Despite the 90 degree day, more than 200 guests attended the Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday event on May 31. The Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack provided the perfect setting for the event. After an hour of great networking, guests adjourned to the Grand Ballroom for a delicious lunch and program.
Janet Sharma, executive director of the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, welcomed the crowd and introduced Linda Bowden, New Jersey Regional President of PNC Bank and Theresa de Leon, Senior Vice President and Director of PNC Wealth Management. PNC Wealth Management is the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Fifth Friday Series.
Bergen LEADS seminar co-director Lynne H. Algrant and Amanda Missey, LEADS director, updated the crowd on what is happening now with Bergen LEADS. The Class of 2013 will graduate on June 11 after presenting the Public Forum on the Future of Nonprofits; the Class of 2014 will be introduced at the same event. One of the most exciting announcements is that Bergen LEADS and the Felician College MBA program have created a new partnership. In this first joint undertaking, the MBA students will create a business plan for Destination BERGEN, the Bergen LEADS Class of 2012 class project. Destination BERGEN is a website and destination marketing campaign to market all the wonderful things Bergen County has to offer including great food, cultural opportunities and shopping.
Our guest speaker was Bob Hilton, the executive director of the Jersey Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau. Bob spoke about the recovery and renewal efforts taking place at the Jersey Shore in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Bob assured the crowd that the perception and media portrayal of the Jersey Shore in ruins is false. Just 226 days after Hurricane Sandy came ashore, all boardwalks are rebuilt (with the exception of about 25% of the Seaside Heights boardwalk and the private one in Ocean Grove). Bob emphasized that the fortunes of New Jersey are intimately tied in with the success of the Jersey Shore, and encouraged everyone in attendance to support the local economy.
Mark your calendars now for the next Fifth Friday event on November 22, 2013. For information on sponsoring this event, contact Amanda Missey at either email@example.com or 201-489-9459 x119.
Bergen LEADS Fifth Friday is presented by PNC Wealth Management, with additional support from Archer and Greiner PC, Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, TD Bank, Synetek Solutions, 201 Magazine, The Record, Bergen Community College, Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kreisler Manufacturing Corporation, PSE&G, Rockland Electric Company and United Water.