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Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New President, Board Members

Kim Kaminski, Peapack-Gladstone Bank (left) and new Chamber President Ileana Martin-Novoa Credits: Christy Potter Kass
Patti Brown from Investors Bank (left), with Agron and Driola Kaloshi of New Providence, owners of La Pergola in Millburn Credits: Christy Potter Kass
Mitzy and Alan Walkow of Aldea Hair & Nails Studio Credits: Christy Potter Kass
Leigh Schaedel (left), special events and donor relations manager of Paper Mill Playhouse; Marianne Busby, program director of Student/Partner Alliance; and Sue-Ellen Wright, director of development of Paper Mill Playhouse. Credits: Christy Potter Kass
Andrea Ploshnick, MD, and Karen Brandstaedter, MD, of Watchung Pediatrics. Credits: Christy Potter Kass
Ralph Tarnofsky, Professional Audio Consultants (left), and Michael Shapiro, publisher of The Alternative Press. Credits: Christy Potter Kass
Retiring Board Member Deborah Lerner has served the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce board of directors for 20 years. Credits: Christy Potter Kass

MILLBURN, NJ – Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce members gathered at the Paper Mill Playhouse on Thursday evening to welcome a new slate of officers, including a new president.

Ileana Martin-Novoa of Katz Novoa Architects was elected President, succeeding outgoing President, Shayne Miller.

In his farewell remarks, Miller said he is proud of how far the Chamber has come, including becoming financially solvent and working much more with the Township Committee.

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“We’ve truly got a seat at the table now,” Miller said, adding that the Chamber has a record number of members for the second year in a row.

He said he is particularly proud of the multi-chamber events held over the past months, and credited First Vice President Lou LaSalle with organizing those functions.

Miller recognized new Chamber members, and presented awards for design and renovation to Aldea Hair & Nail Studio, Flywheel Sports, Box Car Bar and Grill, and Charlie Browns.

He also recognized retiring board members John Buchholz, Roy Twiste and Deborah Lerner; and welcomed new officers.

In addition to the new president, Chamber executive officers for 2012-2013 are First Vice President Michael Shapiro, The Alternative Press; Vice Presidents Louis LaSalle, Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Patti Brown, Investors Bank; and Co-Secretaries Claudia Kaufman, Weichert Realtors/Karp Homes; and Michael Kaufman, Cox Printers. Completing the list of officers are Treasurer Kim Kaminski, Peapack-Gladstone Bank; Immediate Past President Shayne Miller, Paper Mill Playhouse and Peter Webster, Hilton Short Hills, will serve as Executive Committee Member-At-Large.

Serving with the officers as members of the Board of Directors will be Haydee Baculi and Sanford Edelman of Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse; Mitchell Boyarsky, Esq., Gibbons, PC; Michael L. Cohn, Michael L. Cohn & Associates, Inc., Richard Futter, Futter’s Shoes; Steven Hockstein, AHM Architects, LLC; John F. Jennings, Esq. and Dennis F. Klein, Rand, Feuer & Klein, LLC. Also serving on the Board are Michael McAvinue, The Mall at Short Hills; Donald O’Dea, Investors Bank; Lloyd Perkel, M. Blaustein Furrier; Mitchell Rait, Esq., Budd Larner, PC; Leigh Schaedel, Paper Mill Playhouse; Fred Smith, Deborah Gilbert Smith and Ralph Tarnofsky, Professional Audio Consultants.

Martin-Novoa outlined her goals for her term as Chamber president, including continuing to welcome new members; offering as many opportunities as possible for business outreach, greater brand recognition for businesses that are located beyond downtown; and continuing to honor and support the non-profits in Millburn-Short Hills.

Tarnofsky reflected on his time when he served as president prior to Shayne Miller, as well as the different things each new president brings to the office.

“Each one brings their own ideas and visions of what they want the Chamber’s focus to be,” he said. “I focused a lot on networking. Shayne has focused heavily on marketing and building a brand. I don’t know what Ileana’a focus will be, but I know it will be great.”

For more information on the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce, visit

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