January 24, 2018
New Jersey Bankers Association
2018 Economic Leadership Forum Huge Success Boasting Nearly 600 Attendees
Photos courtesy of Don Christensen, Rizco and Dave Gruol, David Gruol Photography

The NJBankers Economic Leadership Forum on January 19th at The Palace at Somerset Park, drew nearly 600 attendees and was a huge success boasting an impressive lineup of guest speakers and panelists.  The Forum is an opportunity to hear from key thinkers on the issues that shape our great Garden State and the Nation.

A Fireside Chat with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. was a highlight of the morning session. Secretary Ross joined NJBankers Chairman James Vaccaro, Chairman/President/CEO, Manasquan Bank, via live video conference to discuss his entrepreneurial outlook, view of Washington politics, and direction for the Commerce Department in the Trump Administration. Secretary Ross was unable to attend in person because he was called to Washington for a meeting.

Attendees were welcomed by NJBankers President/CEO, John E. McWeeney, Jr. and Robert H. Doherty, New Jersey State President of Bank of America, the Forum presenting sponsor.

Geoffrey Greener, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of America, joined John McWeeney, Jr., NJBankers President/CEO, for a discussion about the important topic of managing risk and responsible growth.

An Economic Outlook was presented by Dr. Lindsey Piegza, Chief Economist and Managing Director of Stifel Financial Corp. Her presentation was well received by all so Dr. Piegza spent much time speaking with attendees after the General Session.

 After a break, attendees were able to choose from four concurrent sessions examining hot topics.

“How the Housing GSEs are Supporting Community and Economic Growth in the Garden State” was presented by the FHLBNY and featured speakers Adam Goldstein, SVP, Chief Business Officer, FHLBNY; Paul Heroux, SVP, Chief Bank Operations Officer & Community Investment Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York; Joseph Weisbord, Director, Credit and Housing Access, Fannie Mae; and Jason Jefferies, Lending Manager, Single Family Affordable Lending Division, Freddie Mac.

The second concurrent session, “The New Kid on the Block – Venture Capital” was presented by McCarter and English and featured a panel moderated by Michael Horn, Esq., Partner, McCarter & English. Panelists included David Broderick, Esq., Partner, McCarter & English; Adam Fine, Co-Founder and CEO, Windham Venture Partners; Bobby Varma, Vice President of Products & Business Strategy, Princeton Identity, Inc.; and Alan Wink, Director, Capital Markets, EisnerAmper. 

A very popular break-out session was “Federal Tax Reform and Its Potential Impact on Banks and Their Clients” presented by Stevens & Lee/Griffin.  Scott Balestrier, President, Griffin/Stevens & Lee Tax and Consulting Network; Robert Duquette, Professor of Practice in the Accounting Department, Lehigh University/Member, Griffin/Stevens & Lee Tax and Consulting Network; Jay Wagner, Co-Chair, Estate and Trusts Department, Stevens & Lee and Matt Jozwiak, Senior Vice President , Griffin Financials Group presented a lively discussion.

Session Four titled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Activist Shareholder” was presented by Day Pitney LLP and included Michael T. Rave, Esq., Partner, Day Pitney LLP;  Lisa Schultz, Managing Director, Co-Head Capital Markets, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, and Juan I. Bonifacino, CFA, Managing Director, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company.

NJBankers was pleased to have both Rider University and Rutgers University representatives join the stage to describe programs available for veterans to help them complete their studies. Dr. Ron Cook, Associate Dean College of Business/Professor of Entrepreneurship and Bryan Adams, Assistant Director, Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services described the remarkable assistance they provide to veterans through their programs.

Keynote Speaker Chester Elton, #1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Culture and Teamwork Expert presented “All In: Creating a Culture of Buy-In and Belief” to an energized audience. His engaging and interactive presentation was clearly enjoyed by all. Elton then signed copies of his book of the same name, “All In: Creating a Culture of Buy-In and Belief”.

Donna Custard, President, NJ Chamber of Commerce Foundation informed attendees on the chambers “Jobs for New Jersey’s Graduates Program.”


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