Herbert K. Ames Founder President and Chief Executive Officer Devin Group, Inc.
Herb’s areas of expertise include new business development – sales and marketing – turnaround management, strategic planning, construction management, collective bargaining agreements, real estate development, professional sports and event venue management, government relations and contracts, urban planning and economic development, not-for-profit management, fundraising, and grant writing.
Prior to founding Devin Group, Herb served as Director, Division of Economic Development for the County of Mercer, responsible for new and existing business growth, relocation, and development. For six years, he managed and directed a 40-person staff in various Divisions, including Housing and Development, Cultural and Heritage, Workforce Investment Board, One-Stop Career Center, and Small Business Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Herb also fulfilled the responsibilities of Corporate Vice President over ten years for Yardville Supply Company, a $20 million building material company.
Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management
Deborah is a trusted, seasoned wealth management advisor with more than two and a half decades in the financial services industry. As a Financial Advisor with RBC Wealth Management for three years and a Wealth Manager with Merrill Lynch for twenty years, Deborah has witnessed how investments react to a variety of socio-economic and political factors. It is this experience,coupled with an Executive MBA Degree from Columbia University that contributes to Deborah’s understanding of financial markets and her long-term, goals-based approach to wealth management.
Deborah also provides her clients with access to a virtual team of RBC Wealth Management Professionals. These professionals serve as a resource to Deborah and help her develop a stronger understanding of the client’s personal financial objectives. During meeting with clients, these professionals help gather valuable information and guide clients through complex financial and wealth strategies issues.
Gregory G. Johnson is a Partner in the firm of Wong Fleming in the Princeton office. Mr. Johnson concentrates his practice in school law, real estate, general litigation, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and creditors rights matters. Prior to joining Wong Fleming, Mr. Johnson concentrated his practice in school law. Mr.
Johnson has been representing New Jersey school districts and public bodies for over 26 years. Mr. Johnson was the first African-American attorney to serve as General Counsel for the Paterson Public Schools and outside counsel to many urban school districts. As General Counsel, Mr. Johnson headed the legal department with several staff members, managed outside counsel, and administered a legal budget of over $1 million.
William S. Parrish, Jr. LEED, AP
President & CEO, NobleStrategy, LLC
William Parrish has built a successful enterprise by using innovative approaches to solving traditional construction problems. With over 23 years of experience in construction management Mr. Parrish has consistently coordinated and delivered large-scale, multi-stage construction projects where success depends on the balance of community stakeholders, civic representation, agency resources and technical staff.
William started NobleStrategy as a one-man consultancy in 2002. Within three years, he had forged strategic partnerships and won several state agency contracts for construction management, based on his knowledge and relationships.
William’s vision and expertise at planning, coordinating and delivering large-scale, multi-stage projects has driven the expansion of NobleStrategy to its position as a top construction resource focused on delivering estimating, safety analysis, scheduling, contractor mentoring, sustainable design and construction practices and project management to public and private entities in the education, civic and corporate sectors.
Senior Vice President, First Choice Bank
Thomas is an experienced banker with a strong background in creating residential mortgage platforms in the community bank arena. Areas of expertise include management, operations and sales. Thomas has worked with dozens of de novo bank charters with a concentration in regulatory, personnel, operation systems, locations and Board formations.
President & CEO, American Conference on Diversity
Elizabeth Williams Riley brings more than two decades of experience in education, training and consulting on diversity matters working with corporate, business, community and school groups, nationally and on the local level. She was named a 2013 Woman Worth Watching and is featured in the September issue of Diversity Journal. Elizabeth is also a 2014 Lead New Jersey Fellow.