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Chief engineer for the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

RÉSUMÉ

What you do: Overall engineering responsibility for one of the most diverse bridge and facility inventories in country.

Old gig: Commission's assistant chief engineer for five years.

School ties: Undergraduate studies at Rutgers-Camden; Rutgers School of Engineering, New Brunswick; Rutgers Graduate School of Management in Newark.

Family tree: Wife Joyce and two daughters.

Hometown: Live in Southampton. Grew up in Maple Shade.

JUST JERSEY

When you brag about Jersey to people from out of state, you say: New Jersey has the best diners in the country — no contest.

Giants or Jets, Yankees or Mets?: E-A-G-L-E-S and Phillies (and some Jets.) As a kid, I was a Joe Namath fan after Super Bowl III.

Favorite place to chow down: For the combination of food, drink, atmosphere and location, you can't beat Martell's on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach.

ALL YOU

What you wanted to be when you were 6: An Apollo astronaut walking on the moon.

Celebrity you'd like to meet: Two — Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali.

Historical figure you'd want to meet: Thomas Edison — my wife's grandfather worked in his West Orange lab and had great stories about "Mr. Edison" as he referred to him.

Something about you that your co-workers don't know: I kissed Sophia Lauren, even if it was a peck on the cheek, when I met her at the Short Hills Mall.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Advertising

Boonton-based S3 Agency has hired the following:

  • Tracey Jeffas was named account supervisor. Jeffas has more than 10 years experience across travel, entertainment and nonprofit accounts, most recently handling account duties for the New Jersey Lottery at Brushfire Inc. At S3, Jeffas will be the account lead on the agency's Sanofi and Wyndham Worldwide businesses.

  • Michael D'Ambrosio was named interactive art director. D'Ambrosio, specializing in interactive design and front-end development, will provide digital design for accounts including BMW of North America and Era Franchise Systems. He has worked for clients ranging from fashion retailers to motor oil corporations.

  • Valarie Brummert was named production artist. She will handle S3 accounts including Tetley Black Tea and Turtle Back Zoo. With digital and print production and design experience, Brummert has worked at Momentum Worldwide and Revhealth. She has handled campaigns across print and Web channels.

Banking

Kearny Federal Savings Bank named Lynn Carnevale vice president and assistant secretary. Before that, she served as the bank's assistant vice president, focusing on taxes and servicing for the company's lending division.

Carnevale joined Kearny Federal in 2002 through its merger with Pulaski Savings Bank. The Fairfield-based bank has $3.2 billion in assets, operating branches in Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Middlesex, Essex, Union, Monmouth and Ocean counties.

TD Bank has promoted Robert Shultis to vice president, team leader at TD Equipment Finance Inc. in Piscataway. He is responsible for developing equipment finance opportunities with middle market clients in New Jersey and New York. He also serves as the team leader for the municipal leasing product channel from Maine to Delaware. Shultis has 18 years experience in finance and banking. He most recently served as vice president, relationship manager, in New Jersey for TD Equipment Finance.

Biotech

South Plainfield-based Prolong Pharmaceuticals LLC has hired Ronald Jubin as managing director, research and development. Jubin will be responsible for pre-clinical discovery, methods development and advancing Prolong's pipeline candidates.

Jubin has worked for Schering-Plough Research Institute and PBL Biomedical labs, including a major role in Schering-Plough's hepatitis C protease program. Prolong's lead candidate is Sanguinate, an intravenous therapy moving toward Phase II trials, for treatment of patients with sickle cell disease.

Engineering

T. Sam Chen has joined French & Parrello Associates as the Wall Township firm's department manager of structural engineering. He will help lead the firm's building design services division. Chen has more than 16 years experience performing structural analysis, design, construction and forensic works and projects.

Legal

Richard Isgard has joined Surety Partners of America as chief legal officer. He will implement the Chester company's risk management strategies and oversee its surety claims handling practices.

Isgard previously served as vice president of claims for Old Republic Construction Program Group, which insures contractors. He has more than 25 years experience. Isgard, licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Newark law firm Podvey Meanor named Damian Conforti as a director. He was previously a member. Conforti's practice is focused on commercial litigation, white-collar crime and personal injury.

Marketing

MarketSmith Inc. has named Nasir Michael controller. The job requires maintaining financial, accounting, administrative and personnel services in order to meet legislative requirements. Specific responsibilities include managing employee files, payroll and office management. He joins the Parsippany firm after 15 years as controller at Polytype America Corp.

Software

eureQa LLC, a Philadelphia-based subsidiary of Cherry Hill company Tripod Technologies LLC, has named Bryon Druss senior vice president of sales and marketing and chief revenue officer. Druss is responsible for sales and marketing processes, revenue growth and customer acquisition.

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