Monthly Archives: March 2014

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.

EO New Jersey President Attends Presidents’ Meeting

EO New Jersey President Alex Zaltsman attended the recent presidents’ meeting and brought back some great information. YPO has discontinued the Member-to-Member Exchange and EO is replacing it with EO Connect. For more information about the change, click here.

The annual Global Leadership Conference for board members is being consolidated into one global event per year instead of two. This year it’s in Athens, Greece. It will be in San Diego, Calif., in 2015, and Asia is being planned for 2016.

EO Nerve 2014 in Philadelphia was also discussed at the meeting. Alex said it is going to be an awesome event! Check out the web site

Members in the News

Cheryl Biron [One Horn Transportation] was quoted in an Inc. story on stress management.

Denise Blasevick [The S3 Agency] was quoted in an Entrepreneur story about company retreats. The story also was published on Yahoo! Small Business Advisor.

Alex Zaltsman [Innovi Mobile] wrote an article for Young Upstarts about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, using advice from Kurt Olender [OlenderFeldman], Steven Raz [Cornerstone Search Group], David Rear [Advanced Clinical Concepts], JB Blanchard [RoofDeck Solutions], Denise Blasevick [The S3 Agency], Mike Michalowicz [Provendus Group] and Sophie Shor [Roman Jewelers].

Zaltsman was also quoted in an article in The Daily Targum about a tech meetup he participated in at Rutgers University.

Gold Medal Service [Mike Agugliaro and Rob Zadotti] is celebrating its 20th anniversary, which was covered by the Sentinel and

A senior principal at Summit Financial Resources [Christopher Stappas] was quoted in a story about trusts with carried interest.

An article on covered the new Advance Realty [Kurt Padavano] project.

SRSsoft [Evan Steele] was in a Modern Healthcare story for adopting an industry trade association’s code of good business practices and conduct.

An Express-Times story about Phillipsburg School Board approving new school projects included Parette Somjen Architects [Greg Somjen].

The Hunterdon County Democrat published an article inviting the public to nominate Hunterdon County’s “2014 Businesswoman of the Year” and included a photo of last year’s winner, Sophie Shor [Roman Jewelers]. did a story about the speakers at the 16th Annual Business Growth and Procurement Conference, which include Susan Michel [Glen Eagle Advisors].

Caryn Kopp’s [Kopp Consulting] latest column for was about how to build a business.

Fireside Chat with Frank Pollaro Coming Up

Frank Pollaro will speak in a fireside chat to EO New Jersey members at 3 p.m. April 7 (add to calendar) at Pollaro Homemade Furniture (1100 Lousons Road, Union, NJ). Pollaro is a master furniture maker whose company (a small business of about 40 people) is in Union, N.J. He has built his company from the ground up (with no formal woodworking education) to be one of the world’s best.

His clients include the rich and famous, such as David Geffen, Brad Pitt, Tiffany and Co., Terry Semel (CEO of Yahoo), Larry Ellison and Steinway and Sons. He is creating a custom $2 million piano for Steinway to celebrate the creation of their 600,000th piano, and it will tour the world when completed.  He has also formed a furniture company with Brad Pitt called Pitt & Pollaro.

His passion and story are quite compelling. He has offered to open his shop for a tour and discussion of his business (and challenges) and journey from unknown to be among, if not the best furniture makers, in the world.

Unlike those interested in building companies to sell, Pollaro is interested in continuing his journey to create world class furniture while finding ways to leverage his unique skills, talents and rare wood inventory to grow his business.

Frank is a down-to-earth guy with great passion for his craft that is inspiring to say the least.  Seeing his furniture and hearing his stories is an unusual treat–especially since his client list is a who’s who of Hollywood and business.

PlanITROI Seeking a Chief Operating Officer

EO New Jersey member company PlanITROI is looking for a chief operating officer. Here is more information from PlanITROI:

PlanITROI has a great history, reputation and story; we now need GREAT second in command to be chief operating officer that can tell it, teach it, drive it and manage it–with the PlanITROI team and our PlanITvision technology. We are seeking a hands-on manager that can execute the strategy based on the CEO’s vision and industry growth. This is an opportunity for someone who is truly entrepreneurial and has a strong history in managing within a fast paced and highly complex small business.

Why Should You Consider this an Opportunity?

PlanITROI is the leading provider of “refurbished” IT asset value recovery, according to Gartner, and quickly becoming the leader of “closed loop refurbishment” within the reverse logistics industry focused on both IT and CE assets. Our new tool, PlanITvision, keeps PlanITROI’s relationships honest and transparent in a world with too much mystery around what happens to your assets the second time around. With trusted relationships come new business opportunities! We need you to help unlock the new opportunities here at PlanITROI!

Click here for a complete job description.

Prism Forum Goes to Atlanta

The Prism forum, formerly called COTU, went to Atlanta and participated in a doubleheader event at the Atlanta EO chapter: South African wine tasting plus EOX and listening to the stories of two Atlanta EO-ers. Denise Blasevick, Suzanne Cerra, Chris Maillet, Scott Peloquin, Michael Schofel and Greg Somjen attended.

The Atlanta EO’ers and their president, Hano Ekdahl, were awesome. They even helped us get into an innovation lab at Coca Cola. Plus EO member Kevin Ratbun who owns four high-end restaurants in Atlanta, treated us to a private gourmet meal.