Bridgeport Regional Business CouncilContact:

Jocelyn Paoletta

Director of Communications, BRBC



Regional Leaders Celebrate Economic Growth, New BRBC Branding, and the 2017 Regional IMPACT Award Winners at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s 143rd Annual Meeting

BRIDGEPORT, June 12, 2017 – Nearly 300 business and community leaders will gather on June 15, 2017, 12:00 noon at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn & Conference Center for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s 143rd Annual Meeting & Luncheon. The event, sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Bank of America, and People’s United Bank is a celebration and showcase of both regional economic development and the businesses and individuals who have had a positive impact on the Greater Bridgeport Region.

The event’s featured speaker, Edward Beyer, Vice President, Sikorsky Integration will add to the day’s economic and business development focus. And, the afternoon’s celebrations will include a look at the BRBC’s latest print edition of its quarterly review of the economic development projects, The QR.  The June edition of The QR features 40 important regional economic development projects.  Also appearing in the Fairfield County Business Journal later this month and online at, the June edition of The QR offers an added look at the significant contribution that Sikorsky Aircraft delivers to the economic wellbeing of the Greater Bridgeport Region.

Additionally, the BRBC will showcase a new logo design created by University of Bridgeport student Nicolas Mancheno.  The BRBC and the University’s Mass Communication Class worked collaboratively over the spring 2017 semester to create a complete marketing and public relations program for the BRBC. Every semester, UB Professor and media production expert, Susan Katz selects a Greater Bridgeport area nonprofit organization for her student-led agency to create a unique campaign, tailored directly to the needs of the association.

“The BRBC was delighted to have the opportunity to work with this exceptional group of students. We loved the work that the students did for us. So much so that we have brought our student graphic designer in to work with member companies, People’s United Bank and Bob Abbate Marketing, to fine-tune his design. Further to a new look, several journalism students will be joining us as interns to assist with future public relations and social media initiatives”, said Jocelyn Paoletta, Director of Communications for the BRBC.

“UB students took to heart our desire to create a new look for the BRBC. A transformative look was, in particular, one of my directives. And, by golly, our young graphic designer transformed our brand mark with the support of the People’s United Bank Brand Marketing team and the Bob Abbate Marketing team. Armando Goncalves, Market President for People’s United Bank and BRBC Board Chair and Bob Abbate, BRBC Board member offered an invaluable service to the project. I’m really proud of those kids and our member companies for the collaborative effort”, beamed Mickey Herbert, BRBC President & CEO.

Further event highlights include the BRBC’s Annual Regional IMPACT Awards. Sponsors and honorees include the following:

2017 Regional Impact Volunteer of the Year Award, Sponsored by Barnum Financial Group

Presented by Michael Mancusi, Financial Planner, RICP, Barnum Financial Group; the award will go to Mary Beth Nelsen of The Right Resource, Oxford.

2017 Tee Hampford Regional Impact Educator of the Year Award, Sponsored by Hampford Research, Inc.

Presented by Kate Hampford Donahue, President, Hampford Research, Inc.; the award will go to The Family Economic Security Program (FESP), a program of Fairfield County Community’s Foundation Fund for Women & Girls, Housatonic Community College, and the Housatonic Community College Foundation.

2017 Regional IMPACT Legislator of the Year Award, Sponsored by AT&T

Presented by Kelly Wade Bettuchi, Director of External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T; the award will go to State Representative-123rd District, David Rutigliano from Trumbull.

2017 Regional Impact Green Business Award, Sponsored by PSEG Power Connecticut, LLC

Presented by Karl Wintermeyer, Plant Manager, PSEG Power Connecticut, LLC; the award will go to Future Health Care Systems, Bridgeport.

2017 Regional IMPACT Economic Development Award, Sponsored by Connecticut Airport Authority and Aer Lingus

Presented by Sarah Spencer, Business Relations Specialist, Connecticut Airport Authority; the award will go to Connecticut Distributors, Inc., Stratford; CooperSurgical, Inc., Trumbull; Security Building (Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, LLC and Trefz Corporation), Bridgeport

2017 Regional IMPACT Health Care Award, Sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Presented by Jason Madrak, Regional Vice President, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; the award will go to Jewish Senior Services, Bridgeport


The Bridgeport Regional Business Council is a 750-member voluntary organization of businesses within the Bridgeport region working together to create an environment for business expansion, retention and recruitment that will result in jobs and tax base growth. The BRBC includes seven affiliates: Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, Stratford Chamber of Commerce, Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation, Leadership Greater Bridgeport, Thrive, and the Women’s Leadership Council.

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