2016-06-08 / Voice at the Shore

AC Mayor Guardian to speak at June 14 JBN meeting

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER
Voice shore correspondent


AC MAYOR DON GUARDIAN AC MAYOR DON GUARDIAN Mayor Don Guardian will speak on “Driving Business Back to Atlantic County,” at the next meeting of the Federation’s new Jewish Business Network (JBN) on June 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Girasole Restaurant, 3108 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City. All are invited to attend the lunch (space permitting), which will be the networking group’s second meeting. Reservations are requested by June 10 by contacting the Jewish Federation at (609) 822- 4404 or becky@jewishbytheshore.org.

Nearly 50 business people came out for the group’s first “power lunch” on May 20, where Leo Schoffer, owner of EHT real estate development group Schoffer Industries, spoke about Atlantic County Economic Development Corporation, which Schoffer chairs. The newly formed organization will begin work this summer to bring new businesses to the area and to help existing businesses thrive and expand. Schoffer, who is also chairman of Stockton University’s Atlantic City Task force, shared the university’s plans for its new Atlantic City campus, scheduled to open in 2017, which he expects “will change the culture of Atlantic City.”

After so many negative headlines about the future of Atlantic City, Schoffer’s talk was a breathe of fresh air for Robin Shields, a lifelong Atlantic County resident and a principal with the Linwood accounting firm Wagner, Shields, Jennings P.C. “Listening to Leo made me feel really good about Atlantic City again,” said Shields, who believes the economy can be turned around so that “it’s better than ever.”

She also appreciated the networking opportunity. “Obviously, I’m hoping to get clients. I’m looking forward to networking with other professionals in the area. There was a lot of energy in the room, a lot of enthusiastic people. The fact that it’s Jewish makes it a plus too,” said Shields, who decided to join as a corporate member at last month’s meeting.

Her firm is among six corporate members who joined as of last meeting, including J. Caplan, LLC, Kensington Furniture, Ludwig Financial Group, Roth-Goldstein’s Memorial Chapel, and Seashore Wealth Management, according to Kirk Wisemayer, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, which administers JBN.

A number of people also joined as individual members, including Anne Bullen of ProSource of South Jersey; Jeremy Duboys of Allbusinesscards.com; Edward Epstein of Epstein Law Office; Joel Fleishman of Fleisman Daniels Law Offices; Jack Fox of the Katz JCC; Dr. Alan Friedman of Atlantic Medical Imaging; Robert Hordes of Network Commercial Realty, LLC; David Lieberman of Allstate Insurance; Jake Perskie of Fox Rothschild, LLP; Bruce Peskoe of Bruce Peskoe Insurance; and Scot Sacks of Art Handler’s Appliance Center.

JBN’s next meeting will offer even more time for networking, said JBN co-chair David Lieberman, owner of David Lieberman Financial Services/ Allstate in Somers Point and EHT. “We want to make sure people get to know each other. We plan to tweak our format as we go along in order to make the group as meaningful and valuable as possible for members and attendees.”

“Driving Business Back to Atlantic City,” will be the theme of JBN’s monthly meetings through the summer, said Wisemayer. For more information on JBN membership, contact Wisemayer at (609) 822- 4404 or kirk@jewishbytheshore.org. s

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