Don’t Miss EO NERVE 2014

Registration closes for EO Nerve 2014, the EO East Coast regional annual conference, on April 15. Don’t forget to register before it sells out!

The conference is June 11 – 14 in Philadelphia (add to calendar). Keynote speakers include Michael Maddock, Gary Vaynerchuk, Randy Jones, Dick Vermeil and Rudy Karsan. Visit to learn more about the conference.

Click here to see a video invite outlining the conference speakers from Eric Keiles, 2014 Nerve chairman. You can also learn more with this short video from EO Charlotte member Dana Bradley or this video from Dick Vermeil, former NFL football coach.

You can register here.

Members in the News

NJBIZ wrote a story about the EO New Jersey results from the Global Entrepreneur Indicator survey and used a photo of Alex Zaltsman [Innovi Mobile] in the story.

Intac Actuarial Services [Charles Rosenberg] was in a Ridgewood-GlenRock Patch story for making NJBIZ’s 100 Best Places to Work in New Jersey list.

Kansas City music publication The Pitch included Select-A-Ticket [Tom Patania] in a story about tickets for the Essence Music Festival.

Steven Raz [Cornerstone Search Group] was quoted in a story about salary trends.

The Greeley Tribune and Las Vegas NV Blog both covered World Class Driving [Aaron Fessler] for their part in granting a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gruskin Group [Ken Gruskin] was in a story on Kean University’s The Cougar’s Byte for hosting “Let’s Charrette.”

Theresa Lyons [Lyons & Associates, P.C.] was in a Messenger-Gazette article about the Business Builders Breakfast where she was a presenter.

Roman Jewelers [Sophie Shor and Lucy Zimmerman] was in the Hunterdon County Democrat for sponsoring the Flemington Business Improvement District spring cultural series.

EO New Jersey Named a Finalist for Marketing & Communications Awards

EO New Jersey has been named a finalist for Best Video and Best External Awareness in the EO Global Marketing & Communications Awards. There were 92 entries, spanning all EO regions.

Best Video recognizes business development, learning and/or chapter promotion videos less than three minutes in length. Best External Awareness recognizes chapters whose PR and marketing efforts have taken off this year. The award is for chapters who show ROI for external awareness and are recognized as a leading voice for EO.

Winners will be announced at GLC during the marketing and communications track. Here are all the finalists:

Award Category Finalists
Best Chapter Branding EO Atlanta
EO Arizona
EO Silicon Valley
EO Seattle
Best Video EO Karachi
EO Kolkata
EO New Jersey
EO New Zealand – Auckland
EO Sacramento
Best Social Media EO Cleveland
EO China East
EO Silicon Valley
EO Turkey
Best Newsletter EO Atlanta
EO Cleveland
EO Kolkata
EO Osaka
Best External Awareness EO Colorado
EO Malaysia
EO New Jersey
EO Seattle
EO South Australia
Best Event Branding EO Bahrain
EO Cleveland
EO Kolkata
EO Malaysia
EO Los Angeles + EO Orange County + EO San Diego

EO New Jersey Member Ken Gruskin Wins Award

EO New Jersey member Ken Gruskin’s company, Gruskin Group, won the Grand Award from the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association and the New Jersey chapter of the American Concrete Institution. They won the award for designing the Kean University Green Lane Building. This is the top concrete project in the state of New Jersey for construction year 2013.

Congratulations, Ken!


How to Improve Your Business and Life…One Story at a Time

If you need to persuade and influence, teach and inspire, or want a competitive edge, come and learn to improve your storytelling ability. Storytelling is a frequently overlooked and underappreciated skill business skill.

All entrepreneurs can benefit from effective communication skills. Short, well-told stories can be used in your relationships with customers, prospects, investors, employees, potential employees and vendors. In this Patricia Fripp EO seminar you will learn to add punch and power to your business stories, examples and case histories. The event is at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club (add to calendar).

Your well-told story has the power to:

  • Influence others to make decisions and say “yes”
  • Turn numbing data into drama
  • Simplify the complex
  • Make company history come alive
  • Teach values and how to behave
  • Explain job responsibilities
  • Inspire associates to follow your vision
  • Elevate teamwork and co-operation

In Patricia Fripp’s EO “One Story at a Time” session you will learn how to:

  • Connect emotionally and intellectually to any audience of any size
  • Identify the best examples, case histories and stories
  • Incorporate all aspects of effective storytelling including creating content and delivery techniques
  • Teach your team to perfect their storytelling ability
  • Speak so that your listeners “can see” what you are saying
  • Improve your staff meetings and training
  • Adopt Hollywood techniques to your business situation

Your session presenter is Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE. Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach and sales presentation skills expert. Meetings and Conversations magazine named her “one of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America.” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine wrote: “the sixth best investment in you is to attend a Patricia Fripp speaking school.”

For more than 25 years, Patricia has transformed sales teams and coached executives on how to deliver dynamic and inspiring presentations. She delights and entertains audiences while delivering practical, personalized content and consistently exceeds client expectations.

Patricia simplifies and demystifies the process of preparing and presenting powerful presentations. She is a member of the very prestigious Speaking Roundtable, an invitation-only society of highly regarded professional speakers and a past president – and the first female president – of the over 3,000 member National Speakers Association. She is also a partner in the World Champions’ Edge presentation skills coaching community with four Toastmasters International World Champions. Patricia is the author of Make It, So You Don’t Have to Fake It! and Get What You Want! and co-author of Speaker’s Edge, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, and Insights into Excellence. 

In fairness to all EONJ members, should you reserve a spot and fail to attend (without 48 hours notice) you will be assessed a $100 charge.

Click here to register.

EO New Jersey to Host Fireside Chat with Michael Kempner

Michael Kempner will speak at a fireside chat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at the Queen Room of LaReggia, 40 Wood Ave., Secaucus, N.J., which is in the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel (add to calendar). Lunch will be provided.

Michael Kempner started MWW in 1986 with just a typewriter, a single client and a one-room office in New Jersey. Today, as MWW’s founder, president and CEO, Kempner manages one of the largest public relations firms in the world. In 2010, he led a management buy-back of the firm to restore the firm to its independent and entrepreneurial roots. MWW is one of the 10 largest independent public relations firms in the United States and has been named PR Agency of the Year by the International Business Awards, The Sabre Awards and PR News. In addition, MWW has been named Digital Agency of the Year and has been inducted into PR News’ Corporate Social Responsibility A-List.

A nationally recognized authority on reputation management, crisis management, public affairs, business-to-business, consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility, Kempner has counseled some of the world’s most prominent executives, organizations and companies. Kempner is known for his candor, commitment to community service and personal attention to clients needs. He is an author and speaker on a variety of public relations, management, entrepreneurship and marketing issues, and he is a frequent blogger at and a contributor to the Huffington Post.

Kempner has been honored with several of the industry’s top recognitions, including International Business Awards 2012 PR Executive of the Year; Bulldog Stars of PR 2012 Agency Professional of the Year and PR Blogger of the Year; American Business Awards 2012 Executive of the Year; PR News CSR Awards 2012 PR Professional of the Year; PR Week’s 2010 Public Relations Executive of the Year; a Lifetime Achievement Award by PR News; and Michael CSR Professional of the Year. He was inducted into the PR News Hall of Fame in 2009.

An active member of his community, Kempner has served as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, appointed by President Barack Obama, and as a founding board member of ConnectOne Bank. Kempner is also a board member of Goodwill Industries International and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Event: Fireside Chat with Michael Kempner

Date: April 15, 2014

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Queen Room of LaReggia, 40 Wood Ave., Secaucus, NJ (located in the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel)

Please note parking is behind the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel – DO NOT park across the street or you will be towed!

Click here to register.

Members in the News

Ron Greenberg [Greenberg & Rapp Financial Group] wrote an article for BusinessNewsDaily about when it’s time to find a new financial planner.

Brian Drucks [Drucks Inc.] wrote a blog post for about getting back into music in his 40s.

Gold Medal Service [Mike Agugliaro and Robert Zadotti] was featured in US Builders Review. Gold Medal was also profiled in the ACHR News.

US Builders Review

The S3 Agency [Denise Blasevick and Adam Schnitzler] was named one of the hippest social agency offices by Sprout Social. The company also made NJBIZ‘s list of top advertising agencies in New Jersey.

Caryn Kopp [Kopp Consulting] was in the Hunterdon County Democrat for her upcoming presentation at the Women’s Leadership Summit.

Cheryl Biron [One Horn Transportation] wrote an article about firing the customer for Internet Truckstop magazine.

Mike Michalowicz [Provendus Group] was quoted in a story in Entrepreneur’s Startups magazine about starting a business with almost no capital.

Register Now for EO NERVE Conference in Philadelphia

Registration closes for EO Nerve 2014, the EO East Coast regional annual conference, on March 31. Don’t forget to register before it sells out!

The conference is June 11 – 14 in Philadelphia (add to calendar). Keynote speakers include Michael Maddock, Gary Vaynerchuk, Randy Jones, Dick Vermeil and Rudy Karsan. Visit to learn more about the conference.

You can register here.

EO Announces 2014 Key Executive Program

One of the many goals of members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization is to build alignment with their staff. EO listened and created the only global program designed for the EO member and his/her key executives, aptly named KEP – the “Key Executive Program.” For a second year, EO is providing its renowned Key Executive Program (KEP), designed specifically for members and their key executives.

Discover new tools for staff engagement, embrace innovative ideas and explore management solutions—together—during this highly rated executive-education program. Prepare to learn and experience share in true EO fashion and then apply your enhanced synergy back into your business.

The event will be April 27 – 30 at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Mass., (add to calendar). The cost is $2,300 per person, which includes all learning, accommodations and meals. Register here.

Click here to see the agenda for the program. You can also learn more here or by watching this video. Contact Andy Bailey (, chair of the 2014 EO Key Executive Program and EO Nashville member, or Joy Hayes, Program Manager at with any questions.

WHAT: Key Executive Program

WHEN: April 27 -30

WHERE: MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Mass.

EO New Jersey Hosts Group Think on Hiring

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) of New Jersey hosted its first ever “Group Think” on hiring. Twenty EOers were guided through a group discussion on “Hiring Best Practices and Worst Mistakes.” The event started with a one-hour presentation by Mike Goldman, a Gazelle’s coach, discussing the most important aspects of hiring, including critical points from best sellers like Top Grading and WHO, along with his own personal experiences. In the second hour, roundtable discussions provided EOers the opportunity to learn strategies from fellow members regarding best practices and landmines to avoid.

Everyone who registered received exclusive access to the online seminar “WHO: A Method For Hiring” by Geoff Smart, courtesy of Gazelle’s Growth Institute. The event received a 9.6 rating and many accolades for the high value learning and sharing.