Previous Winners

"With the continuing role of entrepreneurship in our society, it's appropriate to recognize and encourage young people who have started and are running their own businesses while still pursuing their education." - James Barrood, Institute Director

Previous Winners (1998 - 2007)

2007 New Jersey Awards Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 competition. They were recognized and presented their awards at a ceremony held on May 2nd in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture.

1st Place
Justin BolasciNorth Jersey Kettle Corn · Caldwell College

2nd Place
Daniel Jamet, Blades Lawn and Landscape · Rider University

3rd Place
Lauren Koller, RIO Enterprises LLC: The Original Mullet Wig · Mercer County College

4th Place
Lucas Cittone, Three Guys and a Girl LLC, Nonami Premium · Fairleigh Dickinson University

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1st place winner, Justin Bolasci, speaking to the audience

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From left to right are John Martinson, Edison Venture Fund, program sponsor, James Barrood,executive director, Rothman Institute, Lucas Cittone, 4th place, FDU, Nonami Premium, JustinBalasci, 1st place, Caldwell College, North Jersey Kettle Corn, Lauren Koller, 3rd place, RIO Enterprises, Mercer County College, Daniel Jamet, 2nd place, Rider University, Blades Lawn and Landscape Company, and John Bailye, co-founder and CEO, Dendrite International, the evening's distinguished entrepreneurial lecturer.

2006 Awards Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2006 competition. They were recognized and presented their awards at a ceremony held on May 3rd in conjunction with the Eighth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture.

2006 Regional Winner

Bertrand Gervais, The Placefinder LLC. · Binghamton University

2006 State Winners 

New York

1st Place: Bertrand Gervais, The Placefinder LLC. · Binghamton University
2nd Place: Boris Mordkovich, MordComm, Inc. D/B/A AdWatcher  · Baruch College

New Jersey

1nd Place: Alexander Federico, AJF Vending LLC  · Monmouth University
2nd Place: Anthony Latona, Adam Morris, Sell Center LLC  · Stevens Institute of Technology

Delaware

1st Place: Ross Epstein, RE Computer Consulting, LLC  · University of Delaware
2nd Place: Alex Campbell, Smooth Move·University of Delaware

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Regional winner Bertrand Gervais receiving his award from President Adams

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The Winners

East Coast 2006 winners with Greg Olsen FULL

 

The winners with Distinguished Entrepreneur Greg Olsen and Rothman Institute Executive Director James Barrood

 

2005 Awards Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2005 competition. They were recognized and presented their awards at a ceremony held on May 4th in conjunction with the Seventh Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture:

Program (Acrobat .pdf format)

2005 Panel of Judges

Chad Beatty, Publisher - NJBIZ (NJ)
Erik Ipsen, Dep. Managing Editor - Crain's New York Business (NY)
Dee DelBello, Publisher - Fairfield County Business Journal (CT)
James B. Streit, Jr., Publisher - New Castle Business Ledger (DE)

2005 Regional Winner

Adam Farrell, Silicon Solar – Cornell University
Extra congratulations to Adam for winning the 'Most Innovative' company prize at the global awards ceremony in November!

2005 State Winners 

New York

1st Place: Adam Farrell, Silicon Solar – Cornell University
2nd Place: Marc-Anthony Arena, Shaker's Blends - Rochester Institute of Technology

New Jersey

1nd Place: Robert Corbo, Simductive Golf - Fairleigh Dickinson University
2nd Place (tie): Jon Brennfleck, Brennfleck’s Lawn Service – Rider University
2nd Place (tie): Loan Nguyen, Endless Nails Salon - Fairleigh Dickinson University

Connecticut

 1st Place: Andrew Turczak, Manhandlers - Quinnipiac University
 2nd Place: Robert Tordella, ABC Computer Solutions - Quinnipiac University

Delaware

1st Place: Ryan Bonifacino, Yakka Studios, LLC - University of Delaware
2nd Place: Kelle' Alston, Sashe' Crochet - Delaware State University


2004 Awards Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2004 competition. They were recognized and presented their awards at a ceremony held on May 3th in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture:

2004 Panel of Judges

George Taber, President - NJBIZ
Erik Ipsen, Dep. Managing Editor - Crain's New York Business
Dee DelBello, Publisher - Fairfield County Business Journal (CT)
James B. Streit, Jr., Publisher - New Castle Business Ledger (DE)

2004 Regional Winner

Russell Hancock, RnR Services – Mercer County Community College 

2004 State Winners 

New York

1st Place: Matt Dacey, One Click Video – Syracuse University
2nd Place: Joshua Mohrer, Rational Fashion – Columbia University

New Jersey

1nd Place: Russell Hancock, RnR Services – Mercer County Community College 
2nd Place: Jon Brennfleck, Brennfleck’s Lawn Service – Rider University

Connecticut

 1st Place: Yusuf Qasim, Digitaleffex, LLC – Quinnipiac University
 2nd Place: Ryan Lair, Synergetic Studios - Quinnipiac University

Delaware

1st Place: Adam Freedman, Adam Freedman Enterprises, LLC - University of Delaware
2nd Place: Christopher Bornemann, 3SN, LLC - University of Delaware

RNR Award Winner HALF

President Michael Adams and Russell Hancock of RnR Services

 


2003 Awards Winners

On May 5th, in conjunction with the Fifth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series, we presented the sixth annual East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards program. The winners included:

2003 Regional Winner

Brian Bushell, Memory Foam Factory – Syracuse University

2003 State Winners 

New York
 1st Place: Brian Bushell, Memory Foam Factory – Syracuse University
 2nd Place: Belinda Antwi, Global Odyssey, Inc. – Fashion Institute of Technology

New Jersey
 1nd Place: Sean O’Hare, SPO Enterprises, Inc. – Rider University
 2nd Place: Kristin Diable, Meridian Jane Records – William Paterson University

Connecticut
 1st Place: Yusuf Qasim, Digitaleffex, LLC – Quinnipiac University
 2nd Place: Wesley R. Barrett, Wesley Works Entertainment - Quinnipiac University

Delaware
 1st Place: Zachary W. Lipsky, Set Your Site.com. - University of Delaware

CEA 2003 Winners 01 FULL
Dean David Steele and Michael Rak(cousin of Brian Bushell) of Memory Foam Factory

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From left (top) John H. Martinson, sponsor - Edison Venture Fund; J. Michael Adams - FDU President; Wesley BArrett; Belinda Antwi; Yusuf Qasim; Zachary Lipsky; Sean O'Hare; and Dean David Steele.

 

Not shown are Brian Bushell and Kristin Diable.


2002 Awards Winners

On May 5th, in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture Series, we presented the fifth annual East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards program. The winners included:

2002 Regional Winner

Matthew A. Fox, Packadorms, LLC Wesleyan University

2002 State Winners 

New York
 1st Place: Noah Sheetz, Ark Baked Goods Culinary Institute of America
 2nd Place: Marc Stein, RegisterStock.com Baruch College

New Jersey
 1nd Place: Joseph R. Petrella, Jr., Thomas S. Krol IMET Corporation  The College of New Jersey
 2nd Place: Derek Kleinow, Tiger Warehouse Princeton University

Connecticut
 1st Place: Matthew A. Fox, Packadorms, LLC WesleyanUniversity
 2nd Place: Wesley R. Barrett, Wesley Works Entertainment Quinnipiac University

Delaware
 1st Place: Nick Nykorczuk, Creative Pavers, Inc. University of Delaware
 2nd Place: Bret R. Hughes, Hughes Hue Designs University of Delaware
 

 

CEA 2002 Winners 01 FULL
President J. Michael Adams and Matthew Fox of Packadorms, LLC
 

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From left (top)Nick Nykorczuk, John H. Martinson, sponsor - Edison Venture Fund; James Young, sponsor - Reed Smith; Thomas Krol, Joseph Petrella; (bottom)James C. Barrood, associate director of Rothman Institute; Bret Hughes; Wesley Barrett; Matthew Fox; and Noah Sheetz. Not shown are Derek Kleinow; and Marc Stein.

 


2001 Awards Winners

2001 Regional Winner

Constantino Procaccini, Jr., Borgata, LLC Rider University

2001 State Winners 

New York
 1st Place: Michael Simmons, Princeton WebSolutions NYU
 2nd Place: Rivka Eizik, Yale Katz, Camp H20  Queens College

New Jersey
 1st Place: Constantino Procaccini, Jr., Borgata, LLC Rider University
 2nd Place: Joseph R. Petrella, Jr., Thomas S. Krol
                  IMET Corporation  The College of New Jersey

Connecticut
 1st Place: Christopher R. Buckley, Pet Pals  University of Connecticut
 2nd Place: Robert G. Reicher, Jr., R & R Landscaping Quinnipiac University

Delaware
 1st Place: Karen Randolph, K.R.C. Waste Management University of Delaware
 2nd Place: Rosa Gracia, Dan-Tech, Inc. Delaware Technical and Community College

CEA 2001 Winners FULL
Dean Paul Lerman, Tino Procaccini, Jr. and John White of Verizon
 

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State winners (from left) Michael Simmons-NY, John Martinson-Lecturer, Tino Procaccino-NJ & Regional, Karen Randolph-DE, Leo J. Rogers-Institute Director, and Chris Buckley-CT


2000

On May 4, 2000, the Rothman Institute presented the Third Annual New Jersey Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2000 competition:

             1st Place: Nicholas Leidl, Entertainment Explosion -Saint Peter's College

             2nd Place: Constantino Procaccino, Jr., Borgata, LLC - Rider University

             3rd Place:Matthew Mastrorilli, Night and Day Press, LLC - Monmouth University

CEA 2000 Winners FULL

From left to right: Leo J. Rogers, Jr.,Director - Rothman Institute, Nicholas Leidl, Matthew Mastrorilli, Constantino Procaccino, Jr., and John White, Manager, External Affairs – Bell Atlantic

Entrepreneur Update

Nicholas Leidl
Entertainment Explosion's revenues have grown 15-20% since last year and has now diversified into providing comedy acts. Nick has pursued comedy and has been seen on MTV and Comedy Central.

Constantino Procaccino, Jr.
Tino has expanded and upgraded the La Borgata restaurant and has opened a separate Italian specialty store.

Matthew Mastrorilli
Night and Day Press has grown by 100% since last year.


1999

On May 3, 1999, the Rothman Institute presented the Second Annual New Jersey Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards. The winners of the 1999 competition were:

                 1st Place: Kevin Kaczka, Executive Maintenance - Saint Peter's College

                 2nd Place: Jonathan Dambrot, J. Emanuel Choclatier, LLC - Fairleigh Dickinson University

                  3rd Place:Tommy Singleton, BanaCorp Enterprises, Inc. - Essex County College


CEA 1999 Winners FULL
From left to right: Kevin Kaczka, Tommy Singleton, Russ Berrie of Russ Berrie and Company, Leo J. Rogers, Jr., Director of the Rothman Institute, and Jonathan Dambrot.

Entrepreneur Update

Kevin Kaczka
Kevin continues to operate the Executive Maintenance business while he works as a Port Authority-NY/NJ police officer and while he takes graduates courses toward a masters degree.

Jonathan Dambrot
The J. Emmanuel Chocolatier stores along with their website help the company continue to increase sales.

Tommy Singleton
Tommy's business,  BanaCorp Enterprises, Inc., continues to expand.


1998

On May 20, 1998, the Rothman Institute presented the First Annual New Jersey Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards. The winners of the 1998 competition were:

               1st Place:  Dena Pedynowski, Once Upon a Wing - Drew University

               2nd Place:  Robert Kaiser,Kaiser Landscaping, Inc. - Rider University

                3rd Place:  Roy Racer, Camelot Quality Products - Rutgers University

 

CEA 1998 Winners FULL

From left to right: Leo J. Rogers, Jr.,Director - Rothman Institute, Dena Pedynowski and Robert Kaiser.

Entrepreneur Update

Dena Pedynowski
Dena was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and working toward a doctoral degree at Oxford (she is currently studying at the University of Calgary). Her father is running her business while she is away and using the profits to support her studies.

Robert Kaiser
Kaiser Landscaping continues to grow as the company has expanded into land clearing and site development. In addition, Robert has invested in a new restaurant that opened last year in central New Jersey.

Roy Racer
Since 1998, Roy has transformed the company into an e-business, www.soldiercity.com. The business is continuing to grow and they are now upgrading the website to handle more e-commerce business as well as new product lines in the near future.