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June 14, 2012
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WEST LONG BRANCH – Paul Sgro, president of Lee’s Garage, Inc., was presented with the “Best of the Best” award for 2011 during a recent meeting in Las Vegas for certified Mercedes Benz collision repair shops.

The national recognition is based on the repair shop that has demonstrated outstanding customer satisfaction, a reputation for following the rigid standards Mercedes Benz requires of their certified shops, and the high quality of repairs that is demanded by the manufacturer.

Lee’s Garage, which has been located at 853 Broadway since it was established in 1937, is also part of an elite Certified Audi Aluminum Repair program, representing all phases of aluminum and steel repairs. Sgro is proud to be able to offer his customers the technology, training and equipment required to reach this level.

Lee’s also is a certified collision center for Porsche, Volkswagen, Nissan GTR and a BMW factory-trained repair center. Acquiring these certifications is a major investment of the company and enables Lee’s Garage to repair an automobile involved in an accident and make it safe again. The certifications require ongoing training and equipment updating is a normal routine needed in order to meet the high standards of all manufacturers.

Sgro is proud of receiving the “Best of the Best” award and meeting the high standards of Mercedes Benz.

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RUMSON – Mary Burke, president of Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty and Joyce Wopat, Rumson branch manager, have announced that Stella Ruane has joined the Rumson office.

Ruane is a full-time agent committed to offering and delivering the very best results to her clients. Licensed since 1983, she has enjoyed perennial success in the real estate business as well as in her involvement at all levels with the Monmouth County Board of Realtors over the years.

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Ruane feels fortunate to have lived in Fair Haven, Monmouth Beach and is currently residing in Little Silver.

After having raised her children in the area, Ruane has an insider’s knowledge of the schools, community services and the quality of life offered in the area.

She believes in giving back to the community and has been very active with several local charities, including Family and Children’s Services of Monmouth County, The Charity Ball Committee and a past member of the Twin River Auxiliary of the VNA, to name just a few.

Ruane can be reached at the Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty’s Rumson office at 23 W. River Road or by calling 732-842-8100.

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Theodora Sergiou, vice president of Nicholas Pools Inc., has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2012 Leading Women Entrepreneurs Award.

Sergiou has more than 25 years of experience in the swimming pool construction industry. Her entrepreneur skills began while working after school, weekends, and vacations with her parents, Nicholas and Flora Christofi, who founded Nicholas Pools Inc. Upon their retirement in 2003, Theodora and her husband, Sotiris, purchased the family business and have strived to grow and improve it. Nicholas Pools Inc. has blossomed into one of Ocean and Monmouth Counties largest backyard retailers, specializing in vinyl liner in-ground swimming pools and spas.

Hundreds of nominations were received for the annual award from women entrepreneurs who are all accomplished, intelligent and inspired by their work. They are trend-setting women who make a difference in their companies, industries and communities. Their contributions have given rise to the creation of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Award, an honor which was open to women in New Jersey who have been keeping the small business economic engine warm in these troubled times.

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The 2012 finalists are women who support numerous nonprofits, are employing thousands, generating millions in revenue and are representing a variety of industries.

The Advisory Board is to select the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs who will be recognized at a cocktail reception on Dec. 6 at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Nicholas Pools Inc. is at 1820 Lakewood Road in Toms River.

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MONMOUTH BEACH – Helen George, sales professional with Resources Real Estate, was named Agent of the Month for May.

George is consistently a top producer for the company since joining it in February at the Monmouth Beach office. She led the company’s overall sales production for the month.

Dennis Soboti was presented with the Team Spirit Award for May. The company places a high value on team cooperation and support.

Carolynn Diakon opened Resources Real Estate, a full service real estate company in 2000. Thomas McCormack joined her as a partner in 2010.

Resources Real Estate is at 112 E. River Road, Rumson, and at 36 Beach Road in Monmouth Beach.
Additional information is available by calling 732-212-0440 or visiting

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