15th Anniversary Celebration of FDU’s Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies

Madison, NJ (October 29, 2004)— On Tuesday, November 16, the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University will celebrate 15 years of leadership and innovation in fostering entrepreneurship in New Jersey through its outstanding academic and extensive community outreach programs.

To mark this anniversary, the public is invited to a special evening highlighting current trends in entrepreneurship and business. The evening begins with a networking reception at 5 p.m. The centerpiece of the event, at 6 p.m., is an interactive panel of distinguished entrepreneurs offering their insights and fielding questions submitted by the audience.

The moderator of the panel is Elizabeth G. Christopherson, executive director of NJN Public Television and Radio and president of the NJN Foundation Board.

James Barrood, director of the Rothman Institute, said, “We are privileged to have Elizabeth Christopherson anchoring this interactive discussion with five distinguished entrepreneurs from various backgrounds that represent the vitality of entrepreneurship in the state. This approach aligns closely with our mission of sharing knowledge and teaching entrepreneurship since 1989.”

The panel includes Caren Franzini, Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), who has arranged more than $382 million in financings that support public-private investments of $560 million. Jerry Gottesman, Chairman of Edison Properties, LLC, a 48 year-old real estate, parking and storage business, joins her on the panel. Gottesman actively leads his family business in strategic planning, real estate acquisition and development, operations and marketing.

Also on the panel is John Martinson, co-founder and former chairman of the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), who has led more than 150 equity financings within his 30 years of venture capital experience. He established the Edison Venture Fund in 1986 and, since that time, the Fund has financed more companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia than any other private equity firm.

Rounding out the panel of experts will be George Taber and George Cole. Taber is the founder and editor of NJBiz, the Garden State’s only state-wide newspaper entirely devoted to business. It has won more than two dozen national and regional awards for editorial excellence. Cole, a corporate entrepreneur, is president of ALTANA Pharma’s U. S. Operations and responsible for the company’s strategic development activities in the U.S. He is responsible for the ethical and generic market divisions and has worked to enhance the company’s research-driven marketing capability in the U.S.

For information and an invitation, contact James Barrood at 973-443-8842 or barrood@fdu.edu.


The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University has been named one of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and evaluated as the most comprehensive analysis of its kind in the May 2004 issue.

The Institute offers a comprehensive academic program of 21 courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels and innovative outreach programs that include the Family Business Forum, the Female Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Business Plan Development program, and a variety of recognition programs designed to acknowledge and foster entrepreneurship in the region.

Rothman Institute

Joan Harvey

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