Betty and Quentin Wiest
On Monday evening, November 12th, the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will join together at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes for the 26th Annual ....A Fall Night of Fine Dining. On this special occasion, West Bergen is honored to present its prestigious Distinguished Service Award to outstanding community leaders, Betty and Quentin Wiest of Ridgewood.
In announcing the Wiests’ selection, Douglas J. Cronk, President of West Bergen’s Board of Trustees said, “All of us on West Bergen’s Board are so pleased that Betty and Quentin are being recognized in this special way. This symbol of excellence is given each year to exceptional individuals. Betty and Quentin’s generous spirit and dedication to the community make them the ideal recipients of this important award.”
Over the years, Betty and Quentin have been active and dedicated West Bergen supporters. Their partnership with West Bergen began almost 20 years ago when Quentin became a member of West Bergen’s Board of Trustees.
In 1995, Betty earned a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Bergen Community College. An avid sportswoman and expert gardener, Betty has put her talents to work in numerous capacities. She has served as: Executive Director of the Skylands Association; Executive Director of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association; guide at Eastern Mountain Sports and a staff member in the Perennial Department at Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery where she is currently leading special garden tours. For the past three years, Betty has also been working at REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) Betty also served as Deputy Mayor of the Village of Ridgewood from 2004 to 2008 and believes one of her most notable legacies to the Village of Ridgewood is the Rotary Clock in the center of town which was dedicated in April 2006.
A long-time and active member of Ridgewood AM Rotary Club, Betty received the prestigious Arthur Fenniman Award in 2016 for “Commitment to Service and High Ethical Standards.” While a member, she successfully led three gently-used shoe campaigns, generating 29,000 pairs of shoes for Soles 4 Souls. She is also a member of the Women Gardeners of Ridgewood.
Well known for her adventurous spirit, Betty completed five consecutive circumnavigations of Manhattan in a kayak, the last one in 2017. She also recently completed her fourth solo road trip. As she highlighted with prose and amazing pictures in the summer issue of Autumn Years magazine, “This trip was a solo drive from sea to sea… my most ambitious road trip to date,” said Betty, “It ran from Sandy Hook to San Diego, literally from sea to shining sea, with a lot of adventures in between. During my six-week trip late this winter, it reminded me once again that the landscape of America, in any season, is a joy to behold.”
A resident of Ridgewood for over 50 years, Quentin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1972. He was named to the Ridgewood Planning Board in 1976 and served until being elected to the Village Council in 1980. His Council service continued until 1992. During this period he was elected and served as Mayor between 1986 and 1990.
After working in a variety of engineering positons in North Jersey, Quentin was named to serve as Bergen County Director of Public Works by County Executive Pat Schuber in 1991. He continued in County government for 16 years during which time he also served as Executive Director of the Bergen County Improvement Authority. Since leaving County government, Quentin has served in Municipal management positions in Closter, Hoboken, and is currently the Business Administrator of Mahwah Township, a AAA rated community of 26,000 residents with combined Current and Utility budgets of over $50M.
After joining West Bergen’s Board of Trustees in 2004, Quentin served the Agency in many significant ways – as Secretary from 2005-2007; Executive Vice President from 2007-2008 and as President from 2008-2012.
During his nine-year tenure on the Board, he was instrumental in steering the Agency in many new directions, including establishing a residential group home on Broad Street in Ridgewood for ten adults on the Autistic Spectrum. Quentin currently serves as a Member of West Bergen’s Foundation Board and continues to provide valuable assistance and guidance.
In addition to West Bergen, Quentin has also served on the Board of Trustees of Friends of The Hermitage National Historic Site in Ho-Ho-Kus.
The Wiests have three children: Quentin, an attorney with Baker Botts LLP, lives with wife Caroline and ten-month old Theodore in Manhattan; Whitney, a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Agency, lives with husband Mark in Charleston, SC; and Julia, a consultant with Accenture, lives in Denver.