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were published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on May 19, 1999.
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New in Town: Northeast Locators
4, Suite 201, Lawrenceville 08648. John Wunder, sales manager.
Northeast Locators, a Virginia-based company that sells resort
at discount prices, has opened a sales office at 3131 Princeton Pike.
The company contracts a telemarketing agency to recruit potential
clients to visit this office, where 10 representatives are available
for hour-long informative sessions on the company’s "unique
in travel:" travelers can purchase vacation time on resort
at discount prices, provided they agree to buy vacation time in
The normal commitment is 8 to 10 vacations averaging eight days each.
John Wunder, sales manager of the Lawrenceville office, claims that
the company rents vacation property at about a quarter of the retail
price. "The tourist rate at a club might be $200 a night; our
people pay around $60 a night." Although vacations are economy,
Wunder adds that is the upscale market that drove the company to open
its office here.
Northeast Locators holds long-term leases for villas and suites in
over 5,000 resorts, condominiums and hotels worldwide. The small,
privately-held business, with roughly 25 employees, originated in
northern Virginia roughly eight years ago. A customer service office
is located in south Jersey, and the reservation center is still in
Plainsboro 08536. Sanjay Naik PE, president. 609-275-6646; fax,
NAIK Consultants, a New York-based civil engineering firm owned by
Sanjay Naik, has a new office in Plainsboro. The firm handles
inspection, site development, and transportation projects. Current
projects include the overhaul of the Continental Airlines terminal
in Newark and JFK Airport’s light rail system. The firm recently put
in a bid for a contract with the New Jersey Department of
Naik, a long-time resident of Plainsboro and graduate of the New
Institute of Technology, Class of 1986, is a licensed professional
engineer. Prior to starting NAIK Consultants two years ago, he worked
for RBA, an engineering firm in Morristown. In July, Naik will take
the vice president’s job for the American Society of Highway
08542. Tom Grahm, president. 609-688-1334. Home page:
Office Environment Inc., a contract office furniture dealership based
in Pennsauken, opened a showroom at 34 Chambers Street. The company
works closely with architects and designers to create atmospheres
specifically for corporate healthcare, hospital, and educational
The company was founded in 1983 by Tom Grahm.
Boulevard, Suite 230, Princeton 08540. Lance Rosenberg, staffing
609-243-9000; fax, 609-243-0557.
A new employment agency, Progressive Personnel Resources Inc., has
moved into Princeton Forrestal Village.
Last year Tom Boyer sold the sales and leasing side
of his real estate brokerage business to Coldwell Banker, and now
he has sold his property management business to Howard Cohen. Cohen,
meanwhile, has moved Howco Management Company from a home-based office
to Gordon Avenue in Lawrenceville.
Six people — Boyer, Cohen, and four Howco employees — will
be managing more than 50 properties. "Our merger will help give
the clients more services," says Cohen. "We are having rapid
growth as a property management firm, and we will be one of the
property management firms in the area for commercial, industrial,
and residential properties."
Boyer expects to phase out of the business over a two-year period.
"Although it’s a merger, the intended result is for a complete
transfer to Howard, which will be a gradual one," says Boyer.
"During the two-year period I will remain active and will keep
the Witherspoon Street office open, but most of the administration
will be handled from the Lawrenceville office."
Boyer was a physics major at LaSalle, Class of 1956, and worked at
RCA, Schlumberger, and Burroughs before opening his real estate
"Tom is a long-time player on the Princeton scene," says
"and he takes great pride with what he does." Cohen studied
business administration at University of Hartford, Class of 1984,
and his wife, Janet, also works in the business. They have three
and live in Yardley.
Though national franchises have gobbled up many single-owner real
estate agencies, the property management side of the business remains
in the domain of the small broker. "Unlike in real estate sales,
a lot of property management is relationships and getting the physical
work and bookkeeping done," says Cohen. "Local managers can
usually get work done faster and less expensively."
Says Cohen: "When we use contractors we look for what I call
in the rough — people who give excellent service but are mom and
pop operations. Their prices are better, their services are better,
and they are not hiring minimum wage employees." The downside
of hiring the small contractors: "They are not business people.
You have to remind them a zillion times."
Princeton 08542. Tom Boyer, owner. 609-921-1806; fax, 609-921-1432.
Lawrenceville 08648. Howard Cohen, president. 609-896-0505; fax,
1B, Box 33, Windsor 08561-0573. John Nagy, owner. 609-443-9200; fax,
Spec Dies, originally a manufacturer of steel-cut dies, is expanding
to include manufacture of steel printing plates. The company moved
from 45 Stouts Lane in Monmouth Junction to North Main Street in
The expansion, says owner John Nagy, will allow the company to do
business with existing clients as well as new clients. Seven new
have already been added to the company and Nagy expects production
to triple in the next year. The new printing equipment is currently
under the same roof as existing equipment, but Nagy hopes to acquire
the space adjacent to the building this summer.
08902. Doug Deeter, manager. 732-249-9100; fax, 732-249-9504.
Feller, Feist & Crawford, a real estate firm founded in 1930, has
joined the Pennington-based Richard A. Weidel Corporation. For 19
years it had been associated with ERA real estate. Nine languages
— including Spanish, Hindi, German, French, and Hebrew — are
spoken in this office.
Commons C-4, Hamilton Square 08690. Ginny Savage, co-owner.
fax, 609-689-0730. Home page:
Preferred Personnel Inc., a provider of temporary and permanent
in graphic design, desktop publishing, and web/Internet development,
has moved from 2123 Route 33 in Lexington Square Commons to 3560
Road in Mercerville. Telephone and fax remain the same.
25, Princeton 08542. William A. Slover, president. 609-924-2100; fax,
Formerly known as Courthouse Abstract Company, this title search firm
has moved from 47 Hulfish Street. Fax and phone numbers remain the
Road, Suite 115, Mercerville 08619. Nicholas DeStefano, office
609-514-4777; fax, 609-584-9697.
Deluxe Electronic Payment Systems is closing its office at the end
of May, when its five-year contract with the state of New Jersey
it was the field office for a Milwaukee-based food stamp machines
08648. Tony Esposito, claim representative.
The Allstate Insurance claims office has left 168 Franklin Corner
Road. The phone has been disconnected.
Forrestal Village, Princeton 08540. Jim Scott, vice president.
fax, 609-419-8777. Home page: http://www.kellogs.com.
In the process of downsizing, the Kellogg Company, the world’s leading
producer of cereal products, will shut down its east coast sales
in Forrestal Village. The company is headquartered in Battle Creek,
Michigan. A spokesperson for the company says that the office will
close during the week of May 24, but the sales force will continue
to work from their home offices.
After 3 1/2 years at this location Shimon Farhan has closed his
The phone has been disconnected and no number is listed in directory
86 Barbara Lee Drive, Mercerville 08619. Jay Tyson, executive
609-586-6400; fax, 609-586-1543.
The non-profit organization founded by Jay Tyson is winding down its
operations. Founded in 1992, it had created Walden Woods, a
affordable housing development on Bear Brook Road, but made the
not to pursue additional sites last August, says Tyson.
Bootstraps completed construction on 10 houses at Walden Woods last
year. The six houses under construction will be completed by
says Tyson. "The decision was made by the funders, the U.S.
of Agriculture Office of Rural Development, because the homeowners
were not able to meet their deadlines."
However Bootstraps will continue to supervise the work on a voluntary
basis, says Tyson. "We are not leaving the owners high and dry.
The construction will continue on a different form than what was
envisioned." The original plan was to make affordable housing
using low-interest mortgage loans and by training homeowners in home
construction and having them build their own homes.
A-3, Princeton 08540-7716. Margaret Bolton & Anne Corey, co-president.
609-921-9561; fax, 609-921-9572.
After 30 years, the Professional Job Roster has closed. At its
the Professional Roster was geared to finding jobs for wives of
faculty members. Then it was open to all, serving the wider community
— indeed, to anyone who paid the modest annual dues. It provided
members with resources for the job search and employers with access
to qualified candidates. But it was a victim of rising costs, a
employment scene, and lack of volunteers. "Employers increasingly
advertise vacancies on the Internet; jobseekers also search on-line
for opportunities so memberships are declining, and volunteers are
increasingly hard to find," said a letter to members from the
The 9.5 acre property being marketed by Hallbridge Real Estate Group
is located at the intersection on Canal Pointe and Carnegie Center
Boulevards. Contrary to what was reported in U.S. 1 on April 7, it
does not front on Route 1. This part of Carnegie Center West, named
Carnegie Center 902, is zoned for a 140,000 square foot office
and has not gone for site plan approval.
Meanwhile Boston Properties, represented by Micky Landis, did receive
site plan approvals on April 20 for Carnegie 901, the nine-acre site
fronting on Route 1 between Macaroni Grill and Carnegie Center
It is zoned for 140,000-square feet.
of communications and registrar at the Lawrenceville School.
and associate director at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New Brunswick.
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