They searched the nation, but found the best man for the job was already on it. The board of trustees of the Red Bank RiverCenter announced on June 18 that acting executive director James Scavone has been elevated to the permanent position of executive director of the borough’s not-for-profit alliance of downtown businesses, property owners, and residents. The board had been actively seeking an executive director since the April departure of previous executive director Nancy Adams, who held the position for about five years.

“We chose ten candidates to interview after reviewing over 60 resumes,” said Dorothy Whitehouse, chairperson of the Executive Director Search Committee. “Narrowing it down to four, we decided that second interviews were not needed.  James stood out as the spark among them all. The committee took their job very seriously. We spent many hours looking at the role of the executive director, reviewing resumes, and conducting interviews. In the end, our candidate was standing right in front of us. When James started as director of operations for RiverCenter over two years ago, he hit the ground running and we saw the same thing when he took over as acting executive director. He filled the role with grace and class.”          

Mr. Scavone joined RiverCenter in 2011 as director of operations. With over 25 years of non-profit management experience, he spent his time at RiverCenter implementing new policies and procedures, instituting new programs, updating technology, and developing relationships with property owners, business owners, government officials, and volunteers, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations.

“I’m thrilled with the decision of the board and appreciate their confidence in my abilities to lead the organization,” Mr. Scavone said. “I look forward to working with the board, the borough, and all stakeholders to further RiverCenter’s mission, the goals of the board and promoting Red Bank’s extraordinary downtown. When you’re as passionate about Red Bank as I am, it’s an easy job to take on.” Mr. Scavone has lived in Red Bank with his family since 2002. A familiar presence at Borough Council meetings and numerous events, he has become popular with all segments of Red Bank’s population and the many media representatives covering the borough. 

“All on the board felt the office has run smoothly and efficiently under his command,” said board president Leo Zeik, owner of Leonardo Jewelers on Front Street. “We unanimously agreed that James was the right person for the job. We also had an outpouring of references and support in favor of James from the Red Bank business community, property owners, and government officials. We are looking forward to a successful and lasting tenure with James.”