Meet the Judges

Leah Arter Head Shot

 

 

 

Leah Arter
Freeholder Director

A former Beverly City Councilwoman, which included a one-year stint as Council President, Leah Arter was sworn in as a member of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Jan. 2, 2012. She was a member of several local committees in Beverly and served as their Local Chapter Historian. Arter also served as the Burlington County member of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). Her background includes membership on two school boards, Beverly City and the Burlington County Institute of Technology. On the Beverly City School Board, she was the Legislative Delegate to the New Jersey School Boards Association.

Arter, now a Moorestown resident, has owned and operated her own business in Beverly since 1989. As president of Imprintz Custom Printed Graphics, Arter manages business development, human resources and the day-to-day operations of a busy small business. She has created jobs and maintained a balanced budget during hard economic times. In January 2014, Arter was unanimously elected as Director of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders. As such, her freeholder assignments include oversight of the County administration, economic development efforts, and Human Services department. She is also liaison to Burlington County College, Burlington County Institute of Technology and the Burlington County Special Services School.

Arter graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in American studies and a minor in political science. She also earned a Master of Arts in American History from Rutgers University. She is the mother of two young boys, Seth and Ethan.

     

Barry Williams Head Shot

 

Barry Williams
BCC Foundation Chair

Barry Williams is the Senior Director of Indirect Channel Sales at Comcast, where he is responsible for the sales organization that teams with more than 4,000 agents across the U.S. to sell Comcast Business Services to SMB through Fortune 100 companies. He has over 20 years of executive level management in the technology industry, managing businesses as large 4 billion dollars of revenue for his company.

Mr. Williams has a significant background as an entrepreneur as he has launched two businesses in Africa. Most recently, Mr. Williams and his partners launched Nu Strata Logistics Inc. (Liberia), which provides public and charter transportation in the country of Liberia. Mr. Williams and his partners have raised over 1.5 million dollars for their business through private and public funding sources. The company was recently featured by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) as a leading example of U.S. citizens investing in developing nations.

In addition to his professional business experience, Mr. Williams is an accomplished non-profit leader who serves as the Chair of the Burlington County College Foundation. With his leadership the Foundation has continued to grow and provide more than 400 BCC students with scholarships annually. As an alumnus of BCC and native of Pemberton, Mr. Williams is very committed to the success of Burlington County and BCC. He is also a graduate of The College of New Jersey.

     

Chuck Sacco Head Shot

 

Chuck Sacco
Entrepreneur in Residence
Director of External Relations, Drexel University Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

Chuck Sacco is a technology entrepreneur, educator, advisor and public speaker. His career includes a track-record of launching and growing businesses in the fields of enterprise software, business process management and mobile apps.

As Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of External Relations for the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship at Drexel University, Chuck works with students and entrepreneurs in creating and launching their ventures. In addition to leveraging his startup experience while teaching entrepreneurship classes, Chuck also works with a wide variety of external organizations that are important to the Close School’s mission, helping them to gain significant value from Drexel University’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives.

He has started, or helped to start, six new ventures, and his most recent startup was the launch of PhindMe Mobile in 2008, which he co-founded, led and sold to Movitas LLC, a provider of mobile technology solutions to the travel and tourism industries. Following Movitas' 2013 acquisition by Allin Interactive, Chuck currently serves as President at Allin Interactive Latin America, which is the leading interactive guest technology solution provider to destination hotels in Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America.

Chuck is an elected director of the Drexel University Board of Governors, a board member and former President for Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic and is a member of the Neumann University Business Advisory Council. He was also profiled in the February 2012 edition of Fortune Magazine in an article regarding mid-career entrepreneurship, and is an advisor to numerous entrepreneurs and their companies.

Chuck has a B.S. in Information Systems from St. Joseph’s University and M.B.A. in Technology Management from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. A Beta Gamma Sigma honoree, Chuck was also trained at the prestigious Price-Babson Symposium on Entrepreneurship Education.

     

Tony Mahon Head Shot

 

Tony Mahon
President, AJM Insurance
Vice-Chair, BCC Foundation

Tony Mahon has served as president of Mount Laurel-based AJM Insurance for most of his professional career, and just as his position at the company has expanded and grown, so has AJM Insurance. When Tony took over company in the early 1990s there were six employees. Today, the company, which was originally established in 1944, has 40 employees with offices located in Haddon Heights, Mount Laurel and Hamilton, and is considered one of the largest insurance agencies in southern New Jersey.

Dedicated to community involvement, Mahon also serves as Vice- Chairman of the Burlington County College Foundation and oversees its internship/mentoring program. AJM Insurance offers internships to students, while the BCC Foundation provides grants and scholarships and mentoring, internship and career development opportunities for BCC students and alumni. Recently, in the summer of 2013, Tony created a series of free summer Youth Football Clinics, wanting his marketing dollars to go back into the communities that have helped him and AJM become a success. More than 200 kids participated in these free clinics.

     

Paul Nelson Head Shot

 

Paul Nelson
Private Investor/Entrepreneur

Paul Nelson is a private investor and entrepreneur with significant start-up experience, including participation in an IPO. He has had an award-winning career with a proven track record of generating optimum results for clients. His focus is in high-tech – start-ups, early stage, and major players –and he is recognized for his strong background in sales and his expertise in building strategic partnerships.

Nelson has held senior level sales and business development positions with worldwide responsibility at leading high-tech firms, such as Cisco Systems and Chipcom (now 3COM). Career sales are $100M+ and include success in some of the of the world’s most prestigious organizations. 

Nelson currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Durand Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout Central and South Jersey. He also volunteers with the Legislative Committee in N.J. as an Employer Outreach Coordinator supporting the Department of Defense (DOD)/Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Nelson has been nominated for inclusion in Who’s Who and is a graduate of Vassar College with a B.A. in Economics.

     

Paul Weaver Head Shot

 

Paul J. Weaver
Senior Associate at RLS Associates
Principal at Lmark Business Solutions

Paul Weaver is a finance and operations consultant with a background in global manufacturing and service industries. Now providing Merger & Acquisition services through RLS Associates, a Wilmington, Del. Investment Banking Firm, he also provides part-time and interim CFO services, project process management, and strategic planning through his consulting firm, Lmark Business Solutions.

With a B.A. in Accounting and a minor in Russian, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University and subsequently earned his CPA certification. He has led finance, strategic planning, operations, IT and distribution functions for international divisions of public companies, has been CFO for small private and public companies, and has provided consulting services for, among others, the Surface Warfare Enterprise of the US Navy.

Mr. Weaver has developed and managed consumer products, aviation services, packaging & photonics businesses in the U.S. and 20 other countries, and early in his career spent two years in the Hong Kong toy industry working for Tyco Toys. He has also worked for Arthur Andersen, Ogden Aviation, Supply One, Thomas Group and Dynasil Corporation. Mr. Weaver was a member of the Tyco Toys’ executive committee who took the company public and grew it organically and through acquisition into a Fortune 500 company. This rapid growth made Tyco the third largest toy company in the world. As CFO of Ogden Aviation, he led the strategic planning function and spearheaded Ogden’s entry into General Aviation by building the foundation of a global FBO network through domestic and international acquisitions. In addition to his hands on experience in Tyco’s Hong Kong toy factory, Mr. Weaver’s operational background includes management oversight of manufacturing and distribution operations in five countries on three continents.

He has been a guest lecturer in international business at Rutgers University School of Business, and is a founding board member of a nonprofit that has provided clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to villages in developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

He and his wife reside in Moorestown, NJ, where they raised their five daughters.

     

 

 

Joseph P. Tredinnick, SVP
Regional Vice President, TD Bank, N.A.
(Mercer, Burlington, and Camden Counties)

Mr. Joseph P. Tredinnick has been with TD Bank, N.A since 1992 and is currently the Regional Vice President of Burlington, Camden and Mercer Counties. Mr. Tredinnick has been a Regional Vice President for nine years. He is responsible for commercial lending, consumer lending and branch growth throughout Mercer, Burlington and Camden Counties.   

Mr. Tredinnick is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Mr. Tredinnick is currently a member of the Foundation Board for Burlington County College, in addition to currently serving on the board for the following organizations: United Way of Camden County, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, South Jersey Eye Center, Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, and Camden Business Assistance Corporation. He is also the past president and board member for the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of Sarah Tarditi Gallagher Golf Committee and member of the Joseph Maressa Sr. Golf Committee. Mr. Tredinnick is the current past president of the board of trustees for the Ritz Theatre Company, past president of the RMA of Southern New Jersey, and a past board member of LEAP Charter School and the South Jersey Bankers Association. Mr. Tredinnick has volunteered as a committee member for the Lauren Rose Foundation, CARES Institute as well as Ronald McDonald House in Camden, NJ.

Mr. Tredinnick is married with three children and lives in Haddon Township.

     

 

 

Competition is supported by:

Burlington County College       Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders TD Bank