John R. Fugazzie, MBA
John R. Fugazzie Biography 2016
John R. Fugazzie has become one of the country's leading subject matter expert in job search training, career education a jobs creation advocate focused on helping solve America's unemployment crisis. www.linkedin.com/in/johnrfugazzie
He founded Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA Inc., www.nhnusa.org in January 2011 and serves as President of this cost free, all volunteer-led job search networking and support group organization that is responsible for helping over 550+ members find gainful employment in just five years, making it the most rapidly successful job search group in USA and with international acceptance and success with three NhN meeting groups in Madrid Spain.
John is an authentic tireless force who cares more about people than percentages. His daily efforts help solve the unemployment crisis, one American at a time, while his intelligence and experience have earned him valuable insights that are helping shape future employment policies on a county, state and federal level. John and Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA have received coverage from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Journal, Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, Business Insider, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, CBS News, and USA Today, NJV, Record, and Star Ledger. www.johnrfugazzie.com
While pro Bono leading Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA John has been extremely active as a national jobs advocate leader and subject matter expert. Providing mentoring to job seekers, career management advice for those who have jobs, a wide range of business consulting services, technical advice and marketing services for non-profit organizations.
As a nationally recognized subject matter expert in this area John is continuously sought after for input by the media and labor officials for articles and coverage and policy input about the unemployment and jobs situation.
John received his Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University and earned his MBA at Rutgers University Newark.
Currently John is the Executive Director for Hudson County/Jersey City Workforce Development Board.
His 40 plus years’ experience as a private sector executive in a wide range of corporations allows him to bring real world solutions to his workforce, educational and consulting work.
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA provides outreach for various other workforce organizations who need to reach the unemployed. www.nhnusa.org
Founded The Institute of Career Education, Employment and Career Development is an educational platform that is delivered through education institutions as partners via multimedia platforms.
First project is the creation of a best in class Job Search 2017 course with innovative support tools that enhance the participants development.
The programs are focused on educating job seekers how to search for a job in today's high tech, global business market. Specialized instruction is provided for several challenged populations who can greatly benefit from the Institute's content and programing.
Leadership role with Ready to Work in New Jersey - New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, which was awarded $10 million competitive federal grant for New Jersey and a matching $2 million from the state of NJ. Only 23 were awarded across 133 organizations made proposals. http://www.njworkforce.org
John was instrumental in the strategic design, implementation, and marketing of this grant and helping connect employers with the Long Term Unemployed of New Jersey. www.rtwnj.org
Key note panelist at the first national H 1B Ready to Work USDOL conference in October 2015 in Washington DC. Presenting the role Neighbors-helping-Neighbors performs as a grant partner. www.doleta.gov/readytowork
Ready to Work –New Jersey in its first year led all the 23 grants across the county and the program helped place 282 candidates. Provided one on one counseling, job search workshops for 585, and enrolled 97 in On-the-job-training. December 2015
Ready To Work Grant -. State of NJ DOL also awarded $2 million to help Long Term Unemployed in October 2014
Invited with the team from NJ to meet with Secretary Perez which was awarded $10 million dollar Ready to Work federal grant. October 2014.
Presenter at the MIT mini conference on long term unemployment in May 2014. Hosted by the MIT Sloan School of Management, the event featured almost 20 speakers from academia, government, and industry.
Participated in USDOL study of 17 Job Clubs nationwide research May 2014. http://www.dol.gov/asp/evaluation/reports/Job_Clubs_Evaluation-Final_Report-May.pdf
Met with US Senator Corey Booker and NhN group of LTU at River Edge Diner January 2014
Brought group of Long term unemployed to meet with Secretary of Labor Perez in January 2014, which resulted in a $250 million line in Presidents 2016 budget for relief of 401k penalties.
Attended the Presidents White House meeting with CEO's to pledge help to Long-term Unemployed at the White House in January 2014.
Participated in White House brain storming session on LTU. April 2013
Guest Speaker at Alan B. Krueger’s Princeton University Freshman Seminar Class 2014.
International expansion of Neighbors-helping-Neighbors in Madrid Spain in partnership with 1 Kilo De Ayuda Foundation at the Universidad Francisco De Vitoria November 2014. Expanding into three meetings in Madrid 2016, two in Pozuelo de Alarcón and one in Boadilla del Monte. http://nhnusa.org/nhn-madrid-spain.html
Long term unemployed meeting with Secretary of Labor Perez in January 2014, which resulted in a line in Presidents 2016 budget for relief of 401k penalties for LTU.
I wanted to share this with you b/c it came directly from the LTU roundtable we did with Secretary Perez last January. In the President's fiscal year 2016 budget that he just sent to Congress last week there is a provision to remove the tax penalties for long-term unemployed individuals who make early withdrawals from 401k plans. See page 120 of the budget document, second item from the top:
"Expand penalty-free withdrawals for long-term unemployed" Of course, this only becomes law if Congress passes it, but this is a big win for job clubs, NhN, and "ordinary" citizens being part of the federal policy making process. - Ben Siegel
Mr. Fugazzie was recognized for his volunteer work by:
Governor and the Lt. Governor of NJ,
Nominated for NJ Heroes,
Awarded Certificate for Russ Berrie "Unsung Heros"
Bergen County Freeholders
NJ Department of Labor as an Ambassador for the jobs4jersey program
National recognition by The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships initiative of the White House and US Department of Labor.
White House Brainstorming on Long Term Unemployed
MIT Conference Long Term Unemployed
My Central Jersey.com
Written by Rick Hampson
Wall Street Journal by Sue Shellenbarger
'Still Out of Work?' How to Handle Holiday Small Talk"
Wall Street Journal Blog by
Handling Holidays When a Spouse Is Out of Work
Milestones and Coverage for Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA, Inc.
June 13, 2013 Cedar Grove Job seekers find success - Verona-Cedar Grove Times
May 1, 2013 NhN opens first meeting on College Campus at Montclair State University
April 26, 2013 Neighbors-helping-neighbors in Boston - River Dell Patch
April 25, 2013 NhN celebrates Pay It Forward Day
April 24, 2013 NhN 275th success story Marina from NhN Maywood
April 9, 2013 NhN presents Plague to Hawthorne Library for one year of hosting meetings.
April 4, 2013 NhN presents Plaque to Cedar Grove Library for one year of hosting meetings.
Mar. 28, 2013 NhN presents Plaque to Oradell Library for one year of hosting meetings
Feb 25, 2013 Founder meets Lt Governor Kim Guadango in Lyndhurst event.
Feb. 2, 2013 NhN 250th success story Matt from NhN Cedar Grove
Feb. 5, 2012 NhN holds a “showcase” meeting on campus at
Monmouth university for their alumni members looking for jobs.
Dec 5, 2012 – NhN holds first Monnmouth County NhN leaders, facilitator meeting at
Monmouth Co Library Eastern Branch.
Nov 25, 2012 - NhN 200th Success Story - Susan D.
Nov 17, 2012 – NhN chapter in Monroe Twp Library will opens becoming our 8th NJ County with a program.
Nov 2, 2012 – NhN sets up a “ Volunteer for Sandy Relief” facebook page and creates logo for this effort.
Nov 1, 2012 – NhN announces the first new NhN Chapter outside of new Jersey and the beginning the first step of our national expansion.
The Boston Chapter of Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA, Inc. will begin holding weekly job search support group meetings at the
Kirstein Business Library, Boston Public Library. Weekly meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2012. Boston NhN leaders are : John Spadaccini and Becky Moore
Oct 13, 2012 – NhN held organizational Board Meeting to establish Board of Directors for formation at 501 c 3 non-profit organization.
Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA, Inc. Board of Directors:
John Fugazzie River Edge President /Founder (Leader, Merchandising, Marketing in transition)
Jacque Weiss Ridgewood First Vice President (HR Director in transition)
Douglas Brooks Oradell Vice President (Attorney/Sales with Bloomberg LP)
Susan DeBaun River Edge Secretary (Principal at DeBaun Insight Media)
Debor Richardt Oradell (Meeting/Event Planning Executive in transition)
George Johnson-Orban River Edge (Principal at DeepRiver Consulting LLC)
Maura DeNicola Franklin Lakes (Bergen County Freeholder)
Oct 10, 2012 – Bergen Record Article by Harvy Lipman
Oct 4, 2012 – Founder is part of downsizing losing his job as Director of Dairy-Frozen at Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company –part of 40 manager cuts.
Oct. 2, 2012 – NhN Chapter in Colts Neck will opens meetings date posted on web site. www.nhnusa.org
Sept 27, 2012 – Ridgewood NhN Anniversary Open House
Sept 20, 2012 – Founder attends conference at White House for Faith and community based groups.
Sept. 13, 2012 – NhN Chapter in Wayne reopened.
Sept. 13, 2012 – NhN Chapter in Maywood opened.
Sept. 12, 2012 – NhN Chapter Bloomfield Library opened.
Sept. 6, 2012 – NhN Chapter in Middletown Twp NJ opened.
Sept. 6, 2012 – NhN Chapter in Middletown Township New Jersey opened.
Aug 30, 2012 – Article in Fair Lawn Bergen News about Founder winning Marigold Grant
Aug. 23, 2012 – NhN chapter in Warren Co Library NhN will open - 7th NJ county offering NhN program
Aug. 16, 2012 - Absolutely Abby presents LinkedIn from Recruiters point of view To 60 Ridgewood NhN Members
Announces partnership with NhN to help find volunteers in the 38 cities she will visit on her national 9 month mission to help 1 million job seekers beginning end of September. www.abbyacrossamerica.com
Aug. 15, 2012 – Article on John Fugazzie and Neighbors helping Neighbors in Montclair Alumni Site.
Aug. 13, 2012 - Marigold Grants Winners Announced
Aug. 12, 2012 – John Fugazzie Founder and Absolutely Abby interview on KTU Cares Radio Aug 12th
KTU Cares Interview with Cindy Vero and Absolutely Abby - August 12th
Neighboorhood Journal on Cablevision Broadcast beginning August 12th @ 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm on
Channel 118 in Bergen Co. and Channel 78 in Morris Co.
Neighborhood Journal - on Cablevision in Bergen and Morris counties August 12, 2012
Aug. 2, 2012 - Rockland Job Network – a NhN sister group in Rockland County receives press on Nyack Patch
Aug. 1, 2012 – Founder in contest for Grant for Idea of starting NhN
Jul. 27, 2012 – NhN celebrates 18 months and counting…refreshed logo design and Grace became our 150th success story.
Jul. 21, 2012 – First Annual Summer Picnic River Edge Memorial field led by Debra Richardt
Permit payment donated by Oradell Emerson Rotary, NhN T-shirts sold at cost M&N printing River Edge.
Jul. 19, 2012 – Cablevision Filming Ridgewood NhN meeting.
Jul. 14, 2012 – First all groups Facilitator’s meeting in IKEA Paramus led by Stewart Linder Cedar Grove NhN
Jul. 12, 2012 - First year anniversary for Bergenfield Location meetings.
Jul. 11, 2012 – Founder John Fugazzie conducts Skype meeting with Crandford NhN.
Jun. 24, 2012 - Bergen Record Article on job market
Fair Lawn NhN member profiled http://www.northjersey.com/news/Some_North_Jerseyans_in_need_stymied_by_services_bureaucracy.html
Mahwah NhN member profiled
Englewood NhN member profiled
Jun. 21, 2012 – Mary Ellen Clark (asst commissioner of Department of Labor) Meet and Greet in Ridgewood Library
Presented Founder with Ambassador of Jobs4Jersey and recognition of NhN as a resource for job seekers.
Jun. 6, 2012 – New NhN program opens in Monmouth County Library – Eastern Branch (Shrewsbury- 1st Monmouth Co location)
Jun. 5, 2012 - New NhN program opens in Lake Hiawatha Library (Parsippany) ( 2nd Morris Co location )
Jun. 2, 2012 – First NhN organizational board meeting at River Edge Library to begin the establishment of Non-Profit Status.
May 24, 2012 – Certificate of Certification was filed for Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA, Inc. by Rutgers School of Law - Newark
May 21, 2012 – Sen Cardinale Meet and Greet in Westwood Library – Washington Twp –Westwood patch.
May 14, 2012 - Article in Suburban Trends - Ringwood group helps members find jobs
May 11, 2012 – Article about NhN offering its help to the Professional Service Group members.
May 8, 2012 – Hasbrouck Heights Patch - Article on Hasbrouck Heights NhN meetings
May 2, 2010 – NhN welcomes all former Professional Service Group Members after state of NJ closing of their programs.
Apr. 30, 2012 - Opening Hasbrouck Heights NhN Program
Apr. 28, 2012 - One year anniversary of Founder landing his job and was success story # 3 and how we are at success # 103.
Apr. 25, 2012 - Opening Cranford Library NhN Program
Apr. 24, 2012 – NhN success #100 Bob M. Landed
Apr. 12, 2012 - River Dell Patch article on NhN
Mar. 27, 2012 – Opened Oradell Library NhN Program
Mar. 26, 2012 – Mendham Twp Library Fund Raiser with Gov. Christie
Mar. 23, 2012 – RiverDell.patch.com Senator Gordon Meet and Greet
Mar. 22, 2012 – River Edge Library Meet and Greet with Senator Gordon D-38 NJ
Mar. 21, 2012 – Town News article on new Oradell Library NhN location
Mar. 20, 2012 – Opened Emerson Library NhN Progam
Mar. 8, 2012 – Opened Oakland Library NhN Program
Mar. 5, 2012 – NhN Business outreach with Presentation to Rotary Club District meeting
Feb. 28, 2012 – River Dell Patch.com NhN meeting night save
Feb. 27, 2012 – Budget issues for River Edge Library - Matt Fugazzie support of libraries
Feb. 27, 2012 – Opened Fair Lawn Library NhN Program
Feb. 25, 2012 – Group of 40 River Edge members attend library budget meeting Sat 8am
Feb. 23, 2012 – Community News Fair Lawn edition
Feb. 7, 2012 - Town News in River Edge and Ridgewood News
Feb. 9, 2012 – Opened Cedar Grove Library NhN Program
Feb. 8, 2012 - NhN begins business outreach with presentation to Oradell-Emerson Rotary Club
Feb. 1, 2012 – Opened Maplewood Library NhN Program (first in Essex Co.) (Closed in Oct 2012 due to lack of attendance)
Jan. 30, 2012 – Mendham-Chester Patch
January 27, 2012 - 1st anniversary all group meeting and seminar Ridgewood Library
January 27, 2012 – Presented Bergen County Freeholders Certificate of Commendation for one year anniversary held at Ridgewood Library Auditorium
January 26, 2012 – Mahwah Patch.com (Program closed Nov 1 due to lack of attendance)
January 25, 2012 – Verona-Cedar Grove Times
January 24, 2012 - Bergen Record Article
January 12, 2012 – Opened Mahwah Library NhN (Program closed Nov 1 due to lack of attendance)
January 9, 2012 – Opened Englewood Library NhN Program (later closed )
December 5, 2011 – Opened Mendham Twp Library NhN Program (1st in Morris Co.)
December 1, 2011 – Community News Lodi edition ( later closed locaton due to lack of attendance)
November 9, 2011 – RiverDell.patch.com
October 27, 2011 – NhN Success # 25 ( Melissa ) on groups 9 month milestone
October 17, 2011 – Opened Waldwick Library NhN Program
October 16, 2011 - Bergen Record Article
October 3, 2011 – Article on RiverDellPatch.com
September 8, 2011 – Opened Ridgewood Library NhN Program
August 15, 2011 – Opened Westwood Library NhN Program
August 2, 2011 – Opened Hawthorne Library NhN Program (1st in Passiac Co. )
July 28, 2011 – Town News - River Edge/Oradell/Paramus
July 23, 2011 – Success # 10 - 80 active members
July 12, 2011 – Opened Bergenfield Library program
June 30, 2011 – First outside pro bono guest speaker Cynthia Clark largest group meeting with 32 members in attendance
June 22, 2011 - Opened up our second library program in Cresskill NJ (Closed Dec. 2011 Lack of attendance)
June 15, 2011 River Dell Patch.com
May 19, 2011 - RiverDell.Patch.com ( NhN very first press ) 24 -30 members -
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5.16.11 – NhN presentation of support for River Edge Library at Town Council meeting
4.26.11 – NhN Success # 3 – ( John Founder and group leader )
February 2011 - NhN First Success #1 (Mayette)
1.27.11 - First weekly meeting of NhN in River Edge Library, River Edge, New Jersey – Daragh O’Conner -Library Director Oconnor@bccls.org