HARTFORD, CT -- Following a national search, the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) announces that Karla Fortunato will be its new president, effective May 1 

Fortunato comes to CCP after 13 years at the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), a national alliance of 60 philanthropic organizations based in Rockville, MD. As director of HEFN, she has managed its programming, outreach, and operations, promoting collaboration on shared goals among its members.  Fortunato previously served as associate director of policy for Health Care for All in Boston, engaging in policy research, communications, and campaigns, and as a consultant for The Public Policy Institute, also in Boston. 

hendricksonFARMINGTON: Women in Commercial Real Estate in Connecticut are few and far between, only three of the forty-six SIOR member in the Connecticut/Western Mass chapter are women. CREW-CT says, it is “dedicated to supporting and advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate”, the group has elected Courtney Hendricson as its new president to lead that mission.

Hendricson, is vice president of municipal services at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), where she “designs and implements economic development strategies and drives CERC’s services to Connecticut municipalities."

LEARY ADVIRSAMILFORD: John Leary, MAI, CRE, has joined Advisra Consulting of Milford, as senior valuation consultant. With more than 40 years of real estate industry experience, Leary will be a “key member of Advisra’s valuation group.”

Most recently, Leary was president of Leary Counseling and Valuation, Inc., based in Hamden, and specializing in real estate dispute resolution and litigation support, appraisal review services in any United States market, major and complex property appraisals in the northeastern United States, and commercial real estate mass appraisal services. For the last four decades, Mr. Leary has developed expertise in real estate appraisal, arbitration and mediation and has been a national leader in developing industry standards.

pimentel job2HARTFORD: Job Pimentel has been rolling with BMW Dealerships for years, from his home in Watertown to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Albuquerque, NM. Now Job has new employment at New Country Motor Car Group BMW in Hartford as its new General Manager.

Pimentel’s isn’t the only “new: at New Country’s BMW dealership, the facility is undergoing $5 million dollars of renovation to its showroom, services area to accommodate room for the growing number of BMW models on the market. New Country sells BMW, Mercedes Benz and Mini vehicles.

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.