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Choose New Jersey’s Growing the Garden State “Rocking Reception”

On October 9th, #HipNJ‘s business, labor, academia, nonprofit and government elite gathered at Choose New Jersey‘s inaugural Growing the Garden State “Rocking Reception”.  Over 320 packed Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster for great food, cocktails, entertainment by The Infernos, and high-level networking with New Jersey’s “business rockstars”.

#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino chatted with many of the party’s VIPs on the red carpet, including Tracye McDaniel, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey; Ed Walsh, managing partner of Avison Young and the event’s chair; Randal Pinkett, president and CEO of BCT Partners (and Season 4 winner of “The Apprentice“!); former New York Giants great and senior VP of Avison Young, Bart Oates; Linda Bowden, New Jersey president of PNC Bank; Poonam Khubani, VP of Telebrands; and CEO of Siel America Glauco Pensini,  who moved his business to the Garden State, thanks to Choose New Jersey.

“The only two [New Jersey rockstars] who aren’t here are [Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen],” quipped Bernie Flynn, president and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers.

The “rocking reception” featured Steve Adubato as emcee and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno as the keynote speaker.

“You all know as well as I do that it’s a very competitive world, and companies have a choice.  We have to thank Choose New Jersey because we’re now in the game,” proclaimed Guadagno.

Choose New Jersey is a privately funded nonprofit dedicated to lead generation, business attraction and marketing that encourages investment in New Jersey, with a focus on helping the state’s most distressed cities become engines for economic growth.  More than $320,000 was raised at the “rocking reception” to help fuel Choose New Jersey’s mission.

Steve Kalafer, Chairman of Flemington Car & Truck Country of Dealerships and the Somerset Patriots, summed up the night- and the cause- best:

“Choose New Jersey because there’s a return on investment.  Choose New Jersey because it’s the most educated workforce in the United States.  Choose New Jersey because we’re at the cutting edge of technology.  Choose New Jersey because it’s right…and it’s hip!”

#HipNJ couldn’t agree more- we live in the best state to live, work and play!

For more on Choose New Jersey, visit ChooseNJ.com.

#TBT NBC 4 New York & New York Giants Health and Fitness Expo at Metlife Stadium

This summer, New York Giants fans and “hip”- New Jerseyians alike flocked to the Metlife Health and Fitness Expo at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford. The event was hosted by NBC 4’s Bruce Beck and Giants punter (and #HipNJ guest!) Steve Weatherford

There was no shortage of things to do, including the “5k Run of Champions”, Zumba Zone, meet-and-greets with Giants greats, and more!

#HipNJ’s Enzo Domingo was on the beat on this glorious July weekend.  Enzo spoke with Kristin Givonedirector of channel marketing for Quest Diagnostics and the woman behind the cause.  Quest Diagnostics is a proud partner in health with the Giants, and all parties thought it would be beneficial to engage fans in a fun wellness outing.  Certified fitness trainer Kenneth Moskowitz echoed his pleasure for the day’s objective- to teach people how to live a happier, healthier lives.

One tent that was popular with attendees was Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) tent.  Volunteer Jimmy explained its appeal; that it was a great way for adults and children to workout together.

We’ll see you at Metlife Stadium next summer for Round 2!

Smythe Volvo Summit Grand Opening

Recently, we welcomed Smythe Volvo Summit to the #HipNJ neighborhood!

Smythe Volvo Summit’s grand opening celebration was fitting for their 46,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art dealership and showroom (which is one of the largest Volvo retailers in the country!)

The event featured a selection of Volvo models, from the Jakob to the latest 2015 V60.  Guests sipped on cocktails provided by Hanger 1 Vodka Bar– courtesy of PURE Restaurant and Lounge– and snacked on light hors d’oeuvres provided by The Brownstone.  Madison High School‘s jazz and funk group, “Rhythm for Real,” provided groovin’ music to set the mood.

In addition to the classic cars, a number of Volvo executives from all over the globe were present, including Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO Volvo Car Group and Tony Nicolosi, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia spoke to members of the Smythe Volvo Summit family, including the President of Smythe Volvo Summit, Kevin Flanagan, and his father, Sean Flanagan Sr., who had been waiting for this day for 46 years!

Said Sean:  “We are happiest of all because this is a dream come true for us.  We have worked on this now for a number of years. We have been in Summit since 1966, and this is just our newest endeavor.”

Smythe Volvo Summit’s facility features lavish amenities such as a larger waiting room, indoor service drive and a full indoor pre-owned showroom. The addition of a larger showroom will allow for a larger display of Volvo cars, so customers will get to sample a wide range of options.

Not only does Smythe Volvo Summit have a passion for customer service, but they also strive to better the environment.  With the new installation of a solar roof over their parking garage, Smythe Volvo Summit is reducing their carbon footprint as well as decreasing their electricity intake.

For more information on Smythe Volvo Summit, visit their website or call (908) 273-4200.