The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, 681 River Avenue, Suite 2F, Lakewood, N.J., recently held its annual retreat and induction ceremony for its 2019 Executive Board and Directors at Harrogate, 400 Locust Street, Lakewood, with a dinner prepared by Harrogate.

Guest speaker Senator Robert W. Singer, who represents New Jersey’s 30th Legislative District, praised the work of the Lakewood Chamber and brought board members up-to-date about the possible impact on businesses of such issues as increasing the minimum wage, pension plans, and legalizing marijuana. He also talked about the expansion of the Motor Vehicle Department.

            Justin Flancbaum, executive director of the Lakewood Township MUA (Municipal Utilities Authority) and the new president of the Lakewood Chamber, presented outgoing Chamber president Jose Orozco with a plaque.

Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood Chamber, said, “We are proud to represent the business community. The Lakewood Chamber is a premier business networking group, promoting the economic growth and development of area businesses. We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year.”

Among other advancements, Miller said Chamber members can look forward to a new cloud-based membership program that will continuously enhance the membership base and interface with the Chamber’s website, providing useful information.

 New Executive Board members sworn in by Chamber Executive Director Menashe Miller are President Justin Flancbaum; 1st Vice President, Steven Mertz, Assistant Vice President of Fulton Bank; 2nd Vice President, Julie Vanore, Chief Administrative Officer, Preferred Behavioral Health; Treasurer, Jason Re, Senior Manager, Cowan & Gunteski; Secretary, Leonard Allen, Vice President, Lakeland Bank; and Immediate Past President, Jose F. Orozco, Vice President of Provident Bank.  Members-at-Large are Ben Heinemann, Owner of BP Print Group, and Jennifer Weisert, Vice President of Manasquan Bank.

            2019 Board members, sworn in by Executive Director Miller, are Attorney Jonathan Bender, Jonathan L. Bender, PC; Bruce Canell, Account Executive, Brickforce Staffing; Jill Flynn, Vice President, OceanFirst Bank; Denice Gaffney, Vice President, Foundation, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus; Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services; Jeff Gerstenblatt, Jeffrey Gerstenblatt, Esq.; Dion Johnson, Financial Advisor, Axa Advisors; Fran Kirschner, president of Frantasy Enterprises, PR Firm; David Nicola, Business Development Executive, Maser Consulting; Eli Rennert, Senior VP, First Commerce Bank; and Lori Thomas, Assoc. Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, Georgian Court University.

            For more information, contact Menashe Miller, executive director of the Lakewood  Chamber of Commerce, at 732-363-0012 or visit www. Mylakewoodchamber.com.