Creative Marketing Alliance Inc. (CMA), 191 Clarksville Road, Box 727, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-297-2235. Jeffrey E. Barnhart, president and CEO. www.cmasolutions.com

Christian Amato will become president of CMA.

Creative Marketing Association, a communications, marketing, and association management firm, has promoted Christian Amato, COO and chief business development officer, to president. Current president and CEO Jeffrey Barnhart will transition from daily management of the firm and continue as the CEO and founder.

“CMA has prided itself not only on providing its clients with award-winning and proven results for more than 30 years, but also on its innovation and growth,” Barnhart said. “This transition will assist CMA in continuing with that vision. During Christian’s time at CMA he has demonstrated strong passion, leadership, teamwork, and business acumen, which are critical skills needed to continue to take CMA where it’s going as an organization as we pursue acquisitions and expand.”

Amato joined CMA early in his career and returned in 2016 as COO and chief business development officer.

Amato has worked in a broad range of industries including financial services, disaster recovery, resiliency planning, residential building, in vitro fertilization, and lighting manufacturing. He was vice president of finance and U.S. general manager for CooperSurgical.

He also was the CFO for Brite Star Manufacturing Company.

“It’s an honor to take on the role of president,” Amato said. “I’m especially grateful to Jeff for his belief and trust in me. I plan to continue his innovative vision and build on the firm’s strong foundation, with the same passion and focus on CMA’s core values and superior client service.”

Jeff Barnhart founded CMA in 1987.

Barnhart founded CMA in 1987 as a marketing and communications company. Shortly after he expanded services to include a full-service association management business unit. Today CMA has 41 employees.

Barnhart also launched the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) in 1990, when he realized there was a void and seized an opportunity in the transaction card industry. Today ICMA has 240 member companies.

In addition, Barnhart was instrumental in introducing the EPA Green Lights program. It was the first voluntary government program that advocated using new lighting technologies to reduce electricity demand — the precursor to the current Energy Star program.

Prior to founding CMA Barnhart worked for Philips Lighting, where he was director of marketing communications.

Garden State Pharmacy Owners, 44 West Taylor Avenue, Hamilton 08610; 609-439-0860. Marty Miller, executive director. www.gspo.org.

Frank Foldetta

Frank Foldetta of Hamilton has been named director of operations for Garden State Pharmacy Owners, a trade group.

Foldetta is focused on managing the daily activities of GSPO and its subsidiaries, Co-Op Power and Select Solutions.

“Frank has significant professional experience in multiple business sectors — and he’ll utilize this broad perspective to address the challenges we face,” said Marty Miller, GSPO’s executive director. “I’m confident his skills and dedication will make Frank an invaluable addition to GSPO and a significant asset to our members.”

Foldetta was previously director of charter and special movements for AMTRAK. A Rider University graduate with a bachelor’s in business administration, Foldetta was a commercial real estate consultant for 10 years.

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