The Morris County Chamber of Commerce honored local community and business leaders Margaret Nordstrom and Jane Kurek at its 101st annual meeting luncheon held March 3 at the Parsippany Hilton.
Nordstrom received the Alex DeCroce Public Leadership Award. She is a trustee of the Borough of Chester and outgoing executive director of the New Jersey Highlands Council. She also served as Morris County Commissioner from 1999 to 2012, including serving as Commission Director from 2006 to 2008. Nordstrom has received numerous awards for her activities in environmental protection, citizenship and leadership. government and sits on several boards and commissions.
She noted that she tried to retire and was brought back to work after a few months of not being busy enough for her liking. “It’s a lifetime achievement award, but I’m still working,” she joked. “And I will continue to work as long as God allows.”
Kurek received the William P. Huber Award from Saint Clare for outstanding community leadership. She is the former Executive Director of Provident Bank Foundation, where she was responsible for implementing the foundation’s vision and strategies. Throughout her career, Kurek has focused on leading nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their missions and continues her involvement in retirement. She is a CASA Trustee of Morris and Sussex Counties, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Compassionate Friends Foundation, a member of the First Night Morris County Advisory Board, and sits on numerous other non-profit boards and committees.
She looked back fondly on her time as executive director of Provident Bank Foundation, with its mission to improve the quality of life in the communities Provident Bank serves, including nonprofits, which she says , hold a special place in his heart.
“Together, we can truly make change in the years to come,” she said.
The meeting also included keynote speaker Kevin Nepveux, vice president of Pfizer, who discussed the pharmaceutical industry’s joint efforts to find a vaccine for COVID-19.
The Chamber’s President and CEO, Meghan Hunscher, shared highlights from the organization’s centenary year, 2021, and discussed the chamber’s vision for the future.
“The pandemic has brought us closer together in many ways and the lessons we have learned will endure as we continue to fulfill our mission to connect, unite, facilitate, inform, collaborate and advocate for our members,” she said. “At the chamber, we are committed to providing members with the opportunity to increase their visibility.”
Additionally, Tayfun Selen, director of the Morris County Board of Commissioners, spoke about the county’s Small Business Grant Program, which provides $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to negatively impacted small businesses in the county. by the pandemic.
“It is our responsibility to publicize this grant program,” he said.
Selen encouraged small businesses in need of COVID relief funds to visit morrisocuntysmallbusinessgrant.com.