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Essex Savings Bank Receives a Number One Rating for Reputation as a Strong Institution in the latest Banking New England magazine 

Essex, Conn. – In New England Banking Magazine as part of the biannual Banking Benchmarks, hundreds of thousands of prospects (non-customers) were asked what they thought about the banks they do not yet use.  Essex Savings Bank was rated as among the most reputable in the Middlesex County market.

 

For more information on Essex Savings Bank visit https://www.essexsavings.com/


 

Seasons Federal Credit Union Again Named One of the Best Places to Work

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Seasons Federal Credit Union was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. In addition to this current award, Seasons FCU has received this recognition two times previously in 2015 and 2018. This fourteenth annual program was created by the Hartford Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

 

The Best Places to Work survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Connecticut, benefiting the state's economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of small/medium-sized companies (15-199 US employees) and large-sized companies (200 or more US employees). Seasons Federal Credit Union has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut in the small/medium-sized category.

 

"Our ranking as one of the best places to work in CT is a great honor; it’s especially rewarding as the results are based on employee feedback,” said Keith Wiemert, President and CEO at Seasons Federal Credit Union. “I feel great pride, great satisfaction knowing that all the work we do is appreciated not only by the members we serve and the communities we serve, but also our employees. Our employees are the credit unions most important asset and their feedback is what helps us to ensure we continually seek ways to enrich our culture.”

 

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first part consisted of evaluating each company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Connecticut, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

 

The ranked companies will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in February, and the actual rankings will be published in the March issue of the Hartford Business Journal.

 

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Connecticut program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkinCT.com.


 

KeyBank Appoints New Business Banking Relationship Managers for Connecticut Market

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – November 19, 2018 – KeyBank today announced the appointment of two new business banking relationship managers for the Connecticut market. Kristin Bures and Patricia Startz will manage commercial relationships for businesses with annual revenues ranging from $3 million to $20 million.  In addition to supporting the bank’s existing client relationships, Bures and Startz will be responsible for generating new business banking opportunities, and expanding commercial loans and deposit relationships for the bank. They report to Allison Standish-Plimpton who serves as senior vice president and business banking sales leader for KeyBank’s Connecticut and Western Massachusetts markets.

 

“We are thrilled to have these talented women on the KeyBank business banking team,” said Standish-Plimpton. “Their skills, expertise, and market knowledge will be of tremendous value in guiding business clients to achieve their short-term and long-term financial goals.”

Kristin Bures joins the KeyBank business banking team with more than 25 years of retail and business banking experience. She will serve business clients throughout western Connecticut, and brings to her new role a strong background in relationship management and customer service. Most recently, Ms. Bures led KeyBank’s New Haven Main branch sales and service efforts as a licensed branch manager, a role she held since joining the former First Niagara Bank in 2012. Prior to joining Key, she held similar positions with HSBC and JP Morgan & Chase. Ms. Bures holds a B.A. from Dickinson College and is a 2016 graduate of the Connecticut School for Financial Management. She and her family live in Prospect.

 

Patricia Startz brings over 20 years of banking experience to her new position at KeyBank as business banking relationship manager. Her expertise and extensive market knowledge will be instrumental in expanding Key’s relationships with business banking clients along the Connecticut shoreline. Prior to joining KeyBank, Ms. Startz worked for Bank of Boston, Fleet Bank and Citizens Bank where she held various sales and service positions in both the retail and commercial areas. Ms. Startz lives in New London with her husband. 

 

About KeyBank:

KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $138.8 billion at September 30, 2018. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.


 

Pratt & Whitney Hosts Teachers and Guidance Counselors Statewide on National Manufacturing 

“Makers Wanted” was the call to action to middle and high school and college teachers and guidance counselors statewide at Pratt & Whitney’s open house and tour on National Manufacturing Day, October 5.  Nearly 30 teachers and guidance counselors, in photo, received a first-hand look inside Pratt & Whitney’s East Hartford Customer Training Center and Manufacturing Facility.  “Makers Wanted” was created by Pratt & Whitney to make educators aware of the exciting, challenging and well-paid careers critical to maintaining Connecticut’s manufacturing competitiveness. The event included an overview of manufacturing fields and the programs and resources available to engage and prepare the next generation workforce.


 

Julia Balfour, LLC Named to The 37th Annual Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

East Haddam, CT (August 29, 2018) – Connecticut-based digital agency, Julia Balfour, LLC, is proud to announce its inclusion in the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

This recognition comes just seven years after Julia Balfour, Founder and CEO of Julia Balfour, LLC, established the company in her backyard. Balfour’s dream was to inspire clients to see potential in their digital environments and to work together to turn that vision into a reality. Now, the agency joins an elite group that, over the years, has included companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Under Armour, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Zillow.

“We are so proud to be on the Inc. 5000 list. When I started this company back in 2011, I used the Inc. 5000 list as a source for potential clients and a roadmap to profitability,” expressed Balfour. “I studied each winner; researching their business models, teams, and growth patterns. I couldn’t be more grateful to all of our clients for helping us reach this milestone,” she added.

This year’s Inc. 5000 induction comes after Julia Balfour, LLC has seen a three-year growth of over 400%, ranking the agency in the top 22% of nominees at number 1,129. In addition, the company has added 25% more positions over the last two years and more than doubled its office space by relocating headquarters from Lyme to East Haddam, CT in 2016.

“As we’ve grown, our team has used the Inc. 5000 list to forecast trends within the digital markets. Research is the foundation of what we do as a digital agency and we’re so proud to join the elite group of companies we’ve been watching for so long,” stated Caitlin Monahan, Head of Accounts who has been with Julia Balfour, LLC for five years.

To qualify for the award, companies must be privately owned, established and generating revenue in the first quarter of 2014 or earlier, and garnered revenue at a minimum of $2 million in 2017.

“We’ve had our targets set on the Inc. 5000 list for years now,” stated Alyssa Puzzo, Head of Content Strategy at Julia Balfour, LLC. “When you do your research, take calculated risks, and work hard, positive outcomes like these are great validators of our process.”

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About Julia Balfour, LLC

Julia Balfour, LLC is an integrated agency that specializes in print and digital marketing services for their enterprise and small business partners. Their unique approach to partnerships allows them to work alongside their clients or even function as their internal marketing department. The company uses a proven early adopter strategy to keep their products and services years ahead of the trends, including websites, intranets, video production, print, and social media campaigns. For more information about Julia Balfour, LLC, visit https://www.juliabalfour.com or email [email protected].


 

It’s Easy to Make Your Summer Party Energy-Efficient

Summer is the best time for get-togethers with family and friends. So, if it’s your turn to host…don’t miss out on energy savings opportunities that are as close as your deck or backyard.

Give your oven a break and fire up the grill – Your oven uses more energy and heats up the kitchen, which means the A/C will be working overtime. Have a cookout to help cut your energy costs – and keep your home more comfortable.

Load up those coolers – Keep the party outside. Stock those drinks and snacks in coolers on your deck or patio. Less foot traffic in and out of the house will help keep the cool air where it’s supposed to be – in your home and in the refrigerator.

Illuminate with LEDs – They use 90 percent less energy, last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and are available in a range of shapes and styles for outdoor use, including pool lights, string lights, spotlights and lanterns. Look for the Energize Connecticut logo when you shop for light bulbs - an instant discount has been applied to many ENERGY STAR®-certified LEDs.

Maintain an energy-efficient pool – While pool maintenance can be a major expense, energy-efficient upgrades and good habits can help you save energy and money in the long run:

Automation systems –Easily set and control your pool’s temperature, pH level, cleaning and filtration so you won’t have to worry about checking everything while hosting your party. An automated system ensures that items run only when they need to, and that can also help you save.
·       Heating – Did you know that each degree you turn up the pool heater results in 10 to 30 percent more in energy costs?  Remember to turn off the heating system and use a cover when the pool isn’t in use.

·       High efficiency pumps – Standard pool pumps use the most energy out of the entire swimming pool system, adding nearly $500 every year to your energy bills. ENERGY STAR®-certified pool pumps use 70 percent less energy than standard pumps and can save you up to $350 annually.

To learn more energy efficient ways to save at home, go to Eversource.com and the Energy Savings Plan page. This interactive planning tool is free and provides a detailed analysis of your energy usage, a customized savings plan for your home, and available incentives to help you better manage your energy consumption.

EE WITH ENOCH

Enoch Lenge is Eversource’s energy efficiency spokesman.


 

KeyBank hires new retail leaders for its CT/MA market 

(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) – May 31, 2018 – KeyBank today announced the addition of three new retail leaders, building the capabilities of its branch network team across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Joining KeyBank with the title of Vice President and Area Retail Leader are Mark Commune, who will lead the sales and service efforts of Key’s branch offices in the northern New Haven and Middlesex counties; Elissa Eddie, leading branch teams in the greater Hartford area, and Brandon Ojakian, leading teams in northern Connecticut and western Massachusetts. 

“I am thrilled with the caliber of talent we’ve been able to attract to Key as we strengthen our retail leadership, and expand consumer and small business services to new customers across Connecticut and Massachusetts,” said Courtney Jinjika, Regional Sales Executive for KeyBank.  “Mark, Elissa and Brandon bring a wealth of consumer and business banking experience, and a collective passion for driving financial wellness that will benefit our customers and branch employees alike.”

Mark Commune has more than 20 years of professional experience in banking and finance from a variety of management, customer facing, and sales and service positions.  Most recently, Mark served as regional coach at Santander Bank, developing branch teams and district management in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Prior to that, he led retail branch teams in Central and Eastern Connecticut for Citizens Bank.  In his new role with Key, Mark leads branch teams serving Cheshire, Wallingford, Yalesville, North Branford, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Centerbrook, and Chester customers.  He also leads the [email protected] team who provides financial wellness benefits to employers across Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Mark holds a BS in Corporate Communications from Southern Connecticut State University, and he and his family live in Cheshire, where he is involved with coaching and managing youth sports.

Elissa Eddie recently transferred from Key’s Washington state market to Hartford to lead the branch teams in Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford, Avon, Glastonbury, Plainville, Manchester, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.  She has been with KeyBank for 11 years, most recently serving as area retail leader in the Washington state region.  Prior to joining KeyBank, Elissa held retail sales and sales management positions in the fine jewelry industry.  She graduated from the University of Washington Pacific Coast Banking School in 2011, and served as vice chair for the board of directors of YMCA of Seattle, WA. She and her family have recently settled in Glastonbury.  

Brandon Ojakian has 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry.  He joins KeyBank from Santander Bank, where he served as a district executive leading branch teams in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Prior to Santander, he led several retail regions for Citizens Bank.  In his role with KeyBank, Brandon provides leadership to branch teams serving customers in Windsor, South Windsor, East Windsor, and Enfield branches in Connecticut, and West Springfield, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Holyoke, Ludlow, Riverdale, Southwick, and Westfield branches in Massachusetts.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus College, and lives with his family in Farmington, where Brandon coaches his children’s sports, and plays USTA men’s tennis.

KeyBank has 64 branches in Connecticut and eight branches in Western Massachusetts. 

About KeyCorp

KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $137.0 billion at March 31, 2018.

 

Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.


 

Pearce Real Estate Volunteers for Ronald McDonald House

North Haven, Connecticut (March 27, 2018) – Barbara L. Pearce, CEO and President of Pearce Real Estate, today announced that Pearce employees and sales associates raised funds to provide dinner to the residents of Ronald McDonald House in New Haven. The Ronald McDonald House is a temporary “home away from home” for families of children who are being treated at nearby hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

Judi Starno and Diane Shea, Residential Sales Associates of the Wallingford Regional office and members of the Catholic Charity League of New Haven coordinated the efforts for the meal which fed thirty-five residents on March 5th.

Food was catered by Café Romeo, a local restaurant in New Haven. Light snacks were also donated by Pearce for when families spend long hours at the hospital.

“Pearce along with our staff and sales associates believe in community service and making a difference in the lives of others.  We are proud to serve such a wonderful facility and its residents,” said Ms. Pearce.

Pearce Real Estate is a full-service real estate company with more than 100 agents and eight branch offices in greater New Haven and the shoreline. Commercial real estate offices are located in North Haven, Milford, and Rocky Hill. All listings are available on the web at www.hpearcecommercial.com


 

Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC Announces Promotions and Expands Capabilities with Membership in BDO Alliance USA
Leading accounting firm in Middletown poised for growth in 2018 and beyond.

(Middletown, CT), March 27, 2018 – Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC (GDS), a certified public accounting firm, continues to strengthen and expand its ability to serve a growing roster of clients. The firm is pleased to announce the promotions of two senior staff members and a strategic investment to expand back-office capabilities.

Dylan Stumpf has been promoted to Supervisor. A graduate of Merrimack College, Dylan joined GDS in June 2011. Since then, he has gained significant experience with auditing of nonprofit organizations, preparation of individual and business tax returns, and bookkeeping for clients. Dylan lives in West Hartford and is a member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA) and is currently studying for the CPA exam.

Daniel Slepski, CPA has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Dan is a Certified Public Accountant with expertise in auditing nonprofit organizations and preparing tax filings for individuals and other entities. He lives in Wethersfield and is a member of the CTCPA.

“We are proud to announce the promotion of these two long-term employees,” said Mike Sokolowski, a partner at GDS. “Their steadfast commitment to our firm, expertise in serving clients and hard work has helped them to reach new milestones in their careers.”

The partners at GDS are also pleased to announce that the firm has joined the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms that share similar client service goals. As an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, GDS can expand the services offered to clients by drawing on the resources of BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, and other Alliance members.

“Our membership in the BDO Alliance USA allows us to better serve and grow our client base while maintaining our autonomy as an independent firm,” said Sokolowski. “We now have access to greater technical knowledge and the specialty services of BDO USA that will allow us to better compete with large national firms.”

The BDO Alliance USA enhances member firm capabilities through the availability of supplementary professional services, comprehensive management consulting services, focused industry knowledge, customized state-of-the-art computer systems, and internal training programs.

“We believe the professionals of GDS share BDO’s commitment to exemplary client service and we want to welcome them into the BDO Alliance USA,” said Michael Horwitz, BDO USA, LLP Partner and Executive Director of Alliance Services.

About Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski, LLC
Founded in 1972, GDS is a full-service public accounting firm with a staff of 25 professionals. GDS is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, privately-owned businesses, professional practices and nonprofit entities throughout Connecticut and the region. The firm offers a wide range of accounting and tax specialties from general tax and accounting to audits and financial statements to litigation support. For more information, visit www.gdscpas.com or call 860.347.5689.

About the BDO Alliance USA
The BDO Alliance USA is a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals. The BDO Alliance USA presents an opportunity for these firms, by accessing the resources of BDO USA, LLP and other Alliance members, to expand services to their clients without jeopardizing their existing relationships or their autonomy. The BDO Alliance USA was developed to provide Member firms with an alternative strategy for gaining competitive advantage in the face of a changing business landscape. The Alliance represents an opportunity for BDO to enhance relationships with reputable firms that share a mutual business understanding. The BDO Alliance USA is a subsidiary of BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership.


 

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Eversource and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, have selected three winners for the eighth annual Energize Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design and build competition for single and multi-family homes. The competition featured seven homes from across the state built between June 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018.

In this nationally recognized initiative, participants are challenged to construct high efficiency homes that consume little to no energy by using sustainable building practices.

“Over the past eight years, the Zero Energy Challenge builders and homeowners have helped to transform new residential construction practices across the state. These participants continued that legacy by designing homes built with long-term sustainability and affordability in mind,” said Taren O’Connor, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board Chair. “I applaud our builders, HERS raters, homeowners and others involved for their dedication and accomplishments. Thank you for championing the zero-energy movement in Connecticut, and demonstrating that these homes are not only great for the environment but affordable and attainable.”

Homes are evaluated on energy efficiency, affordability and replication. Each home’s HERS Index (Home Energy Rating Score) with and without renewables, its thermal envelope, and cost per square foot are assessed to determine the Challenge’s winners. The HERS Index is a nationally standardized scoring system that measures a home’s energy performance. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home; a score of zero represents a net zero energy home.

The 2017 Zero Energy Challenge winners include:

Overall Winner and Lowest HERS Index and Lowest HERS Index without Renewables Category Winner

Project: Courtney and Lynn McCracken Residence, Mystic, Conn.

Builder: Michael Joplin – Joplin Construction, Chester, Conn.

Architect: Robert Mercer and Chris Vernott – Mercer, Bertsche, Vernott Architects, Old Mystic, Conn.

 

“Forty-six years ago on our first date we dreamed of building and designing a home together – and we never let go of that dream,” said Courtney McCracken, the homeowner. “My naval career exposed us to international living and home design, and through my studies at Brown University, I learned about sustainable building practices. Because of these experiences we decided a sustainable, zero-energy home would best suit our needs for our forever home.”

 

Best Overall Envelope

Project: Paul and Louise Lewis Residence, Mansfield, Conn.

Builder: Jamie Wolf – Wolfworks, Avon, Conn.

 

Lowest Cost/Square Foot

Project: Jan Degenshein Residence, Norwalk, Conn.

Builder: Degenshein Architects, Nyack, N.Y.

 

Specific project information for all entries can be found by visiting CTZeroEnergyChallenge.com.

The Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge is now seeking participants for its 2018 challenge. Homes must be completed by January 31, 2019. If interested in applying, please visit CTZeroEnergyChallenge.com for more details.

About Energize Connecticut

Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Green Bank, Eversource, UI, SCG and CNG, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 877.WISE.USE.


 

Nicola, Yester & Company, P.C. Named One of 2018 Best Places to Work

(GLASTONBURY, CT) March 19, 2018 — Nicola, Yester & Company, P.C. was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut in the small/medium category. This thirteenth annual program was created by the Hartford Business Journal and Best Companies Group.

This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Connecticut, benefiting the state's economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 45 companies split into two categories: 27 small/medium-sized companies (15-199 US employees) and 18 large-sized companies (200 or more US employees).

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;

- Be a publicly or privately held business;

- Have a facility in Connecticut;

- Have at least 15 employees in Connecticut;

- Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first part consisted of evaluating each company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.  Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Connecticut, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

The ranked companies were recognized at a special awards ceremony in February, and the actual rankings were published in a recent March issue of the Hartford Business Journal.  Nicola, Yester & Company, P.C. was honored to be a second place winner this year!


 

Pathway Lighting Winner of 2017 LIT Lighting Design Awards

(OLD SAYBROOK, CT) February 12, 2018 — Pathway Lighting Products, Inc. is excited to announce that its WLE Series Silicone-Sealed Open-Aperture Downlight has been selected by the Jury as a winner in the LIT Design Awards.  The Lighting Product Design of the Year Award recognizes the efforts of talented lighting product designers who improve and perfect the quality of design and quality of light emitted by their designs. Pathway Lighting won the award for the category: Outdoor Ceiling Lights.
 
The WLE Series is suitable for wet locations under covered ceilings.  This alternative method for sealing the fixture eliminates the need for a flat lens that tends to accumulate bugs and debris.  The WLE is offered in the Bridgelux Vero LED module and driver, available in 4” and 6” apertures. The recessed LED downlights are appropriate for commercial, retail and institutional applications that require energy saving and long-life LED lamp source.   To see this entire collection go to: WLE  & WL2 Open-Aperture Downlights

Pathway Lighting’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kent Baker states, “We appreciate the recognition.  This product line also won the IES Progress Report Committee award in 2017.  Our engineering department was presented with an application challenge to create a wet location can with an open trim.  Like many of our best products, this product was an answer to that challenge.”


 

Nicola-Yester Announces New Managing Partner: Steven V. Prigionieri, CPA, MSAT, CEPA

(GLASTONBURY, CT) January 29, 2018- The partners of Nicola Yester & Company, P.C. are pleased to announce the election of Steven V. Prigionieri as Managing Partner effective January 1, 2018.  The firm was founded in 1986 by Timothy Nicola and Norman Yester who continue to work actively with the firm’s clients. 

A veteran of 25 years of public accounting, Steve joined the firm in 2010, focusing his tax, and advisory, and accounting practice in servicing privately held businesses primarily in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and restaurant industries.

To further his service to owners of the firm’s closely held business clients, Steve was designated as a Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) in 2015, having completed the rigorous MBA-style program of the Exit Planning Institute.  Through his training, he is able to assist owners in building, harvesting and preserving family wealth by integrating major exit strategy components into their planning and operations.

Steve received his B.S. in Accounting from Quinnipiac University and his M.S. in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Hartford.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CTCPA).  He is a member of the Accounting Advisory Council at Quinnipiac University where he also served previously as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting.  Steve is a former NCAA Division 1 Football Official and officiated football for over 25 years.

Nicola Yester is a 20-person accounting and tax firm serving closely held businesses in the construction, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare industries.


 

Powder Ridge Partners with DirtSculpt LLC (Dave King) to Bring a World Class Bike Park to Connecticut
Two Phase Expansion Plan for Bike Park Scheduled for Spring & Fall of 2018

(Middlefield, CT) January 18, 2018- Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort announced today it has signed an agreement with Dave King of Dirtsculpt LLC, one of the world’s best bike park builders to expand its mountain biking park. DirtSculpt has over 15 years of professional experience designing and building some of the world’s best bike parks and trails. In addition, Dirtsculpt has built courses for some of the biggest events in the biking industry including X-Games, Red Bull, TRA & Dew Tour just to name a few.

Dirtsculpt will put their expertise to work on designing and building a family friendly park that can be enjoyed by every level of biker and many different types of biking disciplines including Downhill, Enduro, dirt jump and BMX. “We are very excited to be working with Powder Ridge and to have one of our parks as a permanent fixture, something that riders can enjoy for years to come,” said Dave King, owner of

Dirtsculpt. “Powder Ridge’s location between two of the largest markets, Boston and New York will give

the sport exposure to a much larger audience.”

The approved scope of the project will include the following:

·         Expansion and upgrading of seven (7) of the existing top to bottom downhill mountain biking trails including adding jumps, rollers, wooden features, wall rides and drops.

·         Design & buildout of a 50,000 Sq. Ft. beginner’s skills area with berms, rollers, rock garden and features.

·         Design and buildout of three (3) new top to bottom downhill trails, one for each level of biker (green, blue, black).

·         Design and buildout of BMX/dirt jump park area with three (3) jump lines that are over 750 Ft. long and a pump track.

“The next level of mountain biking is finally coming to Southern New England” says Sean Hayes, CEO of

Powder Ridge. “We have spent the last year working with Dave King and other industry experts to design an overall biking program that will make mountain biking more accessible to every level of rider”. The relaunch of the park will include a full suite of group and private lessons, summer camp & day trip programs, sponsored competitions, an expanded rental fleet for all levels of riders plus youth and adult meet-up group programs.

Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort is the first full service year-round urban mountain sports park and resort, featuring skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking and synthetic snow adventures for all ages. The 225-acre facility is centrally located in the heart of Connecticut at the junction of all the major throughways, providing easy access to the over 23 million people within a 90-mile radius. The newly renovated lodge houses the Marketplace for casual dining and large events. On the second floor of the lodge is the Ridgeside Tavern, Fire at The Ridge Restaurant, and 10 hotel rooms. The mountain has been upgraded with new snow making equipment, snow grooming vehicles, and updated aerial and surface lifts. The training center is the only Terrain Based Learning Facility in CT, which utilizes sculpted snow to give beginners high level skiing and riding sensations without the fear or risks of falling and stopping.

Dirtsculpt LLC is a Pennsylvania based company that specializes in the planning, design, and construction of trails, bike parks and competitive events.  Dirtsculpt has over 15 years of professional experience designing and building some of the world’s best bike parks, events and trails. Dirtsculpt is a proud member of the Professional Trail Builders Association.


 


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