May 14, 2019 7 AM - 9:30 AM EDT
How Next-Gen Family Business Owners Took Their Companies to New Heights
Cathy Choi is President of BULBRITE, a leading manufacturer and supplier of energy-efficient lighting solutions. Founded over 45 years ago by her parents, BULBRITE is a family owned business renowned for its commitment to innovation, education and exceptional service. Choi oversees all aspects of the company’s operations including sales, marketing, operations, manufacturing and product development.
Choi has expanded sales and services to a broader community and distributor base throughout North America. She has helped expand the breadth of the company's product line, which includes innovative energy efficient light sources and other types of light bulbs and lighting fixtures. https://bulbrite.com
John Conforti, Jr.
John C. Conforti, Jr. is a 2nd-generation owner, president, and Professional Engineer of Air Group, LLC, a premier full-service company located in Whippany, New Jersey, that specializes in HVAC, plumbing, and electrical for both residential and commercial. John graduated from Penn State University with a 5-Year Architectural Engineering Degree with a Business Minor. He also earned the New Jersey Masters Plumbing license and recently received the newly initiated New Jersey Masters HVAC license.
After graduation, John launched his career by working as a consulting engineer in the New York City area. His first couple of jobs with Syska & Hennessey / WSP and Barone Engineering Associates paved the way to fulfilling his four years of experience to receive his Professional Engineering license from the State of New Jersey.
Throughout the years, John has stayed true to Air Group's credo to: “Serve our customers to the best of our abilities.” John also continues Air Group's amazing environment for its employees. One of the unique things about the Air Group is the amount of time their employees stay. This is all the more impressive when you consider that the company has over 300 service trucks on the road. John still lives in the town he grew up in with his wife and two children. https://airgroupllc.com/
Michael Givner (Moderator)
Michael Givner founded IMG Business Advisors in 2013 after spending 16 years working for large investment banks, most of that time with Jefferies Group. IMG specializes in business sales and exit strategies for small business owners. The lower end of the M&A middle market, companies with annual revenues from $2 to $50 million, is their focus with clients across a wide array of industries. Whether advising on the sale of a family-owned business or assisting a growth-minded company with acquisition and expansion, Michael and his teams’ services are tailored to the individual needs of each client.
Analyzing company financials, comparing valuations, and identifying business acquisition candidates has been a part of Michael’s professional life since receiving his BS in Accounting from Binghamton University in 1996. His extensive experience within the financial markets and deal analysis laid the perfect foundation for advising entrepreneurs and business owners. He is joined by a team with decades of business experience under their belts. They bring not only a wealth of knowledge to the firm, but also an understanding of the financial and emotional challenges that come with a business sale or purchase.
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Darren Slosberg is CEO of Legacy Converting of Cranbury, NJ. He joined the company in 1997 to work alongside his father. At that time, the core business was packaging and other corrugated services. However, Darren had a vision of what the future of the company would look like. Along with his brother, he co-founded a new unit within their father’s company which eventually became the business known today as Legacy. Today, their father’s original business represents only a small piece of the overall operation. Legacy is a manufacturer and converter of innovative wiping products. Darren led the growth of the company to what has become a multi-million dollar provider of private label and branded lines of non-woven and paper disposable wiping products meeting needs of the medical, hospital, technology, and food service industries.
Darren has an impressive track record that includes:
- NJBIZ Forty Under 40 in 2013
- Inc. 500/5000: Fastest Growing Companies in America 2011, 2012, and 2013.
- Inc. Magazine: Ranked #1 as fastest growing manufacturer in NJ for 2011. Ranked #249 overall for 2011 with 1289% growth rate for 3 concurrent years.
- NJ Biz Magazine: NJ Biz “Business of the Year” winner, 2011, for company with under 50 employees.
He received a BA in Philosophy & Sociology from Brandeis University and is married to an attorney with 3 children. http://legacyconverting.com/
Harvey Wexelman is the President and CEO of Alwex Inc. a full-service independent insurance agency with offices in NYC and NJ. Harvey’s father and a partner founded the business after leaving their prior agency in 1991. In 1993 Harvey joined his father at Alwex and earned his degree at night while working days learning the agency business from the ground floor up. Eventually he became President and sole owner of the company.
Alwex Inc. sets themselves apart from other New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey insurance agencies by offering the most qualitative advice and services in the Tri-State. Harvey sets the tone for his team with is motto: “We don’t just sell insurance. Anyone can do that!” They help clients make informed decisions when it comes to protecting what matters the most and they are committed to providing the best consumer experience in the industry.
Harvey graduated from Baruch College in 1996 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He resides in Short Hills, NJ with his wife and three children. http://www.alwex.com/