Fall Greetings from Your State President Dear New Jersey FBLA members and advisers: Greetings from Wallkill Valley Regional High School in our Northern Region! I am happy to write to you for our welcome edition of the Spotlight. Let me reiterate our state theme, "Portraits of Success," in that it is something that I know NJ FBLA is. Success is something that is defined differently by everyone. What is your success? We know that each member of New Jersey FBLA contributes to our collective "portrait," and our success is attributed to the hard work of everyone in our organization. We have many new programs planned in our state Program of Work. New this year, we have launched a Google Form on our state website www.njfbla.org to allow chapters to request a visit to YOUR event from any state officer. In addition, this November, we will be launching an FBLA recruitment video contest! Members will be able to create their own videos, and the winner will be used on the homepage of the state website. We have three new competitive events this year in the form of objective tests: Journalism, Advertising, and Organizational Leadership. Take a chance with these new events! Take note of modified events, including Business Ethics. See all modified events at www. fbla-pbl.org. Our Northern Region Summit was a great success this past September. The Southern Region Summit, led by Jessica Landolfi, will be held at Woodstown High School on November 30. The North-Central and Central Region Summits will be held in January 2017. Contact your regional Vice President for more information! Don't forget the dates of NJ FBLA's biggest event of the year, the State Leadership Conference- March 15-17, 2017. The opening session will begin on Wednesday night! Attend this conference to compete, network, and experience FBLA on a whole new level. I wish you all the best of luck this year in everything you do. Use this year to make your mark, step up to the challenge, and make your very own portrait of success. See you at the SLC!
Former State President talks about his FBLA Journey Interview by Samira Morin How and when did you first hear about FBLA? It all began my freshman year. I remember first seeing the organization’s name at a club fair, and it really didn’t capture my attention that much. However, my friend and my brother described FBLA as the premier business organization, and that it would get me to where I wanted to be. After hearing that it would provide me with some awesome opportunities to get involved and make me stand out in the college application, I decided to give the organization a try. As a motivated freshman, those are the kinds of things you really wanted to hear: involvement and “it’ll look good for college”. That year, I competed in my first regional event, Word Processing II (which isn't around anymore) and qualified for states . The State Leadership Conference was what honestly impressed me and made me say, “Wow, I’m goning to get as involved as I can and this, New Jersey Future Business Leaders of America, is my organization”. The rest is history.
motivated me to become an even more active member of NJ FBLA. So, I decided to run for state office. I spoke to the seniors in my school, got in touch with the State Officer Team, and tried to maintain good relations. Eventually, I was given the green light to run for State Office my sophomore year. My sophomore year, I ran for State Secretary and being elected into that position was probably one of my best moments in life. My junior year, I ran for State President. The time leading up to this election was particularly stressful because one of my best friends also wanted to run for president, and it was hard because we both deserved it. We finally decided that I would run, but it was definitely a tough spot to be in as a friend.
Serving as State President was not as glamourous as it seemed at first glance. During my senior year, I took five AP classes and being State President on top of that definitely made me feel like a working man. I didn’t get much sleep that year. My How many years were you a part year as State President was especially of FBLA? What was your role in hard because we were in a transition FBLA? phase on multiple levels. There was After my freshman year, I really a new program, a new venue, etc. wanted to get involved. Mimi Hess, and I learned to manage my time the State Historian at the time, hap- very well. Although serving in this pened to visit my school. I remem- position was very demanding, I can ber talking to her and how I wanted confidently tell you that it was well to contribute to The Spotlight. She worth it, epsecially the part where I told me to apply for the Publicity was able to get to know FBLA memCommittee and I did. I didn’t make bers on a personal level. it onto the committee, but that only
What lifelong skills did FBLA give you? Time management and how to run on very little sleep. How does your past involvement in FBLA help you in college? Definitely time management skills. All the time you spend working on your future will be worth it. What was your most enjoyable and impactful moment of FBLA? In my farewell address this year, I mentioned one of my best friends by name: Mark. He was the reason that I am where I am now. If it weren't for him I wouldn't have even gone to that competitive event my freshman year. If I hadn't competed then my involvement would have ended right there and I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today. Thanking him for that and seeing him cry after my address was one of the most touching moments in my life. Is there any words of wisdom you would give to future members? The best advice is to get involved early. No matter what you do, as long as you are passionate and you start early, I'm sure that you will go far and excel. Find what you are passionate about and get involved. Visualize your dream job, find the steps you need to take, and prepare to become the best that you can be. It's important to figure out what you want and to do whatever you need to do to achieve that.
Fueling the Business of Politics Interview by Victoria Giardina The corporate world is a large component in every field, and the field of political business is quickly emerging into its own enterprise. From being a government official to being president, the brains behind each office and courtroom abide to business ethics more than you may think. As an active member in the Township of Manalapan, serving as a government relations intern for former Manalapan Mayor McNaboe and on the Manalapan Teen Leadership Committee and Environmental Commission, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. MaryAnn Musich, Mayor of Manalapan Township to discuss her role in being a government official, while being integrated in the field of business studies. How does your position as Mayor of Manalapan tie into the corporate world? Being the mayor is just like managing a business- you have a budget, contract negotiations with employees, and collaborate with members of the community. What business ethics principles do you abide to in your role as mayor? As mayor, I treat everyone the same, regardless of their background. I try to make sure everything is fair with the rules and regulations of the town behind me.
How can your position as mayor lead you to create a positive impact on the community and the State of New Jersey? I try to respond to every issue as it develops as I am on call 24/7. I give out my cell number to anyone in town that has a need and try to respond in a timely manner to any issue, skills that are crucial in the corporate world.
Please explain some of your accomplishments as mayor in which you used business skills. Establishing a budget is the primary focus. Last year was a difficult year, costing Manalapan an additional What types of political careers can one venture into if 300,000 for new garbage system. I am proud of Manalasomeone is interested in business? pan for being resilient because taxes were not raised.â€? Besides mayor of course, being a public information of- By allowing for reasonable cuts and practical measures, ficer is imperative, as the individual is speaking on be- the business skills I used were beneficial to the town as half of business while integrating politics and business. a whole. It is important to respond to issues as they develop. For instance, having a finance background is prevalent in Why should someone in high school be interested in all forms of business, including political business. In the business? Township of Manalapan, I am responsible to develop a Business is truly the American enterprise system. The budget in the town. way to make accomplishments is to promote business and to make your mark in society in terms of whatDid your interests in business lead you to this posi- ever is valuable to the community. I actively visit high tion? schools and am present when there is a grand opening Yes, for sure. I have worked in the public and private of a store. It is important to show town spirit to promote sector and started out as a stockbroker years ago. In the any type of business- both big and small. public sector, I worked for the East Brunswick Sewerage Authority for twenty years which gave me the background to see how government works. I perceived how to bid for different projects and how to form a budget for approval.