The Caren Franzini Capital City Award Celebration

 

Caren Franzini, former CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and one of the founders of Greater Trenton

Join us as we reflect on Trenton's past, reimagine its future, and connect with some of the most influential leaders impacting the Capital City.

The celebration will honor the legacy of Caren Franzini, former NJEDA CEO and one of the founders of Greater Trenton, by presenting the Caren Franzini Capital City Award to Anthony "Skip" Cimino

Mayor Reed Gusciora will provide welcoming remarks.

Given the uncertainty surrounding an evolving pandemic, we will be livestreaming this year's event from Patriots Theater at the War Memorial on December 8, 2020. Rest assured though, we plan on an inspiring event worthy of our honoree and the remarkable legacy of Caren Franzini.

Event Co-Chairs include Letícia Ferri, Bristol Myers Squibb's global lead for the Organization for Latino Achievement and Mike Van Wagner, Vice President of Public Affairs for NJM Insurance Group. 

For information on how you can join the effort to memorialize Caren’s extraordinary leadership while helping Greater Trenton reboot, refresh, and reinvigorate our Capital City, please reach out to Bryan Evans at bevans@greatertrenton.org or call 609-473-2837 x102. 

Date: December 8, 2020 4 p.m.
Location: Patriots Theater at the War Memorial | 1 Memorial Drive | Trenton, NJ 08608

  • PRESENTING

  • $10,000

  • VIP access
  • Company logo on website
  • Name on website event page
  • Name on video presentation
  • Mention in TrentonDaily article
  • Inclusion in social media posts
  • Mention at podium
  • NJM Insurance Group
    Presenting Sponsor
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
    Presenting Sponsor
  • DEVELOPING

  • $7,500

  • VIP access
  • Company logo on website
  • Name on website event page
  • Name on video presentation
  • Mention in TrentonDaily article
  • Inclusion in social media posts
  • Mention at podium
  • BUILDING

  • $5,000

  • VIP access
  • Company logo on website
  • Name on website event page
  • Name on video presentation
  • Mention in TrentonDaily article
  • Inclusion in social media posts
  • SUSTAINING

  • $2,500

  • VIP access
  • Company logo on website
  • Name on website event page
  • Name on video presentation
  • Mention in TrentonDaily article
  • SUPPORTING

  • $1,000

  • Name on website event page
  • Name on video presentation
  • Mention in TrentonDaily article

Anthony "Skip" Cimino

Anthony “Skip” Cimino, an instrumental leader in the conception and formation of Greater Trenton, serves as Executive Director of the NJ General Assembly Office.

Cimino represented the 14th legislative district in the Assembly from 1988 to 1992 and later served as Commissioner of Personnel during the Jim Florio administration. Currently serving as Board Chair of Princeton Area Community Foundation, Cimino was most recently a partner at the lobbying firm Kaufman Zita Group.

A native Trentonian and longtime friend of Caren Franzini, Cimino has dedicated his life’s work to improving communities in and around New Jersey’s State Capital.  Prior to joining Kaufman Zita Group, Cimino was the president and chief executive of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton for five years. He’s also a former Mercer County freeholder and member of the Hamilton Township Board of Education.

A founding member of Greater Trenton, Cimino served the organization with distinction, passion and vision in various leadership roles including Board Chair, Corporate Secretary, and Chair of the Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee.

An outstanding and deeply experienced corporate, community and political leader who shines as a committed champion for the revitalization of New Jersey’s Capital City, Cimino adds to a growing roster of outstanding individuals to receive the distinguished Caren Franzini Capital City Award.   

 

Letícia Ferri, Event Committee Co-Chair

As Global Lead for Bristol Myers Squibb's Organization for Latino Achievement (OLA), Letícia brings a unique experience that spans from working as a physician in the pharmaceutical industry across different global markets such as Brazil, Canada, and the United States; as a physician scientist at the University of São Paulo and University of Toronto; and as a clinician specialized in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine.

Letícia’s research and academic training includes an MD, Master of Science from Maringá State University in Brazil; Master of Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto in Canada; and a PhD from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. She most recently graduated in 2019 with her MBA from Cornell University.

Her career at Bristol Myers Squibb started in 2010 in Brazil. Later she was working in BMS Canada and since 2013 she has been in New Jersey working across various functions on medical affairs teams at BMS.  She currently lives in Skillman-NJ, with her husband, Mauricio, and 11-year old daughter, Valentina. Leticia has been appointed as the full time lead for OLA at BMS in June 2019. 

 

Mike Van WagnerEvent Committee Co-Chair

Mike Van Wagner is the Vice President of Public Affairs for NJM Insurance Group, one of New Jersey’s leading property/casualty insurers, and a company recognized throughout the region for its outstanding service to policyholders. As a company that operates in a mutual fashion, NJM has paid dividends to policyholders – not stockholders – for more than 100 years, for a total of over $6 billion. NJM employs approximately 2,500 people with offices in West Trenton, Parsippany and Hammonton. A 36-year veteran of NJM, Mr. Van Wagner has served in a number of roles including leadership positions in Underwriting, Marketing, Communications, Government Affairs, Corporate Giving and Reinsurance. From May 2012 to October 2013, he served as Executive Director of New Jersey’s Business Action Center (BAC), requiring an 18-month leave of absence from NJM. The BAC is one of four entities that make up New Jersey’s Partnership for Action. While at the BAC, Mr. Van Wagner oversaw a veteran team of economic development professionals helping companies stay, grow, or locate in New Jersey. In 2014, he was recognized by NJBiz as one of the “Top 100 Business Leaders in New Jersey.” Mr. Van Wagner shares his experience and expertise with a number of nonprofit and leadership organizations. These include Lead New Jersey, where he serves as Board Chair; HomeFront as Board Member; the Morris County Chamber of Commerce as a member of its Business Cabinet; the Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County as a Trustee and Greater Trenton as a Board Member. He is also a member of the Glendale Civic Association, and the Ewing Township Recreation Commission, as well as a member of the Mooch Myernick Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Event Committee Members

Letícia Ferri, Bristol Myers Squibb, Event Co-Chair
Mike Van Wagner, NJM Insurance Group, Event Co-Chair
Brenda Ross Dulan, The Ross-Dulan Group
John Goedecke, US Bank
Bryan Evans, Greater Trenton
Nancy Faherty, Cashel Faherty Public Relations
Bernie Flynn, Mercer Street Friends
Reggie Hallett, 1911 SmokeHouse
Pat Hartpence, NJM Insurance Group
Jeannine Frisby LaRue, Kaufman Zita Group
Karen Jezierny, Princeton University
Shirley Michael, Greater Trenton
Aquatia Owens, PNC Wealth Advisors
George Sowa, Greater Trenton
John Thurber, Thomas Edison State University
Andy Zalescik, Northfield Bank

Greater Trenton is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that uses private funding and a network of collaborative relationships to advance economic revitalization efforts in the state’s capital city.

Led by Chairman Kevin Cummings and CEO George Sowa, Greater Trenton's Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from Bristol Myers Squibb, Capital Health, Investors Bank, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, NJM Insurance Group, Princeton Area Community Foundation, Princeton University, PSEG, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, St. Francis Medical Center, TD Bank, Thomas Edison State University, and Wells Fargo Bank. The organization’s Board of Directors has made a multi-year commitment to fund this important initiative.

Formed in the fall of 2015, Greater Trenton’s key objectives include coordinating downtown economic development projects; providing one-stop support and information for investors interested in taking on new projects; reaching out to potential residential, commercial and/or retail investors and tenants; supporting and promoting existing downtown initiatives; engaging downtown stakeholders in a strategic economic development plan; and developing investment marketing strategies.