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July 25, 2016 40 Under Forty 2016

Keith Corneau

Keith Corneau Keith Corneau
Keith Corneau coaching his son's hockey team, the New England Jr. Falcons. 
Keith Corneau with his father, Ken, on the steps of their East Hartford facility.

Age: 38

Company: United Steel Inc.

Title: Executive Vice President

Town where I live: Glastonbury

Town where I work: East Hartford

College: University of South Carolina

Q&A:

What do you do and what are your goals in your current job? My main role at United Steel is to oversee our sales efforts and focus on business development. I work hard to execute our corporate vision while finding new opportunities. I also focus on bringing the right people on board and making sure they have 'the right seat on the bus.'

What are your goals for your community involvement? I want to affect change and improve our community in a positive manner. My family has been personally impacted by traumatic brain injuries — and the steel industry as a profession has a history of catastrophic accidents — so our company and my family supports the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut.

What's your biggest passion? I love my children. They are honest and endearing, and my time spent with them is rewarding on many levels. I am also passionate about safety — for my immediate family and my family at work. There is nothing that I take more seriously than keeping everyone healthy and safe.

What are your future aspirations? I've been in my current position for three years and we have increased our workforce by 25 percent. I am very proud that in a tremendously competitive environment we have been able to grow. I plan to continue creating opportunities so that our growth continues.

What needs to happen for Hartford to become a more vibrant city where people work, live and play? Hartford needs to support the business community. We need to retain the companies that are here, and we need to add more businesses. Hartford needs to create a climate that adds jobs and rewards its workforce. The ripple effect of employment can't be underestimated. Our success as a whole community requires opportunity at the individual level.

List four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

In three years in my current role we have grown and have added 45 full-time staff members at United Steel.

We've succeeded in expanding into the Boston market and impacting the skyline of one of America's greatest cities.

My ongoing community involvement with the Brain Injury Alliance of CT.

My ongoing support of the construction industry in Connecticut; I am a member of the board of directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors of CT and the Association of General Contractors in CT.

Time Tested:

What personal possession in your life has withstood the test of time? My Hartford Whalers gear; Bring back the Whale!

What hobby did you develop at a young age that you still enjoy today? Golf and hockey

Twenty years ago, what did you envision as your future profession? Working at United Steel

Who do you consider your mentor? My dad: Ken Corneau, President, United Steel.

See the complete list of Forty Under 40 Winners for 2016! 

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