Richard S. Allen is the top executive at Allen Associates and is responsible for the sales and services of the group employee benefits division. Licensed in health and life insurance in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida, Richard joined Allen Associates in 1982 as a partner. In 1993, Richard was named President. Today he maintains securities licenses in New Jersey and Florida and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Life and Health Underwriters. Richard is the son of Allen Associates founder Stanley H. Allen. He resides in Millville with his wife Luanne and has two children, Kelsey and Corey.
James Andreacci is the Market President of New Jersey for BB&T Bank. In this role James is responsible for building the BB&T brand in New Jersey. As a top ten financial institution and the fifth largest insurance broker in the world; there are many solutions that BB&T can provide both to retail and commercial clients.James graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Finance and has been in commercial banking for the last 15 years. James is an active member in the community serving on multiple Boards for local non-profit entities. James grew up in Northern NJ, and currently resides in Mullica Hill with his wife and three children.
Barretta Plumbing, Heating, Cooling
John Barretta is a 1982 honor graduate of St. Augustine Prep and a 1986 graduate of St. Joseph’s University (B.S. Accounting). He became a Certified Municipal Accountant and worked in that field for 4 years. He began his career as an entrepreneur when he bought a tavern which had been closed for over 20 years and opened it as Good Sports Bar and Grille. John left the bar and restaurant business in 1997 and entered his family’s 101-year-old business. In 2004, he became the 4th generation owner of Barretta, Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. In addition to running the family business, John is the owner/operator of several real estate and development companies.
From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Barretta served as City Councilman in Vineland (4 years as City Council President). In 2007, he became an Organizer of Capital Bank of NJ. He has served on the City of Vineland’s Planning Board, Recreation Commission, and Urban Enterprise Zone Board. John is a 10 year Board Member of the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA (Board President 2013-14). He has a deep interest in his community. He’s been a sponsor and volunteer coach in youth sports for over 30 years.
John and his wife, Leslie, are raising their 5 children – Rita, Samantha, Jack, Nicholas, and Joseph.
Romano Buonadonna Financial Services
The Daily Journal
Joe Calchi has been President of The Daily Journal and Courier Post since 2015. Joe has worked his entire career for Gannett Co. starting out as an account executive in 1985 at The Daily Journal and holding many positions including Advertising Director in 1996 and General Manager in 2010. Joe is a two-time winner of Gannett’s President’s Ring for Excellence in Advertising and has won many New Jersey Press Association awards. Since 2015, he has been on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. Joe is a graduate of Cumberland County College, he is married and has one daughter.
Bob Conner is a graduate of Wake Forest University (’74) and the President of Mints Insurance Agency in Millville. Mints employs a staff of fourteen including his son Rob who take care of over 3,500 regional clients. Bob is married to Paula Caterina. Together, they have five grown sons/stepsons. Bob was a former chair of the Millville Zoning Board, a longtime director for the NJ Professional Insurance Agents, an original Capital Bank organizer, on Inspira’s Foundation Board and the current President of the Millville Development Corporation. A longtime runner, Bob’s competed in over 50 races including two marathons.
Lawn & Garden
Ocean First Bank, Southern Region
Vincent D’Alessandro is the President of OceanFirst Bank’s Southern Region, which currently includes branches and administrative offices located throughout Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Burlington, and Camden Counties in New Jersey.Vincent graduated from Rutgers University in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration, Political Science, and Education and then completed his MBA at the Stonier School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania with a leadership certificate from the Wharton School of Business.Vincent’s professional career began in 1989 which included various commercial, credit, and leadership roles at First National Bank of Toms River, Summit Bank, PNC Bank, and Shore Community Bank. Since 2008, he has been with OceanFirst Bank and currently holds the title of First Senior Vice President and Regional President of the Bank’s Southern Region.Vincent has had extensive involvement with various non-profit organizations and is currently involved on the Boards of the Shore Medical Foundation, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, the HERO Campaign, South Jersey CEO Group, MBCA of Atlantic City, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, and Businesses Committed to South Jersey. Vincent is an avid golfer and has played competitive golf since the age of eight, progressing to Division I collegiate golf at Rutgers University. He has been married to wife Susan since 1990 and has one son, Christopher, who is carrying on the family golf tradition, playing for Arcadia University.
Inspira Medical Centers, Inc.
John DiAngelo is President and CEO of Inspira Health Network and has worked in healthcare for nearly 34 years, 26 of those spent here in southern New Jersey. At the national level, John sits on the American Hospital Association’s Metro Governing Council. He also holds a leadership position at the state level, serving as a trustee of the New Jersey Hospital Association. In 2017, John was recognized regionally by being named to the South Jersey Biz Power 50 list. He also serves his community by playing an active role in the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey.
During his 17 years at Inspira Health Network, John has played a significant role in improving the health of our neighbors by changing the way healthcare is delivered in our region.
Through his leadership as Inspira’s Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2013, John established a strong financial foundation for the organization in difficult economic times and Inspira increased its Moody’s bond rating three levels and was the only health system to receive an upgrade in 2010. That year, NJ Biz magazine named John the CFO of the Year for large Non-Profit Companies.
Thomas A. Dwyer, MD
Premier Orthopaedic Associates of Southern NJ
Thomas A. Dwyer, MD, FAAOS, is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon as well as the president and founder of Premier Orthopaedic Associates. After obtaining his Medical Degree from SUNY in Syracuse, NY, he completed his surgical internship and specialty orthopaedic residency at the University of Connecticut. He obtained his fellowship training from The Orthopaedic Research of Virginia program in Sports Medicine. Once grounded in New Jersey, he founded Premier Orthopaedic Associates in 1998. His practice covers all of orthopaedic surgery but focuses on shoulder and knees in sports medicine. He is an Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Medicine and has served as Chair of the Department of Surgery at Inspira Health Network. As a master shoulder instructor, he continues to offer the highest quality care available in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine in South Jersey.
A.R. Fanucci Companies
Anthony Fanucci is a life-long resident of Vineland, having graduated from St. Augustine Prep and attended Cumberland County College and St. Peter’s University. Anthony owns and operates A.R. Fanucci Insurance and A.R. Fanucci Real Estate. He is a former two-term Vineland Board of Education member, President of Vineland’s City Council from 2013 until 2017, now serving as Mayor of the City of Vineland.
Anthony is currently a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the National Association of Realtors, the Cumberland County Board of Realtors, and the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce.
Anthony has been honored in many capacities throughout his professional career. These honors include being a St. Augustine Prep Hall of Fame Inductee and Cultural Award recipient in 2005, as well as, a recipient of The Spirit of Achievement Award by the Italian Cultural Foundation of South Jersey in 2014.
Anthony is generous with his time and talents. He volunteers as a mentor and career counselor to local students, supports local athletics through sponsorship and coaching, and is a very active alumnus of St. Augustine Prep. Anthony is an active parishioner of his Catholic parish, St. Padre Pio in Vineland. He is married to Stacey and has three beautiful children, Vincenzo, Giavanna, and Adrianna.
All Key Solutions, LLC
Nick received his Bachelors of Science from Immaculata University followed by Post-baccalaureate studies at Rutgers University; focusing on the fields of business, finance, and science. Nick’s community involvement is extensive working with organizations such as Rotary, Elwyn NJ, VDID as well as being a board member of the Vineland School Board and the Vineland Housing Authority. Nick currently resides in Southern NJ.
Nick began his career in payment processing in 2012. Having worked in the industry from the bottom up, Nick has learned all aspects of the field while obtaining the valuable knowledge of the industry’s shortcomings and clients frustrations. This plan led to the formation of All Key Solutions; its goal was to offer payment solutions, which all businesses need, coupled with full transparency on pricing, localized service and the offering of product lines that keep customers and their clients protected at all time.
Josh Fisher is President of B&B Poultry Co., Inc, located in Norma, NJ, the third generation of Fishers to lead the business, following the company’s founder Ben Fisher, and the current CEO/COB Mark Fisher. A graduate of Vineland High School, Josh earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ithaca College in Ithaca NY. After college, Josh spent seven years in Boston working in the alternative investment industry in various accounting and project management roles. Returning to the region in 2007 to join the company, initially as its General Manager, Josh has overseen several expansions of the company’s physical plant, diversification of its sales footprint, and has developed the next generation of the company’s leadership team.
As a FAA licensed commercial pilot, Josh serves as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight East, helping to transport individuals who require medical treatment and cannot travel commercially, or have the burden of needing to travel with some frequency. In his spare time, Josh enjoys saltwater fishing (or being out on the water for any reason), playing golf and spending time with his family at the beach. Josh currently resides in Philadelphia, PA with his fiancé, Dr. Rachael Polis and their dog, Baxter the Boxer.
Century Savings Bank
Dave Hemple has been the President & CEO of Century Savings Bank since 2005, with over 34 years total with the Bank, starting in 1983 as a teller. Century Savings Bank is a $460 million mutual institution that formed in 1865 in downtown Bridgeton now reaching 152 years of business in Southern New Jersey. Dave leads a staff of 75 with 6 office locations within Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester Counties.
Dave is also currently serving:
Director of the Inspira Health Network Cumberland/Salem Foundation.
Director of the Cumberland Insurance Group.
Director of the Connecticut Online Computer Center.
Member of the CEO Group of Cumberland County.
Member of the Hopewell Township Economic Development Committee.
Member of the Vineland Rotary Club.
Member of the Shiloh Seventh-Day Baptist Church.
Treasurer of Woodruff United Methodist Church.
Dave is a life-long resident of Cumberland County and resides in Hopewell Township with wife Ellen and daughter Amy.
South Jersey Federal Credit Union
In January 2018, Ernie Huggard was promoted to the position of the President and Chief Executive Officer of South Jersey Federal Credit Union. Ernie has over 40-years’ experience in the financial industry and has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Credit Union for previous two years. South Jersey Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial corporation that provides lower cost loans and pays higher interest rates on deposits to its more than 54,000 members and over 700 employee groups. With nine branch locations serving southern New Jersey and two markets in Pennsylvania, South Jersey Federal Credit Union’s mission it to provide quality financial solutions and world class service to its members, with a social commitment to the communities they serve. Prior to joining the South Jersey Federal Credit Union family, Ernie spent the past 30 years in senior leadership positions within the banking and credit union industries. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters in Management Studies from Stockton University. Ernie is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, serving 28 years in the New Jersey Army National Guard. He served 19 years on the Board of Education of Galloway Township and as President of the Board for 17 years. His community service extends to such organizations as the Career Opportunity Development, Inc. CODI, Treasurer of the Holy Spirit Fathers Club and presently he is the assistant Boy’s Crew Coach for Holy Spirit High School.
Ron Jaworski Management, Inc.
Ron Jaworski, former QB in the NFL for 17 Years, current NFL Analyst, co-owner of the AFL Arena Champions Philadelphia Soul, owner of 6 golf courses in Philadelphia/New Jersey area, owner of Networking company – Business Clubs of America Philadelphia, Founder of Jaws Youth Playbook which has raised over $4 million for at-risk youth, author of The Games that Change the Games.
The South Jersey Chamber of Commerce awarded Jaworski the Pinnacle Award for his outstanding volunteer work and longtime service to South Jersey Chamber & business community. The United Way honored Jaworski with their Volunteer Leadership Award, the highest award given by United Way. Ron also sat on the United Way National Board for many years.
Jaworski is married to his high school sweetheart Liz; has three children, Joleen, Jessica and BJ, and four grandsons Ryan, Colin, Andrew, & Tristan.
Dr. Fred Keating
Eastern Pacific Development
Over thirty-five years of hands-on development experience beginning as a carpenter, site superintendent, project management ending with direct project development experience. Previously held Contractors Licenses in California, Florida, and Tennessee. Member of Builders League of Southern New Jersey and the New Jersey Builders Association. Serves on the Board of both BLSJ and NJBA and also serves on the legislative affairs committee of the NJBA and as secretary of BLSJ. Received builder of the year award from BLSJ for 2016. Also received Statewide recognition as builder of the year from the New Jersey Builders Association. Serves on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Cumberland County. Prior active board member of Building Industry Association of Southern California and board member of the Residential Purchasing Council of Southern California.
Sam Landy Esq., President and Chief Executive Officer of UMH Properties, Inc. directs the management, acquisition, construction, and development of manufactured home communities including the sale and financing of manufactured homes. Since 2009, UMH has grown from 28 communities and 6,800 home-sites to 107 communities and 19,400 homesites. This represents growth of 165%. This growth has resulted in the employment of over 300 people. The company has accomplished this growth through acquisitions and the development of vacant land. He has obtained the approvals and built over 500 manufactured housing sites. Mr. Landy founded the sales and finance division which has sold over 3,300 homes and financed over $50,000,000 in home sales.
Mr. Landy is a director of Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, an affiliated company, a director of UMH Properties, Inc, a director of the Open Space Pace and a director of Special Strides. Mr. Landy, with his wife Laurie, founded Special Strides, located in Monroe Township, New Jersey. Special Strides is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of handicapped children through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. The organization provides therapy to over 130 special needs individuals weekly. Additionally, Mr. Landy founded The Open Space Pace, located in Freehold, New Jersey. The Open Space Pace is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness about the equine and agricultural industries in hopes to preserve open space in the State of New Jersey.
Mr. Landy is a graduate of Curry College, Milton, MA, 1982, and a graduate of Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE class of 1985. He is on the Curry Colleges’ Executive Committee. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association in 1985 and the United States Supreme Court in 1997.
Ben’s Pro Serv
Ben is currently owner and manager of Ben’s Professional Services. His company serves in the residential and light commercial fields of Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Electric in the South Jersey Area.
Ben Laury is a lifelong resident of the Borough of Elmer. He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and is licensed as a Professional Engineer and Master Plumber in the State of New Jersey.
Ben has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Before being elected as a Salem County Freeholder in 2009, he began his public community service by serving on the planning board, serving 10 years on the school board (5 years as president), and serving 7 years on the borough council (2 years as president). Beginning January 2018 Ben will assume the position of Freeholder Director.
Ben Laury’s commitment to community service is highlighted by his dedication to the Boys Scouts of America. He currently is serving on the Southern New Jersey District Board and personally holds the rank of Eagle Scout. Ben also has been recently awarded the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts.
He is committed to his faith and his church and is actively involved in the Elmer Methodist Church. He has been an active Rotary member for over 30 years and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Ben is married 40 years to his wife Kathy Laury. They are blessed with two children Brittany (married to Stan Orzechowski) and TJ (married to Sarah). They have four grandchildren: Mason, Carter, and twins Colton and Ryder.
AGRO Merchant’s Group – Vineland
Liberty Point Advisors
Patrick W. McGrory, MSFS, CFP®, CRPC®
As a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial, Patrick specializes in investment management, retirement planning, estate planning and charitable giving. Having been in the industry for over nineteen years, he has been awarded the designation of Certified Financial PlannerTM and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM. In addition to his work as an advisor, Patrick has played a significant role for over 20 years in his family’s foundation, the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, where he currently serves as the Chairman. Patrick is a member of various councils for the Diocese of Camden, including the Bishop’s Finance Council where he currently serves as the Vice Chair as well as the Chair of the Catholic Schools Oversite Committee. His charitable work continues in his roles as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Foundation and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities and as a Board Member of The Saint John Vianney Center.Patrick received his undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he served as the Hawk mascot, and continues to be deeply involved with the university and its alumni activities. He received his Master of Science in Financial Services and is now a PhD Candidate in Financial and Retirement Planning at The American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.Patrick was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and now resides in Vineland, New Jersey with his wife, son and daughter.
Anthony Mongeluzo is the President and CEO of PCS, LLC, a 100-person IT service and support company that provides managed technology solutions for organizations in the Delaware Valley. Anthony is also a serial entrepreneur, serving as a partner in three other technology companies located throughout the Tristate region.
Anthony is the highest-profile computer expert in the Delaware Valley. He is FOX-TV’s IT expert in Philadelphia, the fourth-largest media market in the United States. National, regional and local media frequently call upon him for his expertise and opinion on IT and small-business issues. A small sampling of these media outlets includes: The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, FOX NEWS, ABC, NBC, MSN, MSNBC, CNBC, the Philadelphia Business Journal and Courier-Post (New Jersey).
Despite his personality status within the IT and business community, he started as a computer technician, earning more than 10 industry certifications from both Microsoft and CompTIA.
Anthony has always understood the value of volunteerism and maintains an active role with several social service organizations. He also devotes his time assisting entrepreneurs on a personal basis or through the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Philadelphia.
He lives in Medford, N.J. with his wife Shelly, and daughters, Ally and Ashley.
Ultra Clean Technologies Corp.
Bruce Riley was born in Bridgeton to Wilbert J. (Whalebone) Riley and Marcia Rieti Riley. He graduated from Bridgeton High School where he was class president his junior and senior year. He is a lifelong resident of Cumberland County and now resides in Lawrence Township.
Bruce married Debby Bucolo on September 18th, 1982 and they have two children. A daughter, Christina Marie, who is a global health researcher for the Institute of Reproductive Health at Georgetown University in Washington DC and a son, Jonathon Michael, a cinematographer and drone pilot for Teton Gravity Research in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Bruce is a member of the Cumberland County, Hopewell & Upper Deerfield Economic Development Boards, Chairman of the Bridgeton Area Chamber of Commerce and member of the Bridgeton Rotary Lunch Club. He was a past board president for Hospice Care of South Jersey. He currently serves on the Cumberland County College Board of Trustees.
Bruce owned and operated Cumberland Valve Inc from 1982 until he sold the business in December 2013. Cumberland Valve is an industrial distribution company that sells industrial plumbing supplies and various hose products for hydraulic, chemical, air and water applications.
Bruce started Ultra Clean Technologies Corp 1996 and it is headquartered in Upper Deerfield Township. Ultra Clean manufactures contamination control and removal products for the fluid power industry. Ultra Clean sells its products worldwide and has warehousing and sales personnel in Sao Paulo Brazil, Shanghai China, NSW Australia, the U.K. and Andelst in the Netherlands.
Paul J. Ritter, III, Esq.
Cumberland Insurance Group
Paul J. Ritter III is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the Delaware Law School of Widener University and completed the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Insurance Executive Certification Program. Paul is the President and CEO of the Cumberland Mutual located in Bridgeton, NJ. The Cumberland Mutual Fire Insurance Company was founded in 1844 and is the oldest insurance company based in New Jersey. The company is a property and casualty insurance carrier providing personal and commercial insurance coverages to nearly 100,000 policyholders. Cumberland Mutual distributes its products through its over 400 agency partners located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Paul also currently serves as the Deputy Mayor of Hopewell Township and in leadership positions with a number of other community organizations including the Inspira Hospital Board of Trustees, Century Savings Bank Board of Directors, Hopewell Township Land Use Planning Board, the Cumberland County Historical Society Board of Trustees, and the Cumberland County Economic Development Board.
Tower Hospitality, LLC
Ed was raised, and continues to live and work, in Cumberland County NJ. He practiced his profession as a Registered Pharmacist from 1974 to 1979 while helping his parents operate their newly purchased Buena Vista Motel. In 1979, Ed left his profession to join the family business full-time when they bought the Lollipop Motel in North Wildwood. Since then, the family business has grown to eight hotels and restaurants, providing jobs for 360 local residents. Ed served, and continues to serve, on various boards and committees in the community. The Roth family was awarded the “Business Persons of the Year” by Vineland Chamber of Commerce and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by NAACP in recognition of employing people from all walks of life. Ed has been married to Judy since 1978; they have three children.
Big Sky Aviation
With over thirty years of experience in the investment industry, Doug offers his clients an unparalleled level of knowledge and experience. As Managing Director and Branch Manager with Wells Fargo Advisors in Vineland, NJ, Doug strives to cultivate lifelong relationships with his clients and focuses on creative strategies to help his clients achieve their financial objectives.
Firmly rooted in the community and passionate about educational opportunities and community development, Doug serves as Treasurer of the Foundation Board of Cumberland County College, sits on the Board of Trustees at the St. Augustine Preparatory School, and is an active member of the CEO Group. Doug was past President of the Lower Township Rotary Club and was past vice chair of the Cumberland County Economic Development Board.
An aviation enthusiast, Doug holds an FAA Multiengine Instrument rating and is the President and co-founder of Big Sky Aviation at Millville Airport. He also enjoys playing golf, fishing, watching his son participate in little league baseball games and spending time with his family on the water.
Doug resides in Cape May, NJ with his wife, Beth and their son, Jack. His daughter Taylor is married and resides in Philadelphia.
Atlantic Coast Freezers
Sam Sorbello began his career at the original Mullica Hill Cold Storage in 1985. This 20,000 square foot facility was the foundation of his successful business career. Sam put in place policies and procedures that still drive the company to this day. He developed new customers like New Zealand Lamb Company,Gurrentz International, Superior Farms, and many more. The basic principals formed a foundation so solid that they have been the basic business principals the company operates on to this day. Sam has two basic business precepts that allowed for exponential growth. The “never say no to a customer” corporate attitude, and a constant pursuit of growth. Never deferring business away, he grew with his customers. In 1999, South Jersey Cold Storage, another 20,000 square foot facility, was built and added the Mullica Hill Group Companies. In 2001, another 20,000 square feet was added to South Jersey to keep up with the demand. Sam did not stop there. With customers like Gurrentz International, ASC, and Orleans International seeking relationships with South Jersey Cold Storage an additional building was built adding another 40,000 square feet for the growing business from these customers. Sam has grown South Jersey Cold Storage, 500% in 5 years, and still he could not meet his customers’ request. So in 2006, he acquired TNT Freezers. This is the first off-site facility of the Mullica Hill Group and the first acquisition by the Mullica Hill Group Companies. This facility is 120,000 square feet and completes a total growth of 1200% in 7 years. The acquisition of TNT Freezers (now Atlantic Coast Freezers) added much more diversity to the Mullica Hill Group Companies. Not only is it an official Inspection House but it is an official domestic inspection establishment. Atlantic Coast Freezers added the ability to Box & Freeze, this combats the slow times of imports. It also gives the company the ability to Blast Freeze products. Sam’s acquisitions gave the Mullica Hill Group the last piece of the puzzle to become protein specialist, and to become a “one stop shop” for its customers. Sam has put the Mullica Hill Group in position to inspect the most foreign meat entering the country. This has added customers with relation to the meat industry such as Sherwood Foods which opened the cruise lines business. Sam has also expanded his business outside the meat industry by adding customers such as Single Source in which the company picks and distributes orders for over 150 prisons. Sam has spent his entire business career developing the Mullica Group South Jersey Cold Storage Division into a driving force in the Industry.
AGRO Merchant’s Group- Mullica Hill
Fred Sorbello’s career began farming 300+ acres of peaches and apples from 1980 to 1988. In 2004 he reopened Hill Creek Farms to become a U-pick apple farm, in 2009 built Farm Market to sell fresh apples, adding a bakery in 2013. In 2010 Mr. Sorbello purchased Fralinger’s Cider Company and in 2017 opened Farm to Table venues.
In addition to farming, Mr. Sorbello opened his first cold storage in 1989 serving products from the Ports of Philadelphia, Wilmington, and NY. Operations grew to become the largest USDA Import Meat Inspection Facility in the USA. This became CONUS (Continental US) Facility serving US troops and establishing military bases and camps in the middle east.
Mr. Sorbello additionally grew the truck company to a fleet of 72 tractor trailers for inland distribution of all food commodities that came thru his warehouse companies and in 2013 became the founding warehouse to AGRO Merchants Group. Today they have a network of cold storage in 60 countries and rank as the 4th largest cold storage company globally.
Mr. Sorbello has served with many associations and held numerous board positions including 20 years on the board of Meat Importer Council of America, NJ Peach Promotion Council, Ship Philly First, Cattleman Beef Board, South Harrison Planning & Zoning Boards, Coach to Little League, Boy Scout Man of the Year 2015 (tri-state area).
Chemglass Life Sciences
David Surdam is Vice President of Chemglass Life Sciences in Vineland, NJ. Chemglass was founded in 1946 by David’s grandfather, Walter P. Surdam. He attended college at Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, DE focusing on Business Administration and Marketing. He joined Chemglass full time after college but has worked at the company since 1986 while in high school. He also works at Chemglass with his father, Walt, his brother Phil and his wife Regina, who all help to carry on the vision his grandfather started so many years ago. He is very active in his community having coached youth sports, is an active member and currently serves as a Board Director on the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce, as well as other community advisory committees. He lives in Pittsgrove, NJ with his wife Regina, son Christopher and daughter Emily. He is proud to be a member of the CEO Group.
Safeway Freezer Corp
Born and raised on the farm in Rosenhayn, NJ Frank was predestined for the food industry. He leads the team at Safeway Fresh Foods with a knowledgeable operations perspective earned in his career marked by extensive involvement in fresh food processing, food service and industrial food operations. Frank has been managing fresh food manufacturing plants for over 20 years beginning in 1994. At C&A Fresh Cuts, Frank assisted in developing & managing $8 million business supplying a variety of major food retailers with fresh cut fruit, veggies and grab & go snacks. In 1996 as plant manager of Missa Bay, he was responsible for a diverse product portfolio including a state of the art fresh commissary operation for fresh made sandwiches and wraps. In 2008, Frank was named Vice President of Operations overseeing the daily production of products with 2 days to 1 year shelf life and a $30 million frozen entree operation. At Safeway, Frank is key to the success of the commercialization of our latest innovations. He still resides in Rosenhayn with his wife Kerry and their children Frankie and Ava. Frank enjoys running, golf, watching the Phillies and Eagles, and spending time with his family.
Cumberland County Improvement Authority
President / CEO: Triad Associates (January 2004 – April 2013)
Executive Director: Cumberland Empowerment Zone Corp. (January 2000 – January 2004) Community Builders: NJ State Director (November 1997 – January 2000)
Tri-County CAA: Director of Development (November 1990 – November 1997)
As the Executive Director of the Cumberland County Improvement Authority, Mr. Velazquez leads the CCIA’s development and redevelopment initiatives as well as all aspects of the Improvement Authority’s Landfill Operations. He is responsible for the organization’s financial management, project coordination, personnel, daily operations, and oversight. In addition, Mr. Velazquez leads Cumberland County in their overall economic development strategy and is currently coordinating more than $100 million in project construction on behalf of the County. Mr. Velázquez has incomparable practical experience in community redevelopment and an outstanding record in successfully turning marginal neighborhoods into viable and sustainable new communities. In his former position with Triad Associates, Mr. Velázquez led their relocation and acquisition initiatives which were responsible for the relocation of more than 750 business and residents and the acquisition of more than 75 individual properties. All acquisitions were completed without the use of eminent domain. As the former Executive Director of the highly successful Federal Empowerment Zone in Cumberland County, New Jersey, Mr. Velázquez has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of community revitalization and redevelopment. His comprehensive knowledge of the field includes public / private financing structures, mezzanine financing, job training programs, infrastructure improvements, industrial site redevelopment, brownfield remediation, community engagement, stakeholder management, financial analysis, project design, coordination, and implementation, construction / property management, as well as identifying and securing funding.Public / Private Finance, credit enhancements, bonding, tax credits, and non-traditional financing mechanisms round out Mr. Velazquez’ $1 billion development and redevelopment expertise.
Romano, Hearing, Testa & Knorr, CPAs
Stephen D. Barse, Esq.
Gruccio, Pepper, DeSanto & Ruth P A