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The Howell Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors would like to thank our website sponsors, RISCO RV and CentraState Healthcare System. New members can download the Business Spotlight form and submit it to the chamber.

New Member Business Spotlight


New Vision Technology Group
Christopher Alfano, Owner/Technology Consultant
704 Ginesi Drive
Morganville, NJ
732-289-6268
www.nvgti.com

How did you come to be in this line of work?

I have always had a strong interest in technology, connectivity, and entrepreneurship. When I was in college, I owned and operated two cell phone stores and an online business that refurbished and resold used cell phones. Upon graduating college, I secured a job in corporate information technology, and since then, I have collaborated with companies of all sizes, from large, publicly-traded corporations to mid-sized, private businesses. No matter what the setting, I strive to maximize the benefits of technology in line with budgetary limitations. I have always been intrigued by connectivity, such as voice and data networking, and the underlying systems that connect devices.

I started New Vision Technology Group to bring the benefits of an IT director to the small and medium-sized business sector at more affordable prices. I established relationships with technology vendors and suppliers and strategized to limit IT costs without sacrificing accessibility and quality.

What makes you different from others in this field?

The staff at New Vision Technology brings to the table a high level of expertise, knowledge, and training, with hands-on experience and backgrounds specific to a wide range of corporate IT consulting and management needs, as well as web development and branding. We are skilled at strategic technology needs assessments, system analyses, and solution implementations. Our IT technicians communicate directly with our clients throughout all phases of IT development and support, both remotely and on-site, rather than having our clients talk to “sales people.” We provide our clients with innovative technology, software, connectivity, and applications that enable them to operate their businesses with efficiency, goal attainment, maximum return on technology investment, and peace of mind. Our reputation is founded upon trust, reliability, and client communication.

Who would use your services or product?

New Vision Technology provides integrated, proactive IT consulting and management services to store owners, service and product-based businesses, small and large corporations, and professional associations. Our clients range from single-location “mom and pop” stores to global, multi-site organizations, which has honed our expertise in delivering customized, comprehensive IT, web design, connectivity, and branding solutions across the business spectrum.

What do you regard as your greatest achievement in business to date?

At New Vision Technology, we are most proud of fulfilling our mission to deliver optimal enterprise-class IT services to small businesses and entrepreneurs to maximize their returns on IT investments. Our experts assist clients with achieving their business and professional goals, which proves to be very rewarding.

As a professional, I am most proud of helping clients achieve business success, mentoring employees, and introducing interns and recent graduates to corporate-world technology.

What do you hope to get out of your chamber membership?

Through my chamber membership, I would like the opportunity to educate small business owners on the value of technology optimization, the importance of building a strong website and online presence, and the necessity of branding. I want fellow chamber members to understand how the proper IT and website strategies can grow their businesses, without costing a fortune. I also look forward to cultivating meaningful professional relationships and synergies with other chamber members and using members’ services.

What committees would you be interested in participating in?

I would be most interested in joining the chamber’s website/technology and business development committees.

Tell us something others may find of interest about you.

My wife, Jessica, and I have lived in Howell since 2015 and are enjoying getting to know the community and its people.

 What is your favorite activity or hobby?

As a hobby, I enjoy amateur “ham” radio.

What is your life motto(s)?

“Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box.” -Deepak Chopra


OnTrak Solutions
Sara Andreyev
VP Business Development
2775 Route 9 South, Howell
888-377-5133
www.OnTrakSolution.com

How did you come to be in this line of work? As a previous owner of a Union Contract Glazing Company, I realized the importance of this tool for every day operations to benefit small businesses.

What makes you different from others in this field? OUR APPROACH TO CUSTOMER SERVICE.  We understand as a small business how important Customer service is.

Who would use your services or product? Our ideal clients are anyone with a fleet of vehicles from 1-500+ vehicles. From Bus Companies, Limousine/Taxi ‘s, Construction Companies, Physical Therapy Companies to your local florist and in the Medical field from courier services to behavioral centers to Adult Day Care facilities. Anyone with a vehicle transporting goods or people.

What do you regard as your greatest achievement in business to date? Helping others… Community Involvement.

What do you hope to get out of your chamber membership? Building new relationships, helping others.

What committees would you be interested in participating in? Events Committee, Dinner Dance, etc..

Tell us something others may find of interest about you. I am from the Kalmyk Community here in Howell where there are three Buddhist Temples.

What is your favorite activity or hobby? Since the birth of my grandson, my favorite activity is spending as much time with him.

What is your life motto(s)?   Kindness is free.


Shore Community Bank
Brian Masterson
Commercial Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President
1012 Hooper Avenue, Toms River
732-240-5800
www.shorecommunity.bank

How did you come to be in this line of work?

I graduated from Monmouth University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in finance.  From there, I accepted a position in the commercial credit department of Two River Community Bank.  I then accepted a similar position at Shore Community Bank in 2013 and was promoted to loan officer in late 2015.

What makes you different from others in this field?

As a small community bank, we offer a personal touch to our existing and potential customers that other competitors can not provide.

Who would use your services or product?

We are a full service bank offering multiple deposit account options (both business and personal) along with commercial and residential loans.  Anyone looking to move or create a banking relationship, specifically in Monmouth or Ocean counties, would find our services useful.

What do you regard as your greatest achievement in business to date?

I have successfully moved from a senior credit analyst position to loan officer in the past year and currently manage an extensive loan portfolio.

What do you hope to get out of your chamber membership?

To make the Monmouth County area aware of the services that Shore Community Bank provides. 

What committees would you be interested in participating in?

Business Development & Social Media

Tell us something others may find of interest about you.

Although I work for an Ocean County based bank, I have lived in Howell Township my entire life.  I hope to connect with members of the chamber whose businesses I have used in the past. I have been married for over two years to my wife Gina who has also been a Monmouth County resident her entire life. 

What is your favorite activity or hobby?

Traveling the world – my wife and I have visited five different countries in the past three years.

What is your life motto(s)?

It’s not the destination but the journey.


SERVPRO OF HOWELL/WALL
Saher Gouda, Owner
331 Fairfield Road, Unit B-5
Freehold NJ 07728
732-577-1010•
www.servprohowellwall.com

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall offers complete restoration services for losses including water, fire and mold.  We also offer detailed cleaning and deodorization.  Of course we are available 24/7 for emergency services.

How did you come to be in this line of work?

I have friends in the business and have always maintained an entrepreneurial spirit which needed an outlet.

What makes you different from others in this field?

We understand the science behind our work, coupled with unparalleled customer service.  We understand and appreciate the value of satisfied customers.

 Who would use your services or product?Anyone and everyone who owns, manages or rents a physical structure. 

What do you regard as your greatest achievement in business to date?Every job we have which results in a satisfied customer is our greatest achievement.

What do you hope to get out of your chamber membership?Name recognition, networking and ultimately…referrals.  We love referrals.

What committees would you be interested in participating in? TBD, we are interested in getting involved.

Tell us something others may find of interest about you.I have spent the last 11 years of my career in the solar energy industry and have been a Monmouth County resident for the majority of my life.  Glad to be back in the neighborhood!

What is your favorite activity or hobby?Spending time at the shore, whether sunbathing during the day, or walking the boards at night. 

What is your life motto(s)?The only regrets you have are the risks you don’t take.  Persistence pays.  Karma is real…pay it forward.


BIG FROG CUSTOM T-SHIRTS

Brian& Stephanie Young

Franchise Owners
2412 US Highway 9Howell
732-719-8880
www.bigfrog.com/monmouth

Briefly describe your business.
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More serves the nation with 24 hour turnaround custom t-shirts, puzzles, mouse pads, aprons, children's clothing and more.   The customer chooses the item they wish to print on, works with a Big Frog talented artist at the in-store design station to create a custom message and/or full color graphic to their exact specifications. The image is then printed that same day. Big Frog uses direct to garment, eco-friendly printing technology. The items can be picked up within 24 hours as long as the items are in stock, or the items can be shipped direct to the customer.

How did you come to be in this line of work?
After 28 years in the telecommunications industry,   I was ready for a change of pace where work could actually be fun.  My wife and I have always wanted to own our own business and liked that Big Frog has an infrastructure and brand recognition already in place.  Big Frog is a fast-growing and award-winning franchise and offers full support for its franchisees through peer groups, mentoring,forums, coaching and e-learning.

What makes you different from others in this field?
Big Frog is one of the few chains or franchises that offers retail Direct-to-Garment (known as DTG) in America.  DTG printing is water-based, eco-friendly and is perfect for small orders as well as large orders.  Big Frog also provides free personal assistance from qualified graphic designers.  On standard inventory items, there are no minimums, free artwork set-up, unlimited colors, volume discounts and 24 hour turnaround with no shipping charges for items picked up in the store.  The Big Frog store becomes a part of the community having fun making customers happy every day.

Who would use your services or product?
Everyone is a potential customer including schools, clubs, teams, civic organizations, businesses. Since there are no minimums, anyone can come in and buy just one item.

What do you hope to get out of your chambers membership?
My main focus of becoming a chamber member is to become a better active member of the local community and to network with other local business owners.

What committees would you be interested in participating in?
Business Development & Membership Development Committees

Tell us something others may find of interest about you. 
I am a lifelong local resident, born and raised in Freehold, the youngest of 9 children, married to Stephanie Young for 20 years. We have two beautiful daughters both of which are very talented and artistic. Jessica is19 and attends Rhode Island School of Design as an Illustration major. Our youngest daughter Michelle is 17 and a recent graduate of Howell High school where she was a student in the FPAC program. Michelle will be attending Boston Conservatory as a dance major in September. As Stephanie and I enter the world of“empty nesters” we are looking forward to becoming an essential part of the community working with other local business owners, schools, terms and non-profits in the community with all their custom apparel needs.


The Rotary Club of Jackson was started 45 years ago to serve to benefit our fellow citizens. We are a service organization, built on friendship and community involvement, and clearly focused on working to make our communities better places for all our neighbors. We are a part of Rotary International, which focuses its international efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.

Every club member has joined and participates in our local activities because we want to give back to our communities and our society.

We are joining the Howell Chamber in order to broaden our horizons, and expand our chances to help others, if we are able.

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