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About JANJ - Milestones and Awards

2015 - 2008     JA USA Summit Award / Star Award, 8th year recognized for operational soundness

2015                   JA Gold Leadership Award presented to Clyde Keaton

2015                   NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Awards presented to Caroline Dorsa, Category of Executive                             Leadership

2015, 2014,
2013 & 2011      Peak Performance Team Award

2014                    Charles R. Hook Award Winner (JA USA Top Honor)

2014-2010         Charles R. Hook Award Finalist

2014                    NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Awards presented to Dino Robusto, Category of Executive                              Leadership

2014                   NJBIZ - Best 50 Women in Business

2014                   South Jersey Biz - 25 Women to Watch

2014                   President’s Award, Christ the King Prep School

2014                   JA USA Rising Star Award

2013                   Muriel F. Siebert Financial Literacy Partnership of the Year Award (NJCFE)

2013                   JA USA Gold Leadership Award presented to Patrick Cozza

2008                   JA USA Gold Leadership Award presented to former Board Chairman Tom (Tucker) Hogan

2008                   NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Awards - presented to Lockheed Martin (Corporate Citizen)

2007                   JA USA Phoenix Award
                            Recognized for "Best turnaround of a JA chapter"


Charles R. Hook Award
The Charles R. Hook Award was established to recognize a JA Area President whose outstanding performance contributed to the growth and development of the organization.

Hook was introduced to Junior Achievement when, as a president of the U.S. National Association of Manufacturers, he spoke to the Achievers in New York in 1938. This led him to host a breakfast meeting of 750 top business people at the Waldorf-Astoria in December of 1941, which launched the original JA Company Program® on a national scale in the U.S.A.

Beginning as an office boy in a small steel mill plant in 1898, Hook moved rapidly through the ranks, becoming president of Armco Steel of Middletown, Ohio, in 1930. He was elected chairman of the board of directors of Armco in 1948.

During his long association with Junior Achievement, Hook was personally responsible for the establishment of many new JA Areas. It was his vision and foresight that led the organization to become an international force for free enterprise.

For more than a quarter century, Hook served on the U.S. Board of Directors and led the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement Inc. He also provided leadership to the organization as U.S. national board chair for many years.

The Charles R. Hook Award, an engraved sterling silver bowl, is presented annually at the Junior Achievement USA National Leadership Conference.


The Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award was created in 2004 to recognize JA staff professionals who have excelled in their role and are considered “Rising Stars” of the organization.

The future of JA is entrusted to emerging leaders that we identify and develop. These individuals demonstrate a commitment to the success of JA and accept increasingly important leadership roles within JA.

Staff members who have shown leadership within their JA community and perform their duties at the highest level are nominated by their JA Area Presidents for this prestigious award.




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