Before starting my consulting practice in 1999, I was Executive Vice President/Partner of Daybreak Express Inc., a New Jersey-based niche trucking company handling time-critical delivery of LTL freight nationwide. As Director of Marketing and Sales, I helped grow the company into a $20 million transportation powerhouse, employing over 100 people.
I was a principal of Gateway Urban Renewal Corporation, the entity that built the trucking facility where Daybreak Express is headquartered. In 1995 I served as a member of the Brownfields Working Committee, in conjunction with the Newark (NJ) Economic Development Corporation, and was very active in the review of the state Brownfields legislation. This led to the implementation of financial programs for Brownfields development. With that experience, I managed the redevelopment project for Daybreak’s facility which was completed in 1997. I arranged a low-interest loan through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority combined with conventional financing through First Union National Bank.
In 1999 I was appointed a Commissioner by then-Governor Christie Whitman to the “Regional Intergovernmental Transportation Coordinating Study Commission” representing the New Jersey Business and Industry Association which I join in 1986. For 24 years I have served as a Trustee on the Board of NEWJOBS (New Jersey Organization for a Better State), the oldest and largest business political action committee in the state. I have served for over 25 years on the New Jersey Board of the Regional Plan Association, the country’s oldest private planning association. I Chaired the Monmouth County Transportation Council for 15 years; served 12 years on the Township of Ocean’s Planning Board and six years on its Environmental Commission, two as chairman; previously served on the Long Branch Board of Adjustment and its Environmental Commission; was past-president of the Rotary Club of Long Branch and was a member of the Rotary Club of Asbury Park. I also served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Vocational Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization that helps people with developmental disorders.
My career in the trucking industry started in 1973. I spent six years working for companies in domestic and international freight distribution before opening Brody Associates Inc., a freight brokerage firm, in 1980. At that time, due to the then-recent partial deregulation of the trucking industry and the need for strong direction, I joined the Transportation Brokers Conference of America and within two years was named Chairman of the TBCA’s first Legislative Committee that successfully lobbied for and won total industry deregulation. As a tireless proponent of free-market competition, I worked to ban the onerous “filed rate doctrine” which led to widespread fee and tariff abuses throughout the industry and in 1996 it was finally eliminated by law.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Western New England University and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Psychology from Springfield College, both located in Springfield, Massachusetts.