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The NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum

This series will focus on stories about the people changing the face of the food processing in the Garden State through innovation, hard work and lending a caring hand. The NJFPA will endeavor to tell the stories that might now get attention in other mainstream channels.

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Feb 24, 2022

Welcome to the sixth episode of Season 2 of the NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum Podcast. In this episode, Bill Cornelious, Senior Commercial Banker at M&T Bank, speaks with Christina Renna President & CEO at the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. They talk about CCSNJ’s work in Trenton, connecting business communities across regions, and her forecasts for the food and beverage industry in South Jersey.

Guest Bio:

Christina Renna currently serves as President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. In this role, Ms. Renna oversees a nine person staff and has direct oversight of the Chamber’s work in public policy, membership growth, member retention and overall member experience. Ms. Renna joined the Chamber in 2007 and served as Director of Government Affairs through early 2010. She returned in 2014 as Vice President, then rose through the ranks as Senior Vice President before taking over the helm of the organization in January of 2020. 

Ms. Renna’s past work experience also includes government affairs and communications work at South Jersey Industries and as a legislative aide to former- Assemblyman John C. Gibson of New Jersey’s First Legislative District.

In 2010, Ms. Renna was proud to be named as one of SJ Biz Magazine’s first-ever list of rising stars in the South Jersey business community. Additionally, in 2019, 2020 and 2021, Ms. Renna was listed on NJBIZ’s Power List as one of the most powerful people in New Jersey’s business community. In 2020 and 2021, she was also named to the ROI-NJ Influencers Power List of statewide association leaders, and in 2021 she was named to the first-ever ROI-NJ Women’s Power List among the top 50 most powerful women in business in New Jersey.

Listeners will hear: 

  • The benefits of association membership and the wide variety of programming they offer.
  • CCSNJ’s expertise in lobbying Trenton and what might change with the new Senate President.
  • How connecting small and large businesses in the region together is a win-win for the NJ economy.
  • What changes she has seen in the business landscape of the last few years - COVID, new businesses, the great resignation.
  • The rising trend in the South Jersey food and beverage industry.
  • How it is possible to get a degree both from St Joe’s and Villanova.
  • How Christina stays current on important issues in NJ.

Download the Edited Interview Transcript