Board of Directors
Joseph Renga, President
“It’s undeniably important that in business you must network. But it’s especially important when you are part of a specific, identified community. To make connections professionally and socially clearly helps you succeed. That’s why I joined the New Jersey LGBT Chamber of Commerce.” — Joseph
Joseph has been in the telecommunications industry for three decades. He is an independent consultant, sales agent and project manager through JFR Telecom Consulting.
He has spent the last 12 years in the tri-state area creating hundreds of networking events, workshops, and seminars for LGBT business professionals. It’s a labor of love and a passion. He has been a board member of the Chamber since November of 2014. In that time he has implemented over 70 networking events for our community and our allies.
Contact Joe at Joseph@NJLGBTChamber.org
Laurie Seliger, Immediate Past-President
“I joined the Board of the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce because I wanted to be part of a dynamic organization that promotes the business interests and opportunities of LGBT entrepreneurs within our community and within our state. I’m excited to be part of this chamber." — Laurie
Laurie worked for over 25 years in scientific research in both academia and pharmaceutical settings. In addition to performing complex experiments, Laurie has extensive experience in laboratory set-up and management.
Laurie, with her business partner, Sherry Braun, recently launched Keylingo Translations of Princeton. With this new business venture, Laurie uses her management expertise to help companies everywhere do business anywhere. Her energies are focused on customer management and service.
Contact Laurie at Laurie@NJLGBTChamber.org
John Traier, CPA, VP of Finance
John Traier is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in the State of New Jersey and is co-owner of his accounting firm, Jiminez and Traier, LLC.
John graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College (major in Economics) and a Master of Business Administration (major in Professional Accounting) from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He is a Deloitte alumni and served as Acting Commission of the NJ Department of Banking and then Director of the Division of Banking.
John was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014.
Contact John at John@NJLGBTChamber.org
Stephen Blazejewski, VP of Membership
“I’m ecstatic to be on the Board of such a dynamic organization that makes an incredible impact on the LGBTQ professional community in New Jersey. Having the ability to meet so many fellow business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals motivates me to continue to grow my business and expand my network to better serve this community. Sometimes, it all comes down to who you know!” — Stephen
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Montclair State University in May 2017, Stephen joined AXA Advisors, becoming the only “out” Financial Advisor in an office of 200 employees in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Chamber as a Volunteer on the Events Committee and executed several successful events to expand the Chamber’s presence in Central and Northern New Jersey. In July of 2018, he was voted onto the Board as the Vice President of Membership.
Contact Stephen at Stephen@NJLGBTChamber.org
Ryan Blake, MBA, Board Secretary
Ryan is Vice President and Controller of BCB Bank, headquartered in Bayonne, New Jersey. In 2013, Ryan graduated from Kean University with degrees in Economics and Finance. In 2018, Ryan received his MBA from Rutgers University. Ryan has been involved with the NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce since 2015 and was appointed to the Chamber's Board of Directors in 2019.
Contact Ryan at Ryan@NJLGBTChamber.org
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