Business & Humanitarian Awards

Every year the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes a local business person and humanitarian. These are individuals who are recognized by the community for their efforts throughout the year.



2019 BAHA award recipients are

Business Person – Tom Schiano – Mama’s Cafe Baci
Humanitarian – Joan Westpy – Westpy Marketing Services, President Hackettstown Rotary

The Awards Celebration is on
Thursday, June 13th and will return to Audio Visual Dynamics
(424 Sand Shore Road, Budd Lake) – 6:30PM
Sold Out Advance Ticket Holders Only!

Business Person of the Year Award – this distinguished award is presented to a business person who demonstrated outstanding professionalism in service to the business community.

The Nominee is required to be a chamber member as of January of the award year.

Humanitarian Award – this distinguished award, honoring the memory of Tom Klecka as a community humanitarian is presented to one who demonstrates dedication and commitment to “volunteer efforts for the betterment of our fine community and its citizens.”

The Nominee is not required to be a chamber member to receive this award.

2018 Award Recipients

Humanitarian of the Year: Patrice Schaffer   –   Business Person of the Year: Mike McCort

Shown here with the 2018 recipients are Greg Stewart, Susan Morse and MOACC President, Harry Browne

2018 Member Scholarship Winners

Holly Reidinger & Katherine Schaffer

Shown here with the Scholarship Committee, Claudia Ehrgott, Sue Toth & Dan Hirshberg

2018 President’s Award

Claudia Ehrgott

2017 Award Recipients

Pictured (L-R): Greg Stewart and Susan Morse

Two individuals who have played an important role in the Greater Mount Olive community were honored by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet on Wed. June 14. The event was held at Audio Visual Dynamics, 424 Sand Shore Road, Mount Olive.

Greg Stewart of NexGen Management and the former President of the Chamber, received the Business Person of the Year Award while the Humanitarian Award was given to Susan Morse from the Mount Olive Pantry.

Scott Chesney, a renowned motivational speaker here in the United States and around the world, was the keynote speaker at the event.

Greg Stewart is the co-founder and President of NexGen Management, LLC., Past-President of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, and co-chair of the Leadership Morris Alumni Council. In addition, he is also a member of the Board of Directors with the Hackettstown Medical Center Foundation, the ECHS Alumni Council, and a Mount Olive Township Councilman.

Susan Morse after retiring performed volunteer work at Mountaintop Church and then in late 2013 she was offered the opportunity to administer the Mount Olive Township pantry as a volunteer. Morse started in the pantry in January 2014 and with township help moved the pantry to its current location at Christ Episcopal Church. Morse has shown her heart for helping those families in need in the Mount Olive community, and has expanded the capacity and variety of food items available in the pantry. Susan has built a team of like-minded and dedicated volunteers from the community to assist in the many aspects of the pantry operation. Through these efforts, the pantry has grown to serving approximately 70 plus families per month with mostly non-perishable foods and some fresh foods. The pantry also provides food for holiday meals three times a year, and has provided meals for up to one hundred families per holiday.

2016 Award Recipients

Pictured (L-R): Evan Heller, Elise Holck-Rapp, Andrea Kirchuk (MOACC President), Jason Coe and Madison Kennedy.

Two individuals with strong ties to the Hackettstown community were recognized by the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards dinner on June 8 at Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy.

Jason Coe, President of Hackettstown Medical Center, has been named the Chamber’s Business Person of the Year. Elise Holck-Rapp, owner of Calico Flowers in Hackettstown, is the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year recipient.

Hackettstown High School’s Madison Kennedy and Mount Olive High School’s Evan Heller were both awarded scholarships. Both are honors students, well-rounded athletes and active members in the community.

2015 Award Recipient


Pictured (L-R): Steve Maternick and Greg Stewart

In 2015 the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce was recognized by NJ Biz as one of the largest non-regional Chambers in New Jersey. With the Chamber being an all voulenteer chamber, the 2015 Business Award was presented to every member with special focus on all of our committee members as the 2015 Business Person of the Year

Steve Maternick of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center received the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Humanitarian of the Year Award for 2015. The award is in the memory of Tom Klecka, a community stalwart from Mount Olive.

On June 30 the Chamber held the awards on an evening Cruise on the Miss Lola with Lake Hopatcong Cruises.

Steve Maternick, the Director of Development for Hackettstown Regional Medical Center and the Executive Director for the HRMC Foundation, was cited for his involvement in various aspects of the community. He has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Hackettstown since 1999, serving as President, Vice President and Treasurer, a leader of the Hackettstown Foundation for Educational Excellence which raises funds to provide grants to Hackettstown school teachers for innovative programs that support the curriculum, and as the president of the Hackettstown Free Public Library board.

Steve has also volunteered his services with the United Way of Warren County (now part of the United Way of Northern New Jersey. Additionally, Maternick was a Trustee with the Hackettstown Alliance for Drug Prevention from 1998 – 2012 and is an active member of the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce.

2014 Award Recipients

MOACC Awards Dinner 2014

Pictured (L-R): Michael Jeska, Norman Worth, Jerome Hagedorn

In 2014 we were honored to recognize Michael Jeska, HS Senior Scholarship winner, Norman Worth, Co-owner; President & General Manager WRNJ Radio and Jerome Hagedorn Site Head, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. The dinner was held on June 10, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm,< at the Black Box and Lackland Lobby in the Lackland Center at Centenary College with a lobby reception with wine, beer, and soft drinks followed by dinner and our key-note speaker: Dr. Jonathan Fellus, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for the International Brain Research Foundation.

In June of 2014 we recognized:

2014 Business Person of the Year: Mr Jerone Hagedorn, Site Head for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc

2014 Humanitarian of the Year: Mr Norman Worth, President of WRNJ Radio

2014 Business Program High School Senior – Scholarship award was presented to Michael Jeska

Congratulations to Michael, Norman and Jerome!

2013 Award Recipients

Pictured L-R: Ray Miller, Jackie Pignatario, Janen Ardia, Mayor Rob Greenbaum

Pictured L-R: Ray Miller, Jackie Pignatario, Janen Ardia, Mayor Rob Greenbaum

In June of 2013 we recognized:

2013 Business Person of the Year: Ms. Janen Ardia, Owner Re/Max Heritage in Flanders & Chester

2013 Community Service Recognition award: Mt Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum

2013 Humanitarian of the Year: Mr. Ray Miller, Your CFO-on-the-GO

And the Business Program High School Senior – Scholarship award was presented to Jackie Pignatario

The dinner also featured our key-note speaker, Diane Lang Author, Professor, Therapist, and the author of “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness”; we will be recognizing the outstanding efforts of 3 local business professionals and awarding our annual High School Senior Scholarship

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Many of the MOACC Awards Winners for 2014, 13, and 12

2012 Award Recipients

Doug Fenichel, Greg Stewart, and John Trumbly

2012 Business Person of the Year: Mr John Trumbly, Vice President, Givaudan Fragrances Corp.

2012 Humanitarian of the Year: Mr. Doug Fenichel, In-House Public Relations & Critical Moments

2012 Business Program High School Senior – Scholarship award was presented to Rachel Stewart

Past Award Recipients

Business Person of the Year Award

Year Recipient
2018 Mike McCort
2017 Greg Stewart
2016 Jason Coe
2015 All Our Members
2014 Jerome Hagedorn
2013 Janen Ardia
2012 John Trumbly
2011 Glenn Tippy
2010 Donna Pilone
2009 Lou Nisivoccia
2008 Anna Cirilli
2007 Francis “Bud” Jones
2006 John and Judy Kovach
2005 50th Anniversary Year
2004 Rita L. Hilbert
2003 Jeff Stadelman
2002 Billie Andrews
2001 Richard and Jane Clawson
2000 Dr. John Berezny
1999 Judy Kovach
1998 James DiTaranto
1997 Leslie E. Smith, Jr.
1996 Dolores Ortiz
1995 Richard Murray
1994 Vito Moreno

Tom Klecka Humanitarian of the Year Award

Year Recipient
2018 Patrice Schafffer
2017 Susan Morse
2016 Elise Holck-Rapp
2015 Steve Maternick
2014 Norman Worth
2013 Ray Miller
2012 Doug Fenichel
2011 Bruce Gallagher
2010 Marco Rojas
2009 Thom Torode
2008 Sabine Elsasser
2007 William “Bill” and Linda Sohl
2006 Frederick “Rick” Ege
2005 50th Anniversary Year
2004 Noreen Risko
2003 George Neumann
2002 Willie Cirone
2001 Rev. Paul Ingeneri
2000 Cecelia Thea Dunkle
1999 Louis Terrezza
1998 Rosemarie Cortese
1997 Christine Falconi
1996 Gloria Kelchner
1995 Myra Rubin
1994 Patricia Schaffer

Community Service Recognition Award Recipients

2013 Mayor Rob Greenbaum

Distinguished Service Award Recipients

1994 Elmira Matcha

50th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

2005 Elmira Matcha
2005 Vito Moreno

Anthony “Tom” Klecka: In Memoriam

As the years roll by, it might be easy to forget those who played a prominent role in the formation of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as an earlier Mt. Olive Township.

New people in the community, new businesses and business owners –. Tom Klecka was not only a good friend to the Mt. Olive Area Chamber of Commerce, he was a best friend to a growing Mt. Olive community.

There are many among us who could tell you how he urged, cajoled, or shamed us into coming out to Chamber. For Tom believed, and he wanted us to understand, that it was not only our right to know what was going on in the community, it was our duty to know. He pressed us, the business community, to become knowledgeable about everything that could impact our life and our livelihood.

Tom accepted a leadership role with the Chamber, which he served as president on numerous occasions, and with the Mt. Olive Economic Development Committee. He housed the Chamber telephone at his business, responding to inquires, meeting with potential businesses, always and ever promoting the Township.

Tom knew just about everyone in business in the town and they, in turn, knew and respected him, recognizing that he lent his voice to speak up in their behalf. Tom loved meeting people so he enjoyed riding in the Chamber car on Memorial Day, or selling the 50/50s at Chamber gatherings.

Tom set a standard for all of us in community activism… he is missed…the Chamber will not let him be forgotten.