MILLBURN, NJ – The Millburn/Short Hills Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and end of year dinner last week at La Pergola restaurant in downtown Millburn. The purpose of the meeting was to elect new officers and directors for the upcoming fiscal year and to honor two departing board members.

The “Chamber” is a nonprofit organization based in downtown Millburn, whose aims are to support and promote the interests of the business community in the Township.  The Chamber provides a welcoming environment to new and veteran business owners by helping to foster relationships amongst its members, advocating on behalf of its membership and promoting the general economic health and welfare of the Millburn/Short Hills community.

The Board of Directors unanimously voted for the following officers to serve the 2017-2018 fiscal year:

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President; Rick Davis, Chief Financial Officer at St. Barnabas Medical Center

First Vice-President; Ralph Tarnofsky, President at Professional Audio Consultants

Vice President; Michael Cohn, Principal at Michael Cohn and Associates

Vice President; Kim Kaminski, Manager at Investors Bank

Co-Secretary; Marcella Gencarelli, Managing Director at Peapack-Gladstone Bank

Co-Secretary; Leigh Schaedel, Director of Special Events at Paper Mill Playhouse

Treasurer; Robert Renshaw, Senior Financial Strategist at Fountainhead Advisors

Executive Committee; Stephanie Murphy, Development Associate at Greenwood Gardens

Executive Committee; Richard Futter, Owner, Futters Shoes.

Immediate Past President; Mitchell Rait, Chief Executive Officer, Bud Larner PC.


The evening was also to give thanks to board members Michael McAvinue, General Manager of The Mall at Short Hills, who will be retiring this year and to Claudia Karp, Realtor at Weichert Realtors.


Several board members were re-elected to another term and four new board members were elected. New board members are;

Mohamed Awad; Director of Operations, Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill

Vivian Cohen; Director of Events and Catering, Hilton Short Hills

Caroline Gosselin; Realtor, Prominent Properties/Sotheby's Int’l Realty

Debbie Mayo; Owner, UBreakiFix


Returning board members are:

Karen Howells; Realtor, Prominent Properties/Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

Dennis “Denny” Klein; President, Rand, Feuer and Klein

Ileana Martin-Novoa; Architect, Katz Novoa Architects

Fred Smith; Publisher, TAPinto SOMA

Jonathan Sym; Managing Editor, TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills

Pat von Seckendorff; General Manager, Tourbillion, Swatch Group USA