Advisors to the National Policing Institute come from a myriad of distinct backgrounds and locales, hailing from both the private and public sectors. What they all have in common is that they have distinguished themselves as thought leaders in their respective fields, believe in the mission of NPI, and understand the impact it has on society.
As advisors, they take a role as ambassadors for NPI, helping educate the public on the unique role NPI plays to help advance the science and research of policing. They support us by generously contributing their intellectual capital, volunteering their time, and in many cases, providing financial support.
Their role is distinct, vital, and critical. They support and compliment the Board of Directors, executive leadership, and NPI as a whole while serving the public interest to help the policing profession best serve our citizenry.
Michael Valenti - Executive Director of Business Strategies
Mr. Valenti has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors encompassing the areas of law enforcement, consulting and finance. Upon his retirement from the Port Authority Police Department of N.Y.& N.J. in 2008, he successfully transitioned into the business world. From 2017-19, Mr. Valenti served as a partner with Beechwood Capital Advisors, and in 2016 he co-founded Wise Fool Films.
As the first Chief of Counterterrorism for the Port Authority Police Department following the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Valenti was tasked with protecting some of the most critical infrastructure assets in the world without a road map. His responsibilities included establishing a counterterrorism program, identifying vulnerabilities in both physical security, infrastructure and investigative processes while leading investigations and being the agency’s lead executive assigned to the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force management team. Upon being promoted to Deputy Chief of the Port Authority Police Department several years later, Mr. Valenti conducted a complete review of the police department’s budget to ensure operational efficiency. He also actively negotiated several labor contracts in conjunction with the agency’s legal department and was the department’s representative on New Jersey’s Domestic Preparedness Task Force which crafted policy as it related to both security and emergency response protocols for the State of New Jersey.
In 2008, Mr. Valenti retired to join a hedge fund as a senior advisor where he eventually transitioned into a role where he led a distressed company, restructured it and sold the company to a strategic buyer. Mr. Valenti was elected to the Board of Education in Chatham, New Jersey in 2017. Additionally, he is a member of the leadership team of a group in New Jersey spearheading an effort to address the crisis in mass shooting incidents nationally. Mr. Valenti is also on the Board of the New York Police Chief’s Benevolent Association, a member of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and IACP, a regular security and counterterrorism contributor to the local news media in New York and New Jersey, and has been featured on News 12 New Jersey’s “New Jersey Power and Politics.” In 2018, Mr. Valenti co-authored a pilot program for a major urban police department, to assist and train their officers to more effectively deal with the public and support their community policing program. Mr. Valenti is a graduate of New Jersey City University where he holds a Bachelor of Business in Business Management. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Peter’s University.
Business Strategy Advisors
Prior to becoming the EVP – Finance & Strategy of International Rail Partners, LLC and President of MedAmerica Properties Inc. (OTC: MAMP), Mr. Bencivenga provided strategic and financial advice to businesses in real estate, music, gaming and solid waste management. He also served as a board member on numerous companies. Before that, he was a founding partner of a $5 billion hedge fund whose businesses including lending to and private equity investing in small to medium sized companies. He also spent three and a half years as Managing Director/Global Head of High Yield at Barclays Capital. During his tenure there, his team originated over 75 high yield, mezzanine and bridge loan transaction and acted as lead or joint lead on over twenty. In 1999, one of these transactions was awarded IFR’s European High Yield Deal of the Year, Euromoney Deal of theYear-and received a Highly Commended Award from Corporate Finance Magazine.
During Mr. Bencivenga’s first 18 years of experience working in the Investment banking industry, he spent his first 13 years working at Salomon Brothers and Drexel Burnham. Mr. Bencivenga served as Head of High Yield Research at both Drexel Burnham in the late 1980’s and Salomon Brothers in the early 1990’s. For two years, Mr. Bencivenga also served as Deputy Head of Equity Research at Salomon Brothers. In 1994, Mr. Bencivenga became head of Fixed Income Credit Research and the co-head of Fixed Income Strategy at Salomon Brothers, where he used his expertise to develop investment strategies for global investors.
Mr. Bencivenga has a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Bencivenga currently resides in New Jersey.
Bruce A. Blakeman has been active in law enforcement and homeland security in the New York metropolitan region for close to 20 years. As a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from October 2001 to January 2009, Mr. Blakeman served as Vice Chair of its Security Subcommittee. The Port Authority operates all of the area airports, interstate bridges and tunnels, seaports, the World Trade Center and PATH trains. While at the Port Authority, Mr. Blakeman served as a panelist at the Naval Institute Homeland Security Seminar in 2005 and has participated in STARCOM exercises and seminars.
Mr. Blakeman holds a certificate in Homeland Security Management and currently serves on the faculty of Long Island University as a Senior Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security Studies. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of the New York Police Chiefs’ Benevolent Association. Mr. Blakeman is Associate Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Foundation and is its Deputy Counsel. He is on the board of Crime Stoppers and is Deputy Counsel to the Nassau County Fire Marshall’s Benevolent Association, as well as a Director of the New York COPS Foundation. Mr. Blakeman holds many honorary titles including Counsel to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police; Former Special Chief Deputy Sheriff, Nassau County, NY; Deputy Sheriff, City of New York; Police Chief, Hempstead, NY; Police Commissioner, Mineola, NY; and he is a Lieutenant Colonel (inactive), New York Guard (State Militia). In 2011, Blakeman was awarded Law Professional of the Year by the New York/New Jersey Detectives’ Crime Clinic.
Mr. Blakeman has extensive experience in financial and budgetary matters in both the public and private sector. As a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Blakeman served both on the Finance and Audit Committees which oversaw all financial aspects of the Port Authority, including its annual budget in excess of $4.6 Billion, its financial arrangements, bonding obligations, insurance, and risk management.
Mr. Blakeman previously served from 1996 to 1999 as the Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the Nassau County Legislature. He was Chairman of the Budget Review Committee and Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee overseeing a county budget in excess of $2 Billion. Prior to becoming Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Mr. Blakeman was a member of the Hempstead Town Board, Hempstead, New York. In 1998, Mr. Blakeman was the Republican candidate for New York State Comptroller. In 2010, he was the Republican-designated candidate for U. S. Senate.
He was formerly a partner in the law firm of Robert M. Blakeman & Associates. Mr. Blakeman has received Martindale Hubbel’s highest rating, A-V, and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law.
Mr. Blakeman served for twenty years as a member of the Board of Directors of North Sea Insurance Company, a property and casualty company licensed in New York, New Jersey, and several other states. He previously served on the Board of Directors of ACCPAC, a Silicon Valley software company where he served on the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, Mr. Blakeman was President of the Tobacco Settlement Local Development Corporation controlling $78 Million in tobacco settlement funds for Nassau County from 1999 to August 2004. Mr. Blakeman also was an adjunct assistant professor of Business Law at Hofstra University.
Mr. Blakeman is a frequent commentator and panelist in a variety of media outlets, including Fox News Network, WCBS, CNBC, CW-11 (WPIX), WLIW (PBS), News-12 Long Island, and Court TV. Mr. Blakeman is also President of Madison Strategies, Ltd., a strategic consulting firm.
John Buckman is a Senior Advisor at Response Point Technology, a safety and security technology company that has partnered with the Stop the Bleed Coalition to bring innovative solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense’s STOP THE BLEED® campaign.
Mr. Buckman has more than 20 years of experience in corporate law and the start-up community, having counseled, founded, or co-founded several companies across a variety of industries, including media and advertising, fintech, and gaming. Prior to starting his own law firm, Buckman Group, Mr. Buckman was a corporate associate at Day Pitney LLP (New Jersey) and Winston & Strawn LLP (New York City).
Mr. Buckman has a bachelor’s degree in English and Communication Science from the University of Connecticut and a juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law.
He and his wife, Karyn, have three daughters and reside in Savannah, Georgia, where John continues his involvement in STOP THE BLEED® in addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits.
Robert Chefitz is a 36-year veteran of the private equity industry and has specialized in security industry investments since 1990. Mr. Chefitz built an investment track record with strong returns by leading and participating in numerous early-stage investments and leveraged buyouts. In 2008, Mr. Chefitz founded Egis Capital Partners in order to capitalize on his deep security industry investment expertise and to provide investors with a portfolio dedicated to the Security and Protection industry.
Mr. Chefitz has made over 20 investments in the field of security, including companies such as Alarm.com, Protection One, Casi Rusco, FreightWatch, and Brivo. Beyond security, Mr. Chefitz has a successful track record, having led first-round investments in companies including Office Depot, Achieve3000, and iLEVEL Solutions to highlight just a few. Mr. Chefitz launched his career at Golder Thoma & Cressey, a predecessor to GTCR, where he consolidated fragmented service companies in the communications sector. Mr. Chefitz was subsequently recruited to join Alan Patricof & Company, which eventually became Apax Partners. During his 15-year tenure at Apax, Mr. Chefitz served as a General Partner and built a portfolio of five security companies. Prior to founding Egis, Mr. Chefitz launched the NJTC Venture Fund, which was a top decile performer for its 2001 vintage year.
Mr. Chefitz holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Northwestern University. Mr. Chefitz also sits on the board of The Lang Fund and Columbia Business School’s seed stage investment fund.
Mr. Cohen is a seasoned medical device and biotechnology executive with a series of positions leading organizations with full P&L responsibility and previous departmental management experience in virtually all functional areas, including international sales, R&D, healthcare services, M&A, corporate marketing, legal affairs and business & technology development, coupled with strategic oversight and planning positions. He most recently was President & CEO of EmboMedics, Inc., an early stage medical device company developing resorbable, drug-loadable embolic spheres to treat, among other things, liver cancer. In two years, Mr. Cohen reorganized and recapitalized the Company, redirected product development to advance quickly to FDA submission, and then sold EmboMedics to a larger medical device company.
Prior to that, he founded Miromatrix Medical, an early stage biotechnology device company with a patent-protected technology that enables the construction of fully biological human organs for transplant, and grew the enterprise to a $90+ million valuation over seven years by technology development, creating and commercializing two products, extensive partnering and business development activities, regulatory and reimbursement success, and $31 million in fund raising.
Before Miromatrix, Mr. Cohen built significant shareholder value as President & CEO of Travanti Pharma Inc. through technology, product and business development, followed by the successful sale of the company to Teikoku Pharma five years after his arrival. Mr. Cohen has held senior management positions with both large organizations (Pfizer Inc.; Sulzermedica; St. Jude Medical) and small enterprises (Miromatrix Medical; Travanti Pharma; Advanced Circulatory Systems [sold to ZOLL Medical]; Horizon Medical Products [public offering]; GCI Medical), as well as seven Board of Directors positions. Diverse activities have included successfully taking a company public on the NYSE in a billion dollar offering, initiating and developing new products through to market, establishing a manufacturing facility in a foreign tax-friendly environment, a series of acquisitions, divestitures and licensing transactions ranging from several thousand dollars to almost one billion dollars, raising capital for early stage companies, and restructuring sales activities in Japan. Mr. Cohen is able to leverage more than thirty-five years of clinical, distribution, executive, venture capital and investment banking relationships.
Kevin Cummings was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Bancorp and Investors Bank effective May 22, 2018. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of these companies since January 1, 2008 and was appointed to serve on the Boards on the same date.
Mr. Cummings and the Executive Management team are guiding the Bank’s evolution into a full-service community and commercial bank. The Bank’s performance was recognized on Forbes’ “Best Banks in America” list since 2012. In addition, Mr. Cummings is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® New Jersey Award for transforming the Bank into a growth company.
Prior to joining Investors Bank, Mr. Cummings had a 26-year career with KPMG LLP, where he became a CPA and Partner. He was an audit partner in the Financial Services practice in the New York office and lead partner on a major commercial banking client. Mr. Cummings also worked in the New Jersey community bank practice for over 20 years serving many clients throughout the state.
Mr. Cummings serves on the boards of The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, The Federal Home Loan Bank of NY (FHLBNY), Greater Trenton, New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and The Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ). In addition, he is a member of the Development Leadership Council of Morris Habitat for Humanity and has served as the former Chairman of the Board of the NJ Bankers Association.
Mr. Cummings holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Middlebury College. He earned an MBA from Rutgers University School of Business and gave the commencement address to its MBA graduating class in 2013.
He and his wife, Patricia, have four children. In his spare time he has coached youth basketball in his local community, and has served as the Athletic Director of St. Theresa’s of Avila.
Peter De Capua is a retired Newark police Detective who served the department from 1970 until 1995 with distinction. During his tenure, he served in the office of five police Commissioners. He started his career as a uniformed officer and was promoted to the Detective division in 1980.
Mr. De Capua was instrumental in driving community related policing programs for the department and also coordinated and engineered community-based crime prevention strategies as part of his duties representing the respective Commissioners. Peter had the unprecedented distinction of winning the National Night Out award three years in a row for practices relating to outstanding anti-crime policing programs.
He oversaw and developed a roadmap for community-based crime prevention programs that encompassed over one hundred and ninety watch groups throughout the city of Newark. He was a dedicated supporter and early advocate of the Newark Police Athletic league and was an active fundraiser in support of PAL.
He is a graduate of Upsala College and holds a degree in education.
Upon his retirement from the department, Mr. De Capua became a consultant for Prudential Securities, where he specialized in risk management, anti-theft strategies, and executive protection. He is a graduate of the South West Texas State crime prevention and executive protection program.
Mr. De Capua is currently a consultant and actively involved in charity work in New Jersey. He is an active tennis enthusiast and has been involved as both a player and coach for over fifty years.
Edward B. Deutsch is the Founder and Managing Partner of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP., a firm of more than 275 lawyers with offices in 8 states. He is a Civil Trial Attorney, Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1992, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. In addition, Mr. Deutsch has been listed in Best Lawyers® (2005-2019), a Woodward/White, Inc. business and partners with U.S. News & World Report, in the area of Commercial Litigation. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, in the areas of General Litigation, Professional Liability: Defense and Mergers & Acquisitions since its inception in New Jersey in 2005 through 2019, as well as being listed in the Top 100 Lawyers in N.J.
The Seton Hall Law School Alumni Association recognized Mr. Deutsch as its 2002 Distinguished Graduate. Martindale-Hubbell also awarded him its AV Peer Review Rating, its highest level of professional excellence and a Preeminent Lawyer for 2018. In addition, Mr. Deutsch was ranked number 43 on the 2017 NJBIZ Power 100 List of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey Business. From 2007-2009 he was the Third Circuit Representative on the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Deutsch was selected by Governor Chris Christie to Chair the Department of Banking and Insurance transition sub-committee, tasked with issue development, recommendations, and state appointments in both banking and insurance industries. He has also accepted the nomination of Governor Christie to be one of two public members of the newly-created Red Tape Commission chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.
In October 2009, Mr. Deutsch was selected as an honoree of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and received the Trial Bar Award. This prestigious award recognizes those experienced trial lawyers whose professional careers exemplify the highest standards of trial practice and ethical conduct. In September 2012, Mr. Deutsch was honored with the Thomas D. Sayles, Jr. Humanitarian Award by the American Conference on Diversity. In October 2016, the University of Rhode Island presented Mr. Deutsch with the Athletics Award at their Eleventh Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards Gala. The event honored alumni and friends of URI who have brought distinction to themselves and the University through their professional achievements, outstanding leadership and community service. In November 2017, the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law presented Mr. Deutsch with the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Award for his significant career achievements and service to the bar.
Mr. Deutsch previously served as Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors of Somerset Hills Bank which merged in 2013 with Lakeland Bank. He served on the Board of Directors of Lakeland Bank until 2018, which Forbes Magazine named as one America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. He is married to Nancy (formerly Cooney). They live in Bernardsville, New Jersey and are active in numerous charitable endeavors.
Seton Hall Law School (J.D. 1971) University of Rhode Island (B.S. 1968)
State of New Jersey
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey U.S. District Court, EDMI
Mr. Richard M. Frankel served for more than 25 years in public service, the majority of his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Mr. Frankel is Principal of a strategic crisis management advisory firm, RMF Crisis Management Consultants LLC. RMF Crisis Management Consultants is dedicated to helping clients in areas of crisis management, national security, government relations, cybersecurity, asset identification, due diligence, and global white-collar crime & internal investigations.
In addition to complex investigations, asset recovery, cyber issues, and crisis management, Mr. Frankel has extensive investigative experience and provides his clients with insight on terrorism-, criminal-, and intelligence-related matters. He provides expert commentary as an On-Air Commentator for ABC News, and he has been featured on numerous news programs and TV documentaries.
Previously, Mr. Frankel led several FBI Field Divisions as Special Agent In-Charge. In this capacity, Mr. Frankel oversaw criminal investigations, as well as undercover and tactical operations, while actively leading efforts to transition his divisions to a threat-based, intelligence-led operating posture. Mr. Frankel also directed multi-agency initiatives, while developing extensive liaison programs through outreach to entities in the public and private sector, academia, non-profit organizations, and community groups.
Mr. Frankel also served as the Associate Director of National Intelligence and Senior FBI Representative to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this capacity, Mr. Frankel improved partnerships between the law enforcement community and the intelligence community by advising ODNI partnership operations and maintaining multi-stakeholder relationships.
Mr. Frankel continues to give back to the community in several ways. He is a Senior Fellow with The Soufan Center, a non-partisan research and strategy center dedicated to increasing awareness of global security. He serves as a member on the Advisory Board of the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation, a non-profit honoring fallen and wounded members of Federal Law Enforcement, and as an Advisor to the National Policing Institute. Mr. Frankel has also been coaching several youth sports teams in his hometown for twenty years.
A graduate of Ithaca College, Quinnipiac Law School, and several Senior Executive Programs, Mr. Frankel’s government service began as Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County, New York.
Gerald Healy brings a broad range of experience within the television advertising ecosystem. A 28-year veteran of Cablevision Systems Corporation, Jerry has served in various roles throughout his career, most recently as the Vice President of National Sales with News 12 Networks in New York and as Vice President of Sales with 605 LLC, the television industry’s foremost authority on audience data and analytics. Jerry’s experience consists of consulting with national political campaigns in Washington D.C. and with direct brands throughout the United States. Prior to joining Cablevision, Jerry worked for Backer Spielvogel Bates Advertising and for W.P.I.X. Television in New York City.
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University C.W. Post and an Executive M.B.A. in International Business from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors.
Jack Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, New York. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and entered the U.S. Army in 1966 as a Second Lieutenant through the ROTC program. He served as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, executive officer of an infantry battalion in the 7th Infantry Division, and commanded the 4th Battalion 10th Infantry in Panama. A member of the faculty of the US Military Academy, Jacobs taught international relations and comparative politics, and he was a member of the faculty of the National War College in Washington, DC.
He was in Vietnam twice, both times as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions, earning three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest combat decoration. Jacobs retired as a Colonel in 1987.
He was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Auto Finance Group Inc, one of the firms to pioneer the securitization of debt instruments; the firm was subsequently sold to Key Bank. He was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust, where he ran foreign exchange options worldwide and was a partner in the institutional hedge fund business, raising more than $2 Billion. Jacobs subsequently founded a similar business for Lehman Brothers and retired again in 1995 to pursue investments.
He is a principal of The Fitzroy Group, a firm that specializes in the development of residential real estate in London and invests both for its own account and in joint ventures with other institutions. He serves on a number of charitable boards of directors and is a Director Emeritus of the World War II Museum.
Jacobs holds the Melcher Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the US Military Academy and is an on-air analyst for NBC News, where he was a member of the team that produced the 2011 Murrow Award-winning Nightly News segment “Iraq: The Long Way Out.” Colonel Jacobs is also the co-author of the memoir, If Not Now, When?, published by Penguin and winner of the Colby Award. His second work of non-fiction is Basic, released by St. Martin’s Press in 2012.
Ezra Kucharz joined DraftKings as Chief Business Officer in October 2017. In this role, Mr. Kucharz is responsible for expanding DraftKings’ business strategy, ad sales, international expansion, and digital media, further solidifying the company’s position at the intersection of sports, technology and media, while advancing its footprint in the content space. Mr. Kucharz is responsible for building out the business and corporate development functions by identifying opportunities for strategic ventures and acquisitions. Additionally, Mr. Kucharz is a faculty member in Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative teaching Sports Entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining DraftKings, Mr. Kucharz served as president of CBS Local Digital Media and special advisor to the CBS CEO. In this role, Mr. Kucharz oversaw online and mobile business across CBS Radio’s over 115 stations nationwide, and more than two dozen CBS Television stations. During his tenure, Mr. Kucharz’s leadership elevated CBS Local to the number one digital organization in local broadcast TV and radio.
Mr. Kucharz also held several senior-level positions at NBC Universal, founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports, and worked for NASA in their Space Shuttle and Space Station Medical Operations divisions after serving as an Army Officer assigned to the Armor Branch.
Mr. Kucharz holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from University of Houston, and a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics from Duke University.
Albert Lim has a background in consulting, technology, and venture capital. He worked at Verizon Communications, where he led large enterprise sales teams in telecommunications and solution sales. He spent a portion of his time at Verizon managing teams that serviced Fortune 500 companies and helped them with communications solutions to enable their businesses to be more efficient and up-to-date with technology solutions. He has also been in charge of the government sales team in the Northern California and Nevada region, where his team serviced the needs of local and federal government agencies, as well as managed the team that provided the State of California and all of its departments with telecommunications solutions. Albert also supported various agencies within the Department of Defense for Verizon.
Mr. Lim has extensive experience providing consulting and strategy to numerous startup companies both in the United States and globally. His consulting experience includes mergers and acquisitions, helping companies file for an IPO, launching products and services, providing strategy and planning to newly formed companies, assisting companies with entering new markets globally, helping companies create new technology and software solutions, and working with technology companies to successfully scale their business and revenues to capture market share and increase user base.
Mr. Lim is a general partner at Silicon Valley-based VC firm Partners Venture Capital. At Partners Venture Capital, Mr. Lim spends time analyzing and investing in companies that provide the latest technology and solutions both in hardware and software, as well as companies that provide new products and services in various spaces, including agriculture, e-commerce, medical technology, digital assets, and cyber security.
Mr. Lim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.
As Chairman of Global Brokerage & the Veterans Initiative Program at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., Bruce Mosler advises major tenants and investors on strategic real estate matters, managing key client relationships on behalf of the firm, globally. Widely respected as one of the commercial real estate industry’s most influential and talented professionals, Mr. Mosler has leased millions of square feet worth billions of dollars throughout his career. Called “cutting-edge” and “one of the most energetic and successful” executives in the industry, Mr. Mosler has been a formative leader at Cushman & Wakefield for over 20 years, while executing deals that have shaped the fabric of New York City.
Mr. Mosler served as President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield from 2005-2010, leading the firm from $800 million in sales to $2.1 billion, and diversifying the company’s revenue stream by 30 percent through expansion of the business in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to this, Mr. Mosler was President of U.S. Operations and implemented a number of initiatives for the firm, including creating national leadership roles in Industrial, Retail and Multifamily, and creating the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance, a first-of-its-kind affiliate network of top independent real estate companies operating as a unified team with Cushman & Wakefield. Before the start of his illustrious tenure at Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Mosler served as President of the Eastern Region at Galbreath Riverbank.
Mr. Mosler has enjoyed prolific, long-term relationships with a number of public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations over the years, overseeing real estate strategies for projects large and small. His ongoing accounts include Brookfield Properties, RXR Realty, Vornado, JPMorgan Chase, NYU University Hospital (The Langone Center), Citigroup, the Brooklyn NETS and MetLife, among others. Mr. Mosler has spearheaded some of the city’s largest and most notable deals. Since 2015, he has led a team representing Brookfield Property Partners in leasing millions of square feet at state-of-the-art Manhattan West, with more underway. In 2017, he represented RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) in their 400,000 sq. ft. headquarters renewal at 200 Vesey Street. In 2015, Mr. Mosler also represented MetLife in consolidating its regional offices at 200 Park Avenue, a building that carries its name, in one of the largest transactions of the year. And in 2013, he led a team that represented the ownership of 75 Rockefeller Center, one of the most iconic properties in the world, in a 99-year, triple-net lease to RXR Realty.
Mr. Mosler is the recipient of myriad industry honors, including the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) Deal of the Year Award for ingenious brokerage. He won the award twice; in 1998, for the creation of the Reuters Building at 3 Times Square, and later for his success in bringing European retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) to its United States flagship location on Fifth Avenue. In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Mosler was chosen by his peers as Commercial Property News’ “Brokerage Executive of the Year” and was named the publication’s national “Property Services Executive of the Year.”
Well-known for his commitment to a number of civic causes, Mr. Mosler been recognized with several philanthropic industry awards including REBNY’s Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award and Louis Smadbeck Brokerage Recognition Award, the US Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation’s Commandant’s Leadership Award and the Leadership in Support of the Military Award by the New York Council Navy League of the United States in 2017. He most recently received the 2018 Honorary Doctoral Degree by the Rabbinical College of America.
Mr. Mosler sits on numerous boards including serving as Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Advisory Board and most notably has directed much of his attention toward veteran and military issues, including founding and serving as Chairman of C&W’s Veterans Initiative Program. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Delos Living LLC. Additionally, he serves on the various non-profit boards including serving as Co-Chairman of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and from 2011-2017 he was Chairman of BENS and currently still serves as Chairman Emeritus on its Executive Committee. Additionally, Mr. Mosler serves on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and is a member of the boards of Navy League of the United States, National Policing Institute, Police Athletic League (PAL), Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), among other civic and charitable organizations.
John Mosler was a Wall Street executive for 25 years as a leader of the initiation and start up of frontier businesses at several premier Wall Street Firms, including acting as Head of Global Structuring and Marketing for Convertibles, Program Trading and Listed and Over-the-counter Equity Derivatives at Lehman Brothers in the 90s. Since retiring from Wall Street in 2007, Mr. Mosler has pursued his second career as a full-time sculptor. His work is held in collections around the world, and he has been featured in the New York Times, Cultured Magazine, and many others.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Mosler has also participated in the restructuring and board governance of not-for-profit programs with a particular focus on youthful offender programs in New York City, such as Avenues for Justice, for which he is the current Chairman of the Advisory Board.
Mr. Mosler received a BA from Princeton University, and he has been a competitive athlete at university and beyond. He now spends his spare time as an alpinist while also providing business advisory services on a limited and selective basis.
Mary Beth O’Connor is a founding member and managing partner of Lucky VIII, an independent film, television, and theatre production company. O’Connor, along with partner Robert Cole, launched LUCKYGODOT in September 2015 to develop a slate of projects for Broadway, most recently The Girl From the North Country (Broadway, 2020). Previously on Broadway, O’Connor’s producing credits include That Championship Season, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Chris Noth, Brian Cox and James Gaffigan; Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge, Big Fish, based on the Tim Burton film; and The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ poetic masterpiece, starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto and directed by John Tiffany, (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards, Tony nomination). In London’s West End, O’Connor’s credits include Joanna Murray Smith’s The Female Of The Species, (Olivier Award) starring Dame Eileen Atkins in the London production and subsequently, Annette Bening at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles, and Strangers on a Train written by Craig Warner and directed by Robert Allan Ackerman based on the 1950 Alfred Hitchcock film. Feature Films include The Other Man, in partnership with Frank Doelger and Rainmark Films in the U.K. directed by Richard Eyre and starring Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, and Laura Linney.
With partners Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Parris, Lucky VIII is leveraging the economic revitalization that continues to grow in Newark, New Jersey by cultivating a continuing pipeline of viable productions and positions in financial services to advance the economic vitality of this urban community. O’Connor was an early investor and is currently a managing member of Ironbound Film and Television Studios (IFTS), located in the Ironbound District of Newark. IFTS is a 37,800 square foot state-of-the-art production studio facility offering short-term residential accommodations. Ironbound was financed in partnership with Prudential Insurance Social Investments, as well as private investors. Ironbound currently services Paramount Network’s Inkmasters, now in its 12th Season in Newark, and, with Executive Producer Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Parris, the feature film Foster Boy (2019), directed by Youssef Delara and starring Matthew Modine, Shane Paul McGhie and Michael Hiatt.
Acting credits include roles on Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and a featured role in the pilot of AMC’s TV series Rubicon, directed by Allen Coulter. O’Connor has also been the voice of scores of commercials from toothpaste and women’s hair products to sports cars and trucks.
She was a member of the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee and served as a trustee for Newark Boys and Girls Club and New Jersey Performing Art Center (NJPAC). O’Connor served as president of The Women’s Association of NJPAC and is also a member of the Broadway League, The Chita Rivera Awards, Life Camp and The Performing Arts Council of the University of Notre Dame. She is also a trustee emeritus of Kent Place School.
Mary Beth O’Connor is a graduate of Fordham University, where she majored in English and Theatre. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband David and their family of six children.
Maureen O’Connor is a successful global real estate and corporate services executive with over twenty years of experience that includes facilities management, global travel, human resources, risk management, and IT services. She has worked at major financial institutions and boutique investment banks, to start-ups in telecom and the tech world. Currently, Maureen is a Managing Director with CBRE, a commercial real estate and investment firm. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at Hadron International Limited, a global real estate firm headquartered in the UK.
Previously, Maureen was Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate/Corporate Services with Apollo Global Management, one of the largest alternative asset management firms. Prior to Apollo, she was with MetLife, where she was Vice President and Head of Global Facilities Management, Sustainability & Services. Before joining MetLife in October 2014, Maureen was the Managing Director of Global Head of Corporate Services with Perella Weinberg Partners, a global boutique investment bank based in New York. While at Perella Weinberg Partners, Maureen was responsible for administration, global real estate and facilities management, global travel, office services, and vendor management. Before joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Maureen worked with Tower Group Insurance, where she directed the administrative and real estate operations for the corporate headquarters and site facilities.
Maureen’s extensive career includes appointments at Westcom Corporation, OPUS 360, URS Corporation, Prudential Securities, and HSBC / Marine Midland. Maureen attended St. Peter’s University where she studied in Business Administration.
Greg Orman is an entrepreneur, businessman, and leading voice in the U.S. political independent movement. His career includes founding, growing, and helping to lead companies that range in value from a few million dollars to over a billion.
At age 23, Mr. Orman started his first business, Environmental Lighting Concepts (ELC), which designed and installed energy-efficient lighting. Mr. Orman grew ELC into a nationwide company with offices in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Dallas.
In 1997, Mr. Orman sold 70 percent of ELC to a subsidiary of Kansas City Power & Light. He agreed to run KCP&L’s unregulated energy services and became the CEO of Custom Energy. In 2000, Mr. Orman was given responsibility for all of KCP&L’s unregulated businesses, and over the next two years, grew revenue from roughly $100 million to just under $800 million.
Mr. Orman left KCP&L in December of 2002 and has invested in and helped to build over a dozen companies in a range of industries.
In his current capacity as founder of Exemplar Holdings, Mr. Orman’s investments include:
• Healthcare/Fitness: Innovative products and technology to reduce healthcare costs and improve overall health.
• Value-Added Real Estate: Renovating or otherwise improving real-estate property with an emphasis on energy efficiency.
• Green Businesses: Glass recycling, innovative reusable insulation, greenhouse gas capture, and financing of energy-efficiency projects.
Mr. Orman currently serves on the advisory board of the National Policing Institute and has served on the board of directors at the Kansas City Zoo and chaired the Capital Campaign for the YMCA Youth in Government program, among other charitable activities. Mr. Orman also helped form the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers and is on the board of directors at Unite America.
In 2014, Mr. Orman ran as an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, earning 43 percent of the vote and falling just short of defeating incumbent Senator Pat Roberts. At the time, NBC News referred to Mr. Orman as “the most interesting man in politics.” In 2018, Mr. Orman ran again as an Independent, this time as a candidate for the office of Kansas Governor.
He is the author of A Declaration of Independents and has been a frequent contributor to Real Clear Politics. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, The Kansas City Star, and other national media outlets. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and numerous other local TV and radio stations.
Greg Orman graduated with High Honors from Princeton University. He lives in the Kansas City Area with his wife, Sybil, and their two daughters.
Howard Singer is a public sector professional with over 20 years of experience serving in various capacities in city government as both a senior advisor to top law enforcement officials and policing with three major metropolitan cities—New York City, Philadelphia, and the City of Miami.
Mr. Singer most recently was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff with the New York City Department of Correction in April 2022, overseeing the Intergovernmental Affairs and Policy Unit, serving as the primary point of contact both internally and externally for the Department on intergovernmental issues. He also works closely with the Commissioner on organizational and policy improvements for the Agency. Mr. Singer previously served as a speechwriter and senior advisor to the First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, where he was promoted to Sergeant Special Assignment in July 2021 and continued to serve as a top aide to the First Deputy Commissioner, NYPD.
Mr. Singer began his career as a police officer with the Miami Police Department in 1998. In 2003, he moved on to work in the Philadelphia Police Department before joining the New York City Police Department in 2007. After working as a patrolman, he was promoted to Sergeant in 2015 and, shortly thereafter, was awarded the Police Commissioner’s Graduate Scholarship where he attended Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. Recognizing the importance of education and policing, Mr. Singer facilitated the new NYPD-McCourt School scholarship. After graduating, Mr. Singer returned to the NYPD in 2017 and went on to work for several top police officials, serving as a strategy and policy advisor and liaison with various governmental organizations, for the Offices of the Police Commissioner, First Deputy Commissioner, and Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Mr. Singer is a member of the Chief of Staff Association and served as Vice President of the McCourt School Alumni Board. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Drexel University and a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University.
Mr. Taylor began his professional career in the insurance industry in 1975. In February 2012, Mr. Taylor formed Miravast, an investment management firm that specializes in the life settlements asset. As Founder of the firm, Mr. Taylor was responsible for establishing the firm’s strategy and general oversight of all of the firm’s functional areas. Prior to forming Miravast, Mr. Taylor was the SVP, Chief Underwriting Officer for the AIG division responsible for investing in life insurance policies. He was the principal founder of its life settlements operation and managed the largest life settlement portfolio in the market, featuring over $5 billion invested.
Mr. Taylor has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, as well as a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Mr. Taylor moved to Hunterdon County in 1985 and has been an active volunteer in the community. He has served on many nonprofit Boards and is currently a Board member of four organizations:
- Acorn Montessori School (Vice President)
- Salvation Army Advisory Board (Chair)
- Team Walker, which serves and helps promote kids in Jersey City.
- New Jersey Association of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ (Treasurer)
Additionally, Mr. Taylor is a past Board Chair of the Hunterdon County YMCA. He is currently the Chair of their Togetherhood Committee, which is focused on providing community service opportunities to Y members, and he also serves on their Finance Committee. Mr. Taylor is also a past Board member (Treasurer) of Family Promise of Hunterdon County, which provides shelter for homeless families in the community and he continues to serve on their Finance Committee. He is a frequent volunteer for other nonprofit organizations, including America’s Grow A Row and the Flemington Food Pantry.
Mr. Taylor is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and has always been active in his church, wherever he lives. He is currently a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Flemington, where he serves as their Treasurer and their mission project leader. He is also a member of the church Council and leads their Confirmation program. In 2001, Mr. Taylor started teaching the Junior High Sunday School class at the Flemington Presbyterian Church, and he often comments that teaching kids the Bible for the last 19 years has been his favorite weekly activity.
Lastly, Mr. Taylor is married to Professor Vassie Ware, who teaches molecular biology at Lehigh University. They have been happily married for 41 years (because his wife has the patience of an angel) and they have a daughter who attends Lehigh University.
Gregory A. Thomas serves as the Senior Executive for Law Enforcement Operations in the Office of the Kings County (Brooklyn, N.Y.) District Attorney, the third largest district attorney’s office in the United States. As a member of the executive staff, he serves as a senior advisor to District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on criminal justice and law enforcement policy and procedures and is the one of the principal office liaisons to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in relation to sensitive investigations and operational matters. In 2014, he played the lead role in the office’s creation of its Crime Strategies Unit, which works closely with the NYPD to reduce the occurrence and frequency of violent crimes in Brooklyn through the use of an approach that focuses resources on the “drivers of violent crime” and the identified “hot spots” where the majority of crime occurs.
Gregory Thomas brings to this position over thirty-six years of supervisory and executive experience in the fields of criminal justice and public safety. He has served as Deputy Director of Planning and Response at the Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness; as Executive Director of the Office of School Safety and Planning (a position that he held during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001), with the New York City Department of Education, the largest school district in the United States; as an Assistant Commissioner with the New York City Fire Department; as the Associate Director of the City University of New York/NYPD Cadet Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; as a senior investigator and member of the executive staff with the Mollen Commission, the mayoral commission that investigated allegations of police corruption and the anti-corruption procedures of the NYPD; and as a First Deputy Inspector General with the New York City Department of Investigation, the New York City agency charged with investigating and referring for criminal prosecution cases of fraud, corruption and unethical conduct by New York City’s over 300,000 employees, or contractors and others who receive money from the city.
As an internationally recognized law enforcement/campus safety/emergency management expert, consultant and conference speaker, he has been featured in various international media and print venues such as the BBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR Radio, the New York Times, the USA Today, the U.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal. His expertise has also led to him being a part of a select group of national law enforcement thought-leaders who were invited in July of 2016 to a White House meeting convened and attended by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden to discuss law enforcement and policing best practices after the unusual spate of police involved shootings that occurred in the spring and summer of 2016. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and has been retained as a senior trainer and campus safety planning and emergency management consultant to the U.S. Departments of Education, Homeland Security and Justice. In 2009, he was asked to serve as a subcommittee member of the congressionally created National Commission on Children and Disasters. During his employ at Columbia University, Mr. Thomas authored and co-authored numerous academic publications and served as the lead editor and co-author of three books on school safety for the Janes Information Group, including the most comprehensive book published to date on school safety – the 450-page Janes Safe School Planning Guide for All Hazards. He is also the solo author of a book from Random House Publishers titled Freedom from Fear: A Guide to Safety, Preparedness and the Threat of Terrorism, which offers advice to readers on how to prepare themselves and their families for a worst-case scenario like a natural disaster or an act of terrorism.
Mr. Thomas’ professional affiliations include membership in the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), where he served as their 38th National President, and membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), where he has served on the advisory board of their Law Enforcement Policy Center (LEPC) which develops and disseminates model policies on all aspects of policing for use by law enforcement agencies throughout the world. He has also been associated with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) where he served as an on-site accreditation assessor of various police departments across the nation.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where he currently resides with his wife Kim and his family, Mr. Thomas attended public school in New York City, and then attended college at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. He completed his graduate studies at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University where he received a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
Christopher Trucillo is the Senior Vice President, Chief of Police & Office of Emergency Management for NJ TRANSIT. NJ TRANSIT is the third largest transportation agency in the nation. The NJ TRANSIT Police Department is also the only statewide transit police force in the nation. Chief Trucillo was selected for the position of Chief of Police at NJ TRANSIT after a nationwide search by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was sworn in on July 26, 2010.
Chief Trucillo is responsible for the overall direction and oversight of all police operations and coordinating emergency management activities within all departments and business lines within NJ TRANSIT. Since joining NJ TRANSIT, the Chief has led the emergency response and planning for NJ TRANSIT for Super Storm Sandy, Super Bowl XLVIII, and the Papal Visit of Pope Francis to name a few including many more special events.
Chief Trucillo’s law enforcement career encompasses over 38 years of experience. Prior to joining NJ TRANSIT, Chief Trucillo served over 23 years with the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) of NY/NJ. During his tenure with the Port Authority, Chief Trucillo served as the Commanding Officer of the Internal Affairs Bureau, Special Investigations, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Newark Liberty International Airport. During his PAPD career, the Chief worked in all business areas of the Port Authority, to include Aviation, Commuter Rail, Ports and Surface Transportation facilities. Chief Trucillo also served as the Chief of Department for the Port Authority Police Department during a difficult time in its history in the aftermath of 9/11.
Prior to joining NJ TRANSIT, Chief Trucillo also served as the Director of Public Safety for John Jay College in New York City. Chief Trucillo is also an adjunct professor for Seton Hall University’s Police Graduate Studies Program.
Chief Trucillo has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Rutgers University and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. Chief Trucillo is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute. Chief Trucillo has also completed the ENO Center for Transportation Transit Senior Executive Program in Washington, DC.
Dr. Jerald P. Vizzone is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Vizzone has been board certified (AOBOS) since October of 1998 and has over 20 years’ experience as an Orthopedic Surgeon.
Dr. Vizzone received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences – The College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri (Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences).
He graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University, Cum Laude, University Honors Program, and Phi Zeta Kappa Honor Society. He then attended a graduate program at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.
Dr. Vizzone completed his Orthopedic surgery residency at Cabrini Medical Center (New York Medical College) and Peninsula Hospital Center in New York City, and he served as a Visiting Resident at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware.
Prior to his orthopedic surgery residency, Dr. Vizzone completed a one-year internship and a one-year general surgery residency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Vizzone’s accolades include his role as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Michaels Medical Center for four years and Assistant Director of Peninsula Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.
Aside from his private practice located in Montclair, New Jersey, Dr. Vizzone is Owner and Medical Director of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute of New Jersey (OSINJ) in Paramus, New Jersey. He also serves as an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Touro College of Medicine, located in New York City.
Dr. Vizzone’s associations include the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AOAOS), New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), Orthopedic Surgeons of New Jersey, and Executive Board Member of Newark Police Athletic League.
Bob Zito has more than 30 years of experience as a brand communications, advertising, and public relations executive in the sports, financial, pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries. As the Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, Bob built the NYSE’s brand into one of the most respected in the world. He is best known for bringing television to the NYSE trading floor and creating the daily “must-see” events of high-powered newsmakers ringing the opening and closing bells, creating global visibility for NYSE-listed companies and member firms.
As Sony’s Vice President of corporate communications, he helped rebrand the company as a global entertainment leader following Sony’s acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures. During his time as Chief Communications Officer and a member of the Management Committee of Bristol-Myers Squibb, he guided the successful ‘Together we can prevail’ brand campaign, which focused on the company’s mission to help patients prevail over serious diseases. In these roles, Bob handled many crisis communications assignments, ranging from criminal issues and business interruptions, to executive transitions. At Zito Partners and Ketchum Zito Financial, Bob has helped companies with similar crisis engagements, helping CEOs and Management Committees with critical business and personal issues.
Bob served as the Chairman of the Board for Pcubed, a global project and program management consultancy. He serves as Vice Chairman of the FDNY Foundation and serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Cento Amici. He was also responsible for the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundations. In 1998, Bob started the NYSE Fallen Heroes Fund, and in 1991, the Zito Family Scholarships at St. Peter’s Prep. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. A 1998 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Bob continues to be a guest lecturer at Rutgers University.