Leaving Town

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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the September 18, 2002 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

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."

Pegma Technologies, 36 South Broad Street, Trenton

08608. Emmanuel A. Odumosu, CEO. 609-656-0297; fax, 609-656-0298.

Home page: www.pegmatech.com

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Leaving Town

Living Abroad Publishing/ProAct Technologies, Tom

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.

Georgia Gulf Corp. (GGC), 133 Franklin Corner Road,

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.

Xios Biosciences Inc. (formerly Icon Genetics Inc.)

, 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).

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Crosstown Moves

Smartmark Communications LLC, Box 3038, Princeton

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,


21, 2001).

Princeton University Communications Office, 22

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



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Name Changes

Total Infosystems (DSQ Software), 204 North Center

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


Wachovia Securities, 989 Lenox Drive, Building

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.

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Contracts Awarded

Saphire Associates, 20 Nassau Street, Suite 301,

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.

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Management Moves

Miercom Inc., 410 Princeton-Hightstown Road,


Junction 08550. Robert J. Smithers, president. 609-490-0200; fax,

609-490-0610. Www.mier.com

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.

Pride Center of New Jersey Inc., 1048 Livingston

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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