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The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce on April 4 elected eight new members to its Board of Directors, and they represent a wide range of industries, services, nonprofits and advocacy organizations.

They are:

Mike Bukowski, plant manager, Bayway Refinery, Philips 66
A chemical engineer, Bukowski has 24 years of experience in the refining and chemical industries.

Thomas Comiskey, regional president, M&T Bank
Comiskey has 14 years of commercial banking experience, preceded by eight years in international marketing and corporate strategy roles.

Robert Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health Network
Garrett began his tenure with Hackensack University Medical Center in 1981 as a resident, and served as president and CEO of the Hackensack University Health Network from November 2009 through July 2016, at which time he assumed the position as co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

Debbie Hart, founding president and CEO of BioNJ
Hart works to ensure a robust life sciences ecosystem in New Jersey. She worked alongside New Jersey's biotechnology industry leaders to establish BioNJ in 1994 and has been pursuing this passion ever since.

Richard Hoefling, vice president, Newark Hub, United
Hoefling oversees the entire operation for Newark and LaGuardia. Combined, he leads a team of more than 13,000 employees.

Ronald S. Ladell, senior vice president, AvalonBay Communities
Ladell oversees AvalonBay's development activities throughout New Jersey. He has been named to NJBIZ's list of the 75 most influential people in real estate every year since its inception, ranking No. 1 in 2016.

Brian J. Molloy, president and managing director, Wilentz
Molloy is charged with maintaining the reputation and legacy of one of New Jersey's oldest and most respected law firms.

Joseph S. Roth, president & CEO, New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network
Roth manages the organization with more than 150 employees and $37 million in annual revenue. NJ Sharing Network's mission is to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation.


"We welcome these respected leaders to the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors," said Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber. "Each of them brings a wealth of business experience that will strengthen our Board and help us achieve our goal of growing New Jersey's economy and making the state more affordable for everyone."

The State Chamber's Board of Directors provides the guidance necessary for the NJ Chamber to promote a vibrant business climate throughout the state and to develop proactive solutions that will solve the challenges facing New Jersey's business community.