NJBIZ is proud to introduce the inaugural recipients of the Veterans in Business awards.
Created by NJBIZ Associate Publisher and General Manager AnnMarie Karczmit in honor of her late father, who served in the Korean war, this new program recognizes veterans who are making a significant impact on New Jersey business as well as continuing to give back to their community.
This year’s 41 honorees served across the United States’ military branches, including the Air Force, Air National Guard, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard.
The judges for this year’s awards – who are all military veterans themselves – were: Dominick Belfiore, vice president business banking relationship manager, M&T Bank; Eddie Condello, vice president, team leader and commercial lending officer, Columbia Bank; and Schone Malliet, CEO and president, Winter4Kids.
Please join us for a virtual awards ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 7 to honor these individuals. Registration information will be available on the event page.
NJBIZ will also recognize the honorees in a special section included in the Nov. 20 issue of NJBIZ.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Karczmit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the 2023 Veterans in Business honorees! George Akins, director of clinical pastoral services education and pastoral care
George Akins, director of clinical pastoral services education and pastoral care
Hackensack Meridian Health
Eric Basek, chief operations officer
Tom Brennan, ethical hacker
Proactive Risk Inc.
Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez, CEO and founder
SW3AT Wellness x The Other Side Dispensary
William Brown, president
Veteran Alumni of Rutgers University and Navy SEAL Foundation
JP Buss, managing partner
Ronald Campione, senior council
Jeff Cantor, CEO
NJ State Veterans Chamber of Commerce
Joseph Chinnici, banking center manager
Dan Conley, active angel investor
Angels + LifeSci Investors Network, NJAngels.net
Francisco Cortes, president and co-founder
NJ State Veterans Chamber of Commerce
Brett D’Alessandro, president
Backpacks For Life
Dennis Devery, vice president for enrollment management
Thomas Edison State University
Russell DiNardo, president and founder
Michael Ferraro, chief career door opener
Bridging the Gap for Veterans
Andrew Frazier, founder
Small Business Pro University
Porfirio Garcia, director of marketing
Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce / Elizabeth Tourism
Michael Griffinger, senior director (retired)
John Hoffmann, certified public accountant
Independence Financial Services LLC
Cindy Jebb, president
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Joshua King, senior vice president, Supply Chain and Strategic Projects
American Water Works Co.
Michael Lafferty, general manager
Recycling Management Resources
Ryan Leonard, CEO
NJF Worldwide LLC
Oliver Lewis Jr., executive vice president, head of commercial banking
Jack Licata, president
Fast Bags Corp.
Jonathan Loane, vice president, Finance, Global MedTech Supply Chain
Johnson & Johnson
Lance Lopez Sr., project manager, Veterans and Community Recruitment
New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP)
Christopher Manente, founding executive director
Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services
James Marshmon, director, Student Development and Campus Life
Antonio Martinez, president and CEO
Renaissance Global Services LLC
Cathy McBarnette-Neilley, founder and president
Spin Doctor Laundromats LLC
John McCarthy, partner
Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP
Robert McGowan, chief operating and finance officer
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
Keith McWha, partner
Lerner David LLP
Kevin O’Connor, chair, Business Litigation; co-chair, Labor and Employment
Peckar & Abramson PC
John Prutting, veterans outreach coordinator
Angelic Health Hospice and Palliative Care
Brendan Rezny, senior vice president, retail regional manager
Steven Robles, vice president
Tom Scazzafavo, partner
David Van Bever, executive director, Environmental and Transportation Services
Andrew Wood, chief financial officer
APi Group Inc./J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc.
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