Monthly Archives: November 2013

Upcoming EO Event Gives Members a Chance to Learn About Tobacco Business, Cigars and Cigar Pairings

Join the owner of Ashes N Embers, Bryan Butensky, as he talks to members about some of the operational aspects of owning a tobacco-related business. Then, retire to the smoke lounge to enjoy a good drink and specific cigar pairing advice by Ashes’ on-staff certified tobacconist.

The chapter will supply drink and light snacks (although members are free to bring drink to share), and the cigars are “pay to play” as members can buy their cigars from the on-site humidor. This event is a chance to learn about the tobacco business, become educated on cigars and cigar pairings and socialize and network with fellow EO New Jersey members.

Date & Time: Dec. 5, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Ashes N Embers, 11 Division St. Somerville, NJ 08876


NJTC Selects RightAnswers as Innovative Technology of the Year Award Finalist

EO New Jersey member company RightAnswers, Inc. was named a finalist for the Innovative Technology of the Year Award by the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), the leading trade organization for New Jersey technology companies. The winner will be announced at the NJTC Awards Celebration, to be held Nov. 21, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton, N.J.

RightAnswers has taken an innovative approach to knowledge management since its inception. The RightAnswers Unified Knowledge Platform makes it easier to manage and share knowledge throughout an organization, empowering two industries, IT support and customer service, to improve the overall service they provide. Their “Knowledge 1st” philosophy, which positions knowledge as part of an organization’s change process, inspires our clients to
transform the way they provide service and how they create and use knowledge in all departments across their organization.

The NJTC award was granted specifically for RightAnswers’ patented Intelligent Knowledge Builder™, which takes a proactive approach to knowledge creation and best practices management. It evaluates the demand for knowledge from all support channels, identifies knowledge gaps, and begins to fill these gaps by automatically creating new articles for review or completion.

Members in the News: Aaron Fessler, Steven Raz, Mike Agugliaro and more

World Class Driving [Aaron Fessler] was included in a USA Today article about Las Vegas’ top attractions for auto show attendees.

Steven Raz [Cornerstone Search Group] was quoted in a story on MainStreet about the best way to work when you’re overworked.

Mike Agugliaro [Gold Medal Service] was quoted in a Financial Times story about hosting visitors from other companies.

Advance Realty [Kurt Padavano] was in the Paramus Post, Hamilton Observer, Windsor-Hights Herald and Real Estate Weekly for the new tenants at the Windsor Center. They were also mentioned in a East Windsor Patch story.

Joe Infante [Dynamic Strategies] was in an IT Business Edge and a Forbes story about moving to IT as a Service.

Michael Schofel [Eastman Companies] was in the Alternative Press for receiving the Community Service Award from the Livingston Rotary Club.

Soleil Tans [Shawn Smith] was mentioned in a story about wrestler Robbie E. did a story about the engagement ring contest Roman Jewelers [Sophie Shor] is doing for their upcoming grand opening.

Frank Sorrentino, III Speaks to EO New Jersey Nov. 19

Frank Sorrentino, III is chairman and CEO of ConnectOne Bank (CNOB), formerly North Jersey Community Bank (NJCB), with eight branches throughout the state. The bank was founded by Frank and other Bergen County civic and business leaders to serve local residents and
businesses by providing the highest level of personalized community banking services.

As chairman and CEO of ConnectOne, Frank is responsible for its business development plan, serves as the community liaison, sits on the loan committee and serves as the bank’s spokesperson. Frank has been instrumental in developing the bank’s branch and expansion strategy and oversees all marketing activities. In 2013, he led the rebrand of the company to ConnectOne Bank.

CNOB’s board of directors, shareholders, employees and loyal customer base have all contributed to its unprecedented growth. Since opening its first branch in January 2005, NJCB has grown to more than $1 billion in assets.

Frank has invited EONJ members to his bank headquarters in Englewood, N.J. on Nov. 19 and will share some the tenants he attributes to his success including:

  • Growth: In order to be successful, everyone in the company needs to be growth oriented
  • Alignment: Why alignment is important and how to get you team to buy in
  • Finding the right people: No superstars; create opportunities for your employees to excel; build leaders

EO NJ is thrilled to have this opportunity to have access to Frank, who is a frequent
commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg TV & Radio and Fox Business News, discussing community banking issues. Frank is regularly published in prominent business publications including The Wall Street Journal, American Banker and

Event Details:

Fireside Chat – Cultivating a Culture of Growth

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19

Venue: ConnectOne Bank, 301 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Time: 6 p.m.


Reciprocal Event Access: EO New Jersey, EO New York, EO Philadelphia

A new reciprocal event access program between the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia chapters (participating chapters) has been launched on a trial basis.

The goal is to make it easier to attend events at our adjacent chapters and to encourage members to meet one another.

A maximum of 10 members per month may attend events at any participating chapter without charge. Note that if an event is “pay to play,” meaning that host chapter members must pay a fee, then the visiting chapter members must pay the same fee.

Guests are not included in this program. It is for chapter members in good standing only. Members cannot substitute non-members to attend events on their behalf.


  1. All events are listed on EOAccess. Visiting member sends host chapter administrator an email requesting to attend an event.
  2. Once approval has been received from the host chapter administrator, the visiting
    chapter member must register on EOAccess but not pay guest fees (unless it’s pay to play). The chapter administrator will make the final decision. There will be no exceptions.
  3. Host chapter cancellation policy applies at all times. If you do not cancel within the
    required time you will be responsible for paying cancellation fees, if any. You are
    responsible for reading and understanding the cancellation policy of each event.

VERY IMPORTANT: Some smaller events have limited capacity and will be prioritized for host chapter members. The host chapter administrator will decide whether or not capacity is available for visiting chapter members. Some events may not be available to visiting chapter members until several days before the actual event to allow host chapter members priority.

This program is being offered on a trial basis for a limited time. Participating chapters reserve the right to change the terms or terminate the program at any time during this trial period. This program is not a part of general EO Global benefits and does not apply to any chapter other than the chapters listed above.

Chapter administrators:

New Jersey – Andrea Rickard:

New York – Beth Chernick:

Philadelphia – Katie Baer:


EO New Jersey Members in the News: Alex Zaltsman, Denise Blasevick, Adam Schnitzler and more

Alex Zaltsman [Innovi Mobile] was quoted in a NJBIZ story about the results of the EO New Jersey entrepreneurship survey.

The S3 Agency [Denise Blasevick and Adam Schnitzler] was included on NJBIZ‘s list of top advertising agencies in New Jersey.

Wayne Patch did a story about One Horn Transportation [Cheryl and Louis Biron] being included on the 2013 New Jersey’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies list by NJBIZ.

HiddenWires did a story about the new Crestron modules developed by Control Concepts, Inc. [Steve Greenblatt].

Ron Shovlin [The Mattress Factory] wrote a story about latex mattresses for the Alternative Press.

Caryn Kopp [Kopp Consulting] introduced her “How to Build a Business” column on

RightAnswers [Jeffrey Weinstein] was in a story on The VAR Guy blog for their integration with ServiceNow.

Red Carpet Experiences: EO Exclusive U.S. F1 Grand Prix

EO New Jersey members are invited to attend the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas Nov. 14-18. The Traveling EO Package is $4,500 per person based on double occupancy (single occupancy is $5,900).

The Traveling EO Package includes:

  • Four-night stay at Downtown Hotel
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday Luxury Skybox ticket
  • Daily shuttle to/from Circuit of the Americas
  • Private roundtrip airport transfers to/from hotel
  • Exclusive cocktail party, dinners and events
  • Exclusive behind the scenes access
  • Entry to exclusive VIP party

The trip includes an exclusive EO cocktail party, private dinner at one of Austin’s favorite restaurants via private transportation, VIP access to Blue at the W and a high-end VIP after party including open bar, food and the Blu Schwag Bag, behind the scenes tours of the Circuit of the America’s Observation Tower, evening special event at the Capital Factory hosted by EO Austin with live music, open bar and featured guest speaker Tavo Hellmund, the man who brought the F1 race to Austin, and a guest appearance by Mario Andretti.

The EO Overnight Package is a shorter trip for $2,295 per person based on double occupancy ($2,645 for single occupancy). This version includes one overnight accommodation in private home or hotel Saturday, Nov. 16, an exclusive Luxury Skybox ticket for Saturday and Sunday with guest appearance by Mario Andretti on Sunday, a tour of the Circuit of the America’s Observation Tower, a special event at the Capital Factory and private transportation.

For more information or to reserve your experience call 512-377-1670 and mention that you would like to book the EO F1 Grand Prix package.

EO NJ Moves to Auto Renew Starting in 2014-15

EO NJ is moving forward with the times and switching all members to auto renew starting with the 2014-15 year. These renewals do not take place until June, and auto renewals will happen the first week of June.

The update to the system will take place in the next few weeks. If you would like to turn off auto renew, please login to EO Access and adjust accordingly after the updates have occurred.

Note that if your payment, whether by credit card or check, is not received by June 30, your membership will automatically lapse and you will need to contact EO Global to reinstate it.

EO Global will charge you a fee, which has been $500 in the past, to reinstate your membership.

EO New Jersey Hosts Test Drive on Nov. 13

As mentioned last week, our membership chairs, John Cioffi and Ethan Kassel, are holding an “EO New Jersey Test Drive” on Nov. 13.

EO NJ Test Drive is used to show prospects what EO NJ is all about: forum, events, learning from each others’ experiences, etc.

EO NJ has not had a test drive in many years. We need your assistance in promoting this great opportunity to fellow entrepreneurs.

If you could please help identify potential members and refer them to

If you know anyone who would be a good fit, please send the message below to them. They can then register through Andrea.

You are the owner, founder, co-founder or controlling shareholder of your company. Your company has $1 million or more in annual revenue. You have great opportunities to grow your business and realize your vision, but at the same time you’re dealing with insanely complex challenges. And you haven’t quite found the right organization that shares your thirst for learning, that you trust and respect, that will help you make a mark, where you are expected to contribute your ideas at the same level as you receive ideas from others, and that is cool all at the same time.

EO NJ might just be that organization for you.

We are holding a test drive where you will get a sense of why entrepreneurs value EO. You’ll learn first-hand about forum, where you meet on a regular basis with a small group of like-minded entrepreneurs that become your trusted advisory board … and more. You will hear about our learning events, where top speakers from around the world provide advice and expertise in person with small audiences. Our current members will be there so you can hear their stories and learn what it’s like to be in EO.

EO New Jersey Test Drive

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Venue: Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge, NJ


5:30 pm – Arrive/register/passed hors d’oeuvres

6 pm – Test drive

7 pm – Dinner served

8 pm – End of event

To register, please email Andrea Rickard, with your full contact information and one or two sentences about your business. Andrea will register you for the test drive and confirm back to you via email.


Bill Bartzak Speaks to EO New Jersey in Fireside Chat

Bill Bartzak, president and CEO of MD On-Line, shared how he has consistently been named one of the fastest growing healthcare technology companies nationwide during a fireside chat with EO New Jersey at 90 Acres on Oct. 16.

Exclusively for EO NJ, Bill freely shared his strategies for continuing his growth trajectory and openly talked about the challenges and opportunities associated with being at the forefront of healthcare technology today.

Company culture and value seems to drive every decision Bill makes and, in turn, feeds into how he expands his products and services and successfully recruits, develops and retains top industry talent. Bill runs his company like a publicly traded company; he issues shares to his employees and valuates the business regularly. In fact, he has a long-standing board of advisors that he meets with regularly, and he proudly attributes much of his success to the feedback and guidance they have provided over the years.