katsmanHAMDEN: Elina Katsman has joined the Press/Cuozzo Realtors “commercial services team.”.

Katsman was born in the USSR, and grew up in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she worked as a marketing professional, leading accounts of the largest national and international companies. In 2013 she moved to the US and settled in Hamden, speaks Russian, Hebrew, and English.

Katsman holds a B.A in communications & business from the Israeli College of Management and has 10 years of experience in marketing communication. Her professional career started with a public relations firm specializing in real estate, then continued to include small start-ups, B2B customers, and large multinationals.

calabroNEW HAVEN: The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has appointed Gina Calabro to Executive Director. AIA Connecticut serves as a resource to architects and the public. Its membership of over 1,300 is comprised of architects, professionals working towards licensure, architectural students, and professionals in affiliated fields.

Calabro's has more than 25 years of executive planning, administration, communications, and marketing experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. Calabro was the CEO at the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Fairfield County and prior to that was the Director of Membership and Marketing for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

elliadNEW HAVEN: Woodbridge International, a middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, has hired Elliad Dagan as Business Development Executive.

Elliad will be responsible for developing new business opportunities domestically and internationally, as well as executing marketing strategies that drive growth.

“We’re happy to have Elliad on board,” said Robert M. Koenig, president of Woodbridge International. “His background is perfectly matched to our strategic imperative to align the Woodbridge brand with innovation and growth.”

ulgadeTORRINGTON: Greg Ugalde, a builder and developer with more than 25 years of experience in the Connecticut home building industry, was elected as the 2018 first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders [NAHB[. The election was made during the association’s International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla.

Ugalde is president and chief legal officer of Torrington-based T&M Building Co., Inc., one of the largest home builders in the state. Since its founding in 1962, T&M has built more than 3,500 new homes in more than 40 Connecticut communities. He is also the founder and owner of GFU Investments LLC, a builder/developer minority-owned business that focuses on urban development.

Najia KhalidNEW HAVEN: Najia Khalid, Co-Chair of Wiggin and Dana’s Immigration & Nationality Law & Compliance practice. is promoted to partner as of January 1. According to W&D Najia has “dedicated her legal career to business immigration law – an area that truly hits home for the female attorney and her family.”

Najia’s parents originated from Pakistan and settled in England, Najia’s father left Pakistan to pursue an engineering degree in England, began his career there with a multinational corporation. Najia was born in Croydon, England in the 1980s, Najia’s father was transferred to the U.S. and went through the employment-based permanent residency process to obtain a green card with his employer. Najia remained a green card holder until the horrific 9/11 attacks – an event that the company’s release says “spurred her to seek U.S. citizenship.”

DiscoveryExterior 300x194BRIDGEPORT: The Discovery Museum has hired former Bridgeport Mayor and State Senator Bill Finch as executive director. The appointment comes as the museum celebrates its 60th anniversary.

"I've always been a big fan of the Discovery Museum," said Finch a Bridgeport native, who says he grew up nearby, and visited the museum as a kid.

"That plays a major role in my excitement for this opportunity to help the museum grow and thrive today, tomorrow, and for generations to come."