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Here at Lenox Consulting, we pride ourselves on ‘how we do it’. Our approach to client work and relationships is unique and unconditional, as we provide a hands-on approach, jumping into every project with enthusiasm, efficiency, and collaboration. We are individuals who are involved in our communities outside of the office, and intertwine these extracurricular activities with our consulting work to always provide a one-of-a-kind experience and perspective for our clients. The work never stops, and at Lenox Consulting, we are always on call to advance your agenda and tell your story. Take a look at some of the ways we get it done.

Dispatches from Hong Kong

  Monday, April 3, 2017 24 Hours Before Departure   While I gladly accepted the invitation of a good friend to visit Hong Kong, I'm not sure I totally thought through the enormity of the trip. A seasoned traveler for sure, this one brought much more than just an overnight flight across the Atlantic, and a time difference leaving few hours I wouldn't be awake with my clients back in the US.   I researched, studied, and of course took to social media to connect with others in the part of the world I'd be visiting, hoping to make  my time there as worthwhile and memorable as possible, yet I felt I still had little comprehension of what I was really in for!   With meetings scheduled with various organizations whose remit, to connect globally through business, mirror my own efforts and interests, and invitations to more than one social event, my calendar for this very brief trip was already well full. I hoped, of course, to take in some of the sights as well!   I was grateful for the opportunity to meet Anthony Mak, Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s New York office, for a bit of pre-planning, and for his introductions to his colleagues in Hong Kong whom I'll meet on this trip.   Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Waiting for Take Off   Well positioned in my seat (bulkhead leaving me plenty of leg room), and staking claim to both arm rests, I was as anxious about who my row mates would be as I was about what the next
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Survey: The New Jersey and Ireland Connection

There are few certainties in life. Sure, we know “the house always wins,” the U.S. Postal service delivers despite rain, sleet, snow or hail, and that when snow is in the forecast, worried shoppers will run to the supermarket to buy bread and milk. Here in New Jersey, we can add one more certainty to that list: no matter what else is going on in the world around us, cities and towns across the state will “go green” and attract large crowds in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. With this in mind coupled with very specific Irish familial and business interests and an ongoing desire to use data as a means to inform our work, we set out to determine just how connected New Jersey is to Ireland, and how St. Patrick’s Day celebrations across our state inform and effect views of Ireland.  To that end, we conducted an online survey of 700 New Jersey adults. According to Census data, an estimated 13% of all New Jerseyeans identify their ancestry as Irish.  In our survey, we found that just over 20% of respondents identified themselves as Irish-American (the proximity of St. Patrick’s Day and the way in which we asked the question likely explains the difference). This increased self-identification as Irish in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day also lends more credence to the belief that often times one’s connection to Ireland can be as much emotional as it is through actual ancestral and family ties. Ireland also enjoys high
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FMBA- Not Just Fighting Fires

Visiting the New Jersey Statehouse with the New Jersey State FMBA on consecutive session days again reminded me of the out-sized role the union is playing in the lives of their members, both statewide and at the local level. It fills me with pride to be part of such awesome efforts, and to work alongside men and women that risk their lives for others on a daily basis as part of their “real” jobs, while they also go to great lengths to bring about important change that elected officials and politicians have been unable or unwilling to effectuate alone.   Senate Bill 3040, sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, offers historic changes to the pension system that local firefighters and police officers throughout New Jersey contribute to throughout their careers, and rely on for their retirement security. While the near unanimous, bipartisan, passing of the bill by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, and then unanimous support by the full Senate, is what most intrigued the press, it is the manner in which this legislation came to fruition that really tells the story of what the NJ FMBA does for members, and our state, on a day in and day out basis.   For more than two years the NJ FMBA, led by Eddie Donnelly and Rich Mikutsky, have researched similar policies in other states, educated and involved their members about the benefits of this drastic change, and worked tirelessly to make it a bipartisan effort with buy in from all four unions whose
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Irish America on Capitol Hill

Steve Lenox, President, Lenox Consulting, was proud to speak at a Congressional briefing on Irish America - following is a review he prepared on the event:   Just hours before President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, efforts were underway on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of issues important to the Global Irish community across the US. Billed as a Congressional briefing, the event, was hosted by the Council for American Ireland Relations (CAIR), a non-profit, non-partisan organization, launched to educate US lawmakers, and insure that the voice of Irish America is not lost in the legislative and policymaking process. Following a warm Irish welcome by Congressman Brendan Boyle, Michael Carroll, Chairman, thanked the nearly twenty legisaltive staff and other guests for attending, reminding them that the mission of CAIR is to “be a resource to your office, not just in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, but throughout the year.” While panelists Denis Staunton, London Editor, The Irish Times; Brian O’Dwyer, Chairman, Emerald Isle Immigration Center; and Steve Lenox, President, Irish Network USA offered their insights on issues such as the potential political and economic impact of Brexit, immigration reform, and the continuing growth of business links between the US and Ireland, the attendance of other notable leaders such as Stella O’Leary, President, Irish American Democrats; Claire Rumpsa, Director of Leadership Programs, Washington Ireland Program; and Terry Riley, President, AOH Herbert-Cady Division, was a strong reminder of the depth of leadership that currently exists within the
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Lessons from a Jersey Diner

Anyone who has turned to the writings of leaders they admire, seeking to replicate their success, has surely come across advice to get a jump start on the work week. While I have also sought such pearls of wisdom, and started countless weeks by sitting down on a Sunday evening putting my goals and objectives for the coming days on paper, I must say that spending time at a Jersey City diner, at an hour when sleep should be foremost on my mind, preparing to help bring attention to a client event that begins at 11:00 p.m., is a new one for me! It’s also a reminder of the commitment and dedication of the law enforcement community, and the incredible role they play in keeping us all safe. While most of us are tucked away safely in our beds, the men and women I will be visiting tonight spend their overnights patrolling the neighborhoods they protect, putting themselves in harm’s way, abiding by an oath they took to protect and serve countless citizens who too often have little appreciation for their efforts. These under appreciated efforts are replicated by their counterparts in law enforcement across the country, as well as other community heroes staffing firehouses, and keeping emergency rooms at the ready, prepared to respond to the direst of incidents. It is indeed an honor and a privilege to count so many of these men and women as friends and clients. Sitting here at this hour, I marvel at the multi-cultural array
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