Past Award Winners

Kenneth L. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award

The "Lifetime Achievement Award" honors the legacy of Kenneth L. Roberts, his commitment to economic development in the state of Connecticut and his long-time service to DECD. Awardees are economic developers or practitioners with at least 20 years' experience who have demonstrable contributions to the economic development field and impactful activities in Connecticut and was given for the first time in 2014.

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

The "Member of the Year Award" recognizes the best of Connecticut in economic development annually by recognizing a CEDAS member who has exhibited true leadership in economic development in Connecticut and has implemented an initiative that demonstrates real resuts and outcomes in the past year. Past awardees have been individuals, teams and/or organizations. As such, they may consist of volunteers, practitioners, educators or elected officials and other persons.

CEDAS President's Award

The "President's Award" is given at the discretion of the acting CEDAS President to a member who has demonstrated excellence in service to CEDAS in the past year or years.

 

2015

Kenneth L. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Mark Pellegini, Economic Development Director, Town of Manchester

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Mike Andreana, Pullman & Comley

CEDAS President's Award

  • Rose Ponte, Director of Economic Development, Town of Farmington

 

2014

Kenneth L. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Michael W. Freimuth, Executive Director, Captial Regional Development Authority

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • CT Main Street Center (John Simone, President & CEO)
  • Michael J. Freda, First Selectman, Town of North Haven

CEDAS President's Award

  • Nicole Licata Grant, Economic Development Specialist, United Illuminating

 

2013

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • James Burke, AICP, Town of Windsor

CEDAS President's Award

  • Sandra Johnson, EDP, MetroHartford Alliance

 

2012

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Courtney Hendricson,  Economic Development Director, Town of Farmington

CEDAS President's Award

  • Grant Sheehan, Economic Development Specialist, United Illuminating

 

2011

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Connie Maffeo, EDP, Director, Connecticut's Business Response Center, CERC

CEDAS President's Award

  • Peggy Brennan, EDP, Director of Economic Development, City of Meriden

  • Rebecca Nolan, EDP, Business Development Manager, MetroHarford Alliance

 

2010

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • John Shemo, EDP, VP of Economic Development, MetroHartford Alliance

CEDAS President's Award

  • Patrick McMahon, Economic Development Director, Town of Suffield

 

2009

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Tom Marano, CEcD, Business Development Specialist, Northeast Utilities
  • Randy Kamerbeck, Fuss & O'Neill

CEDAS President's Award

  • Trent Wright, CEcD, Development Director, Middlesex Community College

 

2008

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Dale Kroop, EDP, Director, Economic Development, Town of Hamden
  • Ray Warren, Director, Economic Development, Town of Enfield

CEDAS President's Award

  • Ted Montgomery, Town of Windham

  • Mark Cousineau, Executive Director, Connecticut Community Investment Corporation

 

2006

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • John O'Toole, Business Development Manager, Northeast Utilities

CEDAS President's Award (Lifetime Achievement)

  • David Driver, Northeast Utilities

 

2005

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Robert Santy, President, Regional Growth Partnership, New Haven

CEDAS President's Award

  • Philip Michalowski, Partner, Harral-Michalowki Associates

CEDAS Community Project Award

  • Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy

 

2004

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • CL&P/Yankee Gas

CEDAS President's Award

  • Mark Waterhouse, CEcD, President, Garnet Consulting Services, Inc. 

 

2003

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Barbara Strother, Economic Development Specialist, Groton

CEDAS President's Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)

  • Jim Carpenter, Vice President, Wachovia

 

2002

CEDAS Member of the Year Award

  • Doreen DeSarro, Economic Development Specialist, Town of Wallingford

CEDAS President's Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)

  • Marty Hunt, President, Connecticut Economic Resource Center

 

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