• The Wildwoods Tourism Authority’s John Siciliano Named Finalist in NJBIZ CFI of the Year Award

     
    POSTED October 31, 2016
     

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism and Development Authority’s John Siciliano is among the top six finalists for the Best Growth Manager for the NJBIZ CFO of the Year Award for 2016. Siciliano was nominated for outstanding leadership in his role as Executive Director/CFO at GWTIDA.

The nominees were selected from companies across the state, including Hackensack Meridian Health Network, Case Real Estate Capital LLC, STOPit, Commvault and Modway Inc. The nominees were all recognized on Oct. 14 by NJBIZ and many other industry professionals.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as a finalist alongside these accomplished CFO’s,” says Siciliano, executive director and CFO, GWTIDA. “My goal with the Board of Directors and staff of GWTIDA is to continually implement new and innovative ways to retain our position as a leader in the travel and tourism industry.”

The Wildwoods area is becoming a more popular destination for family vacations—with 2015 being a record-breaking tourism year. Wildwoods saw $1.5 billion in tourism spending, a 4.9 percent increase from 2014. This has had a positive effect on the area’s economy, as they’ve experienced 2.2 percent growth, equating to 5,660 new jobs and a $129 million in tax revenue.

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. 

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