Fame to Infamy

Career Move: Litigant to Lawyer

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These articles by Melilnda Sherwood and Baraa Fox were published in U.S. 1

Newspaper on November 10, 1999. All rights reserved.

PeopleSoft Enablers: The Peck Group Inc.

From processing financial aid forms to cutting faculty

paychecks, colleges and universities need sophisticated software

programs

and many are upgrading to PeopleSoft, the business network solution

software. Princeton University converted to PeopleSoft Financial last

year, and this year it hired two consultants to begin moving all human

resource and student administration information onto the PeopleSoft

platform.

Sharon Peck of the Peck Group Inc. at 711 Executive Drive in

Montgomery

Commons won the bid for the human resource, benefits, and payroll

implementation. Having recently completed PeopleSoft implementations

at Vanderbilt University and Cornell, Peck believes that PeopleSoft

is the only software on the market capable of handling the campus-wide

tasks of universities and colleges. "Running a university is

almost

like running your own small town," she says. "They have their

own fire department, they run classes, they manage student living.

It’s the only viable student system out there and most of the

universities

are getting on it."

From her home office, Peck started installing PeopleSoft for the human

resource department of corporations in 1993; Detroit Edison was her

first client. "They had 100 people working for them and now they

have 6,000," she says. "I took a chance by assuming that they

were going to do well and that PeopleSoft would do well."

Although she has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson and 10 years

experience

in accounting, Peck is an artist by training. She grew up in Union

County (her father was a school teacher in South Plainfield and her

mom was a secretary raising six daughters) and earned her BA in art

from West Virginia University, Class of 1966. She taught art one year

before deciding a more lucrative profession was in her future. Peck

moved into accounting and payroll management, working for Home Life

Insurance, Ricoh, and Shindler Elevator Corp.

Peck started PeopleSoft installations for a company in Parsippany,

Data Study. She recently married a vice president for a Boston-based

consulting firm. Peck has two daughters, 28 and 32, and a son, 29.

While her peers work for large corporations, Peck opts to serve only

academe. "We made the switch over because it was a better

fit,"

she says. "We decided to go where we’re most needed."

With only two staff members (an office manager and another

consultant),

the scope of Peck Group projects is limited to human resources

departments.

"Princeton wanted one consulting company to do everything,"

she says, "and they asked us to bid that way. I said I couldn’t

handle everything."

The Peck Group Inc. also keeps its active client list short.

"Usually

I turn down work because it’s hard to find the right people and get

them trained. Your Arthur Andersens think they can take a bright

student

with an MBA fresh out of school, but it takes a combination of the

right experience, with the right training, and the right

personality."

— Melinda Sherwood

The Peck Group Inc., 711 Executive Drive,

Princeton,

08540. 609-683-9876. Fax, 609-683-5080.

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Fame to Infamy

This summer Daniel Goldberg had his 15 minutes of fame

— photographed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange when

his medical malpractice insurance company, MIIX, went public. Now

he gets another 15 minutes, with a blaring headline in the Trentonian,

"CEO Ran Posh Pot Farm." The headline was in 200 point type

(compared to 18 points for this story).

On Saturday, November 6, police raided Goldberg’s Upper Makefield

home and allegedly found a hydroponic garden of marijuana plants in

the attic. Goldberg, 52, was charged with manufacturing a controlled

substance and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Edward

Wiest, 28, a resident at the same address, was also charged, and both

were released on $50,000 bail.

Goldberg is president and CEO of the 200-person firm that is

headquartered

at 2 Princess Road. He has been granted a leave of absence "for

personal reasons," said board chairman Vincent Maressa in a

statement.

Kenneth M. Koreyva, executive vice president, was named to assume

Goldberg’s duties.

Last summer Goldberg was listed as receiving a base salary of $430,000

plus a bonus of $475,000, additional compensation worth $123,331,

and options to purchase 175,000 shares of stock, now trading at about

$2 more than the opening price.

Police seized his computer and he is under a temporary restraining

order not to enter his house, located in the Pineville section of

Upper Makefield. If it can be proved the house was used as a drug

distribution center, Goldberg could be prevented from selling it.

"We are fortunate to have a strong management team that allows

us to continue focusing on our business strategy without missing a

beat," said Maressa in his statement. "Our third-quarter

results

amply demonstrate our financial and operational strength."

The MIIX Group (MHU), 2 Princess Road,

Lawrenceville

08648. 609-896-2404; fax, 609-896-4905.

Http://www.miix.com.

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Career Move: Litigant to Lawyer

When the Middlesex County court system denied David

Perry Davis custody of his newborn son, he pursued the matter —

in law school. "I got shafted badly," says the 33-year-old

attorney at 31 Jefferson Plaza. "The court was like `you’re the

father, your role is to pay child support, now go away’. I was so

shocked by what happened to me in the system that it had become a

part of my life."

A native of Rocky Hill, Davis lived in both New York city and Denver

before returning to New Jersey for school. Davis’ father, Perry, is

a retired advertising executive who teaches computer courses at Mercer

County College; his mother, Lou Ellen, is a novelist whose 1976 book

"There was an Old Woman" was turned into a movie starring

Shelly Winters. Davis attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, where

he received a BA in history, Class of 1991. He had hoped to become

a history teacher. Then, in 1992, his girlfriend announced she was

pregnant, and Davis’ life and aspirations turned dramatically.

It was eventually revealed that the mother of his child had a history

of severe mental illness. Davis ended up fighting for custody of his

son, Timothy, in a system that he says once blindly favored mothers.

"You have to have a decent attorney if you’re a male and you want

custody of a child," he says, "but if you’re a woman you can

walk into the courts you get custody." With that injustice in

mind, Davis set out on a crusade for father’s rights that landed him

at Rutgers law school in Camden in 1993.

Now a three-year veteran of family law, Davis has mellowed out a bit.

"Working for the family court has moderated my views somewhat

— now I can see both sides," he says. Then again, the court

has gotten better at seeing both sides, he adds. "It’s taken longer

for the courts to realize that just as women’s roles have changed,

so have men’s, and there are a lot of fathers out there that want

to be more than just a paycheck. There’s a much better chance of getting

shared parenting now."

In 1995, a year before Davis finished law school, a Mercer County

judge granted Davis sole custody of Timothy. Now a single father,

Davis can say he won the fight, but he’s still committed to the cause:

"I can take cases that I can put my heart in to; I wouldn’t if

I was working at some other mega-firm."

— Melinda Sherwood

David Perry Davis, 10 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 31,

Princeton 08540. Senior partner. 732-274-9444; fax, 732-274-2050.

Home page: http://www.makingcontact.com/David P. Davis.

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Deaths

A. Danforth Cope, 82, on October 31. He retired from

Sarnoff

Labs in 1984 and consulted for Princeton Scientific Instruments.

Diane Leary, 54, on November 3. She had been a labor and

delivery technician at the Medical Center at Princeton for 25 years.

Theodore Grover, 70, on November 5. He was a retired

proctor at Princeton University.

James Douglas Elgin, 87, on November 6. A retired

advertising director for Mobil Oil, he taught marketing at Rider.

Diane Putala-Hepburn, 44, on November 6. She spent seven

years at Peterson’s as an editor.

Marianna Cimoch Markowski, 50, on November 7. She had

worked for Integra Life Sciences Inc.


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