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Close Up Gary C. Dahms

Position: President, CEO and chairman, T&M Associates

Key role: Responsibility to lead the T&M team to provide our clients with professional services that exceed their expectations; provide our staff with a rewarding, stable work environment and an opportunity to advance professionally; and instill in our staff a commitment to the profession to maintain a reputation for excellence and execution of our assignments consistent with high professional, environmental, ethical and socially responsible standards.
Commitment to continued growth and reasonable profitability by expanding both our market sector and geographic footprint while maintaining our core corporate values to both our clients and our staff.
Previous jobs:
I spent five years with A G Lichtenstein before coming to T&M Associates. In my 27 years at T&M, I’ve worked in most of the divisions, eventually heading up the real estate development division, prior to serving as chief operating officer and now CEO.
Key strengths:
Building relationships, building a talented team and providing sensible leadership.
Career high:
There have been several along the way. I was named a T&M shareholder in 1994, got on the board of directors in 2002 — and, of course, my current position.
Continue to implement our somewhat aggressive strategic plan and see T&M transform from its historic local municipal firm reputation to a national, full-service multidiscipline consulting firm.
Meeting our objectives and goals in a still somewhat sluggish economy.
After hours:
Golf; family and friends; Giants, Devils and Yankees games.



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Burns & McDonnell has hired James Giffune to serve as project manager working out of its office in Piscataway. Giffune brings more than 12 years of experience in the utility and utility engineering industry to Burns & McDonnell. He most recently worked for SGC Engineering LLC and Professional Employment Group. Giffune has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.


Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. has announced the appointment of Lisa Dallmeyer as controller. Prior to joining Digiplex, she was controller at Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. Earlier, she held positions of progressive responsibility at DRS Technologies, Roche Diagnostic Systems and Clearview Cinemas. Dallmeyer holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Montclair State University.

Fine Arts

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center’s board of trustees has announced the appointment of Loren Thomas as the organization’s new executive director. Thomas holds advanced degrees in education and administration, along with classics, philosophy and religion. He is fluent in Spanish and English, and was director of the Monteverde Friends School, in Costa Rica.

Health Care

The Medical Society of New Jersey has named Mishael Azam as senior manager of legislative affairs and chief operating officer. Azam brings more than 10 years of experience in the legal and legislative arena to her new position. She most recently served as the director of policy to the majority leader in the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office. She holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in English from Rutgers University.


The law firm of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott LLC announced the addition of litigators from McGivney & Kluger P.C. The group will join the firm and create a new Eckert Seamans office in Newark. That group will be led by David Katzenstein, a litigator with 30 years of experience in the defense of personal injury claims in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Genova, Burns, Giantomasi, Webster named three associates as counsel:

  • Joseph M. Hannon is a member of the firm’s labor law and education law practice groups. Hannon received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University.
  • Lisa A. John is a member of the firm’s land use and zoning, commercial real estate, redevelopment and environmental law, and tax appeal practice groups. John received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College.
  • Rajiv D. Parikh is a member of the firm’s complex commercial litigation and construction law and litigation practice groups. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a clerk to Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Parikh earned a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.


QPharma has announced the recruitment of John Cunningham to the position of executive vice president of sales. Cunningham previously served as vice president of national accounts at MediMedia USA. Other prior roles included senior-level sales positions at Cegedim Relationship Management, Bisys and Sanchez Computer Associates. He began his life sciences career as an account manager with Bausch & Lomb. Cunningham holds marketing degrees from Florida Atlantic University and Arkansas State University.

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Robert Kelley has joined Weichert Commercial Brokerage as vice president. Prior to joining Weichert Commercial, Kelley was a corporate sales associate with Sheldon Gross Realty Inc. He was previously founder and president of Artek Inc. an import/export company, before he sold his company to J.H. Calo Inc. where he was executive vice president/chief operating officer. Kelley also has been an adjunct professor teaching international business at Baruch College, in New York.


Port Jersey Logistics announced it recently appointed Al Hickey to the position of director of operations. Prior to joining Port Jersey Logistics, Hickey worked for logistics provider USCO and Kuehne & Nagel, as vice president of operations. Hickey is a graduate of LeMoyne College, in Syracuse, N.Y., and holds a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in operations.

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