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North Essex Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Members and Outlook for 2016

NECC President and New Members. TOP: Jason Street, Harry Kolbe, Gene Sower; Samuel Zamloot, Diane Russell, Dominic George. BOTTOM: Megan DeRitter, Holly Kaplansky. Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes
Exec Vice President of NECC, Michael Daniels of AXA Advisors with Julia Sickler and Hope Weissberg of Davis Integrated Medicine Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes
Jason Street and Harry Kolbe of Integro Insurance with NECC Exec Vice President Michael Daniels   Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes
Samual Zamloot of A.C. Marmo & Sons Insurance with Sophia Collier of Kearny Bank Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes
NECC VP Programming Kaitlin Kurdyla from the Conference Center at Montclair State with VP of Membership Barbara Ruiz C3Workplace Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes
NECC VP of Marketing, Nina Tucker of Noesis Marketing with Gene Sower of Samson Media Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes
Erik Lugo and Megan DeRitter, Marketing for Femmebot clothing store Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes
Denny Klein of Rand, Feuer Klein Insurance with NECC President Holly Kaplansky of Minuteman Press in Newark  
NECC Board Member, Casey Carpenter, Business Coach Credits: Jessica Marrone-Parkes

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The North Essex Chamber of Commerce (NECC) welcomed current and new members at its Member Appreciation Night on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Just Jake’s in Montclair.

The evening was hosted by the NECC Board Members: President Holly Kaplansky (Minuteman Press), Immediate Past President Jo Ann Short (YMCA of Montclair), Executive Vice President Michael Daniels (AXA Advisors, Woodbridge), Membership Vice President Barbara Ruiz (C3 Workplace, Montclair), Programming VP Kaitlin Kurdyla (The Conference Center at Montclair State). Marketing VP Nina Tucker (Noesis Marketing, Montclair), and Directors Diana Longo (NEXT Financial Group, Fairfield) and Casey Carpenter (National Speakers Association).

In her remarks about the importance of the business community, Carpenter shared an African proverb: "If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together."

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That message was further expanded on by Short, who noted the organization is run 100 percent by volunteers working together and with the board of Directors.

In addition to thanking members for their on going meeting attendance and support, the board also welcomed new members:  Harry Kolbe and Jason Street (Integro Insurance, Montclair), Samuel A. Zamloot (A.C. Marmo & Sons Insurance and Financial Solutions, Fairfield), Dominic George and Diane Russell (Stanton Realty, Montclair), Gene Sower (Samson Media, Montclair) and Megan DeRitter (Femmebot a new clothing store opening in Montclair).

The NECC's annual Taste of Essex event is coming up on Monday, April 11 at The Manor in West Orange from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Dozens of local restaurants and other food and drink providers bring their fine cuisine for all to try. Restaurants are judged in the best Sweet and Savory categories. A portion of the proceeds goes to the North Essex Chamber Scholarship Fund. More information on the event is posted on the NECC website.

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