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Big CEO, Little CEO with Mr. Cory: ConnectOne Bank

4’9” and filled with ambition, Mr. Cory sat down with Frank Sorrentino III, CEO of ConnectOne Bank, to talk business for the new #HipNJ mini-series, “Big CEO, Little CEO!” Mr. Cory will be talking to Garden State business moguls about how they made it the the top of their respective industries!

Frank started working in construction before realizing his potential in banking. His hunch was right on; he launched ConnectOne Bank in 2005 to amazing results!

According to ConnectOne Bank’s website, the company is “is built on a history of connecting to our customers’ needs.” ConnectOne Bank “understand[s] that “little things matter” and focus on those things when providing creative financial products and customize solutions to help our clients achieve financial prosperity for themselves, their family and their business.” When a company is built on principals such as these, the only possible outcome is success!

Mr. Cory, successful entrepreneur and owner of Mr. Cory’s Cookies, asked Frank for suggestions on how to face challenges that he may come across as a business owner.  Frank’s advice to Mr.Cory was: “Be as curious as you can be about every aspect of business; it will get you very far!” He is already very impressed that Mr. Cory has managed to whip up this successful company at such a young age.

Although founders of two very different businesses, these gentlemen bonded over the most important women in their lives: their mothers. Both were raised to be very harder workers and were taught at a very young age the importance of giving your all.

Mr. Cory sees his company turning into a billion dollar cookie empire in the future, and Frank could not agree more.

For more on ConnectOne Bank, visit ConnectOneBank.com.  For more on Mr. Cory’s, visit MrCorysCookies.com.


Vue Magazine Launch Party

#HipNJ spent the night by the Hudson River celebrating Vue Magazine’s launch party at Waterside in North Bergen.

Founder and editor Jason Underberg calls Vue a “high-end lifestyle magazine” that caters specifically to North Jersey. In an area filled with high class, the “point of Vue” is to highlight real life aspects of luxury living and keep the entirety of the magazine as authentic as possible.

Vue strives to supply the latest news to the affluent population of North Jersey and gives exclusive insight into cars, products and everything in between. Underberg’s CEO experience at his first magazine publication, The Digest, gives great hope for a bright future of Vue.

Co-founder and director Brian Kovener says: “Bergen County is one of the most luxurious areas of the US. There wasn’t a medium to deliver that to the population until now.”

The launch of the opulent magazine was celebrated with a beautiful view, great food, and hand rolled cigars.  Sponsors that participated in the event included Dilusso Beverly Bills, Ketel One Vodka and more.

In the inaugural Spring 2016 edition, luxe women are given the latest insight into spring colors from Neimen Marcus with a $2,395 outfit. And the upscale gentlemen are catered to with a first look at the Rolls Royce Dawn.

Pick up your copy of Vue at any high end car dealership or retailer, or check it out online at VueNJ.com!

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Mike and the Mad Dog Reunion at Radio City

Legendary sports talk radio hosts Mike Francesa and Chris Russo (aka “Mike and the Mad Dog“) recently teamed up for an all-star reunion at Radio City Music Hall to raise $1.1 million for the Garden of Dreams Foundation!

The Garden of Dreams Foundation works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc. to positively impact the lives of children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. With a mission like that, it’s no wonder why Mike and Chris (who were partners for 19 years on WFAN) chose to come back together for this special night!

New York/New Jersey’s biggest sports stars came out to support the cause, including four-time World Series champion manager, Joe Torre; two-time Super Bowl champion coach, Tom Coughlin; former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and many, many more! #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with some of the A-list attendees on the hall-of-fame red carpet!

New York Giants star Victor Cruz, a Paterson native who grew up listening to “Mike and the Mad Dog”, was excited to see the team back together again. “They were just so honest, so real and so inspiring. You could relate to them. They were so ingrained in this culture.”

“They were the pioneers of talk radio,” explained New York Mets fan favorite manager, Bobby Valentine. “This phenomenon of talk radio let the fans be part of the discussion.”

Mike and Chris are on record saying that the New York Rangers Stanley Cup win was their favorite sports moment (which says a lot, considering all the successes this area has had!) The face of that historic victory, Mark Messier, was shocked by that nod. “It’s incredible, especially with all the great moments in the city and all that they have been a part of.”

Mike and Chris’ style was bold and brash, but their “tell-it-like-it-is” honesty was appreciated by former New York Giant and current FOX Sports anchor, David Diehl. “It was always unbelievable to hear their discussions. Not just because they were fun but they were educated.” But more importantly for David, “It’s great for me to be able to give back to The Garden of Dreams and all these people that have given us so much as athletes in this city.”

Will Mike and Chris’ “one night only” reunion turn into a more permanenat thing? Stay tuned!

For more information on Garden of Dreams, visit GardenOfDreamsFoundation.org.  For more Mike Francesa, listen to his show 1-6:30pm on WFAN 660 AM and 101.9 FM. For more Chris Russo, listen to his show 3-6pm on Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM channel 82!