Four experts on the front lines of New Jersey’s economy will join NJBIZ in an online discussion of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and what will be required to revive business activity over the coming weeks and months.
Hosted by NJBIZ Editor Jeffrey Kanige, the Newsinar titled Reopen, Recover and Redefine will be held on June 17 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. The panelists are Dennis Hart, executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey; Greg Lalevee, business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825; Luis San Vicente Portes, economics professor at Montclair State University; and Patrick Ryan, president and chief executive officer of First Bank.
As leader of the CCNJ, Hart represents the chemical, pharmaceutical, refining and other industries in the business of chemistry. He is also president of State Street Associates, a full-service government affairs company specializing in state regulatory and legislative matters. Before joining CCNJ Dennis spent six years working in the utility and heavy highway construction industry first as managing director of the Construction Industry Advancement Program and as director of Utility Operation for the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey.
Lalevee worked his way through the ranks of IUOE Local 825, beginning as a crane operator, working as a union organizer and business representative. He was elected local’s Business Manager in 2010 and under his leadership, Local 825 orchestrated several changes and transactions to strengthen the union’s financial footing, consolidate its membership, establish a new labor-management agreement. In December 2011, Gov. Chris Christie appointed Lalevee to the Transportation Trust Fund Authority, where he now serves as vice chairman.
Earlier that year, he was elected to the International Union’s General Executive Board.
San Vicente Portes joined MSU after completing his doctoral degree at Georgetown University in the fall of 2005. His teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate courses. He has also taught at ITAM in Mexico, Georgetown University, the University of Graz in Austria and at Rutgers University. His research focuses on macroeconomics, development economics –focusing on gender and inequality – and international economics. He has has been published in journals such as Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, The Berkeley Journal of Macroeconomics, The Global Economy Journal, and the Journal of Development Economics, among others.
At Hamilton-based First Bank, Ryan is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the company, which had more than $2 billion in assets as of Dec. 31 2019. As President and CEO, he led a successful $23 million initial public offering for First Bank in 2008. First Bank has been one of the fast-growing companies in the state, earning the NJBIZ Fast 50 Awards for four straight years from 2016 to 2019. Before joining First Bank, Ryan worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and worked at Bain and Co., where he worked as a private equity consultant.
The topics likely to be covered include an assessment of the state’s early response, an evaluation of current economic conditions, recommendations for actions that should be taken to spur growth, and proposals for avoiding similar economic downturns in the future.
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