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Life in the Fast Lane: Lenox
After 12 years of owning Lenox, Brown-Forman Corp. has said it might
sell its largest non-beverage subsidiary to focus on its spirits and
wines division. Goldman, Sachs & Co. has been hired to advise the
company, according to a news release.
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Brown-Forman bought Lenox in 1983 for
about $413 million. The division includes Lenox-brand china, crystal
and collectibles, Dansk tableware and giftware, and Gorham silver,
crystal and china. With 2,850 employees worldwide, it has 300
employees in Central New Jersey.
Lenox Inc., Lenox Products Group (BFB), 100 Lenox Drive, Lawrenceville
08648-2394. Jay Hanauer, CEO. 609-896-2800; fax, 609-895-0139. Home
Herbert Ames, former director of the Mercer County Division of
Economic Development, bought a 4,300 square foot building in Hamilton
Square from Richard Plumeri, rented the first floor to a law firm,
Roselli Griegel and Haumann PC, and started his own business, Devin
"In March, 2003, the county executive, Bob Prunetti, said he would no
longer run," says Ames, "and I decided to go off on my own to do
business development, turnaround management, and real estate –
The son of a lab technician at Princeton University, he is a graduate
of Monmouth University. Ames, who is in his early 40s, had a sideline
as a professional actor and model for 19 years, doing a star turn on
the cover of U.S. News & World Report when he posed as a reporter
interviewing Ben Franklin at Independence Hall. Devin is the name he
uses in the theater and modeling world.
Ames plans to do organizational development, marketing, planning, and
real estate consulting. He is joined in the three-person office by
Cathy Tramontana, vice president of public affairs. Tramontana was,
for six years, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board,
and she has also worked at the Mercer County Improvement Authority. A
graduate of Rutgers Camden, she is obtaining a master’s in media
communications in an online program.
"We help companies with workforce issues to find resources, such as
customized training, to upgrade skills," says Tramontana. "Many
companies don’t know the program exists. They aren’t familiar with how
to get through the ins and outs, how to get the vendors onboard to
conduct the training, apply for a grant, and get the training to the
workplace. Many companies want someone helping them one-on-one,
following them through the process."
Workforce development, say Ames and Tramontana, is of the utmost
importance. "There will always be a need to educate young people about
the careers available," she says, "and many companies are willing to
invest community dollars into projects that will help them in the long
"The question was, do I work for somebody or start my own business,"
says Ames. "I am a high energy person and decided to take the chance."
Devin Group Inc., 1337 Route 33, Box 2647, Hamilton Square 08690.
Herbert K. Ames. 609-631-8802; fax, 609-631-8803. Home page:
Maselli Warren PC, 600 Alexander Road, First Floor, Princeton 08540.
Paul J. Maselli Esq., partner. 609-452-8411; fax, 609-452-8422. Home
Maselli Warren PC, 341 Whitehorse Road, Hamilton 08690. 609-585-1300;
Maselli Warren has opened a second office on Whitehorse Road in
Hamilton. Paul Maselli, a Hamilton native, says the second office will
serve business and consumer clients who live and work in Hamilton and
Trenton. "Hamilton has enjoyed tremendous growth in the past few
years, with businesses and residents expressing a real need for
attorneys," he said in a statement.
The firm focuses on litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, municipal
court, business law, and employment law, among others, and in Hamilton
the attorneys will work in the areas of wills, estate planning,
consumer bankruptcy, divorce and family law, elder law and residential
MCS Global Incorporated, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 525, Plainsboro
08536. Sashidhar Yendamuri, director sales. 609-936-0909; fax,
609-936-0930. Home page: www.mcsglobal.com
MC Squared has changed its name to MCS Global Inc. and moved from 750
square feet at Princeton Meadows Office Center to 2,500 square feet.
With 50 employees in the United States, four at this office, it is
recruiting in the areas of Java, SAS, and SAP for the pharmaceutical,
healthcare, banking, and financial industries. The larger office
offers space for consultant training.
Miller Branding, 2155 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville 08648. John
Miller, owner. 609-989-9600; fax, 609-989-9611. Home page:
Miller Branding, an advertising and branding agency that has been at
the Straube Center since 1999, moved from 103 West Franklin in
January. The eight-person company, founded in 1991 as Miller Business
Communications, has 3,000 square feet.
Send.com/ WindsorNet, 100 Canal Pointe Boulevard, Suite 204, Princeton
08540. Ranjan Wijesinghe. 609-720-0300; fax, 609-720-0505. Home page:
WindsorNet has expanded its business plan to include a formidable
number of vertical E-commerce markets under the rubric www.send.com.
Addiction Treatment Providers Management Services Network Inc., 101
Interchange Plaza, Suite 102, Cranbury 08512. Jim O’Brien, executive
director. 609-395-2919; fax, 609-395-2949. Home page: www.atpnj.org
The addictions treatment agency expanded its five-person office from a
brownstone at 176 West State Street in Trenton to 2,400 square feet at
101 Interchange Plaza in Cranbury. Formed in 1997, it offers
professional education, training, advocacy, and related services to
enhance and expand the addiction treatment field. Jim O’Brien, the
executive director, is a Navy veteran and former firefighter who
recovered from alcoholism in 1979. He has been an addiction counselor,
project manager, and administrator, and he has been executive director
Interactions LLC, 4 Princess Road, Building 200, Suite 207,
Lawrenceville 08648. Michael Cloran, CEO. 609-658-8020; fax,
609-637-9762. Home page: www.interactions.net
Michael Cloran expanded his software tools company from a sublet space
in Suite 205 to a bigger office next door. Founded in 2002, the firm
has tools for customer contact centers.
Primo Tile & Marble Inc., 22 Route 130, Yardville 08620. Joseph
Giovannetti, president. 609-291-9910; fax, 609-291-9915.
The wholesale distributors of ceramic tile and marble moved from South
Gold Drive to Yardville; phone and fax are new.
Decitech Services, 34 Gervin Road, Lawrenceville 08648. Johann F. Lee,
president. 609-273-5306; fax, 609-613-5184. Home page:
Johann Lee moved his IT company from shared space at Carnegie
Executive Center to Lawrence. The four-year-old business offers such
IT services as networking, point of sales systems, practice management
systems for medical offices, and also remote backup service,
Printek Printing and Imaging, 51 Everett Drive, Suite B-98, Princeton
Junction 08550. Dhiraj Visaria, owner. 609-799-4770; fax,
609-799-4771. Home page: www.eprintek.com
Printek moved from 29 Emmons Drive to 51 Everett Drive and has changed
its phone and fax. The owner, Dhiraj Visaria, has an electrical
engineering degree from the University of Bombay, Class of 1983, and a
master’s in computer engineering from Louisiana State University at
Baton Rouge. His company offers four-color Heidelberg Direct Imaging
Press, color copies, fiery prints, posters, high resolution output,
mounting and laminations, match prints, scanning, and desktop
Pro:act Financial Services/Raymond James, 1540 Kuser Road, Suite A4,
Mercerville 08619. Scott R. Carpenter, president. 609-581-0700; fax,
609-581-2250. Home page: www.proactcapital.com
Scott Carpenter moved his financial planning business from 23 Route 31
North in Pennington to Kuser Road in Mercerville. Phone and fax are
new. A comprehensive asset manager and financial planning service, he
has a particular focus on athletes.
Syska & Hennessy, 502 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540-6237. Donald
Procz PE, senior vice president/managing director. 609-378-0235; fax,
609-936-0746. Home page: www.syska.com
Syska & Hennessy moved from 15,000 feet at 206 Carnegie to 7,000 feet
at 502 Carnegie, where it has 30 employees. Headquartered in New York
City, it does mechanical and electrical engineering, plumbing, and
WEB MD Practice Services, 731 Alexander Road, Suite 103, Princeton
08540. 609-520-8320; fax, 609-520-8991. Home page: www.webmd.com
On Friday, March 4, the Alexander Road office of WEB MD Practice
Services will close and move to Parsippany, but most of the employees
will continue to work from home. The medical computer systems reseller
was founded by Joseph and Gloria Coyne under a different name. It was
bought by SciNet and bought again by WebMD, based in Tampa, Florida.
Bohlin Instruments Inc., 10 Southville Road, Southboro MA 01772.
508-480-0200; fax, 508-460-9692. Home page: www.malvern.co.uk
Bohlin Instruments, formerly located on Eastpark Boulevard in Cranbury
before moving to East Brunswick, has been sold to Malvern Instruments
and has moved to Massachusetts. It makes rheologic instruments,
rheometers and viscometers, that measure flow and deformation of
materials like ketchup and toothpaste.
FICOMP Systems Inc., 3 Barkley Court, East Brunswick 08816. Gary
Richman, president. 732-846-6330; fax, 732-238-4952. Home page:
Formerly a network systems integration business that developed voice
recognition solutions, Ficomp has apparently moved from its East
Brunswick address. Its phone and fax are not operative, nor is its web
page, and it has no listed number in New Jersey. It was founded in
1977 (U.S. 1, March 27, 2002).
Medical Education for South African Blacks, 2370 Champlain Street NW,
Suite 12, Washington DC 20009-2633. 202-222-0050; fax, 202-222-0202.
Home page: www.mesab.org
Saul Levin has replaced James Scott as president and CEO of MESAB, and
the organization moved from George Street in New Brunswick to
Washington, D.C. raises funds for scholarships to needy students in
South Africa to improve health conditions for all South Africans.
Ortec International Inc. (ORTC), 3960 Broadway, New York 10032. Steven
Peltier, vice president. 732-745-1886; fax, 732-745-1893. Home page:
Last year Ortec International, a development stage tissue engineering
firm, left its incubator space at the Technology Center of New Jersey.
Two years ago it had canceled its plans for taking 58,000 square feet
at the center, developed by the NJEDA, says CFO Ron Lipstein. The
company has 45 workers now.
"Our planned buildout didn’t occur," says Ron Lipstein, CFO. There was
a downsizing in May, 2000, and, what with the capital markets, there
were a lot of issues we were confronted with." Until nine months ago
it had had incubator space at the Technology Center.
Princeton Scientific Laboratories, 4105 Route 1, Suite 10, Box 297,
Monmouth Junction 08852-0297. Michael Fatigante. 732-329-4560; fax,
Michael Fatigante says he will move his lab to Virginia this month. He
does bacteriological testing for the cosmetic and food industries.
Waddell & Reed Inc. (Financial Services) (WDR), 4250 Route 1 North,
Suite 5, Monmouth Junction 08852. James DeRosa & Karen Ostarticki,
manager. 866-577-2598; fax, 973-644-3665. Home page: www.waddell.com
Waddell & Reed merged with another office and is located at 55 Madison
Avenue, Suite 360, Morristown 07960. Headquartered in Kansas, it
offers financial planning services.
WWFM-Mercer County Community College, Box B, Trenton 08690. Jeffrey R.
Sekerka, general manager. 609-587-8989; fax, 609-586-4533. Home page:
After nine years at the station, Jeffery R. Sekerka has been promoted
to general manager of WWFM, a 10-station, public radio network that
broadcasts classical music and public affairs programming throughout
the region and serves more than 120,000 listeners.
An alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, he has a graduate degree
from Wharton School of Business and has worked for more than 10 years
as a financial manager and consultant. He came to WWFM Radio from
WQED-TV/FM in Pittsburgh in the mid-’90s.
Harvey J. Tesser DDS, 66, on February 17. He was the first dentist in
William H. Cherry, 85, on February 19. A pioneer in superconductivity,
he had worked at RCA. A memorial service and reception will be Sunday,
March 6, at 1 p.m. at All Saints Church in Princeton.
Charles M. Hartman, 63, on February 22. He was a partner at a venture
capital firm, the C.W. Group. The funeral will be Friday, March 4, at
11 a.m. at the Church of St. Ann in Lawrenceville.
Thomas H. Johnson, 62, on February 26. He was an electrical
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