A few years ago, I was asked by a woman how one of our local independent schools could prepare her daughter, then five years old and a prospective kindergartner, for life in the professional work environment. Amused by the woman’s concern for a situation 20 years in the future, I replied that the school would instill in her daughter curiosity, creativity, independent thought and effective team work. “These are invaluable personal attributes for any job candidate in our global economy,” I said.
In my new role as President of the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, this summer I met with the different committees to discuss the future of our Chamber as an increasingly vibrant institution, and the Chamber’s role as a vital ingredient in its members’ success stories. These brainstorming sessions yielded important initiatives, such as expanded networking events, our own “Chamber Conversations” column in The Alternative Press, increased outreach to our members, and enhancements to the Chamber’s website, to name a few. The purpose of these is to provide our members great opportunities for learning, creating key connections and marketing their business in person, through the internet, social media and print.
During these sessions it also became clear to me that the traits I defined for that nervous parent years ago – creative, independent thought, and effective team work - hold true today more than ever before as priceless personal qualities for success in our challenging world.
I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to work with the members of our Chamber Board, an amazing group of highly creative, immensely generous, effective team players committed to the continued success of our community, our Chamber and all of our members. I am excited about the future for our Chamber and its family of outstanding members. I believe in our mission and our slogan "We Mean Business" and promise to work toward helping our members cultivate success.
My most sincere gratitude goes to all the members of the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Chamber Executive Director and to the Chamber staff for their time, wisdom and support.
Michael Shapiro, The Alternative Press - 1st VP
Patti Brown, Investors’ Bank - VP
Louis LaSalle, Saint Barnabas Medical Center - VP
Claudia Karp, Weichert Realtors - Co-Secretary
Michael Kaufman, Cox Printers - Co-Secretary
Kim Kaminski, Investors’ Bank - Treasurer
Shayne Miller, Paper Mill Playhouse – Immediate Past President
Haydee Baculi Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse
Mitchell Boyarsky Esq., Gibbons. PC
Michael L. Cohn, Michael L. Cohn & Associates, Inc.
Richard Futter, Futter Shoes
Steven Hockstein, AHM Architects
Dennis Klein, Rand, Feuer & Klein, LLC
Michael McAvinue, The Mall at Short Hills
Lloyd Perkel, M. Blaustein Furrier
Mitchell Rait, Esq., Budd Larner, P.C.
Leigh Schedel, Papermill Playhouse
Fred Smith, Deborah Gilbert Smith
Ralph Tarnofsky, Professional Audio Consultants
Karol McNulty, Executive Director