When BCI, a 400-person vendor to the cell phone industry, decided that it would be smart to diversify, it hired Darren Belick, a cable guy. Belick started his career as an entry level cable installer right out of high school. It was the late 1970s, when, he recalls, "cable was 39 channels, everything said `future use,' and ESPN had arm wrestling."
As cable rose, becoming the 400-channel, high-def, on-demand entertainment hub that it is today, Belick rose right along with it. He spent 25 years in the cable industry, leaving TKR Cable as area vice president and general manager, and then working for Comcast as area vice president for central New Jersey before joining BCI 18 months ago.
Explaining his exit from the cable industry, he says "I just saw the burgeoning wireless field. I saw the convergence of technologies. I'm always looking ahead, reading the tea leaves, and I saw that the world was moving toward wireless."
BCI, a 13-year-old company with headquarters in Elmwood Park, had been working exclusively in the wireless world, where its clients are cell phone companies in need of more towers to serve their growing customer bases. BCI scouts locations where more signal strength is needed, puts up test antennas, and deploys drive testers to cruise by, like the Verizon "can you hear me now guy," to see if the antennas improve reception. When they do, BCI finds a nearby spot in which to place a new receptor. It could be a rooftop, a tower, a barn, or one of those faux evergreen trees that sit alongside highways. BCI handles all aspects of purchasing land or leasing space, and also does any construction necessary. (For interactive maps showing all cell receptors in your neighborhood, check out www.cellreception.com/towers.
The cell phone business has been good for BCI, which went public in November, 2007, under the symbol BERL:OB, and which has 15 offices across the country.
Belick points out, though, that the universe of customers in the cell phone industry is finite. That is one reason, he says, that BCI started the division that he heads, BCI Specialty Services. This new division's potential customer, says Belick, is "any company with a phone and a computer."
Specialty Services celebrated its first birthday right after Valentine's Day, and in that time has grown from three employees to eleven. It has also outgrown its original office, 900 square feet at Georges Road, and has just moved into 5,000 square feet at 45 Stouts Lane in Dayton.
The division uses a combination of copper cable, fiber optic cable, and wireless devices to knit together a company's communications - often among several buildings - and to speed them up. In its first six months, Belick's division has completed 122 jobs in six states. "We just finished a job for the Hershey corporation," he gives as an example. "We interconnected five buildings spread throughout the town of Hershey." Another recent customer was Centra State Hospital in Freehold, which also has employees spread among five separate buildings. His division has also done work for Somerset and Hunterdon counties, the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Universal Music, and Princeton Softech.
Business drivers include the popularity of wireless computing. Employees now often come and go, carrying their work with them on laptops. When there are in the office, these nomad workers need the same wireless access that they now take for granted in airports, hotels, and coffee houses. They also need security if company data is to be guarded. Twenty-eight percent of Belick's division's work to date has involved setting up secure wireless networks within companies. The rest of his jobs have added another crucial element of modern computing - speed. This is accomplished by replacing copper wires with fiber optic cable. Some customers tackle both jobs at once, gaining the advantages of effortless wireless computing and the speed that comes with a fiber optic upgrade.
BCI's plan is to build on the network of offices it has already established to take its Specialty Services division nationwide. "The infrastructure is already there," says Belick. "We already have offices and some resources in every location where we are now serving cell phone carriers." The company has offices in big cities on the East Coast and also in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Belick's biggest challenge now, he says, is finding enough people to staff those offices. Entry level workers are not too hard to pull onboard. "We train them," he says. In addition to learning how to install fiber optic cable, these beginners have to learn to be unobtrusive. Companies want the same speed and effortless interface from contractors as they want from their computers, which means that Belick's installers have to be in and out quickly, and "have to do it with no mess."
A lot more is demanded of high level employees, including design engineers. "We need a diverse skill set," says Belick. "They have to know wireless, cable, and fiber. It's hard to find all three." Back in 1979 when Belick was beginning his career, it would have been hard to even imagine all three. The South Brunswick resident, who has a seven-year-old son and a daughter who is a freshman at Lehigh, says that the challenge of moving on to the newest communication technologies is what gets him out of bed in the morning, and what prompted him to leave a secure career in the cable industry for the adventure of a new-technology start-up.
BCI Specialty Services (BERL:OB), 45 Stouts Lane, Unit 1, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-274-0961; fax, 732-329-6528. Darren Belick, president. Home page: www.bcisites.com.
LAN to WAN to Web
Back in the olden days, circa 2005 or so, companies would spend a lot of money on software packages, install them on all of their computers, and connect the lot via a server. There is a better way, says Jim Appenzeller, a founder of A & S Technologies, a start-up that has just moved into offices at 331 Wall Street.
Appenzeller and his partner, Kristian Stout, are building a business by helping other start-ups - and grand old institutions like the U.S. Coast Guard - to get all of the computer functions they actually need and to tie them all together on a company website. Instead of clicking through an off-the-shelf software package, most of which will never be used, employees can access just the computer utilities they need on a website created just for their company.
An advantage, Appenzeller points out, is that putting things like sales figures, the status of contracts, and inventory figures onto a website is that everyone can access it from anywhere. Another plus is that each company's website is designed specifically for its own unique needs.
Appenzeller, who studied physics and computer science at Rutgers (Class of 2000), recalls being fascinated by computers since he was in kindergarten. He grew up in Mays Landing, where he took full advantage of the crude computer functions of his Atari game system. He met his business partner at Rutgers, and the two of them decided that they wanted to start a software business. But first Appenzeller had to accompany his wife to California, where she was earning her Ph.D. in psychology.
The interlude between graduation and business launch provided both partners with lots of experience in creating custom software to be integrated into company websites, and it also netted them the clients that will help A & S Technologies get off to a good start.
A client Appenzeller brought back to New Jersey is the U.S. Coast Guard, for which his company is now doing Homeland Security work. While he thinks that hooking up with start-ups and helping them to grow their computer infrastructures will be his new company's bread and butter, he is also going after more government contracts. Once on vendor lists, he says, getting government work is not all that difficult.
He doesn't think that finding start-ups in need of help will be too hard either. "A lot of companies get someone to build them a cheap website," he says, "but then they need software as their business grows." He is enthusiastic about finding new businesses just at this stage, and then moving along with them as their needs for enhanced E-commerce capabilities or sophisticated inventory tracking grow.
He is finding some of these start-ups on the Internet on websites where companies such as his bid for work. One recent client he found this way is a dating website. He also plans to find business by getting out in the real world, and thinks that joining chambers of commerce could be a good way to do so.
For Appenzeller, computers are mainly powerful tools for achieving business results. Asked about his favorite computer toy, he says "I don't have an iPod or an iPhone. I'm really a utility guy." But the affable young business owner is not all work. "I do have a computerized telescope," he says. His love of astronomy goes back to his undergraduate study of physics, he says. While star gazing is his hobby, back on earth Appenzeller is quietly confident that he has chosen a profitable business niche. The Internet, derided after the dot-com crash, has now proved that it is far more than pie in the sky.
A&S Technologies, 331 Wall Street, Princeton; 631-456-6404. James Appenzeller, founder. www.a-stechnologies.com.
Musicians' Union Finds New Venue
Disc jockeys are "killing the music business," says Frank Herrera, secretary/treasure of Local 62, A.F.M. Trenton Musicians Union. Membership in the union is down from 2,000 to 305, but members, including Herrera, an upright string bass player and 1941 graduate of Trenton High School, still manage to keep busy at the work they love.
The union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Musicians that received its charter in 1901, has just moved from 33 Assunpink Boulevard in Trenton. Its new office is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone looking for a musician, a band, or an orchestra to perform can call for recommendations. Band members with a need - short term or permanent - for a new member, maybe a sax player or a drummer, will also find referrals here.
The union's members run the gamut from wedding singers to symphonic performers. "We represent four symphonies," says Herrera. They are the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Trenton Orchestra, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic, and the Riverside Symphonia in Lambertville.
Very, very few members of this union are able to support themselves solely through their performances, says Herrera. He puts the number at "closer to zilch than anything else," and adds that "even members of the symphonies teach at Westminster or give private lessons." Outside of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and cities of a similar size, he says, it's difficult for a musician to find enough work to perform full time.
Still, the union does help musicians to find work. It also provides some benefits, although it had to drop health insurance as premiums escalated to the point where dues were becoming unaffordable. The union also sets minimums for its members, listing the lowest fees they may accept for engagements. Herrera acknowledges that many musicians, eager for any work they can get, accept "the door" as payment. But he doesn't approve. Accepting only the cover fee that a club owner offers rarely amounts to much, he says. "Sometimes it's $500, but usually it's more like $5" and doing so lowers wages for all musicians. Undercutting a decent rate of pay is unfair after "all those years they've studied, and all the equipment they've paid for."
Herrera himself plays regularly at the Hopewell Bistro with the Richard Braytenbah Trio. He has been working with that group for three or four years, but has been making music since he was a teen-ager. He played even before joining the Navy in 1943, and has done so ever since. He day job for many decades was with the state as a traffic engineer. It was perfect, he says, providing for his family while also giving him the freedom to play on evenings and weekends.
His children, now grown, each gave music a try, but in the end preferred sports. Now they frequently turn up in the audience at his performances along with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
"It's been a great life," says Herrera. "I wouldn't change a thing."
Local 62, A.F.M Trenton Musicians Union, 2620 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road, Hamilton 08690; 609-586-0022; fax, 609-586-1008. James Sciocco, president.
Drake Beam Morin Inc., 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 202, Princeton 08540; 609-452-7474; fax, 609-524-4368. Amy Raditz, lead consultant. www.dbm.com.
Drake Beam Morin, a human resources consulting firm, has moved from 100 Overlook Drive to 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 202. Amy Raditz is in charge.
Fennelli Design Group Inc., 174 Ellisdale Road, Allentown 08501; 609-581-7373; fax, 800-884-7291. Jim Fennelli, president. Home page: www.eventfx.com.
Fennelli Design Group Inc., an audio/video equipment rental company, has moved from 127 Route 206 to Allentown.
Flip-Globe LLC, 50 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Suite H, Princeton Junction 08550; 732-207-6955.
Flip Globe, a software consulting, outsourcing, and staffing company, has moved from 613 Ridge Road in Monmouth Junction to 50 Princeton-Hightstown Road. The company also offers training in IT skills.
IDAM Home Care Services, 2572 South Broad Street, Hamilton 08610; 609-888-4844; fax, 609-888-3443. Ian Griffiths, director.
IDAM Home Care, a health services provider, has moved from 1607 South Olden Avenue in Hamilton to 2572 South Broad Street, also in Hamilton.
INROADS/Central New Jersey Inc., 379 Thornall Street, Sixth Floor, Edison 08837; 732-321-1104; fax, 732-321-1168. Doreen Wilburn-Smith, regional director.
Inroads Inc., a national job placement agency for minority youth, has moved its New Jersey regional office from 825 Georges Road in New Brunswick to 379 Thornall Street in Edison.
Richard J. Lucash CPA, 1799 Klockner Road, Suite 3, Mercerville 08619; 609-584-0448; fax, 609-584-0458. www.rjlucashcpa.com.
The accounting firm has moved from 2400 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road to 1799 Klockner Road in Mercerville.
Mainsail Associates, 11 Murray Drive, Hillsborough 08844; 908-371-1717. Jennie Hollmann, president. www.mainsailassociates.com.
Mainsail Associates, an organizational assessment firm, has moved from Bunker Hill Road to 11 Murray Drive in Hillsborough.
Mercer Travel & Cruises, 9 West Front Street, Trenton 08608; 609-392-2283; fax, 609-392-2285. Louis Macres, owner. Home page: www.mercertravel.com.
The three-year-old travel agency moved from 113 South Warren Street to West Front Street.
New Jersey Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, 1 Distribution Way, Suite 202, Monmouth Junction 08852; 732-422-0748; fax, 732-422-0842. Linda Fisher Avatar, executive vice president. Home page: www.naifanj.com.
The New Jersey Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, an industry trade group founded in 1935, has moved from its offices at 5 Independence Way to 1 Distribution Way, Suite 202, in Monmouth Junction. Linda Fisher Avatar, executive vice president of the association, says that the move was made because the new landlord offered a better deal.
The association was formerly for those selling life insurance, and has now widened its umbrella to include financial advisors. It has recently downsized to a two-person staff.
Princeton Utility Marketing Corp., 251 Federal Point Boulevard, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-882-6116; fax, 609-882-6118. Robert Saccani, president.
Princeton Utility Marketing, which deals in the marketing of heavy power equipment, has moved its offices from 2124 Spruce Street to 251 Federal Point Boulevard in Lawrenceville.
Sally L. Steinberg, 20 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; 609-683-0065; fax, 609-924-6171.
Divorce attorney Sally Steinberg has moved her practice from 33 Witherspoon Street to 20 Nassau Street.
The Witherspoon Institute, 16 Stockton Street, Princeton 08542; 609-688-8779. Alice Brzycki, director of communications and development. Home page: www.winst.org
The Witherspoon Institute, an political and social advocacy group, has moved from 20 Nassau Street to 16 Stockton Street.
Bancroft NeuroHealth, Office Center at Princeton Meadows, Suite 2000C, Plainsboro 08536; 609-799-8400; fax, 609-936-9446. Lisa Steinhilber, program director.
Bancroft NeuroHealth has bought the HealthSouth Community Rehabilitation Services of New Jersey location at Princeton Meadows, and changed the emphasis of the organization. A spokesperson says that, while HealthSouth treated people with all kinds of injuries, and specialized in sports injuries, Bancroft NeuroHealth only treats people with brain injuries.
The 38-person facility is headed by program director Lisa Steinhilber. There were no lay-offs as a result of the change in ownership.
Ezeflow NJ Inc./Tube-line (), 475 Jersey Avenue, New Brunswick 08903; 732-435-1700; fax, 732-435-0013.
The Shaw Group, a pipe manufacturing company based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, acquired Ezeflow NJ/Tubeline of New Brunswick in July, 2007. Shaw continues to operate out of the Jersey Avenue site.
National Packaging Companies, 1400 East State Street, Trenton 08609; 609-587-2000; fax, 609-587-7858. Stuart Edelman, general manager. Home page: www.mannkraft.com.
Mannkraft, a Newark-based packaging company, bought the assets of National Packing Companies in December, 2006. NPC continues to operate, under the Mannkraft name, from 1400 East State Street in Trenton. Its website has changed from www.onenpc.com to www.mannkraft.com.
Pendotech, 3490 Route 1 North, Suite 15A, Princeton 08540; 609-802-1262; fax, 609-784-7889. Jim Furey, general manager. Home page: www.pendotech.com.
A $15,000 control system, the size of a VCR box, can help a life science company with its manufacturing processes and process development. Pendotech, a three-year-old company at Princeton Service Center, sells both software and hardware for control systems and specialized sensors to firms nationally and internationally. His Princeton-area customers include Bristol-Myers Squibb and Medarex. Genentech is among his national clients.
The high tech, low cost in-line process sensors are designed for single use or limited use in the biotech industry where a compact design, accuracy, and high level of cleanliness is required. The sensors are created by installing micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs) technology and optical sensing elements into the injection-molded plastic fittings. The sensors, for which patents have been applied, are used for critical process measurements such as pressure, pH, and conductivity.
Pendotech manufactures the related electronic instruments to read the sensors and also serve as transmitters. Depending on customer requirements, integrated process control systems are designed and manufactured for monitoring and control of an entire process.
Jim Furey, Pendotech's general manager, moved the company from Overlook Center to Princeton Service Center last fall. He grew up in north Philadelphia, the son of a banker, and majored in chemical engineering, Class of 1988, at Drexel University. He worked at National Starch & Chemical in Bridgewater while earning a Rutgers MBA, and focused on international business.
"I always knew I wanted to go into the business end of engineering," he says. When he took a job with Millepoure he was transferred to Boston, where he met Dennis Annarelli, an MIT Ph.D. who is now the technical manager of Pendotech.
Furey says that the company was started with help on product design from Henry Wieck at Polygenesis www.polygenesis.com), which is based in Monmouth Junction. Says Furey, "we both do the design on paper, Polygenesis does the manufacturing, and we do the testing."
Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., 2400 Route 130 North, Dayton 08810; 732-839-9400; fax, 732-355-9449. Scott White, CEO. Home page: www.aurobindo.com.
Aurobindo USA, a pharmaceutical company with a specialty in manufacturing semi-synthetic penicillin, has leased Matrix Development Group's entire 102 Melrich Road distribution facility in Cranbury.
Aurobindo was represented by Charles Fern, executive vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle, and Matrix was represented in-house by Patrick J. Connelly, vice president of asset management. The facility will be used for office, general warehouse, and distribution space in support of Aurobindo's existing pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Dayton.
An appeal of the Melrich Road facility was its location, which is close to the New Jersey Turnpike, and which offers immediate access to Routes 130, I-95, and I-287, essentially offering overnight highway access to one-third of the nation's population.
In addition the warehouse, the newly-leased facility includes 12,432 square feet of office space.
Aurobindo USA is headed by CEO Scott White. The company's parent is located in Hyderabad, India. It was founded in 1986, went public in 1992, and was listed on international stock exchanges in 1995. It is the market leader in semi-synthetic penicillin drugs and has a multi-product portfolio of generic drugs and numerous international manufacturing facilities.
Garden State Fire & Safety Services, 20 Georges Road, New Brunswick 08810; 732-247-8800. Donna Biedenkapp, office manager.
Garden State Fire & Safety Services has moved from 10 South River Road in Cranbury to its earlier headquarters at 20 Georges Road, New Brunswick.
National Junior Tennis League of Trenton, 438 South Broad Street, Suite 108, Trenton 08611; 609-341-1698; fax, 609-730-8537. Daniel J. Faber, executive director. Home page: www.njtloftrenton.com.
Daniel J. Faber has opened a Trenton-based office of the National Junior Tennis League; previously the five-member staff had been working from their homes. Founded in 1975, the organization offers opportunities for inner-city children through tennis and education.
PHS Senior Living LLC, 13 Roszel Road, Suite C-120, Box 2184, Princeton 08543-6602; 609-987-8900; fax, 609-987-0543. Gary T. Puma, president & CEO. Home page: www.phsnet.org.
Formerly known as Presbyterian Homes & Services, the newly named PHS Senior Living is expanding to the second floor at 13 Roszel Road, where it has 80 employees.
In addition to managing senior living homes, the organization offers development planning, repositioning, marketing, capital needs analyses, and other services to clients in the United States.
"In many ways, the new company simply lends a formal structure to something we have already been doing for several years - consulting on various projects here and in the United Kingdom," says Garrett Midgett III, who was recently promoted to senior vice president.
Transave Inc., 11 Deer Park Drive, Princeton Corporate Plaza IV, Suite 117, Monmouth Junction 08852-1923; 732-438-9434; fax, 732-438-9435. Tim Whitten, CEO/president. Home page: www.transaveinc.com.
Transave, developer of inhaled pharmaceuticals for the site-specific treatment of serious lung diseases, has added more than 5,000 square feet and extended its lease at Princeton Corporate Plaza's research center, at 11 Deer Park Drive in Monmouth Junction. The firm now occupies 21,354 square feet of corporate office and R&D space at the property.
Aerospace Consulting Group Inc., 26 Whitehall Road, East Brunswick. Home page: www.aerospaceconsulting.com.
Aerospace Consulting Group Inc., specializing in technical consulting, appears to have vacated its offices on Whitehall Road in East Brunswick. The phone and fax numbers have been disconnected and no forwarding information is available.
Analytic Stress Relieving Inc., 9A South Gold Drive, Trenton.
Analytic Stress Relieving Inc., an industrial safety services supplier headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, has vacated its facilities at 9 South Gold Drive in Robbinsville.
A spokeswoman from the company's regional office in Richmond, Virginia, says that ASR is in the process of consolidating. The Robbinsville site's 20 employees still work for the company, but are doing most work from home. The operation is being managed out of Richmond.
CES USA Inc., 5 Independence Way, Suite 300, Princeton.
CES USA, a computer consulting firm, has left its offices at 5 Independence Way. The company's telephone number no longer answers and no forwarding address is available.
Decitech Services, 34 Gervin Road, Lawrenceville.
After seven years Johann Lee is closing his IT services company.
Express Car & Truck Rental, 2342 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill 08002; 856-424-9595; fax, 856-662-7896. Home page: www.1800vanrent.com.
Late last year this van rental office closed; the next nearest location is in Cherry Hill. It rents 7 to 15-passenger vans.
Gift Planning Advisor LLC, 50 Franklin Drive, Plainsboro.
Gift Planning Advisors LLC, a financial consulting firm specializing in gift planning for nonprofit companies, appears to have vacated its offices at 50 Franklin Drive in Plainsboro. The company's telephone number has been disconnected and mail sent to its address cannot be delivered.
ITC Infotech (USA) Inc., 12 Route 17 North, Suite 303, Paramus 07652; 609-419-1111; fax, 609-419-1183. Prakash Ahuja, president. www.itcinfotech.com.
Last fall ITC Infotech closed its 600 Alexander Road office, and calls are being taken in Paramus. The firm does consulting in Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, and a platform called Windchill. The company's headquarters is in India. Its website lists offices in eight states and several European countries.
Lawrenceville Press, 875 Montreal Way, St. Paul 55102; 800-328-1452; fax, 800-328-4564. Home page: lvp.com.
Lawrenceville Press, a computer textbook publisher, was sold in November. The 10-person Pennington office has closed. All the products are being sold from the Minnesota office.
Bruce W. Presley, the company founder, wrote his first guide to programming in Basic-Plus in 1995. He taught computer science and physics at the Lawrenceville School for 24 years.
GL Raffaelli Engineering, 122 Washington Street, Rocky Hill.
GL Raffaelli Engineering has left its offices at 122 Washington Street in Rocky Hill. The firm, founded in 1971, specialized in the design of municipal swimming pools and recreational facilities.
Wembly International, 1901 North Olden Avenue.
Wembly International, an importer/exporter of frozen foods, has closed its operations on North Olden Avenue in Ewing. An international company, Wembly is now operating out of its headquarters in Georgia.
Frascella & Pisauro LLC, 100 Canal Pointe Boulevard, Suite 209, Princeton 08540; 609-919-9500; fax, 609-919-9510. Michael Pisauro, partner. www.fplegal.com.
The law firm of Frascella, Salak, and Pisauro has changed its name to Frascella & Pisauro. The firm has changed its web page and E-mail addresses to reflect the new name. The address and phone remain the same.
Tom Frascella and Mike Pisauro do civil litigation, business law, and contracts. Their specialties include real estate, employment, environmental, intellectual property, family, and wills and estates.
New Century Investor Services, 241 Forsgate Drive, Suite 206, Monroe 08831; 732-656-3003; fax, 732-656-3013. Stephanie Wixted, executive assistant/office manager. www.newcentis.com.
New Century Planning, a pre-retirement financial planning firm, has changed its name to New Century Investor Services and moved to a smaller location on Forsgate Drive. The firm operated in a 2,200-square-foot space at 350 Forsgate Drive and now operates in an 1,800-square-foot space at 321 Forsgate Drive. Formerly based in Matawan, the company now is headquartered in Monroe.
The Kahuna Content Company, 55 Hamilton Lane, Plainsboro 08536; 609-799-6490. Richard Telofski, president. www.kahunacontent.com.
Richard Telofski has ceased publication of Conehenge Illustrated, an online comic strip he drew out of his offices at 245 Nassau Street. Telofski now operates a social media agency aimed at helping small businesses and professionals work in the blogosphere.
Robert E. Norland, 88, on March 9. He was the founder of Norland Products in Cranbury. The company manufactures light sensitive coatings from fish gelatin.
Herbert S. Starkey, 94, on March 9. The author of mathematics text books, he was also involved in analyzing school expenditures and had a role in enacting the legislation that provided group health insurance for public employees in New Jersey.
Marilyn Odachowski, 55, on March 6. She was a speech language specialist at the Upper Elementary and Middle School in the West-Windsor Plainsboro school district.
Paul W. Hofreiter, 55, on March 5. He was a piano instructor at the Westminster Conservatory. See story, page 36.