Messages from NJELSA President Brian Arenofsky
As this is my first message as President of the NJELSA, I have to start by thanking the Board members who nominated me to be the President of this amazing organization and for all of the members who elected me at our Annual Symposium a few weeks ago.
Since being sworn in, I have had some time to reflect on the last couple of years since our previous in-person Symposium in March of 2020, and I realized that I have some very large shoes to fill. Our immediate past-President, Ken Gould, did just an incredible job leading our association during what turned out to be the most abnormal of times in our lives. We not only managed to survive when other similar organizations defaulted, but we actually grew our membership by over 100 new members in just two years. That is in itself is an amazing feat as well as executing a very successful Training Summit in August of 2021 and launching a hugely popular and aggressive virtual training calendar, not to mention several virtual membership meetings to be sure that we kept our members informed of important information and changes in legislation. To be honest, I hope that we never have to use the word virtual ever again when we are talking about our meetings as I would much rather see you all in person!
Ken did a great job in mentoring me and preparing me to take over where he left off. I look forward to having what I hope will be a very successful two-year term. We are already off to a great start. We have our regional meeting schedule set, where we will have great CEU classes and, as always, several wonderful and informative speakers. We have put together yet another aggressive training calendar (virtual and in-person), two clay shoots, and our very popular golf outing in September. In addition, we threw a “Nine and Dine” event on the calendar as well!
I am also very proud to let everyone know that our apprenticeship program has been completed and accepted by the Department of Labor. We are still finalizing some of the logistical issues associated with the program, but we hope to have it up and running for our members, as well as for anyone from other industries or even out of the State of New Jersey that want to become an integral part of what we do. Let me be clear… this was an ENORMOUS feat. To simplify things, as long as you are a member in good standing of the NJELSA AND contribute to the ERISA, you will be able to indicate on your Public Works Certificate renewal that you are a member of an association that offers a federally approved apprenticeship program with an approved ERISA. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of Joe Cioffi, Jr., Jerry Duffy, and, of course, or own energizer bunny, Peter Raymond. I also need to thank our Executive Director, Christine Higgins, and her assistant, Sunitha Arni, for their nonstop hard work and dedication.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone that keeping this volunteer organization running as efficiently and effectively as it does requires many volunteers. We are always looking for new committee members and Board members. Please do not hesitate for a moment to reach out to me directly to talk about how you can help us to continue to be the best alarm association in the country.