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Michael Wallace Named Senior VP of Government Affairs

NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka announced that Michael Wallace is the new senior vice president of Government Affairs — one of three key NJBIA staff promotions made on Tuesday.

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Mike Wallace

Wallace, who joined NJBIA in 2015, handles all of NJBIA’s advocacy efforts related to labor, workforce development, manufacturing, and federal affairs.  In his new role as senior VP, he will work closely with Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas on developing the legislative strategy for successfully implementing NJBIA’s mission of creating a more competitive business environment in New Jersey so that member companies can grow and sustain their businesses.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Wallace previously worked as a legislative aide to state Senator Fred Madden (D-4), former Camden Mayor Dana Redd and former Gov. Jon Corzine. Wallace is a resident of Sewell, Gloucester County.

Kate Conroy

Siekerka also announced two additional staff promotions: Kate Conroy has been promoted to vice president of Strategic Partnerships for NJBIA, and Lisa Criscuolo has been promoted to associate publisher of New Jersey Business magazine, NJBIA’s award-winning monthly publication that reaches more than 107,000 business executives in the state.

As VP of Strategic Partnerships, Conroy is responsible for the overall management of NJBIA’s sponsorship program, including cultivating new partners whose funding helps to support first-rate NJBIA programming and events. Additionally, she co-hosts NJBIA’s entertaining podcast, Other People’s Business, which spotlights NJBIA members and their businesses. Prior to joining NJBIA in 2015, Conroy was vice president of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, the largest business organization in the northern New Jersey-New York metropolitan region.  Conroy resides in Edison in Middlesex County.

Lisa Criscuolo

Criscuolo joined New Jersey Business magazine in 2003 as an account executive before being named advertising manager and later advertising director. In her new role as associate publisher of New Jersey’s largest long-standing business publication, Criscuolo assumes additional strategic and administrative responsibilities, while continuing her managerial and sales efforts. Criscuolo resides in Roseland, Essex County.