I would like to thank the Metro New Jersey Chapter members, candidates and affiliates for providing me the opportunity of being the 2020 Chapter President. I am honored to serve and hope to push the chapter forward with as much professionalism as those who served before me. During my past three years of service under Presidents Dan Mistichelli, James Meehan and Joseph Baldoni, Jr., I feel well prepared to take on the tasks associated with my tenure, and with the support of my officers and Board of Director members, I feel confident that we will live up to the task. I look forward to working with the 2020 officers, including Vice President – Chris Otteau, Treasurer – John Musnuff and Secretary – Jennifer Barany. These three individuals, along with the entire Board of Directors will play a crucial role in the Chapter’s success during their tenure and will continue to be our leaders for our future. I encourage all members, candidates and affiliates to become more involved with our organization. My goals for this year include attracting new members and focusing our educational offerings to cater to our membership.
This year, the Chapter will once again host several events which I am hopeful will be well attended. First will be our membership meeting, February 20th at The Armory in Perth Amboy, followed by the Princeton Conference, April 3rd – our biggest and most prestigious event. For 2020, we have selected METAvivor to be the recipient of funds raised during our annual fundraiser which will be at Top Golf in 2020 (date to be determined). METAvivor is dedicated specifically to fight women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, which has directly affected my family over the past two years. We are planning a fall dinner meeting in September and the 18th annual Fall Conference is expected to be the third Friday in October. I encourage our members, candidates and affiliates to provide any thoughts or suggestions you feel will benefit the Chapter and our industry for the future. We look forward to your participation and support for the upcoming year, and contribution to the chapter and industry. Together we will strive to grow our Chapter, maintain an open-door policy and welcome new membership.
Gary M. Wade, MAI
2020 Metro NJ Chapter President