CIANJ elects Andrew Silverstein as Chairman

“Business Group will mark 90th Anniversary during his tenure”

Andrew Silverstein, a partner at the New Jersey-based accounting firm, Dorfman Abrams Music, LLC, was elected as the new chairman of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), a statewide business advocacy group.

cianj silverstein dorfman abramsMr. Silverstein (shown on far-right) is a long-time member of CIANJ, having served as treasurer of the organization for the past ten  years. The association works to improve the business climate in New Jersey and represents more than 950 corporate members from every industry sector.

In his remarks to the board as the new chairman, Mr. Silverstein said he wants to expand the reach of the association throughout the state. “We need to take advantage of New Jersey in our name and expand our mission to include the all of the constituencies we represent in communities in all parts of the State,” Mr. Silverstein said.

CIANJ is celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2017. Its founders were the among the visionary merchants who clamored for construction of the George Washington Bridge. When the bridge opened in 1931 it was hailed as a gateway linking Northern New Jersey and New York City and a key to enhancing business on both sides of the Hudson River.

Over time the association grew and evolved, establishing several affiliates, including its educational arm, the Foundation for Free Enterprise; the COMMERCE Magazine, which is read by 40,000 business leaders; and PENPAC, a political action committee that supports pro-business candidates for state office.

The same dedication to free market principles that shaped CIANJ when it was established, continues to govern it today.  Mr. Silverstein said it is his goal to establish an agenda that will help the association’s members thrive.

Mr. Silverstein is an audit partner at Dorfman Abrams Music in charge of the firm’s services to tax-exempt organizations. A certified public account, Mr. Silverstein earned his accounting degree at The George Washington University. For many years, he has volunteered his talents to assist local causes and organizations. He is vice- chairman of the board of Youth Education in the Arts, as well as chairman of the Pompton Lakes Planning Board and the Pompton Lakes Redevelopment Agency.  He has also served as chairman of the Pompton Lakes Board Zoning Board of Adjustment and President of the Pompton Lakes Board of Education.