25th Anniversary NJ Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon

On October 25, 2017 the Rothman Institute along with our sponsors Sobel & Co. LLC, Coughlin Duffy LLP, PNC Bank, Crystal Plaza, NJ Business and NJBIA celebrated the achievement in family business at the 25th Anniversary NJ Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon held at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, NJ.

Fifteen family businesses from around the state were honored for their dedication to their industry, family values, vision, and contribution to their communities and the NJ economy. October 25, 2017 was proclaimed “Family Business Day” by Governor Christie’s office.

The event began with a “trade show/meet and greet” where honorees were encouraged to display company materials, meet other honorees, and mingle with invited members of the business community. Dr. James Almeida, Associate Dean, Silberman College of Business along with Timur Pakay, Executive Director of the Rothman Institute welcomed a crowd of over 190 guests, turning over the stage to Al Titone, NJ District Director of the Small Business Administration who presented the keynote speech. Al provided insights on the family business while sharing his personal experiences helping these special companies through his work with the SBA.

The anniversary gave us the opportunity to invite several people back to the event who have been a part of the Rothman Institute’s success over the years. Jim Barrood, former Director of the Institute, presented Leo Rogers, former Interim Dean, SCB and Institute Director with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Leo is currently the facilitator of the Peer Group Mentoring portion of the Family Business Forum. Sally Glick, Sobel & Co. returned as our Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon and eloquently presented the awards to the following honorees:

Up to $10 Million Annual Sales

Chatham Moving & Storage

Winner – Chatham Moving & Storage

Finalist – McRae Capital Management

Semifinalist – Bellia Enterprises

Semifinalist – Beneduce Vineyards

Semifinalist – Intac Actuarial Services

Semifinalist – Jarmel Kizel Architects & Engineers

Semifinalist – Key Properties

Over $10 Million Annual Sales

Russell Reid

Winner – Russell Reid/Mr. John

Finalist – Garden State Tile

Finalist – Huntington Learning Center

Semifinalist – Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly

Semifinalist – Calandra Enterprises

Semifinalist – The Andersen Companies

Semifinalist – Norwalt Design Inc.

Semifinalist – Wellshire Farms