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Live What You Love What’s Inside SJ Facts..........................4 Hot Topic.........................5 Snapshot.......................16 Reader Poll...................23 Readers Choice.....32&33 SNJBP Bowl-A-Thon.....35 Jimmie Lee page 30 Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2015 www.snjbp.com Up Front Former Philadelphia Flyer, NHL All Star Brian Propp joins Wolf Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) This Month’s SNJBP Impact Award Winner: Carz N Toyz Donates Everything from Toys and Books to Defibrillators, and Video Monitors to Local Hospitals “The whole idea behind our organization is to put a smile on a kid’s face” Founded in 2011, the Cherry Hill-based NPO Carz N Toyz donates everything from toys and books to video monitors and infant and special needs car seats to local hospitals treating children in need. A non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, Carz N’ Toyz was formed by local car enthusiasts, led by Robert Paglione and Sam Lacroce, who wanted to combine their hobby with community service. The original mission of the organization was to “bring a smile to the faces of hospitalized children served by Virtua in Southern New Jersey.” Over the years, and because of the generosity of their benefactors, the original mission has expanded to continued on page 10 Sam Lacroce founder Carz N Toyz In the Bull’s Eye Brian Propp Page 43 Mount Laurel Weber Gallagher Attorney joins the Partnership Lisa Bien She admits to having road rage when she drives (“I always think I am the only one in a hurry”)…loves watching old classic movies on a rainy day, while eating Chinese food…describes herself as a “a meat and mac and cheese girl!”…named her cat after Chase Utley…loves the Mummers …….and both her eyeliner and eyebrows are tattooed. For more on the principal of the B!en Marketing Group, Lisa Bien, go to page 20. New Pascale Sykes Foundation Program: Darren C. Audino Page 43 Columbia Bank Appoints E. Thomas Allen, Jr. as Sr, Executive VP/COO Multi-Million Dollar Economic Development Initiative Will Target Four Counties in South Jersey as “Destination Region” Foundation hosting February planning session to develop marketing plan The Pascale Sykes Foundation is spearheading a new multi-million dollar economic initiative that will target four counties in South Jersey as a “destination region” for both visitors and businesses. The targeted counties will include Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and the western portion of Atlantic. According to Foundation President Fran Sykes, these counties were selected because “year after year, they [Cumberland, Salem, continued on page 18 E. Thomas Allen, Jr. Page 43 Holman Automotive Group names Steve Holman Community Affairs Manager Rick Forman, CEO of Forman Mills Inc, "Undercover Boss" Rick Forman, the founder and CEO of Forman Mills Inc., a $250 million national discount warehouse clothing and accessories manufacturer with 35 stores in ten states, appeared in disguise while undercover on the hit CBS show "Undercover Boss," Which aired on This Month’s SNJBP Reader Poll Results Most of you (83%) want to save Atlantic City…black (49%) is your favorite car color more poll results on page 23 Steve Holman Page 43 March 2014 Reader Poll Should the minimum wage be increased to $15/hour? and more on p23 Rick Forman, Forman Mills Inc., (Before) Rick Forman in disguised as "Brad Bandini," Photos Couretsy of CBS TV continued on page 28
This Month’s Snjbp Impact Award Winner: Carz N Toyz Donates Everything From Toys And Books To Defibrillators, And Video Monitors To Local Hospitals
“The whole idea behind our organization is to put a smile on a kid’s face”<br /> <br /> Founded in 2011, the Cherry Hill-based NPO Carz N Toyz donates everything from toys and books to video monitors and infant and special needs car seats to local hospitals treating children in need.<br /> <br /> A non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, Carz N’ Toyz was formed by local car enthusiasts, led by Robert Paglione and Sam Lacroce, who wanted to combine their hobby with community service. The original mission of the organization was to “bring a smile to the faces of hospitalized children served by Virtua in Southern New Jersey.” <br /> <br /> Over the years, and because of the generosity of their benefactors, the original mission has expanded to support many worthwhile causes and projects all of which focus on benefiting children <br /> <br /> The Carz N Toyz story began In 1971 when Saverio Lacroce’s son, Saverio Joseph Lacroce, was diagnosed with leukemia and taken to a children’s hospital for treatment. The day the family arrived for admission, someone stole the boy’s overnight bag from the car. The bag was filled with toys and personal items that were meant to make him feel comfortable and surrounded by things special to him while undergoing care.<br /> <br /> Forty years later, Lacroce, an avid car enthusiast, helped found Carz N’ Toyz, along with Paglione, Ray Giannantonio, and Dominic D’Auria.<br /> <br /> Today, all Carz N’ Toyz activities, are done in memory of Saverio Joseph Lacroce, who passed away in August 1975 at the age of 12.<br /> <br /> Working with no (0) employees but generating revenues that run between $100,000 and $200,000 annually, Paglione and Lacroce say that their most important barometer of success is “smiles.” <br /> <br /> Besides donating toys for hospitalized children throughout the year, Carz N’ Toyz has also provided infant car seats, books and book cases as well as electronic games for hospital activity rooms. Contributions have also been made in support of the new Pediatric Care Unit at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mt. Holly.<br /> <br /> The NPO’s most recent endeavor is to provide funding for concussion impact testing for young athletes. “Support of this project truly aligns with, and punctuates our motto … ‘Driven to Care for Kids,’” says Paglione.<br /> <br /> Carz N Toyz original client list has expanded and now includes not only Virtua, but also Our Lady of Lourdes, and Weisman Rehabilitation Hospital.<br /> <br /> All of which is why the organization is this month’s SNJBP Impact Award winner. Paglione’s reaction to the selection—“very surprised and proud.” The organization was also selected as a winner in SNJ Business People Readers’ Choice Top Non Profits of 2014.<br /> <br /> Among the organization’s events are the Annual Toy Run To Virtua, and an event called the Carz N' Toyz-The Road Ahead, an annual charity dinner held at Tavistock Country Club. Last year’s event was “a huge success,” according to Paglione, with attendance exceeding 2013 by 20%. The dinner, auction and ad book raised more than $50,000 which is being used to purchase toys, books, book cases, defibrillators, oxygen monitoring equipment, special needs car seats, TV Monitors and other items specifically requested by Carz N' Toyz beneficiaries, Virtua, Weisman Children's Rehabilitation Hospital and the Osborn Facility at Our Lady of Lourdes.<br /> <br /> The Toy Run took place along Route 70 with spectators emerging from their places of business and gathered along the road to watch as nearly 100 cars and trucks from Ferraris to Fords, led by the Cherry Hill police, passed by on their way to delivering more than 1,800 toys to the children under the care of Virtua. Carz N’ Toyz also made a $10,000 donation to Virtua Foundation that will be used to purchase artwork for the Pediatric Pavilion at Virtua Memorial... <br /> <br /> The group also sponsors an “Run for the Kids,” which last year brought local runners, joggers, and walkers to Virtua Hospital Voorhees certified track. Run for the Kids is a 5K for runners, but also includes a one-mile walking component for those wanting to raise awareness, but participate at a slower pace.<br /> <br /> Carz N’ Toyz also partners with Virtua, the Philadelphia Soul, and South Jersey Elite Invitational Youth Football League to sponsor baseline concussion testing for local youth athletes.<br /> <br /> Paglione says that his organization’s “goal yet to be achieved is to move into Pennsylvania.”
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New Pascale Sykes Foundation Program: Multi-Million Dollar Economic Development Initiative Will Target Four Counties In South Jersey As “Destination Region”
Foundation hosting February planning session to develop marketing plan<br /> <br /> The Pascale Sykes Foundation is spearheading a new multi-million dollar economic initiative that will target four counties in South Jersey as a “destination region” for both visitors and businesses.<br /> <br /> The targeted counties will include Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and the western portion of Atlantic.<br /> <br /> According to Foundation President Fran Sykes, these counties were selected because “year after year, they [Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Atlantic] are the poorest counties with the greatest needs and the fewest resources and because Gloucester is routinely joined with Salem and Cumberland in social service organizations.” <br /> <br /> More than two dozen regional business, government, and NPO leaders are expected to participate in the planning session, which will build on a preliminary session hosted by the Foundation last November at Cumberland County College.<br /> <br /> As a result of the November session, the Foundation expects to award as many as six initial grants in the coming weeks to support economic development initiatives that are already underway in the target counties.<br /> <br /> Among the applications under consideration are proposals from the Cumberland County Economic Development Office, the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, the South Jersey Economic Development District, Visit South Jersey (formerly the South Jersey Tourism Corp), the Southern Shore Regional Destination Marketing Organization, Salem County Economic Development, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, and Colliers International-Southern NJ.<br /> <br /> According to Sykes, “the February work session will culminate in a marketing plan with recommendations for funding in 2015 by the Foundation” in collaboration with New Jersey Community Capital, which has been retained to process the application process, and the consulting form of Laughlin Constable.<br /> <br /> The planning session, which will take place at the Luciano Conference center on the Cumberland County College campus, will cover “what to say (the story) in the plan and to whom to say it (the target audience)” for the initiative and Sykes expects the actual marketing plan to be complete by the end of February or early March.<br /> <br /> The Foundation, whose mission is to “support innovative, flexible, holistic, and long-range programs that promote the integrity, independence and well-being of the working lowincome intergenerational family unit,” has been working in the four-county region for several years.<br /> <br /> “Pascal Sykes recognizes that families are composed of independent individuals, yet all are interdependent. Accordingly, the Foundation supports programs offering integrated services that produce gradual behavioral changes in all family members as they work toward common goals. The Foundation encourages programs with volunteers, neighborhood workers, interagency cooperation and marriage strengthening,” explains Sykes.<br /> <br /> “The Economic Initiative is being undertaken to help working low income families in the area. It will probably be connected with the Foundation’s social service and transportation initiatives through referrals and information sharing.<br /> <br /> “This is a unique approach because it is an outgrowth and tied to “Strengthening Families Initiative” in South Jersey, which we have defined as western Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester Counties,” Sykes adds.
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Rick Forman, CEO Of Forman Mills Inc, "Undercover Boss"
Rick Forman, the founder and CEO of Forman Mills Inc., a $250 million national discount warehouse clothing and accessories manufacturer with 35 stores in ten states, appeared in disguise while undercover on the hit CBS show "Undercover Boss," Which aired on Sunday, January 25 2015. Forman worked alongside employees as a trainee in four locations: at his stores in Philadelphia, Chicago and North Jersey, as well as at the 250,00 square foot distribution center, in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.<br /> <br /> Forman was trained by his employees, who never recognized him, to serve as a cashier, run a forklift in the distribution center, to do price checks as a sales associate, and to work in maintenance cleaning toilets. He confesses that he was not very good at some of the assignments, and some of his trainers lost patience with him.<br /> <br /> Forman says he got a lot out of the experience of working alongside his employees, both what they were good at and what needed improvement. While undercover, he discovered some defects in his organization and grew frustrated by the antiquated cash registers and price check systems that continue to slow his stores' productivity levels. He also was not happy with the caliber of customer service of some of his employees and even contemplated briefly closing one of his stores. At the same time, he exasperated his employees with his haphazard work style.<br /> <br /> But on a positive note, he was impressed by the life stories of the employees who were selected to serve as his trainers.<br /> <br /> On the show, at the end, as Forman revealed himself to be their boss, he rewarded each of the trainers with promotions, salary increases, paid-off college education for their children, paid-off car debts, and for Kurtis Deal, an additional $250,000 to buy a house, as Deal had once been homeless!!<br /> <br /> Forman is known for his ability to buy inner city real estate and transform a dormant shopping center into a lively retail magnet. In so doing, he has provided 3000 jobs around the country.
In The Bull’s Eye
She admits to having road rage when she drives (“I always think I am the only one in a hurry”)…loves watching old classic movies on a rainy day, while eating Chinese food…describes herself as a “a meat and mac and cheese girl!”…named her cat after Chase Utley…loves the Mummers …….and both her eyeliner and eyebrows are tattooed.<br /> <br /> There’s nothing bashful or retiring about the principal and founder of the B!en Marketing Group.<br /> <br /> Forty-eight year old Lisa Bien is self-described as “an active trailblazer in the marketing and communications fields for more than two decades” and as an “inspiring mentor…leaderby- example and…advisor to personal success.” <br /> <br /> Bien also characterizes herself as “loyal, motivated, passionate, kind, and funny.” <br /> <br /> The author of Life Happens: Bounce Back, says “when I encourages others to bounce back out of their lives’ deepest trials, she does so with a full and sound knowledge of possibility, strength, sacrifice and redemption.” <br /> <br /> From “enduring childhood, adolescence and adulthood riddled with struggle and adversity,” Bien says that she knows firsthand that bouncing back is no easy feat. But she wholly believes” anyone and everyone, of all ages and genders facing all challenges and oppositions, can achieve the same.<br /> <br /> “As a mother of two, friend to many, college professor and communications entrepreneur, there is no field, issue or fear” that she feels she cannot help someone tackle.<br /> <br /> The Mount Laurel resident and 1991 graduate of Temple describes herself as “a passionate, kind, loyal and funny woman!” <br /> <br /> When Bien was young she wanted to grow up, get married and be a mom. Now the mother of Jacob, 20, and Ari, 11, she says that her boys think that “I am an awesome mom! We all have a great time together.” <br /> <br /> Bien added a Master of Education degree from Holy Family University to her Temple BA, but readily admits she wishes she “would have realized the importance of education and taken it seriously when I was younger. I finished college later than most.” <br /> <br /> The best part of your job, she says, is helping businesses and people grow professionally and personally and the worst part is dealing with billing and finances – “that is why I have a CFO.” <br /> <br /> The best advice Bien ever received was from her mom who “always told me to make sure I take care of myself, because no one else will do it for you.” <br /> <br /> Which fits nicely with her personal motto, which is “Believe in yourself and the rest of your life will fall into place.” <br /> <br /> Asked about the worst advice she ever received (and from whom), Bien says “I cannot say who, they might be reading this, but I will say someone once told me not to get close to my clients. I love what I do and creating strong relationships with my clients helps build a relationship based on trust and respect.”<br /> <br /> Bien’s business philosophy is summed up in one word: Believe! “You have to believe in your client, whether it’s a marketing or coaching client. I have to believe in what my clients stand for in order to promote their business or move them forward,” she adds.<br /> <br /> Bien’s best decision was teaching at Temple University and her toughest decision was “to start my own company. I fought it in the beginning but once I made the decision, I was all in.” <br /> <br /> Bien says she measures success by asking herself three questions:<br /> <br /> • Are my children happy?<br /> <br /> • Am I happy doing what I am doing?<br /> <br /> • Am I making an impact on the lives of others?<br /> <br /> “If the answer is yes to all of the above, then I am a success,” she says.<br /> <br /> She admits to being allergic to two words: “hate” and “can’t!” And, people who are lazy.<br /> <br /> If you really want to make me angry, “say something about my children or my religion.” And “when people don’t like what I have to say,” she adds, “they get quiet.” <br /> <br /> Bien’s yet-to-be-achieved goals are becoming recognized nationally as a motivational speaker and being tapped as host of a nationally syndicated talk show to speak directly to college aged students dealing with adversity. So it’s no surprise that her first choice for a new career is to “take over for Oprah.” <br /> <br /> Her greatest fear, she says, is something happening to her boys and as for the “dumbest thing” she ever did, she says “geez, hard to pick just one.” <br /> <br /> As for a possible do-over, count Bien out. If given an opportunity for a “do-over,” she says it just would not happen. “My journey has brought me here and I am loving it!” <br /> <br /> Asked what, if anything, she was “voted” in high school, she says “I don’t remember being voted anything.” <br /> <br /> Bien’s best experience as a volunteer has been delivering meals to seniors on the holidays and serving meals with my son, Jacob, at Cathedral Kitchen.<br /> <br /> Now as far as the “random” questions that we love to ask at SNJBP, here are some of Bien’s responses:<br /> <br /> • One game you will never beat me at is Guess Who?<br /> <br /> • Tattoos or body piercings: Yes, my eyeliner and eyebrows are tattooed <br /> <br /> • One bad habit that I just can’t break: I drink way too much coffee – I love my coffee!<br /> <br /> • I am deathly afraid of… Being stuck in a small space like the MRI machine.<br /> <br /> • If someone is pouring me a drink, they should make sure to fill the glass up! I love my white wine.<br /> <br /> • My biggest “aha” moment: When I realized there is no book to teach you how to run a successful business – that it’s like having a child, you do what you believe is best and works for you.<br /> <br /> • The farthest I’ve ever been from home: Paris, France<br /> <br /> • If I could travel back in time, where would I go and why? I would love to go back to the roaring 20s – the movies make it seem like such a fun time.<br /> <br /> • If my flight is delayed and I’m stuck on the tarmac for a long time, I would most want to be sitting next to someone who is well read and knows sports so we can talk books and sports.<br /> <br /> • Same scenario…I would least want to be sitting next to a young child that missed his or her nap.<br /> <br /> • When I meet people, the first thing I notice about them: Their body language and if they smile.<br /> <br /> • Brushes with death or serious injury: No<br /> <br /> • If I could do one thing to change South Jersey, what would it be (i.e., “South Jersey really needs…) I would create a rail system that was convenient for everyone and inexpensive.<br /> <br /> • When I brag about South Jersey to people from elsewhere in the state or from out of state, I say: I can be at the beach, New York City or Philly all in under an hour.<br /> <br /> • One question I hope I’m never asked: Any math problems – I am not good with numbers.<br /> <br /> • Why somebody would want to meet me: Why wouldn’t they want to meet me? I love to see the best in people and I can help them see it too!<br /> <br /> Finally, Bien’s epitaph (as she would like it to be written): “Dedicated Momma, Loving Friend, Inspired Many”
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