RARITAN, NJ - State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin will be the featured speaker at The Fifth Friday Friars Luncheon on July 29 at Raritan Valley Country Club, 747 State Route 28.

The business social will begin at noon with the luncheon and discussion at 12:30 P.M.The Friars luncheon series continues a decade’s long tradition that brings together hundreds of business and community leaders for a public policy discussion that focuses on issues of concern to business leaders and policy makers.
 
Commissioner Martin will discuss his work to transform the DEP into a more efficient and customer service-oriented agency, more effectively protecting New Jersey’s air, land, water and natural resources while making a positive contribution to the state’s economy.

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Martin is the longest standing commissioner within Gov, Chris Christie's administration. . 

"Activities of the NJDEP impact all of us professionally and personally, as much or perhaps more than any other function of state government," said Mike Kerwin, president and CEO of the SCBP. "From air, water, sewer and environmental regulations to historic preservation, parks, wildlife, and open space, the NJDEP is a wide-ranging and diverse organization," he added.

Prior to being named DEP commissioner, Martin served as policy advisor to Christie during the 2009 gubernatorial campaign, assisting in shaping the Administration’s energy and environmental policies. He also worked with then Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Guadagno on the Red Tape Review Commission and chaired the energy and utilities Transition Team.
 Martin retired in 2008 as a partner with over 25 years of experience at Accenture LLP, the world’s largest business and technology consulting firm.  He has worked with large utility and energy companies in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and throughout Europe.

Registration for the luncheon is $75 per person, $100 at the door. Reservations may be made online at http://bit.ly/FFF72916,by calling 908-218-4300, faxing to 908-722-7823, or mailing a check payable to the Business Partnership to P.O. Box 833, Somerville, NJ 08876.
 
The Somerset County Business Partnership serves as central New Jersey’s regional Chamber of Commerce. Members and investors represent public, private and community organizations, working in partnership and dedicated to maintaining and promoting economic prosperity and quality of life in Somerset County.