Founded in 1985, the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce is a member based non-profit organization that represents and promotes the business community in the Township of Ocean and surrounding area. Also known as the GOTCC, we are devoted to providing networking, educational and promotional opportunities aimed at increasing business for our members; and giving back to our community by sponsoring and participating in social and outreach programs and events, including annual scholarships for deserving community-minded high school seniors and support of the Community Hope Fund. We serve as a liaison between the local business community, local government and nearby business organizations and chambers. Embarking on a new era, we are always seeking new and innovative ways to help our members increase their business base through improved networking events, cutting edge educational opportunities and the development of this high functioning Website that allows us to further our members’ exposure.
Full Board of Directors and Executive Director at 2016 Installation & Awards Luncheon. Not pictured: Audrey Koppel, Elliot Solop, Esq. and Lois White.
2016 HONORARY TRUSTEES
Councilman Richard Long, Mayor Christopher Siciliano and Councilman Robert Acerra.
Michael Bellina is a graphic artist, Web designer and proprietor of Migman Media, a Website development firm that focuses on the correlation between Website deisgn, functionality and business growth. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Salisbury University. He resides in Tinton Falls with his wife and son, where he has been an active volunteer with a number of organizations.
Michael has sat on the GOTCC Board for 6 years having served as Treasurer and currently Vice President. He also sits on our Expo and Scholarship Committees.
JOHN ‘DOC’ AMATO
John has served as an adjunct professor for more than 18 years at several colleges including Monmouth University. He was the Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Education and held other high ranking volunteer positions at prestigious national and international associations. He is also involved with the NJ DOE’s trained “Leader 2 Leader” program helping new school administrators get started. John is also a realtor with Davis Realtors in Ocean.
John is currently our Board Secretary, having sat on the Board of Directors for 6 years. He is Chair of the Scholarship/Comedy Night Committee and Co-Chair of our Membership Committee. He also serves on the Golf Committee.
DANIEL WHITE, CPA
Dan is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years experience in the accounting field. Dan has vast experience in financial reporting and tax planning and preparation and is a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Dan is a graduate of Rowan University and earned a Master of Business Administration from Monmouth University and donates his time with various non-profit organizations.
Dan has served as the GOTCC’s Treasurer for 2 terms, co-Chairs the Membership Committee and sits on the Golf Committee.
GOTCC Director & Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KIM HORN BLANDA Kim is the Executive Director of the GOTCC. A founding member of the Chamber, she has created and chaired several events over the years, and designed and edited the Chamber’s long-time newsletter “Business in m’Ocean.” In addition to running the day-to-day activities of the Chamber, and working with all committees on the development and implementation of events and programs, Kim has been designing this Website to provide valuable and up-to-date information for our members.
A financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors of Ocean, Keith has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. Keith helps individual investors and business owners develop a strategy to help achieve their long term financial goals and estate plans. Keith maintains FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses and a NJ life producer’s insurance.
Keith has served on the Board of Directors for 5 years, and on the Executive Board as Vice President and President. Keith, an avid golfer, has served as Chair of the Golf Outing for 5 years. He also sits on the Membership and Corporate Sponsorship Committees.
Nick was a founding member of the GOTCC, a past President, Board member for 32 years, Hall of Fame enductee and Chamber Service award recipient.. He took great satisfaction in helping local youth by various efforts, including Chairing/Co-Chairing the GOTCC’s Youth Committee’s Scholarship Fundraiser for 29 years. Nick was an early supporter of the anti-drug and youth mentoring programs in the township.
Sadly, Nick unexpectedly passed away a week following our 29th Comedy Night scholarship fundraiser. He was delighted that it was another successful, sold-out event raising funds to help community minded high school seniors with their college expenses.
In his honor, the GOTCC will annually give the Nicholas Blanda Memorial Scholarship to the highest scoring applicant. The first award was made at our January 2017 Installation & Awards Luncheon.
Nick, a friendly, funny, well-liked man, was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
Anna Burian is the Vice President of Ambulatory Care for Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch. Anna holds a Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.
Anna serves on the Expo and Scholarship Committees,
DR. STUART CHAVIS, DMD
Stu is the proprietor of Ocean Township Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. He is a long-time member of the Chamber, a past President, and has served on the Board of Directors for 2 decades. Stu currently sits on the Membership and Installation/Awards Committees and is Co-Chair of the Wine & Chocolate Tasting New Member Drive that he founded.
Nicholas is the proprietor of Atlantic Kitchen & Bath in Ocean Township. He has sat on the Board since 2010 having served as President, Vice President and Secretary of the Executive Board. Nick served as both Chair and Co-Chair of the Golf Committee and is currently a member of that committee and the Membership Committee.
Kathy King is the Vice President of Commercial Lending and Business Development of Kearny Bank. Kathy has been a member of the GOTCC Board and Executive Board, having served as Secretary, Vice President, and two-term President for nearly a decade. Kathy is also the long-time Planning Chair and has been involved in several committees, including as co-Chair for the Golf Committee.
AUDREY KOPPEL, LE CPE
Audrey Koppel is the owner of Polished & Pluckedm a full service nail and face salon located at 1719 Highway 35 in Oakhurst. Audrey is a highly certified Electrologist and Ethestitican and proudly serves as VP and Education Chairman of the American Electrology Association. She also has served on the New Jersey Medical Board Governor’s Advisory Committee for over 9 years. Audrey co-Chairs the Expo Committee and sits on the Scholarship Membership Committees. She resides in Marlboro with her husband Mark.
LIFETIME HONOREE MARTIN ARBUS, ESQ. Marty is partner at Arbus, Marbruch & Goode Attorneys at Law and serves as the Township of Ocean attorney. He is a founding member of the GOTCC, a Past President, past multi-year Golf Outing Chairman, an unofficial historian, Master of Ceremonies at our annual Installation & Awards Luncheon and Golf Outing Awards Dinner. He is a past Hall of Fame inductee and multi GOTCC award-winning honoree. He is the 2nd person to receive this honor.
LIFETIME HONOREE MARIE SICILIANO Marie is the co-founder of the Gavin Agency Real Estate firm. She is a founding member of the GOTCC and sat on our Board of Directors for well over 20 years. She chaired many committees and was active in multiple areas, including youth/scholarship. Marie also serves an an unofficial historian and Hall of Fame inductee, as well as a multiple GOTCC award honoree. She is the first person to be honored with this award.
IN MEMORIAM LYNNE GROVES Lynne was a special lady, a long-time member of the GOTCC, who sat on many committees and on our Board of Directors. Sadly, Lynne recently suddenly passed away. After a long and successful career in the medical field, Lynne became the marketing arm of the 125 year-old family owned business that she co-owned with her husband Ralph Lawrence, Roy Press Printers in Ocean Township. Lynne always had a bright smile and happy laugh, and was always available to help out.