June 18, 2012 | last updated June 18, 2012 1:14 pm


Ad Club Awards For Ardent

Ardent Displays & Packaging, an East Hartford design and manufacturing firm, won multiple awards for its point-of-purchase designs at the recent 58th Annual Ad Club of Connecticut Awards which featured hundreds of entries from companies involved in all aspects of advertising and marketing. In the point-of-purchase sales promotion category, Ardent was honored with a Gold award for a rigid box design for Philips Mobile Phone and Accessories. In the point-of-purchase display category, Ardent's winning designs were a floor display designed for Pilot Pen's line of Bottle 2 Pen writing instruments, as well as a floor display created for Ultimat's premium vodka line.

Architect Named Fellow

Steffian Bradley Architects, with a regional office in Enfield, recently announced that Kurt Rockstroh, president/CEO, has been named to The American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows. Elevation is an honor bestowed upon architects who have made outstanding contributions to the profession through design excellence, education, and the advancement of the profession. Of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 throughout the United States, just 3,000 members are elevated to the College of Fellows.

Veteran Zacchea Honored

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently honored Michael Zacchea, program director of the University of Connecticut Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, with the Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year award. Zacchea was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1990. He served as a forward observer and platoon commander, deploying to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope and to Haiti for Operation Support Democracy. In March 2004, as a major, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor (with gold star in lieu of 2nd award), the Purple Heart Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit and campaign awards.

Champions Of Children Awarded

The Center for Children's Advocacy, a Hartford nonprofit that protects the legal rights of abused and neglected children throughout the state, recently announced the recipients of its 2012 Champion of Children awards. Honored were Patricia Baker, president and CEO of Connecticut Health Foundation, for her ongoing commitment to improving access to healthcare for Connecticut's most vulnerable children; and the CPTV team responsible for the documentary film, "Education vs. Incarceration: The Real Cost of Failing Our Kids." The CPTV team included Jerry Franklin, president and CEO; Jennifer Boyd, executive producer; Cathy Jackman, producer; and Marie MacDonald, account manager.

Hop Meadow's Morr Named To Board

Colebrook's Jackie Morr, chief operating officer at Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, has been elected to the board of directors for the not-for-profit, Families in Crisis, whose mission is to help at-risk children, offenders and their families learn how to constructively succeed as individuals, as members of a family and as members of society. The group provides specialized services that strengthen families, enhance community safety and promote individual responsibility.

Arch Bridge School Honored

The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring in Bethlehem — serving youth with emotional and psychological issues along with learning vulnerabilities develop the skills and resources they need to return to a public school setting, return to home, or enroll in college — has been honored as a 2012-2013 National Association of Special Education Teachers School of Excellence.

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