Outside the Boardroom: John Cimino
Freeholder Chairman, John A. Cimino is currently serving his fourth term as a Mercer County Freeholder. Cimino was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, 2014, and 2017. This four-term Freeholder may be one of the most involved public servants and fathers in all of Mercer County.
John, who is the son of Gail and Anthony “Skip” Cimino, is part of a long legacy of public service in Mercer County. Skip Cimino is a former Hamilton Township Board of Education member, Mercer County Freeholder, and 14th District Assemblyman. As an Assemblyman, Cimino introduced the nation’s first bicycle helmet law for children 14 years old and younger, now a policy in 21 states.
“Growing up, our dinner table conversations usually centered around three things: the Yankees, politics, and public service,” said Freeholder John A. Cimino. “I think you can point back to those dinner table conversations with my mom and dad as the beginning of my love for public service.”
John is the Senior Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing, at T&M Associates and is the leader of the firm’s sales and marketing efforts. What is most important to him, however, is his family.
John has been married to his wife Jeannine Cimino for nearly 13 years. Jeannine was recently promoted to Regional President of the Mid Atlantic region at Berkshire Bank. The Ciminos are the proud parents of two children, AJ, 11 and Emma who is 9.
“Sometimes it’s hard to juggle all of the activities and meetings, but Jeannine and I partner and make it work,” said Cimino. “We are committed to putting our children first and giving them our time and attention. We love being involved in their various commitments and activities.”
As with most kids, AJ and Emma are involved in countless activities, and John is right there with them. John serves as the president of Nottingham Little League, is the manager of AJ’s regular season and all-star baseball teams, and coaches both children’s St. Gregory the Great CYO basketball teams.
“I think any youth coach will tell you that the position comes with a lot of work and a lot of stress, but the reward of being out there with the kids and seeing them improve as people and players over the course of a season makes it worth it,” said Cimino. “Coming full circle and coaching baseball games on the same field I played on as a child is pretty incredible.”
What you may not know about John is that he was quite the baseball player himself. John’s baseball resume includes being part of the Nottingham Little League State Champion squad in 1987 and being the starting first baseman on the 1993 Notre Dame High School team that at one point was ranked number 8 nationally.
Giving back to the community has always been a priority for John and Jeannine. Together they volunteer their time to show their children the importance of giving back. John has served on several nonprofits over the years including RWJ Hamilton, Lakeview Child Center and Hamilton Area YMCA, to name just a few.
As a testament to his commitment to his community, John has been recognized with several awards over the years. John was named one of NJ Biz’s 40 Under 40, he was recognized as the Young Professional of the Year by Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton, he was selected as a Platinum Dad by UIH Family Partners, and most recently was honored as a Community Hero by the Hamilton Area YMCA.
On top of all that, Cimino has found the time for one more venture, All Play USA. In October of last year, Cimino and a group of partners announced their plans to build a family fun entertainment facility.
The facility will house a proprietary interactive golf driving range, multi-sports turf facility, high-tech bowling lanes, trampoline park, and extreme climbing zone along with impressive food and beverage options.
“Being parents in this community, We saw the need for a facility like All Play. The goal is to provide families in the area with a one-stop spot for fun,” said Cimino.
Freeholder meeting, baseball diamond, dance recital, or charity auction, you never know where John Cimino will be on any given night, but you can rest assured he will be enjoying every minute of it.