2022 Awards for Excellence – New Jersey Enterprise Journal

2022 Awards for Excellence – New Jersey Enterprise Journal

2022 Awards for Excellence – New Jersey Enterprise Journal

Common Enterprise

New Jersey Enterprise Journal is proud to current the 2022 Awards for Excellence to 4 executives and 13 corporations who’ve improved the standard of life in New Jersey in excellent methods. Powered by NJBIA, the awards honor choose employers from NJBIA’s membership for excellent achievements.

2022 AFE Excellent Employers

For corporations celebrating inventive and forward-looking approaches to managing HR.

Bergen’s Promise

Bergen’s Promise is a community-based care administration service for youngsters in Bergen County with critical behavioral well being, substance abuse, or developmental points, and their households. Since 2002, the group has been providing distinctive, community-based companies to households who’ve kids with emotional, behavioral, developmental, psychological well being, and substance abuse wants.

Being compelled right into a distant working state of affairs on the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the workforce converted to telehealth to cope with a myriad of urgent points. For a inhabitants of 1,800 youths coping with psychological well being challenges, it was a take a look at for the group in addition to for front-line staff.

Bergen’s Promise’s robust tradition put its values right into action. A strong worker tradition is strengthened by strong in-place assist mechanisms. From insurance policies that foster variety to ongoing coaching, self-care, and wellness initiatives for workers, Bergen’s Promise is dedicated to its workers and sufferers alike.


Constructing a optimistic tradition is extra than simply phrases for CPA agency EisnerAmper. Noting that innovation begins with inclusion, its core values converse to this mission; promising that the agency will at all times act with integrity, place nice emphasis on offering wonderful service to purchasers, encourage firm-wide innovation and promote office variety.

It’s a tall order, so the agency established numerous instruments and initiatives designed to ship a more-inclusive tradition for all workers, regardless of their place. For instance, the corporate partnered with analysis agency Gartner to develop an worker satisfaction survey to keep up a pulse on its tradition. To assist workers study and advance their careers, the corporate established EisnerAmper University. Different agency perks embody flextime and various work preparations in addition to reductions for wellness companies. There’s additionally private profession teaching, and even busy season Bingo to maintain issues enjoyable throughout anxious tax seasons.

Oxygen Advantages

With places of work in New Jersey and New York, Oxygen Advantages prides itself on the flexibility to supply distinctive customer support and private consideration. As a full-service company that makes a speciality of the availability of medical health insurance merchandise, Oxygen Advantages additionally sells a complete suite of insurance coverage options. Below the cautious watch of CEO, Wayne Dougal, workers work intently with purchasers to make sure that they in the end make essential and knowledgeable choices for his or her enterprise and their workers.

Dougal has built an exceptionally devoted workforce that loves what it does and the place it really works. The tradition of the agency is all concerning the shopper; it’s decided to make each shopper happy with their insurance coverage choices and stay in shut contact throughout the 12 months to deal with points and questions that emerge. Even the CEO follows an open-door communications coverage with each workers and purchasers within the occasion wants emerge that require swift motion.

ZAGO Manufacturing Co.

Based in 1993 as a part of the NJIT Enterprise Development Middle Small Enterprise Incubator, Zago Manufacturing Co. nonetheless calls Newark dwelling, after refurbishing a 100-year-old industrial constructing into an ultra-efficient lean manufacturing plant. Serving a variety of specialty industries, Zago’s elements are present in navy and aerospace merchandise, electrical automobiles and batteries, wind and photo voltaic units, in addition to medical units and different electronics, together with robotics and drones.

Pleased with its longstanding dedication to group and variety, this woman-owned enterprise has paid the schooling for a number of of its 30 workers to advance their training. Moreover, ZAGO pays 100% of worker medical health insurance and provides hybrid/ distant work alternatives.

A producer of environmentally protected, sustainable, high-tech sealing fasteners and elements, the agency was designated a vital office throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. ZAGO workers assisted with manufacturing lots of of hundreds of sealing fasteners and elements for corporations manufacturing ventilators.

2022 AFE Members of the 12 months

For firm contributions to NJBIA and efforts to enhance the state’s enterprise local weather.

Lady Scouts of New Jersey

Lady Scouts of New Jersey, made up of 4 regional councils, has been an NJBIA companion for a few years and has historically kicked off the affiliation’s annual Girls Enterprise Leaders Discussion board with a champagne toast, celebrating the subsequent technology of feminine leaders. This ties in completely with the worldwide Lady Scouts mission of “constructing ladies of braveness, confidence and character, who make the world a greater place.”

Lady Scouts of all backgrounds and skills might be unapologetically themselves as they uncover their strengths and rise to fulfill new challenges. Backed by grownup volunteers, mentors and tens of millions of alums, Lady Scouts paved the way as they discover their voices and make modifications that have an effect on the problems most important to them.

The group has been true to its mission since its founding in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, 110 years in the past. It was time when ladies within the US weren’t allowed to vote and have been anticipated to stay to strict social norms. … How issues have changed!

Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, positioned on the Wildwood boardwalk, is the basic seaside amusement park that has been household owned and operated since 1969. In going through workforce challenges introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Morey’s performed a crucial function in serving to NJBIA advocate for teen employee reform laws. It additionally assisted the affiliation in educating coverage makers concerning the challenges and alternatives relating to the J-1 visa program throughout the pandemic and past.

Morey’s Piers was voted the most effective seaside amusement park on this planet by Amusement Right now and #1 Greatest Seaside Boardwalk by Household Trip Critic. The corporate has greater than 100 rides and points of interest spanning over 18 acres alongside six seaside blocks and consists of three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks.

Together with Morey Lodges & Resorts, Morey’s Piers combines the pure pleasure of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a basic boardwalk, and excellent lodging.

NJ Council of County Faculties

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) has had a long-standing partnership with the NJBIA. Among the many joint initiatives is NJCCC’s Consortium for Workforce and Financial Improvement, which together with the New Jersey Division of Labor & Workforce Improvement, has helped ship the NJBIA Office Literacy and Fundamental Expertise Coaching Program. This free program, which teaches literacy abilities, communications, math, administration and soft-tech abilities, has educated almost 200,000 workers from greater than 11,000 corporations.

Final 12 months, NJCCC and NJBIA created the New Jersey Pathways to Profession Alternatives initiative, which brings collectively companies, trade associations, labor unions, training establishments and workforce growth companions to supply college students and staff with the profession pathmethods they should discover new profession alternatives and to make sure employers have entry to a extremely expert workforce.

NJCCC right now oversees 18 group schools within the state that enroll greater than 300,000 folks in credit score, non-credit and workforce growth programs at greater than 70 campuses.

Phillips 66

Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery’s mission is to be the highest Northeast refinery – admired for its folks, efficiency and dedication to the group.

The refinery produces transportation and residential heating fuels critical to assembly the power wants of the Northeast. As a key power supplier within the state, Phillips 66 has labored collaboratively with NJBIA’s authorities and regulatory groups on power coverage and is happy with sponsoring key NJBIA packages/initiatives. As a large employer within the state, providing varied profession alternatives, the corporate is engaged in NJBIA’s workforce growth initiatives.

Phillips 66 is happy with its function in contributing to the world’s power wants as a diversified power manufacturing and logistics firm. The corporate is leveraging its current capabilities and advancing investments in new power applied sciences to proceed to satisfy its imaginative and prescient of offering power and enhancing lives. Phillips 66 is about the way forward for power and serving to the world transfer ahead.

2022 AFE Excellence in Incapacity Inclusion

For corporations targeted on delivering equal alternatives to certified folks with disabilities.

The Arc of New Jersey

The Arc of New Jersey is the state’s largest group advocating for and serving kids and adults with mental and developmental disabilities and their households. It does so by way of initiatives specializing in empowerment, training and prevention.

The group believes that each one folks have the elemental ethical, civil and constitutional proper to reside, study, work, play and worship in protected and wholesome communities of their selecting.

By its Venture Rent program, the Arc additionally secures employment for the disabled. In line with Tom Baffuto, Arc NJ government director, Venture Rent works with some 850 New Jersey companies to help the disabled in such areas as job matching, sampling, on-site coaching, and journey coaching.

“An employed individual beneficial properties abilities they wouldn’t in any other case obtain,” Baffuto says. “Having a job provides a way of goal and a sense of belonging to a company or enterprise.”

2022 AFE Group Service

For corporations dedicated to management find options to social or financial challenges.

Affinity Basis

Basking Ridge-based Affinity Federal Credit score Union is the biggest credit score union in New Jersey, straight impacting the lives of greater than 127,000 New Jerseyans. Its Affinity Basis continues to create alternative, foster private progress, and develop mandatory abilities and information inside the New Jersey community to encourage a greater tomorrow for everybody. The inspiration not solely works diligently within the workplace, however is hands-on within the discipline reaching out to members who’re struggling financially, college students who need to additional their training, and anyone else in want of a serving to hand.

Affinity far exceeds the expectations of a typical credit score union, providing a personalized member expertise that’s targeted on enhancing its members general monetary well-being.

Affinity President and CEO John Fenton provides Affinity’s 450 workers and over 200,000 members with a transparent perspective on the function Affinity ought to play in its members lives – greater than only a monetary companies supplier, however a real companion in reaching monetary targets.


Covanta strives to make a optimistic impression wherever it might. By its community-based packages, the Morristown-based waste administration firm works with quite a lot of organizations on the environmental and social points which might be prime of thoughts for its neighbors and amenities.

Though the corporate’s Camden location makes up solely a fraction of Covanta’s worker and useful resource base, staff there have devoted an unbelievable quantity of effort and time to supporting their neighbors and the locations they name dwelling.

All through 2022, Covanta’s Camden facility has: labored with the Audubon Society to transform an empty lot right into a pollinator backyard; teamed up with Healthful Riches & the South Jersey Meals Financial institution to assist distribute meals on the H.B. Wilson Household Faculty; participated in “Camden Strong” clean-up occasions; helped sponsor the town’s Juneteenth occasion, and took part within the Camden County Police Division Satisfaction Parade; participated in three Camden County Police Division group clear up occasions; and rather more.

Shore Builders Association

The Lakewood-based Shore Builders Affiliation of Central Jersey stands for high quality, integrity and accountability, serving Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer and Ocean counties. Collaboration and innovation are on the forefront of the affiliation, permitting its members to make developments collectively in right now’s ever-changing panorama.

The Skilled Girls in Constructing (PWB) Group of the Shore Builders Affiliation is devoted to empowering ladies by way of skilled growth and management coaching. For extra than 60 years, nationwide PWB members have made significant strides to construct a extra numerous workforce and produce consciousness to the essential function ladies serve within the residential development trade.

Along with contributing financially, the group is fingers on and coronary heart in, offering month-to-month visits and long-term mentoring to the women in its residential program, and providing them real-life examples of who they’ll develop into as ladies within the constructing/development discipline.

Manasquan Financial institution

For greater than 148 years, Manasquan Financial institution has supplied assist to all kinds of non-profit organizations searching for to make a optimistic distinction inside the communities it serves. Because it continues to develop, so does the impression the corporate makes on its native communities, which extends beyond banking.

With the formation of the Manasquan Financial institution Charitable Basis in 2014, the financial institution continues to convey its philanthropy initiatives to the subsequent stage. Designed to assist these serving unmet native wants in new methods, the inspiration serves because the bank’s single supply of economic help for certified 501(c)(3) non-profits.

Whether or not they’re offering help for a non-profit fundraiser, cleansing up seashores, or providing their time serving on non-profit boards for causes that matter to them, Manasquan Financial institution’s colleagues assist make communities thrive. Within the first half of 2022, its workers have already devoted 189 hours to group service outreach.

2022 AFE Executives of the 12 months

For people who display management and fervour whereas reaching enterprise success.

Jeffrey Farrell, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Higher Newark

When Jeffrey Farrell assumed management of Newark Habitat for Humanity in 2011, his purpose was to construct a broad vary of assets and alternatives to have the ability to enrich the lives of hundreds of residents. Below Farrell’s management and imaginative and prescient, the group has been renamed the Habitat for Humanity of Higher Newark to mirror its geographic enlargement into Essex, Hudson and Union counties.

In 2016, Farrell developed the Crucial Restore and Wholesome Properties Initiative, focusing Habitat’s experience in figuring out and fixing limitations to protected and wholesome residing situations. Cobbling collectively greater than $1 million because the initiative started, Habitat has made repairs comparable to mould and asbestos remediation, and energy-conserving enhancements. Habitat of Higher Newark works to maintain low-income households, seniors and veterans within the properties they already personal. As well as, greater than 100 properties have been constructed with low-income household companions who in any other case could by no means notice the dream of homeownership.

John E. Harmon Sr., IOM, Founder, President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ)

Founding the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey in 2007, John Harmon Sr. has constructed a powerhouse advocate affiliation, serving black-owned sole proprietors, small companies, and main companies all through the state. His demonstrated prowess in advertising and marketing and communications extends statewide and nationally by way of radio, tv and social media (Fb, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram). The group’s weekly radio present, “Empowerment Hour,” has greater than 2,000 listeners. In the meantime, Pathway to Success, AACCNJ’s month-to-month tv broadcast, airs on NJTV and NJTVonline.org, the place it garners 1.6 million viewers. It additionally seems on PBS.org, attracting an viewers of greater than 28 million viewers.

For the previous 15 years, Harmon has leveraged the AACCNJ’s expansive platform to mitigate financial and well being disparities and improve the assets, alternatives and knowledge for the prosperity of New Jersey’s Black residents and Black enterprise house owners.

Sanjay Mirchandani, Director, President, and CEO, Commvault

Tracing its origins to high-tech innovators Bell Labs, Lucent and AT&T, Commvault emerged as a stand-alone firm in 1996 when it was bought by Lucent. Right now, the corporate offers enterprise software program to again up, restore, archive, replicate and search knowledge. When Sanjay Mirchandani arrived at Commvault in 2019, the IT companies firm was experiencing some operational challenges. The Tinton Falls-based firm launched into essential new service improvements, together with its Clever Knowledge Companies platform and Metallic, a SaaS (Software program as a Service) enterprise unit offering cloud-based backup companies. The latter, below Mirchandani’s impressed administration, grew with lighting velocity in six enterprise quarters to develop into a $50 million operation. Because of this, in 2022, the corporate skilled its greatest 12 months ever. These improvements characterize Mirchandani’s management skills to create a cultural shift, encouraging daring steps, brisker approaches, and a renewed deal with the shopper expertise.

Lisa Paley, President, North America, Haleon

Lisa Paley leads Haleon, the nation’s largest stand-alone client healthcare firm. If that identify is unfamiliar, it’s in all probability as a result of its brief historical past as a company entity. Haleon was established in July 2022 as a company spin-off from GSK. Because the president of the North American operations, headquartered in Warren, Paley, who joined the corporate in 2019 from Pfizer Shopper Healthcare, is a member of the corporate’s Government Management Staff. She is liable for serving to information the enterprise and overseeing the enterprise unit. It’s no small activity, contemplating the well being and wellness model portfolio consists of Advil, Centrum, ChapStick, Sensodyne and TUMS amongst others.

Within the face of unsure instances, Paley has empowered her group to ship on its enterprise targets regardless of provide chain challenges, a pandemic, and a shift in client behaviors. Paley embraces change; welcoming new and agile methods of working and inspiring studying alternatives.

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