Monday, September 22, 2008

2008 Mount Olive Chamber Awards

MOUNT OLIVE, NEW JERSEY - Anna Cirilli and Sabine Elsasser have long been essential to the greater Mount Olive community, each in their own way. On September 16th, they were honored for their efforts by the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce at the organization's 14th Annual Awards Night, held at Silver Springs Farm Restaurant.

2008 Mount Olive Chamber Award

Anna Cirilli, Branch Sales Manager of Valley National Bank's two Mount Olive offices, was named the chamber's Businessperson of the Year. Sabine Elsasser, a longtime member of the chamber, was given the Tom Klecka Humanitarian Award for her extensive volunteer work.

Cirilli is an Assistant Vice President at Valley National Bank and the Branch Sales Manager of Valley's Mount Olive office located at 342 Route 46 West and the Budd Lake office located at the corner of 202 Route 46 and Mount Olive Road.

Cirilli's responsibilities at the bank include developing new commercial and consumer business through a variety of sales efforts. Known for her warm personality and commitment to personalized service, she has consistently been recognized as one of the bank's top performers over the past 25 years.

Since starting at Valley National Bank, Cirilli has managed customer accounts for hundreds of Mount Olive businesses. Early in her banking career, she was a Customer Service Representative for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in 1970 and in 1972 she served as the Secretary to the Manager at Commercial Trust Company. In 1973, Cirilli took some time off to raise her two daughters, Brigitte and Daniela, and then returned to the banking industry in 1983. Through a merger of Lakeland Savings Bank, Cirilli joined Valley National Bank in 1995.

Indeed, Cirilli has earned a well deserved reputation as a successful business woman who genuinely cares about her community. Presently, she serves as the corresponding secretary of the Mount Olive Chamber and is also the President of the Mount Olive Rotary Club. She resides in Green Township.

"Budd Lake has become a second home to me," said Cirilli. "I've really enjoyed every minute of my time working in this community."

Sabine Elsasser first became involved with the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce while working for Dr. Brenda Rooney, Optimal Family Chiropractic, LLC in Flanders. Elsasser, recently accepted a position with the Law Office of Jonathan Stone in Washington Township, serves as Program Chair for the Chamber. Elsasser also has the distinction of having the title of "Chamber Hostess", greeting and welcoming members and guests.

As well as being a wife and mother of four, Elsasser still finds time to be actively involved in her community. She is a member of the Washington Township Municipal Alliance. She also directs a division of the Police DARE program, T.A.C. - Teens Against Crime, where youth 5th grade - 12th grade present educational puppet shows and volunteer at community events.

"This is truly an honor," said Elsasser. "I enjoy being a part of this chamber, a chamber that is warm and welcoming."

Elsasser and her family have lived in Washington Township for the last 24 years.

For more information about the Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce, visit or call 973-691-0109.

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