The Chelsea Neighborhood Association will honor four Atlantic City residents for their leadership in the local community and business world at an awards dinner Nov. 3.

For more than 15 years, the event has generated about $10,000 annually for the association's scholarships and donations to charitable groups like Catholic Charities and Sister Jean's Kitchen, said Herman Zatt, the association's treasurer.

The party will be held at Tropicana Casino and Resort, Zatt said.

"It's our only fundraising affair," Zatt said. "Everything we take in … we give it all away."

Award nominations are anonymous. The association's World of Difference honors went to Ducktown Tavern owner John Exadaktilos and Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House owner Kyle Williams. Atlantic City Police Chief Ernest Jubilee was selected as Person of the Year, along with Tropicana President and CEO Tony Rodio.

For more information, call Zatt at 609-348-8465.

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John Exadaktilos

Co-owner/operator of the Ducktown Tavern, Florida and Atlantic , 7 years

Age: 35

Originally from: Brigantine

Hometown: Brigantine - and Atlantic City: 'The bar, spend a lot of time there.'

Education: Bachelor of arts from Johnson and Wales University in marketing, business administration

Family: fiancee Jordan

Q. Of what contribution to Atlantic City are you most proud?

A. We've created the bar to become Atlantic City's hometown bar for fundraisers and stuff like that.

Because of our locals supporting us, I have to support us in return. I have to. That is an unwritten rule in the bar business.

We host a lot of events for a lot of local people who are in need (and facing) hardships, things of that nature. It's just what we do. I wouldn't have been successful without the locals.

Anything for children or education … gets the room for free, no matter what time. Everyone gets happy hour (drink prices). If they have raffles, that's on them, but we'll contact some of our people to try to get donations for prizes. Food is free for kids' events, and at cost for all others.

Every party, whoever ran it, has sent a card or to Sue, who's my manager. And they'll thank us up and down. It's just old school, what was taught to me by my family. You open your doors. And you never know when you're going to need someone's help down the line.

Q. If given two extra hours each day, how would you use it?

A. Now that I'm engaged, I'd probably give it to my fiancee.

Q. If you could change one thing about Atlantic City, what would it be?

A. The politicians - every single one of them. There's no accountability whatsoever. No one is assuming responsibility. Atlantic City has uneducated individuals - who aren't business savvy - running a multibillion-dollar town. It's small town politics in the big city. I believe they have to reach outside Atlantic City to help get Atlantic City (back to) what it was before.

CNA World of Difference honoree because:

'The Ducktown Tavern has been there a long time, and (Exadaktilos) does a lot of work for the community.' - Herman Zatt, CNA treasurer

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Ernest Jubilee

Atlantic City police chief; on ACPD 39 years

Age: 56

Originally from: Atlantic City

Hometown: Egg Harbor City

Education: Atlantic City High School 1972

Family: wife Barbara, five adult children

Q. What do you believe is your most valuable contribution to Atlantic City?

A. A developing partnership with the community to promote a safe and secure environment free from crime and the fear of crime while practicing our core values, integrity, respect and service.

Q. If given two extra hours each day, how would you use it?

A. To complete the mounds of paperwork that pass through my office every day.

Q. If you could change one thing about Atlantic City, what would it be?

A. The current relationship between the community and the police department. One of the main emphasis of my administration is to restore that strong bond and trust once enjoyed between the community and the police department. I am referring to the residents and business owners.

CNA Person of the Year because:

‘I knew him as a young police officer. He rose the ranks. I know him personally, and he’s a good guy. And he’s going a hell of a job.’ — Herman Zatt

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Tony Rodio

President and CEO, Tropicana Entertainment, since May. Joined Tropicana Casino and Resort in May 2011. In casino industry more than 30 years.

Age: 54

Originally from: Hammonton

Hometown: Hammonton

Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, Rider University; master’s degree in business administration, Monmouth University

Family: son Anthony; daughters Helen and Jessica

Q. Of what contribution to Atlantic City are you most proud?

A. I had the opportunity to serve in the capacity and President for two struggling properties in Atlantic City, and successfully turned each property around within a one year span. Turning around a company results in saving employees jobs and protecting their livelihoods during uncertain economic times. In my roles, I am also able to give back to the community through work with important organizations like the United Way, the Salvation Army and Food Bank of New Jersey.

Q. If given two extra hours each day, how would you use it?

A. I would dedicate one hour to my family and one to give back and help others.

Q. If you could change one thing about Atlantic City, what would it be?

A. Through cooperation and collaboration, we can transform Atlantic City into the premier tourism destination, driving revenue and benefiting the city’s residents, local and corporate citizens. I believe Atlantic City is headed in the right direction. I’m excited by the (state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s) master plan for the entire Tourism District and our shared vision for Atlantic City’s future. To make that vision a reality, all stakeholders and government levels must work together.

CNA Person of the Year because:

‘The first time I met Tony Rodio, it was at a party held in his honor. He came in late, wearing jeans and a polo shirt because he was out watching his son play a ball game b/c that was more important to him. And since taking over Tropicana ,he’s instituted a lot of new things. He’s doing one hell of a job. And Tropicana, we’ve been holding our annual affairs there for 20 years because they treat us so royally … in every which way’ — CNA treasurer Herman Zatt

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Kyle Williams

Owner of Vagabond Kitchen and Tap House, West End and Trenton avenues. Opened Vagabond in 2012, nine years after opening Back Bay Ale House in Gardner’s Basin, which he still owns.

Age: 47

Originally from: Nutley, Essex County

Hometown: Northfield, 12 years

Family: wife Jane B. Williams, stepson Jimmy McDaid

Education: Bachelor of science in business from Rutgers Univerisity, Newark; Culinary Arts- New York Restaurant School, New York City

Q. What do you believe the most valuable contribution you/your business make to Atlantic City? Please be specific and provide details.

A. Providing jobs to 160 full and part-time employees between Vagabond, Back Bay and Scales Grill & Deck Bar in Gardner’s Basin.

Q. If given two extra hours each day, how would you use it?

A. Clamming. Being out on the water (is) very peaceful.

Q. If you could change one thing about Atlantic City, what would it be?

A. Building better partnerships with one goal. The relationships between government, the casinos and local businesses should have more synergy. Working together would make it better for all.

CNA World Difference honoree because:

‘The Vagabond is new, and we want to commend them for opening up a business there. (That spot) has stayed vacant, but (Williams) opened up a restaurant, and we just wanted to (recognize) him for it.’ — Herman Zatt