JM Group of Princeton was founded in 1982 with Nassau Street Seafood and Produce Co. Jack had a vision of providing the community with the freshest food available coupled with a personable service oriented approach.
Over the past 26 years, JM Group expanded to include Nassau St Caterers, Blue Point Grill and Witherspoon Grill. Built on a foundation of quality and service, JM Group’s businesses have received accolades from various publications, including The New York Times, Food Arts, Food & Wine and Restaurants and Institutions.
In 2005, Morrison became the managing partner of Nassau HKT Urban Renewal Associates, the developer of the Princeton Parking Garage, Library Plaza, Witherspoon House and 19 Spring Street. Once completed the urban renewal project will add 110,000 square feet of mixed use residential and retail creating an exciting place to work, live and enjoy the quality of life in downtown Princeton.
JM Group is active in community based charity endeavors, including March of Dimes, Share our Strength, Big Brothers and Sisters, Operation Smile and the Blue Point Grill’s keystone event, The Oyster Bowl. Planning is underway for the tenth annual oyster eating contest and festival held on Super Bowl Sunday. The Oyster Bowl is expected to surpass $100,000 in total contributions to the fight against breast cancer and the Race for the Cure. Morrison, a Princeton resident, has also served on various boards in the community.
Janet Vergis holds the position of president of Janssen, McNeil Pediatrics, and Ortho-McNeil Neurologics. All three businesses are based in Titusville, New Jersey and are divisions of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson). Janssen focuses on pioneering solutions for mental health, and currently markets medicines for the treatment of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism. Ortho-McNeil Neurologics focuses on providing solutions that improve neurological health and markets medicines for the treatment of epilepsy, migraine, and Alzheimer’s disease. McNeil Pediatrics develops products for children and markets medicines for ADHD.
Vergis was appointed to president of Janssen in 2004 and assumed responsibility for Ortho-McNeil Neurologics in 2006, and McNeil Pediatrics in 2007. Prior to her role as president, Janet held the position of worldwide vice-president for the Central Nervous System (CNS) medicines business, where she was responsible for the CNS portfolio of products across the globe as well as new products in development, medical marketing, and licensing. Prior to this role, she served as vice-president of CNS Sales and Marketing at Janssen.
Vergis has contributed to a number of Johnson & Johnson companies during her 20 years with the organization, holding a variety of positions in pharmaceutical research, new product development, sales, and marketing.
Vergis also sits on the Board of Directors for the American Psychiatric Foundation. Her ongoing work in the field of mental health and neuroscience has been honored and recognized by the community, advocacy groups, and her alma mater, Penn State where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Physiology.
Kurt M. Landgraf
Kurt M. Landgraf joined ETS as President and Chief Executive Officer on August 7, 2000. Since then he has overseen ETS’s entrance into the K-12 market, expanded its international businesses, broadened its education research activities and raised the company’s profile as a voice for education reform.
Landgraf began his career at ETS more than 30 years ago, when he served as Associate Director of Marketing. Before returning to ETS in 2000, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company, having previously held leadership positions at DuPont and the Upjohn Company.
Besides strengthening ETS’s business and research initiatives, Landgraf has nurtured the company’s social mission. In its ongoing efforts to help close the academic achievement gap between affluent and disadvantaged students, under Landgraf’s leadership ETS has strengthened ties to and collaborated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Urban League, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the ASPIRA Association and Native American education groups.
Landgraf is a member of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, a post to which he was appointed by former Gov. Richard Codey, and of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. He also is a member of the board of directors of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, IKON Office Solutions, Inc., and Corning, Inc. He has chaired the National Pharmaceutical Council, United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Association for Rights of Citizens with Mental Retardation, and Delaware CarePlan. He recently completed a term as President of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences, Inc.
Landgraf has also led the establishment of innovative company programs to assist local New Jersey communities and service groups and improve education. These include the ETS-Trenton Community Partnership, which aims to improve student and teacher performance in the Trenton, N.J., public school system by bringing to bear ETS’s resources, including research-based instructional tools and tactics on curriculum and student needs. ETS also works with the school system and the community to help build a school culture that fosters motivation and learning.
Landgraf earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Wagner College. He also holds three master’s degrees: an M.Ed. from Rutgers University, an M.A. in economics from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in sociology from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, and has received four honorary doctorates.
In addition to the work he has done in the corporate world, Landgraf has taught college-level economics, sociology and labor relations at institutions throughout the United States.
ETS’s mission is to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores almost 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.