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David L. Hughes – Achievement Award

David Hughes was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in the Great Notch section of Little Falls in New Jersey. Later settling in Hawthorne, NJ.

He is a graduate of Montclair Kimberly Academy and then attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Following graduation, David went on to law school and in 1983, graduated with a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

David practiced law in New Jersey for several years, working as an associate at the firm of Torre, Garman and Amdur. In 1989, he first became associated with the North Jersey Automobile Club, ultimately rising to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of AAA North Jersey in 2015. Additionally, David has served in several key positions within the AAA federation, including Chairman of the AAA Clubs of New Jersey, Trustee of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and Director of both the AAA Conference of Independent Clubs and the AAA Eastern Conference. He is also a member of numerous local civic and social organizations including The Columbians, the renowned and highly respected Italian American philanthropic organization.

As a member of the North Jersey Country Club since 1985, David enjoys playing golf and has travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe perusing his hobby. He is also an avid reader consuming 20-25 books per year. His true love, however, is cooking. Whether it is homemade wine, Italian sausage, vegetables from the garden, barbecues, pasta or any of the meals served at the New York Giants tailgate parties, his friends will agree that cooking is David’s muse.

David considers his six week visit to Italy with his 78 year old grandfather, Dominick, as the most memorable event in his life. Not having been back to Provencia di Salerno since 1935, Dominick was able to visit his Italian family and relive his youthful experiences in his hometown a year prior to his death in 1980. To have his grandson with him on his trip was extra special. David’s father Donald passed away in 1983, but his mother Catherine is alive and well at 89.