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On the Move: Pegma Technologies
Emmanuel Odumosu has founded a company that can function
as the IT department for medium-sized companies, providing such
as network planning, installation and security, NT systems upgrade,
systems migrations, Lotus notes, outsourced help desks, and wireless
He and Franklin James, senior vice president of technology, used their
savings to bankroll the company. They currently do their marketing
by making cold calls and buying yellow page and online advertising.
Soon they plan to hire three field engineers.
Odumosu grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where his father was an
in a hospital equipment business. He graduated from Northeast London
University and came to this company to earn an MBA in information
technology and management at Pace University. He has 16 years in the
IT field and has been working part time for his own clients for eight
years but opened this business full time last summer.
"I came to Trenton because not too many companies are providing
these services downtown," says Odumosu, who is married and has
three children. "I love technology. Technology is the future."
08608. Emmanuel A. Odumosu, CEO. 609-656-0297; fax, 609-656-0298.
Home page: www.pegmatech.com
Finstein, interim CEO. 800-422-3307. Home page:
After a dozen years of publishing information for American
Louise Guido sold her company, Living Abroad Publishing, to ProAct
Technologies, and the office has moved from the fourth floor at 32
Nassau Street to 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, New York 10605,
914-872-8000; fax, 914-872-8100. Two employees from Princeton took
jobs with the new firm.
Formerly known as Consumer Financial Network (CFN), ProAct has 100
employees and it provides human resources software solutions for
100 and Fortune 500 firms. Now it can offer the Living Abroad
— detailed information about travel policies, fees for owning
a television, money and education questions, and relocation vendors
— which used to be assembled in notebooks and is now available
only online. "A number of corporations have expat members, and
when they are about to go abroad, they appreciate getting that
says Maribeth Whitehouse, operations manager. The basic package
25 countries and the premiere level offers information on 100
Among the ProAct software products are Health Pages, an online service
for employees to find providers on their health plan; Benefits
which explains policies and procedures interactively; Benefits
and Wealth Statement, which gathers all of an employees’ benefits
together and puts them in one place.
Second Floor, Lawrenceville 08648. R. Edward Steele, regional sales
manager. 609-895-1177; fax, 609-895-0135. Home page:
At the end of September R. Edward Steele will retire and the sales
office of the chemical manufacturing company will close. Calls are
being taken by the company’s headquarters in Atlanta at 770-395-4500.
, 1 Deer Park Drive, Princeton Research Center, Suite C, Monmouth
Junction 08852. Newell Bascomb, president and CEO. 732-329-1600; fax,
732-329-1616. Home page: www.xiosbio.com
Icon Genetics, reorganized as Xios Biosciences, was bought by a
company in Florida and has shut down, says Newell Bascomb. This
which was working on production technologies for immune response
was founded by Bascomb (U.S. 1, December 6, 2000).
08543. Juliet Shavit, president. 215-504-4272; fax, 215-504-1743.
Home page: www.smartmarkcommunications.com
Juliet Shavit has moved her two-year-old firm from 12 Roszel Road
to a Pennsylvania location and has a new phone and fax. She does
relations and marketing for high technology companies (U.S. 1,
Chambers Street, Suite 201, Princeton 08542. Lauren Robinson-Brown,
director. 609-258-3601; fax, 609-258-1301. Home page:
In July the communications and publications office moved from Stanhope
Hall to an office on Chambers Street, former quarters of Rockwood
Specialties, the chemical firm that moved its headquarters to
Drive, North Brunswick 08902. Ramen Soliman, CFO. 732-297-9977; fax,
732-297-9382. Home page: www.totalsystems.com
A two-year-old office of DSQ Software on North Center Drive is now
known as Total InfoSystems. This 10-year-old IT consulting firm has
nearly a dozen offices in the United States plus five in Europe and
three in Asia. It has such Fortune 500 clients as Sprint, BMW, and
1, Suite 200, Lawrenceville 08648. Brian J. McGrath, senior vice
609-896-0200; fax, 609-896-0714.
Now that First Union Bank and Wachovia Bank are implementing their
merger, the signs will begin to change. The private client group,
known locally as Wheat First, will be the first to change from kelly
green to Wachovia’s gray, silver, and dark blue. This investment
group is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and it will stay there.
"They found that the systems and the talent was significant in
that area, so they are moving some of the other operations of the
private client group to Richmond," says Brian J. McGrath, who
had opened the initial Wheat First office on Lenox Drive. For all
other banking operations, the headquarters will be in Wachovia’s home
town of Charlotte.
Princeton 08542. Joseph Saphire, president. 609-921-3935; fax,
Saphire Associates has completed renovation of the 23,000-foot dining
hall and food-service area for Rider University at a cost of $2
It has a contract for a 35,000-foot education center of the Church
of St. Ann in Lawrenceville.
Junction 08550. Robert J. Smithers, president. 609-490-0200; fax,
The founder of the 14-year-old Miercom Inc., Ed Mier, has retired,
having sold his interest to Robert J. Smithers Jr. Smithers joined
Miercom in 1995 and has been president for two years. "Despite
the unfavorable market conditions, the company continues to grow each
year," says Smithers, who moved the firm to 15,000 square feet
at its current location.
The company developed methodologies for testing products from ATM
switches to voice-over-IP equipment and is the Business Communications
Review preferred lab for "Best-in-Test" reviews. It does
for business continuance, testing of security, Voice over IP, VPN,
network management, storage networks and other technology areas.
Avenue, Box 5130, New Brunswick 08903. Ellen J. Gilio, executive
2002. 732-846-2232. Home page: www.pridecenter.org
Ellen Gilio is the first executive director for this eight-year-old
community center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
A finance major at Villanova, she has a law degree from Rutgers and
has had experience in general practice law and banking.
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