Lorelei N. Mottese

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Lorelei MotteseLorelei N. Mottese

Wakefern Food Corp.
Director Government Relations

Years with company: 13 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations: BA William Paterson University, MA Fairleigh Dickinson University. Board Member- NYFIA & DFIC State Food Associations. Chair- NGA; NYFIA & CFA GR Committees. Member NJ Child Labor Law Advisory.  Former:Mayor, Lincoln Park NJ; Vice Chair  NJ Development Authority for Small Business Minorities & Women; Vice President NJ Conference of Mayors;

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: I am blessed to have had many.  My mother was my first mentor.  She was a strong  believer in  fending  for yourself and taking responsibility for your actions. These have been guiding principles throughout my career. My most recent mentor at Wakefern is   Natan Tabak Sr. Vice President.   He taught me the importance of challenging myself, and would push me out of my comfort zone. I will always be eternally grateful.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? Strengthened Wakefern’s political presence, creating a leading force in shaping legislative/regulatory policies at the state and federal levels.  Built a top notch Goverrnment Relations (GR) Department, PAC , and GR team.

Most challenging part of the job: Keeping government out of our pockets

Advice for upcoming younger executives: Maintain an ongoing list of your achievements.  Know the requirements of the job you want, and work to acquire the skills you need for the position.

Hobbies:  Yoga & reading