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Business Boot Camp Attracts 100 Students to Meet N.J. Business Leaders

Nearly 100 students are expected to attend William Paterson University’s innovative four-day intensive business boot camp to meet and interact with leaders from some of New Jersey’s top industry sectors, including banking, food, and healthcare, from August 1 to 4, 2016 in the Machuga Student Center Multipurpose Room.

Known as the Crux of Industry Niche (COIN) Boot Camp, the event will feature 14 accomplished professionals, nearly half of whom are alumni, who will discuss the inner workings of their industry, their firm, and their own personal career path.

“This Boot Camp is a valuable experiential learning opportunity for our students, and I’m pleased that we have so many talented industry leaders willing to share their expertise with both our students and faculty,” says Siamack Shojai, dean of the Cotsakos College of Business.

COIN 2016 will focus on four different industry sectors: healthcare and health insurance; real estate, banking and credit analysis; food services and distribution; and human resources and financial services.

Business leaders scheduled to participate are:

•     Lawrence (Larry) Levine, Keynote Address, director of client experience, Peapack-Gladstone Bank

•     Kevin Lenahan ’90, vice president and CFO, Atlantic Health

•     Marlon Addison, manager of group sales: customer relationships, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

•     Craig Rothenberg ’81, founder and CEO, Rothenberg Communications LLC

•     John Cina ’72, vice president, special assets, Valley National Bank

•     Jeff Millar ’80, managing director in global subsidiary banking, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

•     Richard Garcia ’84, chief growth officer, North Jersey Federal Credit Union

•     Cindy Perrotta, vice president, commercial lending officer and relationship manager, Atlantic Stewardship Bank

•     Mike Murphy, senior vice president, QuickChek Corporation

•     Luis Tejada, vice president, sales, Goya Foods

•     Joe Fantozzi ’85, vice president of retail and membership development, Allegiance Retail Services, LLC

•     Saul Simon ’84, president and private wealth advisor, Simon Financial Group

•     Jennifer Santiago, talent acquisition manager, Enterprise Holdings

•     Jeff Buonforte, executive vice president, Financial Services Division, Lakeland Bank

The Cotsakos College of Business offers many experiential learning opportunities to its students including internships, business practicums, professional enrichment workshops, case competitions, and mentoring programs, among others.

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