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OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

ACCOUNTANT NOMINATED FOR WORK, ETHICS

Basking Ridge, NJ (November 14, 2002) - Gregory J. Gonzalez of Leaver, Gonzalez & Tabor, CPA’s located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has been nominated by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Business Person of the Year in the small business category.

George Alatzas of Pegasus Delivery Systems in Raritan Borough nominated Gregory J. Gonzalez for a couple of simple yet important reasons; “He both excels in business and he’s an honest individual”, “He volunteers to do a lot of community work and “He’s always the first to volunteer for things”.

Gregory J. Gonzalez has over 23 years of public accounting experience. Since taking over as managing partner in June 1999, he helped the firm grow in sales from $600,000 to $1 million and the staff increased from six to ten employees. The company spends about $25,000 each year for employee training and equipment. 85% of new clients come from referrals.

A key to a successful business is hiring people who are both talented and pleasant, which makes employees want to come to the office, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said he has “the unique gift of being able to put myself in the other person’s shoes and determine what is good for the client.”

When asked for his inspiration, Gonzalez names his mother, Elenora Gonzalez, who taught him to treat others the way he would like to be treated and be open and honest with people. “She’s the best. The nicest person on the planet”, Gonzalez said.

As treasurer of the Branchburg Rotary Club, Gonzalez said he’s organized fund-raisers that have a combined net profit of $40,000 per year.

Gonzalez also established a relationship between the club and the Rev. Brooks Smith, pastor of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield. Through Smith’s association with a nonprofit agency in Ecuador, the Club was able to help build five houses in that country.

Gonzalez also initiated the “Invest in a Cop” program to pay for bulletproof vests for police officers.

He’s also served as board member of the Resource Center for Women and Their Families, is a Somerset County 4-H Club leader and said he has adopted the 4-H motto – “Make the Best Better.”

Gonzalez, 45, and his wife, Linda, have three children and reside in Branchburg, NJ.

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