Champions for Business

The award recognizes an outstanding business leader in the Princeton Region for their contribution to supporting the Chamber while growing their business and demonstrating the values of being a good corporate citizen. This program is sponsored by Community News Service LLC.


  • January: Karen Andre Mims, UIH Family Partners
  • February: Denise Mariani, Stark & Stark 
  • March: Caryn Berla, Cruise Planners


  • January: Hal English, Grand Bank
  • February: Scott Sussman, The Peacock Inn
  • March: Jack Mudge, Advancing Opportunities
  • April: Frank Mangee, A Stitch Ahead
  • May: Frank Lucchesi, PSE&G
  • June: Robert Formisano, Morgan Stanley
  • July: Susan Hughes, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty
  • August: Dave Trapani, Sandler Training, AGT & Associates, Inc.
  • September: Kurt Baker, Attitudes In Reverse & Certified Wealth Management & Investment, LLC
  • October: Vince Marcucci, Trenton Thunder
  • November: Esther Tanez, ESTIR Inc. Insurance Agency


  • January: Michelle Everman, The Mercadien Group
  • February: Anna Lustenberg, Anna Lustenberg Consulting, LLC 
  • March: Joseph Chizek, Jos. A. Bank
  • April: Herb Ames, Capital Region Minority Chamber of Commerce
  • May: Michael Barna, Morgan Stanley 
  • June: Doug Borden, Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly 
  • July: Cindy Baker, Northwestern Mutual
  • August: Kristin Appelget, Princeton University
  • September: Lorraine Allen, Small Business Development Center at TCNJ
  • October: Claudio Oliveira, Sun National Bank Center
  • November: Maurice Galimidi, Allegra Princeton


  • January: Eileen Sinett, Speaking That Connects 
  • February: Jeanette Iglesias, Jl Coaching & Consulting, LLC 
  • April: Jack Morrison, JM Restaurant Group 
  • May: Debbie Schaeffer, Mrs. G TV, Appliances & Sleep Center
  • June: Jane Gore, Insight Private Advisors
  • July: Ivan Punchatz, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
  • August: Diane Grillo, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton
  • September: William Madden & Stephen Mooney, Certified Financial Services 
  • October: Coby Green-Rifkin, Grounds for Sculpture 
  • November: Aubrey Haines, Mercer Oak Realty  


  • January: Barry D. Szaferman, Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader PC
  • February: Sandy Durst, The Durst Firm, LLC
  • March: Stacey DeAlmeida, First Choice Bank
  • April: Megan Johnston, McCarter Theatre Center
  • May: Ehab Abousabe, Signature Title
  • June: Jim D’Ovidio, Brown Dog Marketing
  • July: Anne O’Neill, The Scheide Fund
  • August: Tom Gates, Mortgage Master
  • September: Elizabeth Hampton, Fox Rothschild, LLP 
  • October: Jayne O’ Connor, Capital Health 
  • November: Anthony Carabelli, Mercer County Office of Economic Development & Sustainability


  • January: Jonathan Shenk, Greenleaf Painters
  • February: Kari Barrio, Hopewell Valley Community Bank
  • March: Leonard H. Smith, WithumSmith& Brown
  • April: Gerard J. Fennelly, NAI/Fennelly
  • May: Sal Levatino, ActionCOACH, Central Jersey Business Association
  • June: Paul Brietman, Princeton University
  • July: Eric Kollevoll, Kollevoll & Associates LLC
  • August: Jay MacLean, MacLean Agency
  • September: Melinda McAller, Eden Autism Services
  • October: Jerry Hampton, Primepoint, LLC
  • November: Helen Okajima, PNC Bank


  • January: Mary Claire Garber, Princeton Legal Search Group, LLC
  • February: Sharon Capella, Borden Perlman Salisbury & Kelly
  • March: Christopher Tarr, Stevens & Lee, a PA Professional Corporation
  • April: Basil Giletto, A-1 Limo
  • May: Patience Purdy, Trenton Thunder
  • June: Christine Curnan, Signature Title
  • July: Brian Juleskusky & Grant Somerville, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • August: Jane Milner, St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center
  • September: Chip Jerry, Jerry & Jerry
  • October: Raul Gutierrez & Ed Keenan, Raul Gutierrez Design LLC & Document Depot


  • January: Frank Gatti, ETS
  • February: Kevin & Georgianne Vinicombe, Monday Morning Flowers
  • March: Marion Reinson, To The Point, LLC
  • April: Dave Hoeffel, Sound Choice Disk Jockeys, Inc.
  • May: Tom McManimon, StimulusBrand Communications
  • June: Mimi Omiecinski, Princeton Tour Company
  • July: Barbara Fox, US 1
  • August: Lucia Stegaru, PNC Bank
  • September: Peter Dawson, Leigh Visual Imaging Solutions
  • October: Kathy Frank-White, Hopewell Valley Community Bank
  • November: Jim Salter, Business Writing that Works


  • October: Scott Needham, Princeton Air Conditioning, Inc.
  • November: Madelyn Greve, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty