Conexx has announced the first winner of the half-dozen awards the America Israel Business Connector will present at its 16th annual gala: the Atlanta Jewish Times.

The AJT will receive the Partner of the Year award at the Conexx Gala, formerly known as the Eagle Star Awards, at the Twelve Atlantic Station hotel Wednesday night, May 3.

For 25 years, the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce has been connecting Israeli companies and Southeastern U.S. companies for business and economic growth on both sides of the ocean. For 25 years, the Atlanta Jewish Times has been reporting, sharing and encouraging their work,” AJT owner and Publisher Michael Morris said. “Today, Conexx and the AJT come together to praise what has occurred, celebrate this year’s accomplishments, and secure a vision for future work and engagements.”

Just in the past year, the cooperation between the business connector and Jewish Atlanta’s community newspaper included not only coverage of events, such as last spring’s Conexx awards celebration and its co-sponsored fall conference on financial technology, but also participation by AJT Associate Editor David R. Cohen on Conexx’s November mission to Israel.  

The Conexx Gala is the organization’s community flagship event, honoring the people and companies that have contributed the most to the economic relationship between Israel and the Southeast.

Besides the Partner of the Year, Conexx will hand out the Tom Glaser Leadership Award and recognize the Israeli Company of the Year, the Deal of the Year, the U.S. Company of the Year and an Innovative Academic Program.

May’s gala will include a raffle in which the grand prize will be a trip to Israel: two airline tickets, a weekend in the five-star Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv, and, courtesy of Judy and Shai Robkin, a week in a Jerusalem apartment.

Look for more details about the gala and the honorees in the weeks to come.