President’s Message

September 1, 2020

Message from the President—

We have been busy since my last message, behind-the-scenes and in-front-of-the- scenes (is that a thing?).

On June 18th we held our first Virtual Jersey’s Best Awards. There were 34 winners and 22 of them were able to join us for the invitation-only event. We sent out Certificates to the honorees, each of whom had a chance to give an acceptance speech. We hope to present trophies to these same honorees at a real, in-person event next spring when we will also acknowledge next year’s honorees. Kudos to event Chair Christian Estrellado (also NJAdClub Treasurer), his Co-Chair and Board Member Gillian Deak Bijak with help from Chris Vaglio, for putting this shindig together, and thanks also to our evening’s Emcee, Steve Estrellado.

We are also grateful to the Club’s Executive Vice President, Chris Vaglio, who has been organizing Virtual Happy Hours every three weeks or so. He had just started organizing real after-work Happy Hours at South Street in Morristown, when they were disrupted (as was so much else) by the Pandemic. Chris lost no time in moving the venue to Zoom, where they have resided ever since. If you are interested in joining us, please become a member of the NJ Ad Club Facebook Group, where you’ll receive notifications of events like upcoming Happy Hours, or just keep eye out for info in the Email News Update sent out by the Club.

We started hosting webinars. The first featured former local NBC News Anchor Kerry Barrett, of Kerry Barrett Consulting, who helped us with tips to put our best selves forward on video calls, and Joe Apfelbaum of Ajax Union who gave us some valuable tips to get the most out of LinkedIn postings. We also had a “full of useful info” webinar in September presented by SEO guru Pam Aungst on How to Improve Your Website’s SEO, for the Non-Techie. 

The Jersey Awards would have been June 6th, but due to Pandemic closures the judging was not able to take place live at the end of March, but that is finally finished. The fabulous Exhibition and Awards dinner was postponed until November 11th, but we have instead turned that into a virtual Awards Gala. Gary Denburg, Event Chair, has sent out all the news you need to know about the evening: if you are a winner, the Underwriting and Sponsorship categories, program ad specs, and of course tickets for the evening. If you haven’t already received the email, call or email the office.

In the meantime, please check out the NJ Ad Club Facebook Group often, where we announce Virtual Happy Hours and more, and look out for our emails to keep you up-to-date!

Do you have any ideas of how Ad Club members can network and learn online? What would you like to participate in? Learn about? Please let me know.

Stay safe and stay healthy,

Robin Kantor, 

President, NJ Ad Club