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Winning With Women Wednesday – An Interview With Mary Adelman, State President of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners

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Today, is Winning with Women Wednesday and over the past week we had the opportunity to speak with Mary Adelman. Mary Adelman is the driven and dedicated, President for the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO). NJAWBO is the largest statewide women business owners’ organization in New Jersey. Its primary objective is to support and encourage business ownership by women. Since 1978, NJAWBO has helped women achieve their business visions by providing them with the tools to develop and grow their enterprises.  


Get to Know Mary

Winning With Women Wednesday - Mary Adelman

Name: Mary Adelman

Age: 53

Education: A.A.S. Business Administration – County College of Morris and Attending Caldwell University currently

Company/Organization: NJAWBO – New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners

Position: State President

Time with Organization: 12 years

Company Headquarters: Hightstown, NJ

Total number of members: 378


Mary, can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?

That person would be Marian Sabety, because when I first started my career she threw every challenge at me and kept pushing me forward. She did it in such a way that you wanted to succeed and if you slipped it was not for lack of trying, but with encouragement that kept me going. She taught me everything I know today in building business relationships, closing deals, negotiating, and encouraging people to take on more responsibility. She taught me that there was a strong connection to the passion of what one is doing professionally that drives one to do well.

What is one of the most important decisions you make a as leader for the NJAWBO?

Ensuring that our members are receiving the value for their membership, while staying true to our mission. We are approached by many organizations to partner and we review those partnerships with integrity and what is best to move the organization forward.

Where do the great ideas come from within NJAWBO?

From the membership and the Board of Trustees. We all run businesses and are facing day-to-day challenges all the time, but we also do a lot of research, by reading and staying current with what is happening in the marketplace. This ensures that we bring the solution to any business member in the organization. Our members are constantly reaching out to the state for assistance and also looking to their NJAWBO sisters for solutions.

How do you and other leaders in NJAWBO communicate the “core values”?

This is done through communication in our BottomLine, Regional Meetings, one-on-one discussions, strategic partnerships, and many other ways. We have a saying in NJAWBO, “We all bleed TEAL.”

What are three characteristics you believe every leader should possess?

Honesty, creativity, and the ability to inspire others.

What is one mistake you see leaders make more frequently than others?

Not driving change and developing talent within their organizations.

Can you explain the impact, if any, that social networking and Web 2.0 has made on NJAWBO or you personally?

Social networking has allowed the organization to connect with other women business owners, that might not have been able to join the organization, but still want to stay connected. Our members post useful information that can assist a business owner, for example, a challenge that they may be facing and need assistance with. For me personally, it has enabled me to pass on my knowledge to business owners of resources that are available to them because of our tax dollars at work.

What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?

  • Find a mentor or a business colleague that you want to aspire to and be sure to checkout www.mentorship.org
  • Read publications that are well respected in the business community.
  • Look for training organizations such as Dale Carnegie, Toast Masters, or other Professional Organizations within the industry you are looking to succeed.

What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?
Listen to your instincts and do your homework on issues. Always look for the solution and assemble the team that can help you execute it.


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Photo Recap: NJAWBO’s 17th Annual Business Growth Conference

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Yesterday, MILSPRAY’s VP of Administrative Operations, Chantel Robinson and Digital Marketing Manager, Natalie Adis attended the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owner’s 17th Annual Business Growth Conference. Our MILSPRAY team members ran into impressive movers and shakers in the crowdfunding arena and had a great time networking with attendees at the event.

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MILSPRAY Team Members to Attend the NJ Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) 17th Annual Business Growth Conference

Chantel Robinson, VP of Administrative Operations

Chantel Robinson,
VP of Administrative Operations

Chantel Robinson has years of leadership experience in marketing, project management and brand development. Since joining the company in 2011, she has increased MILSPRAY’s exposure within the Department of Defense while leading technology demonstrations at the Pentagon, the Army Rapid Equipping Forces (REF), the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Forward Operating Base (Ex-FOB) and other high profile military events. Under her leadership, MILSPRAY secured its first contract with the US Army for corrosion prevention and control services and formed numerous teaming arrangements with strategic partners to pursue multiple IDIQ contracts.

In August 2014, Robinson was promoted to Vice President of Administrative Operations with responsibility for Human Resources, Marketing and Communications for MILSPRAY. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in International Business from Seton Hall University.

Chantel Robinson
VP, Administrative Operations
Cell Phone: (732) 492-5237
Office Phone: (732) 886-2223
chantelrobinson@milspray.com

Natalie Adis

Natalie Adis is MILSPRAY’s Digital Marketing Manager. 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. As a Hootsuite™ Ambassador and Google Partner she remains an active participant as a Subject Matter Expert in Digital Marketing. She was also featured in Zazzle Media’s Article, “Expert Tips for Impactful Content Distribution.”

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

Natalie Adis
Digital Marketing Manager
Cell Phone: (732) 221-3734
Office Phone: (732) 886-2223
natalieadis@milspray.com


Both MILSPRAY’s VP of Administrative Operations, Chantel Robinson and MILSPRAY’s Digital Marketing Manager, Natalie Adis will be attending the NJ Association of Women Business Owners 17th Annual Business Growth Conference taking place on Thursday April 23, 2015 from 9:00am – 3:00pm (EST) at the Pines Manor located in Edison, NJ.

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MILSPRAY CFO & SVP of Operations, Liz DeSerio to Attend NJAWBO Shore Open House

CFO & SVP of Operations

CFO & SVP of Operations

Liz DeSerio joined MILSPRAY in 2007 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the company. She has extensive experience in government contracting, management and the implementation of strategic objectives for the company. DeSerio earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Finance from Canyon College and a Master Certificate in Government Contract Management from Villanova University.

Her strong financial expertise and global business experience will be of great value in her new role. DeSerio will lead strategic initiatives that support the company’s efforts to provide competitive solutions to customers around the world.

DeSerio will be attending the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) Shore Open House on November 3, 2014 at Miller Buick, in Woodbridge, NJ.

Contact Information:
Liz DeSerio
CFO & SVP Operations
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
Cell Phone: 609-290-6412
lizdeserio@milspray.com


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Recap of NJAWBO Aldonna Ambler Event

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Bella Vista Country Club

Bella Vista Country Club

Bella Vista Country Club

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Empower. Engage. Energize

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Master’s Tournament Flag

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NJAWBO Table Display

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MILSPRAY CFO & SVP of Operations Liz DeSerio, Aldonna Ambler, and Liz Minio

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It was time for a snack.

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Aldonna Ambler (Will be inducted into NJ Business Hall of Fame)

Yesterday night MILSPRAY’s CFO and SVP of Operations, Liz DeSerio attended the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) Aldonna Ambler 4 Steps to a More Profitable and Resilient Business.

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MILSPRAY CFO & SVP of Operations to Attend Aldonna Ambler Event in Marlboro Township, NJ

CFO & SVP of Operations

CFO & SVP of Operations

Liz DeSerio joined MILSPRAY in 2007 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the company. She has extensive experience in government contracting, management and the implementation of strategic objectives for the company. DeSerio earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Finance from Canyon College and a Master Certificate in Government Contract Management from Villanova University.

Her strong financial expertise and global business experience will be of great value in her new role. DeSerio will lead strategic initiatives that support the company’s efforts to provide competitive solutions to customers around the world.

DeSerio will be attending the Aldonna Ambler presents Four Steps to a More Profitable and Resilient Business taking place on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Bella Vista Country Club in Marlboro Township, NJ.

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Contact Information:
Liz DeSerio
CFO & SVP Operations
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
Cell Phone: 609-290-6412
lizdeserio@milspray.com