Cheryl Mucha, CPA, president of CFO Your Way in Pompton Plains, has been appointed the chairwoman of the board of directors of the North Jersey Chamber of Commerce (NJCC). She served as vice chairwoman last year and stepped into the chairwomanship this spring; she was also the ambassador director, heading up the team of ambassadors who welcome and acclimate new members. Mucha has been a member of the organization for five years. She will serve as the board chairwoman through June 2021, working with the executive board and directors-at-large.
“Cheryl brings such value to the chamber overall, not only as leader but as a business owner,” said Michelle Vernuccio, president of the North Jersey Chamber, based in Totowa. “Her longevity as a member has resulted in her building wonderful relationships with so many area business owners, which has not only brought her repeat business but has also helped us grow. Cheryl never hesitates to roll up her sleeves, step up to the plate and help in whatever aspect she sees necessary, and we all benefit.”
Mucha is no stranger to helping organizations grow. After 25 years in public and private accounting, including CFO positions in real estate investment firms, she founded CFO Your Way in 2012. The company offers outsourced CFO services to businesses who need expert bookkeeping and controller services, and she and her team guide clients toward sustainable growth and profitability.
“As chairwoman of the board, I embrace the opportunity to bring the North Jersey Chamber to the next level, not only in the number of organizations on the member roster but in the offerings we bring to our members through events, sponsorships and other initiatives,” said Mucha. “I look forward to working with Michelle and our board of directors, who care about the community.”
Of the local businesses with whom she has forged relationships through her Chamber membership, Mucha added that, “I highly value these trustworthy partners whom I am confident will service my clients with the highest level of integrity.”
Vernuccio, who became president of the NJCC in August 2017, is charged with bringing new ideas, plans and strategies to the board, to be voted upon for implementation. She said the board has been very supportive of her ideas about how to restructure the networking and educational events, which have helped spur the organization’s rapid growth over the past two years.
“It’s so great to have a leader like Cheryl on this team; she motivates me and all those around her, and our evolution and growth are evidence of that,” Vernuccio added. The North Jersey Chamber has grown from 490 members in August 2017 to over 700 today.
Mucha and Vernuccio have several agenda items they’ll be tackling in the near future. These include the creation of subgroups for members by industry, such as real estate, marketing and health care, which will enable more collaborative business opportunities between members; and helping local municipalities create their own chambers of commerce under the aegis of the NJCC.
“Our vision is to help towns who don’t yet have a chamber of commerce to build a strong business organization under our established umbrella, provide more visibility for area businesses and offer more networking opportunities for our members,” explained Vernuccio, who added that the NJCC is on pace to reach its year-end goal of 800 members. “With Cheryl leading the NJCC board of directors, we are well-positioned to achieve our goals in the coming year.”
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