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The University of Bridgeport has named Merrill Jay Forgotson dean of its School of Business. He most recently held an executive position at NewAlliance Bank. Forgotson was president and CEO of Cornerstone Bancorp Inc. at the time of its acquisition by NewAlliance. He earned his JD from Boston University and MBA from Western New England College. Antinozzi Associates in Stratford has promoted Paul Lisi, RA, to director of architecture studio, and Amy Lanteri to director for the firm since 1999. Lanteri will oversee interior design development programs. She has more than 25 years of design experience and has experience in programming, master planning and project management.

Robert P. Cottle has been named Fairfield University's director of corporate relations. He will serve as the advancement liaison to the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and the School of Engineering; and will provide support to the chair and members of the annual Fairfield University Awards Dinner committee, and manage the corporate stewardship program. Cottle most recently served as the director of development of ARI of Connecticut.

Weichert Realtors, Regional Properties named hired Sarah Harrower vice president of sales and manager of the company's Orange office. Harrower is a real estate broker with more than 36 years of experience in residential real estate, commercial sales and new construction as well as management and recruitment.

The Green Street Arts Center in Middletown has named Lex Leifheit assistant director in charge of events and adult programs. She most recently was press and marketing coordinator for Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts. Green Street has also hired Jessica Carso as development and marketing director and Christina D'Alessandro as financial coordinator/registrar. Carso most recently worked at the Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art in Hartford as a grants writer. D'Allesandro is a former account executive for Riviera Finance in Santa Clara, Calif.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has tapped attorney Daniel Caruso to chair the Connecticut Siting Council, a state agency charged with balancing the need for cost-efficient public-utility services with the protection of the environment. He is employed at the law firm Owens, Schine & Nicola, PC in Fairfield. Caruso has been a judge for the Probate District of Fairfield since 1995.

The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Me. has appointed Robert Alvine of Woodbridge as chair of its board of governing trustees. Alvine is founder, chairman and CEO of i-TEN Management Corp. and i-TEN Capital. Jackson Laboratory is a non-profit genetic research institution with research groups studying disease, human development and aging.

The Valley United Way has selected Michael Marcinek as chairman for its Annual Community Campaign. He is senior partner and chief financial officer for Fletcher Thompson in Shelton. Marcinek previously led the organization's 2004-05 and 2005-06 campaigns. He chairs the Valley United Way's finance committee, is a board member for Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut County and is on the board of directors of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Colliers Dow & Condon has hired George Mantak to its staff. He will provide transaction management and consulting services. Mantak has more than 30 years' experience in local and national commercial real estate, most recently as director of corporate real estate for the Hartford Financial Services Group. He is a member of the board of directors of the Rideshare Corp. and serves as vice chairman of the Economic Development Commission in Tolland.

The Worx Group in Prospect has hired Angela Smith as controller. Smith most recently served as an administrator at the law offices of Noreen A. Dillman, where she was in charge of the office's human resource and financial management functions.

Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, PC, in Shelton has hired members to its accounting and auditing department: Jeff Frentress, Bill Weir and Mark Paciotti. Frentress and Weir earned their BS degrees in accounting and management from Southern Connecticut State University. Paciotti is a graduate of Fairfield University, where he earned his BS in accounting.

RE/MAX Alliance in Branford and Guilford has hired Greg Robbins as agent training & development manager. He will be responsible for implementing RE/MAX's training programs for new agents. Robbins previously worked for Weichert Realtors.

The Connecticut Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC) has named Lori Johnson a 2006 Shining Star. She is the founder of commVerge Marketing in Milford. The award is presented to minority-owned businesses that have achieved business growth and have earned a reputation for providing quality services.

The Best Lawyers in America has recognized 12 attoneys with the law firm of Reid & Riege, PC's attorneys as 2006 Best Lawyers: Thomas M. Armstrong, environmental law; Greg R. Barringer, Suzanne S. Bocchini and Frederick J. Mullen Jr., trust and estates; Michael L. Coyle, tax law; John V. Galiette and John J. Jacobson, employee benefits law; Eric Henzy, Jon P. Newton and Robert U. Sattin, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law; Andrew J. Howat, corporate law; and Tuck Miller and John D. Newman, health-care law. The firm has offices in New Haven and Hartford.

The Barnum Festival has named Larry Merriam as its ringmaster for 2007. He is president of Key Auto Group with dealerships in Bridgeport, Wallingford, Milford and Branford, Merriam is a member of the festival's board of directors and is treasurer of the Eastern States Hyundai Dealer Ad Association.

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