Former councilman Kenneth Morris has been picked to serve as the new chairman on the board of the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce.
Morris, who also serves as the vice president of external affairs for St. Joseph’s Health, is only the second African American to serve as the chairman of the more than 100-year-old chamber of commerce.
Civil rights activist and businessman Russell Graddy was the first African American to serve as board chairman in the 1970s.
Morris is succeeding George Waitts of Crown Roll Leaf, Inc.
“Former Chairman George Waitts has been a tremendous leader and one of the Paterson Chamber’s strongest advocates Our membership will miss his innate ability to understand and react quickly to the business community’s needs. I look forward to following in his footsteps and will continue to ensure that the Paterson Chamber remains a valuable resource to all our members,” said Morris.
Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce has more than 600 members in the region.
“The leadership of our Board of Directors has never been more important, as we lead our membership through the pandemic and focus on rebuilding our economy,” said Orlando Cruz, president of the Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce. “I am humbled to work alongside a group of dynamic and strategic business leaders. Our new Chairman Ken Morris’s knowledge and experience is an invaluable asset to this chamber. I’m looking forward to the impact we will be able to make on our business community.”
Cruz became the chamber’s first ever Hispanic president in 2021.