Chamber Names New Leadership


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Michael Cerino, who operates DeCozen Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, will be the new president of the Verona Chamber of Commerce

The Verona Chamber of Commerce has announced that Michael Cerino, who operates the DeCozen Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge business on Bloomfield Avenue opposite Everett Field, has been named its new president.

Cerino succeeds Steve Amadeo, the owner of Miele’s Restaurant, who stepped down as president last week. Amadeo said he had tried to bring new ideas to the chamber but had been repeatedly rebuffed by its board of trustees. Joe Arminio, the head of Arminio Studios and Arminio Entertainment, also relinquished his post as executive secretary. The Chamber held a reorganization meeting on September 18, and e-mailed an announcement on new leadership the next morning, only to rescind it several hours later.

In addition to Cerino, the new leadership includes Vice President Alexander Graziano, Esq.; Membership Chairman Rick Lodato, Prudential New Jersey Properties; Secretary Dr. Tom Malanga, chiropractor; Promotions Chairman Scott Drukker, North Jersey Media Group, and Treasurer Ryan Mahony, Chase Bank.

In the e-mail announcing his appointment, Cerino said his first task “will be to work with our town liaison, Bob Manley to regain our T.V. show. The Verona Chamber Roundtable was abruptly cancelled last month. This program has been aired on VTV for over 12 years and is of great value to our members and the community it serves.” The Chamber also said that Anthony Lombardi, owner of Anthony Robert Salon would host the show.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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