Business Briefs

BNI, a business networking group dedicated to the exchange of qualified business referrals, is looking for new members. Meetings are held at the Empire Diner in Freehold Township Friday mornings from 7 to 8:30. For more information, call Peter Joffe at (732) 995-8966.

Professional and Business Singles Network will sponsor the following events. Membership is not required, and walk-ins are always welcome.

“Roundtable Introductions and Pinwheel Forum,” March 1, 7:15 p.m., at the Cranbury Inn, 21 South Main St., Cranbury; admission is $12.

After-work social, March 2, 6-9 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 195 Davidson Ave., Somerset. The topic is “Dating Anecdotes,” and admission is $10.

Dance social, March 3, 8:30 p.m., at the Clarion Hotel, Route 70, Cherry Hill; admission is $13.

After-work social, March 6, 6-9 p.m., at Willie’s Taverne, Route 202 and Hillside Avenue, Bedminster. The topic is “What Do You Say After You Say Hello?” Admission is $12.

For more information, call (888) 348-5544 or visit

Frank Lucia of Allentown has joined The Macerich Co. as senior manager, property management at Freehold Raceway Mall in Freehold Township. The Macerich Co. is headquartered in Santa Monica.

Lucia comes to Macerich from Lord & Taylor, where he served as general manager of the company’s store at Freehold Raceway Mall since 2001. He joined Lord & Taylor in 1989 as operations manager at the company’s Bridgewater store and was named a divisional sales manager based in Freehold Township in 2000. He was the recipient of the Lord & Taylor 2003 CEO Cup for surpassing sales, service and earnings objectives.

He began his career in 1985 with Abraham & Straus in Woodbridge as an operations trainee/assistant operations manger. In 1989, he joined Hahn’s in Lawrenceville as a human resources/operations manager.

Lucia is a gradate of St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, with a degree in business administration.

Business After Hours, sponsored by the Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, will be hosted by WOW! Work Out World, 3681 Route 9 north, Freehold Township, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees should bring a towel, sneakers and business cards. The fee is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers, and includes refreshments. For reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce at (732) 462-3030, fax (732) 462-2123, or e-mail

Women in Business Committee, sponsored by the Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Freehold Gardens Hotel, Gibson Place, Freehold Township.

“The Pleasures and Perils of Internet Shopping” will be presented by George Pankewytch of Road King Auctions, a company that sells clients’ merchandise for them on eBay.

The cost is $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers and includes lunch. For reservations, call (732) 462-3030; fax (732) 462-2123; or e-mail