Thank you to the Sponsors, Exhibitors and Speakers
who made the 2019 NJFPA Annual Conference
an outstanding experience to current and future NJFPA members.
Together, we explored the many challenges
of attracting, developing and retaining talent in our industry.
We hope that you will take the time to learn more about
the people and organizations behind the program's success. 


2019 Press Release (PDF) 
2019 Sponsors (PDF) 
2019 Exhibitor List (PDF)
2019 Conference Agenda (PDF)
2019 Annual Conference Photos (link to Facebook)


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Talent is at the core of every successful business. Without this talent, the future of our industry is both challenging and uncertain. We all need to better understand and be proactive in the way we attract, develop, and retain talent within our industry.

The million dollar question is how to do it effectively? This is the challenge that the members of the New Jersey Food Processors Association (NJFPA) face on a daily basis and the focus of our Annual Conference. Thank you for joining us us on March 8, 2019 for presentations and breakout sessions on various topics for both employers and employees including:

  • Attracting Talent in a Competitive Labor Market
  • Best Practices for Developing Future Leaders
  • Retaining Talent with a Focus on Total Wellbeing

At this event, speakers and panelists from educational institutions, government entities, and the food industry shared best practices, tips and tools to help you better attract, develop, and retain talent in your business.

2019 Keynote Speaker sponsored by Eastern Alliance

This year's keynote speaker was Michele Siekerka, President & CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. Prior to assuming the helm of NJBIA, Siekerka served in state government in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in roles that included Assistant Commissioner and then Deputy Commissioner. Michele shared insight into key issues facing the New Jersey food processing industry.

The NJFPA presented its inaugural leadership awards at the luncheon.  Mazars USA joined us in honoring Goya Foods at the conference luncheon. Mazars presented the award to Miguel Lugo, Vice President for Goya, for their extensive work with community programs including paid summer internships in Jersey City, arts and culture events, and many food based charities.


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