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Close Up: George W. Matteo, Jr.

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Partner at Bisgaier Hoff in Haddonfield


What you do: An attorney specializing in real estate, land development, banking and financing and commercial transactions in New Jersey.

Old gig: Former chairman, president and CEO of a small commercial bank in South Jersey. Running a small financial institution in today’s environment was like being in a foxhole during a mortar attack — you never knew where the next bomb was coming from.

School ties: Undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame; law degree at Loyola University.

Family tree: Wife Michelle, children Tara, Tripp and Paige, son-in-law Jeff, grandchildren JT, Carter and Brooke

Hometown: Moorestown, N.J.


Favorite place at the Shore: Avalon

When you brag about Jersey to people from out of state, you say: Close to major cities, mountains and the ocean.

Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: Bon Jovi — besides being music we can relate to, he has stayed true to his Jersey roots and gives back to New Jersey. I really like the commitment he’s made to Camden. He never went through a Hollywood phase.

Sopranos, Jersey Shore or Housewives of NJ: Sopranos, because even though he was a mob boss you couldn’t help feeling for Tony. He had issues with family, friends, business and personal—just like everyone.


What you wanted to be when you were 6: Seven.

Celebrity you’d like to meet: The Pope — with his ability to connect with many people on so many levels, he seems to get it.

Historical figure you’d want to meet: Abraham Lincoln — a lawyer and leader; not a politician.

Dream vacation: Our family ski trips to Beaver Creek, Colo.



Juan Oelofse joins Sussex Bank as first vice president of the commercial lending department in the Rockaway regional office and corporate center.

A native of South Africa, Oelofse joined Citibank’s commercial markets group in New York City in 2000 and most recently served as senior commercial loan officer with TD Bank.

Patricia Nelson, a vice president at Sun National Bank in Mount Laurel, has been promoted to manager of employee relations. Prior to her promotion, Nelson was a senior human resources business partner serving colleagues across the organization.

Nelson brings more than 20 years of career experience in human resources, leadership development, personnel training and organizational effectiveness to her new role.


Omland Engineering Associates, a multi-discipline consulting engineering firm in Cedar Knolls, hired five new employees: Jaryd Moran as a landscape architect; James D. Lengyel as senior construction observer; Lee D. Klein as traffic engineer; and Sol Ezra and Aleksander Malecki as project designers.

Moran brings more than 10 years of experience in the fields of landscape architecture and site design.

Lengyel, a former assistant superintendent for the Southeast Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority, has more than 33 years of experience overseeing water distribution systems.

Klein brings more than 30 years of transportation planning and traffic engineering experience to Omland’s Traffic and Transportation Group.

Ezra and Malecki are recent graduates of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Higher Education

Alexander Scott joins the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown as vice president of enrollment management.

With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Scott most recently served as dean of enrollment at Long Island University in Brookville, N.Y. He also held previous roles as director of admission and associate vice president at Felician College in Lodi, a senior admissions officer at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and advanced to become senior associate director of admission at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.


Heather O’Steen was promoted to director of client services at Professional Management Associates in Hillsborough. O’Steen previously served as senior manager of client services at the full-service association management company.

In addition, O’Steen has been selected by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as their executive director and CEO. She previously worked as the assistant executive director for the organization.

Prior to joining PMA, O’Steen served as head client case manager/operations manager for homeless families in Somerset County through the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Real Estate

Cushman and Wakefield, a commercial real estate services firm headquartered in East Rutherford, promoted three employees: Christa Petti to senior research analyst; Ben Brenner to director of the Morristown office; and Jules J. Nissam to executive director.

Petti joined the firm in 2011 as a research analyst. She will continue to lead northeast research activities for Cushman and Wakefield’s Data Center Advisory Group and contribute to the award-winning MarketBeat publication.

Brenner was awarded Cushman and Wakefield’s Associate Director of the Year award in 2013 and has been recognized as the youngest director in New Jersey.

Nissim joined Cushman and Wakefield in 1990 as an industrial specialist and today is ranked among the firm’s top 10 producers in the sector nationwide.

Prior to joining Cushman and Wakefield, Nissim held sales and management positions with Handy and Harman, a precious metals firm in New York City.

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