ACG NJ Monthly Breakfast Meeting, Sept 20, 2022

ACG NJ Monthly Breakfast

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September 20, 2022 8 AM - 10:30 AM EDT

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What Great Leaders Do


As the summer ends, the corporate world begins its annual transition, embracing a ‘back to business’ attitude.  With that shift comes a renewed focus on the role of great leaders in guiding their companies to achieve great outcomes.   Recognizing the importance of this topic, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) New Jersey is proud to kick off the September breakfast with a program uniquely focused on a discussion between three of the state’s most well-regarded leaders.  On September 20, 2022, Cathy Choi, President at Bulbrite and John Meccia, who most recently served as the CEO and Chairman of Prevenio, a startup food safety business, that successfully integrated with JBT Corporation in 2021, will be joined by Laura Crothers Osborn, CEO and Founder of Crothers Consulting, as together they define and discuss the essential characteristics common to great leaders. Sally Glick, Principal at SobelCo, will moderate this fascinating conversation as the panelists examine successful leadership styles from both business and human capital perspectives, sharing their own experiences and the critical lessons they learned throughout their careers across a wide range of corporations.       


Registration Fees:
Early Bird Rates Expire Friday, Sept 16th, 2022
Members of ACG NJ                              Complimentary!
Members - Other ACG Chapter       $50  (after Sept 16 - $75)
First Time Attendees                              $50  (after Sept 16 - $75)
Non-Members                                           $75  (after Sept 16 - $100)

Cancellation Policy:
Full refund, less 3% processing fee, if cancellation is received by 5:00pm on Friday, Sept 16, 2022.


Cathy Choi, BULBRITE

Cathy Choi

President and CEO

Cathy Choi is President and CEO of BULBRITE, a leading manufacturer and supplier of energy-efficient lighting solutions.  Founded 50 years ago by her parents, Bulbrite is a family-owned business renowned for its commitment to innovation, education and exceptional service.  Choi oversees all aspects of the company’s operations including sales, marketing, operations, manufacturing and product development.

Choi has expanded sales and services to a broader community and distributor base throughout North America.  She has helped expand the breadth of the company's product line to consumer favorites like LED decorative bulbs and patio string lights as well as a new line of smart bulbs, Bulbrite Solana® that has been featured in the Washington Post, Dwell, House Beautiful and Apartment Therapy. 

Recipient of the 2021 Women in Lighting Leadership Award and Residential Lighting Industry Leadership Award in 2010, Choi is an active leader in the lighting industry, current serving as the Co-Chair of the American Lighting Association (ALA) Women in Lighting Committee.  She is an ALA Certified Lighting Specialist and requires that her team receives ALA certifications to provide the highest level of industry expertise and customer service.   

Laura Crothers Osborn, Crothers Consulting

Laura Crothers Osborn

Crothers Consulting
Founder and President

Laura Crothers Osborn is a highly regarded speaker, author and expert in HR and Leadership. She is the Owner and President of Crothers Consulting, a boutique HR consulting, coaching and soft skills training firm servicing middle market businesses for over 10 years.  They work with organizations to determine the best ways to attract, integrate, develop, engage and retain their talent. 

Laura is a Human Resource expert with over twenty-five years of experience coaching and assisting senior and mid-level leaders. Laura opened Crothers HR Consulting in 2010 to fuel her passion for helping leaders achieve organization and strategic clarity.  She and her team have successfully guided business leaders and HR executives, providing a clear line of vision as they face the many challenges associated with growing their company or engaging in mergers or acquisitions. Her candid, down-to-earth approach allows her to connect quickly and deeply with people. 

Laura is known for her fast paced, creative solutions in all areas of HR.  Her leadership style developed throughout her years in Human Resource leadership roles with McGraw Hill, AT&T, ADP, Merrill Lynch, EverBank and Shearson Lehman Brothers.  Laura led and/or facilitated multiple initiatives focused on change management, integration, mentoring, leadership development/coaching, workforce planning, talent, performance management, employee engagement and compensation design. 

John Meccia

John Meccia

recent CEO

John Meccia is a successful entrepreneur and corporate leader who consistently delivers smart solutions to corporate challenges. He accomplishes this with a focus on building teams that embrace innovation, a willingness to take a risk, to make mistakes, and in doing so, to uncover new approaches and opportunities. This intuitive and thoughtful leader has one key principle that underlies all his efforts. When it comes to his team, John’s basic principle is: “Never lazy, Never lie.”

With this philosophy as his foundation, John has enjoyed over 36 years of domestic and international experience leading sales, marketing, manufacturing, and technical teams. As a highly sought-after business leader, John has enjoyed a dynamic career. Most recently he served as CEO and Chairman of Prevenio, a start-up food safety business that successfully integrated with JBT Corporation in 2021 after a $170 million sale. Previously, he was Global Vice-President of Paper Converting and Graphic Arts for Henkel Corporation, one of the world’s largest chemical companies (with approximately 50,000 employees in close to 120 countries).  During his time there, the company doubled in size by meeting unique customer and employee needs.   Prior to Henkel, he was with National Starch and Chemical, where he directed the North American Paper Packaging business and created a start-up service consulting business.  

Sally Glick, SobelCo

Sally Glick (Moderator)

Principal and Chief Growth Strategist

Sally Glick is a Principal of the Firm and the Chief Growth Strategist at SobelCo.  In that role she is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s branding, marketing communications and functions as an ambassador to the community, driving their business development strategies.

Sally is deeply involved in the community, serving on several nonprofit and business boards and committees including as the Board Member and Immediate Past President of the Association for Corporate Growth NJ, Chair of the NJ District Export Council, Board Member for Commerce & Industry Association of NJ as well as a participant on several CIANJ committees,  Co-chair of the Morris Co Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Council, previous Board member and Executive Board Member for the Center for Nonprofits and advisory board member for the Great Swamp Watershed Association.  

Hosted by: ACG
New Jersey