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July 14, 2017 40 Under Forty 2017

Aaron Gill

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography
Photo | J. Fiereck Photography (From left to right) Patrick Langevin, Jennifer Widness, Aaron Gill, Laura DePergola and Christopher Duffy.

Age: 37

Company: Engineering Design & Testing Corp./Wolverine Property LLC

Title: Consulting Engineer/Owner

Town where I live: Hartford

Town where I work: Windsor/Hartford

College: University of Michigan

Fun Fact

I have traveled the world multiple times visiting over 60 countries across four continents.


What do you do in your current job? I provide engineering consulting services in the area of structural analysis, including root cause, scope of damage, and value of loss of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties. I redevelop vacant and/or underutilized properties within the city of Hartford.

What are your goals in your current job? Continue to provide independent, accurate, assessments of root cause of damage for my clients. Continue to assist with the redevelopment of the urban core of central Connecticut.

What's your biggest passion? My biggest passion is travel. There is no better way to learn about others, and yourself, than to travel. There are an amazing amount of opportunities to explore and experience around the globe. Traveling is the best way to breakdown the stereotypes that so many of us carry about others. Learning how others live helps you better relate to them as humans as opposed to any one particular group.

What are your future professional aspirations? Continue to build my business while also helping to improve my community.

How are you involved in the community? I currently serve as a commissioner of the city of Hartford planning and zoning commission and inland/wetlands commission. I am the chair of the Frog Hollow Neighborhood Revitalization Zone. I am a member of the I-84 planning action committee and a member of my neighborhood block watch.

If you were governor of Connecticut for a day what is one policy you'd push to improve the state's future? I would drastically increase state funding to our Capital City. By carrying the burden of so many state-owned properties, the city of Hartford has been left to support itself with an unsustainable property tax base. For decades, the city of Hartford has been required to subsidize the coffers of the other cities and towns of our state by forgoing property tax revenues on the plethora of properties in Hartford that are utilized by citizens throughout Connecticut. Further, I would heavily invest in public transportation focusing specifically on inter-city high-speed rail, better and more directly connecting central Connecticut to New York and Boston, and light rail in the Greater Hartford region, specifically from Hartford to Bradley.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty: I have consistently been one of the top performers at my firm since moving to Connecticut nine years ago. Founded a real estate development company that has brought renewed life into a 125-year-old blighted building within the city of Hartford while also breathing new life into a Greater Hartford neighborhood. As Chair of the Frog Hollow NRZ I, along with the efforts of many of my neighbors, have continued to bring about positive change in one of the most historic neighborhoods of Hartford. I'm also a member of the Hartford Planning & Zoning Commission.

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