President’s Message

To Members and Friends of the NJ Ad Club,

We are three months into 2017 and your board has been hard at work planning out our calendar of events for the year. From Jersey’s Best to the NJ Ad Club Jersey Awards and Advertising Hall of Fame, we are excited to share with the advertising community the talent that we have in the Garden State! We also have a full slate of SmarTalk and Wake-Up Seminars planned to help you expand your knowledge, not to mention a few networking events where we can just relax and enjoy each other’s company!

This year, one of the goals of the Ad Club is to expand beyond Northern NJ and into Monmouth and Middlesex counties. We held our February Wake-Up Seminar in Middlesex county and will definitely look to host a networking event in Monmouth county later this year. It’s always great to see fresh faces at these events, and a great sign of the Ad Club’s continued importance in the state, so I’d like to welcome our newest members since December:

Allison Kent –  Atrium Managed Services

Barbara Mannino  – Consultant

Anthony Oade – Giovatto Advertising

Naoma Welk – Welk Ink Corporate Communications

Alan Zoldan – a2z micromarketing


We are also looking to expand and partner with other organizations. The Art Directors Club is hosting a hand lettering master class on March 13 at Unique Photo in Fairfield, NJ. Any NJ Ad Club member can save $10 by using the promo code “member” at checkout. Montclair State University has extended an invite to any NJ Ad Club organization to their Arts, Communication and Entertainment Career Fair on Wednesday, March 22 from 3pm-5pm. To register, visit their site and click on “Participant Registration” link. We’ll look to share other opportunities to you as they become available.

As for our own events, the Jersey Awards deadline has been extended (one last time) to Friday, March 10. Please make sure to get all your great work in by the end of the week! We are also taking nominations for Jersey’s Best until April 1. This is our third year that we are hosting this event and is a terrific opportunity to recognize upcoming talent, so don’t wait to recognize that super performer! All information about Jersey Awards and Jersey Best can be found on the NJ Ad Club website:

If any of you missed our annual State of the Advertising Industry SmarTalk last month, be sure to read the blog and view the pictures of the event here. Our next SmarTalk will be in April and is shaping up to be a great one as well, you won’t want to miss it! More details and information to follow. As you are planning out your year, mark your calendars for the Jersey Best reception and awards on May 4, at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ and the NJ Ad Club Jersey Awards on June 7, at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ.

As always, feel free to join us at a board meeting before heading off to work. Board meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Comcast Spotlight offices in Bloomfield at 8 am. Details are on the website. We’d love to get your feedback to see if we are meeting your needs and see how we can better serve you.  If you are not a member or if you know friends who are not yet members, we invite you to join today! To contact the NJ Ad Club, please email

Franco Zito, President, NJ Ad Club