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Conference breakout sessions at-a-glance


  1. Best Practices in Housing Development
    Monday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
    Experienced developers share their insights on how to plan, finance, construct and ultimately market housing in your community. Hear about the challenges and opportunities associated with housing development, including rental, for-sale and special needs housing from both for-profit and non-profit developers. Topics will include leveraging of multiple funding sources and developing public-private partnerships. Panelists will discuss “best practices” including “green” and LEED, transit access, and most importantly, the positive local impacts of housing done “the right way."
    - John Murray, Senior Director of Credit and Business Development, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

    - Donna M. Blaze, M.A., Founder and CEO, Affordable Housing Alliance
    - C. Sean Closkey, President, TRF Development Partners

    - Edward Martoglio, Principal, RPM Development Group

  2. Mobilization in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy
    Monday, September 22 • 10:30am - 11:45am
    Following Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration responded to the immediate needs of the State’s residents. Hear how the Governor, his Administration and the non-profit community reacted quickly and efficiently to the most pressing needs of New Jersey.
    - Timothy J. Cunningham, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
    - Michele Brown, Chief Executive Office, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    - Melissa Orsen, Deputy Commissioner, NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
    - Jennifer Velez, Esq., Commissioner, NJ Department of Human Services (DHS)

  3. Redevelopment in New Jersey - Legal Changes and New Resources to Achieve Success
    Monday, September 22 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
    The threat of eminent domain has contributed to the decline in the use of redevelopment as an effective tool for community revitalization. Recent amendments to the enabling act now allow for the designation of a redevelopment area without the power to condemn, among other changes. This panel will discuss the impact of the changes to the statute and how this may be implemented locally, as well as new financial incentives available to support successful redevelopment in your community.
    - Joseph J. Maraziti, Jr., Partner, Maraziti, Falcon & Healey, LLP
    - Robert S. Goldsmith, Co-Chair, Redevelopment & Land Use, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
    - David G. Roberts, AICP/PP, LLA, RLA, LEED AP ND, Licensed Planner, Maser Consulting, P.A
    - Stanley Slachetka, AICP/PP, Planning Group Manager, T & M Associates

  4. The New Reality of Public Housing
    Monday, September 22 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
    Much of the nation’s public housing stock is in need of repair and funding. It has become apparent that public housing administrators must be creative to maintain, and as appropriate, redevelop these buildings. Come hear from experts in the field about strategies and resources that can be used to not only improve the quality of life for residents, but also for the surrounding community.
    - Michael Floyd, Chief of Property Management and Technical Services, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - DIane Johnson, Former Director of HUD & Former Chief of Staff, City of Newark
    - Keith D. Kinnard, Executive Director, Newark Housing Authority (NHA)
    - Lopa Kolluri, Vice President of Operations, Pennrose Properties

  5. Developing an Improved Community: Place-Based Approaches to Planning
    Tuesday, September 23 • 9:15am - 10:30am
    Place-based strategies intended to create lasting change in struggling neighborhoods and communities are receiving increased attention and funding. Successful execution of place-based initiatives is very difficult. This session will focus on the various techniques being used to achieve creative and comprehensive community development. Learn the different methods for engaging the community, developing a governance structure, and building the organizational capacity for implementation. The discussion will include practical approaches to address transportation, land use and neighborhood issues.

    - Anthony L. Marchetta, PP, Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - Shenna Collum, MPA, Trustee, Township of South Orange Village/Executive Director of the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter
    - Carlos Rodriguez, Principal, Design Solutions for a Crowded Planet
    - John P. Sheridan, Jr., President & CEO, The Cooper Health System


* Approved for one (1) NAHMA continuing education credit

  1. Multifamily Inspections*
    Monday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
    Hear from representatives from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Bureau of Housing Inspection, HUD and private industry on ways to prepare for and deal with inspections from governmental agencies.
    - Robert Sasso, Director of Property Management, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

    - Paul Aprigliano, NJ Departmental Enforcement Center (DEC), HUD
    - Michael B. SImmons, CPM®, NAHP-e, President and CEO, Community Realty Management, AMO®

    - Edwin "Ed" Tomkiewicz, Chief of Bureau of Housing Inspection, Division of Codes and Standards, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)

  2. Multifamily Housing Disaster Preparedness*
    Monday, September 22 • 10:30am - 11:45am
    Attendees will hear a comprehensive discussion on disaster (natural and man-made) preparedness and response with regard to multifamily housing. Learn from the recent experiences of a housing manager, a mechanical contractor, and an engineer.
    - Joseph Burbridge, Technical Services Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

    - Susan Pense, Site Manager, Luftman Towers, Coughlin Management Company
    - Evan Samouhos, President EVCO Mechanical Corporation
    - John M. Shine, P.E., President, Shine Engineering, P.A.

  3. Emotional Support Animals
    Monday, September 22 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
    This session will give owners, managing agents, site managers, and attorneys a better understanding of their responsibilities associated with the rights of tenants who require emotional support animals in both public and private housing.
    - Debra A. Keramas, Asset Manager, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency  (NJHMFA)
    - Jessica F. Battaglia, Esq., Partner, Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C.
    - Brian Rader, Esq., Partner, Jardim, Meisner & Susser, P.C. 

  4. Keep It In Compliance*
    Monday, September 22 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
    Come hear about the latest occupancy industry updates. This session will offer valuable information related to keeping rental properties in compliance and will cover topics such as TRACS 202D, EIV and more. The session will be especially helpful for managing agents and site managers.
    - Rosie Jackson, Assistant Director of Property Management, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

    - Kimberly E. Beczo, Occupancy Specialist Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - Deborah "Dodi" Gershen, Vice President and Director of Property Management, Moderate Income Management Company, Inc.

    - Ilene Gershen, M.A., Regional Manager, Moderate Income Management Company, Inc.
  5. Contract Administration*
    Tuesday, September 23 • 9:15am - 10:30am
    The award of the Performance Based Contract Administration Program contract for HUD's Section 8 buildings has been underway for some time. Hear about the current status of the renewal process, the proposed transition period, the resumption of Management and Occupancy Reviews, and the Performance Base Task (PBT), 4350.3 Handbook changes, and updates on TRACS 202D.
    - Francis A. Thomas, Director of Contract Administration, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

    - Shoba Narayan, Senior Subsidy Accountant, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - Jonelle Stewart, TRACS Coordinator, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - Adonica Watkins, Manager of Asset Management - Contract Administration, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)


  1. Redeveloping Fort Monmouth
    Monday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
    The Governor signed the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority Act which created the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority. The Authority is charged with advancing the Fort Monmouth Reuse and Redevelopment Plan to provide investment, continuity and economic growth opportunities for the communities impacted by the federal government's decision to close the Post. Hear from state and local officials, FMERA staff and other professionals on the plans to promote, develop, encourage and maintain employment, commerce, economic development, and the public welfare for the 1,126 acres of real estate at Fort Monmouth.
    - Bruce Steadman, Executive Director, FMERA
    - Daniel Czermak, Esq., President, AcuteCare Health System
    - Paul Giannone, CCIM, Executive Vice President/Leasing Services, Cushman & Wakefield
    - John Kiely, President, J.F. Kiely Group
    - Gerald Michael Turning, Mayor, Tinton Falls

  2. Discover AC
    Monday, September 22 • 10:30am - 11:45am
    The State of New Jersey is committed to revitalizing Atlantic City. From Margaritaville to the redevelopment of the South Inlet, Atlantic City's continued revival is helping to attract investment, jobs and visitors, while enhancing the quality of life for residents. Hear from public and private sector stakeholders who have key roles in the city's renewal.
    - Margaret Piliere, Director of Business Banking and Community Development, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    - Morris Bailey, Chairman, JEMB Realty Corporation
    - Jeff Guaracino, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer, Atlantic City Alliance
    - Susan Ney Thompson, Deputy Executive Director, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)

  3. Sports and Entertainment in the Garden State
    Monday, September 22 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
    The Christie Administration has successfully attracted major sporting and entertainment events to New Jersey. In 2013, New Jersey hosted WrestleMania Week, the highest grossing entertainment event in the MetLife Stadium's history, and in 2014, New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, the U.S. Special Olympics, and anticipates hosting the Grand Prix of America Formula One World Championship Race. Hear how the mission of attracting major sporting and entertainment events to New Jersey has become part of the overall approach to maximizing economic impact for the state.
    - Tracye McDaniel, President & CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc.
    - Jim Kirkos, President & CEO, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce

  4. Aligning the State's Workforce
    Monday, September 22 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
    The State of New Jersey recognizes that a workforce aligned with and responsive to ever-changing needs of industry is essential to a healthy economy. While New Jersey’s highly educated workforce has continued to serve as a magnet for businesses and families, steps have been taken to further align New Jersey’s workforce with the needs of industry. Hear from a diverse group of panelists who will highlight recent achievements from the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the Department of Education.
    - Dean Susan J. Schurman, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, The State University
    - Richard Bagger, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Market Access, Celgene Corporation
    - Dr. Aaron R. Fichtner, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development

    - Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education

  5. Spurring Community Investment and Job Creation - Economic Opportunity Act of 2013
    Tuesday, September 23 • 9:15am - 10:30am
    New Jersey's economic toolkit has successfully increased ratables by attracting new jobs and private investment to communities, restoring underutilized assets and leveraging existing infrastructure. This panel will feature state and local officials, economic development practitioners, developers and businesses that have utilized incentives to advance transformative projects in communities throughout New Jersey. The panel will also highlight the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 and its promise for the future.

    - Timothy Lizura, President and Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA
    - Charles B. Liebling, Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
    - Lauren Moore, Executive Director, Business Action Center, New Jersey Department of State
    - Anthony J. Perno III, CEO, Cooper's Ferry Partnership


  1. Creative Mixed-Use Project Design: Models of Effective Housing, Economic Development and Mixed Use Development
    Monday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
    Presented by successful developers and experts, this session will review project case studies of innovative urban and suburban mixed-use developments, as well as creative approaches to financing. The panelists will discuss unique project challenges, how each was addressed, as well as tools that can be used in your community to finance cutting edge, mixed-use developments.
    - Timothy J. Touhey, Senior Vice President/Team Leader for Commercial Real Estate Lending, Investors Bank

    - Timothy I. Henkel, Senior Vice President and Principal, Pennrose Properties
    - Christopher J. Paladino, President, New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO)
    - Thomas F. Troy, Senior Vice President, Sharbell Development Corporation

  2. Stronger NJ Business Neighborhood and Community Revitalization (NCR) Program
    Monday, September 22 • 10:30am - 11:45am
    New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority will present on the NCR programs including the Streetscape component which provides “Main Street” revitalization improvements in commercial corridors in impacted towns and cities throughout the State, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) grant funding, as well as an overview of the development and improvement projects to date.
    - Donna Sullivan, Director, Real Estate Development, NJEDA
    - Benjamin Delisle, Director of Development, Berry Lane Park
    - Janet Abrahams, Chief of Operations, NHA-TREC
    - Don Guardian, Mayor, Atlantic City

  3. Efforts to Combat Homelessness
    Monday, September 22 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
    Learn about the Christie Administration’s efforts to combat homelessness which includes the formation of New Jersey's Interagency Council on Homelessness. Hear about the Council's objectives, progress to date, and future plans to reach the goal to end homelessness in ten years.
    - Abram Hillson, Director of HMIS, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - Frank A. Cirillo, Director, Mercer County Board of Social Services, Chair of The Housing Models Workgroup
    - Beth Connolly, Chief of Staff, NJ Department of Human Services (DHS)
    - Matthew A. Reilly, President and CEO, Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development, Inc. (MEND)

  4. History, Housing & Commerce:
    Adaptive Reuse of the GG Green Building in Downtown Woodbury

    Monday, September 22 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
    The mixed use GG Green Building is designed to serve as the anchor for the revitalization of a key section of the City of Woodbury downtown by incorporating 55 residential units with 7,000 square feet of retail space. The $14.1M LIHTC/HTC project involves the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of a landmark historic building to its original character. The project includes a newly-constructed addition that is stylistically consistent with the original structure. The developer, municipality and downtown management program team will provide the background and real-world solutions to implementation challenges and goals for the project.
    - Donna Rendeiro, Chief of Administration and Chief of Staff, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - William H. Fleming, Jr., Council President, City of Woodbury
    - Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director, NJ Historic Trust, Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
    - Kevin Kavanaugh, Vice President, RPM Development

  5. Special Needs: Current Policies and Partnerships to advance the Olmstead Decision in New Jersey
    Tuesday, September 23 • 9:15am - 10:30am
    This session will focus on the state programs and partnerships designed to address New Jersey’s responsibilities under the Olmstead Decision. Learn how to integrate special needs populations into communities using tools such as “I Choose Home NJ,” a federal initiative to move individuals out of institutions such as nursing homes and developmental centers and back into home and community based settings with Medicaid supports and services.

    - Yirgu Wolde, Director, Supported Housing and Special Needs, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - Dawn Apgar, Ph.D., LSW, ACSW, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Human Services (DHS)
    - Lynn A.Kovich, M.Ed., Assistant Commissioner, NJ Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), Department of Human Services (DHS)
    - Ken Regan, Vice President, Regan Development Corporation



  1. Financing Your Business
    Monday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:15am
    The Christie Administration is committed to supporting the growth and success of small businesses. Whether you are looking to expand, purchase new equipment, navigate state government or refine your business plan, this session will highlight the various resources available to New Jersey's business community. Hear how you can help your business achieve its goals.
    - Lori Matheus, Managing Director of Finance and Development, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA)
    - D. Nicholas Miceli, President Central NJ Market, TD Bank
    - Donald Newman, Director, Small Business Advocacy, NJ Business Action Center
    - Maureen Tinen, President, UCEDC

  2. HMFA University - Bonds 101
    Monday, September 22 • 10:30am - 11:45am
    HMFA funds its production programs primarily through the issuance of housing revenue and conduit bonds. Through helpful examples, learn how HMFA conducts business, including the restrictions and the benefits associated with bonds, and how a conduit bond differs from a traditional bond. A rating agency will weigh in with their perspective on what they look for in valuing and rating each bond resolution. Get a better understanding of various bond related factors and how they affect the end product.
    - David Bonomo, Chief Financial Officer, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

    - Todd J. Evans, Director of Capital Markets and Bond Compliance Reporting, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - Eileen A. Hawes, Assistant Vice President - Analyst, Moody's Investors Service

  3. Leveraging Your Resources
    Monday, September 22 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
    The most challenging aspect of development in today’s economic climate is the successful structure of the capital stack. The key to building a profitable capital stack is the ability to effectively leverage multiple funding sources. In this session, you’ll learn how several successful projects were able to utilize a variety of funding sources to create developments that have positively benefitted their communities.
    - William E. Best, Senior Vice President, NE Market Manager, PNC Bank

    - Joseph Gallo, Vice President, Director, Community Investment Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York
    - Annie Hamlin, Manager of Tax Credit Allocations, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
    - George T. Vallone, President, The Hoboken Brownstone Company

  4. HMFA University - Tax Credits 101 and Beyond
    Tuesday, September 22 • 9:00am - 10:30am
    The federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program is the largest single source of equity for multifamily affordable rental projects in New Jersey. Hear from a panel of leading industry experts and developers about current trends in the LIHTC program and matters specific to development in New Jersey.
    - Debra Urban, Director of Tax Credit Services, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)

    - Charles M. Lewis, Esq., Senior Vice President of Development, Conifer Realty, LLC
    - Charles A. Rhuda III, CPA, Partner, Novogradac & Company, LLP

    - Diane Yentel, Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Enterprise Community Partners

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