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Inaugural Pink Tie Guy Class
Pink Tie Guys are leaders who can help mobilize, energize, and engage people in Komen’s fight against breast cancer.
The Susan G. Komen® North Jersey (SGKNJ) Pink Tie Guys are partners in the Komen promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. They are advocates for breast health education and breast cancer awareness. Pink Tie Guys are leaders who can help mobilize, energize and engage people in Komen’s mission and events in their communities, companies and organizations.
Komen North Jersey will be honoring the inaugural class of Pink Tie Guys at the 2016 Pink Tie Affair to be held on March 4, 2016 at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange. Interested in becoming a Pink Tie Guy? Learn more about how you can make a difference.
Meet Our 2016 Pink Tie Guys!
Joe Sheridan serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States. He joined Wakefern in 1976 as a Warehouse Selector and worked in numerous logistics, finance, procurement and management positions in the Grocery, Direct Store Delivery, Bakery, Health and Beauty Care, Non Foods and Pharmacy divisions.
In 1991, Joe was promoted to Vice President of Direct Store Delivery and the following year to Vice President of HBC, Non Foods and Pharmacy. He was named Senior Vice President of Marketing in 1994 and then, in 1996, was promoted to the role of Executive Vice President. He held that position for 15 years before becoming Wakefern’s President and COO in 2011.
Joe served as board chairman for the National Grocers Association (NGA), a trade association representing independent retail and wholesale grocers, from 2012 through 2014, and he currently sits on the board and executive committees of both the NGA and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). He is a member of the Board of Directors for GS1, a nonprofit organization that designs and manages a global system of supply chain standards, and he was named Chairman of GS1’s Finance and Audit Committee in 2012.
That same year, the Grocery Manufacturers Association presented Joe with its Collaboration Leadership Award for his work in fostering significant cooperation among trading partners to better serve the industry and consumers.
Joe was recognized this past June by Kean University for his outstanding achievements in business and philanthropy when he received the school’s prestigious William Livingston Award. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Kean University’s College of Business and Public Management (Union, NJ) and the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business (South Orange, NJ). He was elected last year to the Seton Hall Board of Regents.
Joe was acknowledged at the 2014 New Jersey Food Council Night of Distinction, an event highlighting industry professionals who have made a meaningful contribution to the food industry, and he received the 2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award for his work in advancing the industry.
He was honored in 2013 by the Embrace Kids Foundation for his work as a board member of the foundation, which supports families of children battling cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. He’s also received the President’s Award from the Hillsborough Educational Foundation and the Breath of Life Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In 2009, Supermarket News named Joe its Marketer of the Year.
A graduate of Kean University (formerly Kean College of New Jersey), Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science. He and his wife, Joan, reside in Hillsborough, NJ; they have three children.
Neal Schuman is the CEO & President of Schuman Cheese. ASI was founded by Neal’s grandfather Arthur in 1945 as an Italian food importing company. ASI has since grown into the largest importer of Parmigiano Reggiano in the U.S.
Under Neal’s leadership, the company has grown from a $35 million to $600 million business. ASI has also expanded its portfolio to include cheese making and processing facilities in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Illinois. ASI’s domestic cheeses regularly win national and international competitions. In 2015, for example, ASI received gold medals for both its parmesan and blue cheeses in national competitions.
Neal has three children, Allison, Ian, and Keith. Allison and Ian both work for the company and Keith is a senior at Boston College. Neal and his wife Liz live in Upper Saddle River, NJ with their new puppy Brody.
Schultz Furrier is a family-owned luxury apparel and accessories company that spans four generations and 100 years. The original Schultz Furrier was established in Berlin, Germany in 1914 by Robert’s grandparents, Charles and Rose Schultz. Following in the family business, Robert’s father, Herbert, opened his own Schultz Furrier store in Berlin at the age of 20.
In 1939, Herbert burned his stores to keep them out of Nazi hands, and came to the United States with nothing but three Leica cameras to his name. He opened the first Schultz Furrier on Bergen Street in Newark, and the family (3-year old Robert, his 8-year old brother and 10-year old sister) lived in two small rooms in the back of the store. He worked and saved and bought a house in Hillside, and as Robert tells it, they felt that “they were the most secure people in the world.” His father Herbert always made it a point to help others by giving them work.
In 1966, Schultz Furrier moved to the current location at 346 Millburn Avenue. Robert graduated from Hillside High School and went on to pursue a bachelor of arts in business from the University of Miami with a major in psychology. He then worked in a myriad of fields, gaining business experience in various arenas. In 1980, he took a leave of absence from his other business pursuits to help is father run Schultz Furrier and never returned to his former vocations. In 1982, he and his wife Christine took over operations of the store.
Robert believes that a key factor for Schultz Furrier’s success is that it’s a family-run atmosphere where everyone works together towards the same goal, with mutual respect. His first and most memorable moments were those working with his father, with whom he had a very close relationship; he was from his father that he garnered a deep ethic of giving back and learned the importance of paying it forward.
Jonathan “Ashley” Schultz (Robert’s son) received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Muhlenberg College in 1995. Utilizing his business degree, Ashley spent five years at Schoenfield Securities in Manhattan as an equities trader, but would spend Saturdays at the store in Millburn. After September 11, 2001, he decided to enter into the family business full time. His interest in the fashion industry and practical experience in the business world made him a natural. Ashley’s responsibilities range from sales to marketing, buying, remodeling consultations, and running the day-to-day business activity. He led the Millburn store’s 2012 renovation and expansion, spearheading a transformation and redesign that gave the store a more modern feel. Most special to him, is Schultz’s 100-year legacy—he says he regularly meets people whose father dealt with his father, or even whose grandfather dealt with his grandfather. The trust, he notes, “is multigenerational. “
Robert currently resides in Denville with his wife Christine; Ashley lives in Millburn with wife Laisla. Both support multiple charities and like to stay very involved with the community. Schultz Furrier has supported Komen North Jersey generously over many years, including contributions to the Affiliate, allocating a percentage of sales for the month of October, providing auction items for, and participating at Pink Tie events, and hosting in-store customer events to help further the cause and raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
Ken is a Senior Vice President with PNC Investments serving as a Financial Advisor in Millburn for nineteen years. Shifting his career as a professional artist to finance professional 36 years ago has not stopped Ken from exploring his creative side. He is a musician and art collector and has served on the Board of the Paper Mill Playhouse since 2008 where he was Board Chair for 4 years. Ken is committed to pushing forward initiatives that serve our greater community. A kidney donor, a husband to a breast cancer survivor and a father, Ken has pledged his time, energy and passion to the fight to end breast cancer in our lifetime.
Brion is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Spectra BioPharma Selling Solutions, a new full service Contract Sales Organization designed to support the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
With over 25 years of successful leadership experience in business development, marketing, sales and strategic alliances, Brion has been able to gain an extensive understanding of the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries’. He has used this knowledge to develop customized strategic and innovative commercial solutions for Fortune 100 companies resulting in significant return on investment.
Brion has worked for several pharmaceutical companies including Parke-Davis, a Division of Warner Lambert, Pharmacia and MedPointe (now Meda) as well as a global contract research organization, Quintiles.
Brion was also part of the marketing team responsible for promoting the Award-Winning 2015 Documentary – Pink & Blue Colors of Hereditary Cancer. Pink & Blue was created to raise awareness of BRCA hereditary gene mutations and their related cancer risks for both women and men. It has premiered throughout the United States and Internationally and was included in the movies for Oscar consideration. (The movie also features Nancy Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen.)
A graduate from the University of Connecticut with a Technical Marketing degree, Brion currently lives in Rockaway, New Jersey with his wife Lisa and son, Benjamin.
“I am proud to be part of Susan G. Komen North Jersey and honored to be named as one of their founding ‘Pink Tie Guys’. I will work tirelessly to help support the fight in honor of my mother, Linda, and in memory of my sister-in-law, Sammy. The time is now to double our efforts and funding to help prevent, detect and treat this devastating disease. We need to do all we can to help as many families going through the same challenging times my family faced so that some day our grandchildren and great grandchildren won’t even know what breast cancer was.”