Special Guest Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

Manufactruing Partnerships

Two Titans Join Forces to Aid Manufacturing and the National Defense Strategic Supplier Database

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11) and John Kennedy, CEO of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program discussed several topics with hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady, including an infrastructure bill to update and rebuilt the backbone of America: it’s highways, roads, tunnels, bridges, and other systems that were built and expanded across the decades, and a National Defense Strategic Supplier database compiling emergency response products and capabilities of America’s manufacturers.

Our Guest

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill
Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill proudly represents New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1994, Congresswoman Sherrill spent almost 10 years on active duty in the United States Navy. She flew missions throughout Europe and the Middle East as a Sea King helicopter pilot, worked on the Battle Watch Floor in the European Theater during the Iraq invasion, and served as a Flag Aide to the Deputy Commander in Chief of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Congresswoman Sherrill also served as a Russian policy officer and worked on the implementation of our nuclear treaty obligations and oversaw the relationship between the U.S. Navy and Russian Federation Navy.

Congresswoman Sherrill attended law school after leaving the Navy in 2003, earning a degree from Georgetown University. She worked as a lawyer and eventually joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. As an Outreach and Re-entry Coordinator, Congresswoman Sherrill developed programs to help prevent crime in the community. These programs developed trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, and helped people leaving prison to gain employment, housing, and education in order to restart their lives. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Congresswoman Sherrill worked to keep our communities safe, prosecuting federal cases and advising law enforcement on investigations.

Congresswoman Sherrill holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in Global History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Law degree from Georgetown University.

Congresswoman Sherrill sits on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and the House Education and Labor Committee.

Our Host

John Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, NJMEP
John Kennedy, CEO, NJMEP

John is first and foremost a ‘Jersey Boy’, as he has always been proud of his home State and what it actually brings to our country…including significant Manufacturing, Engineering, Science, and R&D capabilities. As an Engineer and NJ Business Owner, John was focused on (both) Engineering & Manufacturing and enjoyed success through working with many incredible individuals. From Coleman Equipment to Sandvik to Barnett Industries to The Multitech Group…all part of my Manufacturing evolution through the Material Handling, Power Plants, and DoD workloads.

When John came to NJMEP in 2012, he found a place where he could support a critical Industry that means all the difference to our independence as a Country, while keeping New Jersey in the forefront of technology. NJMEP is his ultimate ‘fit’ as a professional. John is a proud Eagle Scout and National Distinguished Eagle. NJ Manufacturing…it is our time again!