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Search firm ZRG adds exec in London office

ZRG, an executive search firm based in Rochelle Park, has expanded its presence in the European insurance sector with the addition of a managing director in the London office.

Zoe Campbell is an experienced search professional who joins an existing insurance team in the U.S. and Asia Pacific regions, helping ZRG react to a changing environment in the U.K. and Europe.

“Joining a truly global firm to support my tier one international and London Market insurance clients is of great benefit,” Campbell said in a prepared statement. “It allows me to leverage both ZRG’s global insurance knowledge and other practice areas such as blockchain, technology and private equity. Their Z Score, a data and analytics approach, is truly underwriting hiring decisions with more rigor and process.”

Added ZRG’s Global Practice head of insurance, David Greenfield: “London is an important market globally, and Zoe’s deep body of work, sector experience and client base add nicely to what we are doing around the world today with many top insurance clients.”

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Executive Moves: InSight, EisnerAmper and more

Executive Moves is an occasional feature on ROI-NJ.com describing some of the important personnel changes in the New Jersey business community. Reports are based on news releases, edited for content, clarity and style.

Shawn Ball, InSight Telepsychiatry

InSight Telepsychiatry has named telepsychiatry industry leader Shawn Ball to its chief operating officer position. Ball has served as the interim chief operating officer at InSight since August 2018.

Ball has extensive experience within the telepsychiatry industry, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, change management and account management. He has a background in business consulting and has held leadership positions with organizations such as Dell, Motorola and JSA Health Telepsychiatry. He has a strong ability to lead strategic business development initiatives from conception to implementation and understands the technical aspects of business to develop models to drive key performance metrics.

At InSight, Ball oversees the talent, human resources, external operations and internal operations teams. He is responsible for aligning these departments to realize InSight’s mission of delivering quality behavioral health care through innovative applications of technology. Under Ball’s leadership, InSight will meet its goals of providing best of class, solution-oriented services to its partners, providers and consumers.

Stanley Barsky, EisnerAmper LLP

EisnerAmper LLP announced that Stanley Barsky has joined the firm as a principal in its Tax Group. He will specialize in federal income taxation, including issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, transaction advisory services, structuring inbound and outbound investments, and complex client matters.

Barsky’s broad-based experience also includes advising clients on tax issues relating to consolidated returns, bankruptcies, accounting methods, expenditure deductibility, tax treaty planning, tax equalization, earnings repatriation, tax residency and pre-immigration tax planning, qualified small business stock, subchapter S, subchapter C, subchapter K, the rules impacting cannabis businesses, and other areas. In addition, he represents clients who are under tax audits.

“Stan has deep experience in federal taxation issues. His background with respect to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including Section 199A and the complex international GILTI provisions, will be an invaluable resource for the firm,” said Michael Laveman, co-leader of EisnerAmper’s Tax Practice. “We’re excited for Stan to start doing what he does best — advising clients on complex tax matters.”

Dan Chichester, Ogilvy Health

Ogilvy Health, part of The Ogilvy Group, announced Dan Chichester has rejoined the network following a five-year hiatus, returning in the newly-created position of chief experience officer.

As CXO, Chichester will be responsible for driving forward Parsippany-based Ogilvy Health’s innovation, digital strategy and brand engagement. Chichester will lead his team in working to create greater synergy between the agency’s digital offerings and the evolving needs of its client brands, with the ultimate directive of creating a seamless customer journey and an optimal brand experience. He will work with leaders across the Ogilvy network to create an atmosphere designed to foster innovative thinking and produce ground-breaking solutions for agency clients, all while helping to grow both Ogilvy Health’s digital team and its suite of offerings.

Andrew Schirmer, CEO of Ogilvy Health and the person to whom Chichester will report, shared his thoughts on the new role: “It’s become clear to all those who are paying attention that digital is no longer a separate offering, channel or tool. Today, everything in the marketing, communications and transformation business operates through a digitally enabled ecosystem. What we are building for our clients are brand experiences that reach health care providers, payers, caregivers and patients through a myriad of channels, touchpoints and platforms.”

Jessica Gillespie, Prudential Group 

Jessica Gillespie has been promoted to head of distribution for Prudential Group Insurance and Tim Weber has joined as vice president, voluntary benefits distribution and workplace markets, underscoring the group benefits carrier’s commitment to growing its core businesses and talent pipeline. Prudential Group Insurance is a unit of Prudential Financial Inc.

Additionally, Chuck Brousseau, previously Group Insurance’s head of distribution, has been named Prudential Group Insurance’s chief operations officer. Both Brousseau and Gillespie will report to Jamie Kalamarides, president of Prudential Group Insurance, and sit on the Group Insurance Strategic Leadership Team.

Weber, who joined Prudential on April 8, will report to Gillespie. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for the growth and retention of employee-paid insurance products within the group workplace and optimizing employee engagement with Group Insurance’s growing portfolio of financial wellness products and services.

Andrew Johnson, NAI Mertz

NAI Mertz, a leading full-service commercial real estate firm conducting business throughout the United States, and globally, from its regional offices in New Jersey, greater Philadelphia and northeastern Pennsylvania, announced Andrew Johnson has joined its Mount Laurel team as a new sales associate.

Johnson will focus on sales and leasing in the commercial office and retail sectors, with a focus on restaurants. He will work alongside Fred Meyer, executive vice president and director of brokerage and corporate services; Barry Mertz, chairman; and Rick Gordon, vice president of retail, as they expand the firm’s retail client base.

“We are thrilled to have Andrew join our company,” said Mertz. “He brings deep knowledge, expertise, and a drive for client satisfaction, which will serve him extremely well in this industry. Our team of seasoned leaders is engaging Andrew and providing him with fresh perspectives, that when coupled with his own personal experiences, will greatly benefit his clients. We look forward to Andrew’s contributions in strengthening and growing our retail services division.”

Tyler J. Kandel, Sills Cummis & Gross

Sills Cummis & Gross is pleased to announce the addition of Tyler J. Kandel as a member in the firm’s Litigation Department.

Kandel brings more than 20 years’ experience in complex commercial litigation, in both federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York. His practice includes representation of financial institutions, public and private corporations, and other commercial clients in litigation involving a wide array of issues, including, but not limited to, contract disputes, financial transactions, consumer and business banking, Uniform Commercial Code Articles 3 and 4, safe deposit box disputes, real estate transactions, fiduciary obligations, corporate and personal trusts, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, commercial mortgage foreclosures, fraud, business torts, RICO and municipal building and fire code violations. Additionally, he advises clients regarding subpoena compliance, judgment enforcement and litigation avoidance, and regularly assists clients in the development of their internal strategies, policies and procedures.

Kandel received his J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School in 1995 and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1991. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York. Prior to joining the firm, Kandel practiced at Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP.

Dr. Franz Smith, Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Dr. Franz Smith has been named the director of graduate medical education and chief academic officer for Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. He specializes in surgical oncology with expertise in cutaneous oncology and sarcoma surgery. “Since joining SBMC, Dr. Smith has distinguished himself as an outstanding surgeon and respected educator. In his new role, we look forward to his expertise and contributions to medical education throughout our organization,” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, CEO and president, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

“As a leader in our organization, Dr. Smith will continue to build upon the success of the multitude of our diverse health education programs, providing the highest quality education to medical and advanced practice provider students, resident physicians in training, postgraduate fellows, and also providing lifelong continuing medical education to practicing physicians,” said Dr. Gregory J. Rokosz, senior vice president for medical and academic affairs, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Smith received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, and completed his surgical residency at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. During his residency, he did a three-year clinical research fellowship in tumor immunotherapy and surgical oncology in the Surgery Branch at the NCI/NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. Upon graduation from residency, he did a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center/University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Smith continued his professional education and received a Master’s in Academic Medicine from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and most recently, earned a Master’s in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Stro Cos.

The Stro Cos. added three key hires to help support and expand its rapidly growing portfolio. The Ridgewood-based company announced that is has hired Steven Matejek as its new senior controller, James Keenoy as its new director of capital markets and Rachel Dezio as its new executive assistant to the president.

“We are ecstatic to bring Steven, James and Rachel on board,” said Steven Millstein, president of the Stro Cos. “All three of our new hires will not only be instrumental in the growth and development of the company but will further establish Stro as a premier industrial buyer in the state of New Jersey.”

“This is an exciting time for Stro, as we add to both our footprint and our personnel count,” said Mitchel Kay, chief operating officer and general counsel at the company. “We believe we have assembled a team of all-stars and anticipate immediate results as we identify new opportunities for growth.”

Wilentz

Jenna N. Shapiro has become a shareholder of Wilentz’s Family Law group. She is based in the firm’s Woodbridge and Eatontown offices.

Shapiro focuses her practice in matrimonial and family law. She handles matters involving family law, including all aspects of divorce, including spousal and child support, custody and parenting time, alimony, equitable distribution, valuation of assets and businesses, prenuptial agreements, matrimonial settlement agreements and domestic abuse issues. Shapiro is an experienced litigator and she is certified as a trained mediator.

In addition, Joshua S. Kincannon has joined Wilentz as counsel in the firm’s Mass Tort/Class Action group. A seasoned trial lawyer, Kincannon has a long record of success securing recoveries for victims of defective medical device implants throughout the country.

In 2018, Kincannon was appointed as lead counsel in the In re Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh Multi-County Litigation in New Jersey. He served as lead counsel to all of the plaintiffs in the Depuy ASR Hip Implant Multi-County Litigation in New Jersey, which settled with aggregate recoveries for plaintiffs valued at $2.5 billion. At Wilentz, Kincannon will continue to represent victims injured by defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs and in class actions.

Sal Catalano, Looney Advertising & Branding

Looney Advertising & Branding has named Sal Catalano as vice president, client service. Prior to joining Montclair-based Looney, Catalano was a founding partner and account manager of Catalano, Lellos and Silverstein for 20 years, working with clients including American Express, Porsche, Walmart, Disney, Realogy and Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet.

Catalano will work directly with the senior partners, including agency co-founders Sean and Debbie Looney. In addition to overseeing day-to-day account responsibilities for several new clients, he will play an integral role in the strategic division, new branded content studio and overall agency growth.

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Photos: May’s Roundup of Charitable Giving


Each month, New Jersey Monthly features an online roundup of photos taken at various charitable events across the Garden State.

Send pictures and captions from your recent charitable event to [email protected] for possible inclusion next month!

1. Supporting Underserved Communities

Photo courtesy of Tom Singer Photo

The Summit Medical Group Foundation held their 6th Annual Gala and Auction, which raised money to provide free wellness screenings in underserved communities, and care and compassion programs for patients and their families who are fighting cancer. Enjoying the event were, from left, Reza Momeni, plastic surgeon with the Plastic Surgery Center at SMG and SMG board member; featured guest Jay Leno; and Katherine Liu, Summit Medical Group Foundation board member.

2. A Taste for Homes

Photo courtesy of Alix G Photography

“A Taste for Homes,” an annual Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County fundraiser, raised funds for building homes, communities and hope throughout Monmouth County. Marking the occasion are representatives of Lowe’s Home Improvement with Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, executive director Diane Kinnane, and board president Greg Robinson.

3. Honoring Physicians

Photo courtesy of Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Enjoying the Saint Peter’s Foundation annual gala were, from left: Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, Interim CEO and President, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; M. Darryl Antonacci, MD, FACS; the Most Reverend James F. Checchio of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen; Laury A. Cuddihy; and Randal Betz.

4. Running for a Good Cause

Photo courtesy of LADACIN.

For the tenth consecutive year, Team LADACIN, comprised of 27 family, friends, supporters and staff members of LADACIN Network, ran in the New Jersey Marathon to show support and raise money for people with disabilities. This year’s event, including both the race and the after-party, raised more than $36,000.

5. Improving the Lives of Those Living With Diabetes

The Diabetes Foundation’s Visions of Hope fundraising gala raise $170,000 for the foundation’s ongoing programs for those living with diabetes throughout the state of New Jersey.  From left, Laurence Hirsch, executive vice president of the Diabetes Foundation Board of Trustees and Ginine Cilenti, executive director of the Diabetes Foundation, present the Corporate Champion Award to Stanislav Glezer of Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).

6. Advancing Autism Research

The Columbia Bank Foundation donated $10,000 to Autism Speaks, whose mission is to help individuals and families who are affected by autism and to advance autism research. Marking the occasion were, from left, Lisa VanDerWall, nominating employee and Columbia Bank training instructor; Laura Casolaro, manager and field Ddevelopment representative at Autism Speaks, and Minoska Mateo, acting executive director of the Columbia Bank Foundation.

7. Alzheimer’s Advocates

Alzheimer’s New Jersey, dedicated to providing support for New Jersey residents battling Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, held their 2019 Annual Gala. Enjoying the event were, from left: Karen Davis-Farage, gala chair, Board of Directors secretary; Russell Rothman, board president; Elaine Winter, Alzheimer’s New Jersey director of public policy and advocacy; Tracey Wolfman, Alzheimer’s New Jersey Board of Directors and her husband, Marc Wolfman.

8. Helping Babies With Hearing Loss

The Sound Start Babies Foundation, dedicated to supporting families of babies with hearing loss during the most critical years of brain development, raised $225,000 at their annual fundraiser, where keynote speaker Rebecca Alexander inspired attendees with her personal story of living with Usher Syndrome, Type III, which is causing her to go both deaf and blind. (Read more about Sound Start Babies in our 2018 Giving Back profile of the organization.)

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A Children’s Book Inspired by an Unlikely Friendship


It started with an unlikely friendship. Between cats. When Marie Unanue noticed that her neighbor’s chic and exotic cat, Payaso, enjoyed hanging out with Phatty, her own overweight, scrappy rescue cat, she sensed something special.

“Here was this beautiful cat coming by daily to visit my adopted, 28-pound cat,” says Unanue. “I watched them interact, and I saw it as an example that being different is okay, and you can be a friend no matter what.”

The observation inspired the Toms River native to write The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park, not only chronicling their adventures, but addressing the topic of bullying. “As a child I was bullied. I can remember what it felt like to not fit in at times,” she says.

Unanue’s book sends a positive message to children. “I wanted to give examples of forgiveness, empathy and compassion, while giving the kids a fun story,” she says. Self-published last year—with illustrations by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez—the book has sold more than 10,000 copies. Unanue has visited elementary schools in New Jersey and around the country, spreading her message of kindness to young children. She challenges them to perform an act of kindness every day—anything from helping a friend with homework to pitching in with household chores.

“The book has become my launching pad to something much bigger,” says Unanue, whose kindness challenge is explained on her website, letsallbekind.com.

Unanue is working on a sequel in the Mantoloking home she shares with husband Andy and their three dogs and two cats. She donates all proceeds from book sales to charity.

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4 Pre-Summer Beauty Services We Love


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1. REJUVENATING FACIAL

For a healthy treatment that gives skin a radiant, natural look, consider a traditional European facial, available at DeAmour Salon in Millburn. Esthetician Renee Rudikh, formerly the lead esthetician at standard-setting Georgette Klinger, says, “An old-school facial, in the style of Helena Rubenstein, will add vibrance to the face, neck and decolletage. Everyone deserves nourishing skincare, especially when the seasons change.” This 90-minute treatment, which helps correct and maintain skin, includes exfoliation, steam, deep cleansing, mask and hydration to promote a clearer, younger-looking complexion.

DeAmour Salon & Spa; 973-379-8300

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2. INTELLISHADE MATTE ANTI-AGING TINTED MOISTURIZER

Go sheer this summer! Outsmart the signs of aging with just a touch of moisturizing, healthy color. Contains three peptides and broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

1.7 oz. tube; $75 at Radiance Med Spa in Verona and the Peer Group in Florham Park

3. SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT

Zap away those nasty little veins behind your knees during lunch hour. Sclerotherapy, a fancy name for this minimally invasive vein treatment, is a bit of medical magic. “Just a few injections can make spider veins vanish for up to a year or more,” says New Jersey Monthly top doctor Michael Ombrellino of the Vein Institute of New Jersey at the Cardiovascular Care Group. Although some experience almost immediate effects, it’s best to have this treatment several weeks before you plan to show off your beach-worthy gams.

Vein Institute of New Jersey; 973-539-6900

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4. EYELASH EXTENSIONS

A 60- to 90-minute visit to the new BLVD salon at Neiman Marcus Short Hills can yield a fun, fresh summertime look. Whether you treat yourself to flirty cat-eye lashes, oh-so-subtle eyelash extensions, or something in between, the experts at Pucker can adhere between 80 and 100 synthetic lashes to each eyelid to give you more dazzling peepers. “We take pride in using only the highest quality lashes from Sugarlash,” says beauty technician Erika Gerner. “And to keep your lash extensions lustrous, we recommend having them refilled every two to three weeks.” Pucker also offers top-of-the-line makeup services.

BLVD, Neiman Marcus, Short Hills; 973-847-2583

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Panasonic hires chief compliance officer

Panasonic Corp. of North America has named a former Dun & Bradstreet executive as its new chief compliance officer, it announced Thursday.

Louis Sapirman will lead the Newark-based company’s North America ethics and compliance program, including dealing with antitrust, competition, customs and privacy issues, among other responsibilities. He has more than 25 years of experience in regulatory compliance and crisis management work.

“We are pleased to welcome Louis to our team,” Jessica Hodkinson, vice president, general counsel and secretary, said in a prepared statement. “His strategic thinking and industry recognition for establishing best-in-class compliance programming for global organizations will be critical to ensuring that compliance and ethics continue to be everyone’s job at Panasonic and that we continue to grow the business with the highest ethical standards.”

Before joining Panasonic, he was an executive with D&B, serving as vice president, associate general counsel, chief compliance officer and assistant corporate secretary. He has also worked at numerous law firms, focused on employment law.

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NJDCA awards Watson Institute $155K grant to assess UEZ program

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs announced Thursday it has awarded a $155,000 grant to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State University to assess the DCA’s Urban Enterprise Zone program.

The DCA said a UEZ designation provides financial incentives to local businesses in the zone. The incentives can help drive capital improvements, business expansion and employment, and overall improve the quality of life for residents, DCA said.

The Watson Institute’s assessment will measure whether the UEZ program is a viable tool for encouraging economic development in New Jersey. The institute will also provide recommendations on the future build of the program.

“In response to the opportunity, we will focus our capabilities on a comprehensive assessment of the critical factors that impact enterprise zones,” said Barbara George Johnson, executive director of The Watson Institute, who serves as a project lead for the initiative.

“The grant will allow us to redouble our efforts in this valuable endeavor,” she said.

“I look forward to receiving the study findings from the accomplished team at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy,”” Tracy Fredericks, executive director of the UEZ program at the NJDCA, said. “We are optimistic that the results will provide appropriate data and a clearer picture that will help legislators decide on the direction the program should take in the future.”

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Certara announces it has a new CEO

Certara announced Thursday it has named a new CEO.

Dr. William F. Feehery.

The Princeton-based drug development solutions company said Dr. William F. Feehery has been named CEO and member of the board of directors, effective June 3.

Feehery previously was at DuPont Industrial Biosciences where he served as president since 2013. He joined DuPont in 2002 and before that had experience in venture capital and was a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

“I am excited to join Certara, an exceptional company that is reducing the cost, time, and risk of drug development. I could not have made a better choice than to join the company at this exciting time in its growth trajectory,” Feehery said. “Certara’s track record for optimizing drug development and patient care decision-making by leveraging its integrated portfolio of quantitative and in silico capabilities is impeccable. The company has already had a significant positive impact, helping to bring safer and more effective new therapies to market efficiently. The healthcare field is ripe for accelerated innovation of this type and Certara is poised to lead the market.”

Certara also announced Dr. Edmundo Muniz, who’s been Certara’s CEO since June 2014, will become a member of the board of directors and chair of the board’s newly-created science committee.

“We are very pleased to welcome Bill to Certara. Bill’s broad and diverse background in technology and commercial operations position him well to lead the company. We are confident that his technical, operational and commercial expertise will serve him well as he takes the company to its next level of growth,” Sheri McCoy, Certara chairman of the board, said. She went on to say that “we also want to thank Edmundo for the great work he has done in establishing the vision and strategy that has resulted in Certara becoming the world leader in model-informed drug development and a critical innovator in modeling and simulation.”

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A Beer Garden Opens in Downtown Camden


Open:

Camden Arts Yard opened its doors earlier this week, bringing to fruition developer Damon Pennington’s dream of a community beer garden and culture and arts space amidst the bustle of the city’s waterfront. The space—which is also close to the Rutgers campus and the waterfront Camden Aquarium—will offer a selection of beers and drinks and a menu of beer hall-friendly snacks and meals by Food Network chef Aaron McCargo Jr. Part of the space’s unique design, all the food comes out of a shipping container converted into a kitchen (part of the aesthetic of the space, which is a converted parking lot, unifying Camden’s hard-edged industrial identity with the more fluid elements of culture and creativity). Camden Arts Yard, 317 Market Street, Camden; 856-514-1311

—Just because the Black Horse Tavern is New Jersey’s oldest restaurant doesn’t mean the place can’t do a little refreshing. Part of the 40NORTH restaurant group, the Black Horse recently announced the arrival of their new executive chef, 40NORTH alum Daniel Zapulla. A graduate of Johnson & Wales, Zapulla previously worked the kitchens of Piattino, the Office Tavern and Grill, the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, and the kitchen of the Cranford Hotel. Zapulla will be introducing some new items and concepts into the menu (think: vegan, fun, modern—e.g. Grilled Asparagus with Vegan Lemon Aioli) without upending the Black Horse’s tradition of farm-fresh comfort fare. Diners are welcome to stop in and check out the new menu for themselves. The Black Horse Tavern, 1 West Main Street, Mendham; 973-543-7300

In the Works:

—The team behind Turf n Surf Burger Grill in Warren is days away from opening a second restaurant, Turf Surf & Earth, in Somerville. As you might have guessed from the “Earth” in the name, the new spot will have more plant-based options for its build-your-own menu (e.g. Impossible Burger, Lentil Mushroom Burger, Tofu), with salad and sandwich options for whatever protein you pick. As of an April 25 Instagram post, the space was looking clean and near ready to go. The original plan was Summer 2018, but after some permit delays—and a shared top prize in Rutgers’ annual business plan competition—they’re slated to open this June. Turf Surf & Earth, 46 East Main Street Somerville; 908-393-7292

Piattino is expanding to Newark. The Italian restaurant already has locations in Summit and Mendham but appears to be hiring all positions for a third location inside of Newark Liberty International Airport that’s slated to open in June. Not much else is known about the expansion at the moment, but it’s safe to assume the new restaurant will do both fast-casual and sit-down service airport restaurants require. Piattino, Newark Liberty International Airport, Terminal A, Newark; no phone yet.

On the Move:

—For reasons as yet unknown, beverage director Chris James has departed from Anthony Bucco’s Felina in Ridgewood. The parting of ways wasn’t contentious, as far as we can tell, but it does leave Bucco and his team in need of beverage leadership (as far as maintaining standards, James had been training staff prior to his departure, so Bucco is confident they won’t miss a beat). James’ next moves are also unknown, although he’s among the state’s top mixology talents (homegrown, to boot, James is a native of Mahwah), so we’ll keep an eye out for where he lands.

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NJMEP, NJEDA sign MOU that includes pilot program on manufacturing resources

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved a memorandum of understanding with the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program at its regular board meeting Tuesday.

The MOU signifies the growing headway the manufacturers group has been able to make in the state.

The memorandum includes a $15,000 commitment from the EDA to help with a pilot program that aims to more widely broadcast resources the NJMEP has to connect manufacturing companies with a pipeline of new labor from community colleges and vocational schools in the state.

The resource guide created by the NJMEP also will be tweaked by a joint group from the NJMEP and EDA to make it a better tool for the industry and educational institutions.

NJMEP CEO John Kennedy has said the industry is a $50 billion-plus sector that employs at least 360,000 workers in the state.

In December, Gov. Phil Murphy also highlighted the work the NJMEP has done by signing a bill that would provide $250,000 from the state to match a federal grant awarded to the NJMEP for being a top-performing program in the state.

The funding was slated to be used in Newark, Paterson and Trenton to expand apprenticeship programs in various sectors related to manufacturing.

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