Committees

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Active members of the New Jersey Chapter will tell you that peer-to-peer networking and gaining value from the chapter starts at the committee level. There are many opportunities to participate no matter how much (or how little) time you have to give, so please contact us to let us know which committee(s) you are interested in and get started!

Education: The team provides engaging and industry relevant speakers at a variety of venues in support of professional development for chapter members. To do this they need help identifying and securing speakers, developing topics for sessions, and all the aspects of meeting planning for the events. 

Co-Chairs: 

Stephen Blau, Commercial Furniture Interiors
Dawn Foerst, Merck & Company, Inc.

Volunteers:
Greg Angelillo, Stanwich Energy Advisors
Liz Archer, Dewberry
Chris Hanenberg, Savills Studley
Jeff Weidenborner, Savills Studley

Communication: The team works to develop positive exposure and awareness about the chapter by taking photos at events, writing event recaps for the website and newsletter, and utilizing social media.

Chair:
Julie May, Gunlocke

Volunteers:
Cassandra Charles Simon, Focal Point PM
Kelley Douglass, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Andy Findlay, Mohawk
Michelle Hollander

Membership: This committee helps grow the chapter by identifying new members (both end users and service providers), while retaining existing members. 

Co-Chairs:
Liz Archer, Dewberry
Stacey Katz, Richard L. Hoffman & Associates, Inc.

Volunteers:
Sean Cust, Novartis
Andrea Megnin
Liz Russo, Sanofi
Marianne Zeller, Wyndham Worldwide

Sponsorship: This committee is responsible for identifying people and companies interested in sponsoring chapter events and promoting their firm.

Chair:
Steve Bleiweiss, Avison Young

Volunteers:
Tim Burdge, Syska Hennessy
Wendy Ceron, HLW
Kirk Devonish, Suddath Companies
Jeff Kopelman, CFI

Special Events: This energetic and creative group plans all the fun social events such as the Summer Social, networking happy hours and more.

Chair:
Nina Chmura, Withum

Volunteers:
Steve Chemi, Sweetwater Construction Corp.
Andy Findlay, Mohawk Group
Christie Mullen, Structure Tone

Young Leaders: This group is focused on identifying potential members new to the industry (35 years old and younger) to help them get a jump start on their professional development while establishing a forum for continuing education, mentoring and social networking.

Chair:
Ryan McCarthy, JLL

Volunteers:
Justin Brzostowski, The Holder Group
Sean Cust, Novartis
Tatiana Duarte, Gensler
MariaGrace Iantosca, Cushman & Wakefield
Mike Nieliwodski, Savills Studley
David Rainey, AFD Contract Furniture

Women's Group: This group is dedicated to providing networking opportunities and programs specific to women in the Corporate Real Estate industry. Our goal is to elevate women in Corporate Real Estate through engagement, empowerment and education. 

Co-Chairs:
Tami Pegos, Gensler
Mary Beth Sullivan, Teknion

Volunteers:
Alex Goggin, Century Carpet
Beth O'Brien, Gunlocke
Tami Pegos, Gensler
Deborah Stoller, Audible
Melissa Strickland, HLW
Joy Young, Johnson & Johnson