The membership of CBIA, the state's largest business organization, has elected seven new members to its board of directors.

The diverse group represents a cross section of Connecticut's business community, including a range of industry sectors, sizes, and geographical locations.

Robin Fiala, Joseph Kask, Matthew McSpedon, Graham Robinson, Meredith Shay, Jeff Varesio, Jeffrey White
New board members (clockwise, from top left): Otis Elevator's Robin Fiala, blumshapiro's Joseph Kask, Matthew McSpedon from JPMorgan Chase, Stanley Black & Decker's Graham Robinson, inCord's Meredith Shay, Jeff Varesio from Medtronic, and Robinson+Cole's Jeffrey White.

The election results were announced Nov. 19 at CBIA's annual meeting in Hartford. The new directors begin serving their four-year terms Dec. 1.

"CBIA board members have incredible talent and a wealth of ideas," CBIA president and CEO Chris DiPentima said today.

"These business leaders will help develop innovative strategies and guide collaboration between the private and public sectors towards rebuilding Connecticut’s economy, bringing back jobs, and creating opportunities for all residents.”

The new directors are:

  • Robin Fiala, VP, Sales and Marketing, Otis Elevator
  • Joseph A. Kask, CEO, blumshapiro
  • Matthew D. McSpedon, Executive Director Connecticut and Mid Hudson Middle Market Banking and Specialized Industries, Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • Graham Robinson, President, Stanley Industrial, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Meredith Shay, Owner, InCord, Ltd.
  • Jeff Varesio, Senior Director, Operations, Surgical Innovations Contract Manufacturing, Medtronic
  • Jeffrey J. White, Partner, Robinson+Cole

The board will elect a new chair Dec. 9 to succeed Jennifer DelMonico, managing partner with the law firm Murtha Cullina. 

DelMonico will remain on the board as the immediate past chair.


CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. For more information, please contact Shannon King (860.244.1929).