The Meadowlands Chamber unveiled new leaders of its board on Feb. 28, with a longtime Chamber member —and former mayor of Millburn — taking up the top post.
WSP USA (formerly Parsons Brinkerhoff) Senior Vice President Dan Baer was named chair of the Meadowlands Chamber, while Arthur “Scott” Porter of Fischer Porter & Thomas PC was named vice chair and James Brown, CPA, its treasurer.
Baer succeeds River Crossing’s Tim White in the role.
According to the Chamber, the new chair has been at the forefront of efforts to secure both state and federal funding for regional infrastructure projects, like the Secaucus Junction train station and its rail connection to the sports complex. Those efforts will persist while he’s at the helm of the board, along with the continued pursuit of development of a convention center in the region, the reform of New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority permitting procedures, and a new focus on transportation in light of the long-awaited approval for the Gateway Project.
“Dan has been a leading voice in identifying regional needs, opportunities for growth, and solutions during difficult times,” said Meadowlands Chamber President and CEO Jim Kirkos in a statement. “The world has changed dramatically in the past two years, but change is nothing new; Dan’s ability to be two steps ahead of what’s coming and mobilize others into action will be great for our members and our region.”
Baer expects to build upon the Chamber’s role as a resource to members — especially for connecting small businesses to funding and disaster preparedness — while also creating additional opportunities for members to ask for help, and to be active assistants in building programs to meet those requests.
More than 40 business leaders from the North Jersey region comprise the Meadowland Chamber’s board including, according to the organization, 10 of its past chairs. The board works closely with the Meadowlands 2040 Foundation — an economic development-focused affiliate — that is currently working on phase two of a feasibility plan to bring a convention center to the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
The Meadowlands Chamber has a membership of more than 1,100.