Monthly Archives: December 2013

Members in the News: Edward Rebenack, Denise Blasevic, Glenn Van Etten and more

NJ Press Media did a story about Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo, LLP [Edward Rebenack]’s new office in Somerville.

Denise Blasevick [The S3 Agency] was quoted in a story in the NFIB’s MyBusiness magazine about keeping employees motivated during the holidays.

Brighton Cromwell [Glenn Van Etten] was in the Randolph Reporter for their efforts in collecting items for care packages to be shipped to America’s military troops overseas.

NJBIZ did a story about InnoviMobile [Alex Zaltsman] partnering with SHI International.

Roman Jewelers [Sophie Shor] was in a story on MyCentralJersey.com for the engagement party they threw for the couple they gave a free engagement ring to to celebrate their grand opening. The Hillsborough Beacon and NJ.com also did stories about the couple.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Super Bowl Celebration: the Business of Football

EO New York and EO New Jersey are celebrating Super Bowl week together with a unique, once-in-a-lifetime gathering of football business people in a full-day conference Wednesday, Jan. 29 (add to calendar).

All facets of this multi-billion dollar industry will be covered, including leadership, marketing and licensing. Former players, coaches and/or general managers will be in attendance, along with various football executives.
 The speaker line up will include:

  • “The Big Game” broken down by former NFL players
  • Recording NFL History by Dave Maltese, video director for the New York Giants
  • Building a Winning Team by Ted Lundquinst, former Broncos general manager
  • Using Social Media to Out-Scoop the Beat Writers by Jacob Steinberg via Skype
  • “How Do I Get a Ticket to the Game?” Panel Discussion: Tom Patania of EONJ and Brad Schy of EOLA

Because we know this event will sell out, only one guest per member will be allowed once all members who want to attend have been accommodated.

Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be served. To read about the venue, visit www.chart-house.com

GUEST POLICY: Guests will be accommodated after all members who wish to attend are accommodated.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations must be made no later than 24 hours in advance of the event. A $150 fee will be charged to those members who do not cancel within the required time frame or do not attend the event (no-show). All outstanding fees must be paid in full prior to attending the event.

Meet New EO New Jersey Member Kevin Mahoney

Kevin Mahoney is another new EO New Jersey member. He is looking forward to sharing with and listening to the experiences of other entrepreneurs who are working through similar challenges with their businesses. He believes this should help him in formulating decisions of his own.

For more than six years Kevin worked for Fry Inc. as the technical director for their New York office. While there he architected and managed the technical team for e-commerce sites such as Godiva, Waterford, Wedgwood and Gracobaby.com. In 2003, he decided as a way to learn the new Microsoft .NET platform he would build his own e-commerce site as a side project to get up to speed on the new framework. He was also familiar with adhesive tape since he had a very good friend who owned a tape converting family business (a company that takes jumbo log rolls of tape from manufacturers such as 3M and slits them to standard-width rolls or rewinds them to shorter length rolls). The site launched in 2004 and after a couple years the “side project” took on a life of its own and he was able to stop commuting into the city. He now primarily works from  home.

His business – FindTape.com – primarily sells cases of tape to other businesses and resellers, but they also sell single rolls directly to consumers (they also ship cases of tape to Amazon almost every day, which they then fulfill directly through their Amazon Prime program). The great thing about adhesive tape is that it is an expendable (after you use it, it must be purchased again) and 25 percent of all their orders are reorders from existing customers. FindTape.com has been listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies for three straight years (No. 2708 in 2013), and they were No. 848 on Internet Retailer’s list of largest e-retailers for 2013.

Kevin went to the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University and received his bachelor’s degree in finance. He also has a master’s in information systems from New York University (it was a joint program between their Stern School of Business and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences).

When he graduated from Penn State in 1991 the job market wasn’t very good, but he did finally get a job with Shell Oil down in Houston, Texas. After completing their managerial training program he worked for them for a little over a year and developed a dial-in and GIS-based application to help set the wholesale pricing of gasoline. He was then hired by the GIS company (MapInfo) whose software the application was built on and worked for them as a sales engineer for four years in both their Dallas, Texas, and then their Bethesda, Md., office in their government sales division.

Following MapInfo he worked at Oracle Corporation in their New York City office since more and more map-related data was being stored in relational databases. He stayed at Oracle for three years as the technical director of their NYC demo solution center. He then went to work for Fry Inc. as discussed previously.

After living in New York City for over six years, he and his wife moved back to New Jersey. Kevin grew up in Branchburg and his wife is from Millburn. They now live in Montgomery, just outside of Princeton, with their 9-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. His wife is principal of Brooks Crossing & Brooks Crossing at Deans in South Brunswick.

Meet New EO New Jersey Member Subhash Kothari

Subhash Kothari is originally from Bhopal, India and migrated to U.S. in 1976. He has a degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh. Subhash lives in Colts Neck (Monmouth County) with his wife and two daughters: one is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania and one is a junior at Freehold High School. He started his business – Reliant Tech, Inc. – more than 25 years ago. Over time, the business has transformed many different information technology areas. Subhash says he started the business because he could not stand the corporate world and wanted to provide better service to customers.

Subhash really likes the concept of learning and sharing experiences with entrepreneurs and wants to learn new skills in business and personal life.

He is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but he also likes the New York Giants. He loves to travel around the world, but mostly in Europe. He enjoys fine wine and also enjoys making wine with  friends at home.

EO New Jersey, Rutgers Business School Partner to Launch Rutgers Entrepreneurship Ambassador Program

Rutgers Business School’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) of New Jersey have created a new program to enhance Rutgers University entrepreneurship students’ experience. The Rutgers Entrepreneurship Ambassador Program (REAP) will begin in January with the spring semester.

“I am thrilled about the new relationship between Rutgers and EO New Jersey,” said Alfred Blake, assistant director of undergraduate entrepreneurship programs at Rutgers. “The word ‘REAP’ comes from farming. Just as a farmer is only able to reap after he has sown and nurtured his crops, entrepreneurs have sown seeds and reaped rewards. Now, they will have the opportunity to reap intrinsic yields by helping students reach entrepreneurial epiphanies.”

EO New Jersey members will share their experiences with students through lunch discussions, in-classroom lectures, panel discussions and other forms of knowledge sharing.

“This is a great opportunity for our members to serve as mentors, and as a Rutgers alum, I’m personally very excited about helping their students,” said Phil Patrick, mentorship chair for EO New Jersey. “This initiative is part of an ongoing effort to provide mentorship opportunities for EO members. Rutgers University is the perfect partner to begin the program.”

EO New Jersey President Alex Zaltsman, another Rutgers alum, said: “Our members have a lot of knowledge to share and this program is a great way for them to do so. EO New Jersey’s members cover a wide range of industries so we will be able to provide many perspectives for Rutgers students.”

Members in the News: Damon and Vince Finaldi, Glenn Van Etten, RJ Lewis and more

NJBIZ did a feature story on Tele-Data Solutions [Damon and Vince Finaldi].

Brighton Cromwell [Glenn Van Etten] was in the Alternative Press for their Operation Appreciation Collection program.

The Times of Trenton published an article about RJ Lewis’ success. RJ Lewis [eHealthcare Solutions and Ad-Juster] was also quoted in a PM360 story about the future of pharma digital advertising.

HispanicBusiness.com published a story about an upcoming event featuring Advance Realty [Kurt Padavano].

Mediabistro included a new hire at S3 Agency [Denise Blasevick and Adam Schnitzler] in their Odds and Ends column.

Roman Jewelers [Sophie Shor] was mentioned in a story on Philly.com about the couple that received a free engagement ring from Roman Jewelers as part of their grand opening celebration.

Office Furniture Partnership [Ernst Wachsmuth] was in an Alternative Press article for sponsoring the Run for the Red 5K.

EO New Jersey Hosts EO Test Drive

On Nov. 13, John Cioffi and Ethan Kassel, membership chairs for EO New Jersey, hosted an EO Test Drive at the Olde Mill Inn. The EO Test Drive event is a simple and effective tool to introduce prospective members to EO. It is interactive, fast-paced and focused around experience sharing. The Test Drive was led by EO Nashville member, Andy Bailey, who volunteered to fly in and help with the event. Thanks to the EO NJ members who volunteered to help at the event, the prospective members were able to participate in a mini-forum exercise. There were 13 prospective members who attended and seven stated afterwards that they were interested in joining EO. There are plans for another Test Drive in the spring so please think of any potential members you can refer.

EO New Jersey Members Attend Huddle – Getting to Systems and Processes 2.0

On Nov. 12, EO New Jersey members gathered for the Huddle – Getting to Systems and Processes 2.0 at the Eisenhower Conference Center, generously offered by member Michael Schofel. Three EO NJ members, Peter Bredlau, owner of Quality Service Associates, Inc.; Louis Biron, owner of One Horn Transportation; and Paul Baum, CEO of PlanITROI, shared very different yet very successful experiences in changing processes in their businesses.

In order to have the time to spend on launching a new division Peter needed his base business to run without him. He shared how he found the weak points in his business, how he created the processes, what he learned and how it’s going now. Peter even took on the role of dispatcher so he could learn the job firsthand, which was critical for creating a process for it. Louis talked about how he and his wife and business partner, Cheryl, transformed their business from a non-scalable, asset and employee heavy business model to a scalable, asset and employee free model. He said that as volume grew he kept automating whatever would take the most time. He talked about enjoying the challenge of growing without hiring by automating. Paul talked about how he went from 13 people to one in his sales team with minimal loss in his core business sales. Paul showed us how his company tracks and shares metrics and how they conduct their daily huddles.

The event finished with a group discussion led by Louis where members posed specific challenges to the group and the group shared their experiences. It was an enriching learning experience, and the event received a 9.6 rating.

Frank Sorrentino Speaks to EO New Jersey

Frank Sorrentino is a true New Jersey success story. A graduate of Bergen Catholic and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Frank took over the family business, FSS Construction, a luxury home builder. In a tough economic market with no access to credit or capital, Frank took matters in his own hands and got together with a few other local investors to found Connect One Bank. In February 2013, Connect One Bank went public and was also voted the fastest growing bank in the U.S.

On Nov. 19, Frank hosted EO New Jersey at his headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., where he shared the intimate details about what motivated him to start the bank, how he raised the capital, dealt with the regulatory hurdles, built a solid team and eventually got to the $1.5 billion mark.

EO New Jersey to Host Gala in January

From the moment you pull your car to the circular drive of this castle-like estate your experience will begin. Turn over your keys to the valet and walk to the huge wooden door where the maÎtre d’ will open it for you and your guest to enter into another time. The Spanish-style entry hall, with exquisite details like a 17th century tile floor from Spain and limestone columns, is just a glimpse of the character yet to be revealed throughout Pleasantdale Chateau.

You will be greeted with champagne and shown to the coat check. From there you will enjoy a cocktail hour from 7 – 8 p.m. in several connecting rooms, including a Mediterranean-style fountain room, which leads to the impressive conservatory with botanical gardens, a board room and tap room.

Dinner chimes will ring when it is time to move to the music room, where there will be an open bar, buffet dinner and dancing until midnight.

If you would like to spend the evening, the Chateau has 34 luxuriously appointed and inviting guest rooms on hold for our group. They are available at the rate of $139 – $159 per room. Reservations can be made by calling 973-731-5600 and mentioning EO New Jersey and the date.

Click here to register.

Jan. 10 – Gala | 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, NJ