#b#Acquisitions#/b#

Bartolomei Pucciarelli LLC, 2564 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-883-9000; fax, 609-883-9008. James Bartolomei, partner. www.bp-cpas.com.

Bartolomei Pucciarelli, a Lawrenceville-based accounting firm, has acquired the accounting practice of Joseph H. Schwendt, CPA for an undisclosed sum.

According to managing partner James Bartolomei, Schwendt’s practice should bring around 400 clients (including 50 business clients) to the firm. Schwendt, a Trenton native who has run his own firm for the past 15 years, handles mostly privately held small businesses, estates, and trusts.

A 33-year accounting veteran, Schwendt was a teacher at Rider university for 15 years — where he taught Bartolomei accounting. He also has a long background of government work, having served in several positions on a county and state level, Bartolomei says.

Bartolomei and Schwendt, who have remained in touch over the years, began discussing a merger about two years ago.

Molina Medicaid Solutions (formerly Unisys), 3705 Quakerbridge Road, University Plaza II, Suite 101, Mercerville 08619; 609-588-6000; fax, 609-890-8316. Frank Milnes, project director. www.unisys.com.

A year after announcing a $135 million merger, Unisys and Molina Medicaid Solutions have become one. Unisys, the Medicaid fiscal agent that processes Medicaid claims for the state of New Jersey, will now operate as Molina.

Last January Unisys announced that it would sell its health information management business, or HIM, to Molina Healthcare Inc. The Unisys HIM business provided system solutions and business process outsourcing services for the state’s Medicaid and other healthcare programs. The Quakerbridge Road office oversees the New Jersey program.

#b#Contracts Awarded#/b#

Ramco Systems Corp., 3150 Brunswick Pike, Suite 130, Crossroads Corporate Center, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-620-4800; fax, 609-620-4860. Guru Sowle, president, North America. www.ramco.com.

Ramco Systems, which develops software for aviation maintenance and engineering industry, has been hired to provide its software to MAS GMR Aerospace Engineering.

MAS GMR is a joint venture between Malaysian Aerospace Engineering and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited. The company created an airframe MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) facility that caters to airline customers at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India. Ramco will provide the software for that airport’s MRO facility. The amount of the contract was not announced.

#b#Grant from DOE#/b#

NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), 211 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540-6213; 609-524-4500; fax, 609-524-4501. David Crane, president and CEO. www.nrgenergy.com.

NRG Energy has received a $967 million grant from the federal Department of Energy to build the 290-megawatt Agua Caliente photovoltaic solar project near Yuma, Arizona. NRG bought Agua Caliente from First Solar for an undisclosed sum in December.

Work started on the project in December and NRG has a 25-year deal to sell the power it generates to Pacific Gas and Electric in California. According to NRG, the project is expected to create about 400 jobs through its construction and come online in 2014.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

Catholic Charities, 383 West State Street, Box 1423, Trenton 08607-1423; 609-394-5181; fax, 609-695-6978. Marlene Lao-Collins, executive director. www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org.

Catholic Charities, the Diocese of Trenton’s behavioral healthcare and social services agency covering Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties, has named Marlene Lao-Collins to succeed Francis Dolan as executive director when Dolan retires in March, after 23 years.

Lao-Collins is the director of social concerns for the New Jersey Catholic Conference, where she recommended public policy positions to the state’s bishops and lobbied for those positions with state legislators. She previously worked in policy development and advocacy at the state Department of Human Services.

Lao-Collins also serves on the boards of several organizations, including St. Francis Medical Center, the NJ Advocacy Network to End Homelessness, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, and the NJ Immigration Policy Network. She co-founded the Mercer County Hispanic Association and the Latina Women’s Council, and has been director of religious education at St. Joseph parish in Trenton since 1998.

Lao-Collins lives in Trenton with her husband and two children.

PD/LD Inc. (Photo Diode-Laser Diode), 30-B Pennington-Hopewell Road, Pennington 08534; 609-564-7900; fax, 609-564-7901. Vladimir Ban, CEO. www.pd-ld.com.

PD-LD Inc., a maker of LEDs, detectors, and lasers, has named Uri Abrams as its president. Vladimir Ban, the company’s CEO, was also serving as president, but will now act as the CEO.

Prior to the appointment, Abrams served as the company’s chief operating officer. He has worked at PD-LD for 12 years.

Abrams earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Drexel University. He also holds a master’s in operations and financial management from Drexel. Before joining PD-LD, he held numerous operations and manufacturing management positions with Trane and Heraeus Electro-Nite.

#b#Deaths#/b#

William Schreyer, 83, on January 22. The former CEO of Merrill Lynch, he worked for the company for 45 years. A memorial service is planned for this spring.

Cynthia Potts, 47, on January 22. She and her husband own the Jaqui-Kuhn Funeral Home in Highland Park. She also was a part-time accountant for Franklin Corner Dental Associates.

Louis Fares, 89, on January 22. He was the co-founder of Fares Surgical Associates in Trenton and help established the cancer care and surgical residency programs at St. Francis Medical Center. He also was one of the founders of the Mercer County unit of the American Cancer Society.

Carol Anne Kiernan, 65, on January 22. She worked at the Medical Center at Princeton for many years and then later was employed at the Hopewell Presbyterian church, and for many years at Pennington Market.

Elisabeth Vieux, 75, on January 20. She was a phlebotomist with the University Medical Center at Princeton for 39 years.

Michael Sopronyi, 66, on January 19. He worked for Merrill Lynch in Plainsboro.

Frank Jannotti, 43, on January 19. He was a warehouse parts manager at Princeton Air Conditioning.

Carol Robinson, 67, on January 17. She was employed for 32 years in the Princeton school system as a children’s librarian, and at Princeton Public Library.

Margoleath Berman, 48, on January 17. She was an active member of the Handsome Molly Dancers, Princeton Country Dancers, and the Cotillion Singers, and enjoyed contra dancing and folk dancing .

Donald Black, 62, on January 15. He was a facilities manager for the past three years at the Hamilton AMC movie theater and also a real estate agent with DiDonato Realty for more than 25 years.

Matthew Lyman, 30, on January 14. He worked for the North Brunswick Parks Department.

Charles Gordon, 68, on December 24. He was a research meteorologist at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab since 1972.

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