Team

Vito F. Cardinale

Founder & President

Founder and President, Vito Cardinale has been the driving force behind the extraordinary growth of the company since its inception in 1983. He serves as a guide for the continued expansion of his organization and remains involved in all aspects of the business. Mr. Cardinale, a graduate of Brooklyn Technical HS and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering from the City University of New York. Under his direction, Cardinale Enterprises has evolved into a full-service real estate development company, focused on several multi-use retail & residential projects throughout central New Jersey. He is currently helping to develop a solar/energy storage venture - with ground breaking technology, and as of recent, the realm of sports and entertainment has taken the forefront in the largest development he is currently working on. Along with a team of seasoned industry professionals, Mr. Cardinale is leading the way into the future of the sports and entertainment development sector - right in Jackson, New Jersey. The Adventure Crossing project was recently approved at the Township, and the project will include a World-Class Research Center for Multiple Sclerosis.

Mr. Cardinale has held positions as President, Vice President and Board Member for various organizations, such as Rotary International (Paul Harris Fellow) and is currently a Circle of Friends Member at the CentraState Health Foundation, namely for his contributions to the building development and support of the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center - where he helps promote and grow the annual Wine Tasting event for the Center. He is also on the Board of the Jersey Shore Boy Scouts, Shore Builders Association and the Monmouth County MSPCA. Vito is a Life Member of Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association and other various sporting organizations throughout the world. Also active in the support of Law Enforcement, Mr. Cardinale is a member of the NYPD Honor Legion and The 200 Club of Monmouth County. Recently, through his efforts - Cardinale Enterprises has been recognized with the following awards: The Shore Builders Association FAME Award (two time recipient), the Jersey Shore Boy Scouts Loyal Buffalo Award, and the 2018 SBCNJ Builder of the Year Award. Vito has two daughters, Crystal and Amanda, as well as two grandchildren - Julianna & Vincent, and lives in Millstone Township, New Jersey. 

Frank Mozino

Vice President & Partner

Frank Mozino spent 23 years as President of School Time Products, a contracted vendor to the New York City Department of Education, serving over 10,0000 accounts throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He holds a B.S. Degree in Education, and is a former Dale Carnegie Instructor for both The Dale Carnegie Course and The Sales Advantage Course.

Throughout these years, Mr. Mozino has also served as a member of Cardinale Enterprises, and brought his expertise and experience in sales & marketing into real estate holdings and transactions, through land acquisitions, lease negotiations, prospective tenant marketing, and tenant relations. Mr. Mozino resides with his wife and three children in Little Silver, NJ.

Nicholas Ponzio

Vice President & Partner

Nicholas Ponzio is the founder and sole owner of Wolcot Capital Inc. a private Equity firm focused on operating and investing in early stage technology and Life Science companies since 1991. He is also a partner in Cardinale Enterprises Inc., a real estate development company based in Jackson, New Jersey.

Nicholas was in the Securities Industry for more than 20 years. First joining Hill, Thompson Magid in the early 1990's and was made President in 1999 and assumed the role of CEO as well in 2002. He was responsible for oversight and all facets of the organization with a focus on capital markets, trading and business development. In 2005 Hill was acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada where Nick was asked to join the RBC Directors Group and well as The US Equity council, an internal group focused on business innovation and development of the all U.S. operations.

Nicholas is currently a board member of the Emergency Children’s help Organization, an organization dedicated to providing assistance to children with medical emergencies. He has been on the board of a number of charitable organizations including Eger Lutheran Nursing Home & Services, Staten Island Friends of Hospice Care and the Staten Island Children’s Museum. He has also been a participating member of MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street committee and the Campaign for Care and Healing Leadership Committee (Staten Island University Hospital). Nicholas is a lifetime member of the Securities Traders Association of New York and past member of the National Stock Exchange.

Nicholas has honorary memberships in the Fraternal Order of Police, Detectives Endowment of NYPD and the 200 Club of Monmouth County. He has also been honored by several organizations for his community service including the Iron Hills Civic Association and The S.I. Friends of Hospice Care.
Nicholas is a member of the Monmouth County Transportation Council, a advisory committee to the Monmouth County Planning Board.

Nicholas has been married to Janine Ponzio for 23 years and they have two children, Alexandra 22 and Nicholas 21.

Fred & Mike Klatsky

Adventure Council - Basketball

Fred Klatsky
• Founder, developer, managing partner and one of the owners of Monroe 33 Tennis, Basketball & Sports Center, LLC in Monroe, NJ
• One of the current owners of Jersey 34 Tennis Club in Matawan, NJ since 1990
• One of the owners of Central Jersey Basketball facility in Marlboro, NJ
• Founder of Mid Monmouth Basketball League in 1992 which has grown to 30 towns with each town having boys and girls teams from 3rd grade to 8th grade for a total of over 300 teams
• More than 20 years coaching youth basketball at all levels
• Founder of Central Jersey Hawks Basketball Club in 1991 that has over 40 current boys and girls teams

Mike Klatsky

• Founder, developer, managing director and one of the owners of Monroe 33 Tennis, Basketball & Sports Center, LLC
• One of the owners and managers of Jersey 34 Tennis Club
• Owner and managing partner of Central Jersey Basketball facility
• Founder of MSC Hawks and NJ Falcons developmental basketball organizations with about 50 current teams per season
• Founder of Mid Jersey Basketball League, that has had over 900 teams participate during the last 12 months
• Developed proprietary software to manage and schedule over 500 league & tournament teams per season in over 40 locations with each team being able to choose best days and times to play for each team, while also lining up coaches who coach up to 12 teams, creating great matchups and maximizing profit
• Former number one high school tennis player in New Jersey
• Played high school and Division 1 Collegiate basketball and tennis at University of Pennsylvania

William D. Squires

Advisory Council - Sporting Events

Consultant to the New York Football Giants on all matters pertaining to the operation of the $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium. Major responsibilities included the hiring of management staff, the development of polices/procedures, the training of event staff, and events.

As the General Manager of Disney Sports , Squires was involved in the construction phase of the 200-acre state of the art Sports Complex with . Upon completion, Bill was responsible for the maintenance of facilities (9 venues) and the grounds keeping of all natural grass playing surfaces (75 acres of Tifway 419 Bermuda grass). Squires was also responsible for event day operations, which included traffic/parking, box office, ticket taking, ushering, security, merchandising, housekeeping and engineering . These events included Baseball, football, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field and many others.

William Squires has been teaching the Sport facility and Event Management course in the Masters of Sports Management at Columbia University for over 10 years and continues to consult on all aspects of sports facility and event management through his company The Right Stuff Consulting.

Gary Foley

Advisory Council - Entertainment

Gary Foley has over 35 years experience in amusement park and attractions management, customer service, team development and train-the-trainer leadership facilitation.

A lifelong passion, Gary began his career in Ocean City, New Jersey with Gillian’s Wonderland Piers and Gillian’s Island Water Theme Park as a frontline team member in 1976. Very soon, Gary was appointed to the Director of Human Resources, and then to Director of Operations for both parks. In 2009, Gary was offered the General Manager job at a new, 58,000 square foot indoor water theme park in West Berlin, New Jersey. Now established as the guy who makes it happen, Gary was sought out in 2011 to serve as Chief Operating Officer and to open iPlay America, the new, 120,000 square foot indoor multi-purpose entertainment complex in Freehold, New Jersey.

In 2015, Gary was again tapped to join the Funplex Amusement Center, a company with two New Jersey locations in Mount Laurel and East Hanover. Joining the company as Chief Operating Officer, Gary achieved his primary purpose to restructure the businesses, developing and implementing systems to increase profits and grow the enterprise to ensure financial strength and operating efficiency.

Key to Gary’s success in this industry is his zest for learning. Gary takes advantage of the resources provided by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (I.A.A.P.A.) and the World Water Park Association. These includes workshops on hospitality to business development, to marketing, training and operations.

In 1993, Gary was appointed Chairman of I.A.A.P.A.’s Personnel Committee, a post he held for three years. During this time, Gary Foley and his committee prioritized the education and enthusiasm of team members. His committee facilitated the award-winning program called “Motivate Me” at the annual convention and tradeshow. Gary continues to deploy this program while facilitating training workshops onsite at parks across the United States. Gary is also on staff at Zaiss & Company, the marketing collaborative that specializes in FEC/Water Park brand building.

Michael D. Attardi, Sr.

Advisory Council - Sports Relations

Michael Attardi was born and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey where he became a scholar-athlete. His mentor was NFL scout Jim Garrett, of the Dallas Cowboys (Father of Jason Garrett, Head Football Coach for the Dallas Cowboys.). He also excelled in musical theatre under his mentor, Vincent Borrelli.

Another area of Michael's talents is in sports. He was an All-Shore and All-State Football player. During that time, he broke many high-school and college football records. He received a full Athletic/Academic scholarship to Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he made the Dean’s academic list. He also received the LBJ Scholarship Award from the U.S. Congress for high academic and worked on Capitol Hill for two college semesters.

Michael was named to the All-PCAC and All-NJAC College football team honors. Michael's football playing continued after college. In 1991, he signed a contract with the National Football League. He played two seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders on their developmental team. Then he had tryouts with the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets. Michael is currently a member of the NFL Players Association. He is also the former President of the NFL Alumni Central Florida Chapter. Michael was inducted into the Long Branch High School Athletic Hall of Fame and was named the NFL Community leader of the year by the NFL Players Association in 2005.

Michael has always done charitable good deeds. In 2016, he won the President’s Volunteer Silver Service Award by President Obama. Then in 2017, Michael was presented the President’s Volunteer Gold Service Award by President Trump. He is the only former NFL player to receive such an honor by two U.S. President’s.

Michael is a cancer survivor. He dedicates most his time to raise money for Women and Children’s Charities and the U.S. Armed Forces. He and his wife Colleen have been married for nineteen years. They share three wonderful sons, Michael Jr., Nathaniel, and Matthew. He currently lives with his family in Windermere, Florida.

Michael Rowe

Advisory Council - Venue Coordination

As Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Meadowlands Sports Complex, he presided over an organization that consistently returned an operating profit, while hosting over 4,000 distinct events and 80 million guests during his tenure. Rowe raised operating profits by over 300% during his 16 years at the Meadowlands. He was directly responsible for both the Continental Airlines Arena (20,000 seat capacity) and Giants Stadium (77,716 seat capacity) including management of business relationships with four major professional sports franchises - - the New York Giants and the New York Jets (NFL), the New Jersey Nets (NBA) and the New Jersey Devils (NHL).
Rowe is the most highly decorated sports & entertainment venue manager in the world having been named "Facility Manager of the Year" a record four times by the international talent and touring publication Performance Magazine. Rowe has also been named as one of The Top 25 Most Influential Sports Figures in New Jersey.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Positive Impact S+E, a company that Rowe founded in 1998, Rowe puts his successful experience and passion for the business of sports and entertainment to work, assisting clients with business planning and facility development, event creation, event planning and commercial development with assignments spanning four continents and over seventeen countries. Successful strategic planning, management, asset appreciation and revenue-generation are the core disciplines that Positive Impact S+E delivers to its clients.

Salvatore Alfieri

Advisory Council - Legal

Salvatore Alfieri is a founding Partner of the firm and heads the Real Property division of the firm. He practices in the areas of Planning and Zoning, Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Banking, Chancery and Real Property Litigation, Tax Appeals, Municipal Law, Guardianships and Commercial Foreclosure.

In addition to those areas of practice listed above, Mr. Alfieri currently serves as Municipal Attorney for the Borough of Fair Haven and Special Counsel for tax appeals for the Townships of Lakewood, Howell, Marlboro, Beach Haven and Sea Bright. He previously served as Attorney for the Monmouth County Police Chief’s Association as well as General Counsel and Land Use Attorney for various municipalities.

His extensive experience in real property and banking matters has garnered him many notable clients such as The Trump Organization, Edgewood Properties, Cardinale & Associates, LLC, Centex Homes, L.L.C., Kara Homes; K. Hovnanian Homes; Clayton Block Company, Inc.; CCF Industries, Inc.; Anchor Concrete; Costco; New York Community Bank; SI Bank & Trust; First State Bank; First Commerce Bank; Central Jersey Savings Bank, SLA; Fulton Bank and Freehold Savings and Loan Association. Mr. Alfieri has also successfully tried many cases before the Tax Court of the State of New Jersey and has served as guest speaker for the Monmouth County Assessor’s Association.

Mr. Alfieri has endeavored to support the community for many years by serving as a Trustee of the Community YMCA – Arrowhead Branch and Monmouth County Boy Scouts. He formerly served on the Foundation Board of Kimball Medical Center and Foundation Board of Collier School. He also sits on the Board of First Commerce Bank headquartered in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Education
Rutgers University
Brooklyn Law School, 1983

Bar Admission
New Jersey
New York

Shelly Leibowitz

Advisory Council - Security

Shelly Leibowitz has been training dogs for over 40 years. Born in Brooklyn, he started out training companion dogs in the New York City Metropolitan area. From there, he expanded into other areas of expertise – training dogs for law enforcement, contraband/bomb detection, personal protection/guard work, all the while serving as a training director or guest speaker at various dog clubs. Shelly has also directed training for handlers in law enforcement agencies, private detection, and other private businesses.

His amazing work in solving behavior problems in dogs has led to television appearances and numerous articles in various newspapers. He has a loyal following of happy owners and dogs throughout the country. He has trained hundreds of dogs that have gone on to win awards and titles.

Though Shelly teaches classes and conducts training courses at his school and at Green Leaf Pet Resort - where he owns two locations in Monmouth County, he is frequently invited to teach at dog training seminars throughout Europe and the United States. He’s also proven to be an excellent mentor, teaching students to become professional dog trainers.

Shelly will lead the security division of our Advisory Council.

Thomas B. Bauer

Melillo + Bauer Associates

Tom Bauer, a Founding Principal of Melillo + Bauer Associates, Inc., has extensive experience in master planning for all types of land development including residential, commercial, urban, mixed-use, educational, park and recreational projects. With over 40 years of professional experience, he is very familiar with all phases of a project from programming and concept design through construction administration. Tom has been recognized for his design excellence, receiving over 30 awards for many notable projects and has been inducted into the American Society of Landscape Architects, Council of Fellows in recognition of his professional achievements. He received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, College of Arts and Architecture in 1976, and is a Licensed Landscape Architect in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

John Burgdorfer

Studio 200 - Project Architect

John graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology. John is a licensed Architect and Interior Designer in the state of New Jersey and is licensed to practice architecture in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He holds a certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.

John has had the opportunity, in his 30 year career, to be involved with a vast array of project types. He has been the Architect of Record on a wide range of projects including schools, municipal facilities, recreation/sports centers, retail and office complexes, multifamily residential, religious facilities, and single-family residential.
John and his team of professionals at Studio 200, are committed to providing the highest level of creative design and overall service for their clients. They utilize the latest computer software and techniques to provide the highest level of design for all of their projects.

Danielle Wyant-Bilotti

Executive Assistant & Property Manager

Leading our office team, Danielle has been with Cardinale Enterprises for over 12 years. With a background in Commercial Property Management and Leasing, she handles the facets of the company relating to our tenants, leasing and management of our properties - as well as matters relating to the Cardinale Enterprises partners.

Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Danielle received her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Florida Atlantic University in 2006, and relocated to New Jersey in 2007, becoming an integral part of the Cardinale team that same year. She has two sons, and resides in Toms River. She is active in the youth sports community with her sons - who play baseball and football, and enjoys the outdoors.

PDS

Professional Design Services, LLC Engineering

Professional Design Services, L.L.C. is a full-service Civil Engineering firm founded in 1989 providing professional services in the following disciplines: civil, land use planning environmental, surveying, and construction management. Professional Design Services, L.L.C's satisfied clients entail a wide scope of projects in the industrial, residential, commercial, health care, office/research, traffic/highway, parks/recreation, stormwater management systems, and water & sewer utility systems for private and public clients. Professional Design Services, L.L.C. has extensive experience with all of the Local, County and State permitting programs for a wide variety of projects.

Ian M. Borden

Ian is the President of PDS and has over 32 years of experience in the planning, environmental and civil engineering fields for all types of private and public projects. He received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University, Cook College and holds a Professional Planner certification from American Institute Certified Planners and State of New Jersey.

William A. Stevens

Bill is the Vice-President of PDS and has over 30 years of experience in the civil engineering field. He is responsible for project design and administration, engineering analysis, and coordinating regulatory agency approvals. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University and holds a Professional Engineering License and Professional Planners License from the State of New Jersey.

Engineered Design Group

MEP Engineer

Engineered Design Group was established in 2002, and provides a wide range of engineering services – Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection and Refrigeration. Although a relatively young firm, EDG has already established itself as one of the main players in the Northeast region for supermarket and retail work, while also satisfying clients in the areas of commercial, industrial, institutional work, and green building design.

At EDG, the staff approaches every project with one basic element – our goal is to ensure that our client achieves their goal. All too often engineers are inclined to have preferences and desires that influence their actions and exert their will on clients without full consideration of all factors. Checking our egos at the door, we listen to our clients and respond in kind. That is why we can and will, take on small projects with immediate turnaround or large projects with numerous phases.

EDG is comprised of a staff with extensive and varied backgrounds and significant roles in highly recognized consulting firms, vendors and contracting companies. Our clients enjoy direct principal involvement, which works to their advantage by having not only the expertise but also the highest level of interest in their particular project. EDG maintains a hands on approach with projects through completion of construction; one of our strengths that separate us from other engineering firms.