ard of Directors

    Our chapter is supported by the consistent and enthusiastic commitment of many people. Serving the chapter in their many roles, the individuals listed below work to bring programming to PDMA members and the product development and management community.


    Anastasia Conlon

    Anastasia leads the NY/NJ Chapter as the Chapter President.  She currently is a Global Product Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific where she drives growth of the Analytical and Bioreagents product lines via all aspects of the NPI process, as well as strategic pricing.  She has a broad based background gleaned from over 25 years manufacturing including new product development, and has contributed to and awarded 6 patents. She has a BA in Chemistry and a BS in Ceramic Science.

      Treasurer / Webmaster

    Adam Schwartz, PMP

    Adam assists the chapter by managing chapter finances and supporting its presence on the PDMA website, including ensuring effective communication to chapter members about upcoming events.  Adam is a Managing Director at Acquis Consulting Group where he leads Acquis’s New Product & Service Development practice.  There he works closely with clients to support New Product endeavors from idea to launch. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Miami University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

      VP of Programming
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    Prashant Shah

    Prashant’s goal is to help deliver exceptional educational and networking opportunities to the PDMA membership and the NY/NJ Innovation community. His Product Development experience at Alcatel-Lucent/Bell Labs, for wireless 1G to 4G base stations, includes various roles - Technical Expert, Architect, System Engineer, and Developer. He was a key Architect for 3G CDMA/EVDO and 4G UMB technologies. Currently, he is providing technical consultation for 4G LTE products at Alcatel-Lucent.  Prashant holds B.E. (Electronics) from M.S. University, Baroda, India and M.S. (Electrical) from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

      Director of Programming
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    Howard Hall, PMP

    Howard's role is to assist with the development of top quality informational programs and to ensure a superior event experience.  His telecommunications career includes product development, product management, business analysis and project management positions at Verizon, Lucent Technologies, Cartesian, and Argent Associates.  He has provided network technology solutions and business analysis consulting services to the large business, health and education sectors.  Howard holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University, and a Master Certificate in Business Analysis from Villanova University.

      Director of Marketing 
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    Peter Duggan

    Peter is Senior Vice President of Product Management & Strategy for the US Registry business of Computershare. Prior to assuming his current role, he was the head of Client Management for BNY Mellon’s Shareholder Services division.  During his 12 year tenure at BNY Mellon and its predecessor companies, Peter held a number of roles within the business.  Before joining BNY Mellon in 1999, he was the head of product management for Deutsche Bank's global Corporate Trust business with staff in New York, London, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Hong Kong.

    Peter graduated cum laude from Boston College with a B.S. in English and Mathematics. He received his MBA in Finance and International Business from the NYU Stern Business School. Peter is a dual citizen of both the U.S and the Republic of Ireland.


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