Joe Ventola, BSEE, CEC

Mediation Experience

    • 8+ Years of experience in ADR including mediation of various  types of commercial matters.
    • Member of roster of mediators for the Superior Court of New Jersey
      • Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases
      • Mentor Mediator
      • Maintaining a settlement rate that is twice the NJ state average.

Arbitration Experience

    • 8 + years experience arbitrating matters including Construction, Auto, Contract, Insurance Claims  Adjustment, etc.
    • Certified Arbitrator for  National Center for Dispute Settlement, Construction Arbitration Services, Construction Dispute Resolution Services,  Demars Inc.
  • Education and Training
    • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
    • Divorce mediation training from the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM)
    • Mediation and Arbitration training from the National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS),  Construction Dispute Resolution Services (CDRS) , Demars Inc, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM).
    • Business Coaching, Personality and Behavior Style training from the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching (iPEC).  Certified Business Coach.
    • Advanced Coach Training, Anthony Robbins Institute
    • Corporate Management Training,  Acclivus and Wilson VIP
  • Teaching and Presenting
    • Basic Civil Mediation Course for NJAPM.
    • Case Management Training for Superior Court Civil Roster Mediators,   Co Creator
    • Mediation and the Science of Behavioral and Communication Styles.
    • The Coach Approach to Advanced Communication Techniques.
  • Articles and Publications
    • Engineers in the Sales Environment – Different Peas in the Same Pod – NJTech Magazine
    • Wyle Electronics,  National Field Applications Engineering Training Manual.
  • Prior Professional Experience
    • Design Engineer – Kessler Ellis Products – 2 years
      • Hardware and Software Design of Embedded Control Systems
      • Creating proposals for Major Corporate Clients.
      • Engineering Team Manager.
    • Design Engineer – World Power Technologies — 5 years
      • Hardware and Software Design of Embedded Energy Analysis Systems.
      • Creating proposals for Major Corporate Clients (including Boeing 777)
      • Creation of product training Manuals.
    • Field Applications Engineer – Wyle Electronics , Arrow Electronics  Agilent,  Intel – 10 years
      • Technical Sales Support and Representation for major Semiconductor   Manufacturers including Intel, Motorola, Texas Instruments, etc.
      • North East Regional Technical Manager.
      • Creation and Presentation of Sales and Client Technology Training Seminars.
      • Ranked 9 out of 145 Field Applications Engineers in the nation.
      • Various High Tech trainings from Semiconductor  Manufacturers.
  • Affiliations and Professional Memberships – Past and Present
    • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM)
      • Co-Founder of the R1:40 Committee
      • Co-Creator of the NJAPM R1:40 Mediator Reference Manual
      • Member Mediator NJAPM Quality Committee
    • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    • Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers  (IEEE)
    • International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • Hobbies and interests
    • Licensed Private Pilot
    • Black Belt in Japanese Style Karate
    • Construction and Home Remodeling
    • Music (Guitar)


Personal Statement:

I have received many accolades for my mediation and arbitration skills and have been referred to as “a natural. ”   I am a full-time ADR professional and I am very passionate about Dispute Resolution.   I believe some of the main attributes a dispute resolution professional must have are the ability to:  substantively understand the issues and ramifications  of a dispute,  effectively communicate with the parties and their various  personality styles,  perform in a strategic manner and analyze all aspects of a problem in order to suggest creative solutions.  Indeed, my personality, experience and training has been invaluable in my success rate in both mediation and arbitration.  As a mediator,  I am able to “get through to”  and communicate with recalcitrant people, gain the trust of the parties , help the parties view the dispute in different ways and understand the opposing point of view, and offer very creative solutions to a dispute and bring the parties to an amenable settlement.   As an Arbitrator,  my abilities in logic and analysis have enabled me to write decisions that have been referred to as “better than some judges”.  My decisions have never been overturned on appeal.

I handle all types of disputes with impressive success, skill and care though I specialize in disputes that require technical knowledge such as Intellectual Property, Construction, Software, Hardware, Product Liability, Insurance Adjustment, etc.    My engineering background, ability to understand technical issues,  ADR experience and in-depth knowledge of construction has made me the obvious choice for these types of disputes.   Many of the parties of these disputes have commented that they had never had a mediator or arbitrator with such substantive knowledge of the issue.   Some people believe that retired Judges are the best choice for any dispute but retired Judges are generally not able to read a blueprint, schematic, or understand the critical aspects of a construction or technically intensive dispute.