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]



2020 News

This website is being updated with priorities TBA

2019 News

Dec 01, 2019 Update:

As we wrap up 2019 and prepare for 2020, I’ll be preparing a fuller report.

These are our current planned priorities for 2020. Further details will be provided, contact Bob Carullo, SMART Executive Director as needed:

Current 2020 Priority Issues; Supported by Collaborative Events & Programs/Projects:  

                – Joint Group Programs

                                — American Industrial Hemp Revolution

                                — Drive Across America

                                — International Free Trade Zones (Dubai Model) & MOUs

                – STEM Educ/Workforce Development

                – Veterans Unfunded Health Care

                – Women In S&T (Gov’t & Private) 

                – HLS/Cyber Security

                – Opioid Crisis

                – Transportation/Infrastructure

                – Energy/Environment

                – Gov’t Acquisition Reform (OTAs)

Others:  SMART is a dynamic initiative with a measure of collaborative activity in all 15 Focus Groups and 4 Special Committees.

                – Winter & Summer Capitol Hill Forums address changing priorities.


Here are the SMART PROC GOVCON welcome slides that summarize the range and depth of the event series participation, past highlights, and our 2020 planning. SMART-PROC 2019 PowerPoint

The full event briefings will be loaded into the www.smartprocgovcon.com website in the near term.


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.