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The Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP Names SJI’s Will Smith a Visionary Leader for 2024


FOLSOM, NJ, April 29, 2024 – SJI is pleased to announce that the Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP has named Will Smith, vice president of enterprise project management, a recipient of its 2024 Visionary Leader award. The chapter honored Smith and other award recipients at its 2024 Visionary Awards gala on April 27. Screenshot 2024-04-29 at 17.05.33

The Camden County East NAACP Visionary Leader award is presented annually to a person who acts on their vision to help others reach their highest potential and demonstrates remarkable leadership skills.

“On behalf of the Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP, I am honored to present our 2024 Visionary Leader award to Will,” said Lloyd Henderson, president, Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP. “Will’s accomplishments in both his personal and professional life are inspiring and have made an indelible impact on the community.” 

Smith oversees the prioritization of projects and programs across the SJI enterprise to ensure alignment with the company’s strategic goals and resources.  In addition, he oversees the execution of SJI's strategic and transformational initiatives and manages the due diligence process for all Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activities.


“I’m deeply honored to receive this prestigious award from an organization that has made such meaningful contributions to our communities and that remains committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion,” said Smith. “I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Camden County East Chapter of the NAACP, my family, community and colleagues, for all their support.”

Smith also serves as a board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and is Executive Sponsor of the South Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, SJI’s Employee Resource Group, where he has helped raise more than $45,000 in scholarship funding for students of color pursuing college degrees in STEM-related fields.

Other notable honorees of the award have included Temple University Basketball Head Coach John Cheney, Reggie White of the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia News Anchor Beverly Williams. 

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About SJI
South Jersey Industries (SJI), an energy infrastructure holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to customers through two primary subsidiaries:  SJI Utilities (SJIU) and SJI Renewable Energy Ventures.  SJIU houses the company’s regulated natural gas utility operations, delivering safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to more than 725,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across New Jersey via its South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas subsidiaries. SJI Renewable Energy Ventures, a non-utility subsidiary of SJI, specializes in the ownership, development, construction, and operation of diverse renewable energy projects. These projects include the development of solar, fuel cell, and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) sourced from a variety of feedstocks including dairy manure, landfill gas, and organic food waste. With a robust portfolio and pipeline of future projects, SJI Renewable Energy Ventures is positioned to be a national leader in advancing sustainable energy solutions. Visit for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.

About the NAACP
Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.