Mr. Mark Blum, Publisher
Mr. Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr., COO
Mr. Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr.
As Chief Operating Officer, Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr. oversees all day-to-day operations of the professional services firm that has grown to include 75 attorneys, offices in three states, and more than 100 staff members. He manages all aspects of the business, from accounting to marketing, human resources, and information systems.
Recently honored as Community Leader of the Year by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, Ken is a frequent presence in the region, giving his time to worthwhile causes throughout the communities served by Cooper Levenson.
Following are highlights of his accolades and involvement:
- Former President, Main Street Atlantic City, the organization tasked with transforming and revitalizing Atlantic City's neighborhood commercial district
- Executive Board Member, Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, where he served as the organization's Chairman from 2009 - The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce mission is to enhance the economic climate for over 900 member businesses in the South Jersey region
- Appointed to New Jersey Hall of Fame Foundation, an organization created to honor New Jersey residents who have made invaluable contributions to the global society
- Partner, Choose New Jersey, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that, in conjunction with the New Jersey Business Action Center and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, encourages and nurtures economic growth throughout New Jersey
- Co-Chairman, Atlantic City Community Development Corporation, whose mission is to construct housing and community building projects that will improve the quality of life for residents in and around Atlantic City
- Member, Atlantic City Special Improvement District, a group dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the downtown district that is home to the law firm
- Chairman, "Let Us Eat - Please," an organization that will serve more than 30,000 meals to Atlantic County students and their families each summer
- First Vice President, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation Board of Trustees
- Member, Advisory Board, Newfield National Bank, an independent, full service bank serving Gloucester, Cumberland, and Cape May Counties (since 2006)
- Member PNC Bank Southern Jersey Advisory Council of Community and Economic Development
- Member Advisory Board LIGHT, Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University
- Vice Chairman, New Jersey Organization for a Better State (NEWJOBS), a non-partisan organization whose trustees promote a pro-business climate in New Jersey by endorsing and supporting Legislative candidates who actively support economic growth, the creation of private-sector jobs, and the lowering of business costs
Past Honors and Appointments
- Former President, Parish Council of St. Joseph Church in Sea Isle
- Former Vice Chairman of the St. Augustine Preparatory
- Former Member, Advisory Board, Wildwood Catholic High School
- Former Executive Board member, Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
- Former Vice Chairman of Membership, Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
- Former Board Member, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce
- Former Board Member, Sea Isle Chamber of Commerce
- Finance Chairman, 150th sesquicentennial celebration committee of the City of Atlantic City (2007)
- Former member, Board of Governors of the University of Scranton Alumni
Ken holds a degree in public administration from the University of Scranton. He has been a member of the Association of Legal Administrators since 1986, an organization for which he has served the Philadelphia Chapter as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President.
Mr. Mark Callazzo, CEO
Dr. Peter Caporilli, Founder & CEO
Dr. Peter Caporilli
Founder & CEO
Peter Anthony Caporilli is Founder & CEO of Tidewater Workshop, the highest-grossing manufacturer and direct marketer of cedar lifestyle furnishings in the United States of America. Having generated over $100 million in catalog and online sales since 1992, Caporilli is a brand catalog expert and internet marketing pioneer with over 30 years experience and leadership in brand positioning, direct response marketing, customer acquisition, quantitative business analysis, lean manufacturing, and optimized production. With over 20 years of service on local, regional and national boards, panels and academies, he is recognized as a leader in board governance, primary and higher education.
Caporilli was born in Somers Point, New Jersey to a legendary family of boat-builders and craftsmen. Most influential was his great-grandfather, A. Carl Adams, the creator of the Jersey Skiff and founder of Modern Boat Works, Inc., of Atlantic City, NJ. As Superintendent of the Cambridge Shipyards during World War II, Adams oversaw construction of the USAAF Crash-Rescue Boat, the US version of the Royal Air Force 100 Class Seaplane Tender nick-named “Whaleback.” Named the “greatest of his generation” by the Philadelphia Bulletin, Adams shared his skills with his great-grandson Peter while completing Carl’s last boat, a sneak box, “Murray”, in 1976.
Caporilli was Valedictorian of the graduating class of Holy Spirit High School in 1981 and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by the 400 members of the senior class and was a Rotary Scholar.
Caporilli received a B.S. in Mathematics from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ in 1985 with a concentration in Mathematical Physics. During his college years, Caporilli was employed by both the Verbal and Math Skills labs on campus, and was a tutor-counselor in the EOF program during his sophomore summer. During the summer, Caporilli authored and edited a collection of essays into a short text titled “Selected Reading for Peer Tutor-Counselors” which was later used as the textbook in a general studies class and was selected as co-winner of “Best Tutor” by the EOF student body.
Upon graduation, Caporilli was hired as a Marketing Analyst by Spencer Gifts, Inc. a $300 million marketer of novelty goods. Within a year, Caporilli was reporting directly to the President of the Mail Order Division as Manager of Market Research, and was made the youngest Executive-level employee in the history of the company at age 23.
Recruited to join W. Atlee Burpee & Co. in Philadelphia in 1988 as Marketing Manager for the nation’s largest seed catalog and retail merchant, Caporilli established himself as the leading expert on brand database marketing, direct response regression modeling applications, and characteristic optimization for customer retention and acquisition. It was at this time that Caporilli was part of a small group of technical whiz kids who essentially gave rise to the concept of mathematics-based database marketing. Caporilli delivered annual papers, presentations, and lectures at Direct Marketing Association and Relational Database Conferences including, “The Effectiveness of Chi-Square” and “Application of the Stochastic Model”.
Arriving in New York City in 1991 as Director of Marketing for Hanover Direct, the $1 billion direct marketing subsidiary of the Horn & Hardart conglomerate, Caporilli overhauled the brand circulation planning which assisted in the doubling of EBITDA for this 23-title direct marketing giant. He was promoted to Corporate Marketing Director shortly before leaving to devote his energies full-time to Tidewater Workshop.
Tidewater Workshop, under Caporilli’s leadership, transformed the marketplace for outdoor furnishings in the United States. Previously limited to expensive teak offerings from Smith & Hawken and other European importers or plastic resin stamped imports from the Far East, Caporilli seized upon a growing trend toward eco-friendly, Made-in-the-USA products and combined his woodworking and marketing skills to manufacture a cedar alternative. The first $200 advertisement, placed in the Philadelphia Inquirer in April of 1991, generated $1500 in sales the first day. After $30,000 in subsequent sales from a few more advertisements, Tidewater Workshop was formed, was later incorporated in September 1991, and has become the most recognized and honored American manufacturer of cedar lifestyle furnishings.
Named as an Inc. 500 List of the fastest-growing companies in America, Tidewater Workshop, is a perennial Casual Living Top 100 Retailer and has been named a Business News New Jersey fastest-growing company.
Tidewater Workshop furnishings have been featured and celebrated on the cover of Family Circle magazine, also in Country Living, Traditional Home, Home Mechanix, Rebecca’s Garden, Country Home, Better Homes and Gardens along with Good Housekeeping and thousands of other international, national, regional and local magazines, publications, blogs, and news feeds.
Tidewater Workshop furniture was named “Best Value” by The Wall Street Journal.
Subject of a feature piece on CNN’s “Entrepreneurs Only”, Caporilli and Tidewater Workshop have also been featured on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, ABC’s The Bachelor, NJN, The Today Show and many other broadcast television programs. Caporilli has been a frequent guest host on QVC spotlighting Tidewater Workshop branded furnishings.
As Caporilli created this iconic brand, it was only natural that his leadership and vision have been widely sought. Caporilli was the cover story for Business News New Jersey “New Jersey’s Finest”, and was named one of the “Top 75 Entrepreneurs in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Caporilli has also written and been interviewed extensively for manufacturing publications such as Wood Digest and Modern Woodworking and for marketing titles including DM News and Catalog Age. Maintaining strong local ties, Caporilli has been the subject of feature and cover stories in The Press of Atlantic City, The Courier-Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A business non-fiction blockbuster titled Young Millionaires written by Rieva Lesonsky, featured Caporilli along with the founders of Terra Chips and Hard Candy among others.
For the past 20 years, Caporilli has served as a board member of the Stockton University Foundation, five of which as Board President. He has been chair of the Scholarship and Academic Affairs committees as well as a member the University Presidential search committee. He has been a representative to the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities on numerous committees and is a charter member of the HESIG board at the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.
Caporilli is the Lead Founder, Charter holder and President of the International Academy of Atlantic City. One of five charters granted out of 87 applicants in 2014, the IAAC has partnered with SABIS International, a global educational concern operation 80 public and private schools in 15 countries around the world. With 52 administration and faculty educating 400 students in K-5 for 2076, the IAAC is adding a grade each year and has exceeded benchmarks and peer performance on the PARCC tests in math and ELA.
Peter A. Caporilli holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his undergraduate alma mater, Stockton University where he delivered the commencement address in 2001. In addition, he is a two-time recipient of the Paul Aiken New Jersey Cultural Alliance Award, the American Red Cross Community Service Award, and over 30 other awards and proclamations, including the naming of October 19, 2005 as “Peter Caporilli Day” in Atlantic County, NJ. He holds an Honorary Chef Educator degree from the Academy of Culinary Arts where he delivered the commencement address in 2016.
In addition to his role as CEO of Tidewater Workshop, Caporilli has also lent his business acumen to numerous corporate and non-profit advisory and trustee boards including those of Boardwalk Bank, the Direct Marketing Association direct*voice, Atlanticare, The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, The LPGA ShopRite Classic, The Noyes Museum of Art and many others. He is currently the Board President of the Atlantic City Ballet.
An active culinary enthusiast, sportsman and adventurer, Caporilli is an honoriare member of the National Council of the 25,000 member Chaine des Rotisseurs, the world’s oldest gastronomic society. Caporilli served as local Vice Charge de Presse for nine (9) years, Charge de Presse Provincial for four (4) years, Mondiale Editor for Gastronome one (1) year, Conseiller Gastronomique Provincial for three (3) years, Chambellan Provincial for three (3) years, hosted two (2) regional assemblages, two (2) regional chef/sommelier competitions in Atlantic City and has received the Bronze and Silver Stars.
He is a also a member of Galloway National Golf Club and founding member of the Board of Governors of Hidden Creek Golf Club, sails his 22’ Catalina and fishes from his personally restored 1960 16’ Adams Jersey Skiff on the bay behind his home and is PADI-certified scuba diver. The father of three daughters, Caporilli is married to the former Sara Chiarella of New Brunswick, NJ.
Mr. Anthony Catanoso, President
Ms. Susan Coan, Region Vice President
Mr. Norman Cohn, Chairman
Mr. Norman Cohn
Norman Cohn is Chairman of ASI He was born in 1933 in Waterloo, Iowa and graduated University of Northern Iowa. Norman became a distributor when he was a senior in high school, and became a supplier while he was in college, and by the late SO's his family owned the largest supplier in the advertising specialty (promotional products) industry. In 1962 Norman Cohn's family acquired ASI, and sold off all of their supplier activities.
Approximately 25 years ago, the Cohn family decided to bring technology to the advertising specialty business and began to develop computer software (ASI Computer), CD ROM and DVD (ESP), the Internet (ASI Internet), and more recently computer integration between suppliers and distributors (ASItransact). Approximately 6 years ago, ASI re-entered the show business (ASI Show!).
Norman has served on numerous boards, including as an officer of the Young Presidents' Organization. He was an officer of the Great American Achievements Program, a member of the Board of Overseers at University of Pennsylvania Museum, and represented the State of Pennsylvania, on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution, and was the Chairman of the Bicentennial Council of the Thirteen Original States. He also served on the Board of the Walnut Street Theatre, National Public Radio, Jewish Publication Society, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Heart Institute, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The World Affairs Council, The Mayor's Millennium Philadelphia, Culinary Institute of America, and the Board of Commerce Bank.
Norman currently serves on The Executive Board of the National Liberty Museum. Food & Beverage Committee of the Union League. Received the 2003 Award of Merit from The Philadelphia Art Alliance.
He is a member of the DiRoNA Council of lnspection, Evaluation and Criteria, and is Board member of the Epicurean International Association. He serves as Vice Chairman/Foundation of the United States Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Conseil de L'Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Degustateurs (Paris, France), and Fondateur, Academie Gastronomique Brillat Savarin. He is also a member of the Director's Council of The Museum of Arts & Design.
He is a frequent speaker at National and International conferences.
Norman and his wife, Suzanne, have been married 52 years. They have five children, and are the proud grandparents often grandchildren. The third generation of the Cohn family are active in ASI activities.
Mr. Matthew Doherty, Executive Director
Mr. Andy Dolce, Founder & Chairman
Mr. Andy Dolce
Founder & Chairman
Andy Dolce is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Dolce Hotels and Resorts. Amongst Andy's many accomplishments, he is most widely known for elevating the meeting and conference center model to reflect clients' needs for environments that inspire creativity and learning. Andy also holds the distinction of being named one of the "25 Most Influential Executives “in the meetings and travel industries by both Meeting News and Business Travel News magazines.
Dolce studied Economics at Iona College B.A. degree and later earned a Master's Degree from Cornell University in Applied Economic Management where he wrote and published a book on economics for the food industry. Andy also served in the U.S.Marine Corps and retired with the rank of Captain.
Past president of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and Mel Hosansky Award recipient, the highest honor in the conference center industry, he also was most recently awarded IACC Global distinguished service for his work on putting IACC Global together. Dolce is also on the board of New York University's Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Travel administration and serves on Iona College's Legal Board of Trustees. Served, as Executive in Residence at Cornell University Hotel School and Serves as Chairman on the Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality, and Tourism which is affiliated with Stockton University. Andy is also currently involved with Operation Smile Medical Mission in Central and South America
Andy began his career in the meetings and hospitality industry at the American Management Association, where he managed 600 conferences a year throughout the U.S. During his tenure with the AMA, Dolce experienced the insufficient services and often counter-productive facilities that permeated the meetings and conference market. Shortly thereafter, Andy started working for Harrison Conference Centers as the executive vice president and improved the company's brand by pioneering the first "Complete Meetings Package “for the conference industry.
Andy was one of the original founders of the Houstonian serving as Chief Development and Operating Officer from its start up thru development and then he was responsible for overall operations. The Houstonian is credited as the first fully integrated hotel, conference center, luxury spa, and preventive medicine and fitness center. It currently enjoys the number one market position in Houston.
In 1981, Andy founded Dolce International and turned it into the world's leading hospitality organization specializing in delivering an exceptional hospitality experience. To prepare the company for even greater success, in mid-2008, Dolce International changed its name to Dolce Hotels and Resorts to more accurately reflect the breadth and caliber of services and amenities offered to its guests and to broaden its appeal to both the leisure and transient markets. On January 30, 2015, Andy and his partners at Broadreach Capital sold the company to the Wyndham Hotel Group.
Mr. Frank Dougherty, Principal
Mr. Stephen Dougherty, Executive Director
Mr. Mark Giannantonio, President & CEO
Mr. Mark Giannantonio
President & CEO
Mark Giannantonio brings more than 30 years of Atlantic City gaming expertise to his role as President and CEO for Resorts Casino Hotel. He joined Resorts in September 2012 when it was announced that Mohegan Sun would take over the management of the property.
Before joining Resorts Casino Hotel, Giannantonio was a Senior Gaming Consultant with Spectrum Gaming, where he applied his experience in a more global atmosphere. He previously held various executive positions within the casino industry, most recently as President and CEO of Tropicana Casino & Resort.
A lifetime Atlantic County resident, Giannantonio serves on the Boards of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). He also serves as a Board Member of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University and on the Atlantic City Police Foundation.
Giannantonio graduated from Stockton University earning his BA in Economics.
He currently resides in Northfield, New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Ms. Diane Gitto, CPA, Partner
Ms. Diane Gitto
Diane Gitto, CPA, is a partner at Friedman LLP with over 25 years of experience in the field of taxation. She works closely with clients to identify and implement tax saving and business planning opportunities.
Diane also has experience in the settlement of complex tax examinations at the federal and state level. Her areas of concentration are in the manufacturing, real estate, media, healthcare, hospitality and construction industries. Her expertise includes:
- Providing tax planning to maximize savings for businesses and their owners
- Performing research to resolve complex tax issues
- Identifying valuable tax incentive and credit opportunities
- Working with the Taxpayer Advocate's Office as a client resource
- Assisting clients in obtaining and establishing financing relationships
- Proactively introducing concepts that add value to current and prospective clients
Diane is a committee member of the firms Women's Development Network, which encourages and mentors women at the firm. She has also taught in-house seminars on a variety of subjects.
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, President, Atlantic/Cape May Chapter
- Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce Board Member
- Families of Autistic Children Education and Support (F.A.C.E.S.), Past Treasurer
- Southern New Jersey Development Council, Membership Committee
- Professional Networking Group, Member
- NJCPA 2016 Woman of Note
B.A. in Business, concentration in Accounting, Richard Stockton College
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Media, Entertainment & Gaming
Mr. Marcus Glover, President & COO
Mr. Marcus Glover
President & COO
MGM Executive Marcus Glover Named President & COO of Borgata
LAS VEGAS, July 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International announced today that it has appointed Marcus Glover president and chief operating officer of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. He will oversee the daily operations of the property while providing strategic direction and leadership.
Mr. Glover brings to the position more than a decade of gaming and hospitality experience. He has designed and developed several properties from the ground up in new jurisdictions and has held leadership roles in project management, government relations and labor relations.
"Marcus' proven leadership ability and wide range of skills will continue to serve the Company well as he assumes this new role," said Corey Sanders, chief operating officer of MGM Resorts.
Mr. Glover joined MGM Resorts in 2015, first serving as general manager and then president and chief operating office of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. He previously served as senior vice president and general manager for Caesars Entertainment in northeastern Ohio, and as assistant general manager and vice president of operations for Harrah's in St. Louis. He also held several leadership positions with Caesars in Mississippi and Louisiana.
He earned a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Morehouse College. While in Mississippi, he served as a member of the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce. In Mississippi, he also was an Ochsner Baptist Governing Board member and on the board of the Mississippi Hospitality and Gaming Association.
He succeeds Tom Ballance as president of Borgata, the premier resort in Atlantic City. It was announced in May that after the leadership transition, Mr. Ballance would become executive vice president of operations for MGM Resorts.
Ms. Lynne Kaufman, Esquire, Partner
Ms. Lynne Kaufman, Esquire
Whether it's traditional casino law or the new frontier of Internet Gaming, Lynne Levin Kaufman is at the forefront. Joining Cooper Levenson in 1998, she made partner in 2000, and continues to stay on the cutting edge of all aspects of gaming law.
Practicing gaming law full-time since 1988, Lynne has extensive experience in licensure, financings, casino acquisitions and sales, compliance, investigations, new game and gaming equipment approvals for casino companies, gaming suppliers, technology vendors and lenders worldwide. Lynne advises and provides the gaming expertise in documentation with respect to public debt offerings, bank financings and periodic reportings. Lynne's clients also depend on her to guide them in Internet gaming, mobile gaming, pari-mutuel betting, skilled gaming, and promotional sweepstakes and contests.
Lynne provided input into the latest statutory reforms to the New Jersey Casino Control Act and drafted statutory amendments, which were adopted.
She served as counsel in all gaming matters to Atlantic City's newest casinos, from the pre-development and pre-construction stages until opening. She has performed the same role for large casino companies entering new jurisdictions where she also was involved in drafting proposed statutory language and regulations.
Prior to joining Cooper Levenson, Lynne spent almost 10 years as in-house counsel for a major casino company where she handled regulatory, commercial, operational, SEC compliance and financial matters. She also worked in the corporate and securities law department of a large Philadelphia law firm where she received her introduction to casino public stock and debt offerings.
Lynne is the Vice-Chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association, a past Chair of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, and a member of the Gaming Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Lynne was also a member of the Gaming Transition Committee for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. She has appeared as a seminar speaker at the International Association of Gaming Advisors Conference, Global Gaming Expo, American Bar Association Gaming Law Minefield Conference, East Coast Gaming Congress and New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference and has authored numerous publications. Lynne was selected for inclusion among The Best Lawyers in America� 2015 in the area of Gaming Law in New Jersey.
- Member, Gaming Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Past Chair, Casino Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association
- Member, Board of Directors of the International Association of Gaming Advisors
- Member, Gaming Transition Committee for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell
- Seminar moderator, International Association of Gaming Advisors Conference
- Seminar speaker and moderator, Global Gaming Expos 2006 - 2015
- Seminar speaker, American Bar Association Gaming Law Minefield Conference
- Seminar speaker, East Coast Gaming Congress
- Seminar speaker, New Jersey State Bar Association Annual Conference
- Seminar moderator, C5 - US Online Gaming Law Sept. 2014
- Seminar moderator, WrB, World Regulatory Briefing, 2013 and 2014
- Seminar moderator, ICE Totally Gaming Conference, London 2014
- Seminar moderator, 14th Annual Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming
- Speaker on numerous webinars
Lynne is an involved community member who has served on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, 1982) and Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1985), Lynne was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania in 1985, and New Jersey and the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in 1986.
- Pennsylvania Casino Law Bulletin
- Fundraising Fundamentals Casino Law Bulletin
- Racinos - If it Looks Like A Slot Machine, Is It A Slot Machine? Casino Law In Print
- Private Purchase Power Casino Journal Magazine
- The Role of Private Equity Casino Journal Magazine
- Great Women of Gaming Casino Enterprise Management
Mr. Joseph Kelly*, President
Mr. Joseph Kelly*
Joseph D. Kelly has been employed in Chamber work for 38 years, the last 19 as President of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber. During his career, Mr. Kelly has focused on value added services for Chamber members designed to help them lower their cost of doing business and to assist them in marketing their products and services.
Mr. Kelly, working with dedicated volunteers, implemented a merger between the Atlantic City and the Atlantic County Chambers in September 2005, this creating one voice for business in Atlantic County.
Since that time, the Chamber has continued to grow and added a Business Advocacy Department. As part of the department’s efforts, a group of business and community leaders (the Chair’s Council) has been organized to ensure that the private sector has a strong voice in helping to establish sound public policy that encourages a stable and predictable environment to conduct business.
Mr. Kelly now serves on the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Development Board, the Atlantic County Homeless Consortium Board and Executive Board, the Atlantic County Economic Development Advisory Commission and the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board. Prior to coming to Atlantic City, Mr. Kelly served as the Senior Vice President at the Toledo (OH) Chamber for 17 years and for 2 years as the President of the Bucyrus (OH) Chamber.
He is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational Management, a professional development program for chamber and association executives at Notre Dame University, and received a BA in Human Relations from Salem College in West Virginia.
Mr. Kelly and his wife Dee have two daughters, Briana and Morgan. They reside in Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Dr. Harvey Kesselman*, President
Dr. Harvey Kesselman*
Harvey Kesselman is the fifth President of Stockton University. He has more than 35 years of experience in higher education and is a tenured Professor in Stockton’s School of Education.
In his previous role as Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Kesselman implemented Stockton’s Essential Learning Outcomes initiative, extended the community and global reach of the institution, and supported faculty initiatives and scholarly innovation through the University’s 2020 strategic planning process.
Dr. Kesselman’s other executive leadership roles at Stockton have included: Dean of the School of Education, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance, CEO of the Southern Regional Institute (SRI) and Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC), and Vice President for Student Affairs.
Dr. Kesselman remains involved in many national academic organizations. He is a frequent presenter at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). He also serves as a reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Dr. Kesselman has been active in the New Jersey educational landscape for several years. On the state level, Kesselman has been appointed by New Jersey governors and state education leaders to provide expertise on several authorities, committees and task forces. Currently, he serves on the Goals and Objectives Committee of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU), is a co-chair of the Board of Directors for New Jersey Campus Compact, and serves as the senior public college representative on the New Jersey Higher Education Leadership Team (HELT) that considers policy questions and recommends strategies regarding the implementation of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
As a former member of the Executive Committee of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), Dr. Kesselman helped oversee New Jersey's $1 billion student financial aid program. He also provided his expertise on the Governor's Task Force to improve the NJ STARS program, and helped develop the NJ Student Unit Record Enrollment (SURE) statewide data and monitoring system.
He has advised the New Jersey College and University Presidents' Council regarding accountability and assessment, participated on the New Jersey College and Career Readiness Task Force, and represented the senior public colleges and universities in the NJ Committee of Experts on Campus Sexual Assault Issues. In addition, he founded and chaired the SRI & ETTC Consortium, which includes more than 90 school districts throughout New Jersey.
Dr. Kesselman also has served on numerous national grant reviews, authored and promoted policies for legislation, maintains a strong record of successful grant preparation, and continues to serve as a consultant and speaker. He is actively involved in his community, including elected positions on the Township Committee and the School Board, and appointed positions to numerous public and civic organizations.
Dr. Kesselman received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stockton, his master’s degree in Student Personnel Services/Counseling from Rowan University, and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Widener University.
Mr. Edward Kline, President
Mr. Charles Kramer, Chairman
Mr. Charles Kramer
In 1964, Charles Kramer joined Kramer Beverage Company after graduating from Rutgers College in New Brunswick. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, as the 3rd generation of the Kramer family to work in the business. His wife, Lynn Kramer, worked with Charles for 31 years before retiring in 2006.
Over the past 45 years, Charles has taken an active role with many organizations including United Way of Atlantic County, the Southern New Jersey Development Council, and other local service organizations. He served as a President of Congregation Beth Judah, as a Board Member for the Rutgers Camden Executive Advisory Council, as a National Board Member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and as NJ State Director of the National Beer Wholesalers’ Association.
More recently, Charles served as President of the Richard Stockton College Foundation, continuing on the Board, and now serves on the Board of the Noyes Museum of Stockton College. He has worked to help establish both Stockton College and the Noyes Museum with satellite facilities in Hammonton.
Charles and Lynn, have two children, Michele and Mark, and four granddaughters, Hannah, Molly, Jordan and Alison. During the 1990’s Mark Kramer joined the Company full time to become the 4th generation Kramer to work in the business, and now serves as President and CEO. Charles serves as Chairman, and enjoys his continued participation at Kramer Beverage.
The entry of Coors in New Jersey in 1986 forever changed the Company when the brewery selected Kramer Beverage to be the distributor in six counties – Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, Camden, and Gloucester. In 2002, the Company moved from EHT to the Hammonton Industrial Park, centrally located to serve all of southern NJ.
On May 1, 2017, Kramer Beverage expanded both the beer brands and counties that it serves. Charles has assumed responsibility for the expansion of the present warehouse in Hammonton. The new addition will open in 2018, with a satellite location in Burlington or Mercer County.
Ms. Liane Levenson, Esquire, Adjunct Professor
Ms. Liane Levenson, Esquire
Although Liane hails from Boston, she has resided in Margate for 34 years with her husband Lloyd D. Levenson, the founder of The Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism. She attended Syracuse University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, thereafter earning a Master’s in English Literature from Boston College, and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School. Liane practiced Law in Atlantic City, spending much of her career in the courtroom as a commercial litigator. During this time, she also was active in leadership roles in several community, charity and professional organizations. To focus more time on her four children, she retired from practice and is now an Adjunct member of the faculty of Stockton University, and remains active in community and charitable endeavors.
Mr. Lloyd D. Levenson, Esquire, CEO
Mr. Lloyd D. Levenson, Esquire
Lloyd D. Levenson is Chief Executive Officer of the firm and Chairman of the Casino & iGaming Law practice group, as well as of the Government Services group. Lloyd D. Levenson and the firm have been instrumental in developing and implementing all aspects of gaming law, including the newest developments in online or Internet gaming (iGaming) law, sports wagering legal matters, mobile gaming matters, and pari-mutuel betting issues.
In the practice area of Gaming Law in 2015, Lloyd D. Levenson was the sole attorney in the state who was included on the New Jersey Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters business. As an accomplished trial attorney in complex casino regulatory matters, Lloyd D. Levenson is uniquely positioned to address a broad range of industry legal issues, with a client list that includes casinos, sovereign governments, casino professionals and suppliers to the casino industry. He takes on some of the industry's key cases, from defending his clients in class action suits to winning a landmark Federal Appeals Court case frustrating a gambler's attempt to avoid millions of dollars in gambling debts.
Formerly an officer and trustee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), Lloyd D. Levenson has served as President and currently serves as a Counselor of this worldwide organization. He also served twice as Chairman of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association. He was selected by the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands to serve as its advisor in the development of casino gaming on St. Croix. He also was chairman of the Gaming Law Committee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association.
Lloyd D. Levenson began his career as Assistant Essex County Prosecutor and Chief Trial Attorney for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. He also served as Chief Assistant for the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office and, for several years, Lloyd D. Levenson served as counsel to the Atlantic County Chiefs of Police.
His community and philanthropic work is well known in the region and includes:
- L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Board of Directors and Second Vice President
- Member, Board of Trustees for the Southern New Jersey Development Council
- Campaign chairman of the United Way of Atlantic County
- Chairman, American Heart Association's Southern New Jersey "My Heart. My Life." 2015 campaign
Awards and Honors
Stockton University established the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT) in its School of Business. Since 2010, the Institute combines research, training and management components to fill the need for a comprehensive institute to serve a critical aspect of New Jersey's economy. Additional awards and honors include:
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in Casino & Gaming Law
- Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Association
- Named to the New Jersey Super Lawyer list, a Thomson Reuters business, in Gaming Law 2015 - 2017
- Recipient, D.A.R.E. New Jersey ‘Future of New Jersey' award
- Named to the West Orange, New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame in honor of his championship basketball career
- Inducted into the Atlantic City Hall of Fame
- United Way Volunteer of the Year Award
- Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City's Volunteer Champion award
- "Mainlander of the Year" (2008) by the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce
- Atlantic City Rotary Club's 2011 Beacon Award for Vocational Service
- 2012 Spirit of Hospitality Award from the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority
- Recipient of Gaming Industry Leadership Award for his work in various gaming related disciplines.
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 & 2016 in Gaming Law
A graduate of Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Lloyd D. Levenson earned his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey, in New York and before the United States Supreme Court.
An author of hundreds of articles on gaming law, Lloyd D. Levenson has been a regular columnist for The Casino Journal and the Boardwalk Journal where "Lloyd D. Levenson's 'Life at the Shore'" appears monthly.
- Setting A Positive Precedent Casino Law Report
- Gaming's Altered Evolution Tech Trends
- Calculated Risks Tech Trends
- Attaining Sound Regulations Casino Law Report
- Business Minded Casino Law Bulletin
- Under the Microscope Tech Trends
Ms. Gina Merritt-Epps, Esq.,
Mr. Lauren H. Moore, Executive Director
Dr. Rummy Pandit, LPD*, Executive Director
Dr. Rummy Pandit, LPD*
Rummy Pandit, LPD, who has been at Stockton since 2011, serves as the Executive Director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism (LIGHT). During his tenure at Stockton he has served as Interim Associate Vice President, Facilities and Plant Operations and also as an instructor for the School of Business.
He has held previous positions in both academia and the hospitality industry, including serving as Associate Dean for Business Management at the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY, and as Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Hospitality Management at Rutgers University. He also has managed hotel operations in New York, Boston and Atlantic City.
Dr. Pandit received his Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers and a Master’s in Hotel Administration from Cornell at L'Ecole Supérieure Des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris. Additionally, he holds the Certified Hotel Administrator designation accorded by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
Dr. Pandit is active in the community and serves on the board of the Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and the hospitality advisory board for Atlantic County Institute of Technology. He also has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Atlantic and Cumberland chapters, the Atlantic-Cape May Counties Workforce Investment Board and the Greater Atlantic City Region Tourism Council. He served as a member of the education committee of the Atlantic City Hotel & Lodging Association and the Atlantic City Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association and other groups.
Dr. Robert Pasahow,
Ms. Roxanne Passarella, Co-CEO
Mr. Robert Pickus, Chairman
Mr. James T. Plousis, Chairman
Mr. James T. Plousis
James T. Plousis was sworn in as the eighth chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission on December 26, 2017 after his appointment by Gov. Chris Christie.
A native of Philadelphia, Plousis has a law enforcement career that spans more than four decades prior to joining the commission. It started when he joined the Woodbine Police Department in 1975 and continued when he moved to the Ocean City Police Department three years later. In 1984 he ran for and was elected Sheriff in Cape May County and served six terms in that position. As Sheriff, he was responsible for the operation of the County Jail, Juvenile Boot Camp, courthouse security and a variety of other law enforcement functions.
In 2002, President George W. Bush nominated Plousis to be United States Marshal for the District of New Jersey. Upon confirmation by United States Senate he was sworn in on March 25, 2002. As U.S. Marshal, Plousis was responsible for providing security for federal judges and their staffs at federal courthouses in the state; apprehending fugitives and non-compliant sex oﬀenders; securing and transporting federal prisoners from arrest to incarceration; executing federal court orders; seizing and managing assets acquired through illegal means; and assuring the safety of endangered government witnesses and their families. He oversaw offices in Newark, Trenton, Camden and Atlantic City.
While U.S. Marshal, Plousis served as a Coordinator of the New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force which has arrested close to 35,000 violent state and local fugitives and he was the U.S. Marshals’ Service Liaison onsite in New Orleans to assist the local sheriffs with jail evacuations and law enforcement support during Hurricane Katrina. He coordinated the security for the Fort Dix Five Terrorist Trial in Camden. The suspects were all convicted of plotting an armed attack on the Ft. Dix Military Base to kill U.S. soldiers. He has also coordinated two of the largest Fugitive Safe Surrender Programs in the nation, in Newark and Camden where over 6,300 fugitives surrendered safely at local churches.
Plousis was nominated by Gov. Christie to serve as chairman of the State Parole Board, a position he assumed on August 2, 2010. The State Parole Board works to ensure ex-prisoners return to society as law-abiding citizens. Board members and staff conduct more than 20,000 hearings per year, solicit input from victims and decide parole matters. State Parole Board sworn parole officers supervise more than 15,000 offenders statewide. In addition, the State Parole Board is New Jersey's primary law enforcement agency responsible for sex offender supervision. State Parole Board officers are also active partners with multiple Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies and task forces. The State Parole Board’s Community Programs Unit partners with government, non-profit and private agencies to connect ex-prisoners with vocational, mental health and related services, targeted to break the cycle and risk of crime.
Under his leadership, the State Parole Board has coordinated a statewide effort in support of veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. The State Parole Board, in partnership with the American Legion, the N.J. Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs, and state and federal law enforcement agencies, work to address the increasing segment of the inmate population with prior military service.
Plousis was a member of the New Jersey Sheriff’s Association and served as its president for six years. He was also a member of the National Sheriff’s Association and was on its board of directors for three years. He also served on the board of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco, GA. He is a member of the United States Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund (USMSBF) and has served as the chairman of its executive advisory committee. The USMSBF is a private nonprofit corporation formed for charitable and education disbursements to the surviving family members of active U.S. Marshals, Deputy U.S. Marshals, Marshals Service employees and Special Deputy U.S. Marshals who are killed in the line of duty.
Plousis volunteers his time for Hand to Hand for Haiti which provides humanitarian support to the people of Haiti. He traveled to Haiti in 2014 with a team of nine missionaries who distributed 1,000 soccer balls to children of Haiti.
Plousis is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and of the Rutgers University Public Manager Program. He lives in Ocean City and has two adult children.
Mr. Anthony Rodio, President & COO
Mr. Anthony Rodio
President & COO
Tony Rodio is a renowned gaming industry veteran. In May of 2012, he was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. He also serves as a Director for the company.
Rodio joined Tropicana Entertainment in 2011 when he accepted the offer to lead the company’s Atlantic City resort as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to taking the helm at Tropicana, he served as General Manager at Hollywood Casino in Indiana for three years.
Tony proudly served as President of the Casino Association of New Jersey, leading discussions regarding legislation and other regulatory topics. Additionally, he served on the boards of other professional and charitable organizations including Atlantic City Alliance, United Way of Atlantic County, and the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming Hospitality & Tourism. In 2014, Rodio was the recipient of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year Award.
Rodio graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1976. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rider University and his Master of Business Administration Degree from Monmouth University.
Rodio resides in Hammonton, New Jersey and has three children. In his downtime, he enjoys skiing and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dr. Lori A. Vermeulen*, Provost & VP for Academic Affairs
Dr. Lori A. Vermeulen*
Provost & VP for Academic Affairs
Dr. Lori Vermeulen has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stockton University since June of 2016. She brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to her primary responsibility as chief academic officer. In this role, she oversees the work of Stockton’s seven Schools and numerous offices, centers, and institutes that support Stockton’s academic mission. Serving as a critical member of the institution’s senior leadership team, Dr. Vermeulen provides vision, leadership and strategic planning for the Division of Academic Affairs. She plays a key role in planning and supporting academic programming for Stockton, including its offerings at its new campus in Atlantic City that is scheduled to open in Fall of 2018.
Dr. Vermeulen joined the Stockton community after serving nine years as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Dr. Vermeulen was employed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she held several administrative and faculty roles, including Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Prior to entering the world of higher education, Dr. Vermeulen demonstrated her expertise as an experienced chemist in pharmaceuticals, working for industry giants such as Merck Chemical Manufacturing Division and Merck, Sharpe, & Dohme Research Laboratories. She has received various grants in support of her research, has been awarded three patents, and has authored numerous scholarly publications.
Dr. Vermeulen earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton University and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton. She is an alumnus of the Higher Education Resources (HERS) program, the American Council on Education’s Chief Academic Officer training, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Becoming a Provost Academy. She has served as a consultant and workshop facilitator providing leadership training in higher education and in mindfulness practice.
Ms. Karen Worman, Regional VP of Finance
Ms. Karen Worman
Regional VP of Finance
Karen Worman started with the Company in 1992 and has held positions at the Property, Division and Corporate level. Starting at Harrah’s Atlantic City as a food and beverage accounting clerk, she continued along the finance track holding various positions in Audit, Financial Reporting and Planning & Analysis.
In 2001 Karen took a position as Executive Assistant (EA) for the Eastern Division President and in 2003 continued as an EA for the Chief Operating Officer and relocated to Las Vegas. In 2004 Karen returned to Harrah’s Atlantic City as the Director of Finance and moved shortly thereafter into the Operations Controller position where she would get her first taste into the world of operations. In that capacity she oversaw Regulatory Compliance Collections, Casino and Hotel Cage, Countrooms and Casino Accounting.
In 2005 Karen transferred to Showboat as Operations Controller and then was promoted to Vice President of Finance. Karen received the corporate Excellence in Leadership award for her efforts leading the cash-load optimization program – a brand initiative – which garnered exemplary results for the property and she headed up a discretionary comp analysis program which resulted in substantial cost-savings for the property. In 2008, she was named Assistant General Manager, where she was responsible for overseeing the strategic and operational direction of the following departments ~ Casino Credit, Customer Service, Hotel Operations, Property Operations (Facilities and EVS), Slot Operations, Security and Table Games.
In 2011, Karen transferred to the Center Boardwalk properties and held such positions as Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Finance (Bally’s, Caesars and Showboat). In 2017, Karen was promoted to Regional Vice President of Finance for Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s.
A Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Stockton University and a Master’s of Science degree in Taxation from Temple University.
Karen is actively involved in a variety of community efforts which include or have included; an Employer Advisory Board Member for Stockton University, Executive Director for Miss Southern Counties, Scholarship Chair for the Bonnie Blue Foundation and Vice President for the Family Council of the Villa Raffaella Assisted Living Center.