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NJBIZ welcomes three to Hall of Fame

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Caren S. Franzini
Caren S. Franzini
President, Franzini Consulting


The NJBIZ Hall of Fame honor, presented at the Business of the Year Awards, is intended for individuals who have demonstrated the highest commitment to strengthening their industries, supporting their employees and giving back to their communities.

This year, NJBIZ honored three deserving individuals:

Caren S. Franzini, president, Franzini Consulting Inc., Lambertville

For as long as Caren Franzini can remember, she has had a passion for studying cities and figuring out what makes them work and what doesn’t.

“My parents owned a clothing store in Atlantic City and despite their neighborhood being negatively impacted by suburban sprawl and poorly planned urban renewal projects, they refused to give up and relocate their business,” Franzini said. “They taught me that if you really believe in something, you have to stand up and invest in it.”

To read the complete Hall of Fame profile, click here.

Bob Hugin, chairman and CEO, Celgene Corporation, Summit

As chairman and CEO of Celgene Corporation, a global biopharmaceutical company based in Summit, Bob Hugin feels incredibly fortunate when he reflects on how far he’s come, both personally and professionally, over the past four decades.

“I’ve always been a big believer in making decisions that lead to lifelong learning,” said Hugin, who, armed with this philosophy while growing up in Union City, became the first member of his family to attend college. He also was the first student in the history of his high school to receive admission to Princeton University.

To read the complete Hall of Fame profile, click here.

Joseph Taylor, CEO, Panasonic Corporation of North America, Newark

Looking back over his 32-year career with Panasonic Corporation of North America, Joseph Taylor said that in many ways he got to where he is today through serendipity.

“I had no plan to be a corporate executive,” said Taylor, who serves today as the Newark-based company’s CEO. “I thought I would be a doctor and I also seriously considered law enforcement. Instead, I took a job as an application engineer and it changed my life.”

To read the complete Hall of Fame profile, click here.

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