BY Anthony Russo, President, CIANJ
MORE THAN 500 business leaders attended the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s (CIANJ’s) 92nd Annual Meeting & Luncheon on Oct. 18, 2019, at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel is East Rutherford, New Jersey. Keynote Speaker Senator Steve Sweeney, president of the New Jersey State Senate, talked about the Garden State’s need to get its fiscal house in order and position itself to compete for companies and jobs with other more competitive, low-cost states.
CIANJ’s Board of Directors is a group of senior executives that assembles for that very reason—to make New Jersey a great place to start and grow a business—in addition to guiding the Association in its decisions and policy-making positions. They attend our Annual Meeting & Luncheon and meet quarterly to discuss CIANJ issues and key business challenges and opportunities for business owners, entrepreneurs and firms throughout the Garden State.
CIANJ recently elected seven new board members to help advocate for business and free enterprise in New Jersey, including:
Ramapo College of New Jersey VP for Institutional Advancement and Execu-tive Director (Foundation) Cathleen Davey is a member of the college president’s cabinet and advises the president on matters of strategic planning, long-range budgeting and policy.
Delta Dental of New Jersey Chief Sales Officer, VP, Sales and Account Management Jeffrey J. Furbish, Sr., is responsible for oversight of sales operations in all size segments, such as individual, small group and national accounts, in New Jersey and Connecticut.
American Dream Director of Government Affairs and Communications Brian G. Hague handles public relations and lobbying efforts for the 3-million square foot entertainment destination in the Meadowlands that offers a curated mix of entertainment retail and dining options.
Public Service Enterprise Group Executive Director David C. Lyons heads the utility’s Enter-prise Business Intelligence area and is responsible for overall direction of the SAP system replacement project and the formal bid for Puerto Rico T&D operations.
BNY Mellon Senior Director Drew R. Maldonado leads private banking deal teams that provide client solutions; is a senior relationship manager within the business development group; and a member of the Business Owner and Corporate Executive national practice groups.
RT Martin Ventures LLC Managing Director Bob Martin—a former NJDEP Commissioner— provides strategic, business transformation and technology consulting to multiple industry sectors, including utility and energy; government; health insurance; healthcare; and manufacturing and distribution.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center President and CEO Deborah D. Visconi leads the operations of this 1,070-bed facility specializing in acute/ambulatory care, long-term care, behavioral healthcare and substance abuse treatment.
On behalf of CIANJ Chairman Richard W. Abramson and our officers and board, please join us in welcoming these new board members to our Association. Their leadership on issues that concern businesses, entrepreneurs, owners and executives will offer New Jersey insights that will enable business-friendly policies, regulations, laws and decisions. Trenton would be wise to listen and act to win over the business community in our state—the future and the economy depend on it.