By LESLEY GRAHAM
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual installation of officers and board of directors event Thursday night in the ballroom at the historic Flanders Hotel.
A diverse selection of business owners from realtors, to builders, surf shop owners and restaurateurs all took time away from their businesses to celebrate the newly installed Board of Directors for 2020.
The Chamber hosted a pre-dinner networking event for local business owners in town to mingle, share stories and enjoy each other’s company for an evening.
The event was followed by a dinner where the 2020 Board of Directors were sworn in for their term of service, including David Allegretto who was sworn in for his third one-year term as board president.
Presiding over the event was Michele Gillian, the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.
Gillian spoke about the exciting spring that is soon approaching, when the Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The official slogan of Ocean City, “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” will also be celebrated this spring by the Chamber.
“There are so many things we work on to make sure Ocean City is well-represented and well-branded outside in the outer markets, but it wouldn’t be possible without every single person in this room,” Gillian told the audience. “Thank you for serving and for all the hard work that you do.”
Drew Fasy, who represents OCNJDaily.com on the board, knows that without the strong work of the Chamber and all that it does representing businesses in town, Ocean City would not be the destination it is for visitors.
“The Chamber of Commerce and the board work tirelessly to make Ocean City a top- notch destination and market the unique businesses we have to offer, not just in the summer but throughout the entire year,” Fasy said.
Allegretto spoke of how Ocean City and its businesses create an enjoyable experience for locals and visitors alike.
“The role of the Chamber is to bring people to Ocean City and promote all the businesses in town,” he noted.
But it’s more than just getting people into the shops on the Boardwalk and downtown, Allegretto pointed out.
“It’s always fun to hear how people are tied to Ocean City or when you see them outside of the area with their Ocean City T-shirt or hat on,” he said.
He continued, “It’s a combination of our location and the memories that people create here with their families that last a lifetime. Those memories wouldn’t be possible without the great businesses that Ocean City has to offer.”
The following people will be installed as directors for a one-year term:
Adams, Dean – Dean Adams Custom Builder
Adams, Robert H. – Tidelines Management Services, Inc.
Allegretto, Dave – Fortress Financial
Aromando, Tom – Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPAs
Batastini, Jon – Loveland, Garrett & Batastini
Broadley, Brian – Broadley’s MDI
Birch, John (Jake) – Merrill Lynch
Cantwell, Carmine – Liberty Flooring Inc.
Cesari, Brandie – Scarborough Inn
Ciliberto, Tricia – OceanFirst Bank
Corcoran, Kevin – Wet N Wild Waverunner Rentals
Davis, Jane – Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor
Dukeman, Michael – Hobby Horse Ice Cream Parlor
Fasy, Andrew – OCNJDaily.com
Frank, Cricket – Magton, Inc.
Friedel, Becky – 7th Street Surf Shop
Galante, Janet – 13th Street Bathhouse & Bikes
Gill, Beverley – Island Beach Gear
Gill, Patrick – Tackle Direct
Halliday, Chris – Halliday Architects
Halliday, Scott – Halliday-Leonard Contractors
Heenan, Carol – Garden State Valuation
Heist, Thomas – Heist Insurance Agency
Hennessy, Jim – Heritage Surf Shop
Hohman, Walt – Ward’s Pastry
Jessel, Gary – Fox Real Estate
Jones, Barbara – Servpro of CMC
Kennedy, Rebecca – Kennedy Custom Upholstery & Interior Design
Lloyd, Michael – Sturdy Savings Bank
McMahon, Patrick – McMahon Insurance Agency
McMahon III, William – McMahon Insurance Agency
Madden, Peter – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors
Marotta, Nick – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors
McGuckin, Mary – Shore Medical Center
McIntyre, Lynne – Yesterday’s
Piriano, Winnie – The Road to Living Well
Price, Ryan – Price Brothers Construction
Reich, Eric – Reich Asset Managment
Reimet, Mark – Ocean City Financial Group
Schultz, Aimee – JASM Consulting
Sedberry, Ken – Berger Realty
Talese, Patty – Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro
Teitler, Avery – Teitler & Teitler Law
Tomlinson, Don – Gleeson’s Audio Video
Town, Ronnie – Atlantic City Electric
Votta, Gloria – Remax at the Shore
Williamson, Joan – Ocean City Coffee Company
Wilson, Tony – Wilson Plumbing & Heating
Organization representatives for a one-year term:
Davidson, John – Somers Point Business Association
Denney, Ron – Exchange Club of Ocean City
Di Guglielmo, Kathleen – Ocean City Board of Realtors
Guerriero, Danielle – Downtown Merchants Association
Hayes, E. Marie – Cape May County Freeholders
Kazmarck, Wes – Boardwalk Merchants
Loeper, John – Ocean City Historical Museum
Losch, Glenn – Ocean City Hospitality Association
McGinnity, Bill – Ocean City Restaurant Association
Mahar, Karen – Ocean City Free Public Library
Quirk, Caitlin – Downtown Merchants Association
Reimer, Pastor Jay – Ocean City Tabernacle
Taylor, Dr. Kathleen – Ocean City Board of Education
Clarke, Leslie – Ocean City Free Public Library
Desiderio, Leonard – CMC Freeholders
Gallelli Keys, Cecilia – Ocean City Board of Education
Jordan, Ozzie – Exhchange Club of Ocean City
Lisicki, Dana – Somers Point Business Association
Orazi, Joseph – Ocean City Board of Realtors
Westerman, Bill – Boardwalk Merchants
Yoa, Andrew – Ocean City Restaurant Association
Executive officers for a one-year term:
President: Allegretto, Dave – Fortress Financial
1st Vice President: Galante, Janet – 13th Street Bathhouse & Bikes/Piccini’s
2nd Vice-President: Adams, Robert H. – Tidelines Management Services, Inc.
2nd Vice-President: Aromando, Tom – Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPAs
2nd Vice-President: Broadley, Brian – Broadley’s MDI
2nd Vice-President: Frank, Cricket – Magton, Inc.
2nd Vice-President: Jessel, Gary – Fox Real Estate
2nd Vice-President: Halliday, Scott – Halliday-Leonard Contractors
2nd Vice-President: McMahon, Patrick – McMahon Insurance Agency
2nd Vice-President: McMahon III, William – McMahon Insurance Agency
2nd Vice-President: Reimet, Mark – Ocean City Financial Group
2nd Vice-President: Sedberry, Ken – Berger Realty
Secretary: Lloyd, Michael – Sturdy Savings Bank
Treasurer: Birch, John (Jake) – Merrill Lynch
Immediate Past President: Heenan, Carol – Garden State Valuation