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The “Person of the Year” is characterized by a combination of dedication to one’s community, determination to drive one’s business and the innovation to establish an organization from the ground up.
Every year since 1970, The Greater Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce (GFCLOC) has singled out individuals for recognition who have made a significant contribution to the Chamber and to the Greater Fort Lee Community. Al Buzzetti, the Chamber's 42nd annual honoree, joins a long list of accomplished business and community leaders who have gone above and beyond their service to Fort Lee and the surrounding areas.
On June 22nd, 2011, Albert F. Buzzetti was introduced as “Person of the Year” at the Annual GFLCOC General Membership Meeting held at Le Jardin in Edgewater, New Jersey. Mr. Buzzetti will be honored on Saturday, November 19th at a Dinner/Dance at the DoubleTree Hotel in Fort Lee, where local dignitaries and chamber members will come together to acknowledge and honor his many years of service to his profession and our community.
Al Buzzetti has been a banker, starting from the very bottom for over 50 years; beginning as a “Rack Clerk” at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. A US Army Veteran, his first officer assignment was at Bankers Trust Company in 1972.
After continued progress, he was contacted by Mayor Gerald A. Calabrese, the Honorable, then Senator Matty Feldman, Jeremiah O’Connor and Bernie Mann to become President of a bank which they were organizing which became Bridge View Bank.
Buzzetti began working on the establishment of Bank of New Jersey which opened in May 2006 and where you will find many of the same people who worked at Bridge View Bank. Bank of New Jersey now boasts seven branch offices and some $400 million in assets.
Over the years, he has been a director of various non-profit agencies such as the YMCA and United Way; he was a 3 time chairman of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Annual Fund; a trustee of the New Jersey Banker’s Association and of the Bergen County Bar Foundation and has been heavily involved in youth football and basketball activities; both as a coach and as an administrator.
He served as an elected official: as trustee of the Clarkstown Central School District and as an appointed official; as chairman of the city of Paterson CETA Program.
Buzzetti is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Finance with all of his studies completed at night. Al has 3 sons: Barry, a NY City Police Inspector; Glen, who owns and operates nine retail stores and Al, who is an attorney with offices in Englewood Cliffs. He has five grandchildren and lives in New City, NY with his partner Diane Spinner and their beloved German Shephard, Shadow.