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LAN Associates has tapped longtime engineer and executive Steven Ramiza as its first-ever chief operating officer.
The practice, which is based in Midland Park, said Ramiza will take on an expanded role in business development
“Both projects went off without a hitch and furthered LAN’s ability to adjust to a post-pandemic workplace dynamic.”
Ramiza, an engineer by trade, has spearheaded many of LAN’s biggest and most complex engineering projects, the firm said. He has served as the principal in charge of LAN’s term contracts with the New Jersey Schools Development Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection’s Parks & Forestry unit, among other clients.
“I have been with LAN Associates long enough to understand that this company grows and prospers due
to great leadership,” Ramiza said.
“I feel honored that the board of directors sought to cement my place in that leadership by naming me as the company’s first chief operating officer. LAN gave me the resources and freedom to allow me to develop over the last twenty-plus years and I look forward to continuing to work side by side with such a talented team of professionals.”
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. LLC has added Haley Hop to its Princeton- based team as a site selection and incentives consultant.
Hop joins the firm with experience that includes positions with the University of Alabama and with Garver, a professional services firm, according to a news release. She also spent time with BIO Alabama, where she coordinated efforts to create the organization’s economic development strategic roadmap.
“We’re pleased that we continue to attract top talent and look forward
to utilizing Haley’s engineering and economic development education, as well as her experience working with BIO Alabama, to serve our growing roster of clients,” said Jay Biggins, BLS & Co.’s executive managing director.
BLS & Co. provides site selection, incentives
of all third-party engineering work
to promote overall cost containment and for conducting design review
to improve the value of projects throughout all phases, the company said. He brings more than 35 years of industry experience and is a licensed professional engineer, with expertise in real estate development planning, design, entitlement and construction, forensic, remediation and design engineering services.
“Steve’s background in development as well as his extensive expertise in project value engineering make him ideally suited to join our team as we look to continue to expand our value- add development and redevelopment pipeline,” said Nicholas Minoia, founder and managing partner of
 Steven Ramiza
the firm with a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and holds a master’s in economic development.
Additionally, she is on track to secure her MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi this summer.
“I’m honored to join BLS & Co. and for the opportunity to serve clients regionally and nationally,” Hop said. “The BLS team has helped many of the world’s best-known companies select the optimal locations for their diverse operations and I look forward to supporting the BLS team to build on an already impressive legacy of success.”
Steven Weinstein has joined Diversified Properties as vice president of land development, bolstering the in-house team of the Montville-based commercial real estate firm.
In the new role, Weinstein is responsible for oversight and analysis
Diversified Properties. “We are excited
to enhance
our internal capabilities with the addition of Steve and are confident his diverse skillset
and corporate matters after his recent promotion by its board of directors. He has spent more than 20 years with
the architectural and engineering firm, most
Haley Hop
advisory, redevelopment, energy and economic development services to clients across the country. Hop comes to
  recently serving as the vice president in charge of managing the environmental services, civil engineering, land use and environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance departments since 2008.
In recent years, Ramiza has taken charge of office operations such
as negotiating leases, coordinating building issues, managing the network infrastructure and tracking software licensing and equipment contracts, along with helping keep LAN on track during the pandemic and the transition to remote work.
“Steve ensures LAN is prepared by keeping us up to date with all the latest technology and workplace software,” LAN CEO Ron Panicucci said. “When COVID-19 hit, and we had to move to a work-from-home model, the value of his efforts was more apparent than ever. Not only was the transition smooth, but while everyone was working from home, Steve oversaw vital upgrades to the company server network and the deployment of our new softphone
Steven Weinstein
 and experience will enable us to more aggressively identify and pursue value creation opportunities throughout the Northeast in the years to come.”
In a news release, Diversified
said Weinstein is also a former development executive who has overseen projects from concept through construction. Additionally, his experience includes due diligence and design oversight in commercial and residential project approvals.
Prior to joining Diversified, Weinstein owned and managed his own independent professional engineering consulting services company, offering forensic evaluations of engineering design and construction deficiencies and the development of engineering remediation and design solutions, the
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