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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 7. Andy Bessette

Andy Bessette

Andy Bessette has long been one of Hartford’s top boosters.

As executive vice president and chief administrative officer of property-and-casualty insurer Travelers Cos., which has major operations in downtown Hartford, he has myriad duties, including overseeing corporate real estate, administrative services, community relations, event management and sports sponsorships.

He’s been one of the top leaders who has helped turn Cromwell’s Travelers Championship into one of the PGA Tour’s best-run tournaments, attracting some of the world’s best professional golfers, while raising millions of dollars for charity.

In 2022, the Travelers Championship returned mostly to normal following the pandemic. The tournament last year generated $2.5 million to benefit more than 130 charitable organizations.

Travelers’ strong support for the tournament paid off last year, as the PGA Tour awarded it a new elevated status for 2023, which will guarantee top-ranked players attend the event and provide a higher $20-million purse.

In 2022, Bessette was also inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame.

A UConn graduate, his ties to Connecticut and the region are strong. He sits on several boards, including UConn and UConn Health. He’s also vice chairman of the Capital Region Development Authority, which has been responsible for funding around 2,800 new downtown Hartford apartments. 

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