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MILSPRAY’S Digital Marketing Manager, Natalie Adis to Attend Latino Small Business and Resource Fair

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Natalie Adis is MILSPRAY’s Digital Marketing Manager. Natalie has several years of digital/social media marketing, project management, and public relations experience. Adis began her career at MILSPRAY™ as a Social Media Strategist Intern and worked her way to a full-time Digital Marketing Manager role.

Prior to her coming to MILSPRAY™, Natalie had been and still remains the Founder and Owner of the Digital Marketing Agency, Social Splash Guru. She is a Speaker, Hootsuite™ Ambassador and Google Partner who remains an active participant as a Subject Matter Expert in Digital Marketing within the industry. She is also a published thought leader in articles such as Zazzle Media’s, “Expert Tips for Impactful Content Distribution” and Creative Click Media’s “15 Social Media Hacks for the Business Newbie from the Pros.”

She holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (Spanish Studies) and a Master of Business Administration in Global Marketing from Georgian Court University located in Lakewood, NJ.

Natalie will be in attendance at the Latino Small Business Forum and Resource Fair hosted by Senator Booker on May 9, 2016 at the Culinary Conference Center at Hudson County Community College: 161 Newkirk St, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

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Winning With Women Revisited: A Follow-Up Interview With Jessica Thomulka

Jessica Thomulka HSRecently, our very own Emerging Leaders Intern, Jessica Thomulka was awarded an Experiential Education Student Award from Seton Hall University.

We were able to catch up with her to ask her a few questions.

Get to know Jessica by reading our interview with her below:

1. Jessica, we were so pleased to welcome you back for your second time as an Intern here at MILSPRAY™, what new updates do you have for us regarding your collegiate life?

I will be graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry & Philosophy with a Minor in Legal Studies in Business later this month. Also, I will be given a certificate in the University Honors Program.

I am a Member of Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society) and was newly inducted into the Legal Studies Honor Society at Seton Hall. Just recently, I received the Experiential Education Award for my work at MILSPRAY Military Technologies™ to represent the College of Arts and Science. (Honored as 1 of 12 awardees recognized)

2. Please tell us why you wanted to return to MILSPRAY™ for a second term as an Intern?

Because I had so much fun over the summer! Most students prefer to work multiple internships, but I wanted to continue with MILSPRAY™ so I could build on my skills that I learned in my first internship. Since chemistry is a skills-based discipline I wanted to hone my lab skills in polymer development and testing. I love the work environment in Research & Development and I was excited to be invited back.

3. The last time you were here you provided assistance with polymer formulation, preparation, testing, processing documents derived from testing, and assisting in the interpretation of test results. You were also responsible for migrating Material Safety Data Sheets to OSHA, in order to ensure the safety of MILSPRAY™ employees and customers. This time around what have you been working on?

I find myself spending more time in the lab focusing on the development of some of the polymer systems we are working on. With more experience, I have a higher understanding of the processes behind the chemical reactions taking place and an increased ability to interpret results. Matthew has given me independence in working on a project and I have learned to manage my time and organize my data in an efficient manner.

4. What is one of your favorite things about being one of our Emerging Leaders Intern here at MILSPRAY Military Technologies™?

At MILSPRAY™, I do not feel like an intern. I have been given responsibility in completing my tasks and the work I do directly impacts the ongoing projects within R&D.

5. What advice would you want to give to other students looking to apply to MILSPRAY™ for an internship?

There is a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration within MILSPRAY™. My internship at MILSPRAY™ has been a nice complement to my education because it has allowed me to translate what I learned in the classroom into a hands-on environment. Students who are eager to learn and willing to get involved in a variety of projects should apply.

6. Do you have any mentors here at the organization?

Everyone within the R&D department has lent a helping hand over the past year. I have worked closely with Jack and Tom in the lab and Matthew has provided guidance as I completed my projects. I am thankful for their patience and willingness to pass on their knowledge and skills to me.

Additionally, Natalie from the Marketing department has been extremely helpful in passing on her social media strategies and career advice specifically with LinkedIn and networking.

7. If so, what is one of the best pieces of advice you were ever given during your internship at MILSPRAY™?

The best piece of advice I received was to learn something new every day. An internship is an educational tool and it has two dimensions: I contribute to the organization and in turn I learn all about the business as it relates to chemistry and in all of its aspects. I enjoyed poking my head in offices other than R&D to learn a little bit about every department at MILSPRAY™. Over the past year, I have learned a tremendous amount of chemistry but also how a business functions.

Random Tidbits about Jessica

1. If you had to be named after a city, state, or country (etc.), which would you want it to be and why?

Over the past four years at Seton Hall I have spent countless hours in New York City with my friends so I would want to be named after the neighborhood, Chelsea, in Manhattan. It is a beautiful area and the memories I have made with my friends are invaluable.

2. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

Thesaurus! I am always looking for ways to expand my vocabulary, but that may be the philosopher in me.

3. What was the most memorable class you had ever taken?

Moral Argumentation Debate. I had the opportunity to take this course which had an extracurricular commitment associated with it. I competed with my team at the Ethics Bowl at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and we won all three matches. I had never participated in an academic debate and I gained public speaking experience which had been extremely beneficial.

4. If you had to be trapped in a TV Show for a month, which would you choose and why?
I would choose the West Wing because I would love to work in the White House at some point in my life.

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MILSPRAY™ Team Members Attended the 2016 Experiential Education Student Awards at Seton Hall University


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Jessica Thomulka, Emerging Leaders Intern

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Thomulka an Emerging Leaders Intern here at MILSPRAY Military Technologies™ has been selected to receive one of the 2016 Experiential Education Student Awards at Seton Hall University.

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Matthew Johnston, Senior Director of Research & Development

Today, she was awarded at the Experiential Education Student Awards Breakfast which took place at Seton Hall University, in the University Center, Chancellor’s Suite. MILSPRAY’s Matthew Johnston, Senior Director of Research & Development and Chantel Robinson, VP of Administrative Operations, were in attendance at the breakfast as Jessica received her award in front of family, faculty and friends.

Fun Fact – Did you know one of the factors for the award was her experience as an intern at MILSPRAY™? 

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Feature Friday: Introducing MILSPRAY’s Senior Director of Engineering & Product Development, Ahmad Zahedi

Ahmad HS GreyMILSPRAY’s Senior Director of Engineering & Product Development is Ahmad Zahedi. Mr. Zahedi has a diverse range of industry experience in Engineering, Program Management and Product Development for Aerospace, Automation and Power Generation Industries. Prior to joining MILSPRAY™ he was Vice President of Engineering and Program Management at the Westwood division of L-3 Corporation. He has led major projects under contract for NASA, DARPA, US Air Force, Navy and Army as well as internally funded Research & Development Programs. As an entrepreneur, he has owned and operated three businesses including two startup companies.

As an engineer, Mr. Zahedi has developed design and manufacturing methods for Organic, Metal and Ceramic Composites as well as Hollow Titanium Fan Blades. He has chaired the International Society of Automation’s (ISA) SP103 and was Vice President and member of Executive Committee for the FDT Group an international automation standards organization. He has also been active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Helicopter Society (AHS), along with the American Composite Society and has been awarded three patents. Ahmad has worked overseas as Technical Consultant and has led international projects, Technical Partnerships and Revenue Share Programs.

Mr. Zahedi holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned his Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from GE Aviation and has used his business acumen, project management and technical knowledge to design collaborative project management tools, establishing new engineering processes and Digitization of Business Processes resulting in significant performance improvement and cost savings.

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Winning With Women Wednesday: An Interview With Deirdre Spiropoulos, Co-Founder & President of Impact 100 Jersey Coast

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Deirdre Spiropoulos is Co-Founder and President of Impact 100 Jersey Coast. Deirdre graduated from Villanova University in 1999 with degrees in Spanish and International Business. Upon finishing her studies she relocated to Madrid, Spain where she worked as an English language consultant teaching business English to multinational executives.  In 2001, she joined Prudential’s Leadership Development Program where she rotated across various business units while pursuing her Masters of Business at NYU Stern school of business. In 2007, she became a Director focusing on succession planning and compensation design for executives and sales teams across Prudential’s international businesses. In 2010, she left Prudential to focus on raising a family and volunteering in her community. 

She is an active board member of the Hayden’s Heart foundation, a New Jersey-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and improving the lives of families whose children are suffering from congenital heart defects. She is also a proud committee member of the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade and recently finished a three-year term on the board of her local Newcomers Club. 

Deirdre is a firm believer in the notion of “to whom much is given, much is expected” and finds great fulfillment in uniting with other like-minded women to impact positive change in her community.  She resides in Fair Haven with her husband, George and three young children.

Get to Know Deirdre

1. Why did you feel the need to start the Impact 100 Jersey Coast? Where did the idea come from?

As a former working professional turned stay at home mom, I had been searching for the best way to utilize my time and talents to make a positive difference in my community. With three little ones at home, my time was limited. I had volunteered on occasion with a few local causes, but I hadn’t yet found my place in the community.

When I learned about the Impact 100 model I instantly felt compelled to bring this initiative to Monmouth County. I was struck by the uniqueness of the model: the notion of a giving circle, where women come together to collectively pool our resources to make a large transformative grant to a deserving local nonprofit. I loved that 100% of our member’s donations would go to fund the grant and that the only fundraising involved is the annual membership donation of $1,000. Another unique attribute, which I believe distinguishes Impact 100 Jersey Coast from the other charity initiatives, is our hands-on approach to giving. We offer all members the opportunity to participate in the grant review process and ultimately vote to determine the grant recipient in that given year. And last but not least, I champion the idea of bringing women together to make a significant impact in a way we could not have otherwise, as separate individuals. Uniting Women, Impacting Communities is our tagline and that’s exactly what Impact 100 is setting out to do.

2. Were there any individuals who impacted your decision in creating the Impact 100 Jersey Coast organization? If so, who were they and how did they impact you?

Upon researching Impact 100 I found there was a chapter located in Northern New Jersey (Impact 100 Garden State). I immediately emailed the President and arranged a lunch where I could learn more about Impact Garden State and their experience launching the group. I met with the Membership Chair and President and was impressed by their professionalism and how they spoke eloquently about why Impact 100 is a powerful and transferable philanthropy model. Having started their group just three years prior, they spoke openly about their experience and were encouraging about starting a group in Monmouth County. I was inspired by their desire to collaborate and offer materials and other key resources, which is what ultimately facilitated my decision to take the next step.

My professional background up to that point was purely corporate. Therefore, I thought it would be wise to partner with someone who had knowledge of the Nonprofit landscape in Monmouth County and/or a background in grants. That’s when I thought of Heather Burke. Though I had only met Heather a few times, our husbands had become friends and they had discussed our mutual desire to get more involved in our community while also leveraging our background and professional experiences. Upon discussing the Impact concept and start-up idea with Heather over a casual lunch, she affirmed it was a viable idea and accepted my offer to partner together to bring Impact 100 (name TBD at the time) to fruition. I count my lucky stars that Heather said yes, otherwise Impact Jersey Coast may never have happened.

3. What are 3-5 things you feel is necessary to do in order to be successful in the current role you are in?

1) Identify a strong leadership team with expertise in the areas necessary to make Impact 100 successful.

2) Empower said people to execute their role with the necessary information and resources. Identify and remove any obstacles in their path.

3) Have fun and enjoy building relationships with women from all different ages and backgrounds.

4) Be a good listener and people reader. Technically, I am the leader of the organization but I have a lot to learn from the leadership team as well as current and prospective members.

5. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment to this point in your career?

With regards to Impact 100, my greatest accomplishment was on Feb 17th when we reached our goal of 100 members. At that point we had 5 remaining weeks of our membership drive so it was instant validation that Impact Jersey Coast was not only meant to be- but that we were on our way to becoming a powerful force with an established foothold in the region.

6. If you had to start over from scratch, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently? Or if you had to live your life over again, what’s one thing you would change?

At this point I wouldn’t change a thing because the puzzle pieces have all come together. However, 15 years ago I would have changed everything. I felt very torn and unfulfilled working for a corporation. My heart had always been in nonprofit because I wanted my hard work to serve a higher purpose of helping others and making the world a better place. Both my parents had fulfilling careers; my father working as a Director in the Peace Corps and my mother a social worker helping AIDS patients and elderly through the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). I just assumed I would follow their path of helping others as a profession upon graduating college. My father was the one who encouraged me to take business classes at Villanova and later enter a corporate training program and defer the nonprofit track. His reasoning was, “the nonprofit world will always be there. Acquire the technical skills and structured on the job experience and then you will be truly valuable to a nonprofit organization”. So I took the leap, weathered what often felt like a frustrating and unfulfilling path, and ultimately found my groove in a challenging and stimulating international role at Prudential. Father certainly knows best on this one because I firmly believe it was my 10-year business experience along with my MBA training that gave me the confidence and skill set to launch Impact 100 Jersey Coast.

7. What do you feel is one of the biggest advances in your industry over the past five years?

My industry is philanthropy. A major advance to date has been the growing trend of giving circles, where members pool their money to make grants to local nonprofit groups, realizing that one large contribution can have an immediate influence in a community. Women specifically are contributing to the inception and growth of the giving circle movement given their ever-expanding philanthropic potential through earnings, marriage, and inheritance.

8. What’s one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make and how did it impact your life?

Leaving my career after my first child was born was a very difficult decision. I was conflicted about leaving the promising career I had built and was apprehensive about intellectually isolating myself by choosing to stay home with what quickly went from one to three little ones.

However, one aspect that gave me peace in my decision was I knew there would be more chapters to write. That I would have an opportunity re-create myself and pursue my other passions. Fast forward six years and along came the next chapter… Impact 100 Jersey Coast!

9. What organizations/affiliations do you belong to that have really helped surround you with other successful women?

I’ve participated in various women’s forums and networking groups throughout my career (including mommy & me playgroups, from which I’ve learned a ton!). These groups were all valuable and insightful for multiple reasons. However, my involvement with the Impact 100 organization is the pinnacle of inspiring and successful women coming together to share their time, talents and treasure… all for a greater good. One of my favorite aspects of Impact is the notion of a level playing field. We pride ourselves on “One member, One donation, One vote”. This reduces any politics or power struggles because we are all coming together for the same reason; to make an impact in a way we could not have otherwise, as separate individuals.

10. Have you had mentors in your career along the way? If so, what was one of the core messages you had received from him/her?

My mother is perhaps my ultimate mentor and role model. She worked hard to earn her Masters in Social Work and managed to balance her career while always being fully present and prioritizing our family. She is an amazing listener and taught me the importance of empathy. 22 years ago, without thinking twice she gave her kidney to her brother, which extended his life by 15 years. She embodies Christian values in a very ordinary, yet remarkable way. One of the highlights of this year was when my mother joined our inaugural group. She promised it was not because I was the President, but instead because she believed in the mission and wanted to take part in a powerful force for change in her community.

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Photo Recap: 34th Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Show

This past weekend MILSPRAY™ Team Members displayed our Tough Coat™  at the 34th Englishtown Swap Meet & Auto Show that took place at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.

Tough Coat™ is a lightweight integrated coating system that provides the ultimate in leak-proof technology and enhanced corrosion protection. 

Scope of Services: 

  • Corrosion Removal – Blasting, Mechanical, and Chemical
  • Industrial Painting – Full/Spot Areas
  • Complete Bodywork for Vehicles
  • Corrosion Prevention Compound (CPC) Applications
  • Tectyl® Undercarriage Coatings
  • Marking & Stenciling
  • Tough Coat™ Bedliner or Multi-Surface Protective Coating
  • Removal and Re-Assembly of Mechanical Parts

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Motivational Monday: What Do You See?

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“The eyes see what only the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Henri Bergson

Do you have a favorite motivational quote?

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