Greater AC Chamber Honors Yolanda Melville


By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — The Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it will honor Yolanda Melville, a partner at the law firm Cooper Levenson and an officer with the local branch of the NAACP, at its annual Business Excellence Awards reception at Resorts Casino Hotel on May 17.

Melville will be recognized with the chamber’s Outstanding Young Professional Award. Melville is the former national chair of the NAACP NEXTGEN alumni group and was selected as a senior fellow at the Higher Heights Senior Leadership Fellowship Program in 2020.

She serves as the legal redress chair of the Atlantic City NAACP, is a board member and cohost a weekly radio show with chapter president and city councilman Kaleem Shabazz on WEHA Radio.

She is a member of Cooper Levenson’s Land Use, Zoning and Planning, Education/School Law, and Cannabis practice groups. Melville works on various land use issues, including commercial development, redevelopment, real estate, affordable housing and litigation.

Melville also assists the Education Law Department in the defense of claims of violations of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, as well as federal litigation matters, including alleged civic rights and IDEA violations.

Other chamber awardees include:

  • The Redenia Gilliam-Mosee Business Leader of the Year Award:  Mark Giannantonio, President and CEO at Resorts Casino Hotel 
  • John G. Fitzpatrick Community Leader of the Year:  The Professional Chefs Association
  • Economic Impact: The Dougherty Family, Owners of Knife and Fork, Dock’s Oyster House, Dougherty’s Steakhouse and Raw Bar, and Linwood Country Club 
  • Tourism Excellence: Anthony Catanoso, President and Owner at Steel Pier
  • Small Business Excellence: Jen and Clay Pierce, Owners at Clay’s Climate Control 
  • Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Gabe Staino, AtlantiCare Foundation and Performance Marketing

“The chamber has honored the most dynamic and influential individuals in our community since the 1960s,” the chamber said in a statement on its website. “Seven awards will be presented to recipients in the at the 2022 Awards Banquet. 

“Join us as we celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of businesses, community organizations, and individuals committed to making the Greater Atlantic City Area a great place to live, work, and play.”

The Greater Atlantic City Chamber also named six winners of its Special Recognition Award to those collaborated on operating the Atlantic City vaccination mega site.  Those include:

  • AtlantiCare
  • Atlantic City Convention Center
  • Atlantic County Department of Health
  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Stockton University
  • 177th Fighter Wing

For more information about the awards and sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Chait at (609) 345-4524 or via email at

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