HMS Healthcare's Donna Galluzzo, ebm-papst's Robert Sobolewski Named Vice-Chairs

UIL Holdings Corporation president and chief executive officer James P. Torgerson was elected chair of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's board of directors yesterday.

He succeeds Donald R. Droppo, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Sandy Hook-based Curtis Packaging, who becomes immediate past chair of the state's largest business organization.

"I'm very excited about working with our partners in the business community and the government to help recast Connecticut as a more business-friendly state," Torgerson said today.

"While we certainly face significant challenges, I also expect the months and years ahead to be rich with opportunities for growth and job creation in Connecticut."

CBIA president and chief executive officer John R. Rathgeber acknowledged Torgerson's tireless efforts promoting opportunities for economic growth in the state, particularly in steering the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century.

"Jim Torgerson is a remarkable leader, which his peers have recognized in electing him to this critically important role," Rathgeber said.

"His deep understanding of public policy issues make Jim the ideal choice to lead the business community as we work to address the state's economic and fiscal challenges and build a stronger, more competitive Connecticut."

CBIA's board of directors also elected Donna R. Galluzzo, Ph.D., president and CEO of HMS Healthcare Management Solutions Inc. in Wallingford, and Robert S. Sobolewski, president and chief executive officer of Farmington-based ebm-papst, Inc., as vice chairs.

"We're very pleased that such an accomplished group of business and community leaders will be heading up our board," Rathgeber said.

"Jim, Donna, Bob, and Don will play invaluable roles as we promote the sound economic and fiscal policies Connecticut needs to become more competitive for private sector investments and creating jobs."

James S. Torgerson

Torgerson became president and CEO of UIL Holdings Corp. 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 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 chief executive officer of HMS Healthcare Management Solutions Inc. in Wallingford. HMS was founded in 1996 and provides a full range of services for physi

cian practices, homecare, hospice, long-term care, and other healthcare providers.

Prior to starting HMS, Galluzzo was president and chief operating officer 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 adult children.

Robert S. Sobolewski

Sobolewski is president and CEO of Farmington-based ebm-papst Inc., the largest supplier of fans and blowers in North America and a worldwide innovator in air movement and motor systems.

He joined ebm-papst in 1984 and is responsible for operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Instrumental in the growth of the company's North American operations, he oversees engineering, production, sales, and marketing at 20 national and international locations. He is a champion of the firm's GreenTech philosophy and goal: to make every new product better than its predecessor in terms of economy and ecology.

Through his participation on many boards and committees, including the Fairfield University School of Engineering Executive Advisory Board, Sobolewski's commitment to educational programs: specifically those that unite schools and the workplace and encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers: is well known.

He is a long-time supporter of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program, dedicating time and resources to helping student robotics teams. He serves as chair of ingenuityNE, a nonprofit organized to support events for the 165 high school FIRST Robotics Competition teams in New England, and he chairs FIRST's Connecticut Executive Advisory Board.

A graduate of Fairfield University, Sobolewski lives in Woodbury with his wife, Kathleen. They have two adult sons.

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, manufacturer 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.

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