NJM Expands Into Pennsylvania

NJM Insurance Group, 301 Sullivan Way, West Trenton 08628. 609-883-1300. Bernie Flynn, president. www.njm.com.

NJM Insurance Company, which has operated exclusively in New Jersey for its entire 104-year history, is expanding into Pennsylvania. The company began offering auto, homeowners, renters, umbrella, and motorcycle, boat, and collector car coverage in Pennsylvania on January 1.

“Since our inception, NJM has been dedicated to fulfilling the insurance needs of our customers,” said Bernie Flynn, NJM CEO. “NJM is unique. We were founded in 1913 by policyholders for policyholders, and we have maintained a special relationship with them ever since — operating exclusively in their interests. We’re thrilled to bring our legacy to the Pennsylvania marketplace, giving consumers more choice and the comfort of knowing that we only serve policyholders, not stockholders like so many of our competitors.”

Expansions

Rider University, 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-5000. Gregory Dell’Omo, president. www.rider.edu.

Rider University will offer a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in business analytics starting in the fall of 2018. Rider says it is the first private college or university in New Jersey to offer an accredited bachelor’s program in business analytics.

Rider says the career is in demand and cites a report by McKinsey Global Institute that says the U.S. faces a shortage of experts with deep analytic and data skills. The university currently offers a minor in business analytics, but College of Business Administration Dean Cynthia Newman said the college wanted to provide a more comprehensive course of study.

“The new bachelor’s program is designed to provide students with rigorous, multidisciplinary training so they can turn data into actionable insights,” she said. “Graduates of this program will be able to articulately communicate these insights to improve business decision making.”

Students will also have the ability to customize their course of study by selecting elective courses within the six tracks available: marketing, finance, programming, statistics, global supply chain management, and health care management. The specific tracks allow students to better prepare themselves for careers as operations research analysts, market research analysts, management analysts, and finance analysts.

The business analytics major will also emphasize experiential learning, which is a main facet of Rider’s Engaged Learning Program. In addition to multiple projects embedded in certain required courses, students will complete a capstone course in which they will solve a real business problem and communicate their findings to a real-world client.

“We want to ensure students in this program can showcase the skills they’re developing in the classroom in a real-life situation,” Newman said. “Business analytics majors will be thoroughly prepared to help businesses make better decisions using a variety of statistical and quantitative methods.”

Mergers

Syneous, 202 Carnegie Center, Suite 202, Princeton 08540. 609-951-6800. Jeff McMullen, CEO. www.inventivhealthclinical.com.

INC Research/inVentiv Health has changed its name to Syneos Health, Inc. following a merger of the two contract research organizations in 2017. (U.S. 1, May 17, 2017.)

The company said the word Syneos (pronounced SIN-ee-ohs) communicates the value of synchronizing clinical and commercial capabilities to accelerate customer performance. The name is also derived from “neo.”

“Syneos Health fully expresses our value proposition — that is, our ability to deliver integrated end-to-end solutions and create new paths for our customers to develop and commercialize their therapies,” said Alistair Macdonald, CEO of Syneos Health. “Unlike traditional CROs and commercialization businesses, we are knocking down walls and enabling clinical and commercial experts to work in sync by using the latest technologies, advanced business practices and the advantages of scale. Our Biopharmaceutical Acceleration Model is unique to the industry, and from this ambitious vision Syneos Health was born.”

Dilworth Paxson Smith Stratton, LLP, 2 Research Way, Princeton 08540. 609-924-6000. Thomas E. Schorr, managing partner. www.smithstratton.com.

Smith Stratton, a law firm headquartered on Research Way, has been acquired by Dilworth Paxson, a Philadelphia law firm.

Smith Stratton was founded in Princeton in 1949 and is known for its work on insurance and reinsurance matters, representing Fortune 500 companies as well as specialty insurers. The firm also handles appeals, health care, trusts and estates, products liability, and commercial litigation.

Paxson was established in 1933 in Philadelphia and has offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, New York, and Wilmington, Delaware.

Smith Stratton’s 10 lawyers and seven support staff will be integrated into Paxson’s management structure and the Princeton office will remain open.

Raymond James Financial Services – Hamilton Financial Group, 1540 Kuser Road, Suite A-4, Mercerville 08619. 609-581-0035. Todd Gunnerman, financial advisor. www.raymondjames.com.

Lewis W. Parker III, a CPA, has merged with the Hamilton Financial Group and moved from his Princess Road office in Lawrenceville.

Management Moves

Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design LLC (JZA+D), 20 Nassau Street, Suite 25, Princeton 08542. 609-924-5004. Joshua B. Zinder, principal. www.joshuazinder.com.

Megan Pritts, an architectural designer at JZA+D in Princeton, has been made regional associate director of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a professional organization.

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 182 Nassau Street, Suite 301, Princeton 08542. 609-924-1776. Peter Crowley, CEO. www.princetonchamber.org.

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce has promoted several staff members: Christine Curnan, to senior director of membership and business development; Kate Stevens, to director of development and events; Gina Guarino, to director of marketing and events; Robert Blanda, to senior manager of communication and design; and Jenna Innocenzi, to senior events coordinator.

New in Town

Creative Financial Strategies, 103 College Road East, Third Floor, Princeton 08540. 609-986-2100. www.explorecfs.com.

The Wall-based financial services company, a member of the MassMutual Financial Group, has opened an office on College Road East.

Crosstown Moves

Digital Surroundings, 9 Princess Road, Suite A, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-912-1800. R.C. Wakin, president. www.digitalsurroundings.com.

The home automation company has moved from 11 to 9 Princess Road.

Deaths

Rose Nancy Pignataro Genovesi, 86, on January 13. She worked for H&R Block preparing tax returns, and was vice president at her husband’s business, Benny Genovesi and Sons Inc. Services will be held Thursday, January 18, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, 1545 Pennington Road in Ewing.

Dr. Kenneth Kaminker, 84, on January 8. He was a physician in private practice and for the Hamilton Township Board of Education. Services will be held Thursday, January 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, in Hamilton Square.

Dominick Arnell Jr., 69, on December 30. He worked in Capital Health System’s IT department until 2014.

Robert N. Endries, 81, on January 9. He worked in corporate law at Bristol-Myers Company.

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