NJ Family Business of the Year Award

Each year, the Rothman Institute coordinates with other corporate sponsors this annual event which selects the finest family businesses in the state and recognizes them at an awards luncheon each fall.

Winners will be profiled in New Jersey Business Magazine, a publication of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.

24th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year
Awards Luncheon
Crystal Plaza, Livingston, NJ
October 26, 2016

Questions? Please call 973-443-8842 or e-mail tpakay@fdu.edu.

Process and Guidelines

2016 Honorees

Up to $10 Million in Annual Sales

  • APM Hexseal, Englewood
  • ROYCE Leather, Secaucus
  • Glen Eagle Advisors, Princeton
  • Runnymede Capital Management, Mendham
  • Things 4 Strings, Livingston

Over $10 Million in Annual Sales

  • Magna Power Electronics, Flemington
  • Mannington Mills, Salem
  • Montrose Molders Corporation, Piscataway
  • My Limo, East Hanover
  • Triangle Manufacturing, Upper Saddle River

2016 Sponsors

NJFBYA 2016 Updated Sponsors as of April

2015 Honorees

Up to $10 Million in Annual Sales

  • Behrman House Publishers, Springfield, Category Winner
  • Encore Catering, East Hanover, Finalist
  • Millers Pharmacy, Wyckoff, Finalist
  • COX Printers, Linden, Semifinalist
  • Family Investors Company, Fanwood, Semifinalist
  • Giovanni's Deli, Fair Lawn, Semifinalist
  • Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, Montclair, Semifinalist
  • Things 4 Strings, Livingston, Semifinalist

Over $10 Million in Annual Sales

  • Bulbrite, Moonachie, Category Winner
  • H.M. Royal, Incorporated, Trenton, Finalist
  • International American Supermarkets, Piscataway, Finalist
  • Cryofab, Kenilworth, Semifinalist
  • Jack Daniels Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and Kia, Upper Saddle River, Semifinalist
  • Peerless Beverage Company, Union, Semifinalist
  • Weidel Real Estate, Pennington, Semifinalist

2014 Recipients

Up To $10 Million

Over $10 Million

2013 Winners

  • Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton - Over $10 Million Category
  • Morris Animal Inn, Morristown - Up to $10 Million Category

Up to $10 Million Semifinalists

  • A.H. Fisher Diamonds/Claimlnik, Red Bank
  • Corbo Jewlers, Inc., Rutherford
  • G&G Realtors, Deal
  • Minalex Corporation, Whitehouse Station
  • Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck

Up to $10 Million Finalists

  • Morris Animal Inn, Morristown (Category Winner)
  • Olde Mill Inn/Bocina Family Restaurants, Basking Ridge

Over $10 Million Seminfalists

  • ACE Motor Sales, Woodbury
  • Builders' General Supply Company, Little Silver
  • Energy Kinetics, Inc., Lebanon
  • Fornazor International, Inc., Hillsdale
  • Gibraltar Laboratories, Fairfield
  • GRORITE Green Houses and Garden Center, Lincoln Park

Over $10 Million Finalists

  • Air Group, LLC, Whippany
  • Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton (Category Winner)
  • Tilton Automotive Group/Schumacher Chevrolet, Little Falls
  • 2012 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards

2012 Winners

  • Becht Engineering, Liberty Corner -Over $10 Million
  • Mrs. G's Appliances, Lawrenceville -Up to $10 Million

Up to $10 Million Semifinalists

  • Black Rocket Productions, Freehold
  • Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge
  • Giambri Quality Sweets, Clementon
  • Magnets.com, Jersey City

Up to $10 Million Finalists

  • Leonardo Jewelers, Red Bank
  • Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck

Over $10 Million Semifinalists

  • Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton
  • Gellert Global Group, Elizabeth
  • Jack Daniels Automotive Group, Fair Lawn
  • Marvic Corporation, Union
  • Royal Printing Services, West New York

Over $10 Million Finalists

  • Energy Kinetics, Lebanon
  • Ski Barn, Paramus

2011 Winners

  • Sickles Market, Little Silver - Over $10 Million Category 
  • Cooper Pest, Solutions, Lawrenceville - Up to $10 Million Category

Semifinalists Up to $10 Million

  • Harrison Rand Advertising, Guttenberg
  • Messina Wildlife Management, Washington
  • Rainey’s Repair Center, New Brunswick
  • Riverview Service Center, Elmwood Park
  • Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck

Finalists Up to $10 Million

  • Leonardo Jewelers, Red Bank
  • Nassau Racquet Club, Skillman

Semi-Finalists over $10 million

  • Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater
  • Gellert Global Group, Elizabeth
  • Marvic Corporation, Union
  • Parker Laboratories, Fairfield
  • Shop Rite of Passaic/Clifton, Clifton

Finalists over $10 million

  • Advanced Digital Data, Flanders
  • Ski Barn, Paramus

2010 Winners

  • Accurate Box Company, Paterson - Over $10 Million Category
  • Ingrassia Construction Company, Middlesex - Up to $10 Million Category

Semifinalists Up to $10 Million

  • AJ O’Connor & Associates, Parsippany
  • Lont & Overkamp, Prospect Park
  • Turul Bookbindery, Wharton
  • Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck
  • Messina Wildlife Management, Washington

Finalists Up to $10 Million

  • Stellato Funeral Homes, Lyndhurst
  • Roman Jewelers, Flemington

Semifinalists over $10 Million

  • Advanced Digital Data, Flanders
  • Data Reduction Systems, Union
  • Montrose Molders, South Plainfield
  • Energy Kinetics, Lebanon
  • Otterstedt Insurance, Englewood Cliffs

Finalists over $10 Million

  • Becht Engineering, Liberty Corner
  • Wellshire Farms, Swedesboro

2009 Winners

  • Morey's Piers, Wildwood, NJ - Over $10 Million Category
  • Garden Terrace Nursing Home, Chatham, NJ - Up to $10 Million Category

Semifinalists up to $10 Million

  • Ingrassia Construction, Middlesex
  • Roman Jewelers, Flemington
  • Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck
  • Turul Bookbindery, Wharton

Finalists up to $10 Million

  • Nassau Tennis Club, Skillman
  • Stellato Funeral Homes, Lyndhurst
  • Tony Pallet, Newark

Semifinalists Sales over $10 Million

  • Advance Digital Data, Flanders
  • Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater
  • EPS Corporation, Tinton Falls

Finalists Sales over $10 Million

  • Accurate Box Company, Paterson
  • DCH Auto Group, South Amboy
  • Wellshire Farms, Swedesboro

2008 Winners

  • Old Monmouth Candy Company, Freehold -Companies up to $10 Million
  • Cory Home Delivery Service, Secaucus -Companies Over $10 Million

Semifinalists up to $10 Million:

  • Cutting Edge Industries, Linden
  • Roman Jewelers, Flemington
  • Rue Insurance, Hamilton
  • Turul Bookbindery, Wharton
  • Villani Bus Company, Linden

Finalists up to $10 Million:

  • Old Monmouth Candy Company, Freehold
  • Race Farms, Blairstown
  • Tony Pallet, Newark

 Semi-finalists over $10 Million:

  • Machinery Services Corp., Rapid Pump and Meter Service, Paterson
  • Manufacturer’s Reserve Supply, Irvington
  • Morey’s Piers, Wildwood
  • Reuther Material Company, North Bergen
  • Spiral Binding Company, Totowa

Finalists over $10 Million:

  • Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater
  • Cory Home Delivery Service, Secaucus
  • Verrex, Inc, Mountainside

 

 

 

Family Business of the Year 2007

Top Family Business Honors Go To Knowles Family Restaurants and Massey Insurance Agency

Knowles Family Restaurants, a third-generation restaurant conglomerate [over $10 million in sales], and Massey Insurance Agency, a two-generation insurance provider [under $10 million in sales], took top honors at the 2007 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon, held on October 3rd at the Crystal Plaza Caterers in Livingston.

The 2007 Awards marked the program's fifteenth anniversary. Nina Mosely, Director of Business Services of the New Jersey Commerce Commission attended and presented opening remarks. Elizabeth Christopherson, Executive Director of New Jersey Network (NJN) Public Television and Radio emceed the awards ceremony. To mark the event, Governor Jon Corzine issued a proclamation which made October 3rd Family Business Day. Corzine acknowledged the importance of family-owned businesses in helping the Garden State maintain a resourceful and vibrant economy.

Winning Companies

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Knowles Family Restaurants, West Orange.

When Harry Knowles opened his three-room restaurant on New Year’s Eve, 1956, he never thought that his dream of creating a fine dining establishment unlike any in existence would culminate in an institution that, according to The New York Times, is “as close as one could get to perfection.”  What makes all of the Knowles Family Restaurants (The Manor, The Rams Head Inn, The Highlawn Pavilion and The Pleasantdale Chateau) unique is the quality of the cuisine served at each venue.  Top-notch chefs have served the family since the early days, and haute cuisine has always been the standard.

Now in the third generation, the Knowles family finds their situation to be very special in that it allows them to work together and, consequently, remain close.  Although family restaurants are often threatened by larger chains, the Knowles family has successfully been able to keep the spirit of their grandparents alive by dedicating themselves to their business and to its legacy.

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Massey Insurance Agency, Newark

Raymond Massey founded this agency in 1975 with his wife, Emma. He opened the doors to his office on Bergen Street in Newark, determined to meet the insurance needs of the community and was well on the way to realizing this dream until his unfortunate death at age 49. Emma took over the reins and continued to build on the strong foundation left by her husband. For the next 22 years, she enhanced the reputation of the firm, forging strong client relationships built on confidence and respect. Today, Massey Insurance is included in NJBIZ’s list of the Top 50 insurance brokers in the state, a feat that Emma achieved with her own drive and with the assistance of her daughter, Ramelle. In 1999, Emma proudly turned over company leadership to her daughter, who became president of the agency after a distinguished education and career of her own in banking and finance. Today, the company serves more than 3,000 clients and is licensed in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Upon celebration of their 30th anniversary, Massey Insurance Agency was acknowledged with a proclamation by Congressman Donald M. Payne commending them for their contributions to the Newark Community. Along with extensive civic involvement, both Massey women are committed to many philanthropic causes supporting organizations as close as Newark and as far away as Senegal, where Ramelle has traveled to support local entrepreneurs.

FINALISTS

OVER $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Burgess Steel, Englewood
  • Verrex Corporation, Mountainside

UP TO $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Old Monmouth Candy Company, Freehold
  • Roman Jewelers, Flemington

SEMIFINALISTS

OVER $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Manufacturer’s Reserve Supply, Irvington
  • Planned Companies, Parsippany
  • Ronetco Supermarkets, Ledgewood
  • Terra Momo Restaurant Group, Princeton
  • The Phillips Companies, Harrison

 UP TO $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Bill Pryer Private Disposal Services, Florham Park
  • Cooper Pest Solutions, Lawrenceville
  • Delia Associates, Whitehouse Station
  • Rainbow Academy Childcare Centers, Edison 
  • Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck

Sponsors

The New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards program is sponsored by the Rothman Institute, PNC Bank and New Jersey Monthly. Co-sponsors include Camares Communications, Crystal Plaza, J.H. Cohn LLP, Public Service Electric and Gas and Schenck Price, Smith & King LLP.

 

2006 New Jersey Family Business of the Year

Top Family Business Honors Go To Viking Yacht Company and John's Meat Market

Viking Yacht Company, a second-generation yacht builder, and John’s Meat Market, a three-generation prime meats retailer took top honors at the 2006 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon, held on October 2 at the Crystal Plaza Caterers in Livingston.

The 2006 Awards marked the program's fourteenth year. Virginia Bauer, New Jersey Secretary of the Commerce, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission attended and presented opening remarks. Marlene Waldock, Founder of First Impression Communications emceed the awards ceremony. To mark the event, Governor Jon Corzine issued a proclamation which made October 2 Family Business Day. Corzine acknowledged the importance of family-owned businesses in helping the Garden State maintain a resourceful and vibrant economy.

Winning Company Profiles

 

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Viking Yacht Company, New Gretna.

Viking Yacht Company, New Gretna. A wonderful surprise off Garden State Parkway Exit 52, Viking Yacht Company is the only show in town, employing 1300 people. Owned by two brothers, Bob and Bill Healey, the company’s history is full of dramatic twists, but the real story is the kindness with which the Healey family treats their employees. Bob and Bill can call most of them — all 1300 —by name, and many of them have worked for the company for more than 20 years.

The Healeys value their employees to the point that their philanthropic efforts focus on their needs. They have shipped food, clothing, medicine and money to aid employee’s families living in  El Salvador and Honduras and have provided special relief after hurricanes and earthquakes. They have built schools in rural areas of Mexico and have established trust funds for the children of deceased employees.

 

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John's Meat Market, Scotch Plains

John’s Meat Market, Scotch Plains. The Losavio Family believes that "If you´re going to do something, do it right." The Scotch Plains landmark that is John’s Meat Market opened its doors on April 17, 1939, with John Losavio at the helm. Sixty-some years later, business is better than ever. This is quite a tribute to the proprietor, a master butcher, who today works alongside sons Vincent and Nicholas.

The Losavio Family has supported the Scotch Plains community for many years. Among the many organizations that have been supported through the years are the United Family and Children’s Society, Hearts for Humanity, the UNICO American Club, the Union County Department of Human Services, and St. Bartholomew’s Church. To recognize this service to the community, the town of Scotch Plains recently renamed a local street in honor of John Losavio.

FINALISTS

OVER $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Remington and Vernick Engineers, Haddonfield
  • Terra Momo Restaurant Group, Princeton

UP TO $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Cooper Pest Solutions, Lawrenceville
  • Library Automation Technologies, Somerdale

SEMIFINALISTS

OVER $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Champion Container Corp., Avenel
  • Cinelli Iron and Metal Company, Hackensack
  • Eastman Companies, Livingston
  • JS Hovnanian and Sons, Mt. Laurel
  • Knowles Restuarants, West Orange

UP TO $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Economy Supply Company, Harrison
  • Keil Heating and Air Conditioning, Riverdale
  • NAI James E. Hanson, Hackensack
  • Rainbow Academy Childcare Centers, Edison 
  • The Mart, Middletown

Sponsors

The New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards program is sponsored by the Rothman Institute, PNC Bank and New Jersey Monthly. Co-sponsors include Camares Communications, Crystal Plaza Caterers, Riker, Danzig, Scherer Hyland and Perretti, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Public Service Electric and Gas.

 

 

2005 Family Business of the Year

Top Family Business Honors Go To Crystal Plaza Caterers and Aunt Berta’s Kitchen

Crystal Plaza Caterers, a third-generation catering facility, and the Aunt Berta’s Kitchen, a three-generation soul food restaurant took top honors at the 2005 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon, held on October 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset.

The 2005 Awards marked the program's thirteenth year. Virginia Bauer, New Jersey Secretary of the Commerce, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission attended and presented opening remarks. Kent Manahan, Senior Anchor of NJN News emceed the awards ceremony. To mark the event, Acting Governor Richard J. Codey issued a proclamation which made October 19 Family Business Day. Codey acknowledged the importance of family-owned businesses in helping the Garden State maintain a resourceful and vibrant economy.

Winning Company Profiles

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Crystal Plaza Caterers, Livingston.

CEO Allan Janoff says that the unique aspect of this business, founded by Max and Anna Janoff as a diner in Hillside, is their policy of finding, nurturing, and retaining employees who, like the Janoff’s themselves, are passionate people creative thinkers with a strong desire to give back to the community. With such a dedicated staff, the Crystal Plaza has been able to provide top service and attention to every detail for their clients since the company since its inception in 1917.

Allan Janoff represents the third generation of the Janoff family to be involved in the catering business. The Janoffs purchased their Livingston building in 1965. During the past three decades, it has hosted events for some of the area's most prominent residents, and political gatherings at which state Governors, United States senators, and other political figures have spoken.
 

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Aunt Berta’s Kitchen, Oaklyn.

With a lifelong passion for cooking, and with the support of her family, Alberta Ferebee opened Aunt Berta’s Kitchen six years ago. Alberta’s cuisine is what she refers to as “home cooking” and can be categorized as Soul Food; with strong bonds to the African-American community she serves.

Alberta firmly believes in the value of every member of her community. She works with women and single mothers who are transitioning from drug rehabilitation back into the community. She is passionate about working with the underprivileged, giving preference to hiring ex-offenders and parolees. She works in partnership with Camden High School and Local 54 (Atlantic City’s Hotel and Restaurant Union) to train and employ students in the restaurant industry and has also given presentations at Riverfront Prison in Camden, where she speaks to inmates and parolees about presenting themselves for employment in the outside world.

FINALISTS

OVER $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Drill Construction, West Orange.
  • Jason Industrial, Fairfield.

UP TO $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • R&J Control, Dover.

SEMIFINALISTS

OVER $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • AirCon, Inc., Mountainside
  • Cinelli Iron and Metal Company, Hackensack
  • Flemington Department Stores, Flemington
  • Greenbaum Interiors, Paterson
  • Viking Yacht Company, New Gretna

UP TO $10 MILLION CATEGORY

  • Jordan Baris, Inc., West Orange 
  • Compensation Solutions, Inc.Oakland
  • Cooper Pest Solutions, Inc.,Lawrenceville
  • Keil Heating and Air Conditioning, Riverdale
  • NAI James E. Hanson, Hackensack

Sponsors

The New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards program is sponsored by the Rothman Institute, PNC Bank and New Jersey Monthly. Co-sponsors include Camares Communications, Riker, Danzig, Scherer Hyland and Perretti, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Public Service Electric and Gas.

 

 

2004 Family Business of the Year

Top Honors Go To Gateway Security and Timothy Ryan Home for Funerals

Gateway Security, Inc., a second-generation security company, and the Timothy Ryan Home for Funerals, a second-generation funeral home business took top honors at the 2004 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon, held on October 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset.

The 2004 Awards marked the program's twelfth year. Kate Tomlinson, publisher of New Jersey Monthly magazine, emceed the awards ceremony.

To mark the event, former Governor James E. McGreevey issued a proclamation which made October 7 Family Business Day. McGreevey acknowledged the importance of family-owned businesses in helping the Garden State maintain a resourceful and vibrant economy.

Winning Company Profiles

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Gateway Security, Inc. of Newark, founded in 1979, was the winner in the Over $10 Million category. Gateway Founder Louis Dell'Ermo, a prominent figure in the law-enforcement industry, had a vision to create a security team dedicated to protecting assets with a high focus on customer service. With over 2,500 employees to date, Gateway Security, Inc. has realized that vision and has made protecting properties, and more importantly people, a science. This year, Dell'Ermo, his family and his employees are celebrating their 25th anniversary, providing innovative security solutions to its customers. The Dell'Ermo family has a strong belief in civic duty and supports Newark's local Boy Scouts of America Chapters and Integrity House, a residential treatment center providing a safe and positive environment for troubled teenagers. The company was recently recognized by the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly through a joint resolution which pays tribute to the company for its meritorious record of service and commitment to the people of Newark, Essex County and New Jersey.

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The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals of Toms River, founded in 1984, was the winner in the Up to $10 Million category. The Ryan Family has been providing funeral services to Monmouth and Ocean County for 20 years. In that time, the guiding principle of the company has been to offer compassionate services designed to provide peace of mind to grieving families. Funeral homes are a place of sadness as families come together to say goodbye to loved ones. The staff at every location places great importance on making that experience less traumatic for the families by providing an inviting environment in which they can feel comfortable to express their grief. In gratitude for their success, the Ryan Family places great importance in giving back to their community. They are annual sponsors of the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, and are a major donor to Catholic Charities.

Finalists

Over $10 Million

  • Lackland Self-Storage, Inc., Middlesex
  • Siperstein's Paint and Decorating Centers, Middletown

Up to $10 Million

  • Aunt Berta's Kitchen, Oaklyn
  • Palma, Inc. Bloomfield

Semifinalists

Over $10 Million

Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater

Champion Container Corp., Avenel
J.S. Hovnanian & Sons, Mt. Laurel
Quick Chek/Durling Farms, Whitehouse Station
Viking Yacht Company, New Gretna

Up to $10 Million

 Doerler Landscapes, Yardville
Jordan Baris Realtors, West Orange
Pinsonault Associates, Flanders
Realin Trucking Corp., Morristown
SetFocus, LLC, Parsippany

Sponsors

The New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards program is sponsored by the Rothman Institute, PNC Bank and New Jersey Monthly. Co-sponsors include Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Riker, Danzig, Scherer Hyland and Perretti, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Public Service Electric and Gas.

Proceeds from the luncheon are donated to a scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in entrepreneurial studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

 

2003 Family Business of the Year

Two family-owned businesses were selected from 14 finalists and semi-finalists  to be honored at the New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon, which took place during an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 16th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset, NJ. Capalbo’s Gift Baskets, Nutley and  Grinnell Pavingstone, Inc. were the winners overall in two categories; companies with annual revenues up to $10 million and companies with annual revenues over $10 million.

Now in its eleventh year, this awards program is the only statewide effort to specifically honor family-owned companies for their significant role in the economy and contributions to the community.

Winning Company Profiles:

Grinnell Pavingstone, Inc., Sparta, NJ, led by the Cofrancesco family with various interests including a paving stone manufacturing business, a recycling container service, and a leading stable of American Quarter Horses. Founded in 1959. Three generations.

Capalbo’s Gift Baskets, Inc., Nutley, NJ, a premier retailer of fresh fruit and gourmet food baskets and other specialty food gifts, hand-delivered throughout the New York metropolitan area and shipped nationwide. Founded in 1906. Three generations.
 
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J. Michael Adams, FDU president, with Capalbo family
 
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Kate Tomlinson, NJ Monthly, with CoFranceso family

Sixteen Families to be Honored the 11th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards

(Madison, NJ) Sixteen family-owned businesses will share the spotlight at the Eleventh Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon, which will take place during an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 16th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset, NJ.

There are two categories in these awards – one for companies with annual revenues over $10 million and another for companies with annual revenues up to $10 million. The names of the winners are selected from among the finalists, and will be revealed for the first time at the awards luncheon.

The awards program, sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, PNC Bank, and New Jersey Monthly magazine represents the only statewide effort to specifically honor family-owned companies for their significant role in the economy and contributions to the community. Co-sponsors include: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, McCarter & English LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and PSE&G.

Companies that will be honored are:

FINALISTS

Over $10 million category

  • AC Coin & Slot Service Co., Pleasantville, a leading slot machine manufacturer and diversified casino supply company, well known in Atlantic City and the Caribbean. It is the only family grown and operated business of its kind in its industry. Founded in 1978. Two generations.
  • EP Henry Corporation, Woodbury, the oldest family-owned manufacturer of unit concrete products in the country and pioneer in colored concrete blocks. Founded in 1903. Four generations.
  • Grinnel Pavingstone, Inc., Sparta, led by the Cofrancesco family with various interests including a paving stone manufacturing business, a recycling container service, and a leading stable of American Quarter Horses. Founded in 1959. Three generations.

Up to $10 million category

  • Capalbo’s Gift Baskets, Inc., Nutley, a premier retailer of fresh fruit and gourmet food baskets and other specialty food gifts, hand-delivered throughout the New York metropolitan area and shipped nationwide. Founded in 1906. Three generations.
  • Melick’s Town Farm, Oldwick, a landmark agribusiness engaged in growing fruits, vegetables and flowers on 300 acres, sold through farm and tailgate markets, pick-your-own and wholesale channels. Founded in 1739. Ten generations.
  • The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Toms River, the premier funeral service provider on the Barrier Islands of the Jersey shore and now the largest family-owned funeral service provider in New Jersey. Founded in 1984. Two generations.

SEMIFINALISTS

Over $10 million category

  • Englert, Inc., Perth Amboy, a major East Coast manufacturer of innovative and energy efficient roofing and gutter products with a unique system of on-site service and support. Founded in 1966. Two generations.
  • Gateway Security, Inc., Newark, a rapidly growing and diversified security service company providing innovative people solutions. 1979. Two generations.
  • Lackland Self Storage, Middlesex, the first self-storage facility in New Jersey and leading innovator using enhanced security and accessibility. 1977. Two generations.
  • The Louis Berger Group, Inc., East Orange, one of the largest multidisciplinary consulting organizations in the world with a practice that includes social/economic analysis, engineering design and management, and environmental sciences. Founded in 1953. Three generations.
  • Watchung Spring Water Co., Inc., Lakewood, a pioneer in the distribution of bottled water and a leading provider of water and coffee dispensers. Founded in 1903. Four generations.

Up to $10 million category

  • Bograd’s Furniture, Riverdale, a fine furniture retailer recognized for selling superbly crafted furniture at affordable prices. Founded in 1930. Three generations.
  • Busch’s Seafood Restaurant, Sea Isle City, serving large portions of fresh American-style seafood on a menu that has changed little in five generations, and known for providing summer housing to restaurant staff. Founded in 1882. Five generations.
  • Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck, creators of The Total Protection Program™, a unique process for ensuring that businesses and their clients have the right coverage, and make the best use of their money, for all their insurance and benefits needs. Founded in 1987, with roots to 1958. Two generations.
  • Scientific Machine & Supply Co., Middlesex, a principal supplier of highly-specialize Teflon products for the scientific glassware industry and owning various patents on machinery and product design. Founded in 1951. Three generations.
  • The Bailey Sisters, Kinnelon, of the Apple Montessori Schools, one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest Montessori pre-schools, educating children aged pre-school through sixth grade. Founded in 1971. Two generations.

 

 

2002 Family Business of the Year

CAPITOL LIGHTING AND BIGGIE’S CLAM BAR
NAMED NEW JERSEY TOP FAMILY BUSINESSES

(Madison, October 3, 2002)  The New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards program, honoring multigenerational family-owned companies, was established in 1993. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, many companies that received awards in the past attended the luncheon and were part of a special honor roll.

This year Capitol Lighting in East Hanover and Biggie’s Clam Bar in Hoboken were the winners in their respective categories-those companies with annual sales over $10 million and those up to $10 million-during the tenth annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon held on October 3rd at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset.

Governor James E. McGreevey issued a proclamation for “Family Business Day” on this special occasion. He acknowledged the role family-owned businesses play “in helping the Garden State maintain a strong, resourceful, and vibrant economy.”

Winning Company Profiles 

Capitol Lighting is now in its fourth generation. Max Lebersfeld started a small store in Newark in 1924. Today Capitol has six New Jersey locations and three in Florida led by grandsons Herman, President, and Max, Vice President. Max’s son Arthur received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the home furnishings industry. The family is involved with UJA Metrowest, the Newark Soup Kitchen, and other charitable contributions.

Biggie’s Clam Bar, known for its Long Island Clams on the half shell and “boardwalk cuisine” recently celebrated its 54th year. Joe Biggie, a well-known minstrel man in his time, began selling clams from a pushcart, two for a nickel. In 1946, Biggie and his seven children were selling clams for 40¢ a dozen. Today this 75-seat restaurant is part of the cultural diversity of the “new” Hoboken. Biggie’s provides a clam stand for the annual St. Ann’s Feast, works with the local police to assure safety, donates toys and books to needy children and following 9/11 provided cooks and food with the Red Cross.

Finalists

Over $10 Million Category 

Crofutt & Smith Moving & Storage in Landing
Myron Corporation in Maywood 

Up to $10 Million Category 

The Rizzieri Corporation in Marlton
The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals in Toms River

Semifinalists

Over $10 Million Category

AC Coin & Slot Service Co. in Pleasantville
Champion Container Corporation in Avenel
New England Motor Freight (NEMF) in Elizabeth
Roma Food Enterprises, Inc. in Piscataway
Siperstein’s Paint & Wallpaper in Jersey City

Up to $10 Million Category

Active Oil Service, Inc. in Newark
Doerler Landscapes, Inc. in Yardville
Economy Paper & Restaurant Supply Co., Inc. in Clifton
The Elms of Cranbury in Cranbury
Heritage Benefits Group, LLC in Red Bank

Sponsors

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, PNC Bank, and New Jersey Monthly magazine, sponsor the awards.

Co-sponsors

DKB and Partners, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, McCarter & English, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and PSE&G.

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Dr. J. Michael Adams, president of FDU presented the award to the family that operates Biggie's Clam Bar, winners of the 2002 Family Business of the Year Award in the category of sales up to $10 million. From left to right pictured: Michael "Brother Biggie" Yaccarino, J. Michael Adams, Steven Ranuro, Rose Marie Ranuro, Frank Palmisano, Steven Ranuro, Michael Ranuro, Jenna Guma, Marie Yaccarino, Judy Guma, and Anntionette Trombetta..

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Barbara Tomlinson, publisher of NJ Monthly, presented the award to Capitol Lighting, winners of the 2002 Family Business of the Year Award in the category of sales over $10 million. From Left to Right: Debbi Lebersfeld, Max Lebersfeld, Eric Lebersfeld, Adele Lebersfeld, Herman Lebersfeld, Jason Lebersfeld and Barbara Tomlinson.

 

 

 

2001 Family Business of the Year

A 211-YEAR OLD DISTILLER AND A 94-YEAR OLD PRINTER NAMED NJ TOP FAMILY BUSINESSES

(Madison, October 9, 2001) Laird & Company in Scobeyville and Cox Stationers & Printers in Garwood were the winners in their respective categories—those companies with annual sales over $10 Million and those up to $10 Million—during the ninth annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon held on October 4th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset.

Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco issued a proclamation for “Family Business Day” on this special occasion. He acknowledged the role family-owned businesses play “in helping the Garden State maintain a strong, resourceful, and vibrant economy.” 

Winning Company Profiles

Laird & Company is America’s oldest distiller. In 1698 Scotsman William Laird moved to Monmouth Co. and used his expertise in making Scotch to create Applejack. Descendant Robert Laird first recorded Applejack’s commercial distribution in 1780. Laird & Company’s history encountered George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. The distillery not only survived wars but also Prohibition. Now eighth generation Larrie Laird is the CEO and 82-year old John E. Laird Jr. is on the board. Laird’s success includes a loyal brand following, investments in small and mid-size producers, a strong export division, and introduction of a rare apple brandy. The Lairds support the Jersey Shore Partnership, Colts Neck Millennium Celebration, American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Bayshore Community Hospital and Monmouth Co. Food Bank.

In 1982, the Kaufman family bought a printing business that originated in 1907, and revised its name to Cox Stationers & Printing. In 1998, after graduating from The Rochester Institute of Technology, Michael Kaufman became President. Cox’s unique service and product mix offers office supplies, printing, and special services such as on-demand distribution, individual usage reports, and “pick-n-pack” warehousing. They also started an Internet-based print consulting company (dotondot.com). A trade magazine recognized Cox as one of the 50 fastest growing printers in the U.S. Cox contributes free paper for school art programs and printing services to various organizations; e.g., Urban Pathways, Nurture Art, NY Society for Leukemia and Lymphoma, Life Beat for AIDS children, Girl Scouts, Junior Achievement.

Finalists

Over $10 Million Category

Cory Home Delivery Service in Jersey City
Siperstein’s Paint & Wallpaper in Jersey City 

Up To $10 Million Category

Hillside Candy in Hillside
Rose City Jewelers/Gemologists in Madison

Semifinalists

Over $10 Million Category

Anthony & Sons Bakery in Denville
Crofutt & Smith Moving & Storage in Landing
Emiliani Enterprises in Union
Marotta Scientific Controls, Inc. in Montville
Myron Corp. in Maywood

Under $10 Million Category

Aires Jewelers in Morris Plains
Bograd’s Furniture in Riverdale
Maria’s Homemade Ravioli in Wayne
Sanford & Purvis Insurance Agency in Upper Montclair
and Santarpio Financial Group in Cherry Hill

Sponsors

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, PNC Bank, and New Jersey Monthly magazine

Co-sponsors

DKB and Partners, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and PSE&G

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Robert Meehan, Vice President Consumer & Commercial Markets, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, presented the award to Laird & Company, winners of the 2001 Family Business of the Year Award in the category of sales over $10 million. From Left to Right: Mr. Meehan, John E. Laird, Jr., Lisa Laird Dunn, Larrie Laird, John Evans Laird IV, and John E. Laird III.

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Dean Leo J. Rogers, Jr. Director of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies and head of the College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, presented the award to Cox Stationers and Printers, winners of the 2001 Family Business of the Year Award in the category of sales up to $10 million. From Left to Right: Dean Rogers, Fred I. Kaufman, Sally Kaufman, and Michael Kaufman.

 

 

2000 Family Business of the Year

A 96-YEAR OLD QUARRY AND A 36-YEAR OLD TILE AND STONE SUBCONTRACTOR NAMED NEW JERSEY TOP FAMILY BUSINESSES

(Madison, October 5, 2000) Braen Stone Industries, Inc. in 
Haledon and Artisan Tile & Marble Co. of New Jersey in Somerset were top winners in their respective categories—those companies with annual sales over $10 Million and those up to $10 Million—during the eighth annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards luncheon held today at the DoubleTree Hotel in Somerset. Governor Christine Todd Whitman issued a proclamation for “Family Business Day” on this special occasion.

Winning Company Profiles

Braen Stone Industries, Inc., now in its fifth generation, was founded in 1904 when Samuel Braen started a small quarry and road building. With the region’s growth, the company grew and was renamed Stone Industries. Today it operates two quarries in New Jersey as well as a road construction and contracting business. Janet Braen became President at the untimely death of her husband. She was involved in Stone Industries for over thirty years, taking time off to raise six children. Two are currently involved in the business. Braen contributes time, equipment and donations to many local charities and initiated a program of volunteerism for employees.

Artisan Tile & Marble Company of New Jersey, now in its second generation, is one of the largest tile and stone subcontractors in New Jersey. Their projects can be seen in Newark Airport, Maguire AFB, Merck, Bristol Myers, Macy’s, shopping malls, and other sites in six states. Artisan’s philosophy centers on hard work, superior craftsmanship, commitment and integrity. John J. Sekora, the CEO, mentors a second-generation committee that makes all business decisions. Artisan contributes material and labor to improve the community; e.g., Boy Scouts, a local food bank, Habitat for Humanity. It has sponsored sports teams and the National Alliance for Excellence.

Finalists

Over $10 Million Category

  • Kullman Industries Inc. in Lebanon
  • Mack Boring & Parts Company in Union

Up to $10 Million Category

  • Resta’s Mobil and Tire in Somerset
  • William H. Connolly & Co. in Montclair

Semifinalists

Over $10 Million Category 

Colonial Motors Inc. in Somerville
E. P. Henry Corporation in Woodbury and Vineland
New England Motor Freight (NEMF) in Elizabeth
R C Fine Foods in Belle Meade
Siperstein’s Paint & Wallpaper in Jersey City

Up to $10 Million Category

Craftsman Photo Lithographers in East Hanover
Dreyer Farms in Cranford
Drive-Master Co., Inc., in Fairfield
Garden Terrace Nursing Home/ Victorian Garden Adult Day Center in Chatham
Werner’s Automotive Inc., in Belford

Sponsors

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University, PNC Bank, and New Jersey Monthly magazine 

Co-Sponsors

DKB and Partners, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, McCarter & English LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and PSE&G

Braen HALF

Braen Stone Industries, Inc. - Braen Family

Artisan HALF

Artisan Tile & Marble Company - Sekora Family

 

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Sally Glick, Master of Ceremonies at 2016 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards

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Bryan Jenkins, News12 New Jersey, Emcee, and Master of Ceremonies

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A.H. Fisher Diamonds/Claimlink, The Fisher Family, Alan and Karen

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Corbo Jewelers, The Corbo Family, Stephen, Ellen, Cathy, and Kim; sponsor CohnReznick


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G&G Realtors, The Gerechoff Family, Irwin and Nancy, and the Scheer family

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Minalex Corporation, The Casey Family, Vicki, Jim, Michael, Chris, Bobbi and guests

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The Olde Mill Inn/Bocina Family Restaurants, The Bocina Family, Jon Bocina and guests


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Singer Nelson Charlmers, The Singer Family, David J. Singer, Al Singer, Mrs. Singer, Newell Chavis, and Joshua Lluch

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ACE Motor Sales, The Eastlack Family, Father and Sons Allen, Allen, Jr. and Christopher

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Air Group, LLC, The Conforti Family, John, Mary Ellen, Patrick and Patrick; sponsor Michael Cohen, CohnReznick


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Builders' General Supply Company, The Shaheen Family, Tim Shaheen, Michael Shaheen, Betsy Safara, Phil Shaheen, Jr.  

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Energy Kinetics, The Marran Family, Roger Marran, Margaret Marran, Katy Pane, Brian Kiernan, Harvey Sutton, Madeline O’Malley, John Marran; Rothman Institute sponsor Jim Barrood


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Fornazor Inernational, Inc., The Fornazor Family, John and Lauren

 

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Gibraltar Laboratories, The Prince Family, Dr. Daniel Prince, Mercy Prince, Leah Prince, Dr. Herbert Prince, and guests


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Gro-Rite Greenhouses and Garden Center, The Vande Vrede Family, Ken, Lisa, Gerda, George, Dan and guests 

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Tilton Automotive Group, The Schumacher-Tilton Family, Judith Schumacher-Tilton, Steve Tilton, Sr., Stephen Tilton, Jr., Kenneth Tilton, and guests

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Tilton Automotive Group/ Schumacher Chevrolet


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PNC Bank Sponsor Ted Knauss, SVP, Market Leader (right)

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Sponsors Kate Tomlinson, Publisher, New Jersey Monthly; Edward Ahart, Partner, Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP; and Emcee Bryan Jenkins, News12 New Jersey

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The Morris Animal Inn, Joanne (second from left) and the Morris Family


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SPSK Sponsors Deborah Cmielewski, Gary Werner, and guest Bud D'Avella

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Category Winner Hamilton Jewelers' acceptance speech, Hank Siegel, The Siegel Family


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NJFBYA Judges, FDU SCB and community members