UIL's Jim Torgerson, HMS Healthcare's Donna Galluzzo Named Vice-Chairs

Donald R. Droppo, Jr., president and CEO of Sandy Hook-based Curtis Packaging, was elected chair of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's board of directors on December 6.

He succeeds Thomas S. Santa, president and CEO of Santa Energy Corporation in Bridgeport, who becomes immediate past chair of the state's largest business organization.

"Don Droppo is recognized throughout the state and the country as a smart, innovative, forward-thinking leader in the packaging industry," CBIA president and CEO John R. Rathgeber said today.

"His leadership, energy, and commitment will be crucial as we head into what promises to be a very challenging year for Connecticut's economy and business environment."

CBIA's board of directors also elected James P. Torgerson, president and CEO of UIL Holdings Corporation, and Donna R. Galluzzo, Ph.D., president and CEO of HMS Healthcare Management Solutions Inc., as vice-chairs.

"Don, Jim, Donna, and Tom will play invaluable roles as we promote the sound economic and fiscal policies Connecticut needs to become more competitive for private sector investments and job creation," Rathgeber said.

Donald R. Droppo, Jr.

Droppo was named president and CEO of Curtis Packaging in 2010. Under his leadership, the company dramatically increased sales and rebranded itself "luxuriously responsible," becoming the first printing and packaging company in North America to be Forest Stewardship Council certified, manufacture using 100% clean renewable energy, and be carbon neutral.

Prior to his appointment as president and CEO, Droppo served as the senior vice president of marketing, responsible for marketing, sales, and innovation. Before joining Curtis, he was an assistant vice president at General Reinsurance, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

In 2011, he was named one of Connecticut Magazine's "40 Under 40" most promising young leaders.

Droppo holds a B.S. in marketing and finance from the University of Vermont. He lives in Avon with his wife and their three children.

James S. Torgerson

Torgerson became president and CEO of UIL Holdings Corporation in 2006. UIL is the parent company of several energy firms: The United Illuminating Company, Southern Connecticut Gas Company, and Connecticut Natural Gas.

Previously, he was president and CEO of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. and a member of its board of directors. Before joining the Midwest ISO, he served as CFO for several gas and electric utilities in North America.

Actively involved in the community, Torgerson serves in many capacities, including as board member of Yale New Haven Hospital, the Edison Electric Institute, the American Gas Association, and the Business Council of Fairfield County. He is also chair of REX Regional Growth Partnership and the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century, and he serves as a trustee of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools.

A native of Cleveland, Torgerson received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University.

Donna R. Galluzzo, Ph.D.

Galluzzo is president and CEO of HMS Healthcare Management Solutions Inc. in Wallingford. HMS was founded in 1996 and provides a full range of services for physician practices, homecare, hospice, long-term care, and other healthcare providers.

Prior to starting HMS, Galluzzo was president and COO of Connecticut VNA Inc., which owned and operated the largest network of home health agencies in New England.

She also was a principal at AccessOne Health Systems LLC, a Connecticut state-licensed utilization and case management organization. In addition, she was a principal at Professional Home Care Services Inc. and OMNI Home Health Services Inc.

Galluzzo has received numerous honors and awards. Most recently, she was named a Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Women in Healthcare Honoree.

She earned her Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from the University of Connecticut and remains committed to lifelong learning. Much of her energies are spent serving on educational boards and sponsoring multiple projects for schools in the U.S. and abroad.

She lives in Durham with her husband, who is a retired lawyer and businessman. They have three young adult children.

Thomas S. Santa

Santa joined Santa Energy in 1982 and became president and CEO in 2004. He is a third-generation family member to lead the company, transforming it from a local family heating oil dealer to a major New England energy supplier.

Santa pioneered the marketing of low-sulfur heating fuels, bio fuels, and natural gas and has an active consulting practice in energy conservation and energy price risk management.

He serves on the boards of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Connecticut Maritime Coalition, Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, and the Barnum Festival.

A licensed professional engineer, Santa earned a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the University of Bridgeport. He lives in Redding.

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