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Ken Schaffer | President:

Ken Schaffer is an active member of the Brigantine Community, having served as a former Councilman here in Brigantine and presently as President of the Brigantine Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. 

Ken is a Senior Account Executive for WIBG Radio, Wibbage FM 94.3 and he can be heard weeknights as host of Totally 80s on Wibbage FM, 94.3. 

He is also the founder and former operator of Schaffer Sound Productions, one of the largest Disc Jockey entertainment companies in the Philadelphia region.  He now works independently along the NJ Shore communities, specializing in Weddings and Corporate Events, online at

Maria Sacco Handle | Vice President:

Maria Sacco Handle flipped her first house in 1999 at the age of 27 and has been buying, selling, and investing in real estate ever since. 

A Real Estate Marketing Leader and Syracuse Graduate, Maria relies on her Marketing and Advertising Education to make her properties stand out amongst the crowd. She has sharpened her talents by taking Technology and Social Media courses at Atlantic Cape Community College and The Art Institute of Philadelphia and is regarded as an Internet Marketing Guru among her peers.

Maria is a coal-cracker at heart from Shenandoah, PA. She moved to the Jersey Shore in 1995 and currently lives in Brigantine with her husband Joe and three children.

Kim Schenck | Secretary:

Kim (Kessler) Schenck, Secretary Brigantine Chamber of Commerce 2021 and 2022.  Kim is Personal Lines Manager of Insurance Agencies Inc. here on the Island.  Kim joined the Brigantine Chamber Board in 2018.  Because Kim grew up in Brigantine, she is passionate about the coast and the communities that are bordered by it.  Combine that passion with her drive to always provide excellent customer service, and you have a coastal risk and flood insurance specialist ideally suited to help you find the best coverage combination for you and your family.

Matt Cusamano | Treasurer:

Matt Cusamano, President of Cusamano Builders, Inc., started his business career in 1991 as a framing contractor apprentice and quickly found a love for the trade. In 3 years, he became a foreman, running his own crew for a local residential builder and had his own framing business. Starting with repairs and small renovations, he began to build his reputation for quality, reliability and honesty. Today that is still the philosophy behind Cusamano Builders, Inc.

Matt “IS” Cusamano Builders, Inc., and takes great pride in designing the project along with you and the architect. Matt implements his 33 years of expertise in every area of the project from start to finish, and oversees the entire job. With customer service that is unsurpassed, and communication being second to none, you can speak one on one with Matt; he is on call to discuss any aspect of the job day or night.

Michael James

Aloha Tiki Cruises, LLC

Michael Riordan

Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtor

Barbara Rote

Haven Homes

Donna Piekarski

The Green Team

Alex Lukacher

Advanced Renewal Solutions, LLC.

Dr. Paul Amalfitano PT, DPT, ATC


Mel Cortallessa

Ernest & Sons

1012 W Brigantine Ave.,

Brigantine, NJ 08203


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