December 3, 2012

STARTING SOMETHING BIG

Hartford's Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters' "Start Something Big" raised about $175,000 for the nonprofit's youth mentoring programs Pictured are, left, Chandler Howard, president and CEO of Liberty Bank and chairman of the event, with Andy Fleischmann, president and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters.

PATRICK CHOSEN TO LEAD STATE BANKERS GROUP

John J. Patrick Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Farmington Bank has been elected chairman of the Connecticut Bankers Association.

Patrick has been with the bank since 2008. He also serves as chairman of the board of Vantis Life Insurance Co.; director of Hartford Health Care; and a director of Central Connecticut State University Foundation, Inc.

The other elected officers include Chandler J. Howard, president and CEO, Liberty Bank, Middletown, as first vice chairman; and Stephen P. Reilly, president and CEO, Northwest Community Bank, Winsted, as second vice chairman.

UTC honored

Hartford's United Technologies Corp. was presented the Excellence in Employee Engagement award by the American Cancer Society for demonstrating outstanding volunteerism in support of the society's mission to save lives from cancer.

UTC recognizes the American Cancer Society as the charity of choice, and by hosting 18 events across the nation, UTC employees, family and friends cumulatively raised more than $278,000 online to support the society in 2012.

Honored alongside UTC at the cancer society's national volunteer and staff leadership summit in Atlanta recently were Allstate Insurance Co., WellPoint Inc. and Duke University Health System.

Neopost honored

Milford's Neopost USA has been named the All-Star Service Organization of the Year by the National Customer Service Association.

Neopost bills itself as a creator of scalable business solutions for the postal and related digital communications world.

QUINNIPIAC HONORS TWO

Hamden's Quinnipiac University inducted two into its Business Leader Hall of Fame at a black-tie dinner Nov. 16 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Honorees were Donald Torey, of Darien, left, president of alternative assets and director of GE Asset Management Inc., and Tim Gannon, of Palm Beach, Fla., co-founder of Outback Steakhouse Inc.

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