Francis J. Giantomasi of Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster and John Nietzel of Investors Bank Will Chair Initiative Aimed at Helping New Jersey Families
NEWARK, NJ (October 23, 2012) — Francis J. Giantomasi, Partner in the law firm Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster (www.genovaburns.com), and John Nietzel, Senior Vice President, Business Banking for Investors Bank (www.myinvestorsbank.com), were announced as Co-Chairs of the Greater Newark Holiday Fund (GNHF; www.holidayfund.org) for 2012 at a kickoff meeting at Genova Burns today. This is the Fund’s 75th anniversary year.
“John and I are excited and honored to be chairing the Greater Newark Holiday Fund during its platinum year,” said Mr. Giantomasi. “As someone who grew up in Newark, I know what wonderful work the Fund does every year to help the poor in northern New Jersey during the holiday period.”
Mr. Nietzel said, “The generous people and organizations of our community have a long tradition of donating to the Fund to help the less fortunate during this important time of the year. Frank and I are confident that the 2012 campaign will be the Fund’s best yet.”
GNHF raises money during the winter holidays to help local social service agencies assist people in Essex, Union, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, and Bergen counties. Donations to the Fund help these agencies address the needs of abused and neglected children, the homeless, people in poverty, and the elderly.
Frank Giantomasi is a member of his firm’s Commercial Real Estate Redevelopment and Environmental Law Practice Group; he has over three decades of experience specializing in real estate acquisitions, sales and development and complex commercial transactions and Chancery litigation. He is recognized as a leader in planning and zoning law as well as tax abatement law involving the City of Newark.
From 2003-2005, he served as Essex County Counsel, overseeing a vast network of legal representation for the county and its sub-agencies. From 1992-2003, Mr. Giantomasi served as Chief Counsel to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, overseeing its legal staff, a $500 million operating budget and all County contracts and litigation. In both capacities, Mr. Giantomasi managed, assigned and handled all County-involved condemnation, including but not limited to all lands needed to build Newark Riverfront Stadium.
John Nietzel leads a team of bankers responsible for managing the relationships of commercial clients, real estate developers, government entities, and not-for-profits throughout New Jersey and New York. His team is also charged with growing the portfolio through developing new relationships.
Mr. Nietzel started his banking career in New York City, participating in formal credit and management training programs. He then worked the next fifteen years in sales roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Nietzel earned his MBA from Seton Hall University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marist College. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
Active in the community, John is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Paper Mill Playhouse, a Board Member of The Newark Regional Business Partnership, The Autism Education Foundation of the Morris /Union Jointure Commission, and The UCEDC (Union County Economic Development Corp).
“Frank Giantomasi and John Nietzel are both distinguished members of the Newark business community who can galvanize support for our mission among corporate and civic leaders and the public at large,” said Frank Ferruggia, GNHF president and a partner at Newark-based law firm McCarter & English LLP. “I am confident that their energy and creativity will make our upcoming campaign a huge success.”
Today’s kickoff meeting was the official launch of the 2012 GNHF campaign. The public appeal, carried out in cooperation with GNHF partner the Star Ledger, starts on November 11. However, the Fund accepts donations throughout the year.