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Dorothy Kaplan, Nick Kim, Madelyn Wils, Julie Christopher, Lisa Dziejma, Karen Nihill

Pennsylvania Names New Deputy Secretary for Business Assistance
Dorothy Kaplan has been appointed deputy secretary for business assistance by Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development. She will oversee the department’s business financing and assistance programs.
Kaplan previously served as senior vice president for the Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation where she planned and directed comprehensive services to regional employers. In addition to managing a $12 million budget and a staff of more than 70, Kaplan worked closely with local and regional economic development agencies to deliver workforce resources and funding to create and retain jobs in the southeast region of the state.
 During her tenure with the city of Philadelphia, Kaplan also established the Mayor’s Business Action Team, an economic development arm of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, and served as its director. She developed a marketing strategy to bring businesses and investment into the city and worked on structuring incentive packages for companies looking to expand or relocate in Philadelphia.
She also helped establish the Philadelphia Business Attraction Council with economic development, business and civic leaders.

Staubach Appoints New Senior Managing Director With Asian Focus
Nick Kim has been appointed Senior Managing Director in the Murray Hill, NJ, office of The Staubach Company. A 20-year commercial real estate industry veteran, Kim will play a major role in the national expansion of Staubach’s Industrial Advisory Services —whose specialty groups include life science/biotechnology — while also leading a new Asian specialty focus.
Prior to joining Staubach, Kim was employed with Cushman & Wakefield of NJ.Kim received his BA in Economics from Rutgers University and his Masters of Science in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University.
Kim is a member of The Korea Society, Korea Trade Promotion Agency, The Japan Society, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Korean American Community Foundation, New York University International Alumni Association and Asian American Business Development Center.

NYCEDC Names Madelyn Wils Executive VP for Planning and Development
Madelyn Wils has joined the New York City Economic Development Corporation as an executive vice president, leading its development and planning division. Wils’ responsibilities in the new role will include overseeing the coordination and implementation revitalization plans citywide by NYCEDC, which maintains a bioscience team to draw life science businesses.
Wils previously served as president of the Tribeca Film Institute, helping transform TFI from an organization devoted primarily to managing the Tribeca Film Festival into an institution offering year-round cultural and educational programs. From 2000 to 2005, Wils served as the chair of Community Board 1 in lower Manhattan, where she played an integral role in the creation of the Master Plan for the East River Waterfront; and helped oversee significant capital projects, including several schools, community facilities, new parks and Little League fields, as well as a library in Battery Park City.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation since its inception in 2001 and The Hudson River Park Trust from 1998 through 2006.
NYCEDC also announced two other appointments:
Felix Ciampa, most recently senior vice president of government and community relations and interim chief of staff, has been named to the vacant post of chief operating officer. Ciampa will help implement a strategic plan that includes monitoring identifiable and measurable goals for each of EDC’s divisions.
Marysa Wilcox, formerly a vice president in EDC’s Financing department, has been named chief of staff and chief development officer. Wilcox will be responsible for developing a new technical and professional development program.

The Hampshire Companies Names Three New Executives
The Hampshire Companies, a Morristown, NJ, private real estate investment fund manager, has named Julie Christopher as executive assistant/marketing coordinator, Lisa Dziejma as executive administrator and Karen Nihill as assistant controller for The Hampshire Generational Fund.
Christopher will assist the company's executive managing director as well as coordinating marketing efforts. Previously she was executive assistant to the vice president of finance/CFO of Atlantic Health System for 10 years.
Dziejma will oversee quarterly-report production and administrative systems support within Hampshire's finance department. She previously carried out data quality and system analysis for JPMorgan Chase & Company. She graduated from New York University with a BS in management information systems.
Nihill will assist the company's fund controller with all accounting and tax matters pertaining to The Hampshire Generational Fund, which invests in and operates industrial, retail, and office properties as well as other real estate funds. She previously served as global financial controller, and before that a global senior financial analyst for CB Richard Ellis. Before joining CBRE, Nihill was the operations financial controller for Science Applications International Corporation in Hackensack, NJ.

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