The New Jersey Business Hall of Fame has named its 2021 Class of Laureates that it will induct into the hall in December.
This year’s inductees, nominated and chosen by their peers for the hall — which is overseen by Junior Achievement of New Jersey — are:
- John Harmon, founder, CEO and president, African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, based in Trenton;
- Valerie Montecalvo, CEO and president, Bayshore Recycling, based in Keasbey;
- Steve Rusckowski, chairman, CEO and president, Quest Diagnostics, based in Secaucus.
“We are thrilled to honor this extraordinary class of laureates,” Catherine Milone, president of JANJ, said in a prepared statement. “John, Valerie and Steve are incredible role models for today’s youth. Throughout their impressive careers, they have consistently demonstrated high ethical standards, mentorship, community involvement and innovative leadership. It is these very same characteristics that JA hopes to instill in New Jersey’s students as our future leaders.
“This year’s virual ceremony will be a memorable evening celebrating their remarkable achievements.”
Proceeds from the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame underwrite certain JA High School Heroes Initiatives, in which high school students receive training from JA that prepares them to teach financial empowerment and work readiness to elementary school children.