The December 7, 2017 Economic Outlook seminar hosted by the New Jersey Bank Marketing Association featured presentations by Larry Cohen, an economist with SRI in Princeton; Doug Kennedy, president and CEO of Peapack-Gladstone Bank; and Paul Mulshine, opinion writer for the Star-Ledger newspaper.
You can hear highlights of their presentations in the podcast below. Audio podcasts of their complete presentations are available for purchase as digital downloads on this website. You can buy them individually at the link in each speaker’s bio below, or you can purchase the complete set of three podcasts.
About the Speakers
LARRY COHEN, Director of Strategic Business Insight’s Consumer Financial Decisions
Since 1985, Larry has focused exclusively on the financial services area, providing analysis of and insights into strategic planning, marketing, product design, market research, macroeconomics and competitive intelligence. As director of the CFD group, Larry manages and markets all related syndicated research programs. He also manages comprehensive survey research methodology, including sampling, date collection, field supervision, cleaning data processing, analysis and presentation of results; multivariate statistical analysis; and marketing of consumer survey research covering an exhaustive range of services, products and topics.
DOUG KENNEDY – President & CEO, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
As President, Doug is responsible for formulating and executing the Bank’s overall strategic vision. He leads the company’s wealth, lending and deposit businesses that constitute Peapack-Gladstone’s boutique private banking approach to banking. He is a proven leader with over 38 years of commercial banking experience. He served as president of the New Jersey Market for Capital One Bank and was responsible for Commercial Banking activities for the Northeast and Mid Atlantic. Over the years, he has held key executive level positions and had great success building formidable regional and national specialty banking businesses at Fleet Bank, Summit Bancorp, and Bank of America. Doug’s numerous awards include being named to the NJBIZ “Power 50 Banking” list and CEO of the Year by Corporate LiveWire as part of its Innovation & Excellence Awards.
PAUL MULSHINE – Opinion Columnist, The Star Ledger
Paul began his journalism career at the student newspaper of Livingston College, Rutgers, The State University. In 1975, he accepted his first professional job as a reporter for The Ocean County Observer in Toms River, NJ. There, he covered county and state politics before moving to the Delaware County Times in suburban Philadelphia, where he was named City Editor. Later Paul was a Copy Editor on the overnight desk of the Philadelphia Daily News where he experienced the pleasure of correcting bad prose at 5 am every morning until that stopped being fun. In 1995, he moved to the Star Ledger. Of late, Paul attained the distinction of being the only pundit at a major newspaper who saw the Donald Trump victory coming in 2016. His insights and opinions about the current state and future of NJ are appreciated by many Star Ledger readers.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at email@example.com.