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#GetYourSolarOn Coloring Contest Winners and Submissions Slideshow

Monmouth County Fair Winners

We would like to thank everyone for their participation in our‪ #‎GetYourSolarOn‬ coloring page contest and congratulations to our winners:

1st Place $75.00 Toys R Us Gift Card Gabby B.

2nd Place $50.00 Toys R Us Gift Card Jayne Carr

3rd Place $25.00 Toys R Us Gift Card Colleen Macpherson Werner

Want to view other entries into our competition please look at the slideshow below.

*Note (Artwork may be missing if we did not receive written permission to re-post on social media.)

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Feature Friday: Interview With Jack Hayford

Interviw with Jack Hayford

This week we decided to spotlight one of our very own, Jack Hayford. Jack is a Coatings Chemist here at MILSPRAY™ and we had a fun time interviewing him this week. To find out more read the interview in it’s entirety below.

How did you first learn about MILSPRAY™?

I responded to a Coatings Chemist job posting.  After I had my first phone interview, I looked into the company further.

What is your role at MILSPRAY™?

I work on the development of new products and expanded uses of existing products to provide income for the company. 

If you could pick one theme for MILSPRAY™ to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?

Diversity, because both our people and the work we do cover a very broad range.

How has MILSPRAY™ helped you in your career development?

My work at MILSPRAY™ has allowed me to get back into the field for which I was trained.

If you could switch your job with anyone else within the company, whose job would you want?

I like where I’m at, so if I had to switch, I’d switch with Kevin C. so I would be doing pretty much the same thing and working with the same people.

What do you like most about MILSPRAY™?

I think MILSPRAY™ as a company treats employees very well.  Having been in a number of jobs throughout my life, I appreciate that more.

What have you gained from working at MILSPRAY™?

Obviously a job, but also an opportunity to live and work in a nice area.  My wife and I would never have planned to move to New Jersey, but this job brought us here and it has been a very positive development in our lives.

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What is on your wish list for the next 5 years with MILSPRAY™?

I hope that the company continues to grow and prosper.

What is a favorite line from any movie?

Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.


Are you messy or organized?

I lean toward the messy side, but not in the extreme.

What is the best vacation you’ve been to?

Prince Edward Island

Confederation Bridge

Describe what you were like at age 10.

I was a fairly normal child, although I have always been somewhat reserved.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

Innocent Veniaminov

Innocent Veniaminov

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

I would like to see me cast as me.  Otherwise, some people have said that I resemble Peter Ustinov.

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?

1. Alldos IV of the Earth colonies of Omacron Ceti III in the year 2870 AD, because it would be interesting to see what the future is like.

2. Erasmus, because it would be interesting to be a renowned scholar at that particular time in history and to be involved in the controversies of the time.


Team Apple or Team Droid?

My cell phone is so old I don’t know if it uses either.

You’re happiest when?

Relaxing at home.

Jack HayfordJack Hayford is a Coatings Chemist in MILSPRAY’s R & D Department. Mr. Hayford’s background includes process and product improvement work for Kimberly Clark which included development and evaluation of surface sizing formulations and test development for analysis of alkyl ketene dimer. Coatings research at CD Products included development of water dispersed urethane coatings, the formulation of vapor inhibitive nano-particle infused epoxy coatings, and formulations of high solids urethane, epoxy, and polyurea coatings.

At MILSPRAY™, Mr. Hayford has been Project Leader for the development of impact resistant polymers as per Army Research Laboratory Contract #W911NF-09-02-0001 Multi-functional Stealth Coating; Project Leader for the integration of data acquisition and measurement systems to correlate low velocity impacts with ballistic impacts; and Project Leader for the development of optically clear structural fortification polymer systems.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master of Science degree in Paper Science from the Institute of Paper Chemistry (now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech) where he specialized in corrosion engineering.

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Photo Recap: Monmouth County Fair – Days 1 & 2

The MILSPRAY™ team has been at the fair for the past two nights and we have had fun speaking to visitors about renewable energy and our Scorpion Energy Hunter™.

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Children are encouraged to stop by and participate in our #GetYourSolarOn coloring contest, where three top prize winners will be awarded either a $75.00, $50.00, or $25.00 Toys R Us gift card.

Winners will be announced at 5:00PM (ET) on Sunday July 26, 2015.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: An Interview With Dana Lancellotti Director, Ocean County Business Development & Toursim

An Interview With-Dana Lancelotti

Today is Winning With Women Wednesday and this week we had the pleasure of interviewing a local mover and shaker here in Ocean County, Dana Lancellotti. Dana is a Director for the Ocean County Department of Business Development and Tourism located in Toms River, NJ. 

DanaLancelottiHeadshotGet to Know Dana:

Name: Dana Lancellotti

Age: 47

Education: Monmouth University

Company/Organization: Ocean County Department of Business Development and Tourism

Position: Director

Time with Organization: 1 1/2 years ( since December 2013 )

Company Headquarters: Administrative Building, Hooper Avenue, Toms River

Total number of members/employees: 2000

Dana, how did you become involved with the Ocean County Department of Business Development & Tourism?

I have had the pleasure of working within the tourism and hospitality industry for many years in the Jersey Shore Region. As a member of the Ocean County Tourism Advisory Council since 2009 and as a Regional Director of Sales for Hotels Unlimited from 2008 – 2013 I have partnered with our premier tourism attractions and business organizations to market Ocean County as a dynamic and enjoyable travel destination. The opportunity to fill my current position as Director of Business Development and Tourism for Ocean County was a very exciting and yet comfortable transition. My day-to-day focus and mission is really an expansion of what I was doing in the past. I draw upon my past career experiences, including media advertising sales early in my career, along with the long-standing relationships with local business leaders, to pursue my department’s goals.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?

I have had the great honor of working directly with the military for years, since about half of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is located in Ocean County and serves as a huge economic engine for our region. Interacting with, and building relationships with, the Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Marines as well as the Reserves and Guard I encounter tremendous examples of leadership, honor, integrity and strength of character. There are several members of this Joint Base Community and Commanders who have spent time here and then moved on to other assignments who inspire me and influence my perception of successful and effective leadership with their day-to-day performance as they lead and motivate those around them. Those who have reached the highest levels of leadership in their service are incredibly disciplined, focussed and driven to accomplish the missions at hand. They lead by example and with respect, and they motivate through teamwork and encouragement. They are the greatest role models I have known in my life. My experiences with members of the military have had a profound effect on me personally and professionally and I am grateful every day to have the privilege of knowing them.

What is one of the most important decisions you make as the Director for the Ocean County Department of Business Development & Tourism?

Decisions that drive positive visibility to Ocean County as a travel and business destination and convey quality of life here in our area.

Where do you believe great ideas come from within your organization?

I always believe that collaboration and creativity are the keys to success.

How do you and other leaders in organization communicate the “core values/mission of the organization” to the general public?

We have several marketing tools in place, including our website, social media outreach, our beautiful, full-color, glossy tourism magazine, weekly distribution of our digital events calendar and face-to-face engagement with prospective tourists at trade shows and festivals outside of our area. We also have advertising / marketing campaigns that run outside of Ocean County and out-of-state through print, internet and radio.

What are three characteristics you believe every leader should possess?

Respect for their “team”, professional conduct, and the courage to take smart risks.

What is one mistake you see female leaders make more frequently than others?

Maybe women tend to analyze things too closely sometimes. I think women second-guess themselves more than men and that may stand in the way of some critical, time-sensitive and bold decision-making.

Can you explain the impact, if any, that social networking and social media has made on the organization or you personally?

Social media and networking is a huge advantage in our mission to elevate awareness, establish image and tell the ‘story’ of Ocean County. We are able to promote through consistent messages, images and articles about life in this region and we can provide up to the minute information on activities and destinations. It is amazing how powerful and how much of a necessity the instant access to information has become. Both travelers and area residents love to be constantly in the know about what to do, see and experience in Ocean County.

What are a few resources you would recommend in Ocean County and/or New Jersey for someone who is looking to gain a competitive edge as a business owner or gain insight into becoming a better leader?

I say it over and over but I truly feel that the best resource is always to join our local business organizations, Chambers, Charities, etc to become part of a team and embrace the value of partnerships.

What advice would you give someone going into a Management/Leadership position for the first time?

I would recommend that they listen to their staff, lead by example and never make the mistake of thinking that they know it all. Even the highest positions are on a journey to learn, grown and become better than they were yesterday. Otherwise, it’s just a paycheck.

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Photo Recap: Dinner for Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Yesterday, MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser and Senior Advisor for Africa, Sylvester Okere attended a dinner for Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

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MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser and Senior Advisor for Africa, Dr. Sylvester Okere to Attend Dinner for Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Brian Feser, President & CEO

Brian Feser, President & CEO

MILSPRAY‘s Chief Executive Officer and President is Brian Feser. Feser is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with 28 years of service. He previously served as Vice President of International Business Operations for Textron Systems. Before being promoted, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Textron Marine & Land Systems and concurrently served as the Director of Afghanistan Operations.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He holds a Certificate in Communications and Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as a Certification in Law Enforcement from the University of Virginia. Brian is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He also earned his certificate in Executive Protection from ASIS.

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Senior Advisor for Africa

Dr. Sylvester Okere, Senior Advisor for Africa

Dr. Sylvester Okere is MILSPRAY‘s Senior Advisor for Africa. Okere is a businessman, community organizer, strategist and political professional in the US and Africa. He is the Chairman of the African Entrepreneurs Coalition (AEC), and spent nearly 14 years of his career with the Nigeria Immigration Department. Okere is the Chairman of Maryland-Nigeria Sister States’ Executive Committee and the constituent leader of Continental African Leadership Council by the Maryland Democratic Party. He helped to develop long term vision and strategies for African constituents with the goal to mobilize, organize and empower the African community in Maryland.

Dr. Okere started his own private security company in 2004 serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He founded the Maryland Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, and is Senior Principal at Strategic Groups LLC. Dr. Okere was one of the first African immigrants to speak on a national platform at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Along with a dynamic team, Okere successfully held a workshop on International Trade and Commerce for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Initiative in February 2014.

Dr. Okere is a strategic leader for numerous national and global organizations (NGOs) that focus on peace building and sustainable development. With influence across many platforms, Okere is Diaspora mobilizer in ethics and values & business development for The Presidency: Office of the Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ethics and Values. As a Diaspora leader and stakeholder representing many organizations and institutions within the private and entrepreneurial community in the US and Africa, Dr. Okere will bring his influential network and business experience to his new position.

Both MILSPRAY’s CEO & President, Brian Feser and MILSPRAY’s Senior Advisor for Africa, Dr. Sylvester Okere will be attending the dinner for Muhammadu Buhari President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria taking place today July 20, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00pm (EST) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags in Washington, DC.

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Feature Friday – Celebrating Achievement

From Left to Right - Liz DeSerio, CFO & SVP Operations, Christian Steinmetz, Mechanical Engineer & Physicist, Matthew Johnston, Director of Research & Development

From Left to Right – Liz DeSerio, CFO & SVP Operations, Christian Steinmetz, Mechanical Engineer & Physicist, Matthew Johnston, Director of Research & Development

Today is Feature Friday and we would like to celebrate a recent achievement within our organization. Christian Steinmetz, MILSPRAY’s Mechanical Engineer & Physicist recently received his Engineer in Training Certificate from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). This achievement took Christian, over four months of hard work and dedication.

We took some time to interview and learn more about Christian this week and invite you to read our interview below.

How long have you been with MILSPRAY™?
I have been with MILSPRAY™ for one year and eight months.

What is your role within the organization?
As a Mechanical Engineer & Physicist, I assist with design, prototyping, and physical property testing.

How has MILSPRAY™ helped you in your career development?
MILSPRAY™ was the first company to give me a shot out of the gate coming out of school. Most companies desire for candidates to have two-five years of experience, but here at MILSPRAY™ they gave me the opportunity to show what I can do.

What would be three words you use to describe MILSPRAY™?

What do you like most about MILSPRAY™?
I enjoy every day being different, from the computer-aided design work and prototyping to the ballistic resistant materials testing.

What has been your favorite project so far?
My favorite project has been the Ballistic Resistant System™. Everything from the intial design and testing to knowing that we are helping to protect our friends in law enforcement has been an educational and rewarding experience.

Are you Team Apple or Team Droid?
Team Droid.

What is one thing you enjoy that most people wouldn’t know about you?
It has been a few years since I have had the opportunity, but I really enjoy piloting small, single engine airplanes.


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