CIANJ Honors Young Professionals for Propelling Companies to New Heights

CIANJ Honors Young Professionals for Propelling Companies to New Heights


THE COMMERCE AND Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) is proud to honor future leaders of New Jersey (ages 18-39) as chosen by Generation Now, CIANJ’s young profes­sionals group. These award winners are innovators and paradigm shifters from various industries who have demonstrat­ed exemplary leadership and have acted as stewards of excellence that have propelled their organizations to new heights. Here are the honorees of the Game Changers awards program, which will identify and showcase future lead­ers for years to come.

AECOM’s Abigail Benjamin, AIA, CNU-A, NCARB, is an architect and a leader—from executing construction documents to leading a team to deliver a multi-site program for the mid-Atlantic states to being appointed the 2019-2020 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Liaison/America Institute of Architects New Jersey Licensing Advisor.

Hackensack Meridian Health Network Director, Growth and Development, Anamika Desai, MBA, FACHE, develops tools and processes to ensure efficiencies that benefit patient experi­ence; synthesizes market intelligence; identifies trends and develops method­ologies to drive strategic decisions.

Rivkin Radler LLP Partner Gene Y. Kang, Esq., pro­vides high-level legal serv­ices to Korean-owned busi­nesses in New Jersey who have also been historically underserved. He represents clients in complex and high-stakes litigation and intellectual property matters.

Levine Jacobs & Co. LLC Supervisor Kevin Kanouse, CPA, was instrumental in the installation of the firm’s new and complex workflow system and manages and instructs staff on its multitude of func­tions. The system increases accuracy and saves the firm time and money.

LAN Associates Director of Marketing Jennifer Mannino leads a three-person team in a depart­ment she built for the 100-plus employee architecture and engineering firm. She has imple­mented new processes, raised the com­pany’s profile and honed the firm’s value proposition.

In 17 months at age 32, Citrin Cooperman’s Eddie L. Rivera, CPA, MST, became a partner in the Livingston, New Jersey, office. He started as a direc­tor and achieved partner status with chief responsibility for growing the firm’s regional real estate practice.

PKF O’Connor Davies LLP Senior Manager Katherine (Kait) Zech, CPA, is the co-founder of the Early-Career Account-ing Professionals Group and is active in the NJCPA, serving as president for her chapter and as chair of the Emerging Leaders Council.

 CIANJ’s Generation Now is a group of young professionals in alliance with one another for the purpose of education, net­working and peer-to-peer exchange lead­ing to personal and professional growth.

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