New Jersey State League of Municipalities • 107th Annual Conference
November 15-17, 2022 • Atlantic City Convention Center • #njleague

Lori Pepenella CDME

President and CEO
New Jersey Tourism Industry Association & Southern Ocean County Chamber
414 Riverview Plaza
United States


Lori serves as the first CEO in the 108-year history of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and the first woman in NJ to earn the Certified Destination Management Executive title from Purdue University/DI. For almost two decades she has represented the Long Beach Island Region serving as a Commissioner for Ocean County Culture & Heritage and on the Ocean County Business & Tourism Advisory Board. She served on the charter board for Ocean County Military Support Committee and was named to the Ocean County College 100 Women Campaign and presided as Statewide President of NJ Destination Marketing Organizations from 2010-2014. She has served as a core committee member for the Governor's Conference for Tourism since 2009 and is currently the President of the New Jersey Tourism Industry. Lori has been a featured lecturer and mentor for both the Philadelphia and New York Non Profit Leadership Summits; Stockton University Jersey ShoreCast, NJ Conference on Tourism, Jersey Arts Marketers, NJ League of Municipalities Convention and Destination International Annual Convention; contributing writer to NJ League of Municipalities Magazine as well as a host of LBI Region Report weekly radio show. Since 2020 she has served as editor of Tapinto Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton, Trustee representing Ocean County for the NJ Pro Wind Grantor trust and Board Member for the Community Foundation of South Jersey. She serves on the Ocean County College Business School Advisory Board and the Stockton University Tourism Program Advisory Board.
Lori is actively working with tourism, art and history advocates in seeking new projects to advance economic development statewide. Lori has been honored as Southern Ocean Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow, Lighthouse International Community Leadership Award, Ocean County Tourism Achievement Award, Honorary Commander at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, and Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Woman of Achievement


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