Thomas J. Shara, president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bancorp Inc. and Lakeland Bank, Oak Ridge, received the Havemeyer Presidential Leadership Award at the Ramapo College Foundation’s 31st annual Golf Outing at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne.
More than 120 golfers participated in the event, which raised in excess of $136,000 that will provide scholarship support for qualified students, fund collaborative research initiatives between students and faculty, and support special programs and projects on campus.
“This year’s outing was a great success thanks to the support from our sponsors, golfers and the hard work of the Ramapo and North Jersey CC staff,” said Frank Conway, of Franklin Lakes, who served as Golf Committee chairman. “We could not have asked for better weather, and the North Jersey course was in top condition.”
The Havemeyer Presidential Leadership Award is given to an individual who has offered his or her expertise and whose contributions have touched the lives of the community as well as the students, faculty and staff at Ramapo College.
Prior to joining Lakeland Bank in 2008, Shara served as president and chief lending officer of TD Banknorth’s (now TD Bank) Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to TD Banknorth acquiring Hudson United Bank, he was executive vice president and senior loan officer of HUBCO, a $9 billion commercial bank, where he oversaw organic growth and was responsible for integrating more than 30 acquisitions.
Shara serves on the Board of Governors of the Ramapo College Foundation and the Chilton Medical Center Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic, and on the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Bankers Association.
He earned a master’s degree in business administration, as well as a bachelor of science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“Ramapo College is grateful for our donors, friends, and business partners whose generosity of time and resources thoughtfully advances our mission as New Jersey’s designated public liberal arts college,” Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer said.
The event was sponsored by Century 21 Construction and the Marino family. Additional sponsors for the outing included Lakeland Bank, DialAmerica, Inserra ShopRite Supermarkets, UPS and PKF O’Connor Davies LLC.
Liza Rombousek has been named the top agent at Weichert, Realtors — Ruffino Real Estate in Milford, Pa., for the month of July.
Rombousek was named the top agent of the month after generating the most new listings in July, including four listings that went under contact last month.
“Liza is one of our most experienced agents who continues to raise the bar for excellence here at Weichert, Realtors — Ruffino Real Estate,” said Donna Ruffino, Realtor/owner of Weichert, Realtors — Ruffino Real Estate. “Liza has earned the right to be recognized for her July production. We’re proud to have her on our team to help provide home buyers and sellers the best real estate service in the area.”
Rombousek started her real estate career at Weichert, Realtors — Ruffino Real Estate. She recently rejoined the Milford affiliate after trying out a different brokerage and is excited to once again be part of a team of talented agents at Weichert, Realtors — Ruffino Real Estate, which brings many years of combined real estate experience to its clients.
The office is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate that serves Pike and Wayne counties.
Brian R. Lenker, of Sparta is one of 14 attorneys at Brach Eichler LLC in Roseland who have been selected by their peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2019.”
Lenker, who was named in the field of banking and finance law, chairs the firm’s Business Transactions and Financial Services Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice on banking and acquisitions, sales and reorganizations of businesses and commercial real estate. He has been named to “Best Lawyers in America” since 2015.
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