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African American Chamber of NJ honors corporate donors

Glenn Townes | 6/20/2016, 2:09 p.m.
More than 80 people attended an awards ceremony hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) ...
Brenda Ross-Dulan

More than 80 people attended an awards ceremony hosted by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) in Plainsboro to honor the organizations' top corporate contributors.

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Christine McMahon

The annual Top Contributor of the Year Luncheon honored several senior executives from some of New Jersey's top companies, including Wells Fargo Bank, Investors Bank and FedCap on June 16. Each of the featured firms has been key supporters in the growth of the AACCNJ for the past 5 years and were honored for their contributions.

The honorees included Brenda Ross-Dulan, Regional President for Wells Fargo; John Nietzel, Senior Vice President, Professional Service-Community Banking, Investors Bank and Christine McMahon, CEO of FedCap. During her keynote address, McMahon encouraged audience members to promote the concept of “aspirational thinking” to the community that may believe they are disempowered from succeeding in a highly competitive job market.

“I frequently hear clients say they were always told by educators and others that they may not be the type {of person} to go to college,” McMahon said. “Various statistics and surveys show that the majority of young people {particularly people of color} want to go to college—we should promote young people to aspire to do whatever they want to do---from working to starting their own business.”

Lastly, Hosea Johnson, chairman of the board of directors of the AACCNJ lauded the efforts of corporate contributors as well as those of individual donors and members. Johnson said these on-going efforts are essential to the growth of the AACCNJ and the support it continues to offer to minority and women owned business enterprises across the state. “Our sustained focus on the growth and development of our member organizations will foster a significant impact on the growth of the New Jersey economy.” The AACCNJ will be hosting its Sixth Annual Golf Classic at the Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman NJ on June 27. The event will highlight up and coming golf protégée' and New Jersey native Paloma Santiago.