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Rebuilding The Guts Of A Downtown

Rebuilding The Guts Of A Downtown

Gerry Amodio is a self-described “New Britain lifer,” but it wasn’t until 2010 that his passion for supporting the community became a fulltime job. He sold his family moving and storage business to take on the leadership of the New Britain Downtown District, which collects a property tax surcharge from 85 owners of 112 properties for police patrols, community events and placemaking. The city has seen a rebound in private investment in recent years, as developers focus on building multifamily housing in the downtown core with such projects as the $58 million Columbus Commons complex.

Thriving In A Tough Environment

Thriving In A Tough Environment

The state of Connecticut has seen its fair share of troubles over the past year, and the banking industry has not been immune, dealing with slow economic growth that has made companies and residents flee the state for opportunities elsewhere.

The Mortgage Industry Now And Then

The Mortgage Industry Now And Then

Tom Hylinski began what he thought would be a career as a securities analyst at Peoples Savings Bank in Bridgeport in 1977. But as he prepares to retire 40 years later, Hylinski, now executive vice president and head of the retail lending department at Liberty Bank, is proud to call himself a dedicated community banker.

Designing A Workplace Revolution

Designing A Workplace Revolution

Monika Avery has spent 18 years tailoring commercial real estate interiors to the needs of clients in the life science, higher education, manufacturing and professional services sectors.

Reflecting On 43 Years

Reflecting On 43 Years

After graduating into a very difficult job market in 1974, John Trentacosta said he would have taken a job in any sector. He considered himself lucky to land a job at Banker’s Trust Co. in New York, and from that moment forward, he fell in love with banking.

Creating Incentives For Downtown Vitality

Creating Incentives For Downtown Vitality

Decisions by General Electric, Aetna and Alexion Pharmaceuticals to uproot their corporate headquarters from Connecticut have spotlighted job-creating industries’ growing preference for urban centers with young, educated talent pools. Restoring jobs, housing and vibrancy to the state’s downtowns and struggling cities has been the longtime goal of the Hartford-based Connecticut Main Street Center. Patrick McMahon joined the group as CEO on Aug. 21 following a stint as economic development director in Suffield.

Treasury Management Helps Banks Diversify Revenue

Treasury Management Helps Banks Diversify Revenue

Supporting the collections, disbursements, concentration, investment and funding activities of client companies are all under the purview of a bank’s treasury management department, a sector that may help banks diversify their revenue streams and bring in long-term, recurring revenue.

From Music To Mortgages

From Music To Mortgages

Kevin Moran was a professional bluesman before making the leap into the mortgage business in the mid-1980s. After stints as a loan originator and manager at regional and national bankers, he returned home to Webster Bank in the Waterbury office.

Zooming In On The Local Picture

Zooming In On The Local Picture

Prior to her elevation to managing principal of Cushman & Wakefield’s New England operations in late May, Carolyn Sidor led the firm’s national specialty practice group operations.

On The Road

On The Road

Sixty years after Jack Kerouac’s legendary novel “On the Road” was published, his distant cousin –real estate agent AJ Kerouac – is also on the road, knocking on doors and trying to get elected as selectman in his hometown of Brooklyn.