Dahms elected new chairman of N.J. Chamber of Commerce

Medina, Chowansky, Brasch, Zangari named top officers for 2023-25 term

Gary Dahms, the chairman and CEO of T&M Associates, the national consulting, engineering, environmental and technical services firm based in Middletown, has been elected chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Dahms has been serving as the state chamber’s first vice chair for the past two years. He has been a member of the chamber’s board of directors since 2011.

Dahms, who succeeds Jersey Central Power & Light President Jim Fakult, will serve a two-year term.

New executive committee members

Three prominent New Jersey business leaders have been elevated to the executive committee of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce for the 2023-2025 term:

  • Samuel Donelson, senior vice president, AECOM;
  • Mike Reagan, SVP, consulting services, CGI;
  • Diane Wasser, partner-in-charge, New Jersey, EisnerAmper.

In addition to Dahms, the chamber board confirmed the slate of officers for the 2023-2025 term, including:

  • First vice chair: Gil Medina, executive vice president, CBRE;
  • Second vice chair: Lisa Chowansky, president, HC Constructors;
  • Treasurer: Walter Brasch, chief success officer, Prager Metis;
  • Secretary: Ted Zangari, chair, Redevelopment Law & Public Policy Practice Group, Sills Cummis & Gross.

Dahms has been with T&M Associates for 37 years (11 years as its CEO) and has spearheaded the firm’s evolution from a New Jersey municipal engineering firm into a national, multidiscipline consulting company with 350 employees across the country.

He is a regular on numerous ROI Influencers lists.

“I’m proud to have served as a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce board member over the past 12 years, working alongside some of the best and brightest business leaders in the Garden State,” Dahms said. “I am honored to take on the role of chairman, and I look forward to expanding our DEI initiatives while cooperating with businesses and higher education institutions to address our labor shortage. Working together, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and its members will lead the way in preparing New Jersey for its next phase of economic growth.”

Dahms applauded the efforts of Fakult.

New board members

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce welcomed these three prominent business leaders to its board:

  • Erica Drozd, vice president, financial planning & analysis and management reporting, Quest Diagnostics;
  • Mark McDonough, president, New Jersey American Water;
  • Brian McEvily, managing director & market executive, JPMorgan Chase.

“Throughout the onset and peak of a pandemic that challenged us in ways we never could have imagined, our business community showed incredible resilience, and I applaud Jim Fakult’s exceptional board leadership during this time,” Dahms said.

Dahms also sits on the board of directors for the New Jersey Alliance for Action; serves as vice president and trustee at HabCore; and sits on the board of trustees for the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Chamber CEO Tom Bracken was thrilled by the announcement.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Gary’s leadership at this crucial time,” he said. “Gary has long been a powerful supporter of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the business community and the state of New Jersey. Gary’s experience and dedication will serve the chamber and New Jersey well.”