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. The 24th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon will take place on October 26, 2016 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ.

Register for our the Luncheon and Awards Ceremony before October 17th: Click here

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

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

The Master of Ceremonies was Gene C. Waddy, a visionary entrepreneur and owner of DIVERSANT LLC, the nation’s largest African-American owned IT staffing and solutions firm. Gene was named the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year New Jersey winner, as well as a 2011 NJBiz Executive of the Year Finalist. Gene attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Fairleigh Dickinson University article

NorthJersey.com article featuring four honorees

Inquiries: Contact Gabrielle Zuccaro at 973-443-8842 or gzuccaro@fdu.edu.

NJFBYA 2015 Winners

2015 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards Category Winners
Catherine Choi, President, Bulbrite and David Behrman, President, Behrman House Publishers

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2014 Recipients

UpTo $10 Million

Giambri's Quality Sweets, Clementon - Category Winner
Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, Montclair - Finalist
Bornstein Sons, Inc., Fairfield - Semifinalist
Flynn and Son Funeral Homes, Fords/Edison, Perth Amboy, Metuchen - Semifinalist
G&G Realtors, Oakhurst, Deal - Semifinalist
McRae Capital Management, Inc., Morristown - Semifinalist
Things 4 Strings, Livingston - Semifinalist

Over$10 Million

Ski Barn, Paramus - Finalist and Category Winner
Elberon Development Group, Cranford - Finalist
Allen & Stults Company, Inc., Hightstown - Semifinalist 
Gibraltar Laboratories, Inc., Fairfield - Semifinalist
Jack Daniels Motors, Upper Saddle River - Semifinalist
My Limo, East Hanover - Semifinalist
Wine Chateau, Metuchen - Semifinalist

2015 Sponsors


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Process & Guidelines

Related Program: Family Business Forum

           2013 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards

2013 Winners
Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton - Over $10 Million Category
Rothman NJFBYA 2013 Hamilton FULLFounded in 1912 Hamilton Jewelers recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1927 the company was purchased by Irving Siegel and has remained in the family ever since then. Today the third generation operates four locations in New Jersey and Florida. Hamilton Jewelers Hamilton performs repairs and custom jewelry design in-house. As part of the company’s 100th anniversary all employees were given a paid day off to participate in the charity of their choice. In its hundredth year Hamilton supported over 100 charitable causes and groups nationwide, donating over $100,000 to their communities. The company participates in numerous charities, notably the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

Morris Animal Inn, Morristown - Up to $10 Million Category

Rothman NJFBOTYA Morris Animal Inn 2013 FULLThe Morris Animal Inn is a four-generation family owned and operated pet care business founded by Walter H. Morris, Sr. in 1960. The Morris Animal Inn is a luxury pet resort and spa. In its recently expanded state-of-the-art facility the Morris Animal Inn offers lodging, grooming, spa services, day care and fitness services for dogs and cats. The Inn features a heated indoor pool, custom whirlpool, playroom for cats and grooming salon. Industry experts have called Morris Animal Inn a great example of the future of the industry. The Morris Animal Inn has always supported charitable causes through donations and housing pets for Hurricane Sandy victims. They provide expertise and financial support to local shelters and to Morris County Sheriffs’ K-9 unit. Joanne Morris, granddaughter of the founder says of the future: We have always strived to provide quality pet care and to be the leaders in the industry.

Category of Companies with Sales Up to $10 Million


A.H. Fisher Diamonds/Claimlnik, Red Bank

Corbo Jewlers, Inc., Rutherford

G&G Realtors, Deal

Minalex Corporation, Whitehouse Station

Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck



Morris Animal Inn, Morristown (Category Winner)


Olde Mill Inn/Bocina Family Restaurants, Basking Ridge


Category of Companies with Sales Over $10 Million



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



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 Category

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Charles Becht III formed Becht Engineering in 1964, initially serving the real-estate investment community. In 1986, his son, Charles Becht IV, joined the organization and added a new focus: service to process industries, including oil refineries and chemical plants. Now in its third generation, company and family values including innovation, entrepreneurship, independent thinking, pride and achievement are reflected in the day-to-day operations of this growing business. Employees are highly valued as the backbone of the firm’s success. To that end, the family has committed to empowering its staff to act, take responsibility for and grow its respective areas of business.

Mrs. G's Appliances, Lawrenceville - Up to $10 Million Category

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Mrs. G’s is a third generation superstore that has developed an outstanding reputation for over 77 years. It started in 1935 when Abe and Beatrice Greenberg opened their own plumbing supply store in Trenton. The couple found after World War II that the shop could no longer limit itself, and it then became a prominent appliance dealer. The business was almost lost in 1972, when a gas explosion leveled the store. This did not stop them; just a few days later the family reopened its business in its warehouse. This resilience has paved the road to continued success. In 2000, granddaughter, Debbie Schaeffer, took leadership of the business. She uses the same philosophy of her grandparents, taking care of the customer, having a great selection of brands and keeping the long tradition of supporting the community and local charities.

Category of Companies with Sales Up to  $10 Million


Black Rocket Productions, Freehold

Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge

Giambri Quality Sweets, Clementon

Magnets.com, Jersey City



Leonardo Jewelers, Red Bank

Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck


Category of Companies with Sales Over $10 Million



Hamilton Jewelers, Princeton


Gellert Global Group, Elizabeth


Jack Daniels Automotive Group, Fair Lawn


Marvic Corporation, Union


Royal Printing Services, West New York


Energy Kinetics, Lebanon

Ski Barn, Paramus


2011 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards

2011 Winners

Sickles Market, Little Silver - Over $10 Million Category 

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Since 1908 Sickles Market has become a favorite destination for the best produce, plants, gourmet foods, garden accessories, and gifts at the New Jersey Shore. Family owned and operated for four generations, Sickles continues to delight a growing community of customers and with unparalleled quality and selection, outstanding customer service, and dedication to community support.

Cooper Pest, Solutions, Lawrenceville - Up to $10 Million Category

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Cooper Pest Solutions provides pest management services to clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Richard Cooper is known as one of the top industry experts on the return of Bed Bugs.  His brother Phil developed the company’s “WOW” system of customer service, and speaks around the country on this topic to a wide variety of industries. Together, the brothers have built the business their father started back in 1955 into one of the industry’s leaders, where the commitment to service excellence is permeated throughout the entire organization.

Category of Companies with Sales 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



Leonardo Jewelers, Red Bank

Nassau Racquet Club, Skillman


Category of Companies with Sales over $10 million


Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater

Gellert Global Group, Elizabeth

Marvic Corporation, Union

Parker Laboratories, Fairfield

Shop Rite of Passaic/Clifton, Clifton


Advanced Digital Data, Flanders

Ski Barn, Paramus

2010 Winners
Accurate Box Company, Paterson - Over $10 Million Category

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Accurate Box was founded in 1944 by Henry Hirsh as a folding-carton manufacturer in Newark. It grew and thrived under the reigns of Hirsh’s son, Charles, and moved to larger facilities in Paterson. During the 33 years he ran the business, it    added $20 million in revenue. Today, the company’s entire product line is high-end graphics corrugated packaging and has doubled in size. Under the stewardship of Henry’s granddaughter, Lisa, the company is a third-generation company and isthe only woman-owned, litho-laminated packing company in the nation.

 Ingrassia Construction Company, Middlesex - Up to $10 Million Category

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 Anthony Ingrassia came to the United States in 1928 and worked as a laborer. He studied nights and became an architect. Ingrassia started his business in his sister’s home in Newark. The company has grown to become one of New Jersey’s premier public contracting companies. The Ingrassia family strongly believes in serving their community. One effort that particularly stands out is their support of “Community House” at Princeton University. This organization provides the opportunity for underprivileged children to attend a summer enrichment camp. The Ingrassias fund this program through their Christopher Ingrassia Memorial Organization, a trust that they opened in memory of their son Chris, a Princeton graduate who was killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

 Category of Companies with Sales Up to $10 Million


AJ O’Connor & Associates, Parsippany

Lont & Overkamp, Prospect Park

Turul Bookbindery, Wharton

Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck

Messina Wildlife Management, Washington


Stellato Funeral Homes, Lyndhurst

Roman Jewelers, Flemington

 Category of Companies with Sales over $10 Million



Advanced Digital Data, Flanders

Data Reduction Systems, Union

Montrose Molders, South Plainfield

Energy Kinetics, Lebanon

Otterstedt Insurance, Englewood Cliffs


Becht Engineering, Liberty Corner

Wellshire Farms, Swedesboro


2009 winners


Morey's Piers, Wildwood, NJ - Over $10 Million Category

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Morey’s Piers is the largest seaside amusement center in the Western hemisphere. Voted Third Best Seaside Amusement Park in 2007 by Amusement Today, the company, found in 1969 by brothers Will and Bill Morey, has a sprawling complex of four amusement piers strung along Wildwoods’ five-mile beach and two-mile boardwalk, featuring more than 100 rides and attractions. The company has an ambitious vision: As seaside parks fade away across the world, it hopes to completely reinvent the definition of boardwalk and balance the fine line between celebrating nostalgia and developing new and exciting products that bring families together. In doing so, the company hopes to contribute to preserving a very important New Jersey tradition.

Garden Terrace Nursing Home, Chatham, NJ - Up to $10 Million Category

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Garden Terrace Nursing Home has been family owned and operated since 1964. The private, 34-bed skilled nursing facility offers a familiar, homelike atmosphere while effectively providing short-term respite and long-term and therapy services.The Flemming family proudly provides the same comprehensive care of a larger, corporate facility while maintaining a warm intimate setting. Peter, Phyllis, Laura and Peter, Jr. carry on this tradition of excellence by living the following philosophy: Celebrating life in a compassionate and dignified manner; providing a home-like setting that invites warmth, caring and security in a safe therapeutic environment and promoting support, encouragement and education for family and friends as they face roles as caregivers.

Category of Companies with Sales up to $10 Million:


Ingrassia Construction, Middlesex

Roman Jewelers, Flemington

Singer Nelson Charlmers, Teaneck

Turul Bookbindery, Wharton


Nassau Tennis Club, Skillman

Stellato Funeral Homes, Lyndhurst

Tony Pallet, Newark


Category of Companies with Sales over $10 Million:


Advance Digital Data, Flanders

Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater

EPS Corporation, Tinton Falls


Accurate Box Company, Paterson

DCH Auto Group, South Amboy

Wellshire Farms, Swedesboro


The 2008 top winners were Cory Home Delivery Service, a third generation commercial delivery service, for the over $10 million category, and Old Monmouth Candy Company, a three-generation candy business, for the under $10 million category.

Top Family Business Honors go to Old Monmouth Candy Co. and Cory Home Delivery Service

 On October 7, 2008, a day officially proclaimed by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as “New Jersey Family Business Day”, two New Jersey businesses were awarded the coveted title of “New Jersey Business of the Year”- Old Monmouth Candy Company (in the up to $10 Million category) and Corey Home Delivery Service (in the over $10 Million category). Both winners will be featured in the November issue of New Jersey Monthly, which will be on newsstands at the end of October.

The event featured a keynote address by Brenda Blackmon, co-anchor of WWOR TV’s My 9 News. “It is remarkable to see the innovation, longevity and legacy of New Jersey’s family businesses,” stated Blackmon. “Today we honor your success!”

This year marked the sixteenth year for the awards, which have become a revered New Jersey institution. The awards were made possible by the following sponsors: New Jersey Monthly, The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, PNC Bank, Camares Communications, The Crystal Plaza, JH Cohn, PSE&G and Schenck, Price, Smith and King LLP.

 Winning Company Profiles

Companies up to $10 Million

    Old Monmouth Candy Company, Freehold

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 Established in 1939, Old Monmouth Candy Company is sometimes referred to as a Freehold institution. Many generations have fond memories of visiting the shop, which is owned by Hal and Susan Gunther, President and Vice President and their two sons, who now work in the business.

Susan learned a valuable lesson from her father, Warren Prest, the company’s co-founder. “My father taught me that it is a priviledge to own a business and serve the public, selling a product you can be proud of,” Susan said.

Companies Over $10 Million

          Cory Home Delivery Service, Secaucus

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Cory Home Delivery Service, is one of the oldest and largest specialized home delivery carriers in America. Founded by Joseph Cory in 1934, it is now under third generation family management and ownership. The company was founded as a one-truck operation and today lists clients including Best Buy, Crate and Barrel and Ethan Allen.

The family credits their success to carefully balancing home and work life while maintaining strong relationships among family members, retail clients, owner-operator teams, management and employees.

The five semifinalists in the category of  companies with sales up to $10 Million:

Cutting Edge Industries, Linden

Roman Jewelers, Flemington

Rue Insurance, Hamilton

Turul Bookbindery, Wharton

Villani Bus Company, Linden

The three finalists in the category of companies with sales up to $10 Million:

Old Monmouth Candy Company, Freehold

Race Farms, Blairstown

Tony Pallet, Newark

 The five semi-finalists in the category of companies with sales 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

The three finalists in the category of Companies with sales over $10 Million:

Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Bridgewater

Cory Home Delivery Service, Secaucus

Verrex, Inc, Mountainside


The New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards program is sponsored by the Rothman Institute at FDU, PNC Bank and New Jersey Monthly. Co-sponsors include Camares Communications, Crystal Plaza, Fox Rothschild and Sobel & Co.

If you would like to apply to the 2015 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards or if you have any questions, please call Gabrielle Zuccaro at 973-443-8842 or email gzuccaro@fdu.edu.

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

rothman fbya AH Fischer HALFA.H. Fisher Diamonds/Claimlink, The Fisher Family, Alan and Karen

rothman fbya corbo HALFCorbo Jewelers, The Corbo Family, Stephen, Ellen, Cathy, and Kim; sponsor CohnReznick

rothman fbya GG HALFG&G Realtors, The Gerechoff Family, Irwin and Nancy, and the Scheer family

rothman fbya minalex HALFMinalex Corporation, The Casey Family, Vicki, Jim, Michael, Chris, Bobbi and guests

rothman fbya olde mill HALFThe Olde Mill Inn/Bocina Family Restaurants, The Bocina Family, Jon Bocina and guests

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

rothman fbya ace HALFACE Motor Sales, The Eastlack Family, Father and Sons Allen, Allen, Jr. and Christopher

rothman fbya air group HALFAir Group, LLC, The Conforti Family, John, Mary Ellen, Patrick and Patrick; sponsor Michael Cohen, CohnReznick

rothman fbya builders HALFBuilders' General Supply Company, The Shaheen Family, Tim Shaheen, Michael Shaheen, Betsy Safara, Phil Shaheen, Jr.  

rothman fbya energy kinetics 2013 HALFEnergy Kinetics, The Marran Family, Roger Marran, Margaret Marran, Katy Pane, Brian Kiernan, Harvey Sutton, Madeline O’Malley, John Marran; Rothman Institute sponsor Jim Barrood

rothman fbya fornazor HALFFornazor Inernational, Inc., The Fornazor Family, John and Lauren


rothman fbya gibraltar HALFGibraltar Laboratories, The Prince Family, Dr. Daniel Prince, Mercy Prince, Leah Prince, Dr. Herbert Prince, and guests

rothman fbya grorite HALFGro-Rite Greenhouses and Garden Center, The Vande Vrede Family, Ken, Lisa, Gerda, George, Dan and guests 

rothman fbya tilton HALFTilton 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