Business Briefs

Wegmans Food Markets, with a location in Manalapan, announced that it has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for tsunami relief. The family-owned food chain, which is based in Rochester, N.Y., also implemented a program in its stores for customers to contribute to the fund.

Manalapan Eye Associates LLC announced that Dr. Rajeev K. Raghu, a New Jersey State board-certified optometric physician, has obtained his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry. Raghu is one of four and the youngest physician in New Jersey to obtain his fellowship from the academy.

Founded in 1922, the goal of the American Academy of Optometry is to maintain and enhance excellence in optometric practice. Academy fellows represent all facets of the profession. Approximately 55 percent are optometrists in private practice.

Dr. Raghu received his fellowship in primary eye care/ocular disease. The two-year process requires case report reviews, leadership qualifications and a final oral examination. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians in December 2004. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry and an affiliate of the TLC Laser Centers Inc.

Dr. Raghu is a graduate of Temple University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he received clinical honors in primary and low vision care, was the national president of the American Optometric Student Association, and a Gold Key National Honors recipient.

Manalapan Eye Associates LLC are located at the Atrium Medical Arts Building, 224 Taylors Mills Road, Suite 103, Manalapan. The Web site is

Use The Right Words, a new business providing professional copywriting services, has been established in Freehold. The new company specializes in copy for sales letters, brochures, Web pages, radio/television ads, postcards and newsletters. For more information, go to the Web site or call (732) 625-3929.

National City Mortgage, Freehold Township Branch, announced that Ric Miele of Manalapan has been appointed vice president.

Miele has more than 26 years of experience in residential finance and real estate and has been affiliated with several mortgage firms. He holds both real estate and insurance licenses.

Miele works with Realtors, real estate attorneys and consumers to achieve customized loans. He specializes in providing financial solutions for those with credit challenges, first-time buyers, buyers seeking investment properties, builders and developers, and can provide VA/FHA loans, jumbo loans, and other specified loans.

National City Mortgage is a division of National City Bank of Indiana and has more than 300 offices throughout the Unites States.

Investors Savings Bank, Freehold Township branch, is celebrating its grand reopening with a “Cash Carnival” Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local residents are invited to stop by and enjoy the festivities. Customers and local residents can receive a bonus rate on one-year certificates of deposit, a free gift, and other special offers, including a chance to win an instant cash prize.

The newly renovated office, which features a drive-up window, is located in Adelphia Plaza, Route 9 and Adelphia Road.

Investors Savings Bank, established in 1926, has a network of 45 branches in eight counties.

Elite Consulting Services, doing business as WSI Webmasters, a full-service Internet consulting company for small to medium-size businesses, announced that Ciro Saverino of Manalapan recently received accreditation as an executive associate from the Institute for Independent Business, an international not-for-profit business support organization.

As an executive associate, Saverino can now offer a more extensive array of business advisory and consulting services through a worldwide business support program that addresses financial and operational issues, including real estate acquisitions, capital improvements, refinancing, business valuations, exit strategies, and brokerage services.

Saverino earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science, cum laude, from St. John’s University, Staten Island, N.Y., in 1981. He received a master of business administration degree in banking and finance, with distinction, from Pace University, New York, in 1986. He has more than 20 years of experience in information technology, including 10 years of management consulting with

Ernst & Young. In 2003, he established WSI Webmasters, an Internet consulting company with offices in Manalapan that offers services in Web development and design, site upgrades, Internet marketing, search engine optimization, e-commerce, and e-business strategy consulting.

Saverino is on the IT Council of Middlesex County, and is a member of the Western Monmouth and Middlesex County chambers of commerce, the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, and Freehold LeTip networking organization. He is a licensed commercial real estate agent.

The U.S. headquarters for the Institute for Independent Business is located in Parsippany and houses approximately 250 employees.

Reynolds Marketing LLC, an advertising and marketing firm with offices in Freehold, announced the appointment of Kathy Larsen of Brielle as the firm’s vice president of account management and creative services. She will be responsible for the development of strategic marketing and media plans for clients and for expanding the services of the company into the Northeast.

Larsen has 14 years of advertising experience with several New York City firms. She received a master of business administration degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from Boston University and a bachelor of business administration in marketing and psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Direct Marketing Association, and the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association.

Monmouth Legal Secretaries will meet Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Tinton Falls. All are welcome to attend. Superior Court Judge Lawrence M. Lawson will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Rachel Blasi, reservation chairperson, (732) 578-1880.

Wegmans Food Markets Inc., with locations in Manalapan and Ocean Township, is on Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the eighth consecutive year. This year the supermarket chain is ranked at the very top. Fortune has also named Wegmans to its Hall of Fame, as one of 22 companies who have been on the list since its inception.

To celebrate their No. 1 ranking on Fortune’s list, Wegmans stores will serve cake to customers and employees on Jan. 22, at a time to be determined by each store.

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is a 67-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. In February, they will open their second Virginia store in Fairfax, followed later this year by their first Maryland store in Hunt Valley. The family-owned company was founded in 1916 and is based in Rochester, N.Y.