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2017 Open House

Thanks to OCBA member/board trustee Chris Aldrich of Andrew K. Knox and Company for chairing this year’s Open House event. It was a huge success! We had lots of guests and prospective members in attendance—and a fascinating afternoon of learning.

Our first speaker, Toms River Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, spoke of the chaotic 48 hours following the pipe-bomb explosion in a trash can in South Seaside Park last September. It was timed to detonate when runners from the Semper Five road race would be passing by, but fortunately, the race was delayed and there were no casualties.

Was it an act of terrorism? Lots of calls and misinformation flooded Mastronardy’s office, and all leads were explored.

With the sheriff’s office, the state police, the prosecutor’s office, the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives), and the FBI all working on the case, the attack was ultimately deemed terrorism, and the perpetrator, Rahami, was caught in Linden, N.J.

Next at the podium was sheriff’s officer Christine Casullo and her furry pal, Gertrude Penelope—a bloodhound currently serving in the canine unit. Gertrude is used for tracking and search and rescue. The canine unit has nine other dogs, whose jobs include sniffing for bombs, drugs, and arson. There are six handlers for the ten canines, and all dogs live with their handlers.

We left the Open House meeting feeling thankful for both the humans and the animals that are making our lives better and safer here in Ocean County.


Providence House Honors OCBA & CAREing for Children

Providence House honored OCBA’s in-house charity, CAREing for Children, at its annual Survivor Celebration on October 20 at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River.

CAREing for Children (CFC) provided toys and food to Providence House families during the 2015 holidays.

A division of Catholic Charities, Providence House provides individual and family support services and shelter to the victims of domestic violence.

CFC raises funds throughout the year and donates food boxes, toys, and other gifts to families in need during the holidays. Its largest fundraiser event is the annual Marty Aronow Charity Golf Classic held in May.

Attending the Survivor Celebration were CFC chairperson Clare Bojus, OCBA president Regina Gelzer, and OCBA member and Providence House board member Tim Bradshaw.

“Survivors got up and talked about their experiences with domestic violence and abuse, their escape journeys, and how Providence House helped them,” says Regina. “It was a very moving, emotional ceremony.”

(l. to r.) Mary Pettrow and Jennifer Bauer, both of Providence House. Tim Bradshaw, Regina Gelzer and Clare Bojus of OCBA.


Take the Seagan Plunge!

OCBA past president and board member Lisa McComsey is coauthor (with chef Amy Cramer) of Seagan Eating: The Lure of a Healthy, Sustainable Seafood + Vegan Diet, published by Penguin Random House in July 2016. Lisa and Amy’s first book, The Vegan Cheat Sheet, debuted July 2013.

The book presents a thoughtful, well-informed case for making seaganism the new gold standard for sustainable, satisfying, and healthy eating.

In this guide, Lisa and Amy share tips on how to shop, cook, and eat better and more mindfully as seagans, proving you can eat luxuriously and healthfully every single day. Readers learn:

  • The health benefits of seafood
  • The best (and worst) fish for health and sustainability
  • Seagan grocery staples and best practices for buying seafood
  • Fish in a Flash – five easy preparations and recipe hacks
  • 21 days of seagan menus, plus decadent, crowd-pleasing seagan and vegan recipes
  • 23 vegan foods you should ditch and why

Ideal for anyone looking for an easier introduction to the vegan diet, who wants to make incremental changes to their diets, or who simply can’t accommodate an all-or-nothing approach, Seagan Eating is the perfect guide to help punch up your nutritional intake while still maintaining a well-balanced, sustainable, and mostly vegan diet. For more information, visit www.seaganeating.com.


See OCBA in action as SERVPRO of Toms River introduces new video

OCBA member and SERVPRO of Toms River president Mike Reilly didn't have far to go when he produced a testimonial video of satisfied customers. Four fellow OCBA members (and customers) lined up to sing the praises of Ocean County's most successful residential and commercial restoration and cleaning service.

Insurance broker, the Martin Agency, builder Chap Construction, public insurance adjuster Andrew K. Knox and Company, and client OceanFirst Bank all spoke highly of SERVPRO's professionalism and quick response, while fifth OCBA member, Sandra Levine Productions recorded it all and produced the video, below.




Anderson Insurance offers tips on insuring waterfront property, including docks!

Click here to view this informative video.




Annual Open House a Huge Success


More than 75 business owners and managers attended OCBA's annual open house in April. With a keynote speech by noted author and motivational speaker Barry Farber, it was an action packed lunch meeting. Acting President Chad White of Safe Harbor Wealth Management kicked the activities off. The main purpose of the event is for potential members to attend an OCBA luncheon, meet with existing members and learn about how the organization fosters business exchange in Ocean County. More than 35 prospective members and guests attended.

Bruce Rush, of Autoshred, introduced the guest speaker. Bruce worked with Barry many years ago for a copier company before both of them caught the entrepreneurial bug and started their own businesses.

The open house is just one of many activities OCBA holds each year to promote business exchange in Ocean County. The group is unique in that we are category exclusive, and we are entirely dedicated to business referrals. To find out more about membership click here.

 

Historical News

First Annual OCBA Golf Outing

OCBA Annual Open House Features Sales Motivational Speaker Barry Farber

OCBA Member Authors Refreshing New Book

Jennifer McHahon Named 2013 Women In Industry Winner

OCBA Donates to Caring for Children

Jim Everett Elected New OCBA President

First Annual OCBA Beach Bash a Huge Success

Chuck Laing Named OCBA Member of the Year

2012 Senior Living Expo

2010 - OCBA Installs New President for 2010-2012

September 17, 2010 - Dr. Jon Larson to Receive “Champion of the Year” Award

July 2009 - OCBA presents their first-annual Champion of the Year award to Christopher Christie.

November 20, 2008 – Joel L. Naroff, TD Bank's chief economist, speaks at OCBA

July 2008 – New Officers and Board Elected to OCBA

June 2008 – Members of the Year awarded to Flying Turtle Marketing

October 25, 2007 - World-renowned Economist Speaks at OCBA Open House

 

Ocean County Business Association
P.O. Box 1291
Toms River, N.J. 08754-1291
Phone: 1.866.606.OCBA
E-mail: info@oceancountybusinessassociation.com