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Dhiren Amin; Satish Poondi
President; Legal adviser
Indian Business Association
The growing influence of the South Asian community in the business (and political) world is a plus for our diversified state — something that should be a model for others.
New Jersey Hospital Association
NJHA played a significant role in so many issues around the care of COVID-19 patients — a role it continues to play.
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Bracken’s steady leadership (10 years now) on business issues — and his willingness to take a stand and impact change on social equity issues — sets him apart.
New Jersey Apartment Association
With so much (deserved) attention on renters, the impact of COVID on landlords easily could have been overlooked. Brogan made sure it wasn’t, working to implement policies that helped all.
League of Municipalities
Cerra took over the top job at the league right as the pandemic was taking hold. The league’s role in helping municipalities handle these issues will be felt for years to come.
Center for Non Profits
The role of nonprofits during the pandemic — and the impact the pandemic had on nonprofits — cannot be overstated. Czipo has offered a guiding hand throughout.
Luis De La Hoz; Carlos Medina
Chairman; CEO and president
Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey
It’s hard to find a chamber that directly impacts its members more than the SHCCNJ. One of the main reasons is the stellar leadership in the top spots.
Community Foundation of New Jersey
How’s this for impact: The group’s 1,141 fundholders made 8,300 philanthropic gifts in 2020, totaling $87.5 million — a new record for giving.
Co-founder and CEO
Rising Tide Capital
Prestigious award from Heinz Foundation was further validation of the incredible work this group does to help entrepreneurs from — and in — underserved communities.
New Jersey Association of Counties
There are many leaders on many issues — and needs — during the pandemic. Donnadio’s group is providing guidance at the county level.
New Jersey Food Council
Provided her usual steady leadership, both with all issues involving COVID in supermarkets as well as bringing guidance on plastic bag regulations.
Jarrod Grasso (#28)
New Jersey Realtors
COVID-19’s impact on residential housing has been great — with sales across the state soaring. It’s a reason why Grasso is a frequent call of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration.
Garden State Initiative
In a dark blue state, Egea has helped establish Garden State Initiative as the voice for practical budgetary solutions that are based on data, not partisan ideology.
Chip Hallock; Barbara E. Kauffman
CEO; Chief operating officer
Newark Regional Business Partnership
Dynamite duo continues to offer guidance — and great programs — to its many members throughout the county.
Few association heads have reached the level of respect and significance that Hart has achieved at BioNJ.
John Harmon (#23)
African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey
He’s happy to take your call — and he’s going to give it to you straight. So, come ready to play with this leader of action.
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
When the state (and the nation) had a reckoning with longtime issues of systemic racism, Haygood offered powerful perspective and thought leadership.
New Jersey state director
National Federation of Independent Business
A top official called her an “unsung hero” of the business community.
New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program
We’ve long said enhancing our manufacturing base in the state should be a top goal — and long said MEP has the right person in place to help the state achieve it.
Key player in one of the most important business regions in the state. Kirkos’ knowledge and leadership make him a trusted thought leader throughout the state.
Founder and president
Lesniak Institute for American Leadership
The former legislator was a key player in helping the Economic Recovery Act of 2020 finally get to the finish line.
NAIOP New Jersey
The impact of COVID-19 on commercial real estate is only just beginning to be understood.
New Jersey Policy Perspective
He pushes a progressive agenda with facts and figures — and isn’t afraid to push elected officials when he feels they don’t live up to their progressive promises.
NJ Bankers Association
Few sectors have played as important a role in the pandemic recovery as banking, helping to expedite loans and grants to businesses of all sizes — starting, of course, with the business-saving PPP.
Tammy Murphy; Josh Weinreich
Founding chair; CEO
New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
Group is on pace to donate $60 million — and mostly to groups that have been overlooked. Its impact on COVID-19 relief cannot be overstated.
Dean Paranicus; Haskell Berman
CEO; Senior vice president
HealthCare Institute of New Jersey
Longtime thought leaders on a subject that has moved to the top of everyone’s agenda.
Leader of a group that quietly has major impact in Newark and beyond.
Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey
Carrying on the strong tradition of leadership and advocacy for the South Jersey business community.
North Jersey Jewish Business Alliance
Leads chamber of commerce-like organization of more than 150 members that helps Jewish business owners to build stronger relationships with elected officials.
Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey
Base of his group may lean toward North Jersey, but Russo is well-known by the power players in Trenton and business leaders across the state.
New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools
The expansion of vocational education in the high schools and community colleges is a key for the state moving forward.
New Jersey Business & Industry Association
Siekerka and her team offer a strong advocacy group for business community on big issues — and everything happening in Trenton.
New Jersey Society of CPAs
Thomas is a true thought leader, offering data-based guidance on issues involving state and local taxes, Paycheck Protection Program and everything else impacting business and government.