Things are heating up for the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce as they finish the final details for the Emerging Leaders Summit.

The forum, taking place Thursday, Feb. 5 at The Heldrich Hotel, gives beginning and mid-career professionals opportunities and education for professional and personal development. Attendees will network with their peers and learn from a variety of professionals.  

Senior-level professionals will participate in five roundtable discussions concerning their various industries. Afterwards, participants can attend a panel discussion that will include Brian Agnew, PhD, executive directpr, RWJUH Foundation; Gloria Cirulli, managing director, eWomen Network of Central NJ; Patrick Ryan, president and CEO First Bank; and Jessica Thiebaud, area sales manager, Coca Cola.

“Central Jersey is a treasure trove of professional talent,” says Lina Llona, president, Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “When we can provide the tools to best develop that talent, it benefits economically the individual, the employer, as well as the entire region.”

October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place. 

 

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

M+E: What fueled your interest in working in the conventions industry?