The Aberdeen Economic Business Council

            Advisory Boards and Commissions 

            In accordance with the Township of Aberdeen’s codes Section 2-47 Advisory Boards and Commissions, in early 2012, at the bequest of the Mayor and Township Council the Aberdeen Economic Business Council was established.  Since its inception, the EBC continues successfully today bringing the business community and township government closer together as one working entity. 

            ·         Creation; Members. There shall be an advisory board known as the Aberdeen Economic Business Council consisting of nine members appointed by the Township Manager for terms ending January 31 of each year. The chairperson of Aberdeen Economic Business Council is to be selected by a majority of committee members thereafter. All vacancies shall be promptly filled by appointment by the Township Manager for the remainder of the unexpired term. A member of the Township Council shall serve as an ex-officio member of this Aberdeen Economic Business Council.

            B. Duties. The Aberdeen Economic Business Council Shall:
            • Inquire into, survey and publicize the extent, advantages and utility of vacant land in the             Township designated by the master plan as suitable for commercial or industrial development:
            • Study and analyze the various business industry located in the township with a view to ascertaining the opportunity for expansion.
            • Advertise the advantages and opportunities, and the availability of real estate in the township, and encourage and accomplish commercial development within the township;
            • Serve as a liaison between Township Council and the business community to address issues of mutual concern;
            • Review proposed State and Federal regulations for their potential impact upon the business community, and to advise the Township Council accordingly;
            • Inquire into the availability of State and Federal grants to encourage economic growth in the Township;
            • To perform any other functions as specifically requested by Township Council.

            (1973 Code 2-21.1; Ord. No. 15-1992; Ord. No. 2-1995)

            Business Council Addendum

            2-47.1 Advisory Boards and Commission

            Aberdeen Economic Business Council

            1.The business Council shall meet once a month on the second Monday of every month

            2.Business Council members will be responsible for recommending and voting in new Business Council vacancies. These individuals will then be officially appointed by Township Manager

            3. An existing Business Council member shall be nominated and then appointed as the Treasurer each year. Authorization for the release of all funds and expenses shall be voted upon by the existing Business Council members.

            4. All proposed business matters which fall under the duties of the Business Council pertaining to the alteration or recommendation of town ordinances must be passed through the Business Council with a majority popular vote before presentation to the Town Council.

            5. All matters agreed upon by the Business Council must be formally presented in writing to the Town Council for review and approval.

            6. If a Business Council member is not in attendance of a meeting, email voting will be acceptable.


            The 2020 voting EBC members are as follows:

            Carmine S. Visone – Chairman since 2012

            Eugene DeMarco – Treasurer since 2012

            James Dolan

            Dr. Leonard Somarriba

            Jason Patel

            Sue McGowan

            David Shah

            The 2020 non-voting EBC members are as follows:

            Maxine Rescorl, Township Business Liaison


            Fred Tagliarini, Mayor

            Bryan Russell, Township Manager






            Carmine S. Visone, Chairman
            C: 732-778-0599
            W: 732-290-0033

            Chairman of the EBC since its inception in 2012, Carmine S. Visone is a graduate from St. John’s University with a B.S. in Accounting and went on to achieve his Master’s of Business in Finance and Management at Wagner College.  Right out of the gate, Carmine worked for ABN-AMRO Bank for 20 years rising to the position of a Regional Senior Vice President.  He reported directly to the Chairman of the Board and was highly regarded in the International Banking Industry for managing and directing the Internal Audit, Disaster Recovery, Systems Security and Regulatory Compliance Function for the North American Region.  Along with a career change and his move to Holmdel over 20 years ago, little did he know he would build up one of the most prestigious accredited private schools in the area along with his wife, Phyllis.  Home Away From Home Academy, on Route 34 in Aberdeen, has become his pride and joy, an accredited school serving Infants through Elementary students.  He is also a published author of, “The Visone Method: A New Philosophy in Early Childhood Education”.  For the past several years he has been serving as the Chairman of the Aberdeen Economic Business Council.  For more information on Carmine, or Home Away From Home Academy, please visit

            James Dolan
            W: 732-583-1200

            Real estate executive Jim Dolan was appointed to the EBC in 2016. A licensed Realtor, Jim is a principal of Aberdeen-based Florham Realty Management, LLC, a commercial real estate development and management company whose holdings include the Aberdeen Townsquare shopping center on Route 34 and over 15 other properties in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Arizona. Jim graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  He is an active board member for the Janet Fund, an organization devoted to awareness, education and prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in children.  

            Eugene Demarco

            C: 732-241-5014

            Eugene DeMarco is the treasure and member of the EBC.  I have been a member since its inception.  I am the co owner, with my brother and father of DeMarcos Catering & Gourmet Deli, a family business that my father started in 1975.  We have been part of the Aberdeen community for over 45 years.  I feel that Aberdeen offers great opportunities for all types of  businesses.  That is one of the reasons I joined the Aberdeen Business Council. 

            Maxine Rescorl, Zoning Secretary
            W: 732-583-4200 Ext. 101

            Maxine joined Aberdeen Township in 1998 as Planning Board and Zoning Board Secretary and Assistant to the Zoning Officer. She is currently the Planning Board and Zoning Board Secretary, Registrar, Business Liaison on the Economic Business Council, Deputy Township Clerk,  Municipal Housing Liaison, and a member of the Green Team. Using her knowledge of planning and zoning, she worked with EBC members to create ordinances to help make Aberdeen businesses thrive, including outside dining, grand openings, and temporary signage.  Prior to joining Aberdeen, Maxine worked as an Administrative Assistant and Corporate Secretary in private industry.


            Dr. Lenny Somarriba 
            W: 732-333-6360

            Dr. Leonard J. Somarriba Co-Founded ProFysio Physical Therapy in 2013. His mission since that time has been to build a company and brand that is known for excellence in clinical care and service in the field of outpatient Physical Therapy. The vision for the company is to change the perception of outpatient Physical Therapy in our community to one of a treatment and service that is effective, efficient, enjoyable, convenient, affordable, and life changing. Dr. Somarriba’s vision for the company is deep rooted in his own professional development as an elite clinician and a strong desire to care for and change the lives of his patients. In his 15 years of practice, he has been blessed to touch the lives of thousands of patients and has developed a reputation for excellence.

            Dr. Somarriba’s entrepreneurial prowess, vision, and endurance is deeply rooted in family values of hard work, dedication, giving, and integrity. He is the proud son of Nicaraguan immigrants and the first generation of his family to be born and raised in the United States. Throughout his life he has been inspired by his parents’ work ethic. He is fluent in English and Spanish. Early success in clinical practice and business would not have been possible without the love, support, and positive influence of his family and friends. His dedication to ProFysio, it’s employees, and the patients its serves is second only to his loving wife and two beautiful children.

            Today, Dr. Somarriba continues to work tirelessly, along with his partner and dear friend Dr. Scafidi, to learn and grow as a person as well as grow ProFysio to accomplish their mission - to touch and change the lives of as many patients as possible through clinical excellence, service, and ethical business practice.  In addition, he is proud to serve on the Economic Business Council of Aberdeen and strives to make a meaningful impact to meet the needs of the business community of Aberdeen.

            Sue McGowan

            Cell: 732-614-4025

            Susan McGowan, Broker Owner/Salesperson at Hometown Residential Realty on Route 34 in Aberdeen, brings a wealth of real estate and community knowledge to the Economic Business Council.  In addition to real estate sales and brokerage, Susan owns an investment company, purchasing homes in our area to renovate for resale. Susan also recently started a program called Biz Build Resources, where she coaches those looking to start up a small business. Her goal is to bring in new and needed businesses. An 18-year resident of Aberdeen Township, Susan's sense of community is reflected in her role as the creator/producer of Aberdeen Day’s, Aberdeen’s Got Talent contest and her sponsorship of several local sports teams. Susan holds a BA in English and Education with a minor in Social Sciences. Business and social community is important to Susan and is happy to be a part of the EBC.

            David Shah
            C: 201-400-2275

            Dharmesh Shah (David Shah) holds his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from  renowned M.S. University in Vadodara, Gujarat in India. He came to the U.S.A. in September  1988. He immediately started working for a construction company in Long Island City, N.Y., and simultaneously pursued his Master’s degree from N.J.I.T. Upon graduation, he thought of having his own business and eventually got in to the laundromat business in 1995. During that time, he saw a great deal of interest in Dunkin Donuts franchises and eventually purchased three Dunkin Donuts stores in 2000.  Today, he owns nine Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins stores in Middlesex and Monmouth counties. Over time, he developed an interest in serving the community and joined the EBC in 2014.






            Fred Tagliarini, Mayor
            C: 732-796-8921

            Bryan Russell, Town Manager
            W: 732-583-4200 ext. 117



            EBC Accomplishments…

            What’s the Aberdeen Economic Business Council (EBC) been up to?  Here’s a list of what the group has accomplished since its formation in early 2012 through March 2015.

            • Working in cooperation with Matawan Regional High School (MRHS) and the Aberdeen Township Council, developed and administered a contest for students to create an official slogan for Aberdeen. The winning entry: “Our Community, Our Neighborhood, Our Town.” 
            • Worked with Aberdeen Zoning Department to change business signage ordinances. Under EBC proposal adopted by the Township Council, zoning ordinances now allow businesses to utilize approved promotional signage over designated periods for grand openings and other special events throughout the year for a reasonable fee.
            • Worked with Aberdeen Recreation Department, The Township Council, various other groups and the business community, to transform Aberdeen Day into an event that goes beyond the traditional afternoon celebration at the high school, with activities now running from morning to night at various venues throughout the township.
            • Worked with Mayor Fred Tagliarini and the Township Council to develop and administer Aberdeen’s first annual job fair in June 2013. The highly successful event, now in its third year, features over 35 private and public sector employers and draws over 400 job-seekers. In 2014, EBC partnered with students from the Matawan Regional High School Business Academy in the planning and implementation of the job fair, which now takes place at the school.
            • Arranged for EBC members to conduct lectures for students in MRHS Business Academy.
            • Worked with Zoning Department and Township Council to create regulations permitting outdoor dining during warm weather months at Aberdeen food businesses where site conditions are right and leases allow such activity.
            • Developed Grand Opening program to welcome new businesses to Aberdeen, including EBC and Aberdeen Township Council participation in grand opening activities, preparation/issuance of a press release announcing the new business, provision of welcome gifts from EBC members, and follow-up visits by EBC members to answer business owner questions.
            • Working on attracting new businesses to town through meetings with prominent real estate brokers and other measures.
            • Held open meetings with Aberdeen business community.
            • Created quarterly EBC newsletter to keep Aberdeen businesses up-to-date on EBC activities and developments throughout the Township.
            • Worked with Aberdeen Township Council and Administration to create the position of Business Liaison, a point-person for existing business owners and those opening in the municipality for issues ranging from zoning, building permits and certificates of occupancy, to outdoor dining, parking, loading zones, and permanent signage. 
            • Developed emergency contact database for all Aberdeen business owners. Registrants are also able to receive occasional advisories from the Township and EBC.
            • Held First Annual EBC Dinner in March 2015, attracting over 115 members of the business community and government. The program featured a networking cocktail hour, a sit-down dinner, and presentations by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and professionals discussing the Affordable Care Act and SBA lending.

            ·         Working in cooperation with the Matawan Regional High School, the EBC, under the direction of the Chairman, Carmine Visone, established a community wide snow removal program for the residents of Aberdeen, as well as an Internship Program, both involving students from the high school business program. 

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