Meet our new Officers at January19 State of the Chamber

Join us as we begin our 108th continued year of service at the January 19 State of Chamber event beginning with check in at 815am and featuring a full program, networking and breakfast. The new board officers will be introduced and share opportunities for the upcoming year. President Jeremy DeFilippis, of Jetty Inc, Vice President Jerry Thompson of the Van Dyk Group, Second Vice President Elizabeth Giglio of Barlow GMC, Treasurer Andrea Driscoll of the Sandpaper and Secretary Lori Pepenella, CEO of the chamber will join the Board of Directors and members for the premiere business event of the year.

The keynote speakers are Samuel Wear, business representative from the New Jersey Labor Department, who serves as the principal liaison for the business community. His work primarily involves promoting the services of the state’s public workforce system that can connect employers with job seekers. This includes programs that incentivize the hiring of disadvantaged individuals from special populations.

Representing Ocean County Private Industry Council will be its business services coordinator, Sylvia Hernandez. The council is a collaborative of service providers focused on helping employers and job seekers make beneficial connections. Hernandez helps employers maintain and grow their business by supporting recruitment efforts and helping identify potential candidates to fill their hiring needs. Economic Trends will also be shared from Dr Brian Tyrrell of Stockton University.

The event is $35 per person with RSVP to the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on registering for the event or becoming a member, call 609-494-7211, go to, stop into the visitor center at 265 W. Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, or follow on social media @southernoceanchamber and @lbiregion.