#b#Expansions#/b#

Careers USA, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 120, Princeton 08540; 609-919-9100; fax, 800-608-1929. Melissa Tenzer, president. www.careersusa.com.

Careers USA, the Princeton office of a Boca Raton, Florida-based employment agency founded in 1981, has moved to the ground floor of its building in Carnegie Center. The business needed more room because it hired new employees and now has three staff plus the owner.

Inn at Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville 08530; 609-397-4400; Dan Whitaker.

Veteran hotelier Jim Large is the new general manager of the Lambertville Station Inn. He will be responsible for all aspects of the hotel’s operations, including its new conference center, now open after a $4 million expansion program.

Large has worked for Marriott, Hilton, IHG, and Starwood. He has held management positions at the Residence Inn in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and at Sheraton Four Points and Hilton Garden Inns in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including the Lafayette Yard Hotel & Conference Center in Trenton.

With 5,000 square feet of combined, flexible conference space, the Lambertville Station Inn’s new conference center is now available for corporate meetings, galas, business, entertaining, and weddings.

To manage the new conference space, the inn has hired Sharon DeFelices, an event planner and catering expert, as conference director. DeFelices most recently held management positions at Brock and Company Dining Services in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and at various country clubs and restaurants in New York and New Jersey. She has also served as a volunteer team leader at such major events as the New York City Food and Wine Festival and the Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Ball.

DeFelices holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Penn State University. She is also a graduate of New York University’s Certified Meetings, Conferences and Special Events Planner program, and studied Culinary Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education.

The inn’s conference space has been expanded and transformed. Two of its three floors now feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls, further opening the inn’s views of the Delaware and neighboring New Hope, Pennsylvania. The project included the addition of the 960-square-foot Riverview Suite. In addition, the hotel’s 46 guest rooms have been renovated.

The Lambertville Station Inn opened in 1985, across from the restaurant, Lambertville Station, which is under the same management.

Netelixir Inc., 3 Independence Way, suite 203, Princeton 08540; 609-356-5112; fax, 609-683-9633. Udayan Bose, founder & CEO. www.netelixir.com.

Netelixir, an Internet marketing company, has begun an expansion of its Independence Way headquarters intending to double in office space and add staff. The company also has locations in London and Hyderabad, India.

#b#Management Moves#/b#

Choose NJ, 201 Rockingham Row, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton; 609-297-2200; fax, 609-297-2201. www.choosenj.com.

Choose New Jersey, Inc., a nonprofit that works to grow investment and jobs in the state, has selected Michele Brown as its new president and CEO.

She replaces Tracye McDaniel, who is leaving Choose New Jersey to return to her home state of Texas to lead its economic development efforts.

“We are very pleased that Michele Brown was willing to move from her position as CEO of the EDA, to assume the top spot at Choose New Jersey. She has strong management skills and a deep understanding of the industries and people that power New Jersey. She will hit the ground running as our new leader and provide for a cohesive, seamless transition so that we can maintain our forward momentum. She is the right person, at the right time, and we are thrilled to have her on board,” said Bernie Flynn, president and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company and the outgoing chairman of the board of Choose New Jersey.

Choose New Jersey is part of the New Jersey Partnership for Action (PFA), which includes the New Jersey Business Action Center, the EDA, and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the PFA serves as the starting point for all initiatives, policies and efforts related to growing New Jersey’s economy and creating quality, sustainable jobs.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Michele at EDA where she has led the process of implementing the Economic Opportunity Act,” said Larry Downes, chairman and CEO of New Jersey Resources. “As a result of her efforts the state’s business attraction and retention opportunities have been greatly enhanced. There’s no question that Choose New Jersey will benefit significantly from her leadership.” Downes sits on the board of directors for both the EDA and Choose New Jersey.

Choose New Jersey also got a new board chairman. Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G, became chairman of the board, beginning a two-year term that follows two years as vice chairman. PSE&G has long been committed to helping grow the state’s economy, and last year spent more than $1 billion with New Jersey companies.

“Michele has earned the respect of the New Jersey development community, and she has the support of the business and labor leaders that govern Choose New Jersey,” LaRossa said. “I look forward to working with Michele to move the organization and the state forward in the race for investment and jobs.”

State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick 08901-1903; 732-246-7469; fax, 732-247-4005. Thomas J. Carto, www.statetheatrenj.org.

Following a seven-month national search, the State Theater in New Brunswick has appointed Thomas J. Carto, a 25-year veteran of arts administration and leadership, as president and CEO. Carto will assume his duties on April 15.

“The State Theater is fortunate to have found such an experienced, enthusiastic, and strategic-thinking individual with an undeniable passion for the performing arts,” said Douglas M. Garback, chairman of the State Theater board of trustees. “Tom’s years of experience in arts administration will ensure and build upon the continued success of the State Theater.”

The search was led by Arts Consulting Group, after the passing of former president and CEO Mark. W. Jones in May, 2014. A board search committee, steered by Vice Chairman Scott Fergang, supported ACG in the national search.

As president and CEO, Carto will set the artistic vision of the theater; create and direct strategic plans; oversee day-to-day operations (including management of 35 full-time staff); engage in fundraising, sales, investments, and ancillary revenue streams; and handle board development with the executive and nominating committees.

Says Carto: “I am very impressed with the State’s record of success as well as their highly respected brand in the community and the region. There is no doubt that the State Theater is poised for continued growth and achievement by providing exciting performing arts events, engagement, and education opportunities.”

Since July, 2012, Carto has served as division director and associate professor of arts administration at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Previously Carto was president and CEO of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin.

Prior to the Overture Center, Carto was President and CEO for the Renaissance Performing Arts Association in Mansfield, Ohio, a merged corporation combining a regional orchestra organization and a historic theater and civic center. Prior to Renaissance, Carto was the vice president of development for Pacific Symphony Association in Orange County, California.

An Ohio native, Carto received a doctor of music as well as a masters of music from Indiana University; and a bachelor of music from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Prism Capital Partners (BDN), 2000 Lenox Drive, Suite 102, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-895-9595; fax, 609-895-9899. www.prismpartners.net.

Richard Margerison, Jr. has joined Prism Capital Partners as senior property manager. In his new position, he is heading management of the commercial real estate owner/operator’s Princeton Pike Corporate Center, an eight-building, 800,000-square-foot Class A office park on Lenox Drive.

Prism Capital Partners, in a joint venture with Angelo, Gordon & Co., acquired Princeton Pike in 2013. A multi-million-dollar capital improvement program is nearing completion.

“The focus at Prism is on improving property value and providing great spaces for businesses,” Margerison said. “I appreciate the company’s entrepreneurial approach, which empowers me to work within a flexible set of guidelines to implement some of my own ideas for helping tenants achieve their goals and to create a stronger sense of community at the Princeton Pike Corporate Center.”

Margerison previously held senior-level positions at CBRE/Trammell Crow Company and the Gale Company. He holds active memberships in the Building Owners and Managers Association and the International Facility Management Association.

Constructed on 100 acres between 1984 and the early 1990s, Princeton Pike is approximately 90 percent leased, with key tenants including Wells Fargo Advisors; Stark & Stark; Princeton Healthcare Services; Fox Rothschild LLP; MetLife Solutions Group; Philadelphia Insurance Companies; and Ono Pharma USA, Inc.

#b#New in Town#/b#

All Risks Ltd, 3 Independence Way, Suite 402, Princeton; 888-243-3660; Yasser Hussein, vice president. www.allrisks.com.

All Risks Ltd., an insurance agency, has opened on Independence Way. Owner Yasser Hussein relocated his office from Wayne, Pennsylvania. All Risks is a brokerage firm headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Meritek Inc., 14 Washington Road, Building 5, Suite 520, Princeton; 609-224-1182; www.meritekinc.com.

Meritek Inc., an IT staffing company, has opened an office on Washington Road.

#b#Deaths#/b#

Garrett M. Heher, 79, on December 4. He was a partner with the law firm Smith, Stratton, Wise, Heher and Brennan in Plainsboro and later started his own law practice in Princeton. He also served on the boards of the Eden Institute in Princeton, the Nassau Club in Princeton, and the Atlantic Foundation.

Kenneth Janney Dawes III, 48, on January 1. A landscape designer, he founded Gardens by Design and completed projects including a trail near the Johnson Park School in Princeton.

Patricia Lee Stewart, 59, on January 20. She was employed by New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company for more than 36 years.

Helen Young, 79, on January 20. She was former director of the Senior Center in Lawrence Township.

Judith Hohman, 75, on January 21. She worked at the David Sarnoff Research Center for 18 years.

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