Anthony A. Mero ’00, Alumnus
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A Bloomfield College returning adult student. That is the best way to describe the relationship between the College and Anthony A. Mero ’00 who attended classes in the evenings and on the weekends to earn his Bachelor of Science degree Summa Cum Laude in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems.
"I went to work right after high school, and worked my way into a good position at a financial institution. But, I knew that if I wanted to advance, I would need to get back on track and get my degree. Living in Newark, I was familiar with Bloomfield College and I knew that it would be a convenient commute. It had a good program and a schedule that afforded me the best option to continue to work and still be able to attend in-person classes," recalls Mero. "I remember liking all my professors, who were always open, welcoming and offering of their time, guidance and support. They really wanted to see their students succeed."
Mero, who has more than 20 years of management experience, has successfully served as Chief Operating Officer at a number of financial organizations and currently serves as CEO of Atlantic Federal Credit Union in Kenilworth where he provides strategic direction, vision and leadership for the Credit Union. In addition to earning a B.S. at Bloomfield College, Mero holds an MBA from Centenary College. He is also the past President of the Freehold Township Lions, volunteering along with its members to provide a global service network that helps local communities.
"The degree I earned at Bloomfield was important for my professional and personal growth. I know that I wouldn't have had the career progression that I've had if it weren’t for the education and support that Bloomfield provided me, and I am grateful," said Mero. "I'll always remember visiting the campus to discuss how I might reengage and go back to school. It felt warm. Everyone was so supportive of my goals and worked with me to build my schedule. It worked perfectly. I was able to juggle 12 credits at a time and summer sessions while working full time; and once in the classroom, my professors blended my work experience into the class. It brought out the best in all of us."