Marilyn H. Ayers Marilyn Heller Ayers is the current President of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP). This chapter’s board consists of 15 directors from all regions of New Jersey and it provides services and support through education, scholarships and professional assistance. Ms. Ayers earned her B.S., cum laude, from Rider University and also earned her CPA license. Ms. Ayers has over 25 years tax experience and she is president and CEO of Marilyn Heller Ayers CPA firm.
Susan A. Feeney Susan Feeney is a Partner in McCarter & English, LLP. Ms. Feeney concentrates her practice in state taxation and local property taxation for all types of industries, as well as redevelopment law and condemnation. She has appeared before the Tax Court and County Tax Boards of New Jersey and has extensive experience in litigating property tax appeal cases. Ms. Feeney advises taxpayers and municipalities on farmland assessment qualification and roll-back taxes, and also has experience in New Jersey sales and use tax law. President-Elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Ms. Feeney is a member of the State and Local Tax Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section and a former member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court. Ms. Feeney has been appointed to the Sales and Use Tax Review Commission of the State of New Jersey since 2000, serves as the attorney for the New Jersey Association of Tax Board Commissioners and Administrators, and is Past President and Secretary of the Legal Services foundation of Essex County. Ms. Feeney is an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Tax Masters Program and frequently lectures to civic and professional groups on state and local property tax topics. Ms. Feeney received her B.S., summa cum laude, from Seton Hall University and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
John Genz John Genz is a Tax Partner with expertise in state and local tax, mergers and acquisitions, and the accounting for income taxes-ASC 740 (FAS 109). Mr. Genz is Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s State and Local Tax Group and works closely with many of the firm’s SEC clients. Mr. Genz founded the firm’s film production incentives practice which provides film production companies with services related to various states’ film incentive programs. His over 25 years of experience includes time spent at KPMG and a private banking and investment firm. Mr. Genz earned his B.S. in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and obtained his MST from Seton Hall University. Mr. Genz is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). Mr. Genz serves as Vice Chair of the NJSCPA State Tax Interest Group and Chair of the Directors Committee, a State Tax Interest Group subcommittee. Mr. Genz is a frequent speaker and writer on various tax topics and their impact on businesses.
Joey Gigliotti Joey Gigliotti is Senior Director of Taxes at the Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. in Hoboken, NJ. Prior to joining Marsh, he was Vice President – Taxes at Avaya Inc. and held numerous managerial positions in the tax area at Avaya’s predecessor companies (i.e., Lucent Technologies and AT&T). Mr. Gigliotti is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA), Temple University (MBA-Finance) and Seton Hall University (MS-Tax). Mr. Gigliotti has been a speaker/instructor at NYU’s Summer Institute in Taxation since 1996.
David G. Hardin David Hardin is a Partner at Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. who concentrates his legal practice in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, corporate law and real estate law. Mr. Hardin’s professional practice focuses on advising individual and corporate clients with respect to estate and gift tax planning and estate administration, acquisitions and sales of real estate, and the formation and operation of business enterprises. Mr. Hardin is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and he also served a term as Chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Hardin currently serves as a panel member in the Superior Court of New Jersey's Probate Early Settlement Program for Union County, and was involved on the State Bar Association Committee acting to review and modernize New Jersey laws involving probate and trust law, including the 2004 revisions to the New Jersey Probate Code. Mr. Hardin received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Williams College and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.
Philip Kirschner Philip Kirschner is the president of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) since 2003. The NJBIA administers and utilizes a tax policy committee that meets a number of times during the year to discuss current infirmities of our tax laws and devises solutions to these issues in order to benefit the business community of New Jersey. Mr. Kirschner joined the NJBIA in 1990 and has directed NJBIA's Government Affairs department since 1995. In 2001, he was promoted to executive vice president, taking on the added responsibility of the Association's day-to-day administration. Mr. Kirschner also is executive director of the Employer Legislative Committees (ELCs). Before joining the NJBIA, Mr. Kirschner was director of government affairs with the New Jersey School Boards Association and prior to that served as executive director of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Mr. Kirschner received his law degree from Rutgers University Law School in Camden, graduating with honors in 1976, and his B.A. from American University in Washington, DC.
Richard J. Landers Richard Landers joined Campbell Soup Company as Vice President-Taxes in March 2000 where he provides worldwide tax planning and advisory services to senior management, business units, and corporate functions, and also administers the company’s tax compliance systems. Previously Mr. Landers was a tax partner for the Consumer and Industrial Products Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Landers earned his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Taxation from Villanova University. Mr. Landers is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tax Executives Institute.
Norman Lobins Norman Lobins has over 30 years of accounting and tax experience. This includes 15 years with Deloitte, 13 years with KPMG, 2 years as an agent with the Internal Revenue Service and 2 years with a local CPA firm. In addition to his role at Deloitte he was previously a part-time professor with the University of Cincinnati, instructing the multistate tax course for their Masters of Accountancy program. Mr. Lobins is a frequent speaker on multistate tax matters and instructs many of the multistate tax courses for Deloitte. Mr. Lobins has been Deloitte’s representative to the AICPA’s state and local tax committee. Mr. Lobins represents clients in merger and acquisition transactions including due diligence, state tax aspects of financing and structuring, and post-merger integration services. In addition, he has extensive experience in the implementation of state tax planning strategies for multistate business clients. He has also successfully represented clients in numerous state tax audits, letter rulings and alternate dispute resolution proceedings involving both income and sales and use tax matters. Mr. Lobins holds CPA licenses in New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Mr. Lobins has his bachelor degree from the Cleveland State University and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s.
John T. Lutz John Lutz is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the firm's New York office. Mr. Lutz focuses his practice in the field of federal and state taxation, particularly the taxation of structured finance, derivative and structured products. Mr. Lutz’s experience includes, in addition to structured finance, tax examinations and controversies, insurance products, conventional US and cross-border securities offerings and corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Lutz has extensive experience in all tax aspects of developing derivatives products and new structures for financings and other capital market transactions, including the structuring of cross-border tax-advantaged financings and asset-backed securities. Mr. Lutz is a recognized leader in the tax aspects of municipal derivatives and tax exempt bond securitizations and he provides tax advice to derivative products dealers, in both the domestic and cross-border contexts, advising on US and foreign tax issues related to equity swaps, repurchase agreements, structured notes and offshore structured finance vehicles. Internationally, Mr. Lutz provides advice to investment banks, insurance companies, investment managers, sponsors and other market participants in a wide variety of investment funds, hedge funds and private equity funds. Mr. Lutz is a member of the New York State Bar Association - Tax Section Executive Committee, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Mr. Lutz also served on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s transition team. Mr. Lutz earned his B.B.A., from the University of Notre Dame, earned his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law and his LL.M. from the New York University School of Law.
Thomas V. Magaldi Thomas Magaldi has been employed by Pearson Education Inc. as a Manager of Taxes since 2005. He has over 20 years of corporate tax experience, mostly in the state and local tax area with various multi national corporations. Mr. Magaldi is a member of Tax Executives Institute and is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter. He currently is a member of the Chapters Board of Directors. Mr. Magaldi is also an active member of the Council on State Taxation, (COST). Mr. Magaldi has been active in the youth mentoring program of Bergen County Volunteers in Protective Services, (VIPS). Additionally Mr. Magaldi is active in youth literacy programs such as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign.
Bridget S. McCann Bridget McCann is currently a state and local tax manager at Grant Thornton LLP where her current client base includes a number of NJ headquartered private and public companies for which she provides income, sales and use and property tax services. Ms. McCann was chosen by senior management to be placed in a leadership position during the rollout of the change management process and implementation and this training included providing presentations and facilitating change management exercises to approximately 100 employees. Ms. McCann was also chosen to act as the tax liaison for the firm’s Senior Associate Advisory Committee. Ms. McCann earned her B.B.A. in Accounting with Honors and a M.B.A. in Accounting with honors from Pace University.
Robert Montellione Robert Montellione is the Vice President in charge of State and Local Taxes at Prudential Financial, Inc. where he is responsible for all aspects of enterprise-wide state and local taxes, including planning, litigation/appeals and policy matters, as well as oversight for compliance and audits. Mr. Montellione has over thirty years of experience in the state tax field. Mr. Montellione began his career as a field auditor with the Illinois Department of Revenue in their New Jersey out-of-state office and he later moved to Merck & Co., where he primarily handled state tax audits and planning. Subsequently, Mr. Montellione took a state tax position with AT&T and worked through many challenging state tax issues related to the divestiture of the Bell System. Mr. Montellione left AT&T to start up a state and local tax practice in the Philadelphia office of Arthur Young. After the firm’s merger with Ernst & Whinney, he became Ernst & Young’s State Tax Director for its Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Montellione is a Certified Public Accountant and he has a Masters in Taxation from Seton Hall University. In addition to being a past Chair, current Officer and Board Member of the Council on State Taxation (COST), Mr. Montellione serves on several State Tax Advisory Boards (including New York’s and Connecticut’s), State Tax Committees (including the NJ Chamber’s and NJBIA’s) and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives. He is also a frequent speaker at various state tax conferences and seminars.
John J. Pydyszewski John Pydyszewski is the Senior Director for State Tax Policy at Johnson and Johnson where he is the primary representative for all aspects of the multistate corporate tax policy efforts for Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiaries which includes federal legislation that affects state taxes as well as corporate state income, franchise, net worth, sales & use, gross receipts, and property taxes for more than 100 domestic subsidiaries. Mr. Pydyszewski currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council on State Taxation (COST) and he was also Past-President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Tax Executives Institute (TEI). Mr. Pydyszewski is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California Taxpayers Association (Cal-Tax) and he is a member of the Tax Committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Pydyszewski has been appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to serve on the state’s nine member, bipartisan Tax and Fiscal Policy Study Commission and he was previously appointed by the Governor to serve on New Jersey’s Corporation Business Tax Study Commission which was formed pursuant to the state’s 2002 Business Tax Reform Act legislation and issued its final report in June, 2004. In addition Mr. Pydyszewski is the Chair of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association’s New Jersey Jobs Coalition, Member of the Tax Committee of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and Member of the Tax Council of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.