Ponzio`s and Cooper Come Together to Fight Lung Cancer



Ponzio`s and Cooper Come Together to Fight Lung Cancer
South Jersey’s
Most Influential
Law Firms
Vol. 9, Issue 6, 2015
Up Front
Melinda K. Holman Named
Regional Board Chair for
United Way
page 29
This Month’s SNJBP’s Impact Award Winner:
Camden County Recognized for State’s
First Youth One-Stop and Commitment
to Successful “Buy Local” Program
What’s Inside
Hot Topic.........................5
SJ Facts........................27
Readers Choice............29
Reader Poll....................40
In the Bull’s Eye
County Residents Asked To Take Pledge to “Spend It Here, Keep It Here”
Melinda K. Holman
Page 43
The Law Offices of Charny,
Charny & Karpousis, P.A.
Welcomes New Associate
Camden County is the winner of
this month’s SNJBP Impact Award in
recognition of two of its innovative
In June the County’s
Workforce Investment Board
cut the ribbon to open the
state’s first One-Stop Career
Center. Called “Y1,” it is
dedicated exclusively to
young people between the
ages16 and 24.
“The program will provide access to
high quality education, job training and
support services utilizing
local resources to benefit
at-risk, out of school youth,”
according to WIB Executive
Director Jeff Swartz.
State Labor Commissioner
Hal Wirths was on hand
for the ribbon-cutting and
continued on page 12
Rebecca A. Berger, Esq.
Page 43
Gastroenterologist Dr. Robert
Shmuts Joins Lourdes Medical
Center of Burlington County
Robert J. Shmuts
Page 43
Daniel Kubikian, DMD Named
Top Dentist in Periodontics by
Three Regional Publications
Daniel Kubikian
Page 43
Ponzio’s and Cooper Come
Together to Fight Lung Cancer
Just days before he passed away, Jim Fifis, the
longtime owner of Ponzio’s diner, had one last job
for his sons: advocate for a cure for lung cancer
and work to raise awareness about the dangers of
“My father never asked for much so his request
stuck with us,” said Nick Fifis. “He did not want
other families to have to go through the pain we
went through.”
To honor the elder Fifis’ dying wish, the Fifis
family partnered with The Cooper Foundation to
establish the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund
at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Fifis family and The
Cooper Foundation will host a benefit dinner at
Ponzio’s in Cherry Hill to honor the memory of
Jim Fifis and raise money for the fund.
Now in its fifth year, the fund has raised
$400,000 to help ensure patients have access to
the most advanced and most up-to-date cancer
care available.
“The Cooper Foundation is a proud to partner
with the Fifis family in honoring Jim Fifis and
continuing his legacy of giving back to the
community,” said Susan Bass Levin, president
and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “Together,
through research and education, we can continue
Chris Fifis; Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO, The Cooper
Foundation; John Fifis, Nick Fifis
continued on page 28
Sea Box, Inc.
Produces Solution to
National Threat from
Decaying Airport
NJ-based Manufacturer Builds
Deployable Air Traffic Control Facility
New Jersey-based manufacturer Sea Box, Inc.
has built a Deployable Air Traffic Control Facility
(“DATCF”) to fill an urgently-needed airport
infrastructure improvement initiative, now underway.
Sea Box’s Deployable Air Traffic Control Facility,
compliant with the international transportation
standard (“ISO”) container module footprint, allows
our nation’s airports to advance their infrastructure
projects on a faster, more cost-efficient basis. Sea
Box’s product houses the critical brainpower of any
given FAA-controlled airport - the air traffic control
tower - inside an integrated set of containerized
continued on page 41
Henry Gosik
He takes piano lessons…
participated in “Dancing
with the Stars” in front of
1,700 people…spends from
5:30 AM to 7:00 AM in his
garden “to start my day
slowly”…sold women’s
shoes as one of his summer
jobs…got his first “real
job” in the family business
at Bridgeboro Deli…
took his future wife to see
Caddy Shack on their first
date…and wanted to be a
professional football player
when he was growing up.
For more on the President and CEO of
Sensational Host Caterers, Henry Gosik,
go to page 26.
This Month’s SNJBP
Reader Poll Results
Only 24% of you think having
a gun makes people safer…
and you’re pretty evenly split
on whether drone deliveries
to either your home (50%) or
office (43%) are a good idea
more poll results on page 40
Next Month’s
Reader Poll
Will Governor Christie have
a job in Washington after the
2016 election?
on p40
SNJ Business People
Melinda K. Holman of Holman
Automotive Named Regional
Board Chair for United Way
Melinda K. Holman, Chairman of Holman
Automotive, has been named chair of the regional
Board of Directors for United Way of Greater
Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ).
Holman will lead the regional board for a two-year term
and succeeds Lon Greenberg, Chairman of the Board of
UGI Corporation, who served as chair from 2013-2015.
“We are thrilled to have Mindy at the helm of our
Board as we continue our work to change lives and
strengthen communities – one child, one adult and
one family at a time,” said Jim Cawley, president and
CEO of UWGPSNJ. “She believes in the importance
of giving back, and her passion for helping others
has become part of Holman Automotive’s culture.
Her commitment to improving our region is truly
inspirational, and we’re grateful to have her as our
partner to drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of
us can achieve alone.”
Holman has been an integral United Way volunteer
for nearly 20 years, following in the footsteps of her
grandfather and father, who supported United Way
in its early years. During the 2012 merger of seven
local United Ways to form UWGPSNJ, Holman
served as the co-chair
of the regional design
team, having previously
served as United Way
of Camden County’s
chair of the board, vice
chair of the board and
campaign cabinet chair.
Her leadership has
also inspired Holman
Automotive employees to
raise more than $1 million
annually in support of
United Way.
Melinda K. Holman
The Law Offices of Charny,
Charny & Karpousis, P.A.
Welcomes New Associate
Rebecca A. Berger, Esq.
The Law Offices of Charny, Charny &
Karpousis, P.A., a specialized divorce and
family law practice based in Mount Laurel,
New Jersey, recently welcomed its newest
associate Rebecca A. Berger, Esq. Ms.
Berger worked as an Assistant Burlington
County Prosecutor for the past 7 ½ years in
Mount Holly, New Jersey and handled the
highest level cases, including adult criminal
trials involving matters of murder, sexual
assault, attempted robbery and other major
Ms. Berger is a member of New Jersey
State, Burlington County and Camden County
Bar Associations and is admitted to practice
in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She
received her Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers
University School of Law, receiving the Reed
Smith Clinical Excellence, Pro Bono and
Hunter Moot Board awards. She was also an
active volunteer with the Domestic Violence
Project and State of New Jersey Mediator and
Community Dispute Resolution Committee.
Ms. Berger was born and raised in South
Jersey where
she currently
of work,
she enjoys
reading and
time with
family and
Rebecca A. Berger, Esq.
Dr. Robert Shmuts
Joins Lourdes
Medical Center of
Burlington County
Gastroenterologist Robert J.
Shmuts, DO, recently joined the
medical staff of Lourdes Medical
Center of Burlington County.
He specializes in the diagnosis
and treatment of disorders of the
esophagus, stomach, pancreas,
liver, gallbladder, small intestines,
and colon.
Dr. Shmuts comes to Lourdes
after completing a gastroenterology
fellowship, residency and
internship at Kennedy University
Hospital in Stratford, NJ.
Dr. Shmuts earned his Doctor of
Osteopathic Medicine degree from
the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey School.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts
degree from Queens College—City
University of New York.
Dr. Robert Shmuts
Daniel Kubikian,
DMD Named
Top Dentist in
Periodontics By
Three Regional
Daniel Kubikian DMD,
Haddonfield resident and owner
of South Jersey Periodontics and
Dental Implants in Washington
Township, has been named one
of the top periodontal specialists
in the region by both patients
and peers. In June, Dr. Kubikian
was voted to the South Jersey
Magazine Top Dentists 2015
Readers’ Choice list, which was
compiled from thousands of
responses. Dr. Kubikian is also
proud to have been nominated as
top in the field of periodontics
recognized by his peers in
the July issue of New Jersey
Monthly. Earlier this year, readers
from throughout South Jersey
named his practice him to the SJ
Magazine 2015 Best Dentists list.
Daniel Kubikian, DMD

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