Ironbound District Elects New Officers for 2017

The Board of Directors of the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID) elected new officers for 2017 at the organization’s Annual Meeting in December.  Steven T. Yglesias, longtime Ironbound business and property owner, will return as President. Hal Laessig, principal of Newark Metametrics and co-founder of the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, was reelected to the First Vice President position. Betty Spiropolous, ‎Vice President, Newark Market Manager, ‎Investors Bank, was elected as Second Vice President, retired businessman Renato Baptista will return as Treasurer, and Manuel Lopes, owner of Lopes & Sons Hardware on Ferry Street, was reelected Secretary.

Leysly Roldan was reelected as Assistant Secretary and Notary. Eddie DeSousa, Vice President and Branch Manager of TD Bank’s new office on Market Street, was appointed as the newest member of the IBID’s Board of Directors.


IBID Executive Director Seth A. Grossman, pointed to the diversity of the board as one of the organization’s strengths. “Our board members include business and restaurant owners, district residents, retail and professional service providers, men and women representing the Ironbound’s many different cultures,” added Grossman. “All share a commitment to the Ironbound and to Newark, and are contributing to the community partnerships that are the hallmark of the IBID’s efforts to improve quality of life and business activity in the district.”

“We are pleased to welcome a new officer and a new board member for 2017, and thank our returning officers for their continued commitment to the organization,” said Mr. Yglesias. “As volunteers, they are dedicating their time and effort towards making the Ironbound a great place to live, work, and invest, and a world class destination for great dining, entertainment, international shopping and services.”

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(left to right) Seth A. Grossman, IBID Executive Director, welcomed new board member Eddie DeSousa of TD Bank
along with Hal Laessig, First Vice President, at the organization’s annual meeting.

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