After a decade-and-a-half at its helm, New Jersey Bankers Association President and CEO John McWeeney Jr. announced last fall that he would retire from the organization this summer. His successor, announced March 10, comes from within the statewide trade association.
“Mike was the natural choice for my successor, ” McWeeney said in a prepared statement. “His knowledge of the banking industry and legislative process combined with leadership skills will allow him to continue to move the Association and banking industry forward.”
Affuso joined NJBankers in 2008 as vice president and director of government relations and was elevated to senior vice president and director of government relations prior to assuming his current role.
NJBankers said it engaged associate member firm Kaplan Partners of Wynnewood, Pa., to assist the Succession Committee in its efforts to address the transition in leadership. Affuso’s unanimous selection by the Succession and board’s Executive committees followed a search process that considered both internal and external candidates.
“The board and I are confident Mike has the knowledge and skills to build on the momentum John McWeeney has made during his successful tenure at NJBankers,” NJBankers Chairman and Magyar Bank President and CEO John Fitzgerald said. “He is a seasoned leader with significant experience in creating and providing value to the New Jersey Banking industry”.
Before joining NJBankers, Affuso served as campaign manager, and then deputy district director and general counsel for U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-8th District. Prior to that, he was associate general counsel for the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office in Trenton.