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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 2018

President's Message
BANNJ President, Anthony Volpe
Happy New Year to all, and hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season.   We have exciting news to share, and I am pleased to inform you that our new BANNJ website is now live at www.bannj.org.   Going back to our name of Builders Association of Northern NJ is a rebranding meant to include all types of builders including residential single family and multi-family, remodelers, commercial builders and real estate developers and more.  Please replace the BRANNJ logo, which is more identifiable with our NAHB logo and your 3 in 1 membership, with the BANNJ logo (click here to download) on your websites and marketing materials.     
The new site is much more user-friendly and interactive and includes a dues hub member connection and resource center.  As our valued member, you have the opportunity to connect with other members by searching the Directory or registering for an upcoming event. You may also access your membership details, review account history and pay all your invoices online from the Account area.  You will also notice there are many options for advertising and marketing on the new site, and we will be sending out packages for marketing opportunities shortly.    All members will have a profile page/standard listing where they can include their logo and contact information, but can upgrade to a Deluxe listing to allow members to upload job photos and/or video.  This option is especially beneficial for those members who may not have an active website as a means to attract consumers and other building professionals to your company.    We hope you enjoy using the tools on the new site, and that they will be helpful for your business and enhance your membership experience.   

Our first meeting of the new year is for Associate Members and we invite you to attend an Associates Roundtable on Tuesday, January 16th at 5:30pm at Ferguson in Ramsey, NJ.  Associates will meet with NJBA Associate leadership to discuss best practices, new ideas and future leadership.  Kindly RSVP to Victoria Reczkowski  at Victoria.reczkowski@ferguson.com or 201-236-3111 by January 12th.   

Congratulations to BANNJ Members being honored at the NJBA Industry Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, January 24th:  Builder of the Year-George Vallone, Hoboken Brownstone Company and BANNJ Ironman Award, John Kelly of Builders FirstSource.  For more details and to register and view complete list of winners, clickhttp://njba.org/event/2017-annual-awards-luncheon/.   

I am honored to serve BANNJ as your 2018 President, and hope to see many of our members at our Annual Installation & Awards Dinner on February 1stat 6:00pm at The Graycliff in Moonachie.  We have some excellent sponsorship opportunities for the event and be sure to place an ad or congratulatory message in our Commemorative Ad Journal .  Please plan to attend for a great evening of industry networking and support your incoming association leadership and fellow members receiving awards for their outstanding participation this past year.   

Thank you all for your membership, and I look forward to working with you towards a very successful 2018.




BANNJ Mourns the Passing of Past President Mauro C. Greco:

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of BANNJ Past President and Life Director, Mauro C. Greco.  Mauro passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2017, at the age of 86. He was born and raised in Kearny, N.J., where he resided his entire life. Mauro graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory High School and Seton Hall University. After graduating, he served in the United States Army. Mauro was president of Montville Manor Inc. , a real estate development company. His passion for the building industry was one that was well respected. Mauro was a member of the Builders Association of Northern New Jersey, where he served on the board of directors and eventually became president. He received numerous honors and awards from the association commemorating his unwavering service to the building and construction industry and was named as a prestigious life director. Mauro was also a long-standing member of the New Jersey Builders Association, where he served on numerous committees and earned the status of state life director. Mauro had tremendous focus and dedication managing his real estate holdings. He was a continuous long-standing member of the Kearny Lions Club and a member of the Atlantis Yacht Club in Monmouth Beach, N.J., where his passion for yachting was well known. He enjoyed spending his summers with friends and family entertaining on his boat. Through his late wife, Mauro had a passion for the accordion and was an honorary member of the American Accordionists Association. He was the loving husband to the late Maddalena Belfiore Greco; cherished father of Nat and his wife, JoAnn, of East Hanover, N.J., and Frank of Hackensack, N.J. He also leaves his adoring grandchildren, Christopher, Adrianna, and Alex, and his companion, Patricia "Patty" McKaig.  On behalf of our Officers, Board of Directors and members, we extend our heartfelt condolences to fellow member Nat, the entire Greco family and loved ones.






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Upcoming 2018 Events:   



Tuesday, January 16 - BANNJ Associates Roundtable with NJBA Associate Leadership 5:30pm@Ferguson Showroom, 50 Spring Street, Ramsey, NJ.  Associate Members are invited to attend for a light dinner and conversation regarding associate issues, current trends, strategic planning and more.  No fee, but RSVP required


January 24 NJBA Industry Awards Luncheon


Thursday, February 1st-BANNJ Annual Installation & Awards Dinner, The Graycliff in Moonachie at 6:00pm 

Thursday, March 22nd – BANNJ Board of Directors Meeting & GMM-TBA
April 10-12 NJBA Atlantic Builders Convention in Atlantic City 


Thursday, April 26th -BANNJ Board of Directors Meeting & GMM, Speaker TBA


Monday, May 21st-BANNJ Annual Golf Outing & Scholarship Awards at White Beeches Golf & Country Club, Haworth NJ