CHOICES Spring 2015
Community Options Enterprises, Inc. (COE) was established to develop and operate entrepreneurial businesses that successfully integrate people with disabilities into the workforce. By operating businesses such as a flower shop, copy centers, and shared office facilities, COE confronts the barriers of sheltered training centers and workshops by intergrating individuals into community-based work settings instead. These businesses are owned and operated by COE in order to enhance job training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
New Faces, New Projects on the Horizon for Community Options Enterprises in 2015
Community Options Enterprises is known for innovation. With flower stores, a gift shop, a creative services department and three office complexes in which the infrastructure is managed by people with disabilities for office tenants, the successful nonprofit is looking forward to a great future.
Community Options Enterprises has now purchased a new flower store on Route 1 in Edison, NJ. This, coupled with a new School to Employment Program (STEP) building in Princeton, will demonstratively show the strength of the organization.
Robert Stack, Chair of Community Options Enterprises, is delighted with the growth and is now pushing for additional stewardship from the newly appointed board.
During the month of March, Alec Taylor, Richard De Angelis and Dan Surtz will be installed to augment the existing board of Audrey Chen, Dr. Baber Ghauri, C. Herb Schneider and Paul Hritz.
Mr. Taylor, Principal with the Matrix group has been tapped for his expertise in commercial acquisition and renovations as well as his advocacy for persons with disabilities such as autism. Mr. De Angelis is a formitable attorney in Morris County with a niche practice focused on tax law relative to property and has a demonstrated ability and commitment for assisting nonprofits in their quest for mission fullfillment. Mr. Surtz offers outsourced infrastructure services and will be an asset to connect Community Options Enterprises’ staff with local employers through his track record and proven contacts.
This group, with veteran board members from banking, to marketing to medical services, will propel Community Options Enterprises into sustained employment growth for persons with disabilities around the country.
Mr. Taylor from Matrix joins the Community Options Enterprises’ Board of Directors
Mr. Taylor is the Partner-in-Charge of Industrial sales and leasing for Matrix Development Group. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the marketing and leasing of Matrix’s industrial portfolio.
Since joining Matrix in 1986, Mr. Taylor has grown from the position of Property Manager in charge of the day-to-day management of all of Matrix’s properties to Project Executive, then to Vice President of the firm. In 1993, he became a Principal of Matrix. Throughout his career, he has successfully executed build-to-suit and speculative leasing and construction programs for more than 15 million square feet of transactions. Mr. Taylor worked with leading firms such as Sony, Associated Press, Volkswagen, W.W. Grainger, Playmobil, Lenox, Sleepy’s, Mercedes Benz, McKesson, Falken Tire, and Amazon.
In addition to his business accomplishments, Mr. Taylor has served on numerous community boards. Most recently, Mr. Taylor joined the Board of the incredibly dynamic nonprofit organization, Community Options, which attends to the residential and professional needs of people with disabilities.
Dan Surtz from Fusion Employer Services, LLC joins the Community Options Enterprises’ Board of Directors
Mr. Dan Surtz is the owner of Fusion Employer Services, LLC, headquartered in Lawrenceville, NJ. Fusion is a Professional Employer Organization that provides human resources, payroll, tax filing, workers’ compensation and a Fortune 500 benefit package for small to mid-size businesses. Prior to forming Fusion, Mr. Surtz practiced corporate litigation in New Jersey and New York.
Mr. Surtz also sits on the boards of Project Freedom, Inc. and Cornerhouse Foundation. Mr. Surtz resides in Robbinsville, NJ with his wife and four children.
Mr. De Angelis from McKirdy & Riskin, P.A. joins the Community Options Enterprises’ Board of Directors
Richard De Angelis is an attorney with the law firm of McKirdy & Riskin, P.A. in Morristown, New Jersey. He specializes in eminent domain and condemnation, redevelopment and real estate tax appeals. He is a frequent lecturer and writer in these areas of the law.
Mr. De Angelis is a graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law. He has also worked in the public sector for the late Congressman Dean Gallo, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and was Special Counsel to Acting Governor Donald Di Francesco.
Mr. De Angelis is active in his local community. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Parsippany Soccer Club since 2007 and is currently serving as President. He served as a Chairman for the 2014 Cupid’s Chase 5K in Morristown, New Jersey. Mr. De Angelis and his wife lead the Pre Cana program at the Parish of St. Ann in Parsippany.
Mr. De Angelis lives in Parsippany, New Jersey with his wife and daughter.
Presents of Mind
Presents of Mind is a luxuriously appointed store filled with trendy, classic, and humorous gifts, gourmet foods, local art, and exotic teas. Our retail associates, looking to gain valuable career experience in retail and store management, have the opportunity to learn point of sale software, soft-selling and customer relations skills, retrieving and processing of orders received through our website, inventory management, store layout and design, and different forms of presentation and display. Our store focuses on meeting the demands that our customers deserve.
The Mall of 206
240 Route 206
Flanders, NJ 07836
Ph: (973) 927-8500
The Daily Plan It
The Daily Plan It is a complete office, conference and copy center that offers beautifully furnished office rental space or virtual tenancy to a variety of businesses. Some of the services provided to the tenants include professional receptionist services, clerical support, high-speed color copying and on-site concierge services including dry cleaning pick up and delivery. Employees receive valuable work experience in areas such as customer service, inventory management, quality and database management, as well as facilities maintenance. The Daily Plan It has locations in Morristown, Princeton and Moorestown, NJ.
707 Alexander Road
Bldg. 2, Suite 208
Princeton, NJ 08540
Ph: (609) 514-9494
Strawbridge Professional Center
212 West Route 38, Suite 200
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Ph: (609) 265-7749
150-152 Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Ph: (973) 971-0082
16 Farber Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Vaseful Flowers and Gifts is a charming flower shop that offers high quality floral services and delivery to anywhere in the country. While working at Vaseful, employees are able to learn valuable retail skills such as credit card processing, dictating phone orders, retrieving and processing of orders received through our website, shipping and distribution, inventory management, and of course, floral processing and arranging. We are committed to serving our customers with the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by our 24-hour guarantee. We are located in Edison and Hillsborough, NJ.
256 Route 1 North
Edison, NJ 08817
Ph: (732) 545-5894
Fax: (732) 545-0161
2230 Camplain Road
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
Ph: (908) 203-0525
Fax: (908) 203-0515