President’s Message

So much is going on with the club right now that I feel like Will Ferrell in “Step Brothers.”


SmarTalk Panel

This year kicked off with January’s State of the Advertising Industry SmarTalk which brought together panelists representing a range of agency types from “traditional” to in-house to influencer. It was my honor to moderate the discussion with Lara Griggs – Chief Operating Officer at Y&R, Alison Lazzaro – VP, General Manager of Brand Marketing and Advertising at Prudential, and Kat Gates – Sr. Creative Director at WHOSAY. In fact, Kat wrote a wrap-up on WHOSAY’s blog. Read it here.


Jersey Awards

Entries have been pouring in for the NJ Ad Club Jersey Awards. And because this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the awards, we hope this year surpasses last year’s record-high for entries and attendance. Be sure to mark your calendars for the dinner on June 6th. It’s always a tremendous night. If you’ve never attended before, I hope you will be there for this one. See details here.


Jersey’s Best

Another one of our pillar events is Jersey’s Best in which we recognize outstanding professionals in our industry under the age of 40. The induction ceremony will be held on April 26th. Learn more here.


Breakfast and Networking

Come meet other club members and find ways to get more involved at our networking events. On March 6th we held our New Member Breakfast and Orientation. You don’t have to be a new member to attend. This took place at NJ Advance Media in Woodbridge. Be on the lookout for more events like this.


The Future of Television

Thanks to everyone who attended on March 15th at the School of Communications and Media at Montclair State University for The Future of Television. We were excited to have Alan Wolk as our featured speaker. He is a frequent contributor to and columnist for Slate, Forbes, Decider and other industry news sites and is the author of Over the Top. How the Internet is (Slowly But Surely) Changing the Television Industry. See event photos here.


More Student Involvement

In addition to our event with Montclair State, we are deepening our connection with future professionals. We recently held an info session with marketing students at Rutgers Business School in Newark in which five club members participated and spoke with students.


Professional Spotlight Video Series

I had the pleasure of interviewing NJ Ad Club board member Hafeez Saheed from Nickelodeon Creative Advertising for our Professional Spotlight video series produced by Grey Sky Films. Be on the lookout for more new episodes coming soon.


And finally…

I’d like to thank all of our members for their participation and enthusiasm. I enjoy seeing you at all of our events and catching up. Big thanks also go to our club administrator Pat Hanley who keeps things moving. And we couldn’t do anything without our very active Board of Directors. Thank you for all your efforts in making our club thrive.

I’m Rob Schnapp, NJ Ad Club president, and I approve this message.