By Cheryl Conway
When it comes to welcoming new businesses in town, Ildiko Peluso of Parsippany cuts right to the chase with her hospitable ways in planning all ribbon cutting ceremonies.
As a board member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 13 years, Peluso has been primarily responsible for community and
economic development of the chamber of commerce. She has
been in charge of planning ribbon cutting ceremonies for all businesses that open in town and has been the chair for the Taste of Parsippany Committee.
Married to Robert Peluso – who serves as the president of the PACC, chairs the
Township of Parsippany Economic Development Committee and is former council vice-president for the Twp. of Parsippany- Peluso stays involved in many ways as she can through the PACC, as well as the community, school and even soccer club.
She holds high the necessity to build, network and get involved in the community that one lives in, she says.
Peluso grew up in Roxbury and has lived in Parsippany for the past nine years with the two Roberts in her life. The couple has a son named Robert, a kindergartner.
Being a mom has led her into other volunteer interests. She has been a member of Parsippany Moms Club East for the past five years; put her name in the hat for room mom, which she is waiting to hear if she gets picked; is a PTA member and is also getting involved in the Parsippany Soccer Club as a soccer mom.
“Parsippany soccer club has sponsorship opportunities for their teams,” explains Peluso. “Our family sponsors Peluso Pride in the spring and fall to support our youth and education and soccer. The name of our team is Peluso Pride because our family takes great pride in our community since my husband was raised in Parsippany-Troy Hills and we are raising our son here. Throughout the years we also sponsor Parsippany Little League East and West as well as Phoenix Lacrosse.”
Peluso has worked for Valley National Bank in Parsippany for the past 15 years and currently serves as AVP Territory Sales manager. She got involved with the PACC through her company, and also with her husband’s involvement as president of the PACC for the past 20 years. Her husband, Robert, is a 2nd vice president of Government and Nonprofit Banking Division for more than 33 years.
Part of her job at the bank is “to visit customers,” says Peluso, so she figured why not volunteer to do that with the PACC.
“It’s important to promote businesses; it’s important for them to get out there,” she says. “Some businesses open up and they forget to promote themselves. They don’t know who to invite or how to get involved.”
For the PACC, Peluso says “I visit businesses; I visit existing customers and new customers. I tell them I can help them with the ribbon cutting and what they should do. Then I contact the mayor and chamber office and “Parsippany Focus,” an online newspaper to promote businesses.
The PACC is a service organization for businesses, merchants, residents, and volunteers that provides education, information, and networking opportunities to the Parsippany Area, as noted on its website. There are currently 230 businesses involved with the PACC, according to Peluso, that operate in Parsippany and surrounding towns such as Boonton, Denville, Montville and East Hanover.
The PACC recently opened up new offices at 90 East Halsey Rd. in Parsippany and had its grand opening and ribbon cutting there on Sept. 12. Having to meet at different locations and offices before, the PACC now how its own office for meetings, says Peluso.
Peluso has some ribbon cutting ceremonies she is currently planning through the PACC. One involves Susan G. Komen, located in Summit for the past 21 years, which is moving to Parsippany. Peluso is currently planning its October open house.
Besides helping organize the promotion of new businesses, Peluso also chairs the Taste of Parsippany Committee, an event held off and on throughout the years. It has not been held for the past four years, she says, but will be returning soon.
Taste of Parsippany involves 30 to 35 area restaurants that bring in food and liquor for tasting as well as a silent auction for fundraising purposes, she says. In her role, Peluso will organize a committee to contact businesses for support; discuss the menu; survey which restaurants would want to participate; consider best facilities to host the event; seek necessary licenses; and attain gifts for the silent auction.
As chair, Peluso organizes the committee and helps to run the Taste of Parsippany, one of the PACC’s largest fundraisers. Selling tickets for the event also comes into play with 300 to 400 people that usually come out to try the delicious array of cuisine, desserts and drinks.
While other towns also host their tasting events, many have it at local armories or gyms, she says. Peluso’s plan for this year is to find a “nice establishment” for the big event.
“Look out for the next Taste of Parsippany coming soon,” she says.
Peluso enjoys serving as chair of Taste of Parsippany because she says “It’s good to get people involved, to network. It’s a good networking event. I get to meet all the different business owners in town too.”
The PACC also offers a Greater Rewards Card that businesses can offer as part of their welcome kit to Parsippany and as a means to advertise and to shop locally. The card provides discounts and is available to businesses to offer; PACC members get the card, people can purchase the card and companies can provide the card to employees.
Peluso’s other involvements have included: Citizen of the Year Lakeland Hills YMCA,
PACC Annual Job Fair, Parsippany Boy Scouts, All Saints Academy, past board member of the Parsippany Women’s Theatre, supporter Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany, Board of Director Parsippany Area Visitor Center, former secretary Netcong/Stanhope Rotary Club.
For more information on the PACC and to get involved, visit http://www.parsippanychamber.org/contactus.php.
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Phone: (973) 402-6400