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Lessons in Leadership

CEOs explain how they built companies

December 4, 2017

As seen in ROI-NJ

by Meg Fry

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Lessons in leadership: CEOs explain how they built companies

As seen in ROI-NJ

"The most important aspect of leadership," Tara Dowdell said, "is the ability to inspire and empower."

“People should follow you, not because they are afraid of you, but because they respect and admire you,” she said. “It is important to invest in talent and grow the people you work with in order to create strong companies, build loyalty and trust, and ensure that your clients are properly served.”

Dowdell, founder, CEO and managing member of Tara Dowdell Group in Jersey City, was one of four CEOs honored with Leadership Excellence Awards at the 4th annual “CEO Evolution” event recently hosted by Citrin Cooperman and Rutgers Business School at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Dan Berkowitz, founder and CEO of CID Entertainment in Philadelphia; Paul Kermizian, co-founder and CEO of the Brooklyn-based Barcade, with locations in Newark and Jersey City; and Chris Lotito, owner, CEO and president of Lotito Foods in Edison, joined Dowdell on a recent panel of local chief executives who were recognized for having evolved into leaders in their respective industries.

Moderated by Wilfredo Fernandez, partner at Citrin Cooperman, the panelists discussed their company strategies and visions while offering lessons learned in leadership, creating and sustaining growth, handling customer service and developing healthy work cultures.

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