Dr. Robert J. Bianchini, Merck Consumer Care
Dr. Robert (Bob) J. Bianchini joined Merck in 2009 as Vice-President of R&D, Consumer Care (MCC), where he has led the development and global expansion of its major Dermatology brands such as Coppertone, Lotrimin, and Tinactin. Presently, he is leading MCC’s Technical License and Open Innovation Program.
Prior to Merck& Co., Bob held executive positions at Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive. Bob’s tenure at J&J included increasing responsibility in Global Skin Care and Advanced Technologies for the Consumer Division with brands such as Aveeno, Neutrogena and Clean and Clear. He initiated a technology effort which led to breakthrough performance in Johnson’s No More Tear’s baby shampoo.
Bob obtained funding for the Division’s first Internal Venture. Most recently, he was Chief Scientific Officer of a Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation Venture, Molsaic, chartered with discovering innovative binding sequences for coupling affinity peptides and active ingredients to biological surfaces such as keratin.
Bob obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Washington State University, Pullman, WA.and was awarded undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biology from SUNY. He completed Post Graduate Training at Northwestern University and M.I.T. Bob has authored over 25 patents and publications and has lectured globally on the importance of OTC medicines and personal hygiene products for optimal health and wellness. He is a member of The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, The American Academy of Dermatology, The American Chemical Society, The Scientific Advisory Board for the Personal Care Products Council, Washington, D.C., and a member of the Board of Trustees at TRI Princeton, Princeton, NJ.
Mario M. Casabona, TechLaunch, LLC
Mario Casabona is an Entrepreneur and active Angel Investor. In 2012 he foundedand is CEO of TechLaunch LLC, NJ’s Technology Accelerator which provides seed funding, co-working space, LaunchPad (business boot-camp), mentors, and access to investors for aspiring entrepreneurs. In 2007 he founded Casabona Ventures, providing Business Development Advice, Strategic Planning, and early-stage Private Equity financing to technology focused companies.
Mario served as Chairman of Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network from 2009 to 2013, one of the premier Angel groups in the Mid-Atlantic Region. In 1982 he founded and was CEO of Electro-Radiation Inc. (ERI) until 2004 when ERI was acquired by Honeywell International. Most recently, he was awarded the 2013 Legend of Technology and in 2010 Financier of the Year award both by the New Jersey Technology Council.
Doug Crisman, Private investor & Business Advisor
Doug Crisman has held key management positions in major North American corporations, and owned and managed numerous start-ups as well as small businesses across the United States and Canada. Mr. Crisman has been the owner or a key investor in: Omicron Northeast, ITG Competency Group, Cognetics Corporation, Dundee Hills Holdings, and currently owns Oldhorses, Inc. He has also held senior roles within a number of high growth private and public companies, including Organics Management, Salary.com (now part of IBM), American Arbitration Association, Micro Focus, Tandem Computers (now part of Hewlett Packard), Servio Group, and Dyatron Corporation (now part of ADP).
Peter Crowley, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Peter Crowley is President and CEO of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber is one of the larger regional Chambers in New Jersey with over 950 business partners and 1800 individual member contacts. Prior to assuming his responsibilities at the Princeton Regional Chamber, Peter was the Founding President & CEO of the Bank of Princeton and a Founding Board member of the bank. During his twenty-five years as a Senior Banking Executive Peter has held positions at Bank of America, Citibank, PNC Bank and Midlantic Investment Services a New Jersey Mutual Fund company.
Michael P. Eldredge, American Sensor Technologies, Inc
Michael P. Eldredge is one of the founding partners of American Sensor Technologies, Inc., a high-technology sensor developer and manufacturer in New Jersey where he is its Executive Vice President – COO / CFO and Chairman. Prior to the start of American Sensor Technologies Michael held various managerial and executive positions with American Cyanamid, Johnson and Johnson and later with Biosearch Medical Products and Measurement Specialties.
Michael was awarded CFO of the Year in 2006 by the New Jersey Technology Council, Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 by Ernst and Young and has been a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 NJBIZ CFO of the Year programs.
Larry A Evans, Virtual Board of Advisors
Larry A. Evans is currently the founder of Virtual Board of Advisors, an organization that assists early stage companies. Larry has made angel investments in several dozen early stage companies since 1998. He was one of the NY Angels charter members. He was Program Manager for LORE, a Philadelphia angel group. He is currently a member of Delaware Crossing Investment Group (DCIG). He is a partner at Novotorium.
Larry serves on the board of three of the companies Knite Inc. (high tech ignition systems), ESM Solutions (e-procurement), and Stream TV (3D TV, hardware and software). Larry was one of the founders of Right Management (NYSE:RHT) which was sold to Manpower (NYSE:MAN).
Paul Kuhl, WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Paul E. Kuhl III, CPA.CITP, CGMA, SENIOR MANAGER has over 30 years of professional experience, including accounting and auditing services in various not-for-profit and technology industries and publicly traded companies. Gained extensive accounting and auditing experience prior to WS+B, both in the public and private accounting sector working with KPMG Peat Marwick and Deloitte & Touche as a senior manager and as the chief financial officer of a $40M distribution company with six operating divisions.
Marguerite Mount, The Mercadien Group
Marguerite L. Mount, CPA, CGMA
Chair, The Mercadien Foundation
Managing Director, The Mercadien Group
Principal. Mercadien, P.C., Certified Public Accountants
As the leader of Mercadien’s Individual Services Group, she provides strategic, business, tax and estate planning to a multitude of clients.
She is the recipient of the 2011 Clara Barton Leadership Award from The American Red Cross, the 2006 Outstanding Woman of Business from the Burlington County Chosen Freeholders and Council of Women, the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award in the World of Finance from the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan, Inc., and the 2005 Ethel Downing Johnson Memorial Award from the YWCA of Trenton for her commitment to the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women and girls. In addition to her professional associations, Marguerite is a member of the board of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey, serving as immediate past chairman and a Past Trustee with the Princeton Area Community Foundation.
William Neary, Keep Middlesex Moving
William Neary grew up in Old Bridge and has lived in East Brunswick for the past 33 years. Bill was self employed for 25 years in the ice cream business owning several stores and two Dairy Queen franchises. After selling his business in 2003, Bill became the Executive Director of Keep Middlesex Moving, the county’s non-profit Transportation Management Association. Bill was elected to the East Brunswick Township Council in 1994 and was then elected Mayor in 1996, where he served for three terms until retiring from public life in 2008. He is an original member of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Committee and is serving in his third year as Chairman. Bill is Vice-President of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Advisory Board of “Einsteins Alley”. Bill is the Chairman of the Central Jersey Transportation Forum, promoting regional growth strategies between municipalities.
S. Maurice Rached, PE, PTOE, Maser Consulting
Mr. Rached spent the first half of his career with the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation. In 2001, he moved to the private sector, where he has been involved with transportation planning, land-use planning, large scale projects, and international consulting. He is currently retained by the governments of Iraq and Ecuador to consult on transportation planning, urban planning, and sustainability. He was previously retained by the Republic of Cyprus to assist them in developing various planning documents for the capital, Nicosia. In 2007, he was invited by the Chinese government to lecture on highway safety. In 2014, he moderated and championed the New Jersey Intelligent Transportation System Strategic Plan.
Currently, he is a Division Director with Maser Consulting overseeing the company’s Transportation, Bridges & Structures, Infrastructure, and Construction Administration Departments.
Mr. Rached is a New Jersey licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and a registered Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). He has authored many articles and has taught various courses as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey.
He has a B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University Diploma of Specialty, Environmental Science, Rutgers University
Marion Reinson, To The Point Communications
Marion Reinson is President and Founder of To The Point Communications, a boutique marketing agency that orchestrates integrated campaigns through which businesses and individuals achieve maximum impact. She has 20+ years of experience designing strategies with precisely targeted marketing messages. Clients particularly appreciate her noticeable impact on their ability to focus to achieve their business development goals.
One of Marion’s current projects involves working with Professor Rita McGrath, to evangelize her new playbook for the “transient advantage” economy, in which once-successful practices become deadly liabilities. The concept has created substantial buzz in the strategy field. It’s been featured in gatherings such as the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and the Yale CEO Summit, and has received extensive press coverage. Marion is also actively engages with several other B2B clients.
Formerly, Marion was a partner at The Argyle Studio, a graphic design agency founded to provide ‘big agency’ ideas and talent without their overhead and bureaucracy. A graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, Marion is an active member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and serves as Chairperson of the Einstein Memorial Lecture Committee. She’s also pleased to be an Advisor at eLab, Princeton University Keller Center’s Incubator for entrepreneurs. Learn more: www.tothepoint.com.
Ben Reytblat, 3DMonstr
Ben is a senior level executive with over 30 years of broad experience in the technical, corporate, sales, marketing and financial arenas.
Prior to starting 3DMonstr in the summer of 2012, Ben was CEO of CEDev (an Open Source applications company), and prior to that a co-founder and CEO of Quadrix Solutions. Before founding Quadrix Solutions in 1994, he was an independent consultant in the Telecommunications and Financial Services sectors. He began his career as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Ben has advanced degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics and is a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of 3D Printing and Open Source application deployment. He was a Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University, and has published numerous technical papers. He served on the New Jersey Technology Council’s (NJTC) Board of Directors.
John P Riganati, NJTSC & SRI
Dr. John P. Riganati retired from Sarnoff Corporation on December 31, 2010. He was with Sarnoff Corporation from 1993 through 2010. In the fall of 2008, concurrent with his position at Sarnoff, Riganati became Co-President & Treasurer of InSitech-MTAC Corporation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in New Jersey which is responsible for research, development, education, and training for the New Jersey Technology Solutions Center (NJTSC). In early 2013 Riganati became Co-President of the Healthcare Technology Solutions Center (HTSC), an InSitech-MTAC Company.
Previously, he was the Director of Systems and Architecture Research at the Supercomputing Research Center [a Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)], Chief of the Computer and Communication Systems Components Division at NBS [now NIST], and Chief Scientist of the Communication Switching Systems Division at Rockwell. He has held positions at IBM’s Research and Systems Divisions, at GE’s Systems Engineering Division, and was an instructor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Judith A. Sheft, NJIT
Judith A. Sheft is the Associate Vice President Technology Development at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is responsible for managing the university’s Office of Technology Development and creates programs and policies focusing on patent creation, intellectual property valuation, strategic use and protection of IP assets. She is also involved with economic development in the Newark Innovation Zone having responsibilities for management of the university’s high technology business accelerator/incubator, the Enterprise Development Center, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center. She is on the Board of Advisors to the NJIT School of Management and the NJIT Albert Dorman Honor’s College Interdisiplinary Design Studio program. Since 2007 she has been a member of the NJ – Israel Commission.
Prior to joining NJIT, she had been a founding member of Licenz Group, an IP consulting firm that focuses on assisting companies to maximize the value of their IP portfolio. Before that she had worked as the Intellectual Property and Compliance Vice President for Agere Systems, the semiconductor subsidiary of Lucent Technologies. In that capacity she had profit and loss responsibility for Agere’s patent and technology licensing business.
Ms. Sheft has extensive business development experience outside the U.S. She played a lead role in negotiating a long-term alliance between Lucent/Agere and NEC in the field of semiconductor manufacturing technology. The alliance has lasted over a decade and is a prime example of collaboration between competitors.
Ms. Sheft has a BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in International Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (UIGV) in Lima Peru. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of intellectual property and strategic alliances and is an active member of the Licensing Executive’s Society.
She received the NJIT Overseers award for service in 2009 and in 2012 was recognized a Garden State Woman of the Year in the professional services category.
Ralph Widner’s long career has included years as chief executive of, or adviser to, major national and international urban and regional economic development initiatives. Highlights include working with the Pennsylvania State Planning Board, the Greater Philadelphia First Corporation and the Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Coalition, a 13-state Appalachian Regional Development Program, founding the National Academy for State and Local Government, the think tank for the seven national associations of governors, legislators, county officials, mayors, and city managers and consulting on development for the World Bank, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, and several regions in the European Union. He has compiled a comprehensive database on Central New Jersey as a development planning and decision-making tool for the area.
Melanie Willoughby, NJ Business & Industry Association
Melanie Willoughby is the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the largest statewide business association in the country, with over 21,000 business members. She is the founder and Co-Chair of the InnovationNJ Coalition, organized to promote innovation collaboration between business and higher education. In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Christie to serve on his newly created State Council on Innovation. She is also a gubernatorial appointment to the State Employment and Training Commission.
Prior to joining NJBIA in 2003, she served for eighteen years as the President and CEO of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association. She was also the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores. She served in the administration of New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne as the Director of State and Federal Government Affairs for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
R. Peter Hagen, Jr., iQ Venture Advisors, LLC (Deceased)
R. Peter Hagen, Jr. was a Managing Director of iQ Venture Advisors LLC, a New York-based investment banking firm. He had extensive experience with venture capital and small business at Wm. Sword & Co. and at Summit Financial Resources.
Peter was a banker at First Chicago, Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch after earning an MBA from the Stanford GSB, focusing on Silicon Valley, telecommunications and small- and mid-sized companies. He started his own firm to provide financial advisory and financing services for middle market companies.
Peter created, developed and published an affluent lifestyle magazine that he sold to a joint venture with E.W. Scripps Company.