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Spirit of Edison Previous Honorees

2017
Dr. George Pruitt
Dr. George Pruitt

Community Leader Award
George A. Pruitt, PhD
President, Thomas Edison State University (1982-2017)

2016
Dr. George Pruitt, Kevin Cummings
(left to right: Dr. George Pruitt, Kevin Cummings)

Community Leader Award
Kevin Cummings
President and CEO, Investors Bank

2015
Michele Brown, Dr. George Pruitt, Brian Maloney
(left to right: Michele Brown, Dr. George Pruitt, Brian
Maloney)

Community Leader Award
Michele Brown
President and Chief Executive Officer, Choose New Jersey, Inc.

Family Award
Brian T. Maloney
Corporate Consultant, Foundation Board Chair (2008 - 2014)

2014
Eileen Horton, Dr. George Pruitt, Bernard Flynn
(left to right: Eileen Horton, Dr. George Pruitt,
Bernard Flynn)

Community Leader Award
Bernard M. Flynn, Esq.
President and Chief Executive Officer, NJM Insurance Group

Family Award
Eileen M. Horton, MSM ’00
Vice President, Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Capital Health

2013
John Martinson, Eileen Martinson, Dr. George Pruitt, Lauren Wooden
(left to right: John Martinson, Eileen Martinson, Dr.
George Pruitt, Lauren Wooden, who accepted the
award on behalf of her father, Ernest.)

Community Leader Award
Eileen Martinson
CEO, Sparta Systems

Community Leader Award
John Martinson
General Partner and Founder, Edison Venture Fund

Family Award
Ernest Wooden, Jr., BSBA ’06, MSM ’07
President and CEO, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

2012
Karen Clark, Dr. George Pruitt, John McCann
(left to right: Karen Clark, Dr. George Pruitt, John
McCann)

Community Leader Award
Karen L. Clark
Vice President, Medicaid, HBCBSNJ
President, Horizon NJ Health

Family Award
John J. McCann ’90
Retired, CEO/Chairman, Bridge Trading, a Reuters Company

2011
Madeleine Yates, Richard Gillespie, Dr. George Pruitt, Kevin Tylus
(left to right: Madeleine Yates, Richard Gillespie, Dr.
George Pruitt, Kevin Tylus)

Community Leader Award
Kevin Tylus
Regional President, PNC Bank

Alumni Award
Madeleine Yates ’91
Director of Marketing, Dow Jones

Family of Edison Award
Richard J. Gillespie
Retired President, Gillespie, Inc.

2010
Michael Toscani, Dr. George Pruitt, Thomas Geisel
(left to right: Michael Toscani, Dr. George Pruitt,
Thomas Geisel)

Community Leader Award
Thomas X. Geisel
President & CEO, Sun National Bank

Family of Edison Award
Michael R. Toscani, Pharm.D.
President, Clinical Solutionz

2009
Greg Milzcik, Amy Mansue, Dr. George Pruitt
(left to right: Greg Milzcik, Amy Mansue, Dr. George
Pruitt)

Community Leader Award
Amy B. Mansue
President & CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital

Family of Edison Award
Greg Milzcik ’94
President & Chief Executing Officer, Barnes Group, Inc.

2008
Dr. George Pruitt, Troy Vincent, Joan Verplanck, Eric Robert Lear
(left to right: Dr. George Pruitt, Troy Vincent, Joan
Verplanck, Eric Robert Lear)

Community Leader Award
Joan Verplanck
President, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

Family of Edison Award
Eric Robert Lear
Managing Partner, Lear & Pannepacker CPAs, LLP

Alumni Award
Troy Vincent ’07
Pro-Defensive Back, National Football League (Ret.)
Founder, Love Thy Neighbor Community Development and Opportunity Corp.

2007
Peter Inverso, Dr. George Pruitt, Ida B. Hammond
(left to right: Peter Inverso, Dr. George Pruitt, Ida B.
Hammond)

Community Leader Award
The Honorable Peter A. Inverso
Former Senator, 14th District New Jersey Legislature
President & CEO Roma Bank/Roma Financial Corporation

Alumni Award
Ida B. Hammond ’77, ’79
New Jersey Department of Education (retired)

2006
Anthony Dickson, Dr. George Pruitt, Lt. Eric Petrevich
(left to right: Anthony Dickson, Dr. George Pruitt, Lt.
Eric Petrevich)

Community Leader Award
Anthony G. Dickson
President and CEO (retired), New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company

Alumni Award
Lieutenant Eric J. Petrevich ’05
Executive Officer, U.S. Army Second Battalion 102nd Cavalry
Senior Notes Administrator, TetraTech, Inc.

2005
Helene Garcia, Dr. George Pruitt, Frieda Applegate
(left to right: Helene Garcia, Dr. George Pruitt,
Frieda Applegate)

Community Leader Award
Helene M. Garcia
VP - Community & Strategic Initiatives (retired), Merrill Lynch

Alumni Award
Frieda M. Applegate ’85
Founder, Project Freedom, Inc.

2004

Community Leader Award
Reginald E. Davis
Northern Banking Group Executive, Wachovia

Alumni Award
The Honorable Brian Hughes ’92, ’00
County Executive, Mercer County, New Jersey

2003

Community Leader Award
Dr. Al Maghazehe
President & CEO, Capital Health

Family of Edison Award
Maria P. Imbalzano, Esq.
Partner, Stark & Stark

Alumni Award
Barbara Armand ’93
Founder, President & CEO, Armand Corporation

2002

Community Leader Award
Thomas A. Bracken
President & CEO (retired), Sun Bancorp, Inc.

Alumni Award
Bonnie Watson Coleman ’85
Assemblywoman, New Jersey Legislature

2001

Community Leader Award
Dennis Bone
President, Verizon New Jersey, Inc.

Family of Edison Award
S. John Quattrone
Founder & President, S. John Quattrone Associates

Alumni Award
Antonia “Toni” Marotta-Brinton ’83
Co-Founder & Former Co-Director, Lean Line, Inc. (Ret.)

2000

Community Leader Award
Albert M. Stark, Esq.
Shareholder, Stark & Stark

Family of Edison Award
Maurice T. Perilli
Chairman of the Board, Roma Federal Savings Bank

Alumni Award
Eric S. Pennington, Esq. ’87
Partner, Eric Pennington, P.C.
Vice Chairperson, UMDNJ

1999

Community Leader Award
Alfred E. Mann
Founder, MiniMed, Inc.
CEO and Chairman, MannKind Corporation

Family of Edison Award
Nicholas L. Carnevale
Chairman, Walter B. Howe, Inc. (Ret.)
Vice President, Carnevale Consulting Corp.

Alumni Award
John J. McCann ’90
CEO and Chairman (retired), Bridge Trading, A Reuters Company

1998

Community Leader Award
Dr. Suren N. Sehgal
Distinguished Research Fellow, Wyeth & Ayerst Research

Family of Edison Award
Rita A. Novitt
Executive, Johnson & Johnson (Ret.)
Consultant, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Alumni Award
Dr. Marc Jordan Ben-Meir ’84
Owner & Operator Springhaven Clinic, Fort Worth, TX

1997

Community Leader Award
John J. Heldrich
Corporate Vice President of Administration (Ret.), Johnson & Johnson
Founding Chairman, New Brunswick Tomorrow

Community Leader Award
The Honorable Joseph H. Rodriguez
Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of NJ

Alumni Award
Captain Howard E. Butt ’95
Chief, Narcotics & Organized Crime (retired), New Jersey State Police

1996

Community Leader Award
Richard J. Gillespie
Chairman of the Board, Gillespie, Inc.

Alumni Award
Paula Vaughan ’91
Vice President for Change Management, Prudential, Inc.

1995

Community Leader Award
James Kilgore
President & Publisher, The Princeton Packet, Inc.

Alumni Award
Steven E. de Souza ’76
Screenwriter, Director, & Producer

1994

Community Leader Award
John P. Neary
Executive Vice President (retired), CoreStates Financial Corp.
Executive Vice President for Retail Banking, Sun National Bank

Alumni Award
Frank Z. Hawrylo ’79
Project Engineer Leader, Laser Diode Products, Inc.