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.
Danielle Bercury helps developers navigate the permitting puzzle when proposing commercial and multifamily projects.
Daniel D. Thomas was named one of Realtor.com’s 30 under 30 in 2016 and it’s easy to see why.
Trevor Davis spent seven years after college drumming in bands before settling down to work as a commercial broker in the Hartford area.
Beth Brucker got into the mortgage business after leaving a corporate job with an insane work schedule.
Patty McManus’ real estate career was off to a slow start when the crash came.
Architect Mark Simon began designing homes with an eye for sustainability long before the term came into vogue. More than four decades later, he’s incorporating the latest energy-saving strategies into clients’ projects. Simon is one of four partners at Centerbook Architects, along with James Childress, Chad Floyd and Jefferson Riley. The firm is active in custom home design and commercial, religious and academic projects including a new 216-bed, 87,000-square-foot resident hall at Sacred Heart University that opened last fall.
Like so many others in banking, Anne Cerami says she got into her field mostly by accident, when a recruiter suggested a commercial real estate gig at Shawmut Bank 25 years ago. Since then she’s held a variety of roles, including credit analyst, commercial lender and SBA manager. Now with TD Bank, Cerami is overseeing the addition of several new small business specialists in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She also serves on the advisory board of the microlender Accion.
Candace Adams started out in real estate sales, but soon got into management and never looked back.
Colleen Sheridan’s career in commercial real estate has taken her from Fairfield to Manhattan and finally Hartford overseeing investment sales, sale-leasebacks and managing corporate real estate including Honeywell’s 29-million-square-foot national portfolio.
Bruce Howell knew from a young age that he would eventually go blind. At 11, he was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease for which there is no cure. He retained most of his vision through high school and college and enjoyed a 15-year career in retail banking. But then the community bank in Needham where he’d worked was shuttered by the FDIC during the commercial real estate collapse of the ’90s. Around that time, Howell also became legally blind. The Carroll Center’s independent living program gave him back his sense of agency, he said, and today he works on web accessibility issues at the center, helping businesses make sure their digital assets are accessible to all of their customers.
Jeff Criswell was a starting tackle in the NFL (Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs) for a dozen seasons – more than twice the league average – before retiring in 1998.
Following stints practicing law and running his own mortgage company, Ken Ginsberg joined Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio as a commercial broker in 2015.