While the formal surroundings of Jasna Polana will be replaced by Zoom windows, the mood will still be celebratory as the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Business Leadership Awards Gala on Thursday, December 3, at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $50, $40 members. Register at www.princetonmercerchamer.org.

This year’s honorees are:

Business Leader of the Year; Matthew Furner, president, North America, at Firmenich, the global fragrances and flavors company with a location on Plainsboro Road. Furner has been with Firmenich since 2005 and has served in his current role for nearly four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Georgetown.

Community Leader of the Year: Joyce Campbell, executive director of Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, which has faced greatly increased demand for its services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic while also having to alter its operations to accommodate pandemic-related restrictions (U.S. 1, November 18).

Campbell has been with TASK since 2016 and previously worked for more than 20 years as associate executive director for external affairs at Catholic Charities in Trenton. She holds a master’s in social work from Rutgers.

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year: Chaya Pamula, president and CEO of PamTen Inc., an IT solutions company based on Research Way.

Innovator of the Year: Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson with a location in Titusville.


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