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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

  • Member News- SaxBST

    The New Jersey commercial real estate community wrapped up the first month of 2016 at the SaxBST Real Estate Industry Update. The January 26th networking and educational event at Maritime Parc in Jersey City was hosted by the firm’s Real Estate Industry Services Team and featured a panel of active leaders in real estate development, financing, tax and accounting. Jeff Milanaik of CrownPoint Development Group and Bridge Development Partners moderated the expert panel which included Kevin O’Hearn, Managing Director of HFF, Dillon Colucci, Esq., Associate and EB5 Specialist at Greenberg Traurig, and George Livanos, CPA, Partner at SaxBST. Livanos pointed to several key changes that will bring more certainty to the industry this year from a tax standpoint, including solar energy incentives and the Protecting Americans against Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, a welcome “Christmas present” that extended bonus depreciation until 2020. O’Hearn predicted that the suburban office sector will show the most yield this year, particularly stabilized Class A buildings. He was also optimistic about the capital flow for development and construction projects in 2016. According to the panel, foreign wealth may play a significant role in the capital stack this year, including sovereign wealth funds and investors taking advantage of EB-5 Financing. The EB-5 program grew to unprecedented levels in 2015, and Colucci predicts the program, which is set to expire on September 30, 2016, will continue in its current form for at least two more years. Increased interest in emerging markets – from both domestic and foreign investors – was also predicted, as gateway markets continue to price at record levels. According to O’Hearn, some of these areas will also experience benchmarking capabilities for the first time.

  • Member News- Lakeland Bank

    Thomas J. Shara, CEO of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. announced that Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. was appointed to the Boards of Directors of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. Inserra, age 58, is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., a family owned business founded in 1954 and one of the largest supermarket chains in the metropolitan area, which owns and operates 22 ShopRite stores throughout New Jersey and New York. “We are delighted to welcome Larry Inserra to our Board of Directors. His proven business and philanthropic leadership will add a valuable perspective to our Board,” stated Shara. Inserra also holds a number of leadership positions, both professionally and philanthropically, including board member and treasurer of Wakefern Food Corporation. In 2013, he was named Chairman of the Board of Governors at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) after serving as first Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Human Resources Committee at HUMC. larry inserra

  • Member News- NJIT

    The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will join The Africa-America Institute (AAI) and the East African Development Bank (EADB) as an institutional partner in a new scholarship program that will enable experienced teachers and lecturers to earn postgraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the university to help build a skilled workforce in STEM fields in East Africa. The EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program is designed to boost the number of qualified academics in STEM fields and to build workforce skills in the science, engineering and technology sectors in the East African countries of Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with the Africa-America Institute and the East African Development Bank. We share their mission: to unleash the power of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic progress through achievements in STEM,” said Joel Bloom, president of NJIT. “Needless to say, we are excited by the chance to train some of the best and brightest students from East Africa, and we relish the diversity and new ideas they will bring to our campus.” Qualified scholarship recipients, who will receive full funding from the program, will begin graduate school at NJIT in the fall of 2016. Along with Rutgers University, NJIT is one of just two participating academic institutions in the United States.

  • Member News- PKF O'Connor Davies

    O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s fastest growing accounting and advisory firms, announced today that it has expanded its relationship with PKF International, becoming the lead North American firm in the growing global network of independent accounting and advisory firms. The move immediately provides O’Connor Davies’ clients with preferred access to experts and firms in 440 cities and 150 countries around the world, while establishing the firm as the primary referral point for international businesses with needs in North America. The expanded relationship with PKF prompted O’Connor Davies to align its name and strategic brand focus and elements, including logo and tagline. The firm will now be known as PKF O’Connor Davies, emphasizing its standing in the network. A newly created logo also showcases the PKF name prominently while featuring two interlocked Os to symbolize the strength of the firm and the deep connections it creates with clients and partners. The firm’s new tagline, Know Greater Value™ reinforces PKF O’Connor Davies’ commitment to continually creating the highest level of value possible for clients. Managing partner Kevin J. Keane commented on the new partnership stating, “Our expanded role in the PKF International network ensures our clients have seamless access to top accounting and advisory expertise around the world and helps put our firm on a level playing field with some of the largest in the industry. The partnership, our new name and our new branding are exciting steps in the evolution of this firm and demonstrate how bright the future is for PKF O’Connor Davies and our clients.” Along with the new strategic brand elements, the firm launched a new web presence at In line with the firm’s commitment to value creation, the new web site features an enhanced resource section where clients, prospects and industry professionals can access an extensive library of thought leadership materials from topical articles to industry trend pieces and timely commentary on relevant industry issues.

  • Member News-Collemi Consulting

    Launched at the start of 2016, Collemi Consulting & Advisory Services, LLC promotes and enhances audit quality in public accounting firms and organizations that support the public accounting profession in both the U.S. and abroad. The business was founded by Salvatore A. Collemi, CPA, to assist individuals, firms and organizations in navigating the complexities of the ever-changing landscape of financial reporting, attest functions and compliance. Collemi is a recognized subject matter expert on U.S. and international financial reporting and auditing standards and has two decades of global business experience servicing a broad base of commercial and financial services industries.  He also advises on corporate governance and risk management issues facing U.S. public accounting firms. Collemi Consulting & Advisory Services, LLC provides high-level strategic and technical guidance and offers a full range of accounting and auditing consultations, technical reviews of financial statements and work papers, AICPA Peer Review and PCAOB Inspection preparation, internal inspection, CPE training, independence and ethics consultations, and design of quality control systems services.