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Economic Conference

2016 Economic Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • D’Amato Construction Company
  • Stanley Black & Decker

Gold Sponsors

  • Barnes Foley Services
  • Foley Services
  • TRUMPF Inc.

Silver Plus

  • Cathryn L. Addy, Ph.D.
  • Deloitte
  • Follet Higher Education Group
  • Peter & Nancy Grassilli
  • Webster Bank

Silver Sponsors

  • Bristol Hospital
  • Farmington Bank
  • First Bristol Federal Credit Union
  • Fourslide Spring and Stamping, Inc.
  • Gene F. Prentiss & Company, P.C.
  • Thomaston Savings Bank
  • Sal & Margaret Vitrano
  • Bob Voight

Bronze Plus

  • Tracy, Driscoll Insurance & Financial Services

Bronze Sponsors

  • I. Todd Russell and Maier True Communication
  • The Investors Center
  • Lockton Benefits
  • Main Street Foundation
  • Monarch Jewelers

Full Table Sponsor

  • Sergeant James T. Scott
  • Tim M. Fitch

Coffee & Tea Sponsor

  • Andrews Benefits
  • Chuck Cleary

Half Table Sponsor

  • New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Tunxis Student Bus Pass Sponsor

  • Hannoush Jewelers

Tunxis Student Book Sponsor

  • Congress of CT Community Colleges (4Cs) SEIU local 1973
  • David Sanabria
  • GB Sax Player – Friends, Fans & Followers
  • In memory of John Beverley, Sr.
  • Record – Journal Media Group

A special thank you to our Tunxis student ticket Sponsors


2015 Economic Conference Sponsors


  • Anonymous


  • ESPN
  • Stanley Black & Decker


  • DeLoitte
  • Webster Bank


  • Barnes Group
  • D’Amato Construction Company
  • Follet Bookstore
  • TRUMPF Inc.


  • Dr. Cathryn Addy


  • Gen Re & Kathleen Godfried


  • AIG Benefits Group
  • Blasius
  • Farmington Bank
  • First Bristol Federal Credit Union
  • Fourslide Spring and Stamping
  • Gene F. Prentiss & Company
  • Peter & Nancy Grassilli
  • Salvatore V. Vitrano & Margaret E. Vitrano
  • Thomaston Savings Bank


  • Lockton Benefit Group
  • Tracy-Driscoll Insurance


  • Ahmed Shaher
  • Computer Recycling/Brass Valley
  • Dr. Charles Bencivengo & Dr. Ko
  • June Archer – 100 Men & Women of Color
  • Monarch Jewelers
  • Mott Corporation
  • The Investors Center, Inc.
  • Tim Fitch
  • Todd Russell


  • Bristol Hospital


  • Chuck Cleary


  • Chief Ronnell Higgins
  • GB Sax Player – Friends, Fans & Followers


  • PC Net – Trumbull CT


  • Robert Voight


  • New Britain Chamber of Commerce

Join us for networking, breakfast and learn how to navigate change with Vanessa Williams.

It is with great pleasure to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s Economic Conference and Networking Breakfast to be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Farmington Marriott.  Vanessa Williams is the Founder and CEO of Leading Edge Consulting, a global executive coaching firm with offices in CT and FL. Vanessa is an  Executive Leadership Developer. Corporate Team Builder. Thinking Partner. Professional Certified Coach (PCC)


Join us for networking, breakfast and learn how to navigate change.  Vanessa’s presentation: “Change is the ultimate driver of our ability to compete in the new economy, boardroom and community in the 21st century”. Proceeds from this event will help transform students from classroom to career.  We invite you to purchase your tickets, sponsorships or make a donation to support the students and programs at Tunxis Community College.


Vanessa has an International background and vast experience in Executive Coaching, Women and Diversity Leadership Coaching, Leadership Advancement, Operations Leadership, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Strategic Business Planning, Management and Financial Reporting, and Change Management. Vanessa uses a holistic approach with her clients from identifying success roadblocks and creating metric driven action plans and goal setting. She also works with executives, business owners and c-suites to identify strategic goals and to build and engage high performing collaborative teams. In her corporate career, Vanessa was a Managing Director for Horton International, a retained global boutique executive search firm headquartered in West Hartford, CT. She also held senior level and C-suite positions leading high-powered executive global teams for Sun Life, Prudential, Mass Mutual, Aetna, and UConn Health. Vanessa holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Virginia State University, and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Leading Edge Consulting, LLC holds national certifications as a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). She sits on the Board of Trustees for Easter Seals, The New England Air Museum, and Amistad Center for Arts and Culture. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Reginald F. Lewis College Business Alumni at Virginia State University.


Her strategic business partner is John Madigan, CEO of Executive Talent Services of Farmington, CT.  Executive Talent Services provides executive coaching, talent management consulting, outplacement services for companies, executive search and Career Concierge® services for individual executives and emerging leaders.


TCCF Celebrated 45 Years of Opening Doors to Student Success

On November 12, the Tunxis Foundation held its annual Economic Conference and Networking Breakfast at the Farmington Marriott. Keynote speaker George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN, addressed an audience of about 190 on “ESPN’s Strategic Advantage: Mission, Brand and Culture.” Tunxis student and veteran Nelson Algarin Jr. spoke about personal leadership and how Tunxis changed his life.

Close to $78,000 was raised which will fund student scholarships and provide emergency services and textbooks for students in need at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Major sponsors of the event included ESPN, Stanley Black & Decker, DeLoitte, Webster Bank, Barnes Group, D’Amato Construction Company, Follett Bookstore, TRUMPF Inc., and 29 other community partners and individuals.


Economic Conference Register Now!

economicconf2015Reserve Your Tickets Today – Time is Running Out!

On November 12, Tunxis Community College Foundation will hold its annual Economic Conference at the Farmington Marriott. This breakfast, our major fundraiser, features a prominent speaker on business-related topics. We’re pleased to announce that our speaker this year is George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN, Inc.


You are invited to celebrate 45 YEARS of Opening Doors

You are Invited to the Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference

While much has changed since 1970, our founding commitment to help students access education and develop the tools they need to succeed remains the same. In addition to funding scholarships, we have expanded our support to include special learning projects, the Arts and our Veterans. We now reach far beyond the Farmington Valley into well over 15 towns and cities throughout Connecticut.  Today and into the future our students live, work and play where you do business.

Please join us on November 12th and help us celebrate our 45 year history of opening doors to student success!

Featuring Keynote Speaker George Bodenheimer,  Former President and Executive Chairman of ESPN, Inc.  Our student speaker is Nelsen Algarin.

Register Now for the Tunxis Foundation Economic ConferenceThursday, November 12, 2015
Farmington Marriott Grand Ballroom
15 Farm Springs Road
Farmington, CT 06032
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Morning Music
Saxophonist, GB Sneed, Tunxis Alumnus

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7:30 a.m. – Networking and Registration
7:45 a.m. – Breakfast and Coffee Bar
8:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – Student Speaker Nelsen Algarin
9:00 a.m.  – Keynote Speaker – George Bodenheimer
10:00 a.m. – Closing Remarks




Economic Conference Student Speaker

Our student speaker, Nelson Algarin is a leader in his own right. Nelson is an Afghanistan War Veteran who overcame survivor’s guilt. Throughout his time at Tunxis Community College he has transformed himself into a campus leader.  He is currently the President of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS (Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members). Nelson is the 2015 recipient of two Tunxis Foundation Scholarships.


Economic Conference Keynote Speaker George Bodenheimer

espnOur keynote speaker is George Bodenheimer, former President and Executive Chairman with ESPN, Inc.  George began his career at ESPN as a driver in the mailroom and became President just  17 short years later.

Mr. Bodenheimer will share his experiences and insights gained during his impressive 33 years at ESPN. Come find out how important branding is both professionally and personally.

Register Now for the Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference


2014 Economic Conference Sponsors

Tunxis Foundation Economic Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor – $5,000

Chuck Pagano
Pratt & Whitney
Stanley Black & Decker
Webster Bank

Gold Sponsor – $2,500

Barnes Group
Brass Valley
Clinton Roberts Foundation
D’Amato Construction
EDAC Technologies Corporation
Follet Bookstore

Silver Sponsor – $1,000

Dr. Cathryn Addy
David Brantner
Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
First Bristol Federal Credit Union
Fourslide Spring & Stamping, Inc.
Gene F. Prentiss & Company, Inc.
Gen Re
Thomaston Savings Bank
Attorney Salvatore Vitrano

Bronze Sponsor – $500

Dr. Charles Bencivengo
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP
Facilities Engineering Associates, Inc.
Lockton Benefits Group
Mott Corporation
Tecton Architects
The Investors Center, Inc.
Tomasso Brothers
Tracy-Driscoll Insurance & Financial Services

Table Sponsors

Tim Stewart
Bob Voight

Half Table Sponsors

Tim Fitch
Nancy Grassilli


2014 Economic Conference in Review

james_smithTunxis Community College Foundation held its annual Economic Conference fundraising breakfast on October 9 at the Farmington Club. The breakfast, which raised over $50,000 to benefit Tunxis students, was made possible through the Foundation’s generous donors, including lead sponsors Stanley Black & Decker, Pratt & Whitney and Webster Bank. The keynote speaker, James C. Smith, chairman and CEO of Webster Bank, spoke on “What Connecticut Can Do to Begin Growing Again.” In his comments, Smith offered up his prescription for some of the steps Connecticut should take to get its own financial house in order and encourage business and employment growth.

“This year’s topic was very thought-provoking and appropriate in light of the upcoming gubernatorial election,” said Chuck Pagano, Tunxis Foundation Board president. “Best of all, the Foundation benefited from the generosity of its sponsors and donors which will help dozens of Tunxis students.”

2014_economic_conferenceGuest speaker and Tunxis Community College student Herbert Browne IV, a Foundation scholarship recipient, spoke about his aspirations and goals in life, and shared the story of his family’s financial struggles, reflective of the lives of so many Tunxis students. He went on to explain how the financial support he received from the Foundation helped change his life. “Unfortunately, life gets in the way and some students, like me, acquire debts that hinder their progress. It is up to the person to decide if that is going to stop them,” said Browne. “The reason I work so hard is because I am tired. I am tired of seeing my mom work over 60 hours a week and still struggle with her bills. I’m tired of my dad worrying about the cost of his heart medicine. I’m tired of money being an obstacle between where I am and where I want to be.”

Browne’s story is just one of many that are made possible from the funds raised at the Economic Conference. The Foundation is here to help students, just like him. Browne, who is majoring in marketing, plans to graduate next year and move on to a four-year college. To thank Smith and Webster Bank for their support, Pagano announced that the Foundation was creating the Jim Smith/Webster Bank scholarship which will benefit two Tunxis students, totaling $3,000 over two years for each. All of the Foundation’s scholarships are granted in May at the annual Scholarship Awards Night.

For those who were not able to attend the conference, the Foundation is still accepting donations to benefit students of Tunxis through programming and scholarships.

Our Mission
Tunxis Community College Foundation raises funds to provide support for the students, programs and services of the College.