• Arnon Amir

    Arnon Amir is Founder and President of GrowthPoint Business Consulting.  Arnie’s mission is to leverage his 30+ years of sales leadership and business development experience to assist business owners in overcoming their toughest challenges and enabling them to plan, execute and achieve the vision they have for the growth of their business.

    Arnon has led successful sales teams for small and large companies in markets such as Healthcare, Fire and Security Alarms, as well as other high tech businesses.  Arnie’s specific expertise includes identifying and positioning a company's true value proposition, developing and executing sales strategies, motivating and coaching sales people, as well as fostering total team commitment and participation.  He has also created and facilitated presentations to potential investors to position companies as attractive investment or acquisition opportunities. 

    Arnie launched Biz 2.0 Workshops for Growing Businesses, a West Orange Speaker Series held at various town locations.  These informative workshops are intended for new and established businesses and include topics such as Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Business, Content Marketing, Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Business Growth, Small Business Legal Issues and others.  There is no fee to attend, but registration is requested.  Arnie also serves on the Board of Directors for the West Orange Chamber of Commerce.

    He has been featured in the monthly publication of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association with articles entitled "Customer Advisory Boards: Creating Beneficial Collaborations", "Acquiring the Right Sales People: Giving Them the Best Chance to Succeed" and "Strong Distributor Networks: Discover How Everyone Can Succeed". 

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  • Ken Baris

    Ken Baris, President of Jordan Baris, Inc. Realtors in New Jersey, is among the real estate industry’s most prolific and dynamic leaders.

    He is a proud recipient of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World President's Award for Service and also received the Award for Transaction of the Year for Outstanding Client Experience.  He is a past President of the NY Metro Group of Leading RE, served on the CRB Board of Directors, was a founding member of the Zillow Advisory Board, Member Mobile Real Estate ID Board and Executive Committee of eLumindata Inc., a data science company.  Ken is frequently in the media, a popular speaker at industry events and meetings and is often featured in national publications and conventions.

    An innovator, Ken created Top Presenter, winner of the NAR software of the year when launched and sold over 80,000 copies. He is heralded for his creative approach and his easy and humorous style.

    Ken works respectfully to honor his father, Jordan Baris, who founded their company in 1952 and is iconic in the industry. Currently there are offices in South Orange, West Orange and Livingston with more to open in the future.  The company is expanding.

    Simply put, Ken clearly is a leader, a recognized innovator and has great ingenuity. His energy, creativity and contagious enthusiasm have made him a well-liked national figure in real estate.

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  • Timothy Brennan

    Tim is a certified public accountant (CPA) who works with Bederson LLP as a Tax Manager in their Fairfield NJ office.

    Tim holds a Masters Degree in Taxation from Seton Hall University and is also an alumnus of Rutgers University and County College of Morris.

    As a long time resident of West Orange, in addition to the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Tim has been involved in many youth activities in town including Mountain Top League as a Coach and Trustee and with Boy Scout Troop 2 as their Scoutmaster.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-brennan-cpa-mst-51553937/ 

    Website: www.bederson.com


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  • Richard “Rick” Brill

    Rick Brill has been part of the pest management industry since 1988.  Brill is the owner of Advantage Pest Control located on Main Street, whose mission is to help local people solve their pest problems.

    Organizations: Board of Directors West Orange Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors NJ Pest Management Association, Trustee of WO Community House, Member of The Life Christian Church

    Email: advantpc@aol.com www.advantagepestcontrol.com Facebook: facebook.com/AdvantageTPC


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  • Mark Brinn

    Mark Brinn is the Regional Director of Outpatient Services at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West
    Orange. A physical therapist by background, he oversees all outpatient therapy programs, including
    physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, wheelchair services, cognitive
    rehabilitation, neuropsychology and driver rehabilitation at both the Kessler Saddle Brook and West
    Orange campuses.

    Mark earned a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New
    York. He joined Kessler Institute in 1993 and gained extensive experience working in the inpatient,
    homecare and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

    Mark and his wife Rosalie live in West Orange with their two sons and are active in many community
    activities and the Township’s sports leagues.

    WEBSITE: kessler-rehab.com

    Email: mbrinn@kessler-rehab.com

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  • Bill Johnson

    William Johnson is the manager of the Regal Bank. He has over 25 years banking experience in New Jersey and New York. William was born and raised in West Orange and comes from a family owned a W.O. small business.

    He is active on in several community groups such as the Freemasons, West Orange Scholarship Committee and Rotary. William brings his extensive knowledge of Small Business lending as well as experience working with the large and small businesses in the community.  

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  • Sally Malech

    Sally Malech, MPH, RD, is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health facility and New Jersey’s largest integrated health system.

    Ms. Malech holds a Master's degree in Public Health from Yale School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and is also a Registered Dietitian. She has extensive experience in creating and implementing media programs, social media, financial management, strategic planning, and advertising and brand equity.


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  • Susan McCartney

    Susan McCartney, has been a member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce since 1997 and has served on the Town Council since. 2002. Susan can be contacted at smccartney@westorange.org or by phone at (973) 243-6768 

    She is the founder and owner of First Mountain Preschool established on Pleasant Valley Way here in West Orange.

    Susan has a Bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University and a Master's from Kean University, Susan has designed state-wide curriculum models and served as an adjunct professor in Education and Administration at Seton Hall University and Montclair State University.

    Susan's commitment is extensive as she also serves as the Council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce,  the West Orange Planning Board, Board of Trustees for the Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park,  the West Orange Arts Council and West Orange Environmental Commission.

    Susan and her childhood sweetheart Joe McCartney have been married for over 40 years.  They have three children: Joseph married to Candace Tremaine of Rhode Island; Kate married to Nick Turalski & Hannah and four beautiful grandchildren.

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  • Ruth Murray

    Ruth Murray is an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at Kearny Bank in West Orange, NJ.  She is passionate about serving the community with world-class personal and commercial banking. 

    Ruth’s expertise is in sales, service, and management.   She has over 19 years of experience in the financial and banking industry, and is skilled at expanding deposits, developing new business opportunities, and enhancing customer retention.

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  • Tedros Negasi

    Tedros is a Sales Associate office manager with Cass Inc. Realtors West Orange which helps first time home buyer, investors and property management mainly in Essex County for the last fourteen years.

    Tedros is a resident homeowner investor in West Orange, believes and demonstrates that West Orange is the best place to live, work and rise kids.  And he is an active member supportive of Eritrean & Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

    Tedros is a Broker-Sales Associate.

    LinkedIn page: Tedros Negasi
    Facebook page: Tedros G Negasi
    Website: Cassrealtors.com


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  • Jaina Lally

    As a managing stakeholder, Jaina Lally oversees client experience, internal and external education and training, and strategic partnership development for The Robinson Agency, an independent insurance franchise partnered with the national brokerage Goosehead Insurance. 


    Jaina was born in West Orange and after a 10 year stint on the west coast, the birth of her child brought her back to the Garden State where she settled in the flourishing community of Maplewood. 


    Jaina had always been active in the animal rights world, volunteering her time producing PSAs for organizations and turned that love into a business by starting up Peace Out Dog, a premier dog walking and pet sitting service with a focus on helping clients assimilate their newly rescued family members into the home.


    Jaina is a regular fundraiser for St Hubert's Animal Welfare Center and Covenant House NJ. She spearheads The Robinson Agency's education programs with non-profits like The Housing Partnership and Operation HOPE. She also is the Co-chairperson for the North Central Jersey Association of REALTORS Affiliate Committee where she also teaches realtors the fundamentals of Flood and Homeowners insurance and in 2020 The Robinson Agency was pleased to become the in-house insurance advisors for Hearth Realty.

  • Paul M. Petigrow

    Paul M. Petigrow is an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey, concentrating on corporate law;  including the formation and organization of different types of entities; commercial transactions, including  mergers and acquisitions, sales and purchases of businesses and commercial loans; commercial real estate law including buying, selling, leasing and financing transactions; and tax law, both corporate and individual.  

    He practiced law as a member of a firm located in West Orange for forty years before that firm dissolved, and is now a solo practitioner in addition to serving as in-house counsel to a New Jersey corporation.  

    He has both his J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.  He served as a member of the West Orange Board of Education for thirteen years, including three terms as Board President.


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  • Tez Roro

    Tezeta “Tez” Roro is a West Orange resident, mom, PTA leader and a community builder. She is your local real estate professional who is deeply engaged in her community and thus keeps up with the pulse of our town.

    After a 12-year career in the corporate world, Tez entered the real estate profession as a result of her own home buying experience and thus has a great deal of empathy of understanding for the home buying and selling process.

    While Tez strives to give a full-service real estate experience resulting in a confident and informed decision making for her clients, her bigger goal is to create meaningful relationships that last way past a real estate project. She enjoys working with diverse personalities from different walks of life who each have their unique stories.

    She is a power connector who is passionately curious, asks lots of questions and makes magical connections happen for her network. She is intentional about supporting local businesses, adding value to her network and taking action towards solving local issues. She is lover of reggae and storytelling and has been featured on Huffington Post, Buzz Feed and Ellevate Network.

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  • Roger Schneider

    Roger Schneider completed two consecutive terms as President of the Board of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, as of December 31, 2002.  He also served as Past President of the Lions’ Club of West Orange (1998-1999) and is the current President (2018-2019); Treasurer of the Executive Board of the Main Street Development Corporation (nine years); also served as Treasurer of the Board of the Downtown West Orange Alliance since its inception; WOCC liaison to the West Orange Business Advisory Council, and continues to remain active in a variety of other civic and community activities.

    Schneider is co-owner with his brother Gerald of Schneider Hardware, operated by their father Leon Schneider for 60 years, and founded by Isadore Schneider in 1923, and is the oldest continuously operated family retail business in West Orange. 

    He is a 1977 graduate of Fairleigh-Dickinson University in Madison.  Prior to joining the family business in 1991, Schneider was a representative for 14 years with Magnetek, Inc., a Fortune 200 company.  He is married to Sherrie Schneider, co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Rules. 

    February 1998 Schneider Hardware was the one of the first businesses selected as Business of the Month by the Town Council and in 2004 one of the first chosen as WOCC Business of the Year for actively participating in community volunteer services, with WOCC/the West Orange Downtown Revitalization efforts; charitable contributions to the school district and other activities and events. May 1993, special commendation by the National Main Street program for recognition of a downtown business tradition.

    2 years: Chair West Orange Community Awards dinner 

    2 years: Chair West Orange Community Thanksgiving luncheon 

    3 years: Chair West Orange Mayor’s State of the Town address 

    3 years: Co-Chair Membership Committee

    20 years: Chair Nominations Committee

    20 years: Member of all other WOCC committees 

    Reactivated the Joint Service Clubs Committee promoting active participation from all four (4) service clubs for the annual golf outing and annual service clubs Thanksgiving luncheon.


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  • Dr. Ron Silikovitz

    With more than thirty-five years of clinical experience, my goal is to provide quality psychological services to children, adults and families. Always sensitive to your unique emotional needs, my extensive experience in the application of scientific psychological principles provides a firm foundation to assist you in achieving emotional growth, and reaching your treatment goals. 

    With offices located in West Orange, NJ and Elizabeth, NJ, I provide psychodiagnostic, psychotherapy, consultative and forensic psychology services. I am also a consultant to the Public Defender's office, the Department of Child Permanency and Protection, the Division of Disability Services, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities. I have privileges to practice at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, and at Bonnie Brae.

    Ronald G. Silikovitz, Ph.D. is a NJ Licensed Psychologist (#1320) providing both psychotherapy and forensic psychology consulting services, with offices in West Orange, NJ and Elizabeth, NJ.


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  • Dr. Ira Sonet

    DMD, FAGD, PA.

    Ira M. Sonet is a dentist who treats children and adults, performing all phases of dental treatment for them.

    Ira feels that maintaining excellent oral health plays a major role in the overall health and well being of every individual.

    Ira established his private dental practice in West Orange, NJ in 1984 and has been providing high quality dental care for his extensive family of patients throughout Northern New Jersey.

    Ira is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has extensive continuing education training in all phases of restorative dentistry, root canal therapy, and preventative dental care.

    Ira holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a D.M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers University).

    Website(s):  www.dentistwestorangenj.com  www.sonetfamilydental.com

    Facebook: Sonet Family Dental of NJ Linkedin: member (dentist @ sonet family dental)

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  • Adam Wolf

    Founder and Principal Consultant of CellCon Consulting 

    He has been assisting his clients to use Social Media as a business tool since 2007. He has helped numerous companies generate qualified leads, extend their brand and improve customer relations via tools such as Facebook and Twitter.

    He has produced seminars on various marketing topics such as Lead Generation and speaks regularly at conferences on the subject. He has presented to organizations such as PPA (Professional Photographers of America), various business networking groups and chambers of commerce. In addition, he was the Instructor for the Social Media for Business Continuing Education program at Bergen Community College and currently teaches Marketing at The Jewish Educational Center High School in Elizabeth, NJ.

    Adam holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and continues his education through various on-line courses and lectures from such institutions as Yale University, Duke University and the Wharton School of Business. You can learn more about Adam and his company at www.cellconconsulting.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/awolf/ 

    Twitter: @cellcon 

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  • Evan Nass

    Evan Nass is an attorney and the managing partner at Nass Roper & Levin, PC in New York City. He, along with four others, recently began the AIVEC Fund which is an angel investment group focusing on B2B startups. 


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  • Georgia Varidakis

    Georgia Varidakis Simoes is a business consultant and a self taught jewelry artist. She focuses on raw stones and celestial imagery in her designs.  She has travelled throughout the United States displaying her work in various art shows and has had her work featured in numerous publications, including VOGUE and The New York Times.  Georgia has over 10 years of experience developing events and retail venues that focus on helping small businesses grow and building local connections. She has also spoken at events on the importance of expanding businesses into numerous sales channels for maximum sales opportunities.


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  • Amanda Fleissner

    Amanda is the owner of Find Relief Therapy.

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  • Joy Reyes-Moton

    Joy is the owner of the Kids Palace II Daycare in West Orange.