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NJFC Graduates Leadership Development Class

From left to right: Matthew Lipowski, Mary Ellen Peppard, Jenna Kanterman, Caitlyn Gilligan, Jessica Scaduto, Lisa Almeida, Nicole Scaduto, Linda Doherty, Kim Friel and Sean Bruno.

The NJFC celebrated the graduation of its Leadership Development Class May 24 at the Night of Distinction at the Palace in Somerset, New Jersey.

Launched in 2014, the Food Council Leadership Development Program provides training for future leaders who have a passion for working in the food industry, possess an interest in the dynamics and trends of government and want to make a difference.

Featuring speakers from the state legislature, governor’s office and food industry leaders, the program combines elements of mentoring, organizational education, leadership training, policy trends and guided experiences. Speakers present their insights on the changing landscape of policy in New Jersey.

Each year, NJFC member companies have the ability to nominate potential candidates for participation in the program. NJFC’s Leadership Development Team selects individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the NJFC and who have great potential for growth and advancement in the food distribution business.

“This was an exceptional class as students build one-on-one relationships beyond the silos of their respected organizations,” said Linda Doherty, president and CEO of NJFC. “One of the main goals of this program is to educate future leaders on public policy areas that impact their business and the food industry and expand their network which includes like-minded individuals who work in New Jersey’s food industry.

“The training and mentoring they received throughout this entire program will not only help advance their careers, but also ensure the food industry continues to flourish. Even with the limitations brought on by COVID restrictions, we applaud the group for their hard work and commitment to the program and we look forward to their continued success and leadership when it comes to advocating for policies that benefit New Jersey’s food industry.”

Below are the individuals in this year’s graduating NJFC Leadership Development class:

  • Perry Blatt, Village Supermarkets;
  • Sean Bruno, Bimbo Bakeries;
  • Nicole Burke, Stop & Shop Supermarkets;
  • Kimberly Friel, Wakefern Food Corporation;
  • Caitlyn Gilligan, Kings Food Markets;
  • Jenna Kanterman, KraftHeinz;
  • Ben Murphy, Unilever; and
  • Nicole Scaduto, Food Circus Supermarkets.

The NJFC is a trade association representing 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, manufacturing and service companies that employs more than 250,000 employees in New Jersey.

For more information, visit njfoodcouncil.com

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