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Tuesday December 12, 2017


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Montgomery residents awarded prestigious Johnson Medal

Michael Fevola, Ph.D. and Frank Sun, Ph.D. were recently awarded the Johnson Medal for Research and Development at a gala ceremony held in New Brunswick on November 8 to celebrate Johnson & Johnson’s Champions of Science. Fevola and Sun work at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. in Skillman and are part of a Medal-winning team that also includes J&J colleagues Nikoleta Batchvarova, Ph.D., Deborah Bussey, and Glenn Nystrand.

Named after the late General Robert Wood Johnson, the Johnson Medal is the most prestigious award given for research and development in Johnson & Johnson. The Medal recognizes outstanding accomplishments in science and technology that lead to the development of innovative products for meeting patient and consumer needs.

Bringing together cutting-edge science, green chemistry, and deep consumer insights, the Skillman-based team developed a breakthrough cleansing technology called NATRASURF®, now a mainstay ingredient for innovative products sold under several J&J brands, including AVEENO®, CLEAN & CLEAR®, and NEUTROGENA®. Fevola and Sun were coinventors of the NATRASURF® technology, an environmentally-friendly cleansing agent based on renewable potato starch. The patented ingredient provides gentle yet effective cleansing action, enabling healthier products for skin and hair.

“It makes me proud to know that right here in Skillman we are creating innovative solutions which touch millions of consumers around the world on a daily basis. Montgomery residents need not look to Boston or Silicon Valley to find innovation, it is happening right here in our community,” said Fevola.

Both Fevola and Sun are residents of Belle Mead and work in Global Beauty R&D at J&J. Fevola is a 14-year veteran of J&J and is currently a Research Director & Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering from The University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Delaware. Sun is a Principal Scientist and has worked at J&J for nearly 10 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied & Materials Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.



Digital Transformation Underway at Princeton Air

Predictably, the busiest workdays for a heating and air conditioning company happen when the seasons change. It seems the furnace stops working when the leaves begin to change color and frost appears on the windowpanes.

Princeton Air, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) business in Princeton Junction, has a system in place to mediate the bad timing of Murphy's Law, the old adage that "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."

The company encourages clients to join its Princeton Air Club, which provides regularly scheduled heating and cooling tune-ups and inspections to catch service and equipment issues before a big problem occurs.

Still, emergencies happen, as in the case of local client Ellen Goldman Frasco. "We had just brought my husband home from heart surgery," Frasco wrote on Princeton Air's Facebook page, "and walked into a house with no air conditioning. It was 92 degrees, which was untenable for a heart patient. Called Princeton Air ... in somewhat of a panic.

The technician arrived in "about 30 minutes" and was able to "immediately identify our problem and fix it," Frasco said. "We were able to bring my husband back into the house within two hours. Thank you Princeton Air ... for your very timely responsiveness and service!"

J. Scott Needham, president of Princeton Air, takes time to answer each comment on his social media pages. "Thanks for the shout out for Kyle (the technician) and our Call Center Team," Needham responded. "We are happy your husband is recovering in a cool house."

Social media monitoring is just one of the many newer roles Scott now has. The business has changed tremendously since his father, Joe Needham, founded the company in 1971.

"My father is now 84 years old and still comes to work every single day," Scott says, noting his dad is chief executive officer of the company, and very involved in local charitable organizations.

Scott and his five sisters grew up in Hopewell. His sisters were not interested in the HVAC business, though he says he wishes more women would consider entering the field. "We are always looking for good men and women," he says. "The Achilles heel of our business is finding qualified, skilled trades people."

Scott, 59, now lives in Pennington. He started working for the family business in 1987, and, after earning a degree in architecture from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, worked his way up through the ranks. As president of the company, he provides strategic leadership and direction. Most recently, he is in the process of using corporate-level technology management processes - Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) and an Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) - to manage the 62-employee company.

"We are getting everyone in our organization 100 percent on the same page," he said from his office in the Princeton Windsor Industrial Park, where he is in the process of converting a portion of this warehouse into office spaces and adding a conference room. He also has a room full of new Dell computer equipment still in the cardboard boxes.

"We are in an investment year," Scott says. "We will have a whole new state-of-the-art wireless work-order system.

"We are expanding, have added plumbing as a service we offer, and we are hiring the right people - from the sales team to the service technicians and installers to the office staff," he said, "and we are updating all software and hardware." Technicians, for example, will be equipped with iPads, which will be used for training, collecting data, reporting from the field, and more.

Scott is working with his HR specialist to visit area high schools to talk to students about entering the trade. Scott has a son, Spencer, 23, who studied mathematics at the Univeårsity of Vermont and is still exploring his career options, including the possibility of joining the family business.

New employees include Service Manager, Tony Cacciotti, who is an OSHA certified master plumber and HVAC specialist, who will help with Scott's vision to build a regional training center.

Princeton Air also added a chief operating officer position, which was recently filled by Michael Sanjek. Sanjek holds an MBA from Marist College, a Building Analyst certification from the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a nonprofit organization based in New York and the premier standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy auditing and upgrade work.

Sanjek is also a Green Associate, having completed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program designed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation.

"The future is wide open," Scott says. "I visited Google Headquarters with 10 contractors and toured Nest Labs. We are interested in the Nest Thermostat, which works with the Nest app. You can change the temperature from you phone, laptop, or watch, basically from anywhere. It turns itself done when you leave, saving energy."



MADISON, N.J. (Nov. X, 2017) – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey, a leading local residential real estate brokerage firm, announced that it has partnered with Guaranteed Rate Affinity, LLC to include an enhanced mortgage service offering for affiliated real estate agents and their customers. Through this business partnership, Guaranteed Rate Affinity will offer a wide array of mortgage products and origination services to customers to provide them with a convenient, value-added advantage during the homebuying process.


“We want to provide our customers with an exceptional home-buying experience. Having this partnership with Guaranteed Rate Affinity enables us to provide them with a streamlined process that translates into outstanding customer service,” said Hal Maxwell, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey.


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey estimates it represents thousands of buyers each year who are purchasing a property and who can benefit from this offering. With this partnership, a Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage- affiliated agent can easily recommend a loan officer affiliated with Guaranteed Rate Affinity to offer personalized guidance from the mortgage loan application process through the home closing. Additionally, Guaranteed Rate Affinity provides seamless technology, new loan products, and will introduce access to an innovative, digital mortgage platform that provides clients and their agents 24/7 access to mortgage documentation and resources.


“Our customers are our responsibility to serve from the start of the process when they begin their home search, to when they are handed the keys to their new home and beyond, and Guaranteed Rate Affinity is clearly the right partner to help us in that initiative,” continued Maxwell.


“We look forward to partnering with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and affiliated agents by offering an innovative and streamlined mortgage process and powerful, innovative technology for their customers,” said Guaranteed Rate Affinity Chairman Victor Ciardelli. “Mortgage financing is a critical component of the home purchasing process and I am confident that the Guaranteed Rate Affinity team will provide the world-class service that is expected and deserved in this ever-evolving industry.”


Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund Awards $40,000 in Grants

Princeton, NJ – October 30, 2017 – The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Development Fund (PRCC-CDF) will award $40,000 in grants to five local nonprofits at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s November Luncheon on November 2nd. The Awards on November 2nd bring to over $165,000 the amount of financial support that the Chamber has awarded to local nonprofit organizations since its inception in 2013.


“With these grants, the Chamber and the Chamber Foundation continue to invest in our region by providing financial support for the vital work of these outstanding community-based organizations,” said Rick Coyne, Chairman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Partner at WithumSmith+Brown. “In partnership with the Princeton Area Community Foundation and the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation the Chamber awards grants to large and small regional not for profit organizations. The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce is the only Chamber in Central New Jersey with an established ongoing grant partnership program for nonprofit organizations,” added Coyne.


“We are unique as a Chamber of Commerce in making these community development grants to nonprofits in our region,” said Peter Crowley President of the Princeton Regional Chamber. “They reflect our commitment to strengthen the communities in our region.” Grants are given annually to the most promising programs that address one or more of the Fund’s focus areas: education, leadership, economic opportunity and development, and self-sufficiency.

The 2017 grant recipients include:

CASA: Fostering Futures
Kidsbridge: Upstander Program for At-Risk Youth
Millhill Child and Family Development
Womanspace Toward Self-Sufficiency: Supporting Women and Families Impacted by Domestic Violence
Princeton Blairstown Center


“Each year our committee has the challenging task to select recipients from among a deep and deserving pool of grant applications. We are fortunate in this area to have many well-run organizations working hard each day to make our community a better place to live and to serve those who have challenges in their lives,” said Kristin Appelget, Chairwoman of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Community Development Fund.

“The partnership of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Princeton Area Community Foundation is a powerful force supporting non-profits organizations in the region. Everyone at the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation is delighted and gratified that as a result of setting up the Community Development Fund, we continue to distribute annual grants to local nonprofit organizations,” said Anna Lustenberg, Chairwomen of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation.



The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce – The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization committed to promoting business growth within Central New Jersey. With more than 5,000 individual Chamber member contacts and more than 1,350 Member companies, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest Regional Chamber in Central New Jersey. Our membership is primarily focused in six central New Jersey counties and stretches as far as New York, Philadelphia and Canada. More information about the Chamber can be found at www.princetonchamber.org.