Each year, we ask locals to nominate Hunterdon County’s most influential people – men and women who are shaping the community, influencing their industries, and making a difference. Dozens of amazing stories were submitted about passionate and committed locals. At Hunterdon Happening, we salute all those who wake up every morning with the intention of leaving the world just a little bit better.
10 outstanding individuals have been named the Top 10 Movers & Shakers of the year, and we have the honor of sharing their stories on Hunterdon Happening. Meet Judy Gold, who has lived in Flemington for over twenty years. Judy is an award-winning realtor with Coldwell Banker who is also the Board of Trustees Membership Chairperson for the Sisterhood Board.
Hunterdon Happening: Who inspires you?
Judy: My first influences were my fabulous parents who taught me respect, instilled integrity, a great work ethic PLUS led by example. Now there are so many just in Hunterdon County.. To name just to name a few: Diane Simovich Founder of Business Women Networking Involving Charity and Education (BW NICE). Sophie Shor of Roman Jewelers, Anne Thornton of MSI, Steve Kalafer of Flemington Car and Truck, Michelle Cohn special education teacher, Stefanie Reuter Hutchins of REACH educational Services and of course the late Rabbi Evan Jaffe Flemington Jewish Community Center. —Each inspire—Leadership, teaching, courage, volunteerism, influence, humor, wisdom, spirit, philanthropic
Hunterdon Happening: How did you decide to go into your profession?
Judy: I have re invented myself a few times with my different careers. I have been fortunate to have been able to choose positions I adore…..I think Real Estate chose me-
#1 because I have moved over 22 times just in my adult life. I have great insight and empathy for the process.
#2 I was ready to leave the corporate world of management, training then sales to become an entrepreneur.
Real Estate is an industry that offers flexibility, but most importantly, provides an environment that would allow me to apply my fine tuned abilities. Once I discovered the world of real estate, almost 16 years ago, I realized that it was a perfect path for me. I absolutely LOVE the matchmaking of family to home. My buyer and seller clients are the BEST. MY business is personal.
Hunterdon Happening: Which achievement are you most proud of?
Judy: First and foremost my 3 kidults of which are my pride and joy….
Hunterdon Happening: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Judy: Juggling/ balancing home, work and community service; especially as a single parent. I WANT to do it all and I want to make a difference in the world. Sometimes wish there were more hours in a day.
Hunterdon Happening: What is the biggest accomplishment that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years?
Judy: Working along side of Founder Diane Simovich and the other members of our 501c Board of BW NICE, Inc and the partners of Business Women Networking LLC: help BW NICE grow and build a national network of chapters, bringing women together for a common cause and establishing a platform that focuses on awareness of domestic abuse.
Hunterdon Happening: How do you think your friends & coworkers would describe you?
Judy: I have been tagged lovingly as the “Queen of Networking” by many of my friends–a connector, business matchmaker, quarterback, team player, knowledgeable, personable/ outgoing, loyal, serious yet great sense of humor, tenacious, honest/trustworthy, authentic/straight talker, mensch, generous And “family”
Hunterdon Happening: Where’s your favorite place to go in Hunterdon County?
Judy: You mean besides my clients homes? Mountain View Chalet – here’s why- it has become the go to place for my different business networking meetings. I get to be with my closest expert business associates. Plus Owners Demos and Jimmy treat us like family-the service and food exceptional.
Hunterdon Happening: You can take a time machine back to visit yourself 10 years ago. What advice would you give?
Judy: Trust my Faith, Family, Friends and to Breathe – The best is yet to come …