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Indian American entrepreneur Vin Gopal included in Politicker New Jersey’s ‘Power List’

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Gopal is the president of Direct Development.

Vin Gopal

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Indian American entrepreneur Vin Gopal has been included in top 100 politically influential people in the “Power List” for 2015 in Politicker NJ.

Born and raised in Monmouth County to an Indian American couple, Gopal is a successful entrepreneur and business development professional who graduated from Penn State University with B.A. in Political Science, according to a press release.

Gopal has served in a leadership role for many non-profits, including the Board of Trustees for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties (2010-2012) and the Board of Directors for the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce (2009-2012), where he served as Chairman of the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee in 2012.  He was also elected to a three-year term as President of the Hazlet Business Owners Association, serving from January of 2010 to January of 2013.

Gopal is the President of Direct Development, LLC (DD), a marketing and creative design agency based in Hazlet Township.  DD also operates Community Magazine, in Monmouth County.

Prior to being a small business owner, Gopal worked as a legislative aide to two New Jersey members of the state legislature. He was elected Monmouth County Democratic Chairman in June of 2012 with 73% of the vote.

At the age of 27, he became New Jersey’s youngest person elected to head a major political party in Monmouth County’s history.  He remains today as the youngest person to head a major political party in any of New Jersey’s 21 counties since June 2012.

He was rated on’s Top 100 Most Politically Influential people in NJ’s Politics in their ‘Power List’ in 2012 prior to this year.  Gopal was recognized by the Asbury Park Press in 2013 as a future leader to watch. He was honored by the Monmouth Chamber of Commerce in 2014 with the Beacon of Hope award.  He was also named Deputy Vice Chairman of the state Democratic State Committee in 2014.  Gopal was also honored by the Community Affairs and Resource Center in 2015.

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