Not too many people have 30 years experience in the Internet business. Sergio Heker does, if you count the work he did in the predecessor to the Internet. A serial entrepreneur, Heker is growing his fourth company, Glesec, at Princeton Overlook; it also operates in Argentina.
Heker’s first company, Global Enterprise Services, spun out of JvNCnet, the government-funded link between 13 universities. Then it was called the National Science Foundation Network, and it was located at the John von Neumann supercomputer center on Princeton University’s Forrestal campus.
When the government funds dried up, the then 30-year-old Heker rounded up family and private investments and took it private. In exchange for free access for Princeton’s libraries and schools, Princeton University hosted the network on its campus.
Five years later Global Enterprise Services had more than 100 employees, and 10 years later Heker sold the company to a national Internet service provider based in Denver (now known as Verio). Verio went public in 1998 but meanwhile Heker was rolling out his next company, NextGen Internet.
With each of his companies, Heker created niches by focusing on Latin America (he is from Argentina) and on vertical markets. In Mexico, for instance, NextGen had 600 corporate clients including General Motors and McCann-Erickson, the public relations firm.
With the fourth company, Heker narrowed his focus even further, to information security. “At NextGen we were doing the infrastructure work — systems, networks, security, everything. To do everything is very difficult. Not even IBM can do everything,” he says.
GLESEC membership benefits include security assessments, a long-term (multi year) road map for security needs, various technologies, and security management. “We provide clients with a consolidated thread report, combining analysis of data forensic information with the data gathered from the systems we manage,” says Heker.
Among Heker’s clients are 20 of the 100 hospitals in New Jersey, thanks to an agreement he made with the statewide association. “We manage intrusion prevention and firewalls, analyze data that comes from these systems, and recommend changes,” says Heker. “We may see that an internal system has been infected by a Trojan horse and tried to attack systems outside the hospital. We stop the attack and tell them which system to clean.”
As for its products, Glesec represents 10 companies, including the well-established Check Point plus some start-up companies. “We help launch the companies, represent them, and sell the product and support the product,” says Heker. “We match what they do with the needs in the market. Sometimes it is difficult for organizations to determine what they need.”
With Check Point he set up a turnkey solution (Safe@office Internet security platform) for small to medium-sized businesses. It includes perimeter security, including firewall and Intrusion Prevention technologies, content security (gateway anti-virus and URL filtering), and an optional integrated wireless access point.
BitDefender, the largest anti-virus product in Germany and France, is Heker’s choice for offering protection from both internal and external attacks. Other partners include Insightix, which offers a cost effective way for small businesses to manage and secure IT networks, and Promisec, which can guard against internal security threats. Except for Bit Defender, which is from Rumania, all of Heker’s partners are based in Israel.
“We enjoy what we do,” says Heker. “It is important work — people need it — and there is no limit to how we can grow. It is state of the art, international, and custom-oriented work — those are the elements that I like.”
GLESEC, 100 Overlook Center, Second Floor, Princeton 08540; 609-651-4246; fax, 609-375-2667. Sergio Heker, CEO. Home page: www.glesec.com
Robert and Carmela Thompson accepted a “free” night in New York, worth nearly $2,500, to see the musical “Wicked” in 2004. But the evening could end up being very costly indeed for the Thompsons.
The Thompsons and four other state treasury officials are accused of multiple counts of official misconduct for failing to report a total of $65,000 in gifts and entertainment from OSI Collection Services. The indictment was handed down on October 10 in the court of Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Kelly.
OSI, based in Missouri, had a state contract to collect back taxes and is now accused of padding its bills by more than $1 million.
At one time it had 100 employees in 14,000 square feet at Windsor Corporate Park, but it moved out earlier this year.
Each count of official misconduct could result in a sentence of up 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
The six state officials pleaded not guilty. They are Robert K. Thompson, 57, taxation director; Carmela L. Thompson, 52, Thompson’s wife and a clerical services manager; Harold A. Fox, 58, deputy taxation director; David M. Gavin, 54, an assistant deputy; Karen M. Wood, 54, a technical services deputy director; Janice Eckstein, 46, a former assistant revenue deputy director.
According to the investigation, spa services for the women cost $626, golf outings for Gavin totaled $2,650, and restaurant meals amounted to more than $3,600.
The “plain language” ethics guide on the state treasury website states, “you may not ‘wine and dine’ state employees,” and further, “The effect of this standard is that you must not send holiday gifts, office-warming gifts, tokens of appreciation, or other things of value to state employees or state agencies. In addition, it is improper to invite state employees to meals, parties, sporting events, theatrical performances, and similar social functions.”
Two former OSI Collection Service executives — Sandra Bielanski, 39, formerly OSI’s sales director, and Remy P. DeVarenne Sr., 59, formerly OSI’s vice president of sales — also pleaded not guilty.
Lawyers for the defendants said the charges do not fit the allegations.
All the defendants were released on their own recognizance.
MedNet Healthcare Technologies Inc., 275 Phillips Boulevard, Ewing 08638; 800-222-2842; fax, 800-840-6937. Frank Movizzo, CEO. Home page: www.mednethealth.net
Early in October MedNet Healthcare Technologies doubled in size with a move from 100 Ludlow Drive to a 20,000-foot space in the same neighborhood on Phillips Boulevard.
Mednet offers remote monitoring for pacemakers, implantable cardiac defibrillators, and other cardiac devices. With Mednet’s diagnostic tools, a patient who has symptoms of arrhythmia — cold sweats, shortness of breath, chest pain, or racing pulse — can get an instant ECG from home and identify the problem.
The company was founded in 1990 as Heartcare by former bacteriologist and biomedical salesman Frank Movizzo.
Born in Brooklyn, the son of an army engineer, he majored in biology at Long Island University, Class of 1974, worked for Cordis Corporation in Florida, and switched to pharmaceutical sales, marketing pacemakers for Cormatic. It was then that he realized the potential of tele-medicine and moved back to Philadelphia to start a cardiac testing laboratory and establish Heartcare (U.S. 1, May 17, 2000).
Heartcare joined with Unimedical, a manufacturer of portable, battery-powered instruments used in conjunction with the telephone service to form MedNet Healthcare Technologies.
In 2000 the combined firms had 52 people; now MedNet has 150 workers at this location plus a nationwide network.
Wilmerding, Miller & Co. Inc., 212 Carnegie Center, Suite 106, Princeton 08540; 609-897-0969; fax, 609-799-3062. Lucius Wilmerding, chairman.
The family-owned investment advisory firm left 1,700 square feet on the third floor at 22 Chambers Street, owned by Princeton University, because the university would not renew its lease. Its new home is on the first floor at 212 Carnegie Center.
The five-person firm was founded in 1977, and it manages the assets of individuals in and from the greater Princeton area.
Wilmerding, a 1959 graduate of the University of the South, admits that he has a slightly longer drive to work, but says that “at least there are no drivers roaring up and down Chambers Street.”
New in Town
IFM Resources Inc., 600 Alexander Road, Princeton 08540; 609-252-9327; fax, 609-252-9325. Suresh Chugh. Home page: http://ifmresources.com
IFM Resources, an investment banking and consulting company founded in 1996, moved into 1,300 square feet at 600 Alexander Road.
Lesco, 1075 Cranbury-South River Road, Suite 2, Jamesburg 08831; 609-655-3782; fax, 609-655-3784. Martin R. Smethy, service center manager. Home page: www.lesco.com
Lesco, a nationwide company based in Cleveland, opened a service center for landscapers in Jamesburg in October. Each LESCO Service Center maintains a large inventory of lawncare products, handheld tools, and power equipment.
Team Healthcare Staffing, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 323, Princeton 08540; 609-986-1100; fax, 609-986-1111. Suresh Vasu, president. Home page: www.team-healthcare.com
Innovative Healthcare Solutions changed its name on January 1 to Team Healthcare Staffing LLC, in order to bring its various business entities under one umbrella.
Earlier this year the company also moved its 13-person headquarters from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, to Princeton.
The company provides comprehensive staffing solutions to healthcare facilities, specializing in recruiting foreign registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals to the United States. Founded in 2001, Team Healthcare has 140 employees, with sourcing and training centers in India, Dubai, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.
Using a curriculum designed according to United States healthcare system standards, the company’s training centers prepare global healthcare professionals to become eligible to work in the healthcare delivery institutions in the United States.
Team Healthcare Staffing provides candidates with customized training modules, efficient immigration processes, and post-arrival support.
Artann Laboratories, 1457 Lower Ferry Road, West Trenton 08618; 609-883-0100; fax, 609-883-9080. Tatyana Sarvazyan, president. Home page: www.artannlabs.com
Artann Laboratories landed a $3 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Cancer Institute to work on ProUroScan, a prostate mechanical imaging system.
To be developed in partnership with a firm in Plymouth, Michigan, the device is intended to be used for screening and diagnostic purposes in evaluating patients for prostate cancer.
Mathematica Policy Research Inc., 600 Alexander Park, Suite 100, Princeton 08540; 609-799-3535; fax, 609-799-0005. Charles E. Metcalf, president. Home page: www.mathematica-mpr.com
As of January 1, Charles Metcalf will step down as CEO and president, and Paul Decker, current executive vice president and COO, will take over. The company does public policy research and surveys for federal and state governments, foundations, and private sector clients.
Metcalf has been president and CEO of Mathematica since 1986 and had been director of research from 1975 to 1986. Decker earned his economics PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
Pharmacopeia Drug Discovery Inc. (PCOP), 3000 Eastpark Boulevard, Princeton 08543-5350; 609-452-3600; fax, 609-452-3672. Leslie Browne, PhD, president and CEO. Home page: www.pcop.com
Pharmacopeia is selling about 5.8 million stock shares, aiming to raise about $25 million. As the sole seller, the firm expects to generate net proceeds of about $23.1 million. It has patented chemical screening libraries for early drug testing and development.
Eugene Roan, emeritus professor at Westminster Choir College, on September 21. A memorial conert will be held as part of the Early Music Festival at the Grounds for Sculpture on Saturday, Octobeer 28, 11 to 4 p.m..
Walter D. Brown, 88, on October 6. He had been president of what is now the North American Electric Reliability Council.
Donald Rea Young, 86, on October 13. He had been a sales and marketing executive at Lenox Inc.
William Jeffrey Osborn, 53, on October 16. He was a claims supervisor with New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co.