MONTCLAIR, NJ - Jason Gleason, the former general manager of Pig & Prince Restaurant, has been named the Acting Director of the Montclair Center BID, Monclair Center BID Board of Directors have announced.

Gleason, who is the former Board chair, has stepped down from his volunteer position to accept the temporary staff position. The BID has convened a search committee search committee to identify a permanent director by February 12, 2020. 

According to a release, over the next 6 months, Gleason will be overseeing the development of a strategic plan for the Montclair Center BID as well as organize the 2020 budget.  

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“We are completely thrilled that Jason will be assuming the leadership responsibilities for the Montclair Center BID,” said Nicole Silva, board member and co-chair of the executive search committee. 

“His passion for the district and his expertise on the retail and restaurant scene made him a natural choice.” 

“The synergy of arts, retail, world-class dining and a caring, involved district makes downtown Montclair vibrant and exciting,” said Gleason.  “I look forward to serving this incredible community in this new role, and providing the BID a steady hand during this time of strategic planning and growth.”  

Gleason was named as chair of the Montclair Center BID in 2019, after previously serving as Assistant Treasurer/Secretary for 2018.  For 6 years, he was general manager of the Pig & Prince Restaurant, located in Montclair, NJ, overseeing a $2M budget and a team of 35 employees.

Since the departure of Israel Cronk in November 2018, Gleason is the second BID Director to take the helm. Cronk was replaced by Jennifer Brown, who officially resigned as of August 2. 

Representing the over 400 businesses and over 200 property owners in downtown Montclair, the Montclair Center BID is directly responsible for the music performances, beautification projects including plants and decorations, banners, way-finding signage and maintenance throughout the district. By encouraging dynamic collaboration, the Montclair Center BID also creates exciting events for shoppers and tourists, marketing opportunities for retailers and restaurateurs, and actively seeks to improve the area for businesses and residents.  For more information, visit montclaircenter.org