Business Strategies Advisory Group

Advisors to the National Police Foundation come from a myriad of distinct backgrounds and locales, hailing from both the private and public sectors. What they all have in common is that they have distinguished themselves as thought leaders in their respective fields, believe in the mission of the Foundation, and understand the impact it has on society.

As advisors, they take a role as ambassadors for the Foundation, helping educate the public on the unique role the Foundation plays to help advance the science and research of policing. They support us by generously contributing their intellectual capital, volunteering their time, and in many cases, providing financial support.

Their role is distinct, vital, and critical. They support and compliment the Board of Directors, executive management, and the Foundation as a whole while serving the public interest to help the policing profession best serve our citizenry.


Joseph C. Bencivenga


Prior to becoming the EVP – Finance & Strategy of International Rail Partners, LLC and President of MedAmerica Properties Inc. (OTC: MAMP), Mr. Bencivenga provided strategic and financial advice to businesses in real estate, music, gaming and solid waste management. He also served as a board member on numerous companies. Before that, he was a founding partner of a $5 billion hedge fund whose businesses including lending to and private equity investing in small to medium sized companies. He also spent three and a half years as Managing Director/Global Head of High Yield at Barclays Capital. During his tenure there, his team originated over 75 high yield, mezzanine and bridge loan transaction and acted as lead or joint lead on over twenty. In 1999, one of these transactions was awarded IFR’s European High Yield Deal of the Year, Euromoney Deal of theYear-and received a Highly Commended Award from Corporate Finance Magazine.

During Mr. Bencivenga’s first 18 years of experience working in the Investment banking industry, he spent his first 13 years working at Salomon Brothers and Drexel Burnham. Mr. Bencivenga served as Head of High Yield Research at both Drexel Burnham in the late 1980’s and Salomon Brothers in the early 1990’s. For two years, Mr. Bencivenga also served as Deputy Head of Equity Research at Salomon Brothers. In 1994, Mr. Bencivenga became head of Fixed Income Credit Research and the co-head of Fixed Income Strategy at Salomon Brothers, where he used his expertise to develop investment strategies for global investors.

Mr. Bencivenga has a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where he graduated with honors. Mr. Bencivenga currently resides in New Jersey.


Bruce A. Blakeman


Bruce A. Blakeman has been active in law enforcement and homeland security in the New York metropolitan region for close to 20 years. As a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from October 2001 to January 2009, Mr. Blakeman served as Vice Chair of its Security Subcommittee. The Port Authority operates all of the area airports, interstate bridges and tunnels, seaports, the World Trade Center and PATH trains. While at the Port Authority, Mr. Blakeman served as a panelist at the Naval Institute Homeland Security Seminar in 2005 and has participated in STARCOM exercises and seminars.

Mr. Blakeman holds a certificate in Homeland Security Management and currently serves on the faculty of Long Island University as a Senior Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security Studies. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of the New York Police Chiefs’ Benevolent Association. Mr. Blakeman is Associate Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Foundation and is its Deputy Counsel. He is on the board of Crime Stoppers and is Deputy Counsel to the Nassau County Fire Marshall’s Benevolent Association, as well as a Director of the New York COPS Foundation. Mr. Blakeman holds many honorary titles including Counsel to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police; Former Special Chief Deputy Sheriff, Nassau County, NY; Deputy Sheriff, City of New York; Police Chief, Hempstead, NY; Police Commissioner, Mineola, NY; and he is a Lieutenant Colonel (inactive), New York Guard (State Militia). In 2011, Blakeman was awarded Law Professional of the Year by the New York/New Jersey Detectives’ Crime Clinic.

Mr. Blakeman has extensive experience in financial and budgetary matters in both the public and private sector. As a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Blakeman served both on the Finance and Audit Committees which oversaw all financial aspects of the Port Authority, including its annual budget in excess of $4.6 Billion, its financial arrangements, bonding obligations, insurance, and risk management.

Mr. Blakeman previously served from 1996 to 1999 as the Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the Nassau County Legislature. He was Chairman of the Budget Review Committee and Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee overseeing a county budget in excess of $2 Billion. Prior to becoming Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature, Mr. Blakeman was a member of the Hempstead Town Board, Hempstead, New York. In 1998, Mr. Blakeman was the Republican candidate for New York State Comptroller. In 2010, he was the Republican-designated candidate for U. S. Senate.

He was formerly a partner in the law firm of Robert M. Blakeman & Associates. Mr. Blakeman has received Martindale Hubbel’s highest rating, A-V, and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

Mr. Blakeman served for twenty years as a member of the Board of Directors of North Sea Insurance Company, a property and casualty company licensed in New York, New Jersey, and several other states. He previously served on the Board of Directors of ACCPAC, a Silicon Valley software company where he served on the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, Mr. Blakeman was President of the Tobacco Settlement Local Development Corporation controlling $78 Million in tobacco settlement funds for Nassau County from 1999 to August 2004. Mr. Blakeman also was an adjunct assistant professor of Business Law at Hofstra University.

Mr. Blakeman is a frequent commentator and panelist in a variety of media outlets, including Fox News Network, WCBS, CNBC, CW-11 (WPIX), WLIW (PBS), News-12 Long Island, and Court TV. Mr. Blakeman is also President of Madison Strategies, Ltd., a strategic consulting firm.


Robert Chefitz


Robert Chefitz is a 36-year veteran of the private equity industry and has specialized in security industry investments since 1990. Mr. Chefitz built an investment track record with strong returns by leading and participating in numerous early-stage investments and leveraged buyouts. In 2008, Mr. Chefitz founded Egis Capital Partners in order to capitalize on his deep security industry investment expertise and to provide investors with a portfolio dedicated to the Security and Protection industry.

Mr. Chefitz has made over 20 investments in the field of security, including companies such as, Protection One, Casi Rusco, FreightWatch, and Brivo. Beyond security, Mr. Chefitz has a successful track record, having led first-round investments in companies including Office Depot, Achieve3000, and iLEVEL Solutions to highlight just a few. Mr. Chefitz launched his career at Golder Thoma & Cressey, a predecessor to GTCR, where he consolidated fragmented service companies in the communications sector. Mr. Chefitz was subsequently recruited to join Alan Patricof & Company, which eventually became Apax Partners. During his 15-year tenure at Apax, Mr. Chefitz served as a General Partner and built a portfolio of five security companies. Prior to founding Egis, Mr. Chefitz launched the NJTC Venture Fund, which was a top decile performer for its 2001 vintage year.

Mr. Chefitz holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Northwestern University. Mr. Chefitz also sits on the board of The Lang Fund and Columbia Business School’s seed stage investment fund.


Robert Cohen


Mr. Cohen is a seasoned medical device and biotechnology executive with a series of positions leading organizations with full P&L responsibility and previous departmental management experience in virtually all functional areas, including international sales, R&D, healthcare services, M&A, corporate marketing, legal affairs and business & technology development, coupled with strategic oversight and planning positions. He most recently was President & CEO of EmboMedics, Inc., an early stage medical device company developing resorbable, drug-loadable embolic spheres to treat, among other things, liver cancer. In two years, Mr. Cohen reorganized and recapitalized the Company, redirected product development to advance quickly to FDA submission, and then sold EmboMedics to a larger medical device company.

Prior to that, he founded Miromatrix Medical, an early stage biotechnology device company with a patent-protected technology that enables the construction of fully biological human organs for transplant, and grew the enterprise to a $90+ million valuation over seven years by technology development, creating and commercializing two products, extensive partnering and business development activities, regulatory and reimbursement success, and $31 million in fund raising.

Before Miromatrix, Mr. Cohen built significant shareholder value as President & CEO of Travanti Pharma Inc. through technology, product and business development, followed by the successful sale of the company to Teikoku Pharma five years after his arrival. Mr. Cohen has held senior management positions with both large organizations (Pfizer Inc.; Sulzermedica; St. Jude Medical) and small enterprises (Miromatrix Medical; Travanti Pharma; Advanced Circulatory Systems [sold to ZOLL Medical]; Horizon Medical Products [public offering]; GCI Medical), as well as seven Board of Directors positions. Diverse activities have included successfully taking a company public on the NYSE in a billion dollar offering, initiating and developing new products through to market, establishing a manufacturing facility in a foreign tax-friendly environment, a series of acquisitions, divestitures and licensing transactions ranging from several thousand dollars to almost one billion dollars, raising capital for early stage companies, and restructuring sales activities in Japan. Mr. Cohen is able to leverage more than thirty-five years of clinical, distribution, executive, venture capital and investment banking relationships.


Peter De Capua


Peter De Capua is a retired Newark police Detective who served the department from 1970 until 1995 with distinction. During his tenure, he served in the office of five police Commissioners. He started his career as a uniformed officer and was promoted to the Detective division in 1980.

Mr. De Capua was instrumental in driving community related policing programs for the department and also coordinated and engineered community-based crime prevention strategies as part of his duties representing the respective Commissioners. Peter had the unprecedented distinction of winning the National Night Out award three years in a row for practices relating to outstanding anti-crime policing programs.

He oversaw and developed a roadmap for community-based crime prevention programs that encompassed over one hundred and ninety watch groups throughout the city of Newark. He was a dedicated supporter and early advocate of the Newark Police Athletic league and was an active fundraiser in support of PAL.

He is a graduate of Upsala College and holds a degree in education.

Upon his retirement from the department, Mr. De Capua became a consultant for Prudential Securities, where he specialized in risk management, anti-theft strategies, and executive protection. He is a graduate of the South West Texas State crime prevention and executive protection program.

Mr. De Capua is currently a consultant and actively involved in charity work in New Jersey. He is an active tennis enthusiast and has been involved as both a player and coach for over fifty years.


Edward B. Deutsch


Edward B. Deutsch is the Founder and Managing Partner of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP., a firm of more than 275 lawyers with offices in 8 states. He is a Civil Trial Attorney, Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1992, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. In addition, Mr. Deutsch has been listed in Best Lawyers® (2005-2019), a Woodward/White, Inc. business and partners with U.S. News & World Report, in the area of Commercial Litigation. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, in the areas of General Litigation, Professional Liability: Defense and Mergers & Acquisitions since its inception in New Jersey in 2005 through 2019, as well as being listed in the Top 100 Lawyers in N.J.

The Seton Hall Law School Alumni Association recognized Mr. Deutsch as its 2002 Distinguished Graduate. Martindale-Hubbell also awarded him its AV Peer Review Rating, its highest level of professional excellence and a Preeminent Lawyer for 2018. In addition, Mr. Deutsch was ranked number 43 on the 2017 NJBIZ Power 100 List of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey Business. From 2007-2009 he was the Third Circuit Representative on the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary of the American Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Deutsch was selected by Governor Chris Christie to Chair the Department of Banking and Insurance transition sub-committee, tasked with issue development, recommendations, and state appointments in both banking and insurance industries. He has also accepted the nomination of Governor Christie to be one of two public members of the newly-created Red Tape Commission chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.

In October 2009, Mr. Deutsch was selected as an honoree of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey and received the Trial Bar Award. This prestigious award recognizes those experienced trial lawyers whose professional careers exemplify the highest standards of trial practice and ethical conduct. In September 2012, Mr. Deutsch was honored with the Thomas D. Sayles, Jr. Humanitarian Award by the American Conference on Diversity. In October 2016, the University of Rhode Island presented Mr. Deutsch with the Athletics Award at their Eleventh Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards Gala. The event honored alumni and friends of URI who have brought distinction to themselves and the University through their professional achievements, outstanding leadership and community service. In November 2017, the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law presented Mr. Deutsch with the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Award for his significant career achievements and service to the bar.

Mr. Deutsch previously served as Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors of Somerset Hills Bank which merged in 2013 with Lakeland Bank. He served on the Board of Directors of Lakeland Bank until 2018, which Forbes Magazine named as one America’s 50 Most Trustworthy Companies in 2014. He is married to Nancy (formerly Cooney). They live in Bernardsville, New Jersey and are active in numerous charitable endeavors.

Seton Hall Law School (J.D. 1971) University of Rhode Island (B.S. 1968)

State of New Jersey
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey U.S. District Court, EDMI


Gerald Healy


Gerald Healy brings a broad range of experience within the television advertising ecosystem. A 28-year veteran of Cablevision Systems Corporation, Jerry has served in various roles throughout his career, most recently as the Vice President of National Sales with News 12 Networks in New York and as Vice President of Sales with 605 LLC, the television industry’s foremost authority on audience data and analytics. Jerry’s experience consists of consulting with national political campaigns in Washington D.C. and with direct brands throughout the United States. Prior to joining Cablevision, Jerry worked for Backer Spielvogel Bates Advertising and for W.P.I.X. Television in New York City.

Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University C.W. Post and an Executive M.B.A. in International Business from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors.


Jack Jacobs


Jack Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, New York. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and entered the U.S. Army in 1966 as a Second Lieutenant through the ROTC program. He served as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, executive officer of an infantry battalion in the 7th Infantry Division, and commanded the 4th Battalion 10th Infantry in Panama. A member of the faculty of the US Military Academy, Jacobs taught international relations and comparative politics, and he was a member of the faculty of the National War College in Washington, DC.

He was in Vietnam twice, both times as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions, earning three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest combat decoration. Jacobs retired as a Colonel in 1987.

He was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Auto Finance Group Inc, one of the firms to pioneer the securitization of debt instruments; the firm was subsequently sold to Key Bank. He was a Managing Director of Bankers Trust, where he ran foreign exchange options worldwide and was a partner in the institutional hedge fund business, raising more than $2 Billion. Jacobs subsequently founded a similar business for Lehman Brothers and retired again in 1995 to pursue investments.

He is a principal of The Fitzroy Group, a firm that specializes in the development of residential real estate in London and invests both for its own account and in joint ventures with other institutions. He serves on a number of charitable boards of directors and is a Director Emeritus of the World War II Museum.

Jacobs holds the Melcher Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the US Military Academy and is an on-air analyst for NBC News, where he was a member of the team that produced the 2011 Murrow Award-winning Nightly News segment “Iraq: The Long Way Out.” Colonel Jacobs is also the co-author of the memoir, If Not Now, When?, published by Penguin and winner of the Colby Award. His second work of non-fiction is Basic, released by St. Martin’s Press in 2012.


Ezra Kucharz


Ezra Kucharz joined DraftKings as Chief Business Officer in October 2017. In this role, Mr. Kucharz is responsible for expanding DraftKings’ business strategy, ad sales, international expansion, and digital media, further solidifying the company’s position at the intersection of sports, technology and media, while advancing its footprint in the content space. Mr. Kucharz is responsible for building out the business and corporate development functions by identifying opportunities for strategic ventures and acquisitions. Additionally, Mr. Kucharz is a faculty member in Duke University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative teaching Sports Entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining DraftKings, Mr. Kucharz served as president of CBS Local Digital Media and special advisor to the CBS CEO. In this role, Mr. Kucharz oversaw online and mobile business across CBS Radio’s over 115 stations nationwide, and more than two dozen CBS Television stations. During his tenure, Mr. Kucharz’s leadership elevated CBS Local to the number one digital organization in local broadcast TV and radio.

Mr. Kucharz also held several senior-level positions at NBC Universal, founded one of the first online digital sports media companies, Total Sports, and worked for NASA in their Space Shuttle and Space Station Medical Operations divisions after serving as an Army Officer assigned to the Armor Branch.

Mr. Kucharz holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University, a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from University of Houston, and a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics from Duke University.


Mary Beth O’Connor


Mary Beth O’Connor is a founding member and managing partner of Lucky VIII, an independent film, television, and theatre production company.  O’Connor, along with partner Robert Cole, launched LUCKYGODOT in September 2015 to develop a slate of projects for Broadway, most recently The Girl From the North Country (Broadway, 2020). Previously on Broadway, O’Connor’s producing credits include That Championship Season, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Chris Noth, Brian Cox and James Gaffigan; Lyle Kessler’s Orphans, starring Alec Baldwin, Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge, Big Fish,  based on the Tim Burton film; and The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ poetic masterpiece, starring Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto and directed by John Tiffany, (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards, Tony nomination). In London’s West End, O’Connor’s credits include Joanna Murray Smith’s The Female Of The Species, (Olivier Award) starring Dame Eileen Atkins in the London production and subsequently, Annette Bening at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles, and Strangers on a Train written by Craig Warner and directed by Robert Allan Ackerman based on the 1950 Alfred Hitchcock film. Feature Films include The Other Man, in partnership with Frank Doelger and Rainmark Films in the U.K. directed by Richard Eyre and starring Liam Neeson, Antonio Banderas, and Laura Linney.

With partners Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Parris, Lucky VIII is leveraging the economic revitalization that continues to grow in Newark, New Jersey by cultivating a continuing pipeline of viable productions and positions in financial services to advance the economic vitality of this urban community. O’Connor was an early investor and is currently a managing member of Ironbound Film and Television Studios (IFTS), located in the Ironbound District of Newark. IFTS is a 37,800 square foot state-of-the-art production studio facility offering short-term residential accommodations. Ironbound was financed in partnership with Prudential Insurance Social Investments, as well as private investors. Ironbound currently services Paramount Network’s Inkmasters, now in its 12th Season in Newark, and, with Executive Producer Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Parris, the feature film Foster Boy (2019), directed by Youssef Delara and starring Matthew Modine, Shane Paul McGhie and Michael Hiatt.

Acting credits include roles on Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and a featured role in the pilot of AMC’s TV series Rubicon, directed by Allen Coulter. O’Connor has also been the voice of scores of commercials from toothpaste and women’s hair products to sports cars and trucks.

She was a member of the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee and served as a trustee for Newark Boys and Girls Club and New Jersey Performing Art Center (NJPAC). O’Connor served as president of The Women’s Association of NJPAC and is also a member of the Broadway League, The Chita Rivera Awards, Life Camp and The Performing Arts Council of the University of Notre Dame. She is also a trustee emeritus of Kent Place School.

Mary Beth O’Connor is a graduate of Fordham University, where she majored in English and Theatre. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband David and their family of six children.


Maureen O’Connor


Maureen O’Connor is a successful global real estate and corporate services executive with over twenty years of experience that includes facilities management, global travel, human resources, risk management, and IT services. She has worked at major financial institutions and boutique investment banks, to start-ups in telecom and the tech world. Currently, Maureen is a Managing Director with CBRE, a commercial real estate and investment firm. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director at Hadron International Limited, a global real estate firm headquartered in the UK.

Previously, Maureen was Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate/Corporate Services with Apollo Global Management, one of the largest alternative asset management firms. Prior to Apollo, she was with MetLife, where she was Vice President and Head of Global Facilities Management, Sustainability & Services. Before joining MetLife in October 2014, Maureen was the Managing Director of Global Head of Corporate Services with Perella Weinberg Partners, a global boutique investment bank based in New York. While at Perella Weinberg Partners, Maureen was responsible for administration, global real estate and facilities management, global travel, office services, and vendor management. Before joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Maureen worked with Tower Group Insurance, where she directed the administrative and real estate operations for the corporate headquarters and site facilities.

Maureen’s extensive career includes appointments at Westcom Corporation, OPUS 360, URS Corporation, Prudential Securities, and HSBC / Marine Midland. Maureen attended St. Peter’s University where she studied in Business Administration.


Greg Orman


Greg Orman is an entrepreneur, businessman, and leading voice in the U.S. political independent movement. His career includes founding, growing, and helping to lead companies that range in value from a few million dollars to over a billion.

At age 23, Mr. Orman started his first business, Environmental Lighting Concepts (ELC), which designed and installed energy-efficient lighting. Mr. Orman grew ELC into a nationwide company with offices in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Dallas.

In 1997, Mr. Orman sold 70 percent of ELC to a subsidiary of Kansas City Power & Light. He agreed to run KCP&L’s unregulated energy services and became the CEO of Custom Energy. In 2000, Mr. Orman was given responsibility for all of KCP&L’s unregulated businesses, and over the next two years, grew revenue from roughly $100 million to just under $800 million.

Mr. Orman left KCP&L in December of 2002 and has invested in and helped to build over a dozen companies in a range of industries.

In his current capacity as founder of Exemplar Holdings, Mr. Orman’s investments include:

• Healthcare/Fitness: Innovative products and technology to reduce healthcare costs and improve overall health.
• Value-Added Real Estate: Renovating or otherwise improving real-estate property with an emphasis on energy efficiency.
• Green Businesses: Glass recycling, innovative reusable insulation, greenhouse gas capture, and financing of energy-efficiency projects.

Mr. Orman currently serves on the advisory board of the National Police Foundation and has served on the board of directors at the Kansas City Zoo and chaired the Capital Campaign for the YMCA Youth in Government program, among other charitable activities. Mr. Orman also helped form the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers and is on the board of directors at Unite America.

In 2014, Mr. Orman ran as an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, earning 43 percent of the vote and falling just short of defeating incumbent Senator Pat Roberts. At the time, NBC News referred to Mr. Orman as “the most interesting man in politics.” In 2018, Mr. Orman ran again as an Independent, this time as a candidate for the office of Kansas Governor.

He is the author of A Declaration of Independents and has been a frequent contributor to Real Clear Politics. His writing has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, The Kansas City Star, and other national media outlets. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and numerous other local TV and radio stations.

Greg Orman graduated with High Honors from Princeton University. He lives in the Kansas City Area with his wife, Sybil, and their two daughters.


Vincent Scoca


Mr. Scoca is the founding Partner of Vincent Scoca Law Offices. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University, where he holds a B.A. (1976). He also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers Law School (1982). He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1983.

Mr. Scoca is a former Assistant Prosecutor in Essex County, New Jersey, and he served as the Commissioner at the Essex County Improvement Authority (1995-1997). Prior to that, he was counsel to the Fraternal Order of Police for the Newark Police Department, where he provided and coordinated legal defense for administrative and criminal matters.

From 2015-2018, Mr. Scoca was the Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee for the Essex County Bar Association. In 2016, he developed Doc-U-Buy, a legal software platform designed for discovery exchange.

Mr. Scoca has been involved in a host of community services over the years, to include serving on the board of the Police Athletic League in Newark, New Jersey. In 2019, he founded “We Eat,” a charitable organization dedicated to providing funding to homeless shelters, food pantries, and food kitchens.

Mr. Scoca is an avid outdoorsman and environmentalist, and he enjoys cooking and spending time with his family and friends.


Christopher Trucillo


Christopher Trucillo is the Senior Vice President, Chief of Police & Office of Emergency Management for NJ TRANSIT. NJ TRANSIT is the third largest transportation agency in the nation. The NJ TRANSIT Police Department is also the only statewide transit police force in the nation. Chief Trucillo was selected for the position of Chief of Police at NJ TRANSIT after a nationwide search by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and was sworn in on July 26, 2010.

Chief Trucillo is responsible for the overall direction and oversight of all police operations and coordinating emergency management activities within all departments and business lines within NJ TRANSIT. Since joining NJ TRANSIT, the Chief has led the emergency response and planning for NJ TRANSIT for Super Storm Sandy, Super Bowl XLVIII, and the Papal Visit of Pope Francis to name a few including many more special events.

Chief Trucillo’s law enforcement career encompasses over 38 years of experience. Prior to joining NJ TRANSIT, Chief Trucillo served over 23 years with the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) of NY/NJ. During his tenure with the Port Authority, Chief Trucillo served as the Commanding Officer of the Internal Affairs Bureau, Special Investigations, Port Authority Bus Terminal, and Newark Liberty International Airport. During his PAPD career, the Chief worked in all business areas of the Port Authority, to include Aviation, Commuter Rail, Ports and Surface Transportation facilities. Chief Trucillo also served as the Chief of Department for the Port Authority Police Department during a difficult time in its history in the aftermath of 9/11.

Prior to joining NJ TRANSIT, Chief Trucillo also served as the Director of Public Safety for John Jay College in New York City. Chief Trucillo is also an adjunct professor for Seton Hall University’s Police Graduate Studies Program.

Chief Trucillo has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Rutgers University and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. Chief Trucillo is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI National Executive Institute. Chief Trucillo has also completed the ENO Center for Transportation Transit Senior Executive Program in Washington, DC.


Jerald P. Vizzone, D.O.


Dr. Jerald P. Vizzone is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Vizzone has been board certified (AOBOS) since October of 1998 and has over 20 years’ experience as an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Dr. Vizzone received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences – The College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri (Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences).

He graduated from Fairleigh Dickenson University, Cum Laude, University Honors Program, and Phi Zeta Kappa Honor Society. He then attended a graduate program at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.

Dr. Vizzone completed his Orthopedic surgery residency at Cabrini Medical Center (New York Medical College) and Peninsula Hospital Center in New York City, and he served as a Visiting Resident at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, Delaware.

Prior to his orthopedic surgery residency, Dr. Vizzone completed a one-year internship and a one-year general surgery residency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Vizzone’s accolades include his role as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Michaels Medical Center for four years and Assistant Director of Peninsula Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program.

Aside from his private practice located in Montclair, New Jersey, Dr. Vizzone is Owner and Medical Director of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute of New Jersey (OSINJ) in Paramus, New Jersey. He also serves as an adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Touro College of Medicine, located in New York City.

Dr. Vizzone’s associations include the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AOAOS), New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), Orthopedic Surgeons of New Jersey, and Executive Board Member of Newark Police Athletic League.


Robert Zito


Bob Zito has more than 30 years of experience as a brand communications, advertising, and public relations executive in the sports, financial, pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries. As the Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, Bob built the NYSE’s brand into one of the most respected in the world. He is best known for bringing television to the NYSE trading floor and creating the daily “must-see” events of high-powered newsmakers ringing the opening and closing bells, creating global visibility for NYSE-listed companies and member firms.

As Sony’s Vice President of corporate communications, he helped rebrand the company as a global entertainment leader following Sony’s acquisitions of CBS Records and Columbia Pictures. During his time as Chief Communications Officer and a member of the Management Committee of Bristol-Myers Squibb, he guided the successful ‘Together we can prevail’ brand campaign, which focused on the company’s mission to help patients prevail over serious diseases. In these roles, Bob handled many crisis communications assignments, ranging from criminal issues and business interruptions, to executive transitions. At Zito Partners and Ketchum Zito Financial, Bob has helped companies with similar crisis engagements, helping CEOs and Management Committees with critical business and personal issues.

Bob served as the Chairman of the Board for Pcubed, a global project and program management consultancy. He serves as Vice Chairman of the FDNY Foundation and serves on the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Cento Amici. He was also responsible for the New York Stock Exchange and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundations. In 1998, Bob started the NYSE Fallen Heroes Fund, and in 1991, the Zito Family Scholarships at St. Peter’s Prep. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. A 1998 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Bob continues to be a guest lecturer at Rutgers University.