Silberman Hall of Fame

2021 HONOREES

TIMOTHY F. GEARTY, BS'77
Partner
Gearty & Mcintyre, LLP
Timothy Gearty, CPA, MBA, JD, CGMA, founded Gearty & Mcintyre, LLP in 1981. The firm has developed a reputation as a specialist in business advisory services, litigation support and forensic accounting. In addition to his work at Gearty & McIntyre, for which he managed a client portfolio of Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Gearty has earned distinction as a national lecturer for Becker Gearty CPE, and Becker CPA Review, a company providing multimedia CPA exam prep materials since 1980. In 1999, Gearty was named as the national lead instructor and editor in chief of Becker Professional Education, under whose auspices he provides study materials and is the national lead instructor for more than 30,000 CPA candidates each year. He is known as the "Dean of CPA Review."

CLAUDIA HEALY, BS'92, MBA'94
Chief Human Resources Officer
STO Building Group
Claudia Healy oversees the global HR program at STO Building Group and serves as a key adviser to the organization’s executive management team on a number of initiatives, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to diversity and inclusion. She is also an executive participant on the STO Building Group board of directors and a member of its HR and compensation committee. Before joining STO, Healy spent more than two decades at Verizon, during which she held almost every human resource role at the company, including leadership roles in talent acquisition, labor relations, training and development, diversity and inclusion, and workforce transformation, among others. 

FRANÇOIS NADER
Chair
Acceleron Pharma
Dr. François Nader is a leading value builder in the biopharma industry. Dr. Nader currently serves as chairman of Acceleron Pharma, Talaris Therapeutics and Benevolent AI. He also serves as board director of Moderna and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, as chairman of the Jesra Foundation, as a board member of the American Task Force on Lebanon and the Lebanese American University. Previously, Dr. Nader was chief executive officer of NPS Pharma. During his tenure, Dr. Nader transformed NPS Pharma into a leading global biotechnology company focused on delivering innovative therapies to patients with rare diseases. Dr. Nader won the Ernst and Young National Life Science Entrepreneur of the Year® award in 2013.

MICHELINE NADER
Chief Executive Officer
Jesra Foundation
Micheline Nader, BSN, MPH, DESS, is the CEO of Jesra Foundation, a serial healthcare entrepreneur and the best-selling author of The Dolphin's Dance: Discover Your True Self through a Powerful 5 Step Journey into Conscience Awareness. Nader is the founder of the Blue Dolphin Healthcare Group, where she built and managed a chain of skilled nursing homes facilities. After 15 years of successful operations, Nader sold Blue Dolphin to a public healthcare group. She maintains a strong involvement in the healthcare business as an entrepreneur. In addition, through her writings, workshops and speaking engagements, Nader helps individuals and organizations to focus on personal growth and social transformation by fostering an attitude of success and discovering individuals’ passions and purposes.

2019 HONOREES

JENNIFER JOHNSON, BA'00
President
Top Safety Products Company, Inc.
With an ability to foster relationships, Jennifer Johnson became president of Top Safety Products Company, Inc. (TSP) in 2017. TSP, a women-owned small business, assembles and sells quality first aid kits. Jennifer has made TSP a family working environment with a vision to build “The Band-Aid Empire”. In 2018, Jennifer partnered with The Midland School and their Adult Services to cultivate the first-three person Supported Employment Enclave, which enriches the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. TSP was recognized as the 2019 “Employment Partner of the Year.” Jennifer graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in English Communication and Marketing and is a contributor to FDU’s Charter Day, vice president of the Friends of Florham, and spokeswoman for the University's current capital campaign, One University Many Dreams. Previously, Jennifer worked for global pharmaceutical companies, where she received awards including President’s Performance Frontier and Sales Excellence.

LESTER J. OWENS, MBA'91
Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Operations
BNY Mellon
Lester Owens is senior executive vice president and head of operations for BNY Mellon. He is a member of the company’s executive committee. He leads the company’s global operations organization, and is responsible for supporting every stage of the client investment lifecycle, including account creation, trading, clearing, settling, holding, servicing, managing, distributing, and restructuring assets. Lester joined BNY Mellon from JPMorgan where, for more than 10 years, he was responsible for global wholesale banking operations and corporate and investment bank client onboarding, managing one of the largest payments operations globally. Previously, he led significant operations activities for Deutsche Bank, Citibank and Bankers Trust. He has earned an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a BA in psychology from Long Island University and has completed Harvard’s executive management program. Lester is currently vice chair of the RWJ Barnabas board of directors. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, and chaired the Clearing House Interbank Payments Systems Board from 2015 to 2016.

BRUCE SCHONBRAUN, BS'68
Board Chair
St. Barnabas Medical Center
Co-Head of Real Estate FTI Consulting
Bruce Schonbraun is the co-leader of the real estate practice of FTI Consulting, Inc., an international NYSE consulting firm. He is a nationally recognized real estate leader and business advisor to the public and private real estate sectors. Bruce has authored numerous articles and is a much sought-after resource to the press on a wide variety of real estate matters. He holds a BS in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MBA in both economics and international business. He has instructed at both the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and the Graduate School of Business at Seton Hall University. He is the chair of the Board of Trustees at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and has been highly active in the community and philanthropic endeavors over the years.

GENE WADDY, BS'92
Co-founder and CEO
DIVERSANT, LLC
CEO Alpha Business Solutions
Gene Waddy is a visionary entrepreneur and owner of Alpha Business Solutions, a minority business enterprise that specializes in providing fully-managed payroll services, IC compliance, and risk mitigation. Gene is also the co-founder of Diversant, LLC, the largest African-American owned IT staffing firm in the U.S. In many ways, both companies are a reflection of Gene’s professional expertise, personal drive, and his commitment to helping others. Gene shares his knowledge and expertise with other MBEs by serving as an active board member with the NYNJ Minority Supplier Development Council. Gene is very active in many community service programs. Gene was named the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, New Jersey, and is also a past NJBIZ Executive of the Year finalist. Gene was raised in New Jersey and  attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he earned his BS in mechanical engineering.

ZYGI WILF, BA'71
Owner and Chairman
Minnesota Vikings
Chief Operating Officer
Garden Homes
Zygi Wilf is a real estate developer, attorney and owner of the Minnesota Vikings Football Club. He is the president of Garden Homes, one of the largest real estate development firms in the United States and partner in the Wilf Law Firm, with offices in New York City and New Jersey. He has been involved in numerous philanthropic causes through the Wilf Family Foundations. Mr. Wilf serves as vice chairperson of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., and on the board of governors of Yeshiva University.

2019 Recipient, Buddy Silberman Award for Social Change

Founded in 1865, HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. HSBC offers customers a unique breadth of opportunity. It delivers the full promise of this by being truly connected – across boundaries — with its customers and partners, together as colleagues and as an organization. HSBC prides itself in being a financial institution that is bringing together the people, ideas and capital that nurture progress and growth, helping to create a better world.

2018 HONOREES


RICHARD GERAFFO, MBA'90 
Executive Vice President
North America Technology Division
Oracle
Rich Geraffo is executive vice president of the North America Technology Division at Oracle. He is responsible for leading and directing the overall management of the multi-billion dollar North America technology organization. Rich is an industry veteran with deep experience leading enterprise technology teams. His experience includes vice president and general manager of the Americas region for VMware and executive vice president at BEA Systems. He held various executive leadership positions during his 16-year tenure at IBM, and prior to joining Oracle in 2013, Rich was the senior vice president and managing director for HP’s Enterprise Group Americas team. Rich holds an MBA degree in Finance from FDU’s Silberman College of Business.

MICHELE LOGAN, MBA'96 
Executive Chairman
CompoSecure, LLC
Michele Logan is the executive chairman and co-founder of CompoSecure, a designer and manufacturer of metal credit cards for the mass, affluent, and high-net-worth markets. She oversees all aspects of the business enterprise with a focus on innovation, examining the potential for new products, and ways to incorporate new technology into products. Michele has overseen the expansion of the business to three new state-of-the-art facilities that allowed for significant expansion of capacity. She also built experienced production management and administrative teams, while maintaining CompoSecure’s pursuit of innovation and ongoing investment in technology. Michele earned a BA from Boston University where she majored in computer science and minored in business administration. She also holds an MBA degree from FDU’s Silberman College of Business in industrial management.

RICHARD SWEENEY,  MBA'86 
Co-founder (Retired)
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Richard “Dick” Sweeney became a co-founder, investor and consultant of Keurig in 1993. He led the development of and contributed to several U.S. and International appliance, packaging, and automation patents. As vice president of quality and global contract manufacturing, he developed several strategic global manufacturing alliances. As president of Green Mountain Hong Kong, he established and staffed the Asian quality offices in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Dick is a decorated Vietnam veteran. He served with 52nd Infantry (ABN) LRRP / Rangers 75th Infantry Regiment between 1967 and 1968. He received his BS from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in 1982, and his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1986. He serves as Chairman of NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College Board and is a board member of MIT’s DELTA V business incubator program. He is the recipient of NJIT’s 2006 Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and also received honorary doctorate degree from NJIT in 2018. Dick resides in Woodstock, VT with his wife Mary Ann. He enjoys flying, sailing, skiing, and traveling for both business and personal development.

THOMAS TIMKO, BS'91 
Vice President, Global Business Services
Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
General Motors
Tom Timko is vice president, global business services at General Motors. Tom manages a global team charged with streamlining GM business processes to improve service quality, and reduce complexity and costs. Additionally, he retains the titles of vice president, controller and chief accounting officer, positions he has held since 2013. Before joining GM, Tom was corporate vice president, chief accounting officer and corporate controller at Applied Materials Inc. Tom previously was chief accounting officer and controller at Delphi Automotive. He was also assistant controller for Interpublic Group. Tom also served as assistant controller at Dover Corporation, which he joined after 11 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Tom holds a BS in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was recognized as one of Treasury & Risk Magazine’s “2010 100 Most Influential People in Finance” and one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 Under 40, Class of 2007” award, which recognizes top professionals who achieve significant business success.

2018 Recipient, Buddy Silberman Award for Social Change

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) is one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States. The company has a long tradition of integrity, honesty and respect. Because that goes a long way in insuring trust and accountability today and into the future. JPMC combines business and policy expertise, sustainable business practices, data, capital and global presence to advance solutions that create inclusive economic growth.