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Saratoga Benefit Services Presented with MBA Spotlight Award

Mar 30, 2016 -

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Amy Webb of Saratoga Benefit Services

presented with MBA spotlight award

MOORESTOWN—If you mention Amy Webb’s name—people will tell you she’s “everywhere.” That’s because the energetic president of Saratoga Benefit Services likes to get involved. A successful Moorestown business owner since 1998, Webb also places a high priority on serving her community and beyond. She is affiliated with non-profit organizations throughout Moorestown and Burlington County, and is the recipient of numerous awards for public service as well as business achievement. In her spare time, she is a USTA-rated tennis player and represents local tennis clubs in competitive matches.

Always active in the community, Webb’s civic involvement seemed to grow exponentially with her business, a benefits services company in which she characteristically offers a high degree of personal service.  Fifteen years ago she was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for Burlington County College, eventually becoming the first female board chair—a position she held for three years—and is now on the college’s Foundation Board. For this and her commitment to other regional organizations, such as the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce, she was recognized by the Burlington County Advisory Council on Women with an award for public service.

Not long after Webb relocated her business from her home office to the heart of Main Street in Moorestown, she was recruited to join the Moorestown Rotary Club, where she discovered a perfect fit for her desire to have “a hands-on approach to give back to the greater community.” A Rotary member for almost ten years, Webb is the current chairperson of the organization’s Lend a Hand Committee, which focuses on activities and fundraising for groups in need. The committee works both autonomously and in tandem with other non-profits in town and the elsewhere, such as Moorestown Parks & Recreation Department, Live Civilly, Family Services/Twin Oaks, the Lauren Rose Albert Foundation, Mother Matters, and the Tender. Local humanitarian projects have included community clean-ups, food and clothing drives, and assisting elderly residents with projects; and the committee also does outreach in areas surrounding Moorestown.

Webb is slated to become Moorestown Rotary’s president in 2017, becoming the local chapter’s fifth female president since it was founded in 1925. Her caring outlook is also reflected in her business. Aided by staff members Maddie Webb and Kim Pewor, she supports many local causes through Saratoga Benefit Services, which is recognized for creating custom employee-benefits plans with a business philosophy that focuses on the best interests of its clients. The MBA is delighted to recognize Amy Webb as a business leader and community service champion with an ongoing, enthusiastic commitment to improving the lives of others.

The MBA initiated its Spotlight Award program in 2015 to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have implemented or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.

Photo: (l. to r., MBA President Don Powell, Maddie Webb, Amy Webb, Kim Pewor, and MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza). Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

 

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SALON AT MARC STEPHENS AND ROFFLER OF MOORESTOWN EARN SPOTLIGHT AWARD

Feb 13, 2016 -

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SALON AT MARC STEPHENS AND ROFFLER OF MOORESTOWN 

EARN SPOTLIGHT AWARD FROM MOORESTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 

MOORESTOWN—People who live in Moorestown cherish its nostalgic charm, but they also appreciate local access to the latest trends. It’s not always easy for merchants to provide both—but when the café next door to Roffler of Moorestown Barbershop closed down, proprietor Mark Merlino and his wife Michele saw an opportunity to create a combined space that could offer residents the best of traditional and contemporary hair and beauty options. They took the plunge and, after implementing considerable capital improvements on the entire building, opened a companion business next to the barbershop—the elegant Salon at Marc Stephens, managed by Michele. Now the side-by-side enterprises provide a compendium of personal services for men and women, including high-end product lines and technical expertise along with the friendly personal attention that has made the barbershop a home-town favorite for decades. 

The building that houses both businesses on Chester Avenue has been handsomely redesigned after more than a year of planning and construction. The exterior sports a polished new façade, and the former café portion of the interior was gutted to the studs to make way for the beautifully appointed space now occupied by the salon. Clients of the Salon at Marc Stephens are invited to relax in an elegant, spa-like environment, while the barbershop retains the warm, comfortable atmosphere that has drawn generations of loyal customers. The barbershop and salon also offer free parking in the back. 

Constructed originally as a family home in the late 1800s, the building was converted to a café in 1911 and added a barbershop on one side in 1959. Mark’s father John Merlino bought the barbershop business in 1961 and went on to purchase the entire building in 1973, leasing out the other side to various restaurant entrepreneurs through the years. The eponymous John’s Barbershop changed with the times in the 1970s when it became part of the exclusive Roffler franchise of barbers, offering the latest in men’s hair styling. In 1980, Mark joined the business where his father had built a reputation for personal attention to his clientele and dedication to professional excellence, and has maintained that legacy since John’s retirement in 1999. 

The building’s upgrades and improvements have added some new sparkle to the Chester Avenue stretch of commercial properties that are conveniently located in the heart of town. Moorestown Business Association applauds the Merlinos for making the commitment to participate in the township’s next wave of enterprise while maintaining an appreciation for tradition, and is delighted to present an MBA Spotlight Award to Salon at Marc Stephens and Roffler of Moorestown. 

The MBA initiated its Spotlight Award program in 2015 to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have implemented or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown. 

Photo: (l. to r., MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Michele and Mark Merlino, and MBA President Don Powell). Photo credit: William Kaisla 

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MBA THANKS TOM SHECKELS FOR SEVEN YEARS OF SERVICE

Jan 29, 2016 -

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MBA Vice President Stephen Pazienza (l.) and President Don Powell (r.) present Tom Sheckels with a plaque commemorating his seven years of service on the Association’s Board of Directors.

MBA THANKS TOM SHECKELS FOR SEVEN YEARS OF SERVICE

There are some big shoes to fill on the Moorestown Business Association Board. After seven years, Tom Sheckels is stepping down to pursue other goals, but not without leaving a positive mark on the organization to which he devoted so much time. The MBA is grateful for the countless hours of hard work that Sheckels put in as a board member, treasurer, and web master, and will continue to benefit from the many improvements he made throughout his tenure.

Sheckels’ work for the MBA came after serving as an environmental engineer for Naval Facilities Engineering for 30 years. His job took him to US Naval bases and facilities throughout the Northeast, determining environmental deficiencies and working with Navy personnel toward solutions for the problems he identified.

When the government initiated the Base Realignment and Closure process, Sheckels’ department was consolidated and he had to make the hard decision in 2005 to relocate his family to Virginia, or remain in the area where his wife Lydia’s career was flourishing. He chose to retire from his engineering position and pursue his passion for photography, but his commitment to improve the world around him stayed intact. With the same brand of dedication he brought to his former job, he turned his eye on Moorestown where he and his wife chose to move in 1981 because of its charm—particularly historic Main Street.

After launching Sheckels Creations Photography in 2006, he joined the Moorestown Business Association and right away began to volunteer for the group by lending his technology skills to help improve and develop content for the organization’s new website. He wanted to become more involved, and in 2007 he ran for and was elected to the board of the organization, embarking on a seven-year term of community leadershi

For the last three years, Sheckels served as Board Treasurer, and contributed his expertise in upgrading and streamlining the organization’s accounting systems. He also became the MBA webmaster, keeping it up-to-date, training other board members, involving social media, and sending out other forms of communication. And there was one other service he performed for the group—whenever there was a need for a high-quality photograph, Sheckels was indisputably the best man for the job. His images have been used on the organization’s website and directories, and served to illustrate articles about the MBA in magazines and newspapers.

Sheckels decided to step down from the MBA board at the end of 2015 so he could spend more time perfecting his photography, a hobby he has cultivated since childhood when he snapped pictures with his Brownie Instamatic and developed the film himself in his father’s darkroom. After college and a stint in the Navy, the advent of digital photography rekindled his interest in the medium and he began to seriously pursue this avocation, specializing in panoramic shots. Dynamic photos of Moorestown, as well as journeys to Antarctica, Africa, Alaska and other stunning locales around the world, are featured on his website www.sheckelscreations.com.

Although no longer on the board, Sheckels remains a dedicated member of the MBA—and has spent time helping new board members transition into their positions. At the year-end MBA luncheon in December, 2015, Association President Don Powell presented Sheckels with a plaque commemorating his years of service, and said “The MBA and I personally will sincerely miss Tom's guidance and steady hand. As the MBA has grown, Tom has been Instrumental in making necessary upgrades and changes but more importantly providing a structure around which that growth could evolve. His quiet, steady council has been wonderful and will be sorely missed. I wish him only the best and am grateful for his friendship and service to the MBA.'

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