Rutgers Business School Executives-in-Residence

Card J. Goldberg
Distinguished executive-in-residence

What he does now: He recently formed Canoe Brook Advisors LLC, which will offer real estate consulting services and provide management for a group of his real estate assets.

His credentials: In 1993, he co-founded Roseland Property Co., one of the leading urban infill redevelopers in the Northeast. During his time at Roseland, he provided oversight of Port Imperial, one of the company’s flagship developments and one of the state’s best examples of quality urban infill redevelopment. Port Imperial’s mix of housing, retail and office development stretches along three North Jersey waterfront communities. He also served as chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority between 2003 and 2011, and his negotiations as chairman resulted in the construction of the new Meadowlands Stadium.

His ties to Rutgers Business School: He is co-chair of the board of advisors for the Center for Real Estate Studies.

Why it’s important for Rutgers to have a Center for Real Estate Studies: "Rutgers is the state university and real estate is a major business for the state. Construction, real estate, real estate development, together, account for New Jersey’s second largest industry according to some economic statistics. So, it’s critically important for Rutgers, as part of its business school, to provide opportunities for students to learn all the elements of being a successful practitioner in the real estate business."


Thomas Gorrie
Distinguished executive-in-residence

Track record: His 36 years of experience in the healthcare business is deep, ranging from early work as a senior research specialist and medical product developer to later positions in the upper echelons of management at Johnson & Johnson. He spent years in marketing, ran several companies and as vice president of Johnson & Johnson’s Development Corp., he was responsible for making equity investments – totaling $34 million – in nascent companies with promising products. He also influenced federal, state and international business policy as Johnson & Johnson’s corporate vice president of government affairs and policy.   

What he’s doing now: He runs T.M. Gorrie Associates, a Princeton firm that offers companies global business advice. He also serves on the board of trustees for The British Standards Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Duke University. He is chairman of the board of directors at Duke University Medical Center Health System and chairman of the Duke Global Health Institute’s board of advisors. In addition to those roles, he is a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investments.  

His ties to RBS: He graduated from Rutgers University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry. He served on the Rutgers Business School Board of Advisors from 1993 to 2006. For the past 13 years, he has worked as an adjunct professor at Rutgers Business School, where he teaches about legal, regulatory and ethical issues in the pharmaceutical industry.  

Why he wants to mentor: “I received a great education at Rutgers, and I was fortunate enough to be successful in business. By coming back to Rutgers, I can give back. I’d like to use my knowledge and experience and expertise to help students with their careers.”


James E. Hanson II
Distinguished executive-in-residence

Who he is: President and chief executive officer of The Hampshire Companies, a privately held real estate firm and real estate investment fund with assets valued at more than $2.5 billion. The company, which grew out of a business started 60 years ago by Hanson’s grandfather, has extensive experience in acquiring, developing, leasing, repositioning, managing, financing and disposing of real estate.

What he brings: More than 30 years of real estate investment management and operational experience across all commercial asset sectors. He sits on the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees $80 billion in the state pension systems. For the past 20 years, he has served on the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, which was created by Congress in 1900 to oversee 135,000 acres of parkland that form the Palisades Region in New Jersey and New York. He is also a former trustee at Hope College, where he attended classes as an undergraduate, and at Vermont Law School, where he received his law degree.  

His connection to RBS: He is co-chair of the board of advisors to the Center for Real Estate Studies.

How he will help Rutgers become a center of real estate thought leadership: "The reason I decided to get involved was to help create a center that, through its mission and purpose, can develop and shape the next generation of leadership in the real estate industry. I can help put the system and structure in place by recruiting people in business to become a part of the center and by bringing my influence to develop a program that will enrich students as well as the industry. We want Rutgers to be thought of in the same way as some of our competitors in the marketplace, but we also need to distinguish ourselves from the pack."


Robert Provost
Distinguished executive-in-residence

His expertise: Two decades of leadership experience at market dominant multimedia companies. His ability to forge collaborative corporate, client and community partnerships produced a track record of impressive business growth, stronger relationships as well as improved corporate image and goodwill.

Credentials: He spent the past nine years as vice president and marketing director with The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, where he implemented the “Everything New Jersey” print and digital brand strategy-market. He is the co-founder of several community and business not-for-profits, including the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he serves on several boards, including the Newark Regional Business Partnership and Newark Symphony Hall. In 2012, he received the Newark Regional Business Partnership’s McKenna Partner Award for his contributions to the renaissance of Newark. He received the Big Wave Award in 2014 for his life-time contributions to the state’s tourism industry.

His work at RBS: In 2012, he took a seat on the school’s board of advisors. He is also a part-time lecturer in the Marketing Department. As a distinguished executive-in-residence, he will develop programs to strengthen ties between area businesses and the faculty and students at Rutgers Business School, with the goal of increasing the school’s value to the business community and improving student and faculty experiences.

Why he is excited about his new role: "Rutgers Business School has the capacity to bring world class talent, best practice insights and cutting edge research to bear on real world business challenges at the macro and micro levels. In doing so, we can assist individual local, regional and global businesses while also addressing the needs and goals of our faculty and students, and we can do it in a way that builds the brand of Rutgers and New Jersey in extremely favorable ways."


Richard Romano
Distinguished executive-in-residence

What he brings: Veteran executive with one of the world’s leading Fortune 500 corporations; extensive board experience, including three years as chairman of the board of directors of Affinity Federal Credit Union; knowledge of investing in start-up businesses and experience running charitable and educational foundations.

Credentials: Spent 39 years with AT&T Corp., as vice president of governmental affairs and president of AT&T’s instate long-distance companies of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions; served 12 years on the board of directors of Affinity Federal Credit Union and currently sits on the board’s supervisory committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of the New Jersey Insurance Underwriting Association and president of the board of the Sales Executive Club Foundation of New Jersey.

His work at RBS: Served on the school’s board of advisors; guest lectured on ethics, marketing, AT&T, the credit union industry and leadership; helped organize and lead panels on various financial subjects. He also developed and funded the school’s Business Wall of Honor.

Why he coaches MBA students: “My own theory is that, when you’ve gone through it, you can be of value to someone just starting out.”