tullerWETHERSFIELD: Donald Tuller, co-owner of Tulmeadow Farm in West Simsbury and President of Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, Inc., was elected to represent 12 Northeast states on the Board of Directors of American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF)

“This is a great honor, but also an important responsibility,” says Tuller. “It has been at least 18 years since a Connecticut Farm Bureau President was elected to serve on the national board. The perspective of New England agriculture within the Northeast is something I really want to make heard. Our experience growing and marketing farm products here is different from the southeast, the Midwest and the far western states. It’s great to be a voice at the table.”

ciullaJohn Ciulla, president of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank,was elected as chair of CBIA’s board of directors. Ciulla joined Webster Bank in 2004  and was recently promoted in Jan. 2014 from executive vice president and head of middle market banking to lead commercial banking and president in Oct. 2015. The CBIA board also elected two chairs: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, Mary Kay Fenton and Chris DiPentima, president of Pegasus Manufacturing, based in Middletown.

Robert F. Polito was named chair of the Masonicare Board of Trustees. As Senior Vice President and Commercial Lender with Webster Bank for 23 years, Polito served on the board of the senior living and healthcare non-profit for 10 years. Polito chairs the Investment Committee and IT Steering Committee of Masonicare and has been involved in fundraising for The Masonic Charity Foundation. He earned his B.A. in public policy from Eastern Connecticut State University, an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven and a post-graduate business certificate from UCONN

Quinnipiac University elected Dean of the School of Health Sciences, William C. Kohlhepp as president of the Physician Assistant Education Association board of directors—beginning his term Jan. 1, 2017. Kohlhepp is a tenured professor in the university’s physician assistant students program and has been on the PAEA board of directors since 2010 where he was treasurer/secretary for several years until the position split into just treasurer. He has gathered various awards for his work and dedication in his field like the National Student Academy President’s Award in 2010 and has played an active role in national organizations of the PA profession since serving as national student secretary in 1978. He graduated from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Rutgers physician assistant program in 1979, earned his master’s degree in health administration from Quinnipiac University, and his doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

FISCHERNEW HAVEN: Brooks Fischer has been named a principal of Newman Architects.

A graduate of the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Fischer joined Newman Architects in 2004. Acording to the company’s release Fischer has been the manager for “significant educational and mixed-use development projects and directs our small projects group, oversees business management, and leads in the advancement of the firm’s project management procedures.”

Brooks manages Noroton Heights Development in Darien, Trumbull Development and the New Haven Coliseum Site Redevelopment.

Serial CEO and Entrepreneur Takes On A New Challenge

Mickey Herbert, 71, is a classic entrepreneur and CEO. Last month Herbert was appointed to the position of CEO of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. 

herbert vyAs early as the 1970s, Herbert was leading a change to the nation’s health care system and would go on to commandeer Connecticut’s first wide-scale Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Physicians Health Services, to huge success. Business New Haven interviewed Herbert as its inaugural interview back in 1993. After taking PHS public, he would eventually manage a sale of the company. Herbert took his money and invested in bringing minor league baseball to Bridgeport. After nearly a decade, he sold the team to take the helm at ConnectiCare and guide that health plan to greater success.  We are fond of saying that Herbert doesn’t think outside the box, “he brings his own cardboard.” He needed that cardboard to help break another HMO into the market, the non-profit Harvard Pilgrim. 

Herbert is well known for his choice of colorful footwear, that began when PHS sponsored fundraising  walks. We asked him to bring his latest pair to our office for the photoshoot.

Herbert’s latest challenge is a real one; he takes over the Bridgeport Regional Business Council after a decades-long run by Paul Timpanelli, a chamber and Bridgeport business stalwart. 

Comcast named Adwoa Dadzie vice president of Human Resources for the company’s Western New England Region located in Berlin, CT. She has previous experience in Connecticut as Director of Human Resources in North Haven for the East Division of Nestle Waters North America. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College and her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University

Webster Bank named Kevin Sullivan senior vice president, senior financial consultant. Sullivan previously worked as a Senior Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Manager at Merrill Lynch. He received his bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University, a M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed post-graduate studies at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed specialized studies at New York Institute of Finance and holds a professional designation of Certified Retirement Counselor.