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Dea Benson Realogy, SVP & Chief Accounting Officer

Dea Benson
Dea Benson
Susan Bass Levin, The Cooper Foundation, President and CEO Adenah Bayoh, Irvington IHOP, President And CEO Catherine Bendall, WithumSmith+Brown, CPAs, Partner Dea Benson, Realogy, SVP & Chief Accounting Officer Cheryl Biron, One Horn Transportation, President & CEO Nancy Blattner, Caldwell College, President Mary Ann Boccolini, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, President & CEO Cheryl Brunetti, RVM Enterprises Inc., Executive Chairwoman Mary Campbell, United Water, Senior Director-Tactial Business Solutions and Tri-State Growth Linda Czipo, Center for Non-Profits, Exercutive Director Toni Lynn Davis, Green Hill Inc., President & Executive Director Patricia Devitt Risse, ACT Oncology LLC, President & CEO Debra DiLorenzo, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, President & CEO Caroline Dorsa, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Nancy Dougherty, Studio 1200, Principal Tracey B. Early, Untracht Early LLC, Managing Principal Mimi Feliciano, FEM Real Estate LLC, Founder & CEO Wendy Ferber, Pride Products Distributors LLC, Co-CEO & Co-Owner Kathleen Frank, Augur Inc., President & CEO Elle Friedland, Voices & Visions Productions Ltd., President Mary Clare Garber, Princeton Legal Search Group LLC, Vice President Kiran Gill, PARS Environmental Inc., President & Owner Michele Haas, Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas LLP, Partner Tanya Helfand, Helfand & Associates, Managing Member Allison Hofmann, QualCare Inc., Vice President, Client Services & Vice President, Marketing Eileen Holmes, TD Bank, Senior Vice President Bellaria Jimenez, MetLife Solutions Group, Managing Director Barbara E. Kauffman, Newark Regional Business Partnership, Executive Vice President Jamie Kern Lima, IT Cosmetics, Co-Founder Adrienne Kirby, Cooper University Health Care, President & CEO Daniella Koren, DKI/ARCHES Technology, CEO Eleanor Kubacki, EFK Group, CEO Elizabeth Magennis, ConnectOne Bank, Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer Amy Mansue, Childrens Specialized Hospital, President & CEO Margaret Marcucci, Coranet Corp., President & CEO Tracye McDaniel, Choose New Jersey Inc., President & CEO Margaret M. McMenamin, Union County College, President Audrey Meyers, Valley Health System and The Valley Hospital, President & CEO Catherine Milone, Junior Achievement of New Jersey, President Cynthia Myer, Ridgewood Moving Services Co., President & CEO Carolyn OConnor, Wilson Elser, Regional Managing Partner Patrice Picard, Cornerstone Family Programs, CEO Silvana Raso, Schepisi & McLaughlin P.A., Managing Partner Jill Rottmann, Covenant House New Jersey, Executive Director Marilyn Schlossbach, Kitschens Hospitality, Restaurateur Carol Ann Short, New Jersey Builders Association, CEO Ilona W. Surick, Eisai Inc., Vice President of International Product Safety, Global Safety Assessment Officer Melissa Walker, Jazz House Kids, President & Founder Mary Elizabeth Warner, Quick Chek Corporation, Corporate Counsel Wendy White-Baxter, Aon Risk Solutions, Executive Vice President


Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Houston

Job responsibility: Financial executive

Company description: Real estate franchising company

Primary professional/community affiliations: American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey; Realogy Cares; Xceed Financial Credit Union

Who are your most influential role models? My personal role model is my mother, who taught me the importance of friends
and family, and how to enjoy life. My professional mentor is Tony Hull, for whom I have worked at two different companies for almost 15 years. Tony believed in me early in my career, and encouraged me to learn and grow in areas outside my comfort zone.

When is it appropriate to text in business? When timing is critical.

What would you give New Jersey for its 350th birthday? For more outsiders to know the state’s physical beauty.

What is your go-to stress buster at work? Talking to colleagues.

The women will be honored at an event March 24 at The Palace at Somerset Park. For more details, click here or please contact Melissa Sullenberger at melissas@njbiz.com or call her at 732-246-5737.

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Dea Benson

SVP & Chief Accounting Officer

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