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North Essex Chamber Honors Members and Awards Scholarships at Annual Leadership Banquet

NECC Scholarship Winners (Left to Right); Holly Kaplansky, Cathleen Atkinson, Lynette Massott, Ina Gonzales, Khristina Cassanova, Michael Daniels. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Louis LaSalle (Left), Senior Vice President of Corporate External Affairs at RWJ Barnabas Health, receives an award for Outstanding Community Leader from incoming NECC President, Michael Daniels. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Previous President of the NECC, Holly Kaplansky (Left) poses with the newly appointed President, Michael Daniels. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Michael Daniels and Holly Kaplansky present the President's Award to Chelsea Dodd (Center). Dodd is the Information Services Supervisor of the Montclair Public Library. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Michael Daniels, Holly Kaplansky, present award to Teresa Austin (Right) for Outstanding Non-Profit. Austin is Board President of SAVE of Essex County. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Holly Kaplansky and Michael Daniels present the Outstanding Business Award to Mark Eulie (Center). Eulie is Vice President of Lifelong Investments. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Holly Kaplansky and Michael Daniels present the Outstanding Chamber Member Award to Eric Francais (Center). Francais is the founder of e-outbox, LLC. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Chelsea Dodd, Information Services Supervisor of the Montclair Public Libary, accepts the President's Award at the NECC's annual Leadership Recognition Banquet. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Denny Klein (Left) of Rand Feuer & Klein LLC with son Joey Klein (Right). Credits: Conor McCloskey
Lynette Massot (Right) of Bloomfield High School receives scholarship award alongside Barbara Ruiz (Left); NECC Vice President of Membership. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Cathleen Atkinson (Left) of Cedar Grove High Schools recognized as scholarship award recipient alongside Mark Eulie. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Khristina Cassanova (Left) of Montclair High School receives scholarship award alongside Mark Eulie. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Ina Gonzales (Left) of Mount Saint Dominic Academy recognized as scholarship recipient alongside Mark Eulie. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Jo Ann Short (Left) accepts scholarship award on behalf of her daughter, Sara "Sally" Short of Verona High School. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Michael Daniels (Left) receives NECC President name tag from former President Jo Ann Short (Right). Credits: Conor McCloskey

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Guests of the 2017 North Essex Chamber of Commerce Leadership Recognition Banquet enjoyed a sit-down dinner and cash bar in the Garden Room at the Manor in West Orange on June 8 as they helped to celebrate outstanding NECC members, congratulate the annual scholarship recipients and induct the new board.

The award for Outstanding Community Leader was presented to Louis LaSalle, Senior Vice President, Corporate External Affairs for RWJBarnabas Health, who has been recognized by his colleagues as a community-minded professional who is able to gather the best resources to help foster a sense of community spirit and a purpose to improve the health and well being of New Jersey residents.

“The community is what it’s about, and I’m privileged to work with the group from North Essex,” said LaSalle as he addressed fellow NECC members. “Be involved in your community—don’t be afraid. There are those who aspire to do great things and those who, in addition to doing great things, get involved in the community. Use the phrase, ‘Face-to-face”—That’s what makes the world go ‘round. We need more of that in this country and in this world.”

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The award for Outstanding Chamber Member was presented to Eric Francais, founder of e-outbox LLC. Francais currently lives and works in Nutley and has been a chamber member since 2010, including two-and-a-half years as chair of the Marketing Committee and four years as a board member.

The NECC President’s Award went to Chelsea Dodd, information services supervisor for the Montclair Public Library. Dodd has served on the NECC board Feb. 2016 and is a member of the Marketing Committee.

This year’s Outstanding Non Profit or Charitable Organization is SAVE of Essex County, the State of New Jersey’s designated sexual violence program for Essex County, located in Montclair. SAVE is dedicated to supporting and empowering survivors of sexual violence through the provision of comprehensive direct services.

Lifelong Investments of Fairfield earned the award for Outstanding Business or Corporation of the year.

This year's NECC scholarship winners include:

Cathleen Atkinson  -  Cedar Grove High School

Khristina Cassanova  -  Montclair High School

Ina Gonzales  -  Mount Saint Dominic Academy

Lynette Massott  -  Bloomfield High School

Sara "Sally" Short  -  Verona High School

Lydia Wielgus  -  James Caldwell High School

Michael Daniels, who was named as the new president of the NECC, said the chamber is enthusiastic about the future of the NECC—specifically the re-launch of the NECC Foundation. He said the NECC plans to do more community outreach and connect with more members of the community outside the businesses.

“I couldn’t be more excited about becoming the incoming president of the chamber,” said Daniels. “I look forward to building on top of what all of the work that the board members as well as past presidents have done so far.”

To learn more about the North Essex Chamber of Commerce, which serves the business communities of Montclair, Verona, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Caldwell, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Roseland and Fairfield, click HERE.

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