Leadership

Valerie O. Murray, CFP ® President


Valerie Murray is president of Beacon Trust. She is focused on the overall delivery of wealth management services to individuals and institutions. Ms. Murray most recently held the position of chief operating officer of Beacon Trust where she was responsible for initiatives across the organization related to client services, technology, marketing, and operations.

Ms. Murray has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Beacon Trust in 2011, she was senior vice president and senior trust officer at U.S. Trust in New York City. During her 15-year tenure with U.S. Trust, Ms. Murray administered high net worth relationships and successfully transitioned clients through two mergers and acquisitions, including Charles Schwab’s acquisition of U.S. Trust in 2000 and Bank of America’s acquisition of U.S. Trust in 2007.

Ms. Murray serves on the Board of Directors of Jersey Battered Women’s Services, Inc. (JBWS), and she is a member of Provident4Women, a social networking group organized in 2014 to share insights about various topics impacting women. Ms. Murray received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bucknell University, and she is a CFP® professional.

 
John Longo, PhD, CFA – Chief Investment Officer


Mr. Longo plays a key role in developing Beacon Trust’s macroeconomic outlook and serves as co-portfolio manager for several of the firm’s investment products. He has 20 years of investment management experience. He contributes to Beacon Trust’s thought leadership in the field of investment management and strategy and represents the firm, as invited speaker, at numerous financial-related conferences throughout the world. He is the author of The Art of Investing: Lessons from History’s Greatest Traders.

Mr. Longo is also a Professor of Finance at Rutgers Business School and at Global EMBA – the joint international Executive MBA Program of Columbia University, London Business School and The University of Hong Kong. Previously, Mr. Longo was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch, where he played an instrumental role in creating and managing investment strategies for Merrill Lynch’s Strategy Power product. Strategy Power eventually gathered over $1 billion in managed account assets.

Mr. Longo holds PhD and MBA degrees in Finance and a B.A. degree with a double major in Computer Science and Economics, all from Rutgers University and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

 
Gregory J. Dubnansky, CTFA – Director of Sales, Wealth Management


Gregory Dubnansky is director of sales for the wealth management group. He has more than 35 years of financial industry experience.

Prior to Beacon Trust, Mr. Dubnansky held senior positions with major banking institutions, including First Morris Bank & Trust, Trust Company of New Jersey, Fleet Bank, Summit Bancorp and Garden State Bank. His core experience lies in administration, tax, marketing, business development and operations. Mr. Dubnansky is a member of the Estate and Financial Planning Council of Central New Jersey and a past member of the Toms River Kiwanis Club. As a member of the New Jersey Bankers Association, he served on both the Marketing and Business Development and the Administration Committees for the association’s Trust & Financial Management Division.

Mr. Dubnansky received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bentley University and is a graduate of the Mid-Atlantic School of Trust at Bucknell University. He was designated a certified trust and financial advisor (CTFA) upon graduation from the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University.

 
Leonard G. Gleason
Leonard G. Gleason – General Counsel


Leonard G. Gleason is general counsel of Beacon Trust and also serves as general counsel of The Provident Bank, and investor relations officer of Provident Financial Services, Inc. With more than 30 years of legal experience in the banking industry, Mr. Gleason provides legal advice and counsel to the various departments within both organizations. Previously, Mr. Gleason served as general counsel and secretary at UnitedTrust Bank in Bridgewater. Earlier, he was corporate counsel at Cenlar Federal Savings Bank in Ewing, corporate counsel and secretary at Berkeley Federal Savings Bank in Millburn, and tax counsel at Carteret Savings Bank in Morristown. Mr. Gleason received a bachelor’s degree from St. Peter’s College and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

 
Kenneth Lenskold – Chief Compliance Officer


Kenneth Lenskold is the chief compliance officer for Beacon Investment Advisory Services. He has worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years.

Mr. Lenskold is responsible for developing and maintaining policies and procedures, and controls for critical compliance functions at BIAS, including for operations, client services, investments, and sales and marketing. Previously, Mr. Lenskold was senior vice president at Merrill Lynch where he developed, implemented and maintained compliance risk management programs, and policies and procedures. Prior to that he developed the compliance program for the Bank of America investment advisor. Earlier, Mr. Lenskold served as the director of compliance at Wit Capital, the first internet investment banking firm, and as a vice president in compliance at Citicorp Investment Services.

Mr. Lenskold received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.