Rothman Institute’s 25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ

Keynote address given by Robert Hugin, Chairman and CEO of Celgene Corporation, a homegrown entrepreneurial and innovation success story.

Robert Hugin, Chairman and CEO, Celgene Corporation

Mr. Hugin serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative therapies for unmet medical needs in cancer and immune-inflammatory disease. He joined Celgene in June 1999 and has been a Director of the company since December 2001.  Mr. Hugin is immediate past Chairman of the Board of The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, The Medicines Company, and The Darden Foundation, University of Virginia. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Health System and of Family Promise, a national non-profit network assisting homeless families. Prior to joining Celgene, Mr. Hugin was a Managing Director with J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc. Mr. Hugin received an AB degree from Princeton University in 1976 and an MBA from the University of Virginia in 1985 and served as a United States Marine Corps infantry officer during the intervening period. Bob and his wife Kathy have three children and live in Summit, New Jersey.

The Rothman Institute has been making a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs, family business and students since 1989, and appreciates the contribution of those who have helped it advance its mission to teach and support entrepreneurship and innovation in the academic, business, and nonprofit communities. The innovation programs coordinated by the Institute reach into corporations and Fortune 500 companies in New Jersey and our focus on women’s entrepreneurship helps to support research into and growth of women-owned companies. The gala celebration of our achievements will help secure our continued contribution to the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem that make New Jersey such an exciting state to do business.

We will be honoring past and present supporters, students and entrepreneurs at this inspirational event. This is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship!

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and networking at 6:00 p.m., followed by awards, dinner and the keynote address at 7:00.



  • James Barrood
    President & CEO, New Jersey Technology
    Rothman Institute Executive Director 2003-2014
  • Adenah Bayoh
    FDU Alumnus, President and CEO, Irvington IHOP
    Co-Founder and Partner, Kapwood LLC
  • Mario Casabona
    FDU Alumnus, President and CEO, Casabona Ventures
  • Kathleen DiChiara
    Founder, President and CEO, Community FoodBank of New Jersey
  • Norbert Gaelen
    Former President, O.Berk Company
  • L. Donald LaTorre
    President, L&G Management Consultants
  • Leo Rogers
    Founder of the Family Business Forum
    Rothman Institute Executive Director 1993-2003
  • Garrett Szibdat
    FDU Alumnus, Owner, Chester Shoprite Wines & Spirits
  • Bernard Tenenbaum
    Lodestone Global
    Founding Rothman Institute Director
  • Delisha Thompson
    FDU Student, Member of 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Team
  • Ryan Urban
    FDU Alumnus, CEO & Co-Founder, Bounce Exchange
  • Linda Wellbrock
    FDU Alumnus, Founder & CEO, Leading Women Entrepreneurs

Past Anniversary Celebrations

  • 25th Anniversary Celebration (FDU press release)
    • April 2, 2015
      The Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ
    • Keynote: Robert Hugin, Chairman and CEO of Celgene Corporation, a homegrown entrepreneurial and innovation success story.
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration (Inside FDU)
    • April 27, 2009
      The Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, NJ
    • Keynote: John Crowley, founder and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics.
    • Book: Entrepreneurs and Innovators: Global Insights from 24 Leaders
  • Download 15th Anniversary Celebration Program (Word doc)
    • November 16, 2004
      Lenfell Hall, The Mansion
    • Panel Discussion
  • 10th Anniversary Celebration (1999)

Contact Information

For Rothman Institute, call 973-443-8842