Michele Siekerka President & CEO Alice Gens Chief Operating Officer/CFO Christine Buteas Chief Government Affairs Officer Bob Considine Chief Communications Officer Betty Boros Chief Member Strategy Officer Vincent Schweikert Chief Marketing Officer & Publisher Wayne Staub Chief Business Relations Officer Heather Hansberry Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Our Vision for New Jersey

New Jersey will reclaim its stature as the innovation state; the home of economic vitality, business prosperity, workforce skill excellence and a great quality of life so that NJBIA members can grow and sustain.

Our Mission

NJBIA exists to advance the competitive excellence and financial success of our members by:

  • Delivering member value through essential information and services.
  • Championing a competitive business climate, both locally and globally.
  • Facilitating partnerships among business, government and academia.


The New Jersey Business & Industry Association provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies to build a more prosperous New Jersey. We are the nation’s largest statewide employer association. Our members employ more than one million people.

Founded in 1910, as the New Jersey Manufacturers Association, this organization began as a group of manufacturers sharing ideas about workplace safety.  In addition, they also want to have a say in government policies affecting their businesses. The Association later formed New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance to protect their members with workers compensation insurance.

Entering the last 25 years of the 20th century, the makeup of its membership changed dramatically. For this reason, the Association changed its name to the New Jersey Business & Industry Association in the mid-1970s.

Today, our members represent every industry in the State.  This includes contractors, manufacturers, retail and wholesale businesses, and service providers of every kind.

NJBIA is widely regarded as the most credible and effective advocate for business in the Garden State. Our headquarters at 10 West Lafayette Street in Trenton is strategically located near the State Capitol. Our staff of government affairs experts testify frequently before the Legislature and state agencies to protect the interests of our members.

In addition to powerful advocacy, we also provide member companies with practical information and a number of money-saving benefits to help make the Garden State’s businesses prosperous.

Contact our membership department to learn more.

NJBIA History

History of NJBIA

Marking Over a Century of Service to New Jersey Business

Founded in February 1910, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association has served the State’s private-sector employers for more than 100 years through good times and bad.

Read the History of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association as published in the September 2010 issue of New Jersey Business magazine.

In this 1926 photo, Association President J.P. Bird points to a bronze plaque outside its then-headquarters at 175 West State Street.  The plaque contains the names of NJBIA’s executive staff and board.

Board of Trustees

Celestina S. Quintana, Chairperson, Owner/Operator McDonald’s restaurants

Clifford F. Lindholm, III, Vice Chairperson, President & CEO, Falstrom Company

Lori Roth, CPA/ABV, CFF, Treasurer, Co-Managing Partner, Prager Metis

Brian F. Neuwirth, Immediate Past Chairperson President, UNEX Manufacturing, Inc.

Rashaad Bajwa, President & CEO, Domain Technology Partners

Marcy Bliss, President, Wedgewood Pharmacy

Dr. Joel S. Bloom, President, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Dan Borok, Managing Partner, Newark Venture Partners

Kevin Cummings, President & CEO, Investors Bank

Catherine Milone, President, Junior Achievement of New Jersey

Rick Thigpen, Senior Vice President-Corporate Citizenship, PSEG

Deanna Sperling, MAS, RN, NE-BC, President & CEO, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center

Jessica Gonzalez, President, InCharged

Member Benefits

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association provides advocacy, support, guidance and exclusive money savings benefits to thousands of businesses in all 21 counties of the Garden State. Our goal is to build a more prosperous New Jersey and enhance the prosperity of our members.