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The Changing Landscape of New Jersey Business by The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council

The Changing Landscape of New Jersey Business hosted by: The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council Wednesday March 27, 2019

When: March 27, 2019
7:30-9:30 AM
Where: The Offices of KMPG
51 John F Kennedy Parkway
5th Floor
Short Hills, NJ  07078
United States
Contact: Debbie Lindner

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Program Description:


The world around us is changing. Investments in Technology are happening at a rapid rate, unemployment is at its all-time low, the labor laws have changed, manufacturing has advanced, and public policy is being decided as we speak.  These are only a few of the factors that are changing the way we do business in New Jersey – what does this mean for you and your business?


Make plans to attend “The Changing Landscape of New Jersey Business” as we hear from local NJ experts on the driving forces, incentives, trends and opportunities for growing business in the Garden State.


Learning Objectives:  


Through this session, attendees will learn:

  • What our government is focused on for businesses and business leaders in New Jersey
  • Opportunities and programs available to businesses and business leaders to grow or start a business in New Jersey
  • Understand the fastest growing industries and what the impact of increased labor costs along with other new laws may have on the overall business landscape

Breakfast and networking is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Our program will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.



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To register for this program, simply click on the green tickets button and then click one of the two registration buttons and complete the form as requested.

All CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free.

Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60.00.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Lindner, Marketing Director, New Jersey Chapter at

Cancellation Policy
If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information


Instructional method: Group-Live
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 CPE credits in Business Management & Organization
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors,
150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417.

About Our Speakers


Jeff Bunn, Managing Director, Advanced Resources

Jeffrey leads our Accounting & Finance team for the NYC region, helping CEOs, CFOs, executive finance managers, and human resource professionals pinpoint expert talent for both direct hire and project needs. “What drives me is helping people advance their careers while assisting clients to build their teams to the highest potential.”

After spending nearly 12 years in the finance and accounting recruitment space, Jeff’s success has been attributed to sound market knowledge and industry exposure, seasoned sales and recruiting expertise, strong relationship building, effective management, and the ability to deliver what client’s ask of him. He has worked with clients all over the world and is considered a market leader in the NYC region.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in finance and investments from the University of North Florida’s Coggin College of Business.


Timothy Franklin, Ph.D.  Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Innovation Institute

Timothy (Tim) V. Franklin, Ph.D., serves as Vice President and chief operating officer for the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII), an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners.  Franklin contributed substantially to the design and rationale for this innovative, industry-facing university interface designed around innovation labs and services.  In parallel, Franklin serves as Associate Vice President for Business and Economic Development and Special Advisor to the President for New Jersey Institute for Technology (NJIT).  In this role, Franklin leads strategic initiatives, fosters institutional-scale programs, manages public and private partnerships, and articulates programs to advance the University’s economic development and research missions.  Franklin convenes NJIT’s Business Engagement Team, which integrates university programs in comprehensive partnerships with industry and government. 

Franklin is an expert in higher education policy, experienced strategic planner, trained Strategic Doing facilitator, inaugural member and vice president of the Academy for Community Engagement Scholarship, faculty for the Strategic Doing Institute, national advisory board member for MForesight (NSF and NIST-sponsored organization dedicated to renewing U.S. manufacturing). 

Franklin also brings a history of starting new endeavors.  Prior to coming to NJIT, Franklin founded and led TRE Networks, Inc., a non-profit organization of leading national organizations and universities dedicated to advancing the role of research universities in transformative regional engagement (TRE).  He led national conferences and meetings of the TRE Roundtable focused on accelerating policy and practice in regional development.  While at Virginia Tech, Franklin led the University’s Southside Initiative, a broad-scale effort to define its 21st Century land-grant mission.  In that role, Franklin was the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), a unique regional stewarding institution that received numerous regional, state, and national recognitions. 

Franklin is the former Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for The Pennsylvania State University.  Tim also served for eight years as Associate Vice President for Government Relations and Planning at Indiana State University.

  • Chris Murphy, Partner, Murphy Partners LLP

  • Chris J. Murphy focuses his practice on economic incentive advisory and real estate development. A partner in the firm, Chris has significant experience helping clients secure public real estate and economic development incentives, and representing clients in connection with the procurement of zoning, land use, and other development approvals.

    Prior to founding Murphy Partners LLP, Chris was a member of the Lt. Governor’s New Jersey Business Action Center, where he advised businesses and developers through the State’s vast array of economic incentive and financing programs offered through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and other State agencies, including the Grow NJ Assistance Program (Grow NJ) and the Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program. In addition, Chris was responsible for helping businesses and developers navigate New Jersey’s complex regulatory processes within various departments.

    Prior to his role with the Lt. Governor, Chris worked for Commissioner Harold “Hal” Wirths at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. As manager of statewide strategic initiatives, Chris served as the Department’s direct liaison to external economic development partners, including the NJEDA and Choose New Jersey, and played a key role in the implementation and administration of the State’s workforce development grant and incentive programs used to retain and attract businesses to the State.

    For nearly a decade, Chris has served as a trusted advisor to elected officials, policymakers, and others in the political arena. His deep understanding of New Jersey’s political landscape and government institutions, together with longstanding relationships on both sides of the political aisle, have made him a valuable advisor to many.

    Chris received his law degree from the Rutgers Law School, and a master’s degree from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Kean University.

    An avid competitor, Chris competed professionally in both ice hockey and boxing prior to starting his career as an attorney.


    Margie Piliere, Chief Economic Development Officer, Choose NJ

    Margie Piliere is the Chief Economic Development Officer for Choose New Jersey, Inc., an independently funded and operated 501(c)(3) whose mission is to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout New Jersey with a focus on urban centers. She is responsible for overseeing all lead generation and business development activities, including prospect management.

    Prior to joining Choose New Jersey, Ms. Piliere served more than 25 years at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Upon her retirement from the EDA, she served as the Director of Business Banking and Community Development where she led the sales team for all loan and incentive resources, managed the intake of applications for financial assistance, and developed relationships with businesses, banks and municipalities.

    During her time at the EDA, she also served as the Regional Director of Business Banking and Community Development for the North Jersey region and as the Assistant Director of Lending Services.

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