Postmistress Soto

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Inacom Goes Belly Up

Several dozen people in the Inacom office on Lenox

Drive found themselves without a job last week. With 5,000 employees

worldwide, and once the largest corporate reseller of computers,

Inacom

had tried to reshape itself as a technology services company.

Last week when Inacom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy it shuttered

its doors as if it were a mere mom and pop store, leaving both its

workers and its clients out in the cold. Employees were instructed

by voice mail tapes from the home office in Atlanta to pick up

personal

property on Thursday, June 29, when Pinkerton guards would be on the

site. As for its high profile clients — many in the Fortune 1000

category — other companies are scrambling to pick up those

contracts.

"We are looking to assist previous Inacom customers," says

Jack Chardi, product marketing manager of Alpha Microsystem, a Santa

Ana, California-based firm with a Cranbury-based help desk

(714-957-8500.

www.alphamicro.com).

Inacom owned ValCom, which at one point had taken over Clancy Paul

computers, the business founded by Glenn Paul (see story, page 47).

Paul eventually concluded that he could not make money in the retail

computer business, and the once deep-pocketed Inacom apparently

reached

the same reality as a reseller.

As reported by John Moore of www.smartpartnermag.com Inacom listed

assets of $956.6 million and debts of $560.7 million, including a

debt of $94 million to Compaq, which recently bought Inacom’s

distribution

units. Other top creditors are Computer Associates, Hewlett Packard,

Inacom’s former chairman William Fairfield (who claims $9 million),

Scient Corp. (a web integrator), and the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

Inacom, 1009 Lenox Drive, Building Four East, Suite

105, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-0005; fax, 609-896-9778.

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Postmistress Soto

This Wednesday, June 28, Mary Ann Soto will replace

Steven LaMarca as Princeton postmaster. She has been working as the

officer in charge and was appointed to the position in March.

"With

the great competition that the post office has I’m going to try to

keep our business going, expand it, and give people the service they

deserve," says Soto, who plans to rely on more automated mail

systems. "I hope people are seeing some change in that direction

already." LaMarca is now postmaster in Marlboro.

The former postmaster of both Succasunna and Hackettstown, Soto grew

up in Elizabeth and studied psychology and business at Union County

Community College. She started as a clerk and carrier in the Carteret

Post Office in 1979. She became superintendent of operations at the

Union Post Office in 1990, and assumed her first postmaster position

in 1993 in Succasunna, Morris County. In 1997 she became postmaster

of Hackettstown. Since Princeton was without a postmaster, she was

offered a position as officer in charge, or acting postmaster, in

November in 1999.

Soto is married and has a daughter in law school.

Princeton Post Office, 213 Carnegie Center, Roszel

Road, Princeton 08540-9998. Mary Ann Soto, Princeton postmaster.

609-452-9044;

fax, 609-452-1853.


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