Former National Guardsman James Marshmon Among Inaugural Veterans in Business Award Nominees

Business journal NJBIZ recently honored James Marshmon as among its inaugural Veterans in Business Award nominees. Marshmon, Director of Student Development and Campus Life at Berkeley College and Manager of the Berkeley College Foundation Food Pantry, is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard and resides in Linden, NJ.

Marshmon was honored alongside 40 award recipients from companies including Hackensack Meridian Health, EY, the New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce, and Johnson & Johnson at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, November 7th. A recording of the ceremony can be viewed here

“This inaugural awards program is just one way we can show our veterans our appreciation for not only how they served in uniform, but what they’re now accomplishing in the business world,” said AnnMarie Karczmit, General Manager, NJBIZ.

Marshmon left the army in 2010 as an E4, having served in inventory management, supply chain management, and distribution. “The demanding challenges and unique experiences I gained through my military career have provided me with invaluable business skills I still use today,” he said.

Each semester, Marshmon brings a group of student volunteers to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, looking to instill in them the values of discipline, resilience, leadership, and civic engagement that he learned in the military. 

“I want students to know that service to their community is an opportunity to learn, grow, and become more engaged in the world around them,” Marshmon said. In partnership with the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, he also organizes military-focused volunteer efforts throughout the year, including sending care packages and holiday cards to servicemembers through Operation Gratitude; organizing an annual toy drive for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital; and placing thousands of wreaths at veteran graves on December 16th, National Wreaths Across America Day. 

As Manager of the Berkeley College Foundation Food Pantry in Woodland Park, NJ, Marshmon ensures that students have access to the nutritious food and basic toiletries they need in order to be successful. During the pandemic, Marshmon led an effort to reopen the pantries and introduced a virtual ordering option.