Contracts Awarded

Ferrara & Company, 301-C College Road East, Princeton 08540; 609-924-4932; fax, 609-924-0702. Art Ferrara, owner.

Ferrara & Company, a marketing agency based on College Road East, has won a multiyear contract from the New Jersey Lottery for advertising and creative and coordinating services.

The company was hired by Northstar New Jersey Lottery, which provides management services for the lottery.

“We’re thrilled to be chosen as the lead agency for the New Jersey Lottery to help build their brand and drive revenue for the state,” founder and CEO Art Ferrara said. “To have an opportunity to represent such an important client is a testament to the hard work and talent of our team.”


SES Americom Inc., 4 Research Way, Princeton 08540; 609-987-4000; fax, 609-987-4517. Edward D. Horowitz, CEO.

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES now controls nearly half of its satellite fleet from a new satellite operations center at its commercial sales and satellite engineering office on Research Way.

The new $15 million center consolidated satellite operations from several other locations in the state.

A team of satellite controllers provides 24/7 monitoring and management of 23 of SES’s 55 satellites, as they deliver services ranging from television channels to high-speed broadband to millions of people on land, in the air, and at sea around the world.

The remainder of the current SES global fleet of spacecraft is managed by controllers stationed at SES’s global headquarters in Luxembourg.

Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer for SES, says the new office has the latest in control technology. “Whether it’s electric propulsion satellites or an expanding fleet of more than 100 satellites, SES has the expertise and the advanced satellite control stations to deliver on the future,” he said.

“Princeton has long been an important hub for SES satellite engineering expertise and our customer account teams. These critical groups can now collaborate more closely with controllers located just down the hall, to further ensure optimal operations and customer success and satisfaction,” said Rick Starkovs, senior vice president of space systems and operations for SES.


Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, 182 Nassau Street, Suite 301, Princeton 08542; 609-924-1776; fax, 609-924-5776. Peter Crowley, CEO.

The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce has lost its vice president, Cheri Durst, and gained a new director of events, Kara Grimes.

Durst, who has been with the chamber since 2006, has moved on to become vice president at United Way of Greater Mercer County. The chamber credited her with helping lead the chamber from being a mid-sized organization to one of the state’s largest regional chambers.

Grimes, previously an event planner with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2011.

“Kara’s background and experience with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber, coupled with her community development and event management experience, will allow her to make a significant contribution to the Chamber and its members,” said chamber chairman John Thurber.

Legal Maneuvers

Trane Company, 2231 East State Street, Trenton 08619-3390; 609-587-3400.

Trane U.S. Inc., a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand, has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle allegations that it fired a woman for being pregnant. Trane operates a heating and air conditioning manufacturing plant on East State Street in Trenton.

In addition to paying former assembler Charnelle Gillard, of Ewing, Trane must pay $15,000 to the Division on Civil Rights.

Trane also must implement a number of reforms including creation of a written policy making clear that medical leave for normal pregnancy will be treated the same as leave taken for any other medical condition or disability. The state Attorney General’s Office said in a press release that the company refused to grant Gillard maternity leave, which is covered by the state Law Against Discrimination, amended earlier this year to include pregnancy.

The company admitted no wrongdoing.

Leaving Town

Anthem Institute, 651 Route 1, North Brunswick;

The Anthem Institute, a vocational school previously known as Chubb Institute, has filed WARN notices with the state department of labor that it will close its North Brunswick location along with three others in Jersey City, Cherry Hill, and Parsippany. About 48 workers will be affected at the North Brunswick campus out of 163 total. The company cited “financial difficulties” as the reason for closing the campuses, which will take effect September 15.


Maria P. Borcsik, 80, on August 3. She was an analytical geochemist assistant in the geology department of Princeton University for 45 years. Services will be held Thursday, August 7, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3816 East State Street Extension in Hamilton.

Thomas S. Fulmer, 79, on July 31. An architect, Fulmer was associated with the firms that designed four of the first five office buildings at Carnegie Center, the Princeton Medical Group, and renovations at the Hun School, among many other projects. Services will be held Thursday, August 21, at 4 p.m. at the Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street.

Len Newton, 88, on July 19. He was a founder of the polling firm Response Analysis and vice president at Opinion Research. Newton also fought to end housing discrimination and was a co-founder of the Princeton Community Housing Group.

Doris Hoff Pessel, 81, on June 29. She ran Doris Pessel Real Estate in Pennington for more than 20 years. She later became managing broker with Burgdorff Realty in Princeton before completing her career with Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

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