BY LARRY BANKS, CIANJ GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ASSOCIATE, EVENTS MANAGER
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.