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August 2, 2018 40 Under Forty 2018

Joseph Connerton

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 38

Company: The Hartford Golf Club

Title: PGA Head Professional

No. of years with current company: 10 years

Town where I live: West Hartford

Town where I work: West Hartford

College: Harvard University

Highest degree: Bachelor's degree in liberal arts

Joe Connerton is the PGA head professional at The Hartford Golf Club, a private facility with over 1,000 members located in West Hartford. As the PGA head professional, he oversees 24 employees, executes over 100 annual golf events, teaches private golf lessons and clinics, and is the sole owner of the golf shop.

During Connerton's 10 years at the Hartford Golf Club, he has been the recipient of multiple awards in the Connecticut PGA Section. He currently serves as president of the Connecticut PGA Golf Foundation.

What's been the biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I am most proud of the mentorship we provide to our assistant PGA professionals at The Hartford Golf Club. By providing them with the resources to learn and grow, many have become head golf professionals at facilities around the country. My proudest days over the past 10 years have been when one of my assistant PGA professionals finds out they have been hired as a PGA head professional. Watching their progress and development has given me immense satisfaction.

How are you involved in the community?

I am involved in the CT PGA Golf Foundation and currently serve as its president. The Foundation underwrites golf programs for juniors, disabled veterans, and physically or mentally handicapped individuals as well as the CT PGA Junior Tour, totaling over $100,000 per year.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I am a proud new dad to Piper Lou Connerton born on Halloween 2017. Together with my wife, Laura, and dog, Teddy, we enjoy evening walks in our neighborhood. Additionally, we love to vacation in Lake George each summer.

Give an example of a people-skills habit you adhere to in your work and daily life.

In every job 'people skills' are paramount. I adhere to the golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated. I also strive to be genuine and engaged in every conversation.

What do you hope Greater Hartford will be like in 10 years?

It is my hope that Greater Hartford will continue its trajectory of growth over the next 10 years with businesses continuing to be attracted to the region.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• Was hired as PGA head professional and owner of the golf shop at the Hartford Golf Club at age 28.

• Named the youngest president of the CT PGA Golf Foundation at age 36.

• Was awarded the CT PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award and CT PGA Horton Smith Award at age 37.

• Helped place five assistant professionals into leadership roles in the golf industry.

Fun Fact

My middle name is Alloysius.

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