The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) presented its Leonard C. Johnson Award to Lorelei Mottese of Wakefern Food Corp. for her long-standing contributions to the association’s government affairs efforts last week during its 2014 Public Policy Forum in Edison.
“Her experience as a representative of one of New Jersey’s largest employers has provided tremendous insights on how government policies affect businesses in the real world,” said NJBIA President Michele Siekerka, who presented the award. “She has been at the forefront of some of the most high-profile issues confronting New Jersey businesses, and there is no doubt that thousands of businesses are better off today because of her hard work and dedication.”
Mottese’s insights on NJBIA’s government affairs committee have proven invaluable in dealing with some of the most high-profile business issues in the state, according to the organization. For more than 20 years, she has been a fixture on various policy committees that advise NJBIA on the “real-world” impacts of proposed legislation and regulations. She also has been an active member of NJBIA’s numerous coalitions and has been an active participant in NJBIA’s grassroots activities as a regular at the Passaic Employer Legislative Committee (ELC) meetings.
The award is named after Leonard Johnson, president of the NJBIA from 1963-77. He was a respected industry leader and was an advisor to four New Jersey governors.