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On Thursday, May 2, 2013 Dennis Bone, Director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at the Montclair State University School of Business and former President and CEO of Verizon New Jersey, was welcomed into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 Laureates. Bone was honored at a Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel in Elizabeth New Jersey. Proceeds from the event supported Junior Achievement of New Jersey’s statewide JA High School Heroes Initiative. Bone’s award celebrates a career distinguished by business excellence, visionary leadership, community involvement and ethical standards.
“It’s a wonderful honor to be chosen by your peers as an Ultimate New Jersey Role Model for New Jersey’s aspiring business leaders. I am completely humbled by the induction into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame,” says Bone.
“It is our honor to welcome a true pioneer like Dennis Bone into our class of 2013 Laureates,” says Junior Achievement of NJ President Catherine Milone. The organization provides New Jersey students with the knowledge and skills they need to plan for the future and make smart academic and economic choices.
“What’s really special about the induction is the time spent with these talented students – they are such strong young leaders, embodying the values of education, respect and responsibility as keys to one’s success. They inspire me,” says Bone.
Bone’s award – an original star-shaped metal sculpture -- was presented by New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who was the evening’s keynote speaker, and Michael Osuji, a 7th grade student at Lincoln School in Newark and Junior Achievement Student Ambassador. Bone and fellow Class of 2013 laureates Edith Hunt, Chief Diversity Officer and Advisory Director of Goldman Sachs, and Barbara Koster, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Prudential Financial, Inc., join a distinguished roster of 39 distinguished business leaders in the NJ Business Hall of Fame, the premier platform for recognizing New Jersey’s ultimate role models.
“A Laureate induction into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award for individuals who have made a significant, positive impact on New Jersey,” says Dawn Schwartz, Junior Achievement of NJ Vice President of Development & Communications. “Bone was unanimously chosen by a peer selection committee. He truly believes in the New Jersey economy and has worked collaboratively to strengthen it for more than two decades,” she adds.