SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic Principal Sister Percylee Hart, RSM, has been named the Irish Business Association 2019 Woman of the Year. Sister Percylee Hart was recently honored by the Irish Business Association (IBA) at its 11th annual awards dinner.

The IBA is an association of New Jersey business professionals and business owners of Irish descent committed to promoting business relationships and personal interaction within the Irish-American business community in New Jersey, based on a shared heritage. IBA members leverage off their shared heritage and the inherent bonds within the Irish-American community to foster social relationships and create business opportunities for existing and new members.

Sister Percylee was honored to have received this recognition and congratulated her fellow IBA honorees.

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"I am most grateful for this recognition by the IBA of Woman of the Year. I accept this award in the name of my Irish heritage and my religious community, founded by Mother Catherine McAuley in Dublin Ireland in 1831," said Sister Percylee. "I would like to congratulate John McCarthy, Man of the Year, and Columbia Bank, Company of the Year."

In her acceptance remarks, Sister Percylee discussed the importance of forming connections with businesses in the community.

"Networking is key. Synergistic connections continue to be made by Union Catholic and relationships formed with businesses throughout New Jersey. The high school is a member of three chambers. In fact, I became more familiar with the IBA as a result of joining the Gateway Chamber of Commerce and acting as the 2019 Grand Marshal of the Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade."

Sister Percylee pointed to Union Catholic's Business Networking Luncheon as an excellent example of a networking avenue.

"With some out-of-the-box thinking, the Union Catholic Business Networking Luncheon, better known as UCBNL, was initiated. At this luncheon, CBS's own Joe Connolly acts as master of ceremonies. Business owners are identified and invited to be panelists to share their stories and some of our innovative business students are showcased. The success of UCBNL has been incredible beyond my wildest imagination."

The IBA printed the following remarks about Sister Percylee's role as an effective business leader:

Sister Percylee Hart has been the Principal of Union Catholic High School since 1980. She has been the catalyst for every major advance that the school has made in the past 40 years. Her progressive initiatives have positioned Union Catholic as one of the premier high schools in the State.