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With a new administration in Trenton, it’s always important to get to know the key players.  The Influencers Power List 2018 by ROI-NJ represents a who’s who in the new state government lineup.

NJBIA, which was named among the most influential statewide associations, congratulates the executives of NJBIA member companies and institutions who also made the list.

Top 25

  • George Norcross, Conner Strong & Buckelew
  • Tony Coscia, Windels Marx Lane + Mittendorf, LLP
  • Bob Garrett, Hackensack Meridian Health
  • John Strangfeld, Prudential Financial
  • Chris Paladino, New Brunswick Development Corporation
  • Ralph Izzo, Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc.
  • Barry Ostrowsky, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Kevin Cummings, Investors Bank
  • Kevin Conlin, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Tim Sullivan, New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Top Executives

  • Jim Fakult, Jersey Central Power & Light
  • Kenneth Frazier, Merck
  • Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson
  • Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup
  • Scott O’Neil, New Jersey Devils/Philadelphia 76ers/Prudential Center
  • Hugh Weber, New Jersey Devils/Philadelphia 76ers/Prudential Center
  • Carlos Rodriguez, ADP (Automatic Data Processing)


  • Cathleen Bennett, New Jersey Hospital Association
  • Brian Gragnolati, Atlantic Health System
  • Amy Mansue, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Andrew Pecora, Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Mark Rosenberg, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System

Real Estate

  • Gene Diaz, Prism Capital Partners
  • Don Ghermezian, Triple Five
  • Ron Ladell, AvalonBay Communities
  • Joe Taylor, Matrix Development Group
  • Ted Zangari, Sills Cummis & Gross

Economic Development

  • Michele Brown, Choose NJ
  • Kevin Corbett, New Jersey Transit
  • Michael Darcy, League of Municipalities
  • Larry Downes, New Jersey Resources
  • Tim Lizura, NJEDA
  • John Schreiber, NJPAC


  • Greg Lalevee, International Union of Operating Engineers 825
  • Kevin McCabe, Carpenter Contract Trust

Gov. Affairs

  • Bill Castner, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
  • Michellene Davis, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Leecia Eve, Verizon
  • Dale Florio, Princeton Public Affairs Group
  • Phil Norcross, Optimus Partners
  • Trish Zita, Kaufman Zita Group


  • Mike DuHaime, Mercury
  • Michael Kempner, MWW (MWWPR)
  • Karen Kessler, Evergreen Partners
  • Maggie Moran, Kivvit
  • Bill Palatucci, Gibbons P.C.
  • Michael Soliman, Mercury

Higher Ed

  • Robert Barchi, Rutgers
  • Joel Bloom, NJIT
  • Chris Eisgruber, Princeton U.
  • Nariman Farvardin, Stevens Institute
  • Nancy Cantor, Rutgers Newark
  • Susan Cole, Montclair (MSU)
  • Sue Henderson, NJCU
  • Ali Houshmand, Rowan


  • James Barrood, NJ Tech Council
  • Donald Katz, Audible


  • Joseph Boccasssini, McCarter & English
  • Max Crane, Sills Cummis & Gross
  • Ed Deutsch, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP
  • Patrick Dunican, Gibbons P.C.


  • Michele Siekerka, NJBIA
  • Tom Bracken, NJ Chamber of Commerce
  • Debra DiLorenzo, Chamber of Commerce Southern NJ
  • John Harmon, African American Chamber of Commerce of NJ
  • Debbie Hart, BioNJ
  • John Kennedy, NJ Manufacturing Extension Program
  • Carlos Medina, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce