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BL Tell us what you do for a living.

For the last five years I have been the Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield.  I provide leadership, oversight and vision to an organization that provides programs and services to children who need us most so that they can reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  I’ve been part of the Boys & Girls Club organization for 13 years as I was the Plainfield Club Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County for eight years prior to this.  I love the fact that I can work for an organization that does such incredible work for kids, I am proud to get up and go to work every day to ensure that Great Futures Start Here! 

BL Tell us what you do for fun.

Fun, is spending time with my family, I have two amazing boys ages 7 & 4 and a wonderful wife and I love doing any number of things with them, from reading to playing basketball to hiking in the woods to going to the beach.  I love spending time with my family.

BL What is your favorite Bergen LEADS memory?


The overall Bergen LEADS experience was tremendous, the camaraderie that the class had was great.  We were willing to challenge one another’s thoughts and opinions and learn from one another as well.  Lynne, Pat & Amanda are all great!  The relationships that I built as part of Bergen LEADS were so helpful and I am sure these relationships will continue for a long time.  But, the one memory that sticks out for me was during the first class after returning from Brain Surgery as I was trying to take it easy, one of the guest facilitators chose me for a role play.  I was very nervous but I pulled it off and this really helped me rebuild the confidence needed to return from surgery.

BL What was your biggest takeaway from your Bergen LEADS year?


My biggest takeaway from Bergen LEADS is twofold.  First it provided me with tremendous motivation in that during the year as I mentioned above I had successful brain surgery to eliminate seizures and I was determined not to miss class.    The motivation to get back was so helpful to my recovery.  The other thing that I knew and LEADS helped me confirm is risks are such an important part of leadership and I guess the Surgery is a good example of that, without Risk there is no Reward.   Of course, all that I learned about Bergen County was great and the relationships that I formed will last a long time. 

BL How has your experience in Bergen LEADS impacted your life, personally and/or professionally?


Professionally, Bergen LEADS has impacted the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield and my leadership of that organization in that taking risks is such an important part of leadership.  Recently, the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield has started to think bigger and set visions that have expanded and deepened the impact we have on the children we serve and the willingness to take risks and think outside the box is a direct link to Bergen LEADS.  Personally, the relationships built are wonderful and I am happy to have them and look forward to continuing them,  I also now believe I have  a different level of confidence in who I am as a leader. 

BL If you were talking to someone who was thinking about applying to Bergen LEADS, what would you tell him/her?


Absolutely apply to participate in Bergen Leads it is an opportunity that you will never regret.  Bergen Leads is a great tool for all leaders in Bergen County. 

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