MADISON, NJ - A coalition of 17 business groups, advocacy organizations, associations, local and bi-national chambers of commerce in New Jersey hosted the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Award (NJIEA) Program Tuesday night at the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business.

The NJIEA Awards honored 10 first-generation immigrant business leaders for their success in helping their local New Jersey communities thrive. The awards were created to highlight the history and academic influence of New Jersey’s immigrant contributions to New Jersey communities throughout the state. The awards are coordinated by a coalition of county and bi-national chambers of commerce, business and advocacy groups.

2014 Awards went to:

2014 NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year:  Mario Casabona, Italy,
Founder and CEO, TechLaunch, Clifton

Albert Einstein Award for Innovation: Rajendra Sadhu, India
Founder and CEO, VESAG Health, Inc., North Brunswick

George Perrott Macculloch Award for Leadership: Marcela Zuchovicki, Argentina/Mexico
President and CEO of Jalima and Associates, Phillipsburg

Nicholas Marcalus Award for Sustainability:  Grigore Burdea, Romania
President and Founder, Bright Cloud International Corp., Highland Park,

Caspar Wistar Award for Growth: Rita Gurevich, Russia
 Founder and President, SPHERE Technology, Hoboken

David Sarnoff Award for Advocacy and Community Engagement:
Alfa Demmellash, Ethiopia
CEO, Rising Tide Capital, Inc., Jersey City