Management Moves

PInG’s Fifth Anniversary




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Pharma Software

A software company that serves pharmaceutical firms

is doubling its offices at Research Park. Innovative Programming Associates

programs software for preclinical trials for clients all over the

world in the pharmaceutical and agrichemical industries. Its 23 employees

have been scattered in different offices and for the first time will

have contiguous space, says Mort Cohen, the CEO. Among the firm’s

leading products is electronic interface software for such tools as

calipers and balances.

Cohen went to the University of Pittsburgh, Class of 1969, and has

a master’s in public administration at Rider. He was director of operations

for division of criminal justice for the state of New York before

founding his own firm.

"In 1979 we bought an Apple 2 Plus computer with a minimum of

programs," says Cohen, "and we aligned ourselves with some

of the smaller computer stores, offering to write software for prospective

customers and selling turnkey solutions." Cohen retained proprietary

rights for the products his firm developed. "Some of the products

were winners, some were losers, and among the ones that panned out

were the ones we wrote for the pharmaceutical industry. Now that everyone

is a sophisticated user, we have a niche, and we have been doing that

for 10 years."

Innovative Programming Associates Inc., 303 Wall

Street, Princeton 08540-1515. Mort Cohen, CEO. 609-924-7272; fax,

609-924-0875. Home page:

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Management Moves

New Jersey Department of Labor, Box 110, Trenton

08625-0110. 609-292-2323; fax, 609-633-9271. Home page:

Current labor commissioner Melvin L. Gelade has been nominated by

Governor Christie Whitman to be a Superior Court judge. He has bachelor’s

and law degrees from Rutgers.

New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission,

20 West State Street, Trenton 08625-0820. 609-777-0885; fax, 609-777-4097.

Home page:

After six years in the top commerce post for the state, Gualberto

"Gil" Medina is leaving to be vice president-international

of Net-2-Phone, the Hackensack-based telecommunications company. He

is credited with developing the Business Employment Incentive Program

and helping to create Prosperity New Jersey, the public-private partnership.

The most recent relocation he announced is Chase Manhattan’s move

to Jersey City. Other negotiations that led to expansions and move-ins

were with Microsoft/NBC, Raytheon, Coopers & Lybrand, AT&T Laboratories,

Lucent Technologies, American Express, and Merrill Lynch. Before joining

the Whitman administration he was a lawyer and CPA and a councilman

in Camden.

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PInG’s Fifth Anniversary

When it comes to celebrating anniversaries, people don’t generally

make lots of fuss over a five-year-old company. But for the sector of

Internet technology — where ghosts litter the cyber highway — a

five-year milestone is much more important. So when Princeton Internet

Group Inc (PInG) staged a bash in its office at 13 Roszel Road, its

theme was "Five — that’s 35 in Internet Years!"

Co-founders and partners Rob Freda and Mark Meara planned the

"PInG@Five" party to celebrate their clients and staff, which has

grown from 15 to 21 since January. "by keeping things lively and

interesting while providing a quality work environment," says Freda,

"we’re able to retain our talented staff and attract some really great


PInG’s Jim Welsh set up a hole-in-one competition, and Stephen

Gardner, the 8th grade son of Brenda Gardner, presided over an

interactive computer game. Nico Totaro, infant son of Pat Totaro of

G.P. Totaro and CUH2A’s Joe Totaro, held court for his admirers. And a

cousin of the Freda family, Ken Forziati, played keyboard.

Pictured: Mark Meara and Rob Freda, partners of PInG

Bill Loni of Carter Wallace, Arthur Downs of

Merrill Lynch, WW-P teacher Linda Dorrance, and

Jennifer Ross of the Gallup Organization.

Katherine Kish of Market Entry and Greg Baker of

Internet Publishing Group (IPG Direct)

Kathy Wallace of PInG with Jennifer Ly of PPD


Alec Gallup of the Gallup Poll and Robert Freda of

of National Conference for Community & Justice

Kathy Eager and Kerry Irizarry of Village Office

Supply in Bridgewater

In this ever-changing — sometimes daunting and confusing digital

environment, clients like having a firm that functions that watches

out for their best interests, says Rob Freda, co-founder and partner.

"It is our job to take some of the guess work out of participating in

the new economy," says Meara, "by helping clients take advantage of

new technologies."

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IsSound Corporation (Productivity Works), 830 Bear

Tavern Road, Suite 301, Ewing 08628. 609-637-0099; fax, 609-984-8048.

Home page:

The fax number was printed incorrectly on June 7.

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Deborah Mapps, 43, to four years in state prison and repayment

of $95,078 embezzled while working in a $40,000 job for Mary V. DeCicco,

a dentist in Montgomery Knoll. Mapps pleaded guilty to diverting insurance

and other checks into her personal account, using the money for shopping,

college tuition, and a vacation home. She had asked for leniency to

help raise her 15-year-old daughter and will be eligible for parole

after serving nine months and 26 days.

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George Segal, 75, on June 9. An American pop art icon

known for his life-size plaster sculptures, Segal — who lived

and worked on a chicken farm in South Brunswick — received a National

Medal of the Arts last year. A photo of one of his works appears on

page 32 of this issue.

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