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Citrin Cooperman Presents CEO Evolution in Partnership with Rutgers Business School

November 19, 2015
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NEWARK, NJ, November 19, 2015– Citrin Cooperman, one of New Jersey’s leading accounting and business consulting firms, presented its inaugural New Jersey CEO Evolution on November 12, in partnership with the Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick (RBS). The awards breakfast and seminar, hosted by Citrin Cooperman New Jersey’s co-managing partners, Edward Horton and Alex Serrano, and RBS Dean, Lei Lei, featured four leading and iconic business executives and a veteran honoree.
The event’s CEOs included: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark; Ariane Daguin, Owner, Founder and CEO of D’Artagnan; Joseph Fernandes III, President and CEO of Socafe LLC; and John Schr eiber, President and CEO of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).
The panel of renowned industry leaders, bringing decades of knowledge and expertise, offered attendees personal accounts – infused with humorous anecdotes; individual leadership strategies; and the executive challenges they have faced and continue to face in order to achieve success.
We’re thrilled with the event and the impact it had on the business and community leaders that attended,” said Horton. “The panelists had remarkable synergy and did an exceptional job providing revealing insights into their leadership backgrounds, and how each of them had this tremendous impact on their industry and community, both socially and economically. What was also evident from their observations is that many of the challenges that CEOs face are similar regardless of the size or complexity of the company, or its industry.”
A Veteran Leadership Award was also presented to Chris Wilson, a Rutgers EMBA Alumnus and Marine Corps veteran who is presently the Director of Strategic Growth for the Headstrong Project, a non-profit that, in partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College, provides post 9/11 veterans with free treatment for mental health issues. (To see

We could not be happier with the turnout or the feedback we are receiving,” said Serrano, “Rutgers Business School has been an invaluable partner and together we will build on the success of this year’s program and continue to feature remarkable CEOs to deliver valuable content and insight via future CEO Evolution events.”
About Citrin Cooperman
Citrin Cooperman is among the largest, nationally recognized full-service CPA firms in the United States– currently ranked in the Top 25. Headquartered in New York City, with offices throughout the Northeast, Citrin Cooperman has steadily built its business serving a diverse and loyal clientele since 1979. Our daily mission is to enhance the business and personal lives of our clients through our customized approach which includes offering a wide range of attest, assurance, tax, and business advisory services, including valuation and forensic services, across the globe. (
About Rutgers Business School
Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick (RBS) is an integral part of one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most distinguished institutions of higher learning: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Steeped in academic excellence, with a distinguished faculty and a corps of nearly 33,000 successful alumni, Rutgers Business School has an international reputation for teaching and research excellence. The school is educating more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students per academic year—and growing—at two main campuses in New Jersey as well as five satellite locations in New Jersey and Singapore. (
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