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At Highlands Economic Development and Tourism Corp. we pride ourselves in the daily contribution to individual and community wellbeing. We believe that by sharing common values we can increase the opportunity of each individual in the community. Our staff members are a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise. Our goal is to make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you. Don't just stand on the sideline: get engaged in your community. Call us today if you live in or near the West Milford, NJ area and wish to speak to one of our experts.

" An independent, non partisan organization that stimulates economic and community growth by developing, promoting, and implementing solutions and recommendations to the governing body of West Milford for the benefit of the residents and visitors alike." 

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Tim Wagner, Chairman

Airport Operator / Manager / Developer Greenwood Lake Airport / Air show Organizer

Tim Wagner has an extensive 23 years career in owning Businesses in New Jersey and Massachusetts, specifically Aviation companies which all started at the age of 19. In aviation he has owned several successful flight schools, a charter company, aircraft maintenance shops, airport management companies and hosted many community events including five air shows.

Successful bidder for the 20 year operations of Greenwood Lake Airport. Since that time he has transformed Greenwood Lake Airport from an inactive, miss-managed, run down operation to a sustainable and successful business, by expanding and improving the infrastructure. The airport now draws thousands of tourists to the area through his marketing efforts and business strategies. Tim’s commitment to General Aviation is clearly visible in his efforts to manage and promote all aspects of General Aviation at Greenwood Lake Airport and his continuing efforts to stabilize and expand community awareness.

At each airport Tim has worked tirelessly with local community and business leaders to educate and expand the utility that General Aviation affords the local community, to improve airport services and to educate the general public with respect to General Aviation’s’ value and role in ongoing economic development.

Former West Milford EDC Member / West Milford Republican County Committee / West Milford Chamber of Commerce Member

NJ State Contractor / FAA Safety Team Lead Representative


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Paul Zarrillo, Vice Chairman

“I'm honored to be a member of the Highlands Economic Development and Tourism  Corporation, helping to promote tourism and the business community of the historic highlands area,” says Paul Zarrillo, who has also served the community for 7 years as a Commissioner on the bi-state (NJ/NY) Greenwood Lake Commission.  As president of O Promotions, Paul prides himself on his innovative approach to  the promotions business.  His vision and branding expertise enable him to work with clients on a broad range of campaigns designed to drive companies forward.   As a division of the O Group, a graphic design and marketing firm that specializes in luxury brands, O Promotions regularly creates promotional collateral that is integrated into multifaceted marketing programs. 
Paul and his family have enjoyed sharing 23 years of living in Hewitt on Greenwood Lake, with the many benefits that our area has to offer, as well as, the offerings of New York City.  Their passion for boating, jet skiing, swimming, fishing and ATV riding on and around Greenwood Lake, drives his desire to give  back to the community.   Paul also enjoys trips visiting has daughter and son-in-law in Vermont and his son at Drexel University in Philly.  
Paul is a former West Milford EDC Member.

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Jon Sherwood, Secretary

Jon has explored the Jersey Highlands by bicycle, on foot and on snowshoe for more than 20 years, including hiking many local portions of the Appalachian and Highlands trails. He has cycle-toured throughout much of the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. He has extensive experience in retail sales and related marketing. He writes a column on the Highlands for a local newspaper.

Former West Milford EDC Member

 

 

 

 


 

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JC Ringer, Treasurer

Ten years ago, JC Ringer became a homeowner in West Milford Township, but throughout his life the Highlands of NJ have always been a day trip destination for boating, fishing, biking and hiking.  JC has over 30 years experience managing and maintaining commercial real estate, both his own properties as well as other owned properties.  Having been a professional power boat racer, JC has been instrumental in organizing and working many boat racing events.  Other events he has been involved in are the Greenwood Lake Air Show, the Greenwood Lake Water Ski Clinic, German Oktoberfest (on Long Island).  He is also a member of the West Milford Elks Lodge #2236.  With a desire to bring fun family-friendly activities and events to our area, JC became a member of the West Milford Tourism Committee and later the West Milford Economic Development Committee.  He now serves as Treasurer of the Highlands Economic Development and Tourism Corporation.  Eager to promote the mission of this new group, Ringer says, “Through encouragement of good business decisions and outdoor recreation, we plan to work within the framework of the Highlands Act to restore economic viability to the region.”