South Jersey Economic Development District

Executive Board of Directors

Will Morey
Chairman, SJEDD

Will Morey, Chairman

South Jersey Economic Development District Chairman and Cape May County Freeholder.

Will Morey, a lifelong resident of Cape May County, was elected to the Freeholder Board in 2011.  Morey is a graduate of Auburn University, where he received his B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.
Morey is President and CEO of Morey’s Piers, a family-owned business founded in Wildwood in 1969 and recognized as a premier regional entertainment destination.  An active industry leader, he has served as Government Relations Committee Chairman, Audit Committee Chairman, a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the international trade association, and now serves as IAAPA’s Chairman.
As Freeholder, Morey has oversight responsibility for Planning, Economic Development, Education and Transportation Infrastructure.  In 2012, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Southern New Jersey Economic Development District during a period of significant District restructuring.
Morey supports many charitable and community initiatives and has served on Boards of Education in both Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.  He also has served on Boards of the Boardwalk Special Improvement District and the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and he is County Chair for the College’s Capital and Scholarship Campaign.  He was a Founding Board Member and Trustee of Cape Volunteers in Medicine.
Morey is a licensed, commercial rated pilot.  He is a Certified Flight Instructor and has been a volunteer pilot with the Angel Flight Network since 2007.  He resides in Wildwood Crest with his wife, Janice.  They have two sons, Will and Kyle.

John Risley
Vice Chairman, SJEDD

John Risley, Vice Chairman

South Jersey Economic Development District Vice Chairman and Atlantic County Freeholder.

John Risley was elected Freeholder-at-Large in November 2011 and Vice Chairperson in 2014. He previously served on the Board of Freeholders from 1995 to 2004. Freeholder Risley has devoted a lifetime of public service as a past president of the Mainland Regional Board of Education, a Linwood City Councilman, former President of Somers Point City Council and most recently, past Deputy Mayor for Egg Harbor Township. John is the owner and President of L. O. Thomas and Company, Inc. a FINRA/SIPC member investment firm founded in 1929. He has been guiding clients with investment advice for over 35 years. John is a member of M. B. Taylor Lodge in Hammonton and a Past Master of Keystone Lodge in Linwood. John resides in Egg Harbor Township with his wife, Dawn and children, Ashley, John, III and Harold.

Douglass Painter, Secretary
Secretary, SJEDD

Douglass Painter, Secretary

South Jersey Economic Development District Secretary and Salem County Freeholder

Chairperson – Education and Employment
Mr. Painter is a resident of Pilesgrove Township and is serving his first term as Salem County Freeholder. Mr. Painter is the chairperson of the Education/ Employment Committee and a member of the Administration, Health & Human Services Committees. He has been active in the community in various ways serving on the board for Habitat for Humanity of Salem County, the Salem County Agriculture Development Board and a member of the Rotary Club of Woodstown. Prior to joining the Board of Chosen Freeholders for ten years Doug served on the Woodstown- Pilesgrove Board of Education. In addition, he is the Corresponding Secretary for the Pilesgrove-Woodstown Recreation Association and past president of the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Business Association. He is currently the Vice President of Astro Outdoor Advertising and Sign Company with offices in Glassboro and Woodstown, NJ. Doug is the son of Jerry and Joann Painter. Doug and his wife Tricia of 22 years have three children, Lauren, Nicholas and Matthew. 

Jim Sauro
Treasurer, SJEDD

Jim Sauro, Treasurer

South Jersey Economic Development District Chairman and Cumberland County Freeholder.

Elected November 5, 2013. Previously served on the Board of Freeholders from 2000-2002. He served as the Director of the Board in 2002. He is has been married to Susan (Biczelewski) Sauro for 33 years. He has a son, David, and two daughters, Dominique and Danielle.

He is the CEO of A.R. Sauro Plumbing, Heating & WaterCare, Inc. He is a member of Plumbing Inspectors Association of NJ. He currently has a Master Plumbers license, T-1 water operator license, small water treatment license, construction official license, plumbing inspector license, sub-code official license. He has served as legislative chair for the NJ State League of Master Plumbers. He has also served on the Cumberland County Board of Appeals.

Mr. Sauro was a Vineland High School class of 1972 Honors graduate. He has also attended Cumberland, and Gloucester County Colleges as well as Cumberland and Cape May  County Vo-Techs.

Mr. Sauro is a radio talk show host on WVLT 92.1 FM Vineland. He attends St. Padre Pio Parrish in Vineland. He is a member of the Board of Elwyn New Jersey. He is also a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and Special Olympics supporter.