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New Federal Tax Changes

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Luncheon with Phil Murphy

Learn more about Phil Murphy - Democrat for Governor and his potential changes for New Jersey at our Special Luncheon.

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Business 2 Business Council

Through the Business to Business Council, CIANJ is seeking to provide opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to gain the contacts, knowledge, and information necessary to grow their businesses profitably. The B2B Council events will connect them to opportunities across New Jersey’s diverse business landscape.

Business Impact Group (BIG)

BIG has joined CIANJ and will be working with the Small Business Council to bring value to the small business sector within CIANJ and the New Jersey Small business community. BIG operates as a closed group within CIANJ similar to the CEO Roundtable providing an opportunity for its members to gain insights in a peer-to-peer atmosphere.

CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable provides a forum for chief executive officers or business owners to seek advice and share experiences. Participants freely discuss issues they confront daily, such as compensations, financing, dealing with family members, relocations, sale of a business and many of the topics.

Environmental Business Council

Since its inception, the EBC’s mission has been to recognize the important economic role the environmental industry plays within the state, to demonstrate that environmental issues are also business issues, and to teach the business and regulatory communities that environmental responsibility and economic growth are fundamentally related

Financial Decision Makers Roundtable

CIANJ’s Financial Decision Makers Roundtable is intended for senior executives in key financial positions within their firms, as well as CIANJ members and invited guests. The purpose of this roundtable is to share critical information related to financial decision making and to allow attendees to develop professional relationships with each other. CPE credits are offered.

Generation Now: A Young Professionals Or

Generation Now is a group of young professionals in alliance with one another for the purpose of education, networking and peer-to-peer exchange leading to personal and professional growth.

Healthcare Roundtable

CIANJ’s Healthcare Roundtable is a forum for professionals who work within a spectrum of related disciplines to interact with one another by discussing critical issues that affect healthcare, as well as to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and develop relationships that enhance business

Human Resources Council

CIANJ’s Human Resource Roundtable is intended to advocate HR awareness by providing information and resources in various HR disciplines. It educates those responsible for HR in their organizations by sharing knowledge to solve common challenges. As an HRCI Approved Provider, attendees can earn continuing education credits toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR

Manufacturing Roundtable

The Manufacturing Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complimentary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect manufacturing, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business

Marketing Roundtable

Without a savvy marketing strategy, any product or service is doomed to failure. Industry leaders guide this roundtable as it helps businesses promote their brand, harness social media, and determine the best ways to identify new customers and clients

Real Property Roundtable

CIANJ’s Real Property Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complementary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect real property, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business

Technology For Business Roundtable

The Technology For Business Roundtable is intended to be a forum for professionals who work in complementary disciplines to discuss critical issues that affect technology, facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and to develop relationships that enhance business.

Recent News

  • GZA Welcomes Chinese Environmental Professionals

    25002387l CIANJ member firm GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. hosted a delegation of environmental professionals from China and gave them a tour of an active remediation project recently. GZA’s Zhan Shu, an environmental scientist in the Fairfield, New Jersey, office, helped arrange this meeting through her involvement in the Chinese Environmental Scholars & Professionals Network. High-ranking officials from the Xinjiang Department of Environmental Protection, Xinjiang Department of Science & Technology and the Xinjiang Academy of Environmental Protection Science visited GZA’s office where Principals Marc Hudock, Joseph Foglio and John Spirito hosted several technical discussions, including the evolution of remediation in the United States, in-situ remedial techniques and risk assessment, which was presented in Chinese by GZA’s Senior Technical Specialist, Chunhua Liu. The Chinese officials discussed the impact of China’s new environmental regulations and provided project details of several remediation sites in their province. A highlight of the day was a tour led by Mr. Foglio of a nearby site where GZA is remediating contaminated soil via in-situ stabilization (ISS). CIANJ is hosting a future roundtable on an international business roundtable focused on china. Stay on the lookout for the announced event on our website and through e-mail

  • Member News - Connell Foley LLP

    111   Connell Foley LLP is pleased to announce that Philip W. Allogramento III, Jason D. Falk and Jason E. Marx have been elected as partners to the firm. “The firm is proud of the elevation of three very talented attorneys to Connell Foley’s partnership,” said managing partner Philip F. McGovern Jr. “Connell Foley has long prided itself on employing attorneys such as these who are committed to providing clients with sophisticated yet cost-efficient legal counsel. This year, we are pleased to recognize Phil Allogramento, Jason Falk and Jason Marx for their unwavering dedication and significant contributions to our clients, the firm and the legal profession. On behalf of Connell Foley, I am proud to welcome them as members of our partnership.” Philip W. Allogramento (Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Commercial Law) -- Mr. Allogramento, previously of counsel at Connell Foley, practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial law; banking law and finance; commercial litigation; and professional liability. He focuses on both litigation and transactional work, including the representation of both debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases. Mr. Allogramento received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. from Hamilton College. Jason D. Falk (Taxation and Estate Planning) -- Mr. Falk, previously an associate at the firm, focuses on all aspects of tax, estate, business succession and asset protection planning for individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. He received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University. Jason E. Marx (Taxation and Estate Planning) -- Mr. Marx, previously of counsel at the firm, devotes his practice to the areas of estate planning; wills and trusts; estate administration; probate and trust litigation; tax and business planning; and business succession planning. As a special component of his practice, he also provides elder law and special needs planning. Mr. Marx received an LL.M. from New York University School of Law, a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and a B.S./B.A. from Boston University. About Connell Foley LLP Established in 1938, Connell Foley is a full-service law firm of 130 lawyers and seven offices across the Mid-Atlantic region. The firm was built on the goal of providing clients with outstanding legal service while maintaining a firm culture predicated on client service and teamwork. Connell Foley provides a broad range of legal services that involve both established and emerging areas of law, including alternative dispute resolution, antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, business crimes and regulatory defense, commercial litigation, construction, corporate, cyber security and data privacy, employment and labor, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, professional liability, real estate and land use, taxation and estate planning, toxic torts, and white collar criminal defense.

  • Member News - ALS Group

    11519284-the-als-group-2011 Albert Sica, Founder and Managing Principal of The ALS Group, independent third-party risk-management advisor to companies worldwide, announced that Charles “Chuck” Brower has joined the Firm as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Charles (Chuck) Brower - COO - The ALS Group (002)In this pivotal leadership position, Chuck will have broad strategic, development and operational responsibilities, as they relate to, both, client relationships and internal management of The ALS Group’s best-in-class team of risk management associates. “I am very pleased to have Chuck on board as a key member of The ALS Group’s Senior Leadership team,” said Mr. Sica. “Chuck will be working closely with me to further mature the Firm, so we may continue to guide our clients through risk-related challenges that impact their organizations.” An accomplished executive with extensive experience in operation management, business planning, staff leadership and employee development, Brower has a demonstrated ability to improve overall client experience through operational effectiveness and efficiency delivered by engaged teams. Brower comes to The ALS Group from a large global insurance broker, where he served as the COO responsible for the New England Branches focusing on operational efficiency, strategic financial direction and execution toward the achievement of business and strategic objectives. Prior to that, Chuck held senior leadership roles for such companies as J.P. Morgan Chase and National Australia Bank, providing direction and support on global initiatives and strategic goals. “I am absolutely thrilled and 100 percent committed to utilize my knowledge and experience to further enhance the value Albert Sica and The ALS Group bring to our clients, by delivering innovative risk mitigation solutions that provide a platform for lowering their Total Cost of Risk and integrate strategic and operational risk management into the decision making process,” said Mr. Brower. In addition to being a graduate of Harvard Business School Breakthrough Leadership Program, Chuck holds a BS in Finance from St. John’s University, and an MS in Management Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. An avid Rangers and Yankees fan, when not working, Chuck enjoys spending time with his family in Westchester, NY. ABOUT THE ALS GROUP For more than 20 years, The ALS Group has been a fiercely independent insurance and risk-management consultancy to companies spanning numerous industries and markets worldwide. Working in a partner-like fashion as its clients’ “internal risk-management department,” it not only helps to identify and reduce its clients’ Total Cost of Risk (TCoR), but also to help them traverse the journey to organization-wide adoption of risk and insurance best practices, making entire companies more successful and profitable. The ALS Group is headquartered in New Jersey. For more information, please call +1.732.395.4250 or visit

  • Member News - WeiserMazars USA LLP

    prnewswire2-a-akamaihd   WeiserMazars LLP, a leading accounting, tax, advisory and business consulting firm, announced that its name will change to “Mazars USA LLP” as of January 1, 2017. The renaming is the culmination of a long-standing plan to closely align Mazars USA expertise in the United States with the broader Mazars global organization.  Mazars USA expects no personnel changes related specifically to the adoption of the new name. In 2010, WeiserMazars became an independent member firm of the Mazars Group with the intent to expand its U.S. operations by leveraging Mazars’ global reach.  Since that time, Mazars USA achieved over 50% growth and expanded regionally while broadening and diversifying its client base.  Mazars USA will remain an independent member firm of the Mazars Group. “Mazars is a world-renowned global professional services brand offering extensive experience and broad services,” said Victor Wahba, Chairman and Chief Executive of Mazars USA LLP.  “Since joining the Mazars Group in 2010, our clients have seen first hand the benefits of working with an integrated, global organization that offers extensive knowledge in a broad range of industries. Today, we are proud to be branded Mazars USA as we continue to grow and deliver outstanding results.”

  • Member News - Cole Schotz P.C.

      cole-schotz Cole Schotz P.C. announced Jill Bienstock, Victoria Cioppettini, Jason Finkelstein and Lauren Manduke as new partners to the firm.

    • Bienstock is a member of the Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Department. She focuses her practice on creditors’ rights, avoidance actions and reorganizations for both individuals and corporate entities. She is a graduate of the New York Law School.
    • Cioppettini, a member of the Litigation Department, guides business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs through the challenges that accompany litigation. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law.
    • Finkelstein is a member of the Litigation Department. He represents a wide range of clients in the state, federal and bankruptcy courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as in a variety of commercial arbitration venues. He is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
    • Manduke handles complex commercial disputes in both New Jersey and New York including business divorce, licensing disputes, fraud, employment, insurance and land use litigation. She is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law.
    About Cole Schotz P.C. Cole Schotz provides legal services throughout the United States from its offices in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, and Florida. We represent hundreds of businesses and individuals – many of whom have been clients for decades – as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies.