June 11, 2012 | last updated June 13, 2012 9:56 am
2012 Business Champions

About Our Judges

Bonnie Del Conte

Bonnie Del Conte has been the president and center director of CONNSTEP since 2006 bringing more than twenty years of successful corporate leadership. Del Conte has held executive management positions for start-up, mid-size and large companies and has extensive operating experience in managing service, manufacturing and technology companies, with an emphasis in financial management and business planning. In March of 2011, Del Conte was featured as one of the "Eight Remarkable Women" in the Hartford Business Journal's Women in Business Awards.

Timothy Gifford

Timothy Gifford is a serial entrepreneur who has created several successful companies. Gifford's current company, Movia Robotics, was featured in Fast Company and was recognized with the Business Champion award for Best Start-up in 2011. Gifford is a research scientist whose work is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He directs the Advanced Interactive Technology Center at the Center for Health Intervention and Prevention at the University of Connecticut and was recently appointed as Scientist in Residence at the CT Science Center.

Elliot Ginsberg

Elliot Ginsberg currently serves as president and CEO of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. Prior, he served as Congressman John B. Larson's chief of staff from 1998-2007. This followed Ginsberg's teaching nonprofit and human services administration at the University of Connecticut's School of Social Work. Ginsberg also served as a family support magistrate for the Superior Court of Connecticut from 1991-1997.

James M. McManus

James M. McManus is chairman of the board of directors of The S/L/A/M Collaborative where he is responsible for the comprehensive management and financial planning for the firm. S/L/A/M was recognized as a Business Champion in 2011. McManus also serves as the active principal-in-charge for some of the firm's most important and complex projects. His involvement ensures that all appropriate firm resources are made available for the project. McManus is also president of SLAM Construction Services.

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