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CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine Salute CEOs On Best Practices in Leadership
September 16th, 2016

featured-storyThe Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its partner, COMMERCE Magazine, welcomed business leaders this week to the 3rd Annual Best Practices Conference saluting leadership.

More than 150 executives participated in the conference which featured a keynote speech from Jonathan Gilliam, a national security expert and former U.S. Navy SEAL, who often works as CNN commentator. Best Practices Awards were also given to 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.

Martin Kafafian, managing partner at the Beattie Padovano law firm, who chairs the CIANJ board of directors, opened the program. He said: “It makes so much sense to focus on best practice because they are at the core of what we do at Commerce and Industry Association. CIANJ is all about helping business grow and thrive. What better way to accomplish that, than to share best practices, the experience – the knowledge and lessons learned by running a business.”

As part of the salute to leadership, COMMERCE Magazine Editor Miles Epstein asked business executives to share thoughts on the subject for the magazine’s annual Best Practices Guide. This year’s edition contained advice from 100 chief-executive-officers, managing partners and business owners. The guides were distributed at the conference. They are also available online at

Gilliam gave insights on leadership and shared many of his experiences as a Navy SEAL and former FBI agent with the conference goers yesterday at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. His remarks drew hearty applause from the crowd. He urged the business executives to motivate their teams. “Leaders are made, some are self-made. But many are taught by mentors. There’s no doubt in my mind that leaders are not born – it takes time to cultivate a leader.”

Many of the CEOs who wrote for the Best Practices Guide discussed their personal approaches to leadership and collaboration. The judges were asked to select the most clever, extraordinary and innovative entries to be honored at the conference.

CIANJ President John Galandak said this year’s judges included: Dennis Bone, head of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University; Rob Ffield, a former commander of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight squad; Bill Hanson, president of NAI James E. Hanson; Debbie Hart, president of BioNJ; Dean Paranicas, president and CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey; and Dean Siamack Shojai of the business school at William Paterson University.

The Best Practices award winners for 2016 included:
Berkeley College
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Next Level Performance
Grant Thornton LLP
Hackensack Meridian Health
Hunter Group CPA LLC
Investors Bank
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Lakeland Bank
Levine Jacobs & Co., LLC
McCarter & English, LLP
Nanina’s in the Park
Peapack-Gladstone Bank
QualCare, Inc.
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
ROYCE Leather Gifts
Sobel & Co. LLC
Springpoint Senior Living
Stockton University
The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
WeiserMazars LLP
Wells Fargo & Co.
Whitestone Associates, Inc.
WithumSmith+Brown, PC

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