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Congratulations to John Horkan, celebrating 30 years with Movers Supply House and the recipient of the 2015 NJWMA Lifetime Achievement Award!
Please Welcome NJWMA's First Woman President!
Cynthia (Cindy) Myer is the CEO of Ridgewood Moving Services, Mahwah, NJ. Under her leadership, Ridgewood Moving Services has grown from a boutique business founded in 1966 to an award-winning, full-service relocation, inventory management and custom storage firm serving residential, corporate and commercial clients. The firm was named "2013 Mover of the Year" by the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA).
Ms. Myer transitioned from Ridgewood Moving Services "silent" partner to CEO in 2005 upon the sudden death of her husband, who had been running the boutique operation for 18 years. She revitalized the company and set it on a course of sustained growth and profitability by improving and formalizing company policies and procedures, expanding the firm's service roster, investing in staff development, moving to substantially larger quarters, and launching a new marketing campaign. With Ms. Myer at the helm, Ridgewood Moving Services has become certified as a Women's Business Enterprise (WBE). Committed to continually finding new ways to add value for clients, Ms. Myer recently established a strategic alliance between Ridgewood Moving Services and Wheaton Worldwide/Bekins Van line, one of the country's leading van lines.
An active participant in business and industry groups, Ms. Myer is on the boards of the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA) and the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), serves as the Senior Move Specialist for The Alliance for Senior Services (TASS), and participates in many area Chambers of Commerce and other organizations, including the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) and the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), among others.
Widely respected for her business acumen, Ms. Myer was named among the 2014 NJ Biz Best Fifty Women in Business and the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and was honored as the 2014 Mahwah Regional Chamber Citizen of the Year. She is a sought-after speaker and has been featured in numerous periodicals, including The Record and More magazine, and on cable television programs.
A committed philanthropist dedicated to community service, Ms. Myer serves on the Board of the Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters); sponsors the annual toy Drive at the Paterson Boys and Girls Club; actively participates in Move for Hunger, a nonprofit that works with the moving industry to pick up unwanted, unopened food from people who are moving and deliver it to local food banks; and donates the services of her firm's trucks and materials to numerous shelters, hospitals, and charitable organizations throughout Bergen County,
Raised in Ridgewood, New Jersey, Ms. Myer graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in Business. Cindy's pride and joy are her two daughters, Melissa and Samantha.
NJWMA NORTH JERSEY CHAPTER MEETING
FEBRUARY 17, 2016
6pm: Cafe Tivoli, Ridgefield
TOPIC: New Jersey Legislative Update;
How legislation is impacting the industry!
Featured Speaker: Anthony Russo is the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), a business association representing the interests of more than 900 companies.
(No relation to our Executive Director)
In this capacity, Mr. Russo is responsible for all
government affairs matters impacting the business community. Prior to his current position, Mr. Russo served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Lime Association in Washington, DC representing the interests of mining companies producing calcium oxide (aka lime) at the federal level.
Acting Governor Guadagno Leads Red Tape Review Commission Public Meeting
Acting Governor Kim Guadagno convened the bipartisan Red Tape Review Commission (RTRC) to hear public testimony on a variety of regulatory and legislative issues impacting New Jersey businesses and residents including managed long term care services, the Business Employment Incentive Program, and home health aide licensure. The meeting was held at the Rutgers University School of Law, in Camden.
"The efforts of this bipartisan Commission have cleared the way for more efficiency in how businesses and organizations within New Jersey operate," said Acting Governor Guadagno. "This has been accomplished by reducing burdensome, confusing, and often unnecessary regulations, without sacrificing important oversight measures. This helps New Jersey to remain competitive by allowing businesses to grow and prosper in the Garden State."
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OOIDA Sues for ELD Review
OOIDA pointed out in a December 15 statement on its legal action that "FMCSA is mandating that truck drivers use ELDs to track their record of duty status and compliance with HOS regulations even though such devices can only track movement of a vehicle and approximate location." Heavy Duty Trucking
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a lawsuit seeking a judicial review of
the electronic logging device mandate
that was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on December 10.
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- Hours Of Service Training
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- Heavy Truck Braking System and Braking Techniques
- Driving in Extreme Weather Conditions
- Transportation Professionals - Nutrition and Health
- Driver's Daily Log
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FMCSA Lowers 2016 Random Drug Testing Rate to 25 Percent
The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration announced it will lower the 2016 minimum random drug testing rate for commercial drivers license holders to 25% from 50% annually. This significant announcement is the result, in large part, of ATA's advocacy efforts. ATA met with FMCSA on this issue early last year, helped gather relevant data, and encouraged FMCSA to take the appropriate step of reducing the testing burden if the industry's performance continued to meet the agency's standard. DOT has previously lowered the testing rates for others modes and acknowledged a 25% rate continues to provides strong deterrence from drug use.
Under a long-standing provision in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, FMCSA may lower the minimum annual percentage rates for random testing to 25% percent when the industry violation rate (as measured by number of positive tests) for random drug tests is less than 1.0% for two consecutive years. The trucking industry has maintained a sub-1.0% violation rate for three consecutive years. Today's announcement is an important step that will immediately reduce regulatory and cost burdens for motor carriers. Carriers may, however, continue to test at a rate higher than 25% in 2016 if they so choose. Source: FMCSA
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North Jersey Chapter Meeting, Cafe Tivoli, ,Ridgefield, NJ
South/Central Jersey Chapter Meeting, Carlucci's Waterfront,
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Hats off to our brave member
Dick Scaffa, National Van Lines
for taking the "plunge" at the annual Polar Bear plunge in Bringantine. There for moral support was
Jack Kelly, Atlantic Coast Moving. Maybe next year Jack will take the "plunge".
Way to go!....6 pallets of food donated to CFA by Shoprite partnering with
Moving and Sotheby's Prominent Property of Saddle River. Just recently this
same collaboration donated 40,000 lbs of food for Center for Food Action in
Mahwah with Mayor Bill Laforet center stage.
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Did you Remember to Renew Your Movers License?
If you have not received your license at this point, your license might be suspended; you must contact Toney El, Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6512 to get re-instated.
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