The Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce invites you to save the date for its first ever Jersey Shore Women’s Conference to be held at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey on November 17-18, 2021. The Conference will bring together Jersey Shore leaders in business and industry, committed to advancing women and commerce. This year, we will focus on the power to INNOVATE, INFLUENCE AND INSPIRE. Business and community leaders have risen to the occasion presented during the past arduous and historic year. At the Conference, we will honor and educate from the hard lessons learned when women have met the moment and risen above and beyond presented challenges. We will take away inspiring and practical advice that we can all use to elevate our own businesses, careers, and lives.
We also hope you seize this extraordinary opportunity to BE A SPONSOR of this event. Make an impact and help us inspire our community. Your involvement will provide meaningful participation and highlight your commitment to our collective mission. Our lineup of visionaries is growing and includes: Kim Guadagno – Former Lt. Governor of NJ; Caroline Manzo – American Television Personality, Entrepreneur & Author; and Rosemary Novellino-Mearns – Author, Lyricist, Playwright & Retired Dancer.
The energizing content in this beautiful setting will be the perfect opportunity for relationships and partnerships to form.
Former Lt. Governor of NJ
In May 2019, former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno became the first President and CEO of Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.
Before the pandemic hit New Jersey, Fulfill provided 12 million meals per year and wrap around services to the estimated 136,000 food insecure at the Jersey Shore. Since March 13, 2020, Kim has overseen the FoodBank’s response to the pandemic including the delivery of 10,884 more meals per day than during the same time in 2019; providing more than 3.2 million more meals than ever before seen at the Jersey Shore – more than Sandy – more than the 2008 recession. Fulfill has been recognized as one of the top ten non-profits in New Jersey and has received Charity Navigator’s highest ratings for ten years running.
Before the Foodbank, Kim served eight years as New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor and its 33rd Secretary of State. As Lieutenant Governor, Kim was an advocate for businesses statewide, creating an effective infrastructure for economic growth and job creation. She was also responsible for Elections, Travel and Tourism and roughly 300 other programs and commissions.
Kim is currently a partner at the firm of Connell Foley, where she specializes in criminal and commercial law. She has been a criminal lawyer and a federal and state prosecutor for more than three decades. She also taught at Rutgers Law School for six years.
Kim also served as the first woman Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey supervising a law enforcement agency of 650 and serving more than 630,000 residents before being elected Lt. Governor.
The Lt. Governor is an honors graduate of both American University, Washington College of Law, and Ursinus College. She has received numerous honorary degrees for her work and is on a number of public and private non-profit and for-profit boards.
Kim is married to retired Judge Michael Guadagno and has three sons: a Captain in the United States Air Force who is a Fighter pilot deployed to the Middle East; a Dartmouth Graduate working in finance in New York City; and a 20 year old who is studying at a technical school post high school.
Author, Lyricist, Playwright & Retired Dancer
Listed among the “Great Women of Rockefeller Center”, Author, Retired Dancer, Lyricist, & Playwright. Rosemary’s career began in Radio City Music Hall’s Ballet Company where she danced for 12 years and became the Dance Captain.
In 1978, she was elected President of “The Showpeople’s Committee To Save Radio City Music Hall.”
Author of the book SAVING RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL : A Dancer’s True Story, she reveals her amazing David and Goliath battle to save that magnificent Art Deco theater.
As a result of her book, Rosie is featured in the new award winner documentary GOING ATTRACTIONS: The Definitive Story of The Movie Palace directed by April Wright.
After leaving the Music Hall, she worked with Broadway choreographer/director Tony Tanner at Westbury Music Fair and her final professional dancing was in the touring Company of Michael Bennett’s “BALLROOM” where she was a featured dancer in the role of Marie.
Since retiring from the dance world she has become a lyricist with her composer husband William Mearns who she met on The Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall where he was a soloist singer.
Jointly they have written the score for “EBENEZER” based on “A Christmas Carol,” “A PATCH OF LIFE,” based on “Mrs. Wiggs Of The Cabbage Patch,” and “THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP.”
Rosie also has a Blog page: “Read What Rosie Wrote” featuring some of her published Non Fiction Short Stories.
Web Site: SavingRadioCityMusicHall.com
American Television Personality, Entrepreneur & Author
Managing Director and the General Manager, Kivvit
Laura Matos is a seasoned Democratic political strategist with an extensive career in political campaigns, government, and public affairs.
Laura is a Managing Director and the General Manager of Kivvit’s New Jersey office. She works across multiple client teams firmwide, specializing in labor, coalition management and higher education. She maintains an in-depth understanding of government processes and their intersections with the private
sector, along with the workings of campaigns and managing large-scale coalitions.
Prior to joining Kivvit, Laura served on staff with three New Jersey governors in positions ranging from deputy director of scheduling to director of operations. While serving in state government, she was responsible for coordinating and
overseeing a vast array of public policies across all state departments. Laura also served as director of business development and communications at a top New Jersey
In 2016, Laura took a leave of absence from Kivvit to serve as New Jersey Political Director for Hillary Clinton’s successful primary campaign and served as an at-large delegate at the 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions.
Laura has also served on numerous boards for Governor Phil Murphy, including the 2017 Transportation and Infrastructure Transition Advisory Committee, the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council and, at the request of Cong. Frank Pallone, on the New Jersey Complete Count Commission.
Laura serves on the Board of Latina Civic Action and as President of the Board of Latina Civic PAC.
Laura attended Rutgers University and lives in Belmar, NJ.
President, Marathon Public Affairs, LLC
Jeanette Hoffman is an experienced public affairs consultant and statewide media spokesperson specializing in strategic messaging, marketing, crisis communications and public affairs campaigns. As president of a public affairs firm that services a broad range of corporate and non-profit clients, she has over two decades of experience in issues advocacy, politics, policy, and state government.
Hoffman is also a media commentator who can be seen on national and New Jersey television and radio stations discussing politics and public policy. She is regularly featured as a political strategist for media outlets such as Fox, My9, Newsmax, NJTV, CBS News, News 12 New Jersey, Gannett Newspapers, Ebru TV, National Public Radio, WNYC radio and New Jersey 101.5.
Jeanette has been named to ROI’s Influencers List Women in Business 2021, NJBIZ’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list and Fox’s “Chasing News” Power List. Since 2012, State Senator Loretta Weinberg has consistently featured Jeanette on her New Jersey Women of Power List. She’s also been named one of Observer/PolitickerNJ’s top political operatives several times, and one of Save Jersey’s “Right 40 Women to Watch.” She is a regular speaker at Center for American Women and Politics “Ready to Run” campaign leadership training for women, and has served as a Faculty in Residence for CAWP’s New Leadership program.
Jeanette has served as a senior vice president at one of the state’s top ten lobbying firms and Vice President of the Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey, representing more than 900 businesses. A former Executive Director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, Hoffman was the Party’s primary media spokesperson throughout several campaign cycles. Jeanette began her career in state government working for Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and later worked for Assembly Speaker Jack Collins and Congressman Bob Franks.
A proud graduate of The College of New Jersey, Jeanette has served on the College’s Alumni Executive Board. She is active with the Jersey Shore Partnership and an avid marathon runner and a former fitness instructor. Jeanette resides in Monmouth County with her husband and four children.
Deputy Mayor, Asbury Park
Amy Quinn currently serves as a senior staff attorney for the Community Health Law Project in Neptune. The Law Project assists the disabled poor with their legal matters. Through negotiation, litigation, and advocacy, Quinn combats discrimination, protects rights, and preserves independence and quality of life.
In addition, Quinn presently serves as Asbury Park’s Deputy Mayor. Quinn has served the City of Asbury Park as a City Council member since July 2013. In that role, she has been seeking ways to involve Asbury Park’s residents in community decisions, create transparency in government with improved communication, provide oversight and fiscal responsibility, support workforce development and small businesses. Being on the City Council and watching both the Council and the Community’s ideas come to fruition has and continues to be an amazing experience for her.
Quinn has previously served the following community organizations and boards for Asbury Park: Asbury Park Public Television, Environmental & Shade Tree Commission, Business Committee, and Equity Committee.
Quinn and her wife were among the first couples married in New Jersey, at midnight on October 21, 2013 on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.
Lead Lender Relations Specialist & Lead Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Association
Sheryl Paynter, Lead Lender Relations Specialist and Lead Economic Development Specialist has been with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New Jersey Distric Office (SBA) since 2009. Sheryl’s responsibilities include marketing the SBA’s loan program to lenders, assisting lenders with administering the loan programs, and educating the local community about the Resources and Services available through the SBA.
Previously, Sheryl worked at Deutsche Bank in New York City as a Vice-President in their Corporate Finance Department. Sheryl also has worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, at MetLife’s Investment Management arm, and was the Lead Corporate Credit Analyst for Lord Abbett’s Taxable Fixed-Income portfolio.
She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and New York University’s Stern School of Business with a Master’s in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and International Business.
Fallon Schultz, MSW, LCSW, CAM
IFPIES Founder & Curator, Gottlieb District 1906
New Jersey State Senator
New Jersey State Senator Gopal serves the 11th Legislative District. Vin serves as Senate Majority Conference Leader and Chairman of the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and as a member of the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee. He is currently the youngest member and the first Indian-American to be elected into the NJ State Senate.
Vin is a small-business owner, having built his business from the ground up, now with 14 employees. Vin is also the Founder and President of a 501c(3) organization dedicated to helping Monmouth County charities and individuals in need. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the then-Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce, and also served as President of the Hazlet Township Business Owners Association. He is also a past Board of Trustees Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County. Vin spent many years as a volunteer first responder, serving as an EMT and certified CPR Instructor.
Vin holds a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.
James S. Vaccaro
CEO and President, Manasquan Bank
James S. Vaccaro is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Manasquan Bank, a $2.3 billion dollar mutual banking organization founded in 1874. Manasquan Bank currently operates from fifteen offices and branches located in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, New Jersey.
Prior to joining Manasquan in 2012, Mr. Vaccaro served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for SpringPoint Senior Living, New Jersey’s leading provider of not-for-profit senior house and healthcare.
While he has worked in other fields, the majority of Mr. Vaccaro’s career has been as a leader within the banking profession, with more than thirty five years of experience in the industry.
He served as chairman, president and CEO of Central Jersey Bancorp, parent company of Allaire Community Bank and Monmouth Community Bank, which he helped found in 1998. From 1982 to 1995, Mr. Vaccaro was employed by Central Jersey Bank and Trust Company and served in various capacities including executive vice president, treasurer, CFO and member of the board of directors.
A leader in both civic and philanthropic organizations, Mr. Vaccaro is a member of the Board of Trustees of, RWJ/ Barnabas Health and a member of the Board and former Chair of Monmouth Medical Center. He is former Chairman of the Board for Visiting Nurses Association of Central New Jersey, a member of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth University and sits on the advisory board of Interfaith Neighbors and the leadership council of Prevention First. He also is t past Chair of the Board of Directors of New Jersey Bankers Association and currently remains on the Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Four Springs Capital, LLC, .
In 2013 Mr. Vaccaro was the recipient of the Monmouth University Distinguished Business Leader Award and in 2007, the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce honored Mr. Vaccaro with the Louis G. Libutti Community Service award for exceptional leadership, professional achievement and stellar record of community service.
Mr. Vaccaro received a BS in economics from Ursinus College and earned a PMD certification from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
James A. Paone, II
Managing Principal, Davison • Eastman • Muñoz • Paone, P.A.
Jim Paone is chair of the Business Law and Litigation Department. He is an experienced litigator with extensive state and federal court experience and has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. He is a frequent speaker on Civil and Trial Practice matters.
Jim’s practice concentrates on commercial, corporate, construction and general liability matters. His wide client base ranges from local closely held businesses to Fortune 100 clients.
Jim currently serves as a Special Ethics Master for the Office of Attorney Ethics. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (Construction, Employment, Government Liability and Trial Committees).
He has previously served as:
Chair of the District IX Panel of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ethics Committee (2006)
President of the Monmouth Bar Association (2011-2012)
President of the Board of Trustees of Autism New Jersey (2008-2012)
Prior to joining Davison, Eastman & Muñoz, Jim was a partner with Carton & Faccone in Avon, N.J. He received his B.A. from Washington & Lee University in 1986 and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1989, where he served as the Director of the University’s School of Law Moot Court Competition.
Principal, Davison • Eastman • Muñoz • Paone, P.A.
Christina Hardman O’Neal is a partner in Tax and Estate Planning Department. She is experienced in estate and trust planning, administration, Probate and Chancery litigation and taxation as well as guardianships, zoning and land use, business organizations.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of New Jersey in 1993 and her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in 1998, where she also received the Jennifer Smaldone Award for Outstanding work in the Field of Disability Law. She served as the Managing Articles Editor for the Rutgers Race and Law Review and served for two (2) years in Rutgers Special Education Clinic in Newark providing special education legal services to indigent families with special needs children. In addition, Ms. Hardman-O’Neal served as law clerk to the Honorable Donald S. Goldman, Ret. J.S.C. and Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D. Acting Administrative Director of the New Jersey Courts in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family and Criminal Divisions, Essex County and as an intern in the federal courts for the Honorable William H. Walls, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Actress, Founder & President, Big Spoon Productions
Fredi Walker-Browne is best known for creating the role of JoAnne Jefferson in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year.
Corinne McCann Trainor, Esq.
Business Litigation Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Corinne is a partner at the national law firm of Fox Rothschild, LLP where she handles a variety of complex, high-stakes business and estate litigation matters, from inception through appeal.
Corinne is a trusted advisor to her clients, for whom she develops comprehensive strategies to overcome significant business challenges and crises. Corinne primarily represents and advises clients in the pharmaceutical, oil, transportation, real estate, construction, commercial banking, legal services, insurance and funeral services industries, in all aspects of litigation, appeal and administrative action. With notable experience in NJ federal courts, Corinne assists her clients in matters involving fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, officer and director liability defense, contracts, real estate, construction, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secrets, and constitutional challenges. In particular, she represents businesses and associations as to the constitutionality of state and local statutes and regulations, through administrative action, declaratory judgments, and applications for injunctions. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Corinne clerked for Chief U.S. District Judge Garrett E. Brown, Jr., in the District of New Jersey and for Judge Clarkson S. Fisher, Jr. in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Corinne is very active in New Jersey’s legal community. She is the current Vice Chair and a former Trustee of the Women in the Profession Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and has been the Chair of the Federal Practice and Procedure Section, as well. She is a Trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ), and serves as a Master of the Lifland Inn of Court, a federal practice and intellectual property Inn. She has also served on various Committees of the Monmouth Bar Association, including the Professionalism Committee, the Employment Committee, the Diversity Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
Corinne is dedicated to her Jersey Shore community, where she is currently serving a second term as President of the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce, a regional chamber of commerce and one of the largest in the State. She also serves as Chairperson of the Planning Board for the Borough of Brielle. Corinne now lives in Brielle with her husband and their two sons.
Fox Rothschild is a 950-lawyer national law firm with 27 offices that focuses on client service and responsiveness. Its lawyers are bright and creative, and they know how to deliver. Fox lawyers give their clients the focus and service of a boutique – with the reach and resources of a national firm. Fox provides its lawyers with a national stage and equips them with the platform to nurture innovation and drive client success. Individuals and businesses – public, private and nonprofit; startup, family-run and multinational – receive our unwavering commitment to client satisfaction.
Owner, Is That Gluten Free, LLC
Jessica Baguchinsky has been a sales consultant with Paychex, Inc. for 15 years. She owns a small vacation-rental company, jbBungalows LLC, based out of Beach Haven West, NJ. In addition, Jessica recently started her own consulting company, Is That Gluten Free LLC, with wife and business partner, Melissa Javorek. They are helping businesses and individuals recognize and implement simple and cost-effective solutions to gluten-specific dietary needs.
Jessica most recently served as 1st Vice President of the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce, committee chair for both Young Professionals and Women in Business, and is an active Board Member of Family Options Adoption Agency out of Ocean, NJ. She is a founding member of Shore WINS (Women of Integrity Networking Society) and former Board Member and President of local networking organizations Monmouth County Referral Group (MCRG) and Green Bank BNI (former Red Bank chapter).
Before beginning her career at Paychex in 2007, Jessica worked as a high school special education teacher on O’ahu, in Kailua, Hawaii. She attended the University of Delaware, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Regular and Special Education with a minor in English.
Jessica thrives on creating a community within her network, and is truly excited to help individuals create, execute and achieve their goals – both personally and professionally. By facilitating quality connections and helping others streamline and enhance best business practices, she assumes the role of a trusted advisor while growing her own businesses at the same time.
Alison Manser Ertl
Publisher, Star News Group
Alison Manser Ertl is the Publisher of Star News Group. The local media company has offices in Manasquan and Point Pleasant Beach and prints two weekly newspapers — The Coast Star and The Ocean Star — Night & Day, a monthly magazine, and operates the news web site Starnewsgroup.com.
Alison has been publisher since 2018 and previously served as General Manager from 2006 to 2018. Prior to that she served in various roles throughout the years in the family business.
The Coast Star has been in the Manser family since 1989 under previous Publisher James M. Manser and has served the Monmouth County area since 1877. In 1998, The Ocean Star was launched in the northern Ocean County area with an office in Point Pleasant Beach. In 2014, Star News Group acquired Night & Day Magazine from its previous publisher.
Both weekly newspapers focus on serving the local communities in their coverage area by publishing local news stories on municipal items, police, school, zoning and planning, as well as, all community organizations in each town including in-depth features. Each paid weekly newspaper covers high school and local youth sports and serves as an important advertising vehicle for local and regional businesses. All the latest news of the area is covered daily on Starnewsgroup.com. Night & Day Magazine is a free publication that focuses on entertainment in Monmouth and Ocean counties including features, dining, art, nightlife, day trips, music, shopping and more. Night & Day Magazine also serves as a marketing opportunity for local businesses.
Alison currently serves on the Jersey Shore Chamber Executive Board as Secretary. She joined the Chamber as a Director in November 2019. She has been a member since 2011. She serves as the co-chair of the Marketing Committee, as well as, a member of the Strategic Planning committee. In 2020, Alison was the recipient of the Golden Osprey Award for Excellence in Community Service. Alison has served on the Manasquan Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for the past ten years, and as Secretary since 2012. Star News Group holds active memberships on many local chambers in the company’s coverage area with the goal of promoting the success of the small business communities in the area. Alison is also a member of Impact 100 Jersey Coast, which is part of a growing international movement to empower women to fund transformational grants to local non-profits in Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Alison is a graduate of Wall High School who currently resides in Brielle with her family. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts & Design from James Madison University, and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from Florida State University.
Flow Leadership Academy
Brighde Dougherty has used play as a means to lead herself, and those she has coached, towards self-empowerment her entire life. She has learned how to harness and teach the natural communication, trust and connection that occurs during physical activity as a vehicle to help individuals and teams perform in flow.
One facet of Brighde’s coaching career has been using lacrosse as a platform to teach life skills to middle-school, high school and collegiate female athletes. She designed and coached the first ever lacrosse programs along the New Jersey Shore. She helped build Tri-State lacrosse into one of the premier club programs in the country and was the head coach at St Rose high school. At the collegiate level, Brighde transitioned Pomona-Pitzer College from a club team to a competitive DIII program and worked her way from being the second assistant to the head coach at William Smith College. Her successful growth in all these positions was due to ensuring that the athletes she worked with used their time on the field to discover and develop their personal leadership skills.
Brighde also has a great deal of experience in various areas of experiential education and movement. She completed a 200 hour yoga and meditation training from Luminous Heart Institute and a Social and Emotional Learning In Action course from the Browne Center at UNH. She is the founder of Seneca Lake Surf, a stand up paddle board company focusing on individual and group leadership training. Additionally she volunteers with Operation Beach Head, helping injured veterans rebuild self-esteem through surfing. She also completed a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course and worked with Outward Bound Los Angeles, designing and implementing team leadership programs focused on self-mastery, communication and community development for struggling teens.
Brighde has a master’s degree in leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In addition, she holds a reiki certification, is a Juice Plus representative, and is working to be a certified Mind Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and wellness author.
Jasmina (“Jazz”) Perazic
Head Basketball Coach, Georgian Court University
Coach Jasmina (“Jazz”) Perazic enters her seventh season as Head Basketball Coach at Georgian Court University after completing four seasons as an assistant with the Monmouth University women’s basketball program. Perazic’s deserved accomplishments as a coach include:
2021 CACC Coach of the Year
2021 CACC Regular Season Champions
2010 WCAC Coach of the Year
2010 Gazette Newspaper Coach of the Year
2009 WBCA National Coach of the Year (as a high school coach)
Perazic has also had a storied career as a player, earning the following recognitions:
2014 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
2007 Legends of the ACC Inductee
2002 University of Maryland Hall of Fame Inductee
1987 World University Games Gold Medal
1983 Retired jersey #4 at the University of Maryland
1983 Kodak All American
1983 ACC MVP
1982 Inaugural NCAA Tournament Final 4
European Championships MVP
World Championships Top Scorer
As these many honors reflect, Perazic is a 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland. The former All-American earned ACC Tournament MVP honors in 1983. Her Terrapin teams won three ACC Championships, advancing to the Final Four in 1982. She was inducted into the University of Maryland Hall of Fame in 2002. A native of Serbia, Perazic was also member of the Yugoslavian National Team from 1980-1992 and a two time Olympian for Yugoslavia. Perazic is also a former MVP of the European Championships and played for the WNBA’s New York Liberty (1997).
Perazic was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Edward H. “Ned” Thomson
Edward H. “Ned” Thomson III (born 1953) is an American Republican Party politician who has represented the 30th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since August 2017. Thomson had previously served as mayor of Wall Township.
Born in Neptune City, New Jersey, Thomson grew up in Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey. Thomson attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he majored in actuarial science, and the College of Insurance, majoring in business administration. He served from 1995 to 2017 as a trustee of the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System. He served on the Wall Township Board of Adjustment from 1990 to 1997 and on the township’s Planning Board from 1997 to 2007 and again from 2013 to 2017. He served on the Wall Township Committee from 1998 to 2008, and was chosen by his peers to serve as mayor in 2002 and 2005. Thomson is president of E.H. Thomson and Co., which administers pensions for third party firms.
Thomson currently serves the General Assembly as Republican Whip and on the Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources, and the Regulated Professions, State and Local Government, and Telecommunications and Utilities Committees.
Five Star Realtor, Diane Turton Realtors
Patricia (“Pat”) Mayer has been a resident and community leader at the Jersey Shore for over 30 years. Before launching her very successful residential real estate career with Diane Turton, Sea Girt, Mayer worked for over 20 years at AT&T and Lucent Tech./Bell Labs as Director of Operations, Marketing and Project Management. She also served as the Vice President of a successful marketing and training company.
Mayer reinvented herself in 2003 when she affiliated with Diane Turton. Mayer attributes her success in real estate to her keen ability to understand her clients’ needs and her dedication to helping her clients achieve their goals in purchasing or selling a home. Mayer’s results-driven successes have been amply recognized. She has earned recognition by NJ Magazine’s annual state-wide survey as a FIVE STAR REALTOR for Client Satisfaction for 11 consecutive years. Mayer has also earned the following accolades:
FIVE STAR REALTOR: 2021-2011 (only 81 out of 80K realtors)
NJ REALTORS® Circle of Excellence Award PLATINUM 2020 (2020-2012, 2010)
JSCC Golden Osprey Award Business Excellence 2015
Mayer has also been consistently recognized as the Top Producer, Top Salesperson, and Top Lister for the Diane Turton, Sea Girt office. Mayer is one of the only Seller Residential Specialists (SRS). A Seller Representative Specialist (SRES) and an Accredited Staging Professional®, Mayer studies the trends that affect the local real estate markets to optimally position her clients in the marketplace. Mayer attributes her success to her extensive marketing and sales experience coupled with her drive for excellence, which she believes gives her a competitive edge.
Mayer is a grateful cancer survivor and a resident of Sea Girt. Born in Bayonne Mayer is devoted to the Jersey Shore Community. She is on the board of directors of Women’s Irish Heritage Jersey Shore and the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the American Cancer Society Golf Fundraising Committee, and she is a member of the Monmouth County Association of Realtors, the New Jersey Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Elite Team of Realtors with World-Wide reach.
Marketing Manager & Mentor, Monat
Tomas F. Hayes
Director of Customer & Community Relations, New Jersey Natural Gas
Tom is the Director of Customer and Community Relations for New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG). He is responsible for community outreach, manages the NJNG Charity and is the liaison with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. He and his staff handle numerous programs ranging from home ownership and energy assistance to volunteer and educational initiatives throughout NJNG’s service area.
With a B.S. in Architecture from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, Tom started with NJNG over thirty years ago in the facilities management area before heading up the company’s newly formed Economic Development Department in 1995. In 2000, Tom was asked to head up the company’s Customer and Community Relations Department and he truly enjoys this work. Tom serves on over 20 nonprofit boards and numerous committees in the Monmouth, Ocean and Morris County areas.
Tom is also involved in the community through various activities such as NJNG’s volunteer programs, mentoring programs and educational programs. He Hosts a cable TV program called “SCAN’s Community Connections” and can often be heard on local radio shows. Tom appreciates the blessings that come from working for a civic-minded company with a great staff and talented and dedicated community partners.
Tom and his wife Regina purchased and restored the childhood home of Stephen Crane, who authored the “Red Badge of Courage,” and established a museum and community program venue in the home located at 508 Fourth Avenue in Asbury Park. This provided the opportunity to learn firsthand the complexities associated with forming a nonprofit along with other challenges such as grant writing, restorations, event planning, etc.
Tom and Regina are blessed with three wonderful children, Tom Jr., Christopher and Olivia. They volunteer often and feel privileged to be able to help make life a little easier for those in need and appreciate all who lend a hand to help others.
OPENING RECEPTION AND COMEDY SHOW
Headlining Jeff Norris
Featuring Renee DeLorenzo
Hosted by Art “Bacardi Ardi” Wolfarth, Owner, Wiseguy Promotions
Steadily building a reputation as one of the most consistently crowd-pleasing live acts on the East Coast for the past six years, The Suyat Band delivers high-energy hits from yesterday and today with rock-solid musicianship and warm-hearted Aloha spirit.
Led by its namesake, Hawaiian-born Matthew Suyat, a champion at the Apollo Theater and American Idol Top 24 Finalist, the band has performed at such historic venues as NYC’s BB King’s, Stephens Talkhouse, NJ’s Wellmont Theater, and have also been a regular presence at Jersey Shore venues such as The Seashell, The Osprey, Bar Anticipation, and many wedding venues throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, New Hampshire, California and more.