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Close Up: Jerry Fischer

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Of counsel at Roseland law firm Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill & Strauchler, P.A.


What you do: Serve the law firm in its alcohol beverage, restaurant and hospitality, and litigation departments.

Old gig: Former director of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for 12 years, the longest serving director in the state's history.

School ties: Seton Hall School of Law, juris doctor, summa cum laude, 1976, and Rutgers University, bachelor of arts and master of science degrees, 1971 and 1973 respectively.

Family tree: Wife Paula, children David and Erica, and two wonderful grandchildren.

Hometown: Raised in Newark, now living in Burlington Township.


Sopranos, Jersey Shore or Real Housewives of NJ: Sopranos. Great art. Shows the complexity of all things, even crime.

Favorite place at the Shore: Point Pleasant — it's very family-oriented, has good food and a lovely beach; and Martell's Tiki Bar has great music.

Favorite place to chow down: From The Manor to Windmill hot dogs. Like high-quality restaurants and comfort food too. Great Spanish and Portuguese food in Ironbound also.


Historical figure you'd want to meet: George Washington. His extraordinary leadership and character is the only reason the United States could be born and survive its birthing.

Your passion: To understand the complexity of things and to use that understanding to respond effectively and fairly to problems and situations, whether personal or professional.



M&T Bank named Richard K. Ahlmeyer vice president and senior relationship manager for its financial institution division.

Ahlmeyer is based in the company's Saddle Brook commercial office, where he will manage M&T's correspondent bank relationships in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Ahlmeyer brings 30 years of finance experience to M&T. He began his career as a credit analyst and commercial loan officer following a commercial credit training program at Midlantic National Bank.

Customers Bank named Deb Runyon to serve as community banking market leader in her region.
Runyon is the vice president of business development and branch manager of Customers Bank in Hamilton. She will lead community banking teams in Mercer County as well as Westchester County, New York, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.


Pennoni Associates promoted Todd Hay to office director of the firm's Edison location. Hay will be taking the position from James Gallagher who is now a senior consultant

Hay's new responsibilities include client service and business development for the Edison office and for managing the growth of northern New Jersey staff and projects. He brings more than 20 years experience in municipal and site design engineering. Hay is experienced in the preparation of local, state and federal grants. He is both a registered professional engineer and a certified municipal engineer in New Jersey.

Health care

Lisa Morina was named vice president of government and external relations for the Kennedy Health System in southern New Jersey. Morina will focus on building and strengthening the integrated health care system's relationships with external leaders, including legislative, business, community and advocacy organizations.

Morina had served since 2004 as the director of economic and business development for Gloucester County, where she was responsible for business growth, workforce investment, public and private partnership development and other regional initiatives.

Information technology

Ramesh Pillai has joined Mindtree as senior vice president and global head of hi-tech vertical, where he will be responsible for delivering differentiated solutions for clients. He comes to the Warren Township-based Mindtree after 13 years at HCL, where he served as vice president and global head of core manufacturing market segments. Pillai brings more than 20 years experience and is credited with business development skills, creating high performance teams and building strong customer relationships.

Mark Wilsdon also has joined Mindtree as vice president and head of sales for the United States and Europe. Wilsdon will lead the company's expansion across Europe. He brings more than 30 years experience in the global information technology services market. Wilsdon previously held sales leadership positions at Capgemini, Unisys, EDS and most recently Cognizant.


Philip C. Chronakis joined Budd Larner in the law firm's commercial litigation department in Short Hills.
Chronakis was previously a partner at Chronakis Siachos & Kaplan in Hoboken. He specializes in corporate shareholder disputes, commercial leases, employment law, trust and estate litigation and health care law.

Emmanuel Coffy has opened CoffyLaw LLC an intellectual property and business law practice in Freehold.

The firm will represent clients in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent application preparation, foreign and domestic trademark, copyright, intellectual property licensing, trade secret, as well as design and business method patents.

CoffyLaw LLC is also experienced in re-examination, litigation support, patent infringement assessment, patentability opinion letters, cease-and-desist letters, demand letters and due diligence. Coffy was an intellectual property attorney at Wall & Tong, LLP in Eatontown before founding CoffyLaw LLC.

James W. Boyan III has joined the employment and labor practice of the Hackensack firm Pashman Stein as an associate. Boyan was previously an associate at Day Pitney LLP. He also served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden.
Boyan earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and the District of New Jersey.

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