FOUNDERS

James Conti - Founder of NJCS

Our Founder

James Conti

James Conti - Founder of NJCS

Jim spent the majority of his three decades in financial services at a dynamic career with Goldman Sachs & Co. Within the Equities Trading Division, Jim’s role as Managing Director was to collaborate with his clientele in achieving their financing and investment objectives within their respective strategies.

While Jim successfully managed numerous high-profile client relationships, he also played a critical role in helping to bring his team to industry and international prestige. He played a significant role in mentoring and coaching many junior and peer colleagues to go onto prominent and successful careers.

As an alumnus of Jersey City’s St Peter’s University, Jim’s passion for the school and its diverse student body brought him to his current role as a Board of Trustee member. Jim complements his board work by working with the campus Career Center mentoring students and helping them to obtain thriving roles in the global workforce.

Jim’s foundational belief that education and its ability to instill knowledge and more importantly; confidence, has played a primary role on his path into the world of the New Jersey Coffee School. Mentoring and coaching are both practices he plans to bring to the coffee community where student journeys can culminate in long-lasting success.

In his spare time, Jim loves sharing and preparing great meals with friends and family, reading just about anything and any activity involving a bicycle and Velominati Rule 2.

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While Jim successfully managed numerous high-profile client relationships, he also played a critical role in helping to bring his team to industry and international prestige. He played a significant role in mentoring and coaching many junior and peer colleagues to go onto prominent and successful careers.

As an alumnus of Jersey City’s St Peter’s University, Jim’s passion for the school and its diverse student body brought him to his current role as a Board of Trustee member. Jim complements his board work by working with the campus Career Center mentoring students and helping them to obtain thriving roles in the global workforce.

Jim’s foundational belief that education and its ability to instill knowledge and more importantly; confidence, has played a primary role on his path into the world of the New Jersey Coffee School. Mentoring and coaching are both practices he plans to bring to the coffee community where student journeys can culminate in long-lasting success.

In his spare time, Jim loves sharing and preparing great meals with friends and family, reading just about anything and any activity involving a bicycle and Velominati Rule 2.

Bernie Rosenstein - Founder of NJCS

Our Founder

Bernie Rosenstein

Bernie Rosenstein - Founder of NJCS

Bernie spent over 30 years working for HBO, the preeminent premium TV network. Within the Financial Planning and Strategy Department, Bernie’s role as Senior Vice President was to advise and collaborate with senior executives on a broad array of financial and strategic objectives, including long-term financial planning, deal negotiation strategy, Board presentations, and developing new business plans and growth strategies.

In addition to his broad experience in media and business, Bernie’s penchant for educating and mentoring led him to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Community School, Teaneck, NJ, and participate in Pace University’s student mentoring program. While at HBO, he headed the Staff Development Committee where he developed and participated in several educational and leadership programs.

Bernie spent several years focusing on various aspects of the coffee industry including gaining knowledge of the intricacies of the craft and the trade. He spent significant time with experienced industry professionals, café owners, and baristas to understand what it takes to effectively plan and operate a successful coffee business.

He combined his passion for education and coffee with his extensive business experience to become the co-founder of the New Jersey Coffee School. He is committed to providing the best education and training to those interested in specialty coffee to pursue their passions.

In his free time, Bernie is a soccer fanatic and enjoys traveling, bicycling, reading, art and playing with his dog Comet.

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In addition to his broad experience in media and business, Bernie’s penchant for educating and mentoring led him to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Community School, Teaneck, NJ, and participate in Pace University’s student mentoring program. While at HBO, he headed the Staff Development Committee where he developed and participated in several educational and leadership programs.

Bernie spent several years focusing on various aspects of the coffee industry including gaining knowledge of the intricacies of the craft and the trade. He spent significant time with experienced industry professionals, café owners, and baristas to understand what it takes to effectively plan and operate a successful coffee business.

He combined his passion for education and coffee with his extensive business experience to become the co-founder of the New Jersey Coffee School. He is committed to providing the best education and training to those interested in specialty coffee to pursue their passions.

In his free time, Bernie is a soccer fanatic and enjoys traveling, bicycling, reading, art and playing with his dog Comet.

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