What is our Mission?

Support research, development and technology-based opportunities for economic growth in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania.

SMART’s uniqueness is the range & depth to its affiliated groups and collaborative activities.

Please contact Bob Carullo with any inquiries at 609-304-2904 or [email protected]



May 27, 2021 News

The SMART Joint Group Program, Emergency Management Rapid Reaction & Recovery (EM R3) has added a Global Supplier membership component to this long standing and successful Program. Visit the Programs menu tab for further details.

May 25, 2021 News

This update will list our top priorities as we climb out of the global pandemic; contact SMART Executive Director Robert Carullo as needed at [email protected] or 609-304-2904.

First, administratively; we are in the process of updating our domain from smartstates.com to smart-states.org to better represent our NFP status and eliminate issues related to .com. The website has been changed and we are in the process of updating our e-mail addresses.

Rob Mazzuca, our Economic Development Group Chair is leading the SMART Emergency Management Rapid Reaction & Recovery Program team to support our federal agencies in acquisition of their PPE requirements, led by the VA. For further information and/or participation in the program, contact the team’s Business Development Director, Brian Hakan at [email protected]

Rob is adding a Global Supplier Membership for the EM R3 Team; details will be available on this website soon. For early info/application contact [email protected]

Debbie Burrell, SMART BoD and Health Care Group Chair, is leading our efforts to address the opioid crisis. She primarily focuses on needed, new State legislation and coordination with any related Federal efforts. She has also continued her role as the Chair of our annual convention, SMART PROC GOVCON, which was conducted this past January as a successful virtual event. Contact Debbie at [email protected]

Gordy Bryant is the Founder & Program Manager of the Drive Across America” program. Driving from Wildwood NJ to San Diego CA in the spring of 2022, this program, has two major purposes that focus on gathering national,  grass-roots data. First to support and identify the STEM Education/Workforce Development needs of the related and highly technical automotive, motorsports and aviation communities; second, conduct a charity benefit for Veterans Unfunded Health Care projects at each major stop. The data gathered will be presented on Capitol Hill to Congress, the Federal Executive Branch and Major Business as source data for public and private actions.  There are multiple secondary topics that will add to the scope of the program; Transportation Infrastructure, Electric Vehicles, Energy/Environment, etc.

During 2021, as local regulations allow, we will conduct short Demo Drives of the full route to build support for the full Drive in 2022. Contact Gordy at [email protected]

The Hon Amato Berardi, Member of Italian Parliament (2008-2013) and SMART International Group Dep Chair, Italy, is chairing the 1st Annual Mid-Atlantic Italian Medical Awards Dinner in Philadelphia. The event is a fund raiser for the National Kidney Foundation. We have slipped the date to Oct 14,  2021. Please contact [email protected] to get on our distribution list further info and updates.

Victor Webb, SMART International Group Dep Chair, will conduct a working session in NYC in the near term.

Carla Caulk, Sheraton Atlantic City, will host our Women In Science & Technology Conference #3 this Oct TBD. We expect an exec session in Aug or Sept to prep.


SMART Initiative at a Glance

Since the spring of 1999, SMART and its predecessors have succeeded in attracting federal R&D funding for the regional technical community. Through its comprehensive and expert panel of Technology Cluster Groups, SMART can assist YOUR organization in developing opportunities to partner or collaborate with the technical community.

Integration of regional S & T initiatives including events projects and meetings involving:

  • Bi-Partisan Congressional Delegation of DE, MD, NJ & PA; 8 Senators & 39 Representatives
  • Federal Agencies; 20 + DC HQs
  • States’ Executive and Legislative Branches
  • Collective regional technology community facilitated by SMART, a 501(C)3 organization – Academia, Industry, Government Field Agencies/Labs and Profession Associations

2019 SMART Board List

Executive Committee Affiliation Title
Phillip Jaurigue, Chair PA Sabre Systems Chairman & CEO
Samuel Waltz DE SamWaltz.com CEO & President
Deborah Burrell MD Burrell International Group CEO & President
Dr. John Lacontora NJ Mid-Atlantic Institute for Modeling & Analysis CEO
George Kearns PA Curacao-Multi Commodities Centre Chairman & CEO
Robert Carullo Sabre Systems Executive Director
Board Members (Includes Exec) Affiliation Title
Samuel Waltz DE SamWaltz.com CEO & President
Nicolas Callazzo DE New Castle County CoC VP Economic Development
Carla Sydney-Stone DE World Trade Center Delaware President
Deborah Burrell MD Burrell International Group CEO & President
Constantine “Jack” Pappas MD Pappas Associates International CEO
Francis Pierce MD Design Systems and Analysis CEO & President
Dr. John Lacontora NJ Mid-Atlantic Institute for Modeling & Analysis CEO
Dr. Donald Sebastian NJ New Jersey Institute of Technology VP for R&D
Phillip Jaurigue PA Sabre Systems CEO & President
George Kearns PA Curacao-Multi Commodities Centre Chairman & CEO
Eugene DelCoco PA The Blackfield Group President
William McLaughlin PA Irish-American Business Chamber & Network Founder & Chair Emeritus
Board Staff Affiliation Title
Robert Carullo NJ Sabre Systems Executive Director
Pamela Fillion NJ SMART Treasurer
Mark Oddo NJ SMART Counsel

Bio’s with POC’s are being compiled. Contact Robert Carullo as needed at [email protected] or 609-304-2904.

Group Chairs

To be added soon.