SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- The sixth Union Catholic Business Networking Luncheon is set to be held virtually on Thursday, April 29 at 11 a.m.

The event, which features a focus group of business professionals and will be moderated by WCBS Newsradio 880 Business Reporter Joe Connolly, is open to the public. To register, visit http://m.unioncatholic.org/ucbnl or contact Chris Dill at cdill@unioncatholic.org or 908-889-1600 x368.

“The sixth Union Catholic Business Networking Luncheon offers area businesses and not-for-profit organizations a valuable opportunity to share ideas and learn from our peers,” said Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, Principal of Union Catholic. “We are delighted to have Joe Connolly join us again to lead a spirited discussion about how businesses adapted with a focus on digital marketing through this challenging year. I am especially grateful to our sponsors for supporting this much-anticipated event.”

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EVENT SPONSORS

  • Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • The Showcase Magazines
  • Union Catholic High School
  • WCBS Newsradio 880
  • Mass Mutual
  • Family Investors Company

Here's a look at the panelists -

Andi Jennings:Having spent 25 years in the advertising and design industry—with the majority of my career as founder and Creative Director of MadCreek,LLC,–  it is my honor to have worked with the Union Catholic family for over 15 years. As the agency of record, we have had an inside track to UC’s goals and developed creative initiatives that have been successful throughout our tenure.

With an award-winning design portfolio, and a history of diversity and longevity in the MadCreek client roster, our extensive, brand management experience, top-line creative direction expertise, and strategic digital and social management, allows us to stand the test of time and keep our clients’ current. We are guided by a strong belief that our job is to function as a problem-solving tool and find ways to turn any idea into reality.

Recently, I realized that my lust for creativity and problem-solving had no boundaries. I dove into multiple labors of love, creating art societies and town-wide ‘art walks,’ managing fine artists, and co-writing children’s books. I’ve tackled interior design projects, taught software applications, and have even written short stories and memoir essays. My newest adventure is having co-founded “Project CheerUP!”, a positivity movement, uniting cheerleaders to “CheerUP!” the world, literally.

“As a member of the UC extended family for 15 years, it gives me great pleasure to finally be able to share the secrets to UC’s success at the UCBNL. I am excited to present the digital growth I have seen at UC as well as extend my knowledge of other successful MadCreek clients with attendees also looking to achieve their yearly digital marketing goals.” - Andi Jennings

Peter Chemidlin serves as President of Family Investors Company (Fanwood, NJ) and has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He also serves as President of the Fanwood Community Foundation and remains involved with several local committees including: SPFHS Scholarship Foundation, Saint Bartholomew’s Finance Committee, and Resolve Community Counseling Center. Peter lives with his wife in Scotch Plains and has two children.

“I’m looking forward to participating and sharing our company's recent experiences during the current pandemic. We’re celebrating over 60 years in business. I have also attended past events and always enjoyed them.”

Lee Morant is the principal owner of Square One Auto Sales and Bell Mitsubishi, both located in Rahway. Square One Auto Sales opened its doors in June of 2013. By the end of 2019 Square One averaged sales per month exceeded $2,000,000. Bell Mitsubishi is ranked number one in sales and number eight in the country, as one of the top performing dealerships.

Lee’s background in the Auto Industry included sales, finance, and management prior to opening his own dealerships. Lee has been married to Nadia Morant for 16 years, who also works alongside him at Square One Auto Sales. Lee Morant also has a daughter, Leena Morant, that graduated from Union Catholic in 2020, and has gone on to Penn State University. Lee is a loving husband and father, who is dedicated to both his family, and businesses. Lee has put together the Lee Morant Senior Scholarship Fund in honor of his late father Lee Vern Morant Sr. This scholarship goes to many different students that have financial difficulties, trying to pursue their education. Lee Morant is a well-rounded person, that loves to encourage others to strive to be the best they can possibly be. -Lee Morant

Tom Hayes has been working in the Graphic Arts Industry for over 40 years and possesses excellent leadership experience, motivational skills and has an intense focus on employee empowerment and customer satisfaction. Tom has traveled the world during this time establishing international business relationships, developing license agreements, working with mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Tom possesses (5) US/International Patents and has excellent product development insight and a strong technical and marketing aptitude.

“As mentioned in my bio, I have spent my entire career starting and growing businesses. I have experienced all facets of business from engineering, to sales and marketing and currently to ownership and senior management. I can explain the challenges in surviving economic downturns and most recently the challenges of operating during a global pandemic. It takes creativity and tenacity to react to change and I can relate this to [attendees] through a global perspective.” -Tom Hayes