Washington Business Improvement District

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Bios for Washington Borough Business Improvement District 2019 Board of Directors Candidates 

Jessica Boutilette is a Warren Hills Graduate and a resident of Washington for nearly 20 years. She has been in the insurance industry for 10 years. Jessica and her business partner and life long friend Kristen have always dreamt of being in business together which became a reality when they opened their Aflac office in Star Plaza in 2012. They have since moved to Midtown Plaza and have expanded their offerings to include personal and commercial lines operating as a full-service insurance agency known as JK Benefits. Jessica is happy to not only have a business in Washington and to be able to offer benefits to local businesses and individuals but also to bring high paying jobs to her hometown.


Ajay Gaglani, 38, entrepreneur and business owner in various fields including internet technology, construction, tech startup and consumer services. Ajay opened William's Irish Tavern in 2016 on Rt. 57 in Washington. William's Irish Tavern is the fulfillment of a vision and was years in the making. Three local friends dreamt for years about a local gathering place, a pub style atmosphere, to meet and talk after work and even to bring the family for a quick bite to eat. The resulting restaurant and bar embodies the spirit of a founding father of Washington Borough, Colonel William McCullough, who built the township's first ever tavern.  Graduate of Rutgers University (Bachelors of Computer Science and Mathematics) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (Masters in Applied Physics). 


James Myers – Co-owner of Home Helpers of Washington, established in January 2018. My prior experience was 25 years project management with, Bell Atlantic, Lucent Technologies, and most recently for the previous 12 years at Motorola. My wife Rose and I have combined my management experience with her 20 year experience as a BSN-RN. To now provide in home care for the elderly, sick, disabled and new moms. I share the enthusiasm of the BID in anticipation and participation that the Washington community of interests will grow and flourish.


Gregory Fliegauf has been with Fliegauf Jewelers since 1997, after graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson with a degree in accounting.  He bought the store from his uncle in 2012 and is not the fourth generation to own the store.  Fliegauf Jewelers has been in business since 1926 and has been a large supporter of the community over the years.  Greg and his wife Denise are building a house in Washington to make this their permanent residence.  Greg was on the Washington BID board of trustees for 13 years before leaving for family matters in 2018.


Jeffrey M. Smith of The Smith Motor Co. (Ford): Mr. Smith is a lifetime Warren County resident, loving husband and father of 3 children. Jeff is a Warren Hills Regional HS graduate and he attended the Churchman’s Business School in Easton, PA. He manages a successful 3rd generation family run automobile dealership and has been on the Washington Borough BID Board for 6 years, serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary for 3 years and as Vice President for 2 years and in the dual role of Vice President/Treasurer for the past year. 


Michael Yates formed MICHAEL F. YATES & COMPANY, INC., a Human Resource and Actuarial consulting firm, in 1997. Mike has consulted in these and related fields for over 35 years providing professional services to large and small corporations, partnerships, non-profits and public entities. He also assists large and small clients with the structural and HR issues associated with mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Mike is a member of several professional organizations, has testified before governmental committees, is a County Committeeman, served on and chaired Township Boards, served as Vice-President of the Hunterdon Polytech Board, is a special event organizer and fund raiser for the VFW, is the sponsor of scholastic awards for math and science, raises funds for the Hunterdon Medical Center, is also a commercial pilot and is active in his church. Mr. Yates has served as WBID Board Director for the past three years and as the Board Secretary and member of the Executive Committee