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NJ Tech Council Announces 2017 CFO Award Finalists; Award Renamed in Memory of Caren Franzini

New Brunswick, NJ, June 1, 2017 — The NJ Tech Council 2017 CFO Awards Breakfast will be held on June 9 at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ.

Four awards will be given by the Tech Council, the region’s premiere membership trade organization supporting technology companies.

In addition, attendees at the CFO Awards Breakfast will have the pleasure of hearing keynote speaker Karen McLoughlin, the Chief Financial Officer at Cognizant, who will share insights from her experiences overseeing Cognizant’s worldwide financial planning and analysis, accounting & controllership, tax, investor relations, treasury, internal audit and enterprise risk management functions. 

This annual event recognizes the accomplishments of financial executives from the region’s diverse tech and life sciences communities.

The program offers awards in four categories: CFO of the Year, Financier of the Year, Deal of the Year and the newly renamed Caren Franzini Hall of Fame Award.

The CFO of the Year award is presented to a Chief Financial Officer of a technology firm for outstanding contributions to his/her company’s performance and accomplishments from January 2016 until present.

The Financier of the Year award is presented to a venture capitalist, investment merchant or commercial banker who has contributed to the economic development of New Jersey’s technology community.

The Deal of the Year award is presented to the CFO who successfully completed a merger, acquisition, buyout, buyback, or large round of funding during 2016 that resulted in increased revenues and growth for the company.

Finally, The Hall of Fame Award is presented to a current or former CFO for multiple achievements over an extended period of time, in one company or several, that has elevated him/her to a level of recognition among community, peers, and others involved in the technology arena.

The Finalist:

CFO of the Year Award

  • Sara Bronstein, Advaxis
  • Glenn Coleman, Integra Life Sciences
  • Rick Glickman, Operative Media, Inc.

Deal of the Year Award

  • Jonathan Dambrot, Prevalent
  • Graham McFarland, Cherry Hill Photo
  • Navneet Puri, Nevakar
  • Michael Preston, AdvanSix

Financier of the Year Award

  • Jay Bhatti, BrandProject
  • David Horowitz, Touchdown Ventures
  • Rick Kushel, DealCloud
  • Saul Richter, Rittenhouse Ventures
  • Caren Franzini Hall of Fame Award
  • Chip Baird, Amicus Therapeutics
  • Ed Jordan, Billtrust
  • Jay Roberts, Cancer Genetics

Caren Franzini Hall of Fame Award

Presented to a current or former CFO for multiple achievements over an extended period of time, in one company or several, which have elevated him/her to a level of recognition among peers.


  • Chip Baird, Amicus Therapeutics
  • Ed Jordan, Billtrust
  • Jay Roberts, Cancer Genetics

The Tech Council would like to thank the sponsors of the CFO Awards for making this event possible, including Grant Thornton, Avison Young, PNC, NJEDA, RSM, and Optima Global Solutions. To learn about this event and all the upcoming events around the state and region, please visit www.njtc.org.

About the NJ Tech Council

The New Jersey Tech Council provides business development, education, networking and recognition opportunities as well as advocacy for the state and region’s technology businesses. By collectively representing tech, life science and tech-related companies and organizations as well as the professional firms that support them, the Tech Council has the unique ability to: offer opportunities to learn, network and grow; recognize and promote member companies and their leadership; nurture the tech and STEM talent pipeline critical to growth; provide access to financing sources and additional resources; and advocate and support public policy which strengthens our ecosystem.

Founded in 1996 the Tech Council is a private, nonprofit membership organization, which supports the tech, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystems across the state and region.

For more information, please contact info@njtc.org or 732-456-5700.