Gloucester Chamber of Commerce Announces ‘Benjamin Griffith Young Executive Award’ in Honor of South Jersey FCU Leader

GLASSBORO, N.J. - As part of its continuing efforts to recognize the good deeds and works of the community, the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced this year’s winners of the 15th Annual Community Service Awards. This year the Chamber added a new award called the Benjamin Griffith Young Executive Award, named in honor of the Chamber's long-time member and leader, Ben Griffith. This award recognizes a young executive that has created a lasting impression on the community, much like Ben Griffith did during his tenure at the South Jersey Federal Credit Union.

“We all can get very busy running our business and sometimes we forget to thank the people who have made our members and community a better this past year,” said Chamber President and CEO Les Vail.

“The Community Service Awards allows us to enjoy an evening and to celebrate these members,” he said.

The awards banquet is scheduled to be held Thursday, February 28 at the Estates of Monroe in Williamstown, NJ.

This year’s Community Service Award recipients are as follows:

Small Business Person of the Year: Kristi Howell, president and CEO of Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Non-Profit of the Year: JR’s Angels
Chamber Member of the Year: Michele Vallone, vice president and business relationship manager at Newfield National Bank.  
Business Person of the Year: Marcy Bliss, president and CEO of Wedgewood Pharmacy.
Citizen of the Year: Charles Gallagher, VFW Glassboro/People 4 People.
The Benjamin Griffith Young Executive Award: Nick Allen, security consultant with Sonitrol Security.

Nominations are still open for the Robert M. Bess Youth Memorial Scholarship. It is scheduled to close Friday, January 25. Visit the chamber Web site for the nomination form and candidate criteria.