Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Denville’s Gene Fitzpatrick Selected As CCM's Alumnus of the Year

Former Denville Councilman, SVP Multichannel Marketing and CCM Alumnus Gene Fitzpatrick
Former Denville Councilman Gene Fitzpatrick has been selected as County College of Morris’ Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the CCM Alumni Foundation. He will be honored in a charity fundraising gala May 4th at the Hanover Marriott.

Fitzpatrick graduated Denville’s Morris Catholic High School in Denville and chose to attend County College of Morris.  “I was lacking direction despite the good high school education” claims Fitzpatrick. CCM helped him explore different topics and courses to pursue his educational and career path. After graduating CCM in 1992, Gene transferred to the University of Maryland where he would further refine the communication and marketing skills he first developed at CCM.  From there Fitzpatrick has gone on to great success as a marketing executive and community leader.

Gene has helped steer digital marketing campaigns for many consumer and pharmaceutical brands.  He currently is an SVP at Grey Healthcare Group, part of WPP’s Health and Wellness division which is one of the largest advertising agency networks in the world.  He has also helped lead several other adverting agencies into the digital world and was a pioneer in social media co-producing one of the first podcasts, Hometown Tales.  He credits his work at CCM’s radio station (WCCM) for developing his broadcast production skills.  Fitzpatrick served on Denville’s Town Council for 8 years and was also selected as Council President during Denville’s centennial year.  During his service, Gene helped lead many rebuilding efforts resulting in the damage left from Hurricane Irene.   Choosing not to seek re-election last year, Fitzpatrick still remains locally active as a board member for Downtown Denville’s Business Improvement District & The Foundation of Denville as well as additionally volunteering for other causes.  His wife Wendy and 2 young boys are also part of that volunteering. 

The County College of Morris Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving quality education and academic excellence for the College.   The May 4th Charity Gala at the Hanover Marriott is one of it’s leading fundraisers. It will feature themed entertainment and dancing through the decades as well as an extremely coveted silent auction for Broadway theater packages for Hamilton & Frozen as well as travel packages, wine baskets and more.  Tickets can be purchased at their website. https://www.ccm.edu/foundation/gala2018/

“It is crucial to support community organizations like the CCM Foundation” says Fitzpatrick “because it invests in students right here in our own community who, with the right opportunity, can make a greater impact for the community as a whole”