PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2024 April Career Fair PMINJ Career Fair

Career Fair

19 Apr - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Virtual using Zoom


PMINJ followers who are in transition or considering a job or career change will have an excellent opportunity to:
  • Hear a lively keynote speaker that will kick-start your career goals.
  • Hear career coaches and a lively panel discussion.
  • Interview with recruiters and company hiring managers


  • 2.75 PDUs
  • Personalized resume review free with registration. The first 20 to submit their resume will have a 1 on 1 virtual session with one of the coaches.  Instructions will be provided in the registration confirmation.


Time Description Code P B W
8:30 Welcome
Elaine Tanimura

8:45 Keynote
keynote Tom Powner
It Is Not a Job Search Anymore; It’s a Career Marketing Campaign
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9:45 Break

10:00 Panel Discussion:

Sylvia Arellano-Gwinn - Moderator

Jim Beamesderfer
Alex Freund
Michelle Mlynaryk
Tom Powner
Charles Rosen

11:30 Lunch

12:00 Networking Career Coaches

coach 12:05
Paul Cecala

How To Use Project Management Skills To Transition to New Roles

coach 12:30
Michelle Conway

Victim / Villiain / Victor Mentality

coach 12:55
Amy Geffen

5 Ways To Build Your Network

coach 1:20
Terry Seamon

The Resilient Job Seeker

coach 1:45
Janelle Razzino

The Recruiter

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1:50 Wrapup
Elaine Tanimura

2:00 Interview sessions with Recruiters

Resume Reviews will be scheduled after the event

Veterans should self identify when submitting their resume for individualized assistance.
Instructions to submit your resume will be included in the registration receipt.
A maximum of 20 resumes will be reviewed, first received - first reviewed.
Tony Calabrese


PMINJ & Partner Chapter Members $5
Non-members $10

Cancellation Policy

No refund if canceled after 01 Apr

To cancel a registration send the PMINJ receipt to

Recruiters / Hiring Managers

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Are you a recruiter or hiring manager?
Would you like to participate in this Virtual Career Fair?
Plan for your current and future needs for Project / Program managers and be a recruiter at this event!
For further details, contact Agnes Benneh at


Tom Powner

keynote Tom Powner – CPRW, CEIP, CCMC, CDCC, NCOPE
He is a career-changer and is proof that “making a career change can be done,” he resigned from a 25-year career in business development, human resources, operations, and sales leadership to create Career Thinker Inc. He is motivated by years of viewing thousands of poorly crafted resumes, interviewing more than 2,500 applicants most unprepared, and hiring more than 600 employees. He aims to make a difference by providing people with career services, coaching, technology, inspiration, and confidence to motivate them to take action and advance their careers.

Tom has built an industry reputation as a leader in educating and mentoring clients and colleagues on best practices, infusing technology, and improving processes that boost results. Since 2011, he has presented more than 300 career workshops / seminars / webinars. He is a LinkedIn power user and currently is the NCOPE (Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert) instructor, teaching people how to unleash the power of LinkedIn. Tom predicts that paper resumes will be obsolete in 2024, but everyone’s online profiles and content will be king in connecting to career opportunities.

Tom holds important career industry credentials:
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)
Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP)
Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
Certified Disc Communication Consultant (CDCC)
Certified Social Branding Analyst (CSBA)
NCOPE (Nationally Certified Online Profile Expert) Instructor

It Is Not a Job Search Anymore; It’s a Career Marketing Campaign

Learn how to shift your mindset from looking for a job to marketing your career. Discover how to showcase your value, communicate your professional brand, connect with your audience, and stay relevant in your specialty.

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to:
  • Market your value: Identify your unique selling proposition and craft your value proposition statement.
  • Sell your professional brand: Create a consistent and compelling brand identity across your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and portfolio.
  • Share personal touches: Use storytelling, testimonials, and recommendations to demonstrate your personality and credibility.
  • Be relevant in your specialty: Update your skills, knowledge, and network to align with your field's current and future trends.

Career Coaches and Panel

James M. Beamesderfer

Jim Beamesderfer is vice president, Veterans Initiatives and heads the Prudential Veterans Initiatives Office. He is responsible for the company’s external and internal veterans programs, which includes supporting Diversity and Inclusion activities, implementing the communications strategy and overseeing philanthropic activity in coordination with internal business partners. In addition, he oversees the VETalent program that in partnership with the nonprofit organization Workforce Opportunity Services, recruits, trains and hires Iraq and Afghanistan-era military veterans and military spouses. Beamesderfer has been a driving force behind the development of the company’s military spouse employment program and was recently appointed as the Co-Chair of the US Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Hereos Military Spouse Employment Advisory Council. He also plays a key role in expanding the VETalent program and other Military Talent employment programs to other companies.

Beamesderfer joined Prudential in 1997. Prior to his current role, he was a director, Information Systems in Prudential’s Individual Life Insurance business where he supported Prudential Advisors technology functions such as Customer Relationship Management, marketing, financial planning, and learning / professional development. 

Prior to joining Prudential, Beamesderfer was a captain in the U.S. Army, serving six years in Infantry units.

Beamesderfer has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.  He also earned the Project Management Professional designation.

Beamesderfer sits on the board of directors of the United Service Organizations (USO) of Metro NYC, the board of advisors for the Center for a New American Security and is an active member of the Rutgers Business School Military and Veteran Advisory Board.

Tony Calabrese
Resume Review

Tony Calabrese is a certified Life and Career Coach.  A lifelong New Jersey resident, he has thrived through a series of life changing events.   Coaching, consulting, facilitating support groups, and writing blogs and newsletters provide the opportunity for him to share what he has learned with others.

After a long and successful career in Project Management and Systems assignments, a series of life events led Tony to shift directions and pursue a new career in coaching.  In 2009, Tony earned his certifications from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) in both their intensive coach training program and their Energy Leadership assessment and debrief process.  In August of 2011, he became a Certified Career Coach.  Tony is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and was President of its New Jersey chapter in 2012.

Tony and his wife, Carolina, reside in Maplewood, NJ. 
Telephone: (973) 762-1350 Cell: (201) 306-9811

Paul Cecala
Coach - How To Use Project Management Skills To Transition to New Roles

Paul Cecala, a Five O’Clock Club Certified Career Coach, has been coaching since 1999 and assisted over 3000 people in either changing careers or starting their professional lives.  He has worked for several post-secondary career schools as Director of Career Services specializing in Biotech/pharmaceutical careers, Green Economy jobs, aviation, allied health, IT and general administrative professions.  Currently, he the Director of Program Development for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies where his responsibilities include identifying developing and managing many of the school's adult, non-credit programming.  Additionally, he helped develop the job search training process for several NJ Department of Labor sponsored job search groups.

Paul has a BS in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.  Prior to career coaching, he had a long career in corporate aviation sales.  His final position in this arena was Vice President of Aircraft Charter Sales for a nation-wide industry leader.

Michelle Conway
Coach - Victim / Villiain / Victor Mentality

Michelle Conway, PMP, is a seasoned FocalPoint Executive and Business Coach who works with business owners to achieve their goals. Her coaching foundation emerged from 30+ years of diverse experience, including Fortune 50 leadership roles in strategic planning, talent and culture, program and project management, communications, organizational design, financial management and technology implementations. Her commitment to vision and stakeholder understanding yields value-added outcomes. She values happiness, trust, and the success journey.

A Rutgers New Brunswick graduate, she resides in New Jersey, with her husband and three adult daughters. In her leisure, she enjoys family time, travel, fitness, and archery.

Alex Freund

Known as “The Landing Expert,” Alex Freund helps his clients improve their interview performance by removing the fear so they can feel confident during the process. For the last 17 years, Alex has helped more than 1300 clients ranging from managers to CEOs in a variety of industries.

Alex is volunteering and active in several job-search networking groups where he is an occasional presenter. He teaches via his workshops on interviewing, resumes, LinkedIn, Value Proposition, Personal Branding and Personal Marketing.

Amy Geffen
Coach - 5 Ways To Build Your Network

Amy Geffen, PhD is a trainer, educator, author, and career coach. She brings to her practice over thirty years of experience in such industries as finance, engineering, higher education, risk management, health, non-profit organizations, and associations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a PhD from New York University.

Janelle Razzino
Recruiter Introduction

Janelle Razzino, President and CEO of Razzino Associates, Inc. discovers the right talent for the right companies at the right time. She is passionate about bringing big ideas to life, motivating and empowering candidates and partnering with companies to make great things happen!

As a boutique firm and premier search organization, Razzino Associates, Inc. brings nearly 30 years of experience in corporate recruiting and management specializing in C-level, executive level, and mid-level placements for The Fortune Global 2000 marketplace. Its core disciplines are Accounting, Finance, and Information Technology. The firm also places candidates in Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, and Business Development.

Clients have described Janelle as energetic, passionate, tireless, refreshingly honest, and committed. She not only closes the deal, but she opens the relationship. Janelle has built and strengthened countless relationships while promoting top-tier executives to the most premier positions in the tri-state and greater Metro New York areas.

Janelle is a regular speaker at many corporate outplacement firms and networking groups. She is the founder of the Hillsdale Network Career Resource Ministry in Hillsdale, New Jersey which now includes over 1900 members.

She has also presented programs to students and professors at Mount Saint Vincent College in New York, County College of Morris and Bergen Community College in New Jersey and has been a guest on the talk radio show, Your Career is Calling, broadcast live on Sunday mornings from Rider University.

Charles Rosen

Charles B. Rosen has over 4 decades of experience delivering technology-enabled business solutions that address strategic and operational issues facing Global organizations. With degrees in econometrics and organizational behavior, he specializes in assisting Clients mine the value of their technical and cultural infrastructure and design strategic and tactical plans that showcase their strengths.

Charles is also Vice Chair – Operations & Finance for the New Jersey (region 4) Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMINJ) Charles was Vice President of Delivery, P3M, at GalaxE Solutions (Somerset, NJ / Detroit, MI). In addition to the financial responsibility for a $14M+ portfolio, he managed the delivery of project management services to firms including Johnson & Johnson and TD Bank. Prior to being engaged with GalaxE, Charles served as VP–Technical Consulting at PMOLink, Inc. (New Orleans, LA) PMOLink delivers products and services to a diverse range of public and private sector Clients including Pfizer, MetLife, Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, USDA Forest Service, US Army, Cox Target Media, Entergy and Public Service Electric and Gas. He has developed and taught courses in Successful Project Management and Estimation and Cost Benefit Analysis at Louisiana State University, Rutgers and for private enterprises, and now splits his time among writing and work for the Somerset County Park Foundation, PMINJ and Ethical-PM, LLC.

Terry Seamon
Coach - The Resilient Job Seeker

Career Transition Consultant - 2019 As an Executive Career Transition Consultant with The Ayers Group since 2009, Terry helps professionals and executives as they make their way through the career transition process toward their career goals.

Terry’s approach is to focus on each person, tailoring the process to fit their needs and objectives. As he guides them through the challenges of job search and career change, Terry supports them with customized tools and strategies. His goal is to help them quickly galvanize into action and thereby accelerate their searches.

In addition to working with individuals, Terry also gives presentations on job search topics to professional networking groups in New Jersey.

An active writer, Terry writes articles on many aspects of the career transition process such as networking, interviewing, and personal branding. He publishes them frequently on LinkedIn where he is an active user of the networking platform.

Before joining The Ayers Group, Terry was a Training & Development professional for many years in the corporate world, specializing in leadership and management development, as well as organization change and development.

Terry holds a BA in Human Communication from Rutgers University, and a Masters degree in Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

He lives in Somerset, NJ with his wife Joan. His interests include family, music, theater, and film, as well as travel, food, and wine.

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