Thomas J. Shara Awarded Best Practices Award


Oak Ridge, N.J., October 13, 2016 -- The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its partner, COMMERCE Magazine, recently held the 3rd Annual Best Practice Conference to salute business leadership in New Jersey.

As part of the salute to leadership, COMMERCE Magazine asked business executives to submit their thoughts on the subject for the magazine’s annual Best Practices Guide. Best Practice Awards were given to business leaders selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges assembled by CIANJ. The judges were asked to select the most clever, extraordinary and innovative entries to be honored at the conference.

“As CEO, one of my primary goals is to create a whole team,” said Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “The leadership style at Lakeland is to work collaboratively to continuously develop and empower existing talent, hire and mentor great people, build trust and provide career opportunities.”

This year’s Best Practices Guide contained advice from 100 chief executive officers, managing partners and business owners. The guides were distributed at the conference and are available at

CIANJ President John Galandak said this year’s judges included: Dennis Bone, head of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University; Rob Ffield, a former commander of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight squad; Bill Hanson, president of NAI James E. Hanson; Debbie Hart, president of BioNJ; Dean Paranicas, president and CEO of the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey; and Dean Siamack Shojai of the business school at William Paterson University.

Photo courtesy: CIANJ
Caption: Lakeland Bank President and CEO Tom Shara accepts the 2016 Best Practices Award from Martin Kafafian, managing partner at the Beattie Padovano law firm and chairman of the CIANJ board of directors.
About Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $4.7 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 53 New Jersey branch offices in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties; five New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Teaneck and Waldwick; and two commercial loan production offices serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley region of New York. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.

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