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NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Joseph E. Gonzalez, who served as NJBIA President and CEO from 1996 to 2003. Gonzalez, 86, died on April 27.

An obituary can be found here.

“The NJBIA family, both past and present, mourns the passing of Joe Gonzalez. Joe was an accomplished and influential executive, who carried the torch of leadership for New Jersey’s business community that we proudly hold up today.

“During his tenure, NJBIA experienced growth in its membership, outreach and depth of research that supported its influential advocacy. To go along with his considerable achievements in Trenton and in business, Joe was also incredibly well-liked and a gentleman.

“I appreciated his support and well-wishes when I arrived at NJBIA and heard so many positive stories about Joe over the years from those who knew him best and worked with him. He was indeed a class act.

“NJBIA sends its heartfelt condolences to Joe’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”