New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance honorary luncheon

New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance honorary luncheon

The New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance hosted its eighth annual legislative and business luncheon at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. A networking session was followed by talks by master of ceremonies Ezra Friedlander; host and board chair Miles Berger; and NJJBA’s founder and executive director. David Rosenberg.

From left, NJJBA board members: Ari Stahl, VP, Engel Holdings; Nathan Herzog, president, Royal Wine Corp.; former State Senator Raymond Lesniak; honoree Ted Zangari Esq. of Sills Cummis & Gross; David Rosenberg, executive director, NJJBA; Maksim Sheyn, senior VP, Investors Bank; and Miles Berger, chairman/COO, Berger Organization. All came on stage for the presentation to Mr. Zangari.

The NJJBA’s goal is to connect and advocate for New Jersey businesses in government, educational, and public institutions. Since it was founded in 2015, NJJBA has worked to ensure that New Jersey is recognized as an exceptional place for Jews to live, work, and visit.

Blenda Pinto, the director of corporate and government affairs for United Airlines’ northeast region, presented the Excellence in Leadership award to Assemblyman Roy Freiman.

Rob Menendez Jr.; Assembly GOP Leader Jon DiMaio; Ezra Friedlander, CEO, the Friedlander Group; Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis; Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Romano; Assemblyman Raj Mukherji; Senate GOP Leader Steven Oroho; Assemblywoman Beth Sawyer; Donald Mindiak, President/CEO, First Commerce Bank; David Rosenberg, executive director, NJJBA; Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese; Congressman Bill Pascrell; Hoboken Councilman Phil Cohen; Morris Twp. Councilman Jeff Grayzel; Tom Kean Jr.; Assemblywoman Lisa Swain; Assemblymen Gary Schaer; and Roy Freiman; and former Assemblyman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli. (Photos by Shmuel Lentchevsky)

The KRE Group, recipient of the Corporate Excellence award, was recognized for enabling Hatzalah’s communication system to run effectively by allowing Hatzalah to place its antenna on one of the tallest towers in Jersey City. Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Romano surprised KRE with the presentation of a proclamation.

Senator Raymond Lesniak presented Ted Zangari, a member of Sills Cummis & Gross and the NJJBA’s general counsel, with the Outstanding Achievement award in recognition of his devotion to the community.

Maksim Sheyn, senior vice president and market manager for Investors Bank and an  NJJBA board member, introduced Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ Dist. 9).

Keynote speaker Marlene Cintron, regional administrator at SBA, was introduced by Donald Mindiak, President/CEO of First Commerce Bank.

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