Josh Weston, Chairman
Josh Weston is honorary chairman and former CEO of Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP). Mr. Weston began his career at ADP in 1955 as Executive Vice President, Popular Services Inc, leading the company in a variety of capacities before being named CEO in 1982.
Mr. Weston has developed a second full time career leading various non-profit boards, providing generous support to many institutions in the arts and education, and participating in humanitarian efforts and business councils. He is a former director of J. Crew Group, Inc. and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), Gentiva Health Services, and Shared Medical Systems.
Mr. Weston also serves as a director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the International Rescue Committee, and The City College 21st Century Foundation, Inc. He is also a trustee of WNET, Public Media NJ, Committee for Economic Development, Liberty Science Center, and TEAM Charter Schools in Newark.
Mr. Weston is the former chairman of Boys Town Jerusalem, Yeshiva University Business School and Tri-State United Way. He also served as a trustee of the Montclair Art Museum, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Health System.
In 2002, Mr. Weston received the President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also a recipient of the 1999 Legacy Award from William Paterson University and an Eisenhower Award from the Business Executives for National Security (BENS).
Mr. Weston resides in Montclair, New Jersey.
Liz Thomas, Vice-Chair
Co-founder and CEO of Thomas/Boyd Communications
Liz Thomas is co-founder and CEO of Thomas/Boyd Communications. Founded in 1998, the company has repeatedly been named by The Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the top 10 public relations in the region and has received numerous awards from local and regional entities including the Public Relations Society of America. Individually, Ms. Thomas was named as one of New Jersey’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” by NJBIZ magazine and a “Person to Watch,” by SJ Magazine. She was recently appointed to the Steering Committee for the 2011 New Jersey Governor’s Conference for Women.
Ms. Thomas, who received a B.A. in English and Sociology from Moravian College, began her career as assistant press secretary for Governor Tom Kean. During this time, she was named “Young Career Woman of the Year,” by the New Jersey chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. Prior to starting her first public relations agency in 1989, Ms. Thomas served as deputy director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism where she served as spokesperson during the beach closure crisis and managed the marketing and public efforts associated with the “NJ and You Perfect Together” campaign.
Ms. Thomas has also designed and managed numerous notable events, including the opening of Cooper University Hospital’s Pavilion in Camden; the opening of the Ferry Building on Ellis Island; and the grand opening of the Battleship New Jersey, which attracted more than 1,500 guests. Prior to the ship’s public opening, she coordinated the logistics for international media coverage during the Battleship’s historic passage through the Panama Canal. Additionally, she planned and coordinated the live, televised opening of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial with 15,000 guests in attendance.
Ms. Thomas serves as vice chairman of the board of Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, serving on the strategic planning and finance committees. She is a member of the capital campaign committee responsible for raising funds needed to build The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in Camden. She is a member of the board of Public Media NJ and serves as public affairs coordinator for the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. She is returning to the Steering Committee responsible for planning the 2012 New Jersey Governor’s Conference for Women.
Ms. Thomas is a past member of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, serving as vice-chair. She also served as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey and was a member of the executive committee.
She resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
Anthony V. Bastardi, Vice-Chair
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Strategic Development Group Incorporated
Construction Technology Corporation
Anthony V. Bastardi is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Development Group Incorporated and its affiliate, Construction Technology Corporation, both recognized leaders in managing the development, planning, design, and construction of complex institutional facilities for education and healthcare. He has over 35 years of broad-based management experience and an extensive background in the development of a wide range of academic, research laboratory, healthcare, senior housing, and other institutional facilities.
He is the recipient of two Awards of Excellence from the New Jersey Builders Association. Under his leadership, Construction Technology Corporation was included in Business News New Jersey’s Top 40 Fastest Growing Companies in New Jersey. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.
Mr. Bastardi holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (with Honor) from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Industrial and Management Engineering degree from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and has done post-graduate work at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Mr. Bastardi is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting, the philanthropic and strategic planning affiliate of NJTV; the Independent College Fund of New Jersey; and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Morris Museum. He also serves as a trustee for Public Media NJ. Moreover, he serves on the Advisory Board at Birth Haven, a home for indigent, pregnant women.
He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Caldwell College and is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Delbarton School. Mr. Bastardi has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Saints Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an affiliate of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens; Loyola House of Retreats; and the Stevens Institute of Technology’s 125th Anniversary Steering Committee, which he co-chaired.
Mr. Bastardi resides in New Jersey.
Thomas A. Bracken
President and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Veteran banker Thomas A. Bracken became the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO in February of 2011. Mr. Bracken served as chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007 and has been involved with the Chamber for more than 30 years.
He has four decades of experience in the banking and financial services industry, serving previously as president of TriState Capital Bank’s New Jersey operation, based in Princeton. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Sun Bancorp, Inc. from 2001 to 2007. He also held executive positions with First Union Bank. He is a former chairman of the Economic Development Corporation of Trenton and a former chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association.
Mr. Bracken, a Bucknell graduate, is currently the chairman of the Finance Committee of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation; the chairman of the New Jersey Alliance for Action Foundation; and the vice chairman of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting. He also serves on the board of Public Media NJ, the newly-formed nonprofit company that manages NJTV.
Mr. Bracken resides in Skillman, New Jersey.
President and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company
Bernard “Bernie” Flynn has served as President and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company since April 2008 and Chairman of the Board of NJM Bank FSB, a wholly owned subsidiary of NJM, since 2009.
Before he joined NJM, Mr. Flynn was a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General from 1987 to 1993, serving as Counsel for the Commissioner of Insurance from 1991 to 1993.
Mr. Flynn is the chairman and a founding Board member of Choose New Jersey, an independent, privately funded and managed non-profit corporation inspired by Gov. Chris Christie to promote New Jersey as a place to invest and do business.
He is a current Board Member of: Junior Achievement of NJ, the New Jersey Network Foundation, and Member of the Property Casualty Insurers Board of Governors. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Flynn served as Secretary of the Insurance Council of New Jersey.
Several committees benefited from Mr. Flynn’s expertise during a time of great change in the New Jersey personal auto insurance market. In the late ‘90’s he served as a Member of the New Jersey Insurance Department’s Personal Injury Protection Technical Advisory Committee, he was a Member of the New Jersey Insurance Underwriting Association and Co-Chaired Governor-Elect McGreevey’s Banking and Insurance Transition Team in 2001.
He holds a JD from Rutgers University School of Law and a BS from Fordham University.
Mr. Flynn, his wife, and their two children live in Delran, New Jersey.
Ed Graham is chairman, president and chief executive officer of South Jersey Industries. He is also the director, president and chief executive officer of South Jersey Gas Company.
He is an officer and member of the board of directors of Choose New Jersey, the American Gas Association, the New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, and the Foundation of the New Jersey Alliance for Action.
An alumnus of Rider University, Mr. Graham also holds a MBA from Drexel University. He is a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Mr. Graham is a resident of New Jersey.
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
Former Governor of New Jersey
As two-term Governor of New Jersey, Thomas Kean was rated among America’s most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine. While Governor, he served on the President’s Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor’s Association Task Force on Teaching.
On December 16, 2002, Gov. Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The Commission’s
work culminated on July 22, 2004, with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report. Its recommendations resulted in the largest intelligence reform in the nation’s history. Gov. Kean served as the chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission’s work of guarding against future attacks.
From 1990 until 2005, Gov. Kean served as president of Drew University. During his tenure, applications to Drew increased by more than 40%, the endowment nearly tripled, and more than $60 million was committed to construction and renovation of buildings.
Gov. Kean has served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American
delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as vice chairman of the
American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing, and served as a member of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy.
Gov. Kean is the chairman of the board of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York; the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; and is the former chair of Educate America, the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation; and the Newark Alliance. He is co-chairman with Congressman Lee Hamilton of the National Security Preparedness Group. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Academy of Art & Sciences and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University
Teachers College and has served as a trustee of both institutions. He holds more than 30 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations, including the Frederick Heldring Global Leadership award; the NAICU Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education; and the Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, among many others.
Gov. Kean is the author of The Politics of Inclusion, published by The Free Press and is co-author of Without Precedent, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. He writes a regular column for The Star Ledger with former Governor Brendan Byrne, appeared as a regular commentator on New Jersey Network News, and has appeared on NJTV public affairs programs including NJToday and On the Record with Michael Aron.
The Keans reside in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
Scott Kobler is a Partner in the law firm of McCarter & English, LLP, specializing in healthcare and public finance. He joined the Firm in 1982 and has served on its Executive Committee.
Mr. Kobler was appointed a Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority in 1992 and soon elected its Chair. Over a twenty year period, he served twice as Chair during the terms of five Governors, formed the New Jersey Network Foundation, served as a Foundation Trustee, and worked with his fellow Trustees and Foundation President Elizabeth Christopherson to elevate the Foundation to one of the State’s most successful charitable organizations and public-private partnerships, raising over $100 million.
Mr. Kobler counsels clients on their financing needs from initial capital formation to deep distress and all points in between. He advises on asset acquisitions and sales, changes in control, realignments, debt restructurings, and federal and state regulatory approvals. Mr. Kobler has served as bond, underwriters’, borrowers’, bank, developers’ and trustees’ counsel for billions of dollars of publicly-traded and privately-held debt in various states with an array of credits. He represents significant healthcare systems, sub-acute providers, colleges, universities, museums, private schools, foundations and social service agencies, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Fortune 500 companies, closely held corporations, and commercial and investment banks. He is capital and general business counsel to scores of nonprofit and for-profit healthcare, educational, civic and social service organizations. Mr. Kobler is a N.J. Super Lawyer and Chambers USA recognizes him as a leader in the healthcare field.
He has been a Trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1995, a Trustee of the Newark Alliance and president of his local school board. Mr. Kobler is a graduate of Princeton University and the Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Kobler is a resident of New Jersey.
Randall E. Mehrberg
PSEG Energy Holdings
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Development
PSEG Services Corporation
Randall E. Mehrberg is president of PSEG Energy Holdings. PSEG Energy Holdings develops, manages and owns renewable energy solutions. PSEG Energy Holdings also owns power plants, energy, real estate and other investments in the United States. Mr. Mehrberg is also PSEG’s executive vice president responsible for corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate responsibility and corporate communications. He is a member of PSEG’s corporate executive leadership team.
Mr. Mehrberg joined PSEG after serving for eight years in various executive leadership positions at Chicago-based Exelon Corp., most recently as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief legal officer. Prior to his tenure at Exelon, Mr. Mehrberg was an equity partner in the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block, where he worked from 1980 to 1993 and again from 1997 to 2000. He represented corporations, individuals, not-for-profits and government entities in a broad range of matters. From 1993 to 1997 he served as lakefront director and general counsel for the City of Chicago’s Park District.
Mr. Mehrberg holds a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has been active in a number of business and civic organizations, including serving on the board of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited. Mr. Mehrberg currently serves as a board member of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the University of Michigan Law School, The Center for Collaborative Change, NJN Television Foundation, Millennium Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Mr. Mehrberg has been the recipient of numerous civic awards, such as the AJC Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund Legal Services Award, the Chicago Bar association David C. Hilliard Award, the Catholic Charities Award for Service to the Poor, and the H.O.P.E. for the People Award – Man of the Year.
Executive Vice President and Regional President, Wells Fargo’s Southern New Jersey Region
Brenda Ross-Dulan is Executive Vice President and Regional President for Wells Fargo’s Southern New Jersey Region, responsible for 150 banking stores, with $12 billion deposits. Ms. Ross-Dulan also serves as national spokesperson for Wells Fargo’s African American Business Services program. Prior to moving to New Jersey in April 2009, she served as the Regional President for Wells Fargo’s Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley Region.
Ms. Ross-Dulan was introduced to banking after working as a corporate finance intern at JPMorgan in New York. She joined First Interstate in 1990 as a financial analyst and has been with Wells Fargo since it acquired First Interstate in 1990. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in a variety of roles from Corporate Banking to Commercial Real Estate and Community Development.
A committed champion of the community, Ms. Ross-Dulan has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America and as an Executive Making a Difference by the Los Angeles Times. She has also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Economic Justice Award.
Since moving to New Jersey, Ms. Ross-Dulan has been recognized by the Executive Women of New Jersey, the YMCA NJ Hall of Fame and Kidsbridge. She has also received the LEAP Academy Leadership Award and has been appointed to the boards of the Coopers Ferry Community Development Corporation and New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Ross-Dulan holds a BA in Business Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She is the devoted mother of two teenage children. Ms. Ross-Dulan lives in New Jersey.
President and CEO, WNET
Neal Shapiro is President and CEO of WNET . The parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET produces such acclaimed PBS series as Great Performances, American Masters, Nature, Need to Know, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online.
Mr. Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 25-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online. Before joining WNET in 2007, Mr. Shapiro was President of NBC News, leading its top-rated news programs including Today, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press, as well as Dateline NBC. He was executive producer of Dateline NBC when it was a mainstay of NBC’s schedule. Before that, he spent 13 years at ABC News, where he was a writer and producer for PrimeTime Live and World News Tonight. He has won numerous awards, including 32 Emmys, 31 Edward R. Murrow Awards and 3 Columbia DuPont awards.
He serves on the Boards of Tufts University, Gannett Company and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Robert L. Smartt
Robert “Bob” Smartt retired from the New Jersey Treasury Department after serving as Deputy State Treasurer, Ethics Officer and State Contract Manager for the New Jersey Lottery gaming system. Smartt has been involved with public broadcasting for many years, serving as Acting Chairman and Treasurer of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees and representing the State Treasurer on the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority Board of Directors. He serves as a Visiting Associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and is a member of the Eagleton team developing the Center on the American Governor. His experience includes working as a reporter and editor at the Daily Record in Morristown, as a reporter at the Star-Ledger, and as Deputy Press Secretary for the first Brendan T. Byrne gubernatorial campaign. Smartt received a B.A. from Drew University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Chairman and CEO of Lowenstein Sandler
Mr. Wingens’ transactional practice spans the areas of structured finance and mortgage finance, commercial real estate and business acquisitions and dispositions. He also actively counsels clients in a wide variety of matters of significance to their business. For example, Mr. Wingens has represented financial institutions of all sizes in the development of programs related to the acquisition, financing, warehousing and disposition of real estate related loans and other assets. He has represented buyers and sellers in hundreds of billions of dollars of mortgage and servicing related acquisitions, financing, dispositions and servicing transactions. With the firm’s bankruptcy group, he has also counseled clients in acquiring distressed assets out of bankruptcy proceedings. In more traditional practices, Mr. Wingens has broad experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, financing and leasing programs.
Mr. Wingens is a member of the Council of Trustees of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (where he also serves as outside counsel), the Brandeis University Alumni Board, as well as the Executive Committee of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest and the Board of Jewish Family Services. Mr. Wingens was Board President of Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union from 2004-06 and currently chairs the UJC Metrowest Unified Allocations Committee. He was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (2000-2010).
Mr. Wingens is a resident of New Jersey.