Quintana elected new chair of board of trustees of NJBIA

Lindholm named vice chair; Roth to serve as treasurer

Celestina Quintana was elected as the new chairwoman of the board of the trustees of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the organization announced Wednesday.

Quintana, who owns and operates 11 McDonald’s restaurants with her daughter, has been an NJBIA board member since 2008.

Quintana succeeds Brian Neuwirth, who is the chairman of UNEX Manufacturing and had served on NJBIA’s board for 17 years. Neuwirth, who served as chair from 2018-2021, will remain on the board.

Cliff Lindholm, CEO of Falstrom Co., was elected to serve as vice chairman. Lori Roth, co-managing partner at Prager Metis, was elected treasurer.

PSEG executive Richard Thigpen and entrepreneur Jessica Gonzalez were announced as the newest NJBIA trustees.

NJBIA CEO Michele Siekerka said the appointments come at a crucial time for businesses in the state.

“This is a very important time in NJBIA’s 111-year history, as we work tirelessly on behalf of New Jersey businesses impacted by the pandemic and strive to deliver new, comprehensive business solutions and benefits to our members,” she said.

“The talent and experience of our new and returning trustees are invaluable to the success of NJBIA’s mission to advance the competitive excellence of our member companies.”

Here is a look at the NJBIA board:

  • Celestina Quintana, chairwoman,owner/operator McDonald’s restaurants
  • Rashaad Bajwa, CEO, Domain Technology Partners
  • Marcy Bliss, president, Wedgewood Pharmacy
  • Joel Bloom, president, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Dan Borok, managing partner, Newark Venture Partners
  • Kevin Cummings, CEO, Investors Bank
  • Jessica Gonzalez, founder & CEO, InCharged and Lux Disinfect
  • Clifford Lindholm III, CEO, Falstrom Co.
  • Catherine Milone,president, Junior Achievement of New Jersey
  • Brian F. Neuwirth, chairman, Unex Manufacturing
  • Lori Roth,global managing partner, Prager Metis
  • Deanna Sperling, CEO, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center
  • Richard Thigpen, senior vice president for corporate citizenship, PSEG, and chairman of the PSEG Foundation