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December 29, 2021 BIZ PEOPLE

Berkshire Bank expands private banking team 

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Berkshire Bank, which has locations around New England and New York, recently added two longtime bankers, Michelle Sullivan and Lisa Esteves, to its private banking team.

Elizabeth Mineo, senior vice president, director of private banking, said both women bring “extensive experience” working with private banking clients in the Greater New Haven area market.

Sullivan joins as a senior vice president. She has over 33 years of experience in the banking industry with 10 of them in private banking providing financial advice and guidance to clients. In her new role, Sullivan will work to grow the New Haven and southern Connecticut markets and develop solutions for high-net-worth clients.

Esteves, a private banking officer with Berkshire for the past two years, will support Sullivan in  assisting clients in the New Haven market.


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L-r, Matthew McSpedon, Rina Patel, Kevin Grigg

CBIA names new board chair 

Rina Patel is the new chair of the board of directors of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state’s largest business organization. 

Patel is the vice president of operations multi-site with RSCC Wire & Cable, an East Granby-based manufacturer.

She succeeds Jeff Hubbard, senior vice president, regional manager at Liberty Bank in New Haven, who becomes immediate past CBIA chair.

At its December meeting, the board also elected two vice-chairs, including Kevin Grigg of Manchester-based Fuss & O’Neill and Matthew McSpedon of JP Morgan Chase Bank in Shelton. 

“CBIA provides me with a platform to share my passion and business acumen when working through the issues and concerns of the business community,” Patel said.

CBIA President and CEO Chris DiPentima said he looks forward to discussions with the board on “developing and implementing policies that improve the state’s competitiveness, drive economic growth, and create opportunities for all.”


Hyperfine names new board of directors

Hyperfine Inc., the Guilford-based creator of Swoop, a portable MRI device, recently announced its new board of directors. 

Dave Scott, chief executive officer of Hyperfine, said the group’s insights will be “invaluable and essential” as the company further develops its technology and business.

Scott will serve on the board. Additional members include:

John Dahldorf, chief financial officer of Santa Cruz Nutritionals
Ruth Fattori, senior advisor at Boston Consulting Group 
Scott Huennekens, executive chairman of the Board of Hyperfine 
Jonathan M. Rothberg, founder of Hyperfine 
Maria Sainz, former president and CEO of AEGEA Medical Inc
Daniel J. Wolterman, CEO of Wolterman Consulting, LLC.


Hocevar named honorary academy member

The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering recently elected Dawn Hocevar, who is president and CEO of BioCT, as an honorary member.

Hocevar will be recognized at the academy’s 47th Annual Meeting in May. 

The academy’s Governing Council voted to bestow the honor to Hocevar in recognition of her efforts to support its mission to advise on issues of science and technology that affect the economic and social well-being of Connecticut and its residents. 

Under Hocevar’s leadership, BioCT has become an integral part of the life science ecosystem in Connecticut, according to the academy.

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