Moves and Deals

Tattoo studio signs lease for Pennsauken property

A tattoo studio has signed a long-term lease for a retail building in Pennsauken, according to Vantage Real Estate Services.

Vantage said 168 Tattoo has leased the 3,700-square-foot property at 7017 Route 38. The upscale custom tattoo studio is owned and operated by Leah and Rick Fichter.

“I am absolutely in love with the new shop,” Leah Fichter said in a prepared statement. “It’s perfect in so many ways. I will be so proud once the doors open. This building need us and we need it.”

Marlton-based Vantage’s Monica Walsh, executive vice president, represented both the tenant and the landlord, Allen L. Gilber LLC, in the transaction.

“From the bottom of my heart, you have a special place in it, (Monica),” Fichter said. “You have been amazing.”

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Texas HR services firm names N.J. exec

BenefitMall, a Texas-based provider of benefit and payroll services, has hired a payroll sales director for New Jersey, it announced this week.

The company, which has its New Jersey office in Somerset, said John Watson joins after more than a dozen years with Paychex in a variety of roles, including district sales manager. He has more than a decade of payroll, HR and employee benefits sales experience, BenefitMall noted.

“BenefitMall is thrilled to introduce John Watson to our payroll sales team,” Michael Garcia, vice president of Eastern payroll sales, said in a prepared statement. “His extensive experience in payroll and employee benefits sales with small to medium businesses will make him an excellent leader for our sales team in New Jersey.”

In his new role, Watson will over see BenefitMall’s New Jersey human capital management and payroll sales efforts, leading the Garden State teams.

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Executive Moves: InSight, EisnerAmper and more

Executive Moves is an occasional feature on 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.”


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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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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Excel Physical Therapy expands into Essex County

Hackensack-based Excel Orthopedic Physical Therapy, a provider of orthopedic physical therapy, announced Monday it has opened a new office at the former site of the historic Livingston retailer Sams Fine Men’s Clothing.

The 6,500-square-foot office, located at 555 S. Livingston Ave., is Excel’s first in Essex County and its largest of the company’s 15 offices, it said. It will feature functional training and a cardiovascular equipment area as well as an enclosed turf for sports-specific training.

“We’re looking forward to joining the tightknit Livingston community and bringing EXCEL’s years of experience and attention to high quality care and patient satisfaction to Essex County,” Excel CEO Gary Flink said. “What makes this particular clinic even more special is that we’re occupying a building with decades worth of rich New Jersey history.”

Maurice Cohen, co-owner of Sams Fine Men’s Clothing, said: “(My cousin and Sams co-owner) Jeffrey and I would like to welcome the Excel Physical Therapy team to their new home at 555 S Livingston Ave — the former location of Sams Fine Men’s Clothing. We feel that Excel’s entrance into Essex County will mesh with the fabric of the community. Sams always made you look good and now Excel PT will make you feel good.”

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Vantage RES announces sale of office condo in Marlton

Vantage RES announced Friday the sale of an office condominium located in the Pavilions at Greentree in Marlton.

Ken Richardson, sales associate at Vantage RES, represented and negotiated on behalf of the buyer, MR3 Enterprises LLC. The building was listed with the Flynn Group.

The Pavilions at Greentree, located at 651 Route 73, consists of multiple condo units and is within close access to Interstate 95, Route 70, Virtua Hospital and various retail complexes and restaurants.

MR3 Enterprises, a petroleum company, needed to relocate to a larger facility to accommodate its headquarters.

“Vantage was responsive and professional from the first call. They met our scheduling needs, touring property at nights and on weekends” Param Mahli, managing member, MR3, said. “Vantage listened to our requirements and gave us every option and ultimately guided our decision.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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SHI International sets Q1 revenue record

Somerset-based SHI International, an IT solutions provider, announced Thursday its first quarter earnings, rising 7.5% year-over-year.

The Somerset-based company said it earned $2.3 billion in the first quarter of 2019, surpassing a record set in the first quarter of 2018.

The firm experienced growth both domestically and internationally, it said. SHI’s Public Sector revenue was up 25% over last year, while Corporate and SMB was up 14%. Internationally, France led the way in terms of growth with a 36% jump while the U.K. rose 19% year-over-year.

“Last year SHI experienced one of our best first quarters ever. But despite that quick start and a marketplace change that will be reflected in SHI’s reporting throughout 2019, we again set a new first quarter record,” SHI CEO and President Thai Lee said. “We continue to see strong growth among our top partners and business units, and remain on schedule with the construction of two new facilities that will increase our capacity to support our customers. Our unwavering focus on addressing customers’ IT and business challenges, the ongoing strength of our partnerships, and the dedication of our employees will keep SHI on course for continued growth.”

The company also said its Integration Center, a 400,000-square-foot facility in Piscataway, is slated for completion in September. Also, the Garza Ranch, SHI Austin’s future home, is expected to open in February 2020.

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Church & Dwight names chairman of the board

Ewing-based Church & Dwight Co. Inc. announced that current CEO and President Matthew T. Farrell has been named chairman of the board, effective following the company’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Farrell has been CEO and president since January 2016, the company said.

The company also announced James R. Craigie will continue as a member of the board of directors and Robert D. LeBlanc will continue as lead director.

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Mahwah steakhouse has new owners, real estate firm says

Bielat Santore & Co. has brokered the sale of a Mahwah steakhouse, the real estate company announced this week.

The River Palm Terrace, at the corner of routes 17 and 202, is one of three River Palm Steak House locations, along with Fair Lawn and Edgewater restaurants. The new owners, Patriot Gjonbalaj and Frank Gashi, are New York-based restaurateurs, according to the Allenhurst firm.

“The new proprietors … are both very familiar with New York City high-end restaurants, having spent a good part of their 20-plus-year careers training and working in them,” Bielat Santore sales associate David A. Alvarez said in a prepared statement.

Alvarez, along with Barry Bielat, handled the deal for Bielat Santore.

Gjonbalaj and Gashi had worked together managing Il Mulino Prime Restaurant, after working together at Scalinatella Restaurant, both in Manhattan.

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CIS opens up leasing at new affordable housing community in Plainsboro

Community Investment Strategies announced Friday its new affordable housing community in Plainsboro has begun leasing.

The new development, The Place at Plainsboro, combines social and recreational services with housing for residents, CIS said.

The community has 71 homes, including townhome-style and ADA compliant apartments, 14 one-bedroom, 34 two-bedroom and 22 three-bedroom units each with private entrances. It has amenities including a community center, outdoor patio, community garden, washer and dryers, air conditioning, off-street parking and more.

“We are excited to bring high-quality housing to residents in the Plainsboro area,” Christiana Foglio, founder and CEO of CIS, said. “We expect high demand for these high-quality, contemporary apartments at affordable pricing. We are excited to introduce another innovative project by the CIS team.”

All homes, CIS said, can be subject to income qualifications to lease to help Plainsboro meet its affordable housing need.

“We are pleased with the housing opportunity these apartments bring to Plainsboro.  It is a well-planned development, excellent quality and close to our town center. It furthers our commitment to affordable housing in our community,” Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu said.

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