NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas was one of only 50 individuals with the “energy, aptitude and talent” to earn a place on NJBIZ’s 2021 Next Generation Leaders list published this week.

“These individuals have been working alongside the power players and are next up in the hierarchy of influential executives, managers, directors, public officials and academics,” NJBIZ wrote. “Their own accomplishments speak for themselves and speak highly of their ability.”

NJBIZ singled out Buteas for her untiring work on behalf of the New Jersey business community.

“Her job is to ensure that lawmakers and regulators factor in the needs of businesses when formulating taxation, spending and other policies or rules that employers would have to follow,” NJBIZ wrote. “Issues from cannabis rules to plastic bag restrictions to COVID-19 workplace liability, corporate incentives and pandemic business restrictions are in her wheelhouse.

NJBIA is “a key player in efforts to reduce taxes and state mandates for business, something officials argue is key for the state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession,” NJBIZ wrote.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly destructive to the small business community, especially those owned by women and minorities. Buteas has been working one-on-one with many of them to ensure their voice is heard by government leaders and that they get the help needed to survive.

In fact, one of those small business owners that Buteas worked with, Christine Modica, earned her own spot on NJBIZ’s  2021 Next Generation Leaders list.

Modica, owner of the Stag House in Saddle River, formed the New Jersey Salon and Spa Alliance (NJSSA) last year to work with NJBIA and advocate on behalf of her industry as it continued to be challenged by pandemic operating restrictions.

“With a little help from the NJBIA, Modica got a seat at the table with the Legislature, providing a line for the NJSSA to have a say in ongoing legislation and rules,” NJBIZ wrote.