Deborah A. Hays, a Partner and Shareholder in Archer’s Haddonfield office, will be honored at the upcoming SJ Magazine 2017 Women of Excellence Awards. Ms. Hays will receive SJ Magazine’s prestigious Business Excellence Award, which recognizes a woman who has demonstrated achievement, growth and success in a particular industry. The recipient of the Business Excellence Award understands the importance of innovative ideas, education, competent decision-making, mentoring and community service. Ms. Hays is known to many as a woman who has made a difference in the business community and her profession.
With over 25 years of experience in corporate finance law, Ms. Hays’s passion for the law and dedication to her clients is evident and she is highly sought after for her strategic planning abilities. Her clients admire her for her knowledge, experience and ability to cut straight to the essence of a particular challenge and look for solutions, and she has greatly affected commerce in South Jersey and surrounding areas through her work and successes.
Ms. Hays is by definition a trailblazer in a profession where women have made significant progress, yet are still vastly underrepresented as shareholders and directors. Ms. Hays was the first woman to serve as Chair of Archer’s Finance Committee, one of the firm’s most critical committees, responsible for the firm’s overall financial health. As the current Chair of Archer’s Business Counseling Group, Ms. Hays is also the first woman to serve as head of a practice group at the firm.
In the business community, Ms. Hays is a member of, and the first woman to serve as General Counsel to, the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. She is a founding member and first female Chair of the Board of Directors of the Entrepreneurs Forum of Southern New Jersey, a non-profit professional development organization. Ms. Hays has been extensively involved with the American Heart Association, serving for more than 15 years on the regional chapter’s Board of Directors. She was a key player in the launch of the AHA Southern New Jersey Go Red for Women Luncheon. She also served as a Girl Scout troop leader and as Service Unit Manager of the local Girl Scout Council (now Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey) for more than 20 years. Ms. Hays also is Vice Chairman of the Board of The Wetlands Institute, a non-profit organization in Stone Harbor, NJ, which is dedicated to coastal environmental education, research and conservation.
SJ Magazine’s Women of Excellence Awards is being held on June 12th at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. Please call 856-722-9300 for more information or to buy tickets.