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South Jersey Industries’ General Counsel Named Finalist in NJBIZ Awards

FOLSOM, N.J., May 24, 2017 – South Jersey Industries’ (NYSE: SJI) Gina Merritt-Epps was named a finalist in the 2017 NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year Awards at its ceremony at the Palace in Somerset Park on May 19.

The program recognized standout legal executives in New Jersey and the critical roles those executives play in the success of their companies. Merritt-Epps was selected as a finalist in the Public Company category by an independent panel of judges.

Merritt-Epps serves as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for SJI. She joined the company in 2006 as Director of legal affairs. Her hometown is Galloway Township and she went to Hackensack High School.

“I have a strong passion for community service and helping others, and don’t view the law as any different,” Merritt-Epps said. “As a leader, my role is a marriage between the commitment to service and supporting others, and success of the company.”

Merritt-Epps earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. In addition to her professional role, Merritt-Epps also gives back to the community and the profession through her work with the Society for Corporate Governance, Association of Corporate Counsel, National Association of Corporate Directors, American Gas Association, United Way and SJI’s Women’s Leadership Initiatives, South Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

She credits her success to her team, which includes six professionals and seasonal interns, whom she has mentored over the years giving them experience with corporate legal and governance issues.

 “I am very grateful for my talented and dedicated team members, who support me as I work to collaborate as a valued partner,” Merritt-Epps said.

Frederic Giordano, Partner, K&L Gates; Thomas J. Herten, Partner, Archer & Greiner; Gina Merritt-Epps, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for South Jersey Industries; Frank T. Cannone, Chair of the Corporate Department, Gibbons P.C; and Travis Epp, Partner, EisnerAmper, attended the 2017 NJBIZ General Counsel of the Year Awards on May 19, awarding Merritt-Epps as a finalist.

About South Jersey Gas

South Jersey Gas, subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to approximately 381,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. Visit www.southjerseygas.com to learn more about South Jersey Gas and its programs.

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