About Us

CBIA is the leading voice for Connecticut business

We fight to make Connecticut a top state for business, jobs, and economic growth: driving change, shaping legislative and regulatory policy, and promoting collaboration between the private and public sectors.

We support the innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders shaping a vibrant, dynamic Connecticut with opportunities for all–and connect business executives with each other and with legislators.

Stay informed with resources and information that address your greatest challenges—building and training a productive workforce, maximizing growth, and competing in a rapidly evolving global economy. CBIA members have access to benefits that help lower business costs, increase organizational efficiency, and improve employee satisfaction.

CBIA’s roots date back to 1815 when export embargoes and British import dumping posed a major threat. Business leaders met in Middletown to unite and defend Connecticut’s infant economy.

Today, we have grown to become Connecticut’s largest business organization—and the third largest in the country—with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. Our leadership role is testament to the commitment and energy of CBIA members.

Looking Ahead

We are the linchpin that fosters business collaboration, protects and promotes our state’s rich legacy of ingenuity and innovation, pushes for government accountability, and fights for fairness—on taxes, regulations, healthcare costs, and more.

CBIA respects and acknowledges all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing how different viewpoints foster teamwork and innovation—cornerstones of our values.

We are committed to being a workplace that reflects the unique experiences and perspectives of the business community we serve, and by welcoming all voices, we can further our mission of making Connecticut a top state in which to live and work.

CBIA members span industries, hail from every part of the state, and include small start-ups, large corporations, and everything in between.

CBIA Member Demographics

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Whatever your industry or business size CBIA helps you compete, grow, and succeed.

CBIA membership is a smart investment in your company–with the cost of membership more than covered by the monetary savings you realize with exclusive benefits.

With CBIA membership you:

  • Gain access to a suite of high-value products and member services, including insurance and employee benefits, discounts on everyday services, energy purchasing solutions, and more
  • Give your business a helping hand with valuable resources, information, and professional assistance across a broad range of issues, including human resources, training, and compliance.
  • Become part of the solution, connecting with powerful, dynamic advocacy at the state Capitol, driving policies that promote a better business climate.
Rina Patel,
Chair
VP Operations
Multi-Site

Marmon Electrical—
Industrial Platform,
East Granby

Matthew McSpedon,
First Vice Chair
Executive Director, Connecticut & Mid Hudson Middle Market

JP Morgan Chase Bank NA,
Shelton

Kevin Grigg,
Second Vice Chair
President
& CEO

Fuss & O'Neill Inc.,
Manchester

Jeff Hubbard,
Past Chair
SVP, Regional
Manager

Liberty Bank,
New Haven

Michele Etzel,
Executive Committee
EVP & CFO

National Graphics Inc.,
North Branford

Rohan Freeman,
Executive Committee
President
& CEO

Freeman Companies LLC,
Hartford

Richard Iovanne,
Executive Committee
Senior Group Manager, EVP/Commercial Banking

M&T Bank,
New Haven

Joseph Kask,
Executive Committee
CEO

CLA,
West Hartford

Marietta Lee,
Executive Committee
COO, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

The Lee Company,
Westbrook

Brian Montanari,
Executive Committee
President
& CEO

HABCO Industries LLC,
Glastonbury

Moy Ogilvie,
Executive Committee
Managing Partner

McCarter and English LLP,
Hartford

Jeff Varesio,
Executive Committee
Senior Director, Operations, Surgical Innovations Contract Manufacturing

Medtronic,
North Haven

Chris Allen
CEO

iCleanse,
Avon

Andrew Bologna
Partner, Assurance Services

EY,
Hartford

Shawn Coyne
VP Human Resources

General Dynamics
Electric Boat,
Groton

Sheila Denton
SVP, General Counsel

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.,
Ridgefield

Jennifer DelMonico
Managing Partner

Murtha Cullina LLP,
New Haven

Leander Dolphin
Co-Managing Partner

Shipman & Goodwin,
Hartford

Mary Kay Fenton
Principal

Fenton Advisors, LLC,
West Hartford

Robin Fiala
VP Sales & Marketing

Otis Elevator,
Farmington

David Fiereck
President

Loureiro Engineering,
Plainville

Lucia Furman
President

Mercantile Development Inc., Shelton

Louis Gallo
SVP, Commercial Banking Market Executive

Wells Fargo,
Stamford

Jason Guyot
President & CEO

Foxwoods Resort Casino,
Mashantucket

Aida Habtezion
Chief Medical Officer, Head, Worldwide Medical & Safety

Pfizer Inc.,
Groton

Matt Hummel
SVP, Market President
& Commercial
Banking Leader

KeyBank,
Hartford

Brittany Isherwood
President

Burke Aerospace,
Farmington

Abul Islam
Founder & President/CEO

AI Engineers,
Middletown

Michael Kennedy
VP, Tax & Treasury

Barnes Group Inc.,
Bristol

Michael LaBella
Connecticut Market President

TD Bank,
New Haven

Joe Maisto
CFO

Whitcraft,
Eastford

Susan Martinelli
Hartford Office Leader

RSM US LLP
Hartford

Jill Mayer
CEO

Bead Industries,
Milford

Lisa Morgan
SVP & President, Construction,
Energy & Marine

Travelers Companies,
Hartford

Frank Reynolds
President
& CEO

UIL Holdings,
New Haven

Graham Robinson
President, Stanley Industrial

Stanley Black & Decker,
New Britain

Meredith Shay
CEO & Owner

InCord,
Colchester

Rachel Stansel
President

Environics Inc.,
Tolland

Steve Sullivan
President, Connecticut Operations

Eversource Energy,
Berlin

William Tommins
Market Executive Global Commercial Banking

Bank of America,
Stamford

Ben Towne
Partner

PwC,
Hartford

Ian Walsh
Chair, President
& CEO

KAMAN Corp.,
Bloomfield

Jeffrey White
Partner

Robinson+Cole,
Hartford

Chris Dipentima
Chris DiPentima
President & CEO
Mary Bergamo
Mary Bergamo
SVP Administration, CFO & Treasurer
Ken Comeau
Kenneth Comeau
President,
CBIA Service Corp.
Bea Gutierrez
Beatriz Gutierrez
President & CEO, CONNSTEP
Shannon Marimon
Shannon Marimón
Executive Director, ReadyCT
Scott Beaulieu
Scott Beaulieu
Media Relations Manager
Nancy Benis
Nancy Benis
Senior Account Manager,
CBIA Service Corp.
Wyatt Bosworth
Wyatt Bosworth
Assistant Counsel
Tom Day
Tom Day
Chief Information Officer
Jackson DeLaney
Jackson DeLaney
Research Editor
Joe Dias
Joe Dias
VP, Membership
Eric Gjede
Eric Gjede
VP, Public Policy
Kris Grivois
Kristen Grivois
Account Manager,
CBIA Service Corp.
Tom Guerra
Tom Guerra
VP, Director of Operations, CBIA Energy Connections
Erin Kalkus
Erin-Anne Kalkus
VP, Insurance Sales, CBIA Service Corp.
Stevie-Ann Cote
Stevie Ann Lis
Advocacy Outreach Manager
Amanda Marlow
Amanda Marlow
Content Creator
Diane Mokriski
Diane Mokriski
HR Counsel
Peter Myers
Peter Myers
Public Policy Associate
Phillip Montgomery
Phillip Montgomery
Director, Compensation
Services & Safety
Adam Ney
Adam Ney
Engagement & Relationship Manager
Paul Pescatello
Paul Pescatello
Senior Counsel & Executive Director, Connecticut Bioscience Growth Council
Stacey Vendetta
Stacey Vendetta
Engagement & Relationship Manager
Ashley Zane
Ashley Zane
Public Policy Associate

Our Affiliates

CBIA, CONNSTEP, and ReadyCT's strategic alliance leverages our collective expertise and resources, delivering businesses wide-ranging, impactful solutions to meet their greatest challenges -- building and training a productive workforce, maximizing growth, and competing in a rapidly evolving global economy.

CONNSTEP is a business consulting firm that helps small- and medium-sized manufacturers reach their goals by strengthening their strategic, technical, and operational expertise.

ReadyCT advances academic excellence and career-connected learning for public school students in Connecticut through collaboration with business, civic, and education leaders.

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