SACI’s 99th Annual Business Report (2020-2021)
It is historically unusual that SACI is forced to cancel an Annual Business Luncheon. This year, due to the national and state medical emergency created by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, SACI was prevented from holding its 99th Annual Business Luncheon at La Griglia Restaurant in Kenilworth, NJ. The date was scheduled for Thursday, March 19th but the decision was made to place the health and wellbeing of the membership ahead of any other considerations. We were subsequently informed that LaGriglia also made the decision to temporarily close for the same reason.
As is our annual practice, at this meeting we would have reviewed the highlights of the past 2019-2020 year and look forward to our programs for 2020-2021. Instead we offer our report here.
The treasurer reports that going into 2020-2021; SACI remains a fiscally healthy organization thanks to the new management principles applied by the Board of Directors beginning in 2009. Membership going into 2020-2021 is holding quite steady at 61 full members, 2 associate members and 6 emeritus members. SACI also has 27 additional sales professionals that are active in the organization who belong to our 44 corporate sponsors. We have an additional 11 companies that support our organization by providing us goods and services and taking ads in our holiday journal and/or sponsoring our various events.
Last year, SACI introduced two new networking opportunities to our usual line up consisting of two golf outings, two networking luncheons and our annual holiday party. We added “Topgolf” in Edison in April, which was introduced to replace the former SACI “Night at the Races”. It is a combination social and sports evening which was very successful. We added a beginning of summer gathering for our membership at a neighborhood bar and restaurant, “Charley’s Aunt”, in Chatham, NJ. They offered SACI a double happy hour beginning at 4:00 PM that evening – serving good food and spirits. Some of our attendees decided to stay for dinner, which was held outdoors on the patio, (“The Alley”) behind the restaurant. We will be repeating both these events this year.
SACI is run by a working board of 8 directors selected strictly from those holding full SACI membership status, and a chairman who provides oversight. We seek interested and dedicated young SACI members who demonstrate leadership skills through active participation and who express a definite desire to keep SACI alive and viable in the modern business environment. We ask our members and sponsors who recognize such skills in their salespeople, to recommend them to our board for consideration as directors. All SACI past presidents continue active status as members of a Past Presidents Advisory Council who are more than willing to offer guidance. If you feel you would like to understand more about the duties of the board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Normally at this luncheon, we distribute awards to our members for their years of service and introduce our newest members. Due to the cancellation of this meeting, the awards and introduction segment will be conducted at our Fall Networking Luncheon. Specifics on award recipients this year can be found on our website under the tab, “milestones”. Please access our website frequently to keep up with what is happening at SACI.
Submitted by David M. Volosin
SACI Chairman & Admissions / Membership Chair
Frank Wuertz – Treasury Chair / Bursar
Mark Deluca – Sargent at Arms / Spring Golf Outing Chair
Jim Stowe – Fall Golf Outing Chair
Joyce Pisani – Holiday Party Chair
Keith Terraneo – Networking Events Chair
Tom Smith – Archivist / Gifts & Prize Chair
Erich Bodnar – External Fund-Raising Chair
Chris English – Topgolf Chair
Sponsoring Companies 2019 - 2020
B&L Printing Service
BJ Management Resources
Charleys Aunt Restaurant
Crystal Springs Resorts
Drum Service of Richmond
Flavor and Fragrance Specialties
Galloping Hill Golf Club
Gyma Labs of America
International Flavors Technologies
International Swimming Pools
John R. Hess & Company
LaGriglia Seafood & Grill
Maroon Lincoln Fine Ingredients
Little Falls Trophy & Engraving
Lyondell Basell Industries
Paul Schueller International
PJ Pharma Consultants
Pride Chemical Solutions
Solvey Aroma Chemicals
Takasago Aroma Ingredients
United Color Manufacturing
Zack Painting Company