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Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce announces 2024 Business Person and Humanitarian of the Year winners

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Aaron has announced the recipients of the 2024 Business Person of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year awards.

The Business Person of the Year is presented to a chamber member business person who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism in service to the business community.

Business Person of the Year: Mel Thiel (Executive Director – Washington Business Improvement District)

As Executive Director of the Washington Business Improvement District (BID), she has significantly contributed to the growth and vitality of local businesses in Washington Borough and has also helped many of the local chamber businesses as well.

Through offering essential resources and grants, Mel has played a pivotal role in enabling businesses to flourish. Her constant dedication to the business community by coordinating and running about 15 events annually, aimed at raising awareness and drawing attention to the businesses she helps in Washington.

The Humanitarian Award honors a person who demonstrates dedication and commitment through volunteer efforts in the community.

Humanitarian of the Year: Heidi Caruso

Nominated for Humanitarian of the Year because of her commitment to empowering and supporting individuals across a diverse spectrum of needs. As a leader within the Kiwanis Club, Heidi is dedicated to community service and development. Her work as a special education teacher and a supporter of adults with disabilities shows her passion for fostering inclusivity and equality.

Beyond the classroom, Heidi has her own company called Success in Learning LLC, which provides academic tutoring that caters to students of all ages, helping to bridge the educational gap. She is also a life coach and an advocate for families with disabled children and has an exceptional ability to uplift and inspire those facing life’s toughest challenges.

The Business and Humanitarian Awards Event is scheduled for June 12 and will be held at the Chandelier in Flanders.

Tickets are available online at under the Events tab. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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