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. 


Mr. Cardinale has held positions as President, Vice President and Board Member for various organizations, such as Rotary International 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 Award. Vito has two daughters, Crystal and Amanda, as well as two grandchildren - Julianna & Vincent, and lives in Millstone Township, New Jersey.

Nicholas Ponzio
Vice President & Partner

Nicholas Ponzio, former President and CEO of Hill Thompson, has been in the Securities Industry for over 20 years. He joined Hill Thompson in 1991 as an Equity Stock Trader and became Director of Trading by the mid-1990’s. Serving as President of the company from 1999 through 2009.


Nicholas is also a long standing partner in Cardinale Enterprises, a real estate developer, builder and manager of commercial properties in the northeast. His expertise in the securities industry and business development is a great asset to the company.


He is a board member as well as a supporter of a number of local organizations including Eger Lutheran Nursing Home & Services, Staten Island Friends of Hospice Care, Staten Island Children’s Museum and CentraState Hospital Capital Campaign Committee. Nick is a associate member of several law enforcement related organizations such as Staten Island Fraternal Order Of Police Chapter 120, FOP Lodge 4, and the 200 Club of Monmouth County. He is also a participating member of the Campaign for Care and Healing Leadership Committee (Staten Island University Hospital) and a director and board member of Emergency Children’s Help Organization(ECHO).

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.

Advisory Council

Cory Wingerter

Advisory Council

Cory G. Wingerter is a life long Monmouth County, NJ resident. Growing up in Fair Haven, Cory attended the Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School graduating in 1973. After High School, Cory graduated from Cornell University in 1978 with a B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration. He worked for a Monmouth County, independent restaurant owner as a managing partner from 1979 to 1985. In 1985 Cory and his partner Adrian Stevens purchased and opened their first restaurant – The Tiger’s Tale, located 2 miles north of Princeton, NJ. From 1985 to 2011 they opened, owned and operated 4 other restaurants in NJ – The Ivy League/Howell, NJ, The Varsity Club/Fair Haven, NJ, The Thirsty Mallard/Waretown, NJ & The Chapter House/Howell, NJ.

During those years they employed 300 employees and had sales of $14M+ in food and beverage sales. In 2000, the NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association recognized their efforts with the Gold Plate Award for “dedicated service and a life-long commitment to improving and representing the food service industry”. Cory is a member of the NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association, serving as an Executive Board member since 1996 and served as Chairman of the Association in 2015. Cory’s partner Adrian semi-retired to Florida in 2011, where upon 4 restaurants were sold, retaining the Tiger’s Tale which they still own & operate today.

Cory served as an elected Millstone Township Committeeman from 1998 to 2003 - serving as Mayor for 1 year and Deputy Mayor for 1 year. Cory is a Silver Feather Society member of Monmouth County Ducks Unlimited, founding member of the NJ Outdoor Alliance, served on the Executive Board of Monmouth Conservation Foundation, member & current President of the Montgomery Business Association & is a proud member of the Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary Club.

Gary Foley

Advisory Council

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 Rowe

Advisory Council

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.

Michael D. Attardi, Sr.

Advisory Council

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.

But, his enormous talents are not limited to only writing books or playing in the NFL. He is a multi-award-winning film-maker and musical composer. Michael won 96 film industry awards, which include: the Telly’s, the Accolade’s, the Aurora’s and Pixy Awards. He also walked the “Red Carpet” as first Runner-up at the Festival de Cannes in France. His off-Broadway show, “Twin Treasures” won three Perry Awards. Michael's new book, children's books and his musical soundtracks are on Amazon.com.

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.

Crystl Bustos

Crystl Bustos, also known as The Big Bruiser, was an American & professional softball player who is currently running Ruthless Softball/ Baseball, an elite national softball/baseball program . She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and considered by many as one of the best hitters in Softball history. She holds the world record for homeruns during an Olympic series, at 6 homeruns, and holds the Olympic record for homeruns, at 14 homeruns, through her 2000, 2004 & 2008 appearances in the Olympics. Crystl Bustos was named 2008 Softball Player of the year and in 2018 was inducted to the USA Softball Hall of Fame.

Today, Crystl owns and operates Ruthless Sports Training. It is geared at getting athletes ready to play and compete at the collegiate level. This is done through a high-level of ongoing training from her staff, compiled of Olympic and Professional Softball/Baseball coaches and players. The dedication by both the girls/boys and the coaching staff is what makes Ruthless unique. The coaches are personally trained by Crystl Bustos and her Olympian/professional staff to ensure uniformity in coaching across the country. Girls and boys with the Ruthless organization are dedicated to improving their game, while also keeping up with their studies; the average GPA of a High School Ruthless Athlete is 3.4.

Ruthless Softball/Baseball is part of the Ruthless Sports Training family which gets its roots from Crystl’s 30+ years of athletic training.

William D. Squires

Advisory Council

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.

Professionals

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.
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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. 

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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.

Calco Management

Hotel Development & Consulting

John Caltabiano, through Calco has been management consultant primarily to various clients requiring assistance in hotel and property management. In addition to normal day-to-day hotel operations, these services include food & beverage management, sales & marketing, Financial Planning and Risk Management. Mr. Caltabiano formed the company; originally as Calco Management Consultants, Inc. in June of 1990 in order to provide these services for small to mid-size companies throughout the country, primarily in the hospitality and commercial real estate industries. These services also included matching venture capital investors with various targeted projects and assisting small to mid-size companies in their efforts to grow, expand or enhance their current business through proper planning and management skills. Today, Calco has diversified its client portfolio to include a variety of small business who are in need on one or more of Calco’s skill sets.

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