May 14, 2012 | last updated June 4, 2012 12:12 pm

Movers & Shakers

Joseph M. Balzo
Amanda Soder

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Joseph M. Balzo has been appointed vice president, government banking by Farmington Bank. Balzo comes from People's United Bank where he served for 24 years, most recently as manager of commercial banking sales and a senior vice president.

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Mary Jo Keating has been named secretary of Trinity College in Hartford. Keating has been director of communications for DuPont; vice president for corporate relations with Northeast Utilities; vice president of corporate relations and president of the foundation at the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad; and president of New Preston Communications. Most recently, she served as director of communications for Social Enterprise Trust in Farmington. She is a 1974 alumna of Trinity College and is a recipient of the Trinity College Alumni Medal and also served on the Board of Fellows.

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Kim Bushey has been promoted to senior vice president and business banking executive for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts at Sovereign Bank. He and his team will be responsible for serving the needs of local businesses with annual revenue of $3 million to $20 million. Bushey joined Sovereign in 2006. He will be based in West Hartford. Santander Holdings USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., and parent company of Sovereign Bank and Santander Consumer USA.

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David Giuffrida has been named vice president, facilities and support services, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Giuffrida, a licensed professional engineer, has been director of engineering at Middlesex Hospital since 2005. In this role, he has been responsible for the engineering design and construction of capital projects such as the new Whelen Emergency Department, the operating suite renovation, numerous patient floor and radiology suite renovations, the new Critical Care Unit, and the engineering and construction of the new combined heat and power plant.

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First Niagara has promoted several branch managers to assistant vice presidents of small business banking for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, establishing a small business banking team for the region. Promoted are Jorge De La Rosa of New Haven; Bill Hice of Hamden; Gus Kasparis of Fairfield; Mayra Santiago of New Britain; Robert Torres of Middletown; and David Williams of Newington. The team will be comprised of seven members and will work with local businesses under $2 million in sale.

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Dymax Corp. in Torrington has appointed two managers. Dennis Dell'Accio becomes product manager — equipment. Prior to joining Dymax, he spent eight years at Covidien as a manager of product research, manager of strategic marketing, and most recently as the manager of global market intelligence. He has also worked in marketing roles at Deringer-Ney and Rogers Corp. Also, Laura Bielitz joins Dymax as engineering manager. She had been director of operations at Magenta Research. She also has held management positions at Applied Spine Technologies, Jacobs Vehicle Systems and Becton Dickinson.

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Brad Hurley has been hired as CEO of Mission Critical Software LLC in Glastonbury. He had been vice president of solutions development at Fuss & O'Neill Technologies in Manchester, and a senior IT consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mission Critical Software provides software development solutions for environmental health and safety, financial services, higher education, and government markets.

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Eric Powers has joined NorthStar Wealth Partners in West Hartford as an advisor. He has spent the past four years with Barnum Financial Group, a MetLife affiliate. His specialization is college funding. Powers also is a certified long term care consultant.

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Amanda Soder has been named a media assistant at Mintz & Hoke Communications Group in Avon. Soder moves from UConn Health Center in Farmington where she was an analyst in the Office of Clinical and Translational Research. Previously, she was a staff accountant and executive assistant to the COO and vice president of Finance at Pocket Communications.

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Anjanee Kumar has joined Bankers' Bank Northeast as an operations specialist. She comes to the Glastonbury-based correspondent bank with over 10-years of banking experience as a head teller and assistant branch manager. Bankers' Bank Northeast is one of 17 banker's banks in the nation. It serves 200 community financial institutions in New England, New York and New Jersey.

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Stephen M. Fuscaldo has been named vice president, senior business development officer in asset based lending for TD Bank in Wilton. He is responsible for originating new business in Connecticut and the Metro NY area. Fuscaldo had been director of new business origination at Burdale Capital Finance in Stamford. Before that, Fuscaldo held various positions, including originator, regional manager and senior underwriter during a 12-year stint at GE Capital in Stamford, Danbury and Norwalk.

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