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Michele Siekerka

NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka, Esq.

NJBIA President & CEO Michele Siekerka was honored this week as one of New Jersey’s influential business leaders by both NJBIZ and ROI-NJ in their annual power rankings. 

Collectively, two NJBIA officers, including Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas, and four executives who serve on NJBIA’s board of trustees were recognized for outstanding business leadership by the two news organizations. The ROI-NJ Influencers Power List 2021 and the NJBIZ 2021 Power 100 List were both published on Monday. 

Siekerka has her finger on the pulse of what business owners need to succeed here,” NJBIZ wrote, adding that Siekerka and the NJBIA team have been on the front lines of stalling, stopping or mitigating state policies that act as a detriment to small and large businesses in New Jersey. 

NJBIZ also noted the influential role NJBIA has had during the COVID-19 pandemic by advocating on behalf of New Jersey businesses, while also helping them navigate the many operating restrictions and safety procedures that have been mandated by the state. 

Chrissy Buteas

NJBIA Chief Government Affairs Officer Chrissy Buteas

“Staying afloat while following those mandates is difficult, and figures like Siekerka and NJBIA are in a position to provide insight on how business can navigate that reality,” NJBIZ said. 

The ROI-NJ Influencers Power List 2021 included six NJBIA officers and trustees in all. In addition to recognizing Siekerka for her leadership in the nonprofit associations sector, ROI-NJ recognized Buteas and four executives who serve on NJBIA’s board of trustees: UNEX Manufacturing President Brian Neuwirth (NJBIA’s board chairman); NJIT President Dr. Joel Bloom; Investors Bank CEO Kevin Cummings; and Prager Metis Co-Managing Partner Lori Roth. 

Siekerka and her team offer a strong advocacy group for business community on big issues — and everything happening in Trenton,” ROI-NJ said. 

NJBIZ’s 2021 Power 100 List recognized Bloom and Cummings, as well as Siekerka.