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Chief financial officer for Single Touch Systems Inc. based in Jersey City.


New position: Chief financial officer for Single Touch Systems Inc. based in Jersey City.

What you do: I help navigate Single Touch's growth during this important time. As chief financial officer, I play a leading role in our quarterly and annual reports to investors.

Old gig: I was partner at GBM LLC, a business management firm serving public and private companies, where I managed patents and licensing for a publicly held consumer products client.

Goals: To help manage Single Touch's rapid growth that is being driven by the increasing number of people using mobile phones.

School ties: Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Family Tree: I have two sons, ages 26 and 22.

Hometown: I have lived in Connecticut the past 17 years and reside in Fairfield, Conn.


Sopranos, Jersey Shore or Real Housewives of NJ: Sopranos. From the moment the opening credits roll, the visuals draw you into that unique feeling of being in New Jersey.

Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: Sinatra. His music is sensational, and I am a big fan of his work with Nelson Riddle.

When you brag about Jersey to people from out of state, you say: Best gas prices and it's full serve!



Hazlet firm Bernicker, Eiger & Company, CPA, LLC has added Michael Friedman and Katherine Cogan as senior accountants.

  • Friedman has 25 years experience, is knowledgeable in financial accounting and reporting and proficient in tax preparation, consulting and research. He will work directly with clients and supervise junior staff. Friedman worked with Bernicker Eiger for the past seven years during tax season.
  • Cogan has more than 10 years experience in public accounting and internal audit. She is proficient in income tax return and financial statement preparation and review. Cogan is also skilled in tax planning, strategizing, research of tax and accounting pronouncements, internal control evaluation and compliance examination.


Heritage Community Bank named Jamie M. Payne as vice president and commercial real estate lender, working at the company's Denville office.

Payne has 16 years commercial real estate and construction lending experience from her former employer Valley National Bank. She specializes in non-owner occupied investment mortgages and construction lending.


Joseph M. Galley has joined GZA GeoEnvironmental as senior project manager for the Fairfield firm.

Galley, an environmental professional in New Jersey for more than 30 years, has served as an environmental consultant, owned his own firm and was assistant bureau chief at the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Galley is a licensed site remediation professional in New Jersey and is a master's level certified hazardous material manager. GZA said Galley's regulatory and management background, plus his experience in hazardous materials consulting, environmental investigations and remediation in New Jersey, will be assets for the company.

Health Care

ID Care, a Hillsborough-based network of infectious disease specialists, added Dr. Rena McDermott to the practice.

McDermott serves on staff at the Capital Health Medical Centers in Trenton and Plainsboro and the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. She completed her residency in internal medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital's Cornell campus. McDermott is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.


Attorneys Eric H. Bennett and Mark A. Roney have joined law firm Hill Wallack LLP's Princeton office.

Bennett is a member of the firm's trial and insurance practice group where he provides counsel on legal, pharmaceutical and corporate issues. Bennett also manages statewide litigation for corporate clients in various areas of civil litigation, including conducting trials, preparing defenses and supervising trial team and appellate matters.

Roney is a member of the creditors' rights and complex litigation practice groups where he concentrates in bankruptcy and creditors' rights, financial services, banking litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Roney represents banks in litigation involving commercial loan defaults, commercial and residential foreclosures, deposit account agreements, negotiable instruments, lending practices and consumer fraud.

West Orange law firm Wolff & Samson PC added John J. Scally to its bond counsel team.

Scally, with more than three decades of experience in public finance, was previously a partner at Drinker Biddle in Florham Park. He worked on financings for investment banking firms, public power issuers, transportation authorities, nonprofit colleges, universities, hospitals, governments and developers. Before that, Scally served as a partner at McCarter & English.


Sandra Schler joined the Clifton-based Premium Color Group as an account manager. PCG is a pre-press, printing, fulfillment and distribution company, offering traditional offset and digital printing.

Schler, previously with AJ Images, is immediate past president of the New Jersey Ad Club. She has a master's degree in marketing from Fordham University.


Niraj Pant was named senior vice president of technology at I.Predictus, a Web-enabled marketing platform for brands and agencies. Pant will be responsible for executing the Parsippany company's Decision Support platform, helping clients monetize their data. Pant was formerly the director of product and data warehouse at Dow Jones.

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