At our holiday party this year, we also celebrated our outstanding employee of the year, Laura Gaviria! Laura has been a core member of our team since 2015. She has progressed from an intern and part-time digital marketing manager while finishing her degree at Kean, to a full-time role upon her graduation in 2018, to her promotion to general manager in 2021. Laura’s leadership and dedication to our clients demonstrate that she possesses many important qualities at a young age. Being bilingual, she also provides an advantage for our clients who need to reach Hispanic communities. As part of her commitment to our clients and our company, she takes it upon herself to often work late nights and weekends to exceed client expectations.
MANASQUAN, NJ – December 5, 2023 – The President and CEO of Stateside Affairs, Cristina Pinzon, has been recognized and celebrated at the prestigious 2023 ROI-NJ Champions of the C-Suite Gala. This exclusive award, organized by ROI-NJ and proudly presented by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, acknowledges the outstanding achievements of the top 150 business leaders in the state of New Jersey. The gala, a culmination of the Power and Influencer lists for 2023, serves as a platform to honor leaders who have made significant contributions to the business landscape.
Cristina Pinzon, the visionary founder and owner of Stateside Affairs, is at the helm of the company's growth and success. With a career spanning over 17 years, Cristina has demonstrated her expertise as a former journalist and government official. Prior to establishing Stateside Affairs, she garnered valuable experience working with prominent organizations such as the State of New Jersey, NBC, News 12 New Jersey, and United Way.
Cristina's journey serves as evidence of her tenacity and willpower. She is a first-generation Latina who emigrated to the United States at a young age from Colombia. She and her family overcame the difficulties of adjusting to a new environment and culture while growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, which helped to mold her into the successful professional she is today.
Branching out on her own at the age of 30, Cristina founded Stateside Affairs, a testament to her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. In her role as President and CEO, she has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and innovation, driving the success and growth of the company. Stateside Affairs, is a minority and woman-owned business located in the State of New Jersey. Stateside Affairs, a premier public relations company, stands at the forefront of the industry, with a team comprising former journalists, media specialists, and seasoned government officials boasting a collective experience of 50 years, it excels in garnering nationwide recognition for clients through unparalleled quality work. Leveraging state-of-the-art marketing techniques and strategic acumen, navigating the media landscape to connect clients with their desired audience, setting them apart as leaders in their respective fields. The company, under Cristina's leadership, has successfully navigated the intersection of public and private sectors, providing creative marketing solutions and strategic thinking to address diverse crisis communication issues.
In 2022, Stateside Affairs achieved notable recognition and accolades, showcasing its excellence and impact in the business world. The company proudly secured the prestigious Gold Stevie® Award in the international 19th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Notably, Stateside Affairs stood out as the sole U.S. company named a finalist in the highly competitive Social Media Team of the Year category, ultimately clinching the top honor with the Gold Stevie®. This accomplishment reflects the company's outstanding contributions and achievements on a global scale.
Stateside Affairs continued its streak of recognition on the local front, earning a place among the Top three in multiple categories on NJBIZ's 2022 Reader Rankings. The company excelled in the Minority-Owned Business, Women-Owned Business, and Public Relations Firm categories, reaffirming its position as a leader in these crucial sectors for the second consecutive year.
Stateside Affairs has received recognition for its outstanding performance not only in 2022 but also in years prior. Stateside Affairs' ingenuity and influence in entrepreneurship were highlighted in 2019 when it was named a Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners' Intrapreneur, Socialpreneur, or Brand Builder Finalist.
In 2018, Stateside Affairs was honored to be included in NJBIZ's Winner Circle as an Emerging Business of the Year, further solidifying its status as a rising star in the business community. The company's commitment to excellence and its contributions to the business landscape have also been acknowledged by statewide publications, including Insider NJ and Americano News.
Cristina Pinzon is a dedicated advocate for diversity and community development, actively contributing her efforts to various organizations. Currently, Cristina plays a crucial role in promoting diversity within the New Jersey economy through her involvement in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Supplier Diversity Development Council. Her dedication to championing diversity aligns with the council's mission to create opportunities for minority-owned businesses in the state.
Additionally, Cristina is an active member of the New Jersey Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where she continues her work to advance diversity and inclusivity. In this capacity, she collaborates with fellow Chamber members to support and empower Hispanic entrepreneurs, contributing to the overall economic vibrancy of the state.
Furthermore, she serves on the Latina Civic Action Board, demonstrating her commitment to fostering civic engagement and empowerment within the Latino community.
Cristina's contributions are particularly significant in the context of the New Jersey economy. As highlighted by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), the Garden State is home to more than 120,000 Hispanic-owned businesses. These businesses, collectively generating thousands of jobs and contributing over $20 billion in economic output annually, play a vital role in the state's economic landscape.
Through her multifaceted involvement and leadership, Cristina Pinzon continues to make a meaningful impact, not only in the business arena but also in the promotion of diversity, economic development, and community empowerment within the state of New Jersey.
Cristina Pinzon's impact extends beyond her professional endeavors. She has actively contributed to economic development, affordable housing, social justice, and women’s rights, collaborating with cities like Elizabeth, Trenton, Newark, and Perth Amboy to garner community and government support. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Cristina's work has been featured in major publications, including NJBiz, NJ.com, The New York Times, Telemundo, and Univision.
"Celebrating these honors is more than a recognition of my personal achievements; it's a testament to the dedicated team at Stateside Affairs and the collaborative spirit that fuels our success. Being honored by ROI-NJ and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is not just a validation of my journey but an acknowledgment of the collective effort to make a meaningful impact in New Jersey's business landscape, “ said Cristina Pinzon. “These accolades inspire us to continue pushing boundaries, fostering innovation, and championing diversity in our economy. This honor propels us forward, reinforcing our dedication to excellence, creativity, and making a lasting difference in the communities we serve."
The ROI-NJ Champions of the C-Suite Gala is a testament to Cristina Pinzon's remarkable achievements and leadership. The event, organized by ROI-NJ and executed by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, provides unparalleled networking opportunities with influential leaders from across the state. The evening included cocktail receptions before and after the awards ceremony, fostering connections and celebrating the collective success of New Jersey's top leaders.
About Stateside Affairs
Stateside Affairs is an award-winning, woman and minority-owned government affairs and public relations company based in New Jersey. Founded in 2015, the company’s reputation for success has garnered both state and regional recognition for its work in public affairs as well as print and digital communications. As industry leaders, the Stateside Affairs team prides itself in delivering plans that are beautifully designed and skillfully executed, gaining its clients nationwide recognition for quality work. For more information about Stateside Affairs, visit www.statesideaffairs.com.
ROI-NJ is a leading business publication in New Jersey, providing in-depth coverage of the state's business news, trends, and influential leaders. The Power and Influencer lists showcase the individuals making a significant impact on New Jersey's business landscape
About New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is a prominent business advocacy organization, dedicated to fostering economic growth and supporting businesses across the state. The chamber plays a crucial role in organizing events that recognize and celebrate the achievements of New Jersey's top business leaders.
MANASQUAN, NJ – November 15, 2023 – Stateside Affairs has been named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Social Media Team of the Year category in the 20th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor the achievements of women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Award has been hailed as the world’s premier business award.
Nicknamed the Steviesfor the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners on November 10, 2023 during a gala event attended by nominees and their guests at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event was broadcast via Livestream.
More than 1,600 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 100 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year.
"The team at Stateside Affairs Media deserves recognition as the Social Media Team of the Year for their outstanding skills in social media and digital marketing."
"Great to see the Stateside Affairs team doing ground-breaking work in this political and society arena."
"Stateside Affairs is currently led by Cristina, who has fantastic credentials as mentioned. This instills confidence in us and others about the growth prospects of the company, and also the fact that it will be able to leave a positive impact on all that it touches. It is very inspiring to see that they have been previous recipients of Stevie Awards as well. The company's activities to bring equality and justice to all are commendable and noticeable."
"Cristina Pinzon, award-winning CEO, brings to life marketing campaigns that matter. PR campaigns, including social media content, are her strongest business excellence values."
Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards, said, “In its 20th year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received an outstanding body of nominations from women in organizations of all types, in 26 nations. We are gratified by how meaningful it is to women to win a Stevie Award, and how impactful it can be on the futures of their careers and their organizations. We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”
About Stateside Affairs
Stateside Affairs is an award-winning, bilingual, woman and minority-owned government affairs and public relations company based in New Jersey. Founded in 2015, the company’s reputation for success has garnered both state and regional recognition for its work in public affairs as well as print and digital communications. As industry leaders, the Stateside Affairs team prides itself in delivering plans that are beautifully designed and skillfully executed, gaining its clients nationwide recognition for quality work. For more information about Stateside Affairs, visit www.statesideaffairs.com
Thank you to everyone who voted for Stateside Affairs in NJBIZ’s 2023 Reader Rankings. While we have been recognized in the top 3 of a few categories in the past two years, this year we are proud to have been recognized as the #1 Minority-Owned business! This is such an honor for our public relations firm and it would not have been possible without our incredible, diverse, and talented team. Thank you to all of our clients as well for continuing to support Stateside Affairs and for giving us a chance to keep growing as a firm.
To view NJBIZ's full reader rankings list visit njbiz.com/reader-rankings-2023.
Accolades Speak to Stateside Affairs’ Commitment to Training and Onboarding
About Stateside Affairs
Stateside Affairs is an award-winning, bilingual, woman and minority-owned government affairs and public relations company based in New Jersey. Founded in 2015, the company’s reputation for success has garnered both state and regional recognition for its work in public affairs as well as print and digital communications. As industry leaders, the Stateside Affairs team prides itself in delivering plans that are beautifully designed and skillfully executed, gaining its clients nationwide recognition for quality work. For more information about Stateside Affairs, visit www.statesideaffairs.com.
About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.
Coming Soon! The Stevie Awards for Technology Excellence