Odyssey International Productions Presents Business Excellence Awards

Posted on December 18, 2017 By

Odyssey International Productions, a 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of small-business owners, individuals, and organizations who have contributed significantly to the development of their communities, recently held its 18th annual Awards of Excellence ceremony at the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, N.J

Melissa Persia Oliver, founder of Odyssey International Productions, said, “We were elated to honor such phenomenal individuals.” More than 200 guests attended to honor 15 award recipients who have made outstanding contributions to their communities.

Awards of Excellence were presented to the following recipients, including the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence to the Honorable Mayor Wilda Diaz, City of Perth Amboy; the Outstanding Achievement Award to Rohan Defreitas, Principle/CEO, Crescent Consulting; and the Special Recognition Award to Pauline Gebon, Global Head of Supplier Diversity, MetLife; and I. Javette Hines, Director, Head of Supply Chain Development, Inclusion and Sustainability, Citi.

Paola Camargo, Manager of Training Programs and Outreach Events, The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors; Theresa Childress, Associate Director, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.; Janald R. Walden, Deputy Diversity Compliance Manager, Tappen Zee Bridge-EnTech; Gregory A. Jenifer, President and CEO, Armand Resource Group, Inc.; and Patricia Fulks, Program Manager, Hudson County Department of Parks and Community Service, Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprise, received the Business Awards of Excellence.

The Entrepreneur Awards were presented to Ronaldo Linares, CEO and Executive Chef, Martino’s Cuban Restaurant; Rick Martinez, Owner, Senor  Sangria; Leo Cervantes, Owner, Chilangos  Mexican Restaurant; and Hipatia Lopez, owner, H.L. Unico LLC.

Samuel P. Lamparello, president and CEO, MLB Residential Lending, LLC, received the

Community Service Award; and Nettie Seaberry, Director, Strategy and Services, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. received the 18th Year Green Diamond Award of Excellence.

Sponsors of the 2017 Awards of Excellence included MetLife, Component Assembly Systems Inc., Regional Alliance for Small Contractors Inc., Crescent Companies, Star Bright Services Inc., and StarCo Construction.

The honorees are selected by “Pass the Torch,” a program in which the past honorees nominate an honoree; or organizations and individuals nominate an individual. Board members of Odyssey review and make the final selection of the honorees.

For more information, visit www.odysseyip.com or contact M. Persia Oliver, 732-381-3003.

About Odyssey International Productions: Odyssey International Productions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Melissa Persia Oliver, has been recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of phenomenal individuals and organizations for their outstanding business and community service contributions for 18 years. Among other ideals, the mission of Odyssey is to provide recipients with a sense of appreciation and provide a platform for small businesses to network with corporations to gain additional exposure. Oliver was named one of the Top 25 Leading Woman Entrepreneurs of New Jersey by the organization Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners and was identified as one of the Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity by Diversity Plus Magazine.

Odyssey International Productions focuses on communities, neighborhoods and economies through informative and empowering events, seminars and fundraisers. Odyssey has also hosted several events to raise community awareness, such as a Season of Giving holiday party for underprivileged families that includes a home-cooked meal, books, toys, bikes, clothing and photos with Santa; a Tie-A-Tie Drive to not only teach young men how to tie a tie, but to teach them about professionalism; and a Back-to-School Backpack drive. For more information, visit www.odysseyip.com. Odyssey International Productions, 103 West Main Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. Phone: (732) 381-3003; Fax: (732) 388-7078; www.OdysseyIP.com