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Close Up: Jim Skidmore

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Senior vice president, global sales and channels development


What you do: I manage worldwide sales for our biometric security solutions, helping clients to realize the value of eliminating technology passwords, optimizing positive identification in government entities, healthcare and financial services based institutions.

Old gig: Vice president, solutions group, Encode Inc. from 2004 to 2014

Goals: To grow our brand and enhance our revenue stream on a worldwide basis. We also will optimize our value to our existing resellers and integration partners, and will add many more to our channel family.

School ties: Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, Gill/St. Bernards School in Gladstone, Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.

Family tree: My wife Stephanie and my daughters, Jessica and Amanda.

Hometown: Berkeley Heights


When you brag about Jersey to people from out of state, you say: New Jersey is a beautiful state that is greatly misunderstood by many Americans. Fraught with farms, state forests/parks/lakes/beaches and hundreds of miles of shoreline, New Jersey is rich in culture and natural resources.

Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: Bruce, Bon Jovi, Railroad Earth (from N.J.), Sinatra (I like many genres!)

Favorite place to chow down: I'm a regular at Clemente's/Strega in Berkeley Heights.


What you wanted to be when you were 6: An ambulance driver (so I could drive fast!)

Dream vacation: I've always wanted to visit New Zealand and Australia.

Your passion: I enjoy playing the guitar and am also (and always have been), an ice hockey goaltender. I still play at Beacon Hill Club in Summit.

Something about you that your co-workers don't know: When I was young, I had a pet alligator which was a gift from the Florida Jaycees. We wound up giving him to the zoo when he started to stare "a little too long" at us.



Richard J. Bloom joined WeiserMazars LLP as a partner in the Edison-based firm's private client services and tax practices.

Bloom will focus on strengthening the firm's local tax capabilities in New Jersey, particularly in the area of trusts and estates.

Prior to joining WeiserMazars, Bloom was the national leader of trusts and estates at Rothstein Kass and held senior executive positions at two family office advisory firms. He has more than 17 years of experience, predominantly serving in the personal financial planning division, and is a certified public accountant in New Jersey and a personal financial specialist.

O'Connor Davies LLC named Christine G. Pronek a partner in the firm's estate and trust practice.

Pronek has more than 15 years of experience in public accounting and several years of experience with the Internal Revenue Service. Her specialties are estate and trust planning; estate, trust and gift compliance; and foreign financial reporting.

She is based in the firm's Cranford office.


Thomas Ando was named senior vice president/senior relationship manager in the commercial lending department of OceanFirst Bank, effective Jan. 13.

Ando will continue to deliver customized financing and banking solutions, including commercial loans, cash management services, and trust and asset management to established or expanding companies in the region. He is now located at the OceanFirst Bank headquarters in Toms River.

He has more than 25 years of experience in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.


The Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce named Rick Dabagian of Lincoln Park-based Action Graphics as the new chairman of its board of directors for a term of two years.

Dabagian has been a chamber member since 2002 and most recently served as chairman of its Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He is joined on the board by other new members: Michael Turner of Burton Trent Public Affairs LLC, vice chair of membership; John Mazur of Elegant Desserts, vice chair of finance & business, Steven Blumenthal of MBAF CPAs LLC, treasurer; Bill Murray of MWW Group, vice chair of public affairs and advocacy; and Robert Ceberio of RCM Ceberio LLC, vice chair of tourism.

Financial services

Charles F. Lowrey was named executive vice president and chief operating officer for Prudential Financial's international division, effective April 1.

Lowrey for the past three years has served as executive vice president and chief operating offer of Prudential's U.S.-based businesses, which are comprised of Prudential Investment Management, Prudential Retirement, Prudential Annuities, Individual Life Insurance and Group Insurance.

He will replace Ed Baird at the position.


Diana Fredericks became a partner at Gebhardt & Kiefer, based in Clinton Township.

Fredericks, who obtained a degree at Rutgers School of Law in Camden, joined the firm in 2008 and practices family law. She handles divorce and related matters, such as custody, alimony, child support and division of assets, as well as domestic partnerships, civil unions, premarital agreements and domestic violence cases.

Prior to joining Gebhardt & Kiefer, Fredericks served as a deputy state attorney general in Newark. She also served as law clerk to New Jersey Family Court Judge Thomas H. Dilts, sitting in Somerville. She is admitted to the New Jersey State Bar, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the New York State Bar.


MYOS Corp., based in Cedar Knolls, appointed Robert C. Ashton chief medical officer.

Ashton will lead the biotherapeutics and bionutrition company's clinical research efforts and serve on the management committee and the joint research and development committee. He will also be responsible for the expansion of MYO-T12, known as Fortetropin, and sold under the brand name MYO-X.

Ashton has more than 25 years of experience both as a surgeon and in building healthcare businesses. He is a board-certified thoracic and general surgeon and has broad clinical experience. He previously was the chief and vice chairman of the Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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