About the Awards

The NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards honor current first-generation immigrant business leaders helping local New Jersey communities thrive.  The Awards were created to highlight the history and academic influence of New Jersey’s immigrant contributions to New Jersey communities throughout the state. The intention of the New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards is to bring together business groups from across the state to join in celebrating the important role of immigrants to today’s economy.

The 2013 New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awardees:

2013 NJ Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year; Sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University:

Jay Kulkarni, CEO & Founder of Theorem, Chatham NJ


George Perrott Macculloch Award for Leadership; Sponsored by the Greater Monmouth County Chamber

Louis Rodriguez, Owner of Independent Power Systems Consulting, Marlboro NJ


Ida Rosenthal Young Entrepreneur Award; Sponsored by the NJ Chinese American Chamber

 Adenah Bayoh, Owner of Irvington International House of Pancakes, Irvington NJ


Evelio Cuellar Award for Family Business;  Sponsored by the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber

 Geetha Jayaraman, Owner of Grab em Snacks and Spoon & Sprout Café, Ringoes NJ



Albert Einstein Award for Innovation; sponsored by Einstein’s Alley

John T Lau, President of Appliedinfo Partners, Somerset, NJ

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Caspar Wistar Award for Growth  Sponsored by Morris County Chamber:

Shau-wai Lam, Chairman and CEO of DCH Auto Group, South Amboy, NJ

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David Sarnoff Award for Advocacy; Sponsored by Main Street Alliance

Samia Bahsoun, of President and CEO of S2 Associates International based, Holmdel NJ


George Merck Award for Community Engagement; Sponsored by the Intersect Fund

Rita Gurevich, President and Founder of SPHERE Technology Solutions based, Hoboken NJ


Nicholas Marcalus Award for Sustainability; Sponsored by American Jewish Committee

Mitrajit Mukherjee, President and Founder of Exelus, Fairfield, NJ


Special Award for Immigrant Accomplishment; Sponsored by the MID Jersey Chamber

Mordechai Rozanski, President of Rider University