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September 6, 2013
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MacGregor Joins Resources Real Estate, Red Bank


RED BANK ­– Resources Real Estate proudly welcomes Matthew MacGregor as a sales associate to their company’s Red Bank office.

“Matthew has a young, yet professional approach that we value in an agent,” said Carolynn Diakon, broker-senior partner. “Clients will appreciate his knowledge of the area and have fun working with him.”

Matthew MacGregor

Matthew MacGregor

MacGregor worked on Wall Street in sales and customer service for 10 years before launching into his new career, and enjoys coaching a girls’ basketball team in his spare time. “I went into real estate because I enjoy working with people,” he said. “I especially enjoy the satisfaction it brings when you find a home that the client truly loves.”

Resources Real Estate is a full-service independent residential brokerage opened by Carolynn Diakon in 2000. Thomas McCormack, with the company since 2002, joined her as a partner in 2010. Resources Real Estate is located at 112 East River Road in Rumson, 36 Beach Road in Monmouth Beach and 4A West Front St. in Red Bank. For more local real estate information or to inquire about a career in real estate, call 732-212-0440 or visit


Curchin Group Announces Staff Promotions


RED BANK – The Curchin Group, LLC, a midsized, full-service accounting firm based in Red Bank, has announced promotions of four staff members.

Michael Adago, CPA, has been promoted to senior manager; Michael Goldsmith and Elizabeth Mackanic have been promoted to supervisors; and Stephanie Yee has been promoted to senior accountant. All four staff members are focused in the firm’s audit department.

Celebrating more than 55 years in Monmouth County, The Curchin Group, LLC is a certified public accounting firm that helps small to midsized businesses and individuals reach their financial goals by providing a broad range of services. The firm is dedicated to giving solid accounting, tax, and financial advice, sustaining long-term relationships with its clients and employees and giving back to the surrounding community.


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 Free Workshop Slated to Help Sandy-Damaged Businesses


MIDDLETOWN – Dozens of area business owners recently walked away recently from two three-hour, in-depth complimentary workshops armed with up-to-date information and easy to implement tools to not only recover from Super Storm Sandy but also grow and safeguard their businesses post-Sandy.

The last in the series of workshops will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 815 Route 37, Toms River. Sponsored by the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) that services Monmouth and Ocean counties, the workshops were designed by the regional director, Jackeline Fuertes, headquartered at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft.

The event featured Q&A sessions with some of the top experts in their field, including: Lisa Kanda, a social media consultant to the Monmouth-Ocean NJSBDC and owner of Elkay Corporate Advisors, LLC, Long Branch; Donna Lyn Giegerich, an independent insurance broker for 25 years with Couch Braunsdorf, Red Bank; semgeeks, a local digital marketing firm run by Chris Delay and Peter Schauer, Belmar; Patience Purdy of the New Jersey Economic Development Agency, and Donald Newman, director of Small Business Advocacy with the New Jersey Business Action Center.

“We go to you,” said Fuertes, explaining it’s her job to make life easier for businesses. “We’re your tax dollars at work so please take advantage of these complimentary services that will help you grow and prosper.”

The first workshop was held Aug. 19 at The Ocean Place Resort, Long Branch. The second was held Aug. 20 at the Holiday Inn in Hazlet.

Registration is required due to limited seating, so contact to register.



Monmouth Medical Names Hirko Chairman of Surgery Dept.


LONG BRANCH – Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, recently announced that board-certified vascular surgeon, Mark K. Hirko, M.D. has joined the hospital’s medical staff as chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Mark K. Hirko, M.D.

Mark K. Hirko, M.D.

Hirko joins Monmouth Medical Center from Bay­state Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., where he served as chief of the division of vascular surgery and associate medical director of the heart and vascular program. Additionally, Hirko served as director of Baystate Vascular Services, medical director of the vascular lab, and associate professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

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Hirko brings to Monmouth expertise in the combined use of endovascular and open surgical techniques in treating patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid arterial disease, mesenteric disease, peripheral vascular insufficiency (PAD), dialysis access and venous insufficiency (DVT, varicose veins). He has fostered a multidisciplinary approach to health care, combining the best skills from many other medical and surgical specialties, streamlining the process for these patients, improving efficiency, patient satisfaction, and more importantly, patient care outcomes.

Widely published in professional peer-reviewed journals, Hirko also has authored a host of textbook chapters and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Current Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), Eastern Vascular Surgery Society, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS), Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society (PVSS), International Society for Endovascular Surgery, Association of Surgical Education (ASE), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS).

Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Hirko also has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in General Vascular Surgery. He earned his medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He trained in general surgery at Akron City Hospital, Summa Health Systems, in Akron, Ohio, and completed his clinical and research fellowship in vascular surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

Hirko resides in Long Branch.

To learn more about the Department of Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-6770 or visit


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