New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

June 16, 2011


Jeffrey C. Scheininger, Manufacturer, is New Chairman
of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce


Six New Board Members Are Named


Jeffrey C. Scheininger
Jeffrey C. Scheininger, Chairman

Jeffrey C. Scheininger, the president of a Linden manufacturing firm and an active proponent of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade, was named Chairman of its Board of Directors. The move was confirmed by the Board yesterday.

Scheininger, a 54-year-old Westfield resident and president of Flexline/U.S. Brass & Copper Corporation, which makes industrial hose products and employs 20 workers, has been a member of the State Chamber's Board of Directors since June 1999. He served the past two years as the State Chamber's First Vice Chair.

He takes the reins of the Board as the Chamber is celebrating its centennial anniversary. "I am humbled to become the chairman of an organization that has existed and flourished for 100 years," said Scheininger. "The Chamber does vital work and I feel fortunate to be an integral part of its efforts."

Scheininger succeeds Verizon New Jersey president Dennis Bone, whose two-year term was highlighted by solid relationships with leaders in both the private and public sectors.

"As we continue to emerge from a difficult economy, we need to remember that small businesses produce about 90 percent of all the jobs in New Jersey," Scheininger said. "And so I am looking forward to enhancing the Chamber's work with and on behalf of the small businesses community to help make New Jersey stronger and more competitive than ever. Our message is clear - if New Jersey is to be successful, we must all work together, along with state government, to ensure that everyone in New Jersey has a chance to prosper."

Scheininger served as chairman of the State Chamber's Platform for Progress Health Care Coalition, and was instrumental in the development of the State Chamber's position on federal health care reform.

He was selected along with 125 others from across the nation to participate in the health care reform discussion with President Obama at the White House which aired on ABC's "Primetime" (Questions for the President: Prescription for America) in June 2009.  He appeared on the PBS show "Caucus: New Jersey" as part of a panel to examine the factors that contribute to the steep increases in the cost of health care, and explore ways to control them. And he testified on health care matters at the State House.

Prior to that, Scheininger was presented the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate Award in 2007 for his grassroots efforts to help keep the public abreast of business issues.

"We are fortunate to have an advocate like Jeff," said Thomas A. Bracken, President and CEO of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. "He tirelessly communicates important legislative and regulatory matters to chamber members and employees so they understand how the issues impact them and the economy. He also garners support for pro-growth initiatives by personally reaching out to stakeholders all over the state. We welcome him and congratulate him."

Scheininger and his wife, Manette, have a son Daniel and daughter Ava. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y, in 1978, and earned his MBA from Cornell University in 1980.

In addition to Scheininger, the board confirmed the slate of officers for the 2011-2012 term. First Vice Chair is Ralph Izzo, chairman, president & CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group; Second Vice Chair is Amy B. Mansue, president & CEO of Children's Specialized Hospital; Treasurer is Howard Cohen, chairman of EisnerAmper LLP; Secretary is Robert Podvey, director of Podvey Meanor; and Immediate Past Chair is Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey.

Six people were added to the New Jersey Chamber Board of Directors yesterday. They are Robert Altenkirch, president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology; James Barrood, executive director, Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, Silberman College of Business-Fairleigh Dickinson University; James Benton, executive director, New Jersey Petroleum Council; Christopher Lepre, senior vice president, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Kenneth Orchard, president, Tri State Capital Bank New Jersey; and Gretchen Wilcox, president, GS Wilcox & Co.

The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 member companies and associations representing 500,000 employees and billions of dollars in annual revenue.