first_imgMayor Jay Gillian swears in Chamber of Commerce officers during an installation dinner Wednesday. By Maddy VitaleDavid Allegretto was installed for another one-year term as Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce president during an installation dinner for the officers and board of directors Wednesday night.“This is a very active board, at the forefront of the business community,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian at the beginning of the program. “David has done a fabulous job.”She also told the crowd at the historic Flanders Hotel that Allegretto has had the foresight to lead the chamber well. “We thank him for all he is doing,” she said.Mayor Jay Gillian conducted the swearing-in ceremonies of Allegretto and the officers and chamber members.Mayor Jay Gillian swears in Chamber of Commerce President David Allegretto for a second, one-year term.Allegretto is a financial advisor at Fortress Financial. When Allegretto was sworn in, he thanked Michele Gillian and her team, saying it is easy to work with them.“They do a ton for Ocean City. They are the heroes. We really appreciate all you do,” Allegretto said to Gillian, who thanked him for his words.After the ceremonies, Gillian spoke about the exciting year ahead for the business community. She said there are many reasons why the business community should be pleased with how things are going in Ocean City. There is a lot, she said, the community should be proud of.Ocean City continues to attract visitors with all of its amenities, from the beaches to the bay, to retail shops in both the Boardwalk and the downtown, to rides and other activities, Gillian said.Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian speaks about 2019 goals for the business community, with Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Shawnda McGinnis at left.In 2018, the city was voted “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living magazine, and for a seventh year in a row by a state poll, “New Jersey’s Favorite Beach.”To add to the city’s appeal, Gillian said, the business community continues to try and improve its offerings, including a cash-free app that will be discussed in more detail at a business summit next month.Gillian said the goal is to have all the businesses sign up to take advantage of the app and create an easy and new way for visitors to enjoy Ocean City. Whether it is used for amusement rides, retail transactions or dentist appointments, Gillian emphasized that it will make purchases more convenient for the visitors, residents and businesses.She also spoke of Girls Weekend and the annual fashion show that are planned in April. They are among exciting, upcoming events in Ocean City that will kickstart the 2019 tourism season, she noted.“Please be a part of shopping local,” Gillian stressed. “Ocean City is really a great place to live and invest. Really it is a special place, and it is all because of people like you.”The following individuals were installed as Chamber directors:At-Large DirectorsThree Year TermHeenan, Carol – Garden State ValuationJessel, Gary – Fox Real EstateBoard MembersOne Year TermAdams, Dean – Dean Adams Custom BuilderAdams, Robert H. – Tidelines Management Services, Inc.Allegretto, Dave – Fortress FinancialAromando, Tom – Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPA’sBatastini, Jon – Loveland, Garrett & BatastiniBecher, Bob – Beach to Bay LandscapingBirch, John (Jake) – Merrill LynchCates, Lynn – Sun SeekersCesari, Brandie – Scarborough InnCiliberto, Tricia – OceanFirst BankCorcoran, Kevin – Wet N Wild Waverunner RentalsDavidson, Kim – Economic Development ConsultantDavis, Jane – Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream ParlorDukeman, Michael – Hobby Horse Ice Cream ParlorFrank, Cricket – Magton, Inc.Friedel, Becky – 7th Street Surf ShopGalante, Janet – 13th Street Bathhouse & BikesGallelli, Pat – Tahiti Inn & ApartmentsGill, Beverley – Island Beach GearGill, Patrick – Tackle DirectHalliday, Chris – Halliday ArchitectsHeist, Thomas – Heist Insurance AgencyHennessy, Jim – Heritage Surf ShopHohman, Walt – Ward’s PastryJohnson, Brett – Johnson’s ApplianceJones, Barbara – Servpro of CMCKennedy, Rebecca – Kennedy Custom Upholstery & Interior DesignLloyd, Michael – Sturdy Savings BankMcMahon III, William – McMahon Insurance AgencyMadden, Peter – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach RealtorsMarotta, Nick – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach RealtorsMcIntyre, Lynne – Yesterday’sMcGuckin, Mary – Shore Medical CenterPiriano, Winnie – The Road to Living WellPrice, Ryan – Price Brothers ConstructionReich, Eric – Reich Asset ManagementReimet, Mark – Ocean City Financial GroupSchultz, Aimee – JASM ConsultingSedberry, Ken – Berger RealtySpadafora, Tina – YoasisTalese, Patty – Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & BistroTeitler, Avery – Teitler & Teitler LawTomlinson, Don – Gleeson’s Audio VideoTown, Ronnie – Atlantic City ElectricVotta, Gloria – Remax at the ShoreWilliamson, Joan – Ocean City Coffee CompanyAt-Large Directors were re-installed:Broadley, Brian – Broadley’sFasy, Drew – Long & FosterHalliday, Scott – Halliday-LeonardWilson, Tony – Wilson Plumbing & HeatingOrganization RepresentativesOne Year TermBergman, Karen – Ocean City TourismBready, Damon – Ocean City Board of RealtorsDavidson, John – Somers Point Business AssociationDenney, Ron – Exchange Club of Ocean CityGillian, Jay – City of Ocean CityHayes, E. Marie – CMC FreeholdersKazmarck, Wes – Boardwalk MerchantsLoeper, John – Ocean City Historical MuseumMahar, Karen – Ocean City Free Public LibraryMcGinnity, Bill – O.C. Restaurant AssociationMcGuckin, Mary – Shore Medical CenterQuirk, Caitlin – Downtown Merchants AssociationReimer, Pastor Jay – Ocean City TabernacleReyes, Val – O.C. Hospitality AssociationTaylor, Kathleen – Ocean City Board of EducationFrom left, Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman, Director of Community Services Michael Allegretto and Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck enjoy the night.Organization Alternates Bergen, Doug – City of Ocean CityClarke, Leslie – Ocean City Free Public LibraryDesiderio, Leonard – CMC FreeholdersDiGuglielmo, Kathleen – Ocean City Board of RealtorsGallelli-Keys, Cecilia – Ocean City Board of EducationGiles, Jessica – Shore Medical CenterJohnston, Marke – O.C. Hospitality AssociationJordan, Ozzie – Exchange Club of Ocean CityLisicki, Dana – Somers Point Business AssociationRobinson, Wood – Downtown Merchants AssociationWeber, Virginia – Ocean City TabernacleWesterman, Bill – Boardwalk MerchantsYoa, Andrew – OC Restaurant AssociationChamber members Beverly and Frank McCall enjoy the night.Chamber of Commerce installation dinner draws a crowd.Executive OfficersOne Year TermPresident: Allegretto, Dave – Fortress Financial1st Vice President: Frank, Cricket – Magton, Inc.2nd Vice-President: Adams, Robert H. – Tidelines Management Services, Inc2nd Vice-President: Aromando, Tom – Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly, CPA’s2nd Vice-President: Broadley, Brian – Broadley’s MDI2nd Vice-President: Gallelli, Pat – Tahiti Inn & Apartments2nd Vice-President: Jessel, Gary – Fox Real Estate2nd Vice-President: Halliday, Scott – Halliday-Leonard Contractors2nd Vice-President: McMahon III, William – McMahon Insurance Agency2nd Vice-President: Reimet, Mark – Ocean City Financial Group2nd Vice-President: Sedberry, Ken – Berger RealtySecretary: Lloyd, Michael – Sturdy Savings BankTreasurer: Birch, John (Jake) – Merrill LynchImmediate Past President: Heenan, Carol – Garden State ValuationChamber of Commerce members receive the oath of office from Mayor Jay Gillian.last_img

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