After working for several years in the grocery business with an eye toward eventually owning his own store, Dan Keune decided to give his parents’ business a try three decades ago and never left.
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.
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.
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.
Edite Calabrese was coaxed out of interior design school by a career in real estate, first at a conventional, international company before becoming a broker and franchise owner and eventually broker-owner of her own, independent shop.
Brokers at Newmark Knight Frank’s Stamford office have their finger on the pulse of commercial real estate in Fairfield and Westchester counties.
After three decades at the helm and more than four decades with the company, banking legend James Smith is preparing to pass the torch of a family business that has become a centerpiece of Connecticut banking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fostering a startup culture in Fairfield County is a key goal for the Business Council of Fairfield County.
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.
Bill Haynes started helping financial institutions with their communication efforts before there were any firms exclusively dedicated to that industry.
The name on her real estate sales license says “Marie,” but only complete strangers call her that.
Designing buildings that are efficient and enjoyable for the people who work and live in them has been George Fellner’s notion of a rewarding career since his early teens.
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.
Kevin Dillon heads the Connecticut Airport Authority, created in 2011 to expand commercial service out of Bradley International Airport and oversee the state’s five general aviation airports.
Jeffrey Phillips and his partner, Mark Madonna, started out working in finance together in New York City.