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   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         CONTACT: Diane Walsh

                                                                                                                                                201 368 2100

                              CIANJ honors Businesses for Best Practices

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine welcomed business leaders this week to the 4th Annual Best Practices Conference saluting innovation in the workplace.

More than 150 executives participated in the conference which featured speeches from Don Sebastian, president of the New Jersey Innovation Institute; Peggy Boyce, president of Ladies of Laughter, Inc.; and Tim Hogan, president of Bayshore Hospital, which is part of the Hackensack Meridian healthcare system.

Best Practices Awards were given to company and business leaders selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges assembled by CIANJ. The association represents more 900 corporate members and works to advance free market principles.

COMMERCE Magazine Editor Miles Epstein asked business executives to share thoughts on the winning strategies they use to distinguish their businesses in the marketplace. Their comments were compiled into the Best Practices Guide. This year’s edition contained advice from 100 chief-executive-officers, managing partners and business owners. The guide also featured comments from industry leaders who were showcased in earlier issues of COMMERCE Magazine. These industry leaders were also honored at the conference.

Sponsors: Hackensack University Medical Center; Corporate Ladders; Lakeland Bank; QualCare Inc.; Holy Name Medical Center; Investors Bank; Berkeley College; Valley Hospital; Bank of America; Connell Foley LLP; Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.; Envision Environmental, Inc.; Withum; Jersey Central Power and Light; Mazars USA LLP; SUEZ; Garden State Wine Growers; Delta Dental of New Jersey, Inc.; PKF O’Connor Davies LL; M&T Bank; TD Bank; Public Service Electric & Gas.

Judges included: Dennis Bone, director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University, Debbie Hart, president of BioNJ, Lori Matheus, senior vice president at New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Dean Paranicas, president and CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey, our own Anthony Russo, president of CIANJ, Siamack Shojai, dean of the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University and Rob Stramara, chief operating officer at the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.

2017 Company Winners

Atlantic Health System

Bank of America

Bayshore Family of Companies

Berkeley College

Boswell Engineering

Castle Windows

Connell Foley LLP

Corporate Ladders


Delta Dental of New Jersey

Dotcom Distribution

Garden State Wine Growers Association

Grassi & Co.

Hackensack Meridian

Holy Name Medical Center

Inserra Supermarkets

Jersey Central Power & Light

Lakeland Bank

MedWise Insurance Advocacy, MedWise Billing Inc.

New Jersey Innovation Institute

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Plast-O-Matic Valves



Ramapo College of New Jersey

Smolin, Lupin & Co., P.A.

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

Stockton University


Terrie O’Connor Realtors

The College of New Jersey

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Valley Health System and The Valley Hospital

WithumSmith+Brown, PC

XSolutions Consulting Services, LLC

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2017 Industry Leaders featured in the Best Practices Guide


Corey Temple


Susan Roos

Investors Bank

Kevin Cummings

M&T Bank

Paula Mandell

Mariner’ Bank

Frank Giancola

Provident Bank

Chris Martin

Regal Bank

Monte Ehrenkranz

Spencer Savings Bank

Jane E. Allerman-Rey

North Jersey Federal Credit Union

Richard Garcia

Envision Environmental

Mark Roman

Panther Technologies

Peter Palko

PennJersey Environ. Consulting

Rodger Ferguson

The ELM Group

Mark Fisher

PKF O’Connor

Keith Balia

Harwood Lloyd

Michael J. Brady

Norris McLaughlin Marcs

Robert C. Gabrielski


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