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Chief Executive Officer
Anthony R. Buonaguro is CEO & President of A.R.Buonaguro & Associates, an international legal and business strategy advisor to organizations in transition. His firm assists growing entrepreneurial companies at the "C" and Board levels in creating and utilizing legal, political and public relations functions in their business activities, in the U.S. and in Canada. An area of the firm's special focus is assisting organizations that find themselves in crisis mode. A graduate of the Harvard Law School, Mr. Buonaguro was trained at the internationally respected Wall Street law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He has had a career of more than forty years as a senior lawyer and business professional, including service for twelve years as company Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel including at Prudential Capital Corporation. Mr. Buonaguro is a board member and Vice President of the SR Civic Association, a nonprofit educational association dedicated to maintaining public awareness about emerging civic and political issues in Somerset County, NJ. He was a Board member of Executive Life Insurance Company of California after it was declared insolvent, and was a key architect in formulating and implementing the rescue plan for policyholders ultimately adopted by regulators and the courts in that state. He has also served on the Boards of the life insurance guaranty associations in Arkansas and Oklahoma which funded policyholder rescue plans in several other large insurance company insolvencies. For several years, he served as a Board member of KTI Energy, Inc., a developer of alternative energy facilities in northern New England that was saluted by Inc. magazine as one of the nation's fastest growing private companies at that time.
Chief Operation Officer
An NACD Certified Board Leadership Fellow, Ms. Allen is an Independent Director and Chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee for Tingley Rubber Corporation, a leader in the PP&E industry, and also serves on the Audit Committee. She is an independent Director of Currant, Inc., a start-up company building technologies to connect people and organizations after natural disasters, and is on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) NJ chapter. She is a member of the Strategy Committee of the Board of YWCA Bergen County, and is a former trustee and Past President of the Board of the Center for Hope and Safety.
Anita Allen is the founder and Managing Partner of Allen Advisory Group, a management consulting firm guiding clients to improve business performance, by defining and developing improved processes, organizational models and systems. She also provides mentoring and coaching to executive and management level individuals at Fortune 500 firms to improve development opportunities, career path direction and performance results.
Before establishing Allen Advisory Group, Anita was a top performing partner at KPMG Consulting, focused on serving global organizations, enabling clients to achieve breakthrough results. Anita was a practice leader with P&L responsibility and a key contributor to the growth of the management consulting business, driving product development and revenue in solutions across several industry sectors. A former auditor and a financial expert, she has significant experience in the life sciences and professional services industries.
A licensed CPA in the state of New Jersey, Ms. Allen has BS in Accounting from Monmouth University. She was recognized as a 2015 NJ Leading Women Entrepreneur.
Pamela Craven served as the chief administrative officer and general counsel of Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions with 14,000 employees and operating in more than 90 countries. She also served as the company's chief compliance officer. Ms. Craven retired from Avaya in Decmber 2014. Under her leadership the Chief Administrative Officer organization consisted of approximately 300 employees and hundreds of contractors worldwide and included, in addition to the Law organization: Human Resources; Internal Audit; Government Affairs; Corporate Security; Global Trade; Global Real Estate; Ethics & Compliance; Environmental, Health & Safety; and Philanthropy. Ms. Craven also served as Avaya's Corporate Secretary. Ms. Craven was part of the initial management team of Avaya at the time of its spin-off in 2000 from Lucent Technologies Inc., where she served as vice president of Law and Corporate Secretary for Lucent with more than 50 lawyers under her leadership. She joined Lucent directly from AT&T as part of the 1996 initial public offering and spin-off of its equipment manufacturing business and Bell Laboratories. Ms. Craven joined AT&T in 1992 following AT&T's acquisition of NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio, where she was assistant general counsel and assistant secretary. For a number of years, she was a tax attorney in private practice and at NCR.
Ms. Craven is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Amber Road, a NYSE listed provider of software-as-a-service solutions for international trade. During her tenure at Avaya, Ms. Craven also served on the board of directors and remuneration committee of AGC Networks, Limited (India), a publicly listed Indian corporation involved in the distribution and servicing of enterprise communications solutions in the Indian market.
In addition, she was a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School for a ten-year term 2004-2014 and continues to be actively involved at the Law School where she and her husband co-sponsor the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at Penn, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the rule of law in 21st century warfare and national security. Ms. Craven joined the board of the New Jersey Women Lawyers' Association in 2014 and co-chairs the in-house counsel committee. She is a member of the DirectWomen Board Institute, was elected to the American Law Institute in 2015 and is a speaker on issues related to women in legal practice and as board members.
Ms. Craven graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition, she earned a Master of Laws with honors from New York University School of Law in Taxation..
Nominating and Governance Chair
An NACD Certified Board Governance Fellow, Mr. Fuller is an
Independent Director and Chair of the Compensation and
Nominating/Governance Committees for Tingley Rubber Corporation, a
leader in the PP&E industry. He is also a Board Director, and
America's Council Treasurer of the Association of Executive Search
Consultants (AESC), Director of the NACD NJ Chapter, and former
Board Director of IMD International. Tom is also a member of the
Advisory Board of Intervarsity, an inter-denominational, evangelical
Christian campus ministry founded in 1941, working with students and
faculty on U.S. college and university campuses.
Mr. Fuller is the founder of Epsen Fuller Group, a leading executive search, board and leadership consulting firm, and has served as its Managing Director & CEO since 1997. He has delivered over 300 board and leadership projects for Fortune 500 and SMEâ€™s, as well as private equity or venture-backed clients in the Consumer & Lifestyle, Life Science, and Technology - Digital - Media sectors.
Formerly a Partner with TASA Worldwide, Tom entered the executive search profession with 22 years in line and senior management experience in mid-cap as well as large enterprise consumer products companies to include General Mills and Chrystal Brands and was the visionary behind several global brand launches.
Tom is an author and frequent speaker on leadership, board composition, succession planning and building high-performance organizations. He has delivered keynote addresses and panel presentations to various business groups to include National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), The Human Capital Forum, The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), New York Venture Association, New Jersey Technology Council, Council of Growing Companies, BioNJ, Pennsylvania BIO, and New York Entrepreneurs Forum.
A Fordham University Alumni, Tom has two adult children and lives with his wife of 31 years Nancy, an award winning elementary school educator. He is very active in a number of professional, civic and community organizations and is the founder and President of Freedom Riders Cycling Club, a cycling team dedicated to raising funds to support cancer research and increasing public awareness on the fight against cancer.
Martin M. Coyne is a board director and advisor to CEOs, boards of directors, and investors. He currently serves as lead independent director of Akamai Technologies and as a director of BioClinica and RockTech. He is President and CEO of the New Jersey Chapter of NACD. In the past, he served as a director of OpenPages, Avecia Group Plc, director and chairman of Welch Allyn and as a member of the board of AdvaMed. He is the recipient of the Directorship 100 Award in 2011.
He is the Chairman and Founder of the CEO Learning Network and the author of many articles on board governance, CEO leadership and improving CEO relationships with their boards of directors. His book, How To Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You, is a practical guide to help CEOs and directors work more effectively together.
He has served in a variety of senior management positions at Sterling Drug and Kodak including President of Health Imaging, President of the Commercial Business Group and Executive Vice President of Eastman Kodak and Group Executive of the Photography Group. He left Kodak in 2003 to pursue his passion for CEO leadership development and more effective board governance. Mr. Coyne earned a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from Fordham University and an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business in 1989.
Mr. Casey's career with SI Systems (a Paragon Technologies, Inc. brand) spanned 44 years prior to retiring in 2012. During his distinguished career he served the company in several senior management and executive positions each with increasingly levels of responsibility. While President and CEO (2006-2012) he had complete P&L responsibility for the company's growth and financial performance. His resume includes experience in manufacturing assembly, distribution and supply chain management, international business, joint venture partnering and technology licensing.
Throughout his career Mr. Casey has led business development efforts and served clients from numerous Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Government agencies as well as mid range manufacturing and distribution companies. From July 2001 to December 2003 he held a similar executive position with The Casey Group, a Business and Technology Services firm specializing in IT system development, application design, integration, and outsourcing. Previously (1965-2001) Mr. Casey held a variety of senior management positions at SI including Executive Vice President, Vice President Sales and Marketing. Mr. Casey is a well known and published leader in the material handling industry. A member of the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) for over 31 years, he served as its Board President in 2002-2003, been on its Board of Directors from 1997-2010 and chaired numerous committees. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of Body Logic MD and Physicians Lab, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida and is the Chairman of their Audit Committee.
He has been a member of the National Association Corporate Directors (NACD) since 2015. He currently serves on the NACD NJ Chapter Board of Directors and its Program committee and is an NACD Governance Fellow. He holds a B.S. degree in Business and Commerce from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Membership Committee Chair
Patrick A. Cozza is a Managing Partner and Advisor at OnetoOne Corporate Finance, a middle market investment bank headquartered in Madrid, Spain. He has previously served many senior executive leadership roles in the financial services industry, most recently CEO and Regional Head of Insurance and SEVP of Wealth Management in North America for HSBC, one of the worldâ€™s largest international banks, where he spent 28 years, the last 14 of which leading financial services businesses as a Group CEO.
He currently serves as a Strategic Advisor, Wealth Management, at the Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickenson University, where he is also an adjunct professor and Advisory Board Member. He is also an independent consultant. Pat has served on many financial services industry boards and is currently on the board of directors to non-profit organizations including Junior Achievement of New Jersey, NACD New Jersey, as well as private companies.
He received his BS from Seton Hall University, MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson University and completed the American Financial Services Association Executive Program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and has received numerous awards and recognition as a successful business executive and philanthropic supporter. Pat is a lifelong New Jersey resident.
Mr. Gatti has been a board member of numerous public, private and tax-exempt companies and served on an array of committees: Special, Governance & Nominating, Finance and Audit. He was directly involved with the $1.8 billion 2011 sale of Blackboard, Inc., a publicly-traded global software/technology company to private equity. He has been directly involved with over $10 billion of M&A, Equity & Debt Transactions; Turnaround & Transformation Strategies; Credit Ratings; Investor Relations and Benefit & Compensation Plans in the software/technology, professional services & media/publishing markets.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the NACD New Jersey Chapter, serves on the Board of H.S. Grace & Co. and the Finance Committee of The Conference Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Audit Committee of Blackboard, Inc.; Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. and Prometric, Inc. In addition he also served on the Board of Directors of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the New York City Chapters of Financial Executives International and the National Investor Relations Institute.
From 1997 to 2011 he served as CFO & a member of the Office of the President at ETS, a global assessment, professional license & certification company where he partnered with its Board to create & implement a $100 million Turnaround which was accomplished in two years. In addition, he was directly involved in the development and execution of a Transformational Strategy that quadrupled revenues to $1.3 billion by 2011 (35% from outside the United States) and generated over $500 million of net free cash flow that was reinvested in technology, product & service quality, innovation, diversification and R&D.
Prior to that he was Vice President/Financial Management and Vice President/Chief Accounting Officer at The New York Times Company and was directly involved in over 50 M&A transactions that transformed it from a single newspaper to a media conglomerate consisting of newspapers, magazines, broadcasting & cable TV. During his tenure, revenues increased six-fold to $2.4 billion by 1997 (50% from acquisitions). He initiated and implemented a $70 million shared services investment to support 50 businesses across the U.S.
Mr. Gatti began his career with Deloitte providing an array of services in the chemical, publishing, consumer products, tax-exempt & professional services markets. He earned a BBA from Baruch College, a MBA from the Rutgers Business School, attended various Executive Programs at the Harvard Business School and, is a Certified Public Accountant and a NACD Leadership Fellow.
Gil Chapman is an independent Director of Northfield Bancorp of Woodbridge, NJ. He sits on Northfield Bank's Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee and, chairs the Risk Committee. Mr. Chapman maintains audit committee financial expert designation under the SEC's rules and regulations and, is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Mr. Chapman has over 25 years of business experience, most recently owning and operating an automobile dealership in Staten Island, New York. During this period he gained strong financial, marketing, sales, and customer service skills. Mr. Chapman also has significant experience in employee development and training.
Mr. Chapman holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Economics Degree from Rutgers University-Newark. While attending Michigan he played football for the legendary coach Bo Schembechler and professionally for the New Orleans Saints. He is a member of The New Jersey Star Ledger High School Team of the Century and, a member of The New Jersey High School Hall of Fame.
Born and educated in France but having spent most of his business life abroad, Jean-Rene Gougelet is an independent consultant specializing in international business development, strategic planning and turnaround management.
He currently serves on the Board of Trudeau Corp. in Montreal (Private). He previously served on the Board of Libbey Inc. (Public), Mikasa Inc. (Private) as well as the International Houseware Association (not for profit) where he still sits on the government affairs committee.
Originally trained in the advertising (Ted Bates/Colgate, Publicis Belgium /Nescafe) and marketing (Quaker Oats pet food) of FMG's, Jean-Rene was VP Marketing International of Pierre Fabre Cosmetiques (Castres, France) when he moved to New York in 1984 and became president of Pierre Fabre Inc. & Physicians Formula Cosmetics, later CEO of Arc International Inc., Mikasa Inc. and president of Burnes Home Accents LLC (aka Burnes of Boston). In these capacities, he acquired an extensive international, turnaround, M&A, industrial and retail experience.
Jean-Rene is an NACD "Board Leadership Fellow".
Audit Committee Chair
Audit Committee Chair William Kraut is an Independent Director and Corporate Finance and Governance Advisor. He is a partner at Newport Board Group a partnership of board directors and senior executive leaders with deep knowledge of business strategy, operations and capital markets that help middle market and emerging growth companies navigate transitions and improve their performance.
Mr. Kraut is currently a Lead Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of a NYSE company, a private company and previously a Community bank.
His background includes over 30 years as a Senior Partner with EisnerAmper LLP, Certified Public Accountants (12 largest in U.S.) and was Chief Quality Officer and Chief Information Officer of Amper , Politziner & Mattia, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants.
He is published by Loscalzo Associates and Practical Accountant, a national publication. He is an adjunct professor with the Graduate Business Program at Monmouth University and a Mentor with the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Kraut is a past Board Director of Financial Executives International.
Mr. Kraut earned a BS degree from Saint Peters University and an MBA degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Richard C. Lufkin - Rick is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in founding and growing a range of life science companies. He currently is serving as CFO and is a director of Anima Cell Metrology, Inc., a startup biotech platform company. He has held founder, general management, and/or corporate board member roles with DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Linguagen Corp., Medical Market Specialties, Inc., Proanagen Corp., ClinDAR Corp., Synectiq Corp., New Life Health Products, M-Biosystems, Inc., etc. Earlier in his career he served as a Naval Officer and held operating management positions with Corning Inc. in production planning, American Research and Development in venture capital, and in business development with Johnson & Johnson.
He has long been involved in entrepreneurial support organizations, notably as a founder and long serving officer of the New Jersey Entrepreneurs Forum and the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Rick is an Electrical Engineering graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
As a Director on multiple Boards, Ross is applying his 30+ years a senior global operational experience in Fortune 500, US and Non-US family-owned and closely held businesses, including 18 years based in six European countries.
Ross currently serves as an independent director of the FLEXcon Corporation, and the W.A. Cleary Corporation. He is also Secretary and a Director on the Board of The Montgomery Academy in Basking Ridge, which is a NJ private approved school for the learning disabled, and Secretary and a Trustee of The Montgomery Academy Foundation.
Mr. Miller is also a Founder and Director of The Intergrow GroupÂ®, LLC which is an International Business Strategy Consulting Group which assist companies to create, increase or relaunch their global footprint.
Most recently he served as President, OPEX International where he was responsible for all operations outside the US and Canada, where he lead the entrance into Brazil and Mexico while greatly expanding sales in Asia/Pacific. Previously he was Executive Vice President of LAPP Holding NA, for the German privately-owned Lapp Group, with responsibility for operations in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the US. He was previously responsible for Global Sales and Marketing for Messer Industries within Hoechst group of companies.
Ross holds a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and is fluent in French and German.
Edward J. Smith is an independent director and corporate finance and governance consultant. He has been a director and member of the audit committee of four public companies since 2003. Each company had active internal and external growth program in place. As a director, Mr. Smith was involved in three company sales, over 15 merger or acquisition projects, three management succession processes and two independent accounting investigations. He has chaired each of the three required board committees. In 2006 and 2007, he taught a seminar in corporate governance at Yale University. He is a Board Leadership Fellow and holds a Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Currently, Mr. Smith is a director for the New Jersey Chapter of NACD and a trustee and treasurer of Saint Thomas More Chapel and Student Center at Yale University. Mr. Smith was a director, chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Governance committee of ATS Corporation (a $130 million provider of systems integration and other strategic IT services to U.S. federal government agencies) which was sold to a private equity buyer in 2012. He was a director of Cognex Corporation (the worldÃs leading supplier of machine vision systems). Mr. Smith was a director of Global Imaging Systems a $1.1 billion office imaging company which was sold to Xerox in 2007 for $1.5 billion. He was also a director and chairman of the compensation committee of Fargo Electronics (a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems) which was sold to Assa Abloy of Sweden in 2006 for $325 million.
In 2001, prior to his board service, Mr. Smith founded a corporate finance and board governance consulting firm, Barnegat Bay Capital. Previously he was a Managing Director in investment banking at Prudential Securities, Merrill Lynch, Shearson Lehman Brothers and Kidder Peabody for 30 years. In those roles he completed over 250 financing transactions and 50 M&A assignments primarily for small and medium sized companies.
Mr. Smith earned an A.B. degree in Philosophy from Yale University in 1970 and an MBA degree in Finance from Harvard Business School in 1972.
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