. Before joining McCarter, Arnett was general counsel of COR Clearing LLC, a broker-dealer in Omaha, Neb. Arnett earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Newark law firm Podvey, Meanor, Catenacci, Hildner, Cocoziello & Chattman added attorneys Lisa J. Trembly and Daniel Ginzburg.
Trembly joined the firm as a member of the litigation department. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage claims and subrogation. She is an editorial board member of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine. Before joining Podvey Meanor, Trembly worked for Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP.
Ginzburg is an associate in the litigation department. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution and mediation. He was previously an associate at Duane Morris LLP.
Avi Oren has joined The Kislak Company Inc. as vice president, sales manager, a new position at the Woodbridge company. Oren will lead the sales team and focus on recruitment and training. He has more than 16 years experience in multifamily sales and training, includes positions with Gebroe-Hammer Associates and New Market Realty Group, where he was also a partner.
Reginald P. Best joined Lumeta Corp. as chief product officer. Best will oversee the Franklin Township company's product development, product management and marketing initiatives. Best has 25 years experience in information technology security, data networking and telecommunications. He led initiatives involving venture capital fundraising, sales channel development and product strategy for early-stage and Fortune 500 companies.
Before Lumeta, Best was president and chief operating officer of ProtonMedia. He has founded several IT companies and led them to acquisition, including Teleos Communications, AccessWorks Communications and Netilla Networks.