Category Archives: New Members

Welcome to our new EONJ members

Welcome to our new EONJ members – we will be featuring a small introduction for each new member as they join!

My name is Dave Federici and I just joined EO. I am looking forward to learning and growing from my interactions with other business owners at EO.  I look forward to sharing my experiences as well.

I am currently President and Owner of FLOOR TOWN a retail business that provides floor covering products and services to both the residential and commercial market places. My business is …..click here to read more.

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Tejesh Kodali is endowed with 20+ years of experience in Information Technology, M&A, Finance and environment Industries. His expertise includes managing both private and Publicly-held companies.

He is an entrepreneur and an environmentalist, …….click here to read more.

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My name is Kelley Evens, I am a new EO member and the co-owner of Aurora Kitchens & Interiors.  Aurora Kitchens was formed in 2008 and specializes in the design and construction of kitchens, bathrooms and interior projects.

Prior to owning my business, I worked as a Chemical Engineer for a military aircraft contractor ….click here to read more.

EO New Jersey Welcomes Charles Olivo

Help us welcome the newest member of EO New Jersey: Charles Olivo. Olivo joined EO to improve his business behavior and skills so that he can lead his business, Stonefield Engineering and Design, to greater success and achievement.

Olivo founded Stonefield in January 2010 in the basement of his home. Olivo wanted the freedom to create and drive a new brand of engineering and design that was deeply rooted in the teachings of the dynamic mentors that he has met during his career. The central core of those teachings is to find tremendously talented and dynamic individuals to work with so as never to dilute the message and the passion that fuels it.

Stonefield is now a full-service civil/traffic engineering and design firm. Olivo looks forward to engaging with the talented professionals in EO New Jersey to further refine and shape Stonefield.

Meet New EO New Jersey Member Andy Tupler

Andy Tupler is a new member of EO. His business is Tupler Financial, an independent financial planning firm with experience in all areas of financial planning and wealth management. Established in 1999, Tupler Financial’s expertise and highly personalized level of service allows them to help entrepreneurs, executives and professionals successfully pursue their specific financial goals. After learning the business from the ground up with large investment and insurance firms, Andy realized that clients deserve the personalized service that Tupler Financial could only give by becoming independent.

After graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Andy worked for several companies in corporate accounting and strategic planning. About the time he finished his MBA from Rider University, he realized he didn’t want to continue being an employee in the corporate world. He had survived two rounds of layoffs and didn’t want to spend his career not having control over his future. After investigating the option of purchasing several businesses, an estate attorney suggested that Andy’s background would be perfect for financial planning. He spent six years with larger firms before going out on his own and starting Tupler Financial.

The business has grown each year, except for 2009 when they saw a 25 percent decline in revenue due to the financial crisis. They have grown at least 11 percent per year from 2010 to 2013 and expect the growth to continue at that level or higher.

Andy has lived in Somerset County, N.J. almost his entire life. He and his wife, Dara, have lived in Basking Ridge, N.J. since 1998. Their son, Noah, is a sophomore at Ridge High School and their son, Shane, is an eighth grader at William Annin Middle School. Their kids have an apparel company called Spectra, which you can find on Instagram and YouTube.

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.

Meet Damon Finaldi, the newest member of EO New Jersey

Damon’s business is TeleData Solutions in Union, N.J., which focuses on improving the communications for their clients to their customers and employees using technology. They have been in business for more than 30 years.

TeleData Solutions currently has 10 employees and has had revenue growth of almost 30% from 2010 to 2012 – the plan is to double in the next three years!

Having grown up in a B-to-B business for 30 years, Damon will be a resource to many of us on small business management.

Damon lives in Morris Plains, N.J., and has a business partnership with his brother. He is married with three children (1, 3 and 5 years old).