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Close Up: James Doherty

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President and CEO, Farmers of Salem


What you do/will do: I plan to help Farmers of Salem continue to grow profitable in the insurance marketplace, while maintaining our commitment to service excellence.

Goals: To provide quality insurance products through the independent agency force.

Old gig: Senior Vice President/Treasurer, Farmers of Salem

School ties: B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware, M.B.A. from Widener University

Family tree: Married 29 years with two kids in college.

Hometown: Wilmington, Del.


Bruce, Bon Jovi, Whitney or Sinatra: Definitely Bruce Springsteen, “The Boss” is my favorite.

Sopranos, Jersey Shore or Housewives of NJ: The Sopranos was a great show that I loved to watch.

Yankees, Mets, Jets, Giants: E-A-G-L-E-S!

Favorite place to chow down: My favorite lunchtime spot is Mama Mia’s in Salem, New Jersey.


Celebrity you’d like to meet: Tom Hanks

Historical figure you’d want to meet: Benjamin Franklin

Dream vacation: An Alaskan cruise.

Your passion: My family, golf and reading.

Something about you that your co-workers don’t know: I am the youngest of six kids. Also, I’m left handed, but play golf right handed.



Bedminster-based Peapack-Gladstone Bank recently promoted Karen A. Rockoff and Linda Luce Osterman, and hired Harold J. Campbell, Robert Peluso and Eric H. Wong.

Rockoff was promoted to executive vice president, chief risk officer and head of Bank Enterprise Risk Management, after joining the company last year as senior vice president. With 30 years of experience, Rockoff previously worked for Morgan Stanley in credit risk management; Nomura Securities International as vice president and senior credit analyst; Republic National Bank in credit review; and Security Pacific Bank and Bankers Trust in asset-based lending.

Osterman was promoted to vice president, private banking, residential mortgage lending, after serving as a mortgage consultant. With more than 15 years’ experience, Osterman previously held positions at Team Capital Bank in Far Hills, Hudson United Bank, Capital Financial Corporation, Summit Bank and Mellon Bank.

Campbell was hired as vice president, properties and facilities management. With more than 20 years’ experience, Campbell served as associate vice president, senior property manager and director of facilities for commercial real estate companies.

Peluso was hired as vice president, relationship banker and managing director of government banking. With more than 29 years’ experience, Peluso previously served as vice president of Capital One Bank in Morristown and vice president and regional manager at NorCrown Bank.

Wong was hired as senior managing director, commercial lending. With more than 26 years’ experience, Wong served as senior vice president and senior relationship manager at Capital One Bank, and held several executive positions with Bank of America, CoreStates New Jersey National Bank, Barclays Bank of New York and First Fidelity Bank.

Health Care

Steven G. Littleson was appointed executive vice president of Meridian Health in Neptune.

Littleson became president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 1998, and served as the president and CEO of Southern Ocean Medical Center from 1992 to 1998.

Littleson also serves on numerous boards, such as the Boys Scouts of America, American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Higher Education

Frank Sargent joined the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown as vice president of academic affairs. Sargent will serve as the college’s chief academic officer after serving as the special liaison to the president for strategic initiatives, interim provost and Dean of the Feinstein Graduate School at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Sargent is also currently a practicing attorney and academic scholar whose research is aimed at helping higher education leaders better understand the law.


Saul Gruber of The Gruber Firm in Mount Laurel has been named 2nd vice president of the New Jersey Association for Justice.

New Jersey Association for Justice is dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s families by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.

Gruber concentrates his practice in representing victims of nursing home and other long term care facility negligence and abuse.

New Brunswick-based law firm Windels Marx Lane and Mittendorf appointed John Bitar and Rodman Honecker new partners of the firm.

Bitar joined the firm in 2005 as an associate practicing in corporate & securities, financial transactions and public finance & not-for-profit. He received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

Honecker joined the firm in 2000 as part of a merger with Lane & Mittendorf, practicing as a commercial litigator in banking matters. Honecker also received his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

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