President’s Message

This marks my last official communication as President of the NJ Ad Club.
I am proud of what we’ve done over the past two years, but I’m even more excited about where the Ad Club is heading. We’ve expanded our thought leadership, not only through SmarTalk and Wake-Up Seminars, but also by featuring our members in industry journals and our very own Video Interview Series. Our Jersey’s Best awards continue to gain momentum and this year’s record-setting attendance and submissions at the NJ Ad Club Jersey Awards propel us forward as we gear up for the 50th anniversary of our state’s most prestigious advertising industry award show.
All this wouldn’t be possible without our volunteer board and chairpersons who run these incredible events.  I couldn’t have been luckier than to work with the hardest working people in the ad industry. Join me in wishing our new President, Rob Schnapp, from Coyne PR and our new slate of board officers well as he guides the NJ Ad club to even new heights.
If you haven’t been able to participate in any of our events so far, here’s a recap of what’s been happening. We are coming off two incredible events: Jersey’s Best and the Jersey Awards.  Jersey’s Best featured some of the best and brightest talent in the state.  Click here to see a recap video of the evening as well as pictures. The Jersey Awards reached record-setting attendance with great work on display at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ.  Congratulations to our Best in Show winner Nickelodeon Creative Advertising and all the winners.  For a complete list of winners, click here.
Our last event of the fiscal year was our New Member Breakfast held at NJ Advance Media’s office in Woodbridge. This event is a great way for us to let new and existing members know what’s going on at the Ad Club and discuss ways for new members to get involved. It’s always great to see fresh faces at these events.
As I mentioned in the last President’s message, we are looking to expand beyond our North Jersey base and will be scheduling a summer networking event in Monmouth County.  Be on the lookout for more details.
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 and are held at the Coyne PR offices in Parsippany at 8 am. 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