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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.
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Meet Our 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.
“The fight against breast cancer is a very personal thing for me. My wife is a survivor, and looking at the number of people at Wakefern whose lives have been impacted by this terrible disease, I’ve come to understand how far-reaching it is. I know want to do everything in my power to end it.”
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.
“There is no one who hasn’t been impacted, in some way, by breast cancer. As a husband, father, son, friend, business owner and, most importantly, a human being, I want to do everything I can to bring this disease to an end. I am honored and proud to be a Pink Tie Guy.”
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.
“I maintain, we are victims to the extent that we fail to lead. I never want to see another breast cancer victim, and so I’m emboldened to lead. I encourage you all, not to follow me, but to lead with me in the fight to end this disease 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.”
Charles Way is a former New York Giants fullback (1995-1999); as a team captain, NFL Players Association team representative, and 16-game starter during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, Charles led by example. His teammates held him in high esteem for his strong work ethic, relentless style and consistency.
When a knee injury sidelined Charles’ in 1999, the Giants named him their Director of Player Development. During his 14-year tenure leading Player Engagement with the Giants, Charles was instrumental in developing new programs including leadership training, professional development, and team building. He went on to become the Vice President of NFL Player Engagement; in this role, he oversaw the continued evolution and implementation of a range of support programs and services that are provided to all NFL teams, players and their families.
Charles left the NFL in the fall of 2016 to pursue new professional and philanthropic opportunities—including turning his focus to urban redevelopment and empowering urban communities in northern New Jersey. On a personal and professional level, both Charles and his wife Tahesha, a former Judge and current general counsel for Passaic County Board of Social Services, have long been dedicated to giving back to the community. Charles’ community service involvement includes board positions for the University of Virginia Engineering Foundation, Starlight Foundation and M-CAM. In addition to serving as a spokesperson for The New York and New Jersey United Way, Charles has served as the Gates– Ferry lecturer for Centenary College and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his service. He holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.
Charles is currently Managing Partner at Purple Bridge Management, a financial services firm. He and Tahesha reside in Wayne with their four daughters, Fallon, Farrah, Faythe and Fiona; and their dog Micah.
“I think everyone’s aware of the NFL’s commitment to bringing awareness to breast cancer. And I think my wife and I were always looking to get involved with an organization that was very supportive, on all levels, of individuals suffering from this terrible disease. I decided to become a Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Guy because I want to be a role model to men whose families are dealing with breast cancer. I want to show them that they too can bring awareness and support—so that women can feel comfortable going to them for comfort and encouragement.”
Kevin joined Pfizer in 1980 at Groton, Connecticut as a production supervisor in the penicillin area. In 1985, he moved to Research & Development to work on azithromycin, danofloxacin and other projects. He managed the Groton API pilot plant until 1995, when he returned to manufacturing in a technical services position. As manufacturing grew and became more specialized, he focused on technical and project management support for New Products as part of Global Manufacturing Services. Kevin was named to his current position, Vice President, Global Technology Services, in 2009.
Kevin holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in Computer Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.
“I am honored to be a Pink Tie Guy, as I have seen first-hand how breast cancer has impacted my family and good friends. It is important to me to help fight breast cancer – both professionally and personally. As an employee of Pfizer, who has made major investments in breast cancer research, I lead a global supply team which helped speed a breakthrough breast cancer medicine to patients. I am so proud to support Susan G. Komen North Jersey and make a difference in the community where I live and work.”
Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. is CEO of Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., one of the largest supermarket chains in the metropolitan area, which operates ShopRite stores throughout New Jersey and New York. Inserra Supermarkets was founded in 1954 by Larry’s grandfather, Patsy Inserra. The first store was located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Although the original store no longer exists, the new ShopRite of Lyndhurst is still referred to as Patsy’s. Under the entrepreneurial guidance of Lawrence Inserra, Larry’s father, Inserra Supermarkets grew to 8 stores by 1980, and a banner year was enjoyed in 1981 with growth to 14 stores. From 1982 to the present, additional stores have been added. Today, Inserra Supermarkets operates a total of 22 ultra modern stores, designed with the educated shopper in mind.
“Proud to be a family business serving families”, the Inserra family stores have truly become an integral part of the fabric of each of the communities where they are located. Every succeeding generation of Inserras has built upon Patsy’s vision of providing the highest quality products at the most reasonable prices.
Larry was born in Newark and raised in Rutherford, NJ. While attending high school, Larry worked in the family ShopRite business. He then attended Lehigh University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics. In addition to his family business accomplishments, Larry provides leadership to a number of communities and other business organizations. He is the Chairman of Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Wakefern Food Corporation, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and Lakeland Bank. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hackensack University Medical Center, Montclair State University and Community Resource Council.
Larry has two children – a daughter, Lindsey, who is married to John Hughes, and a son, Lawrence III, who is married to Lauren. Larry currently resides in Mahwah with his wife, Inez and her two children, Juliana and Cassandra.
“When my grandfather Patsy Inserra founded Inserra Supermarkets more than 50 years ago, he made it part of our mission to give back to the communities in which we live and work. I’m proud to be continuing that mission, both professionally and personally, as a Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Guy. I believe that It is of the utmost importance to support those in our community who are breast cancer survivors, and to do everything we can to help find the cures to eliminate this terrible disease forever.”