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Seven Greater Hartford Companies Named Business Champions

Jun 04, 2014
MetroHartford Alliance

Seven Greater Hartford Companies Named Business Champions

Hartford Business Journal and MetroHartford Alliance Recognize Outstanding
Business Achievements

Hartford, Conn. (June 5, 2014) – The 2014 Business Champions Awards Breakfast, produced in partnership by the Hartford Business Journal and MetroHartford Alliance, kicked-off the Connecticut Business Expo on June 5th by honoring seven privately held companies within the region in the categories of innovation, community involvement, workforce practices, revenue growth and the best new start-up.

“We are delighted to recognize this year’s honorees,” said Gail Lebert, publisher of the Hartford Business Journal. “These companies represent the vitality and strength of Connecticut’s business community and we wish them continued success.”

The 2014 Business Champions, include:

“We take great pride in recognizing these privately owned businesses for their impressive achievements and in driving the economic and employment growth in the city and region,” said Oz Griebel, president and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance.

Winners were required to be a privately held business or a stand-alone division of a privately held business; a for-profit organization; and located in one of the 61 towns of Greater Hartford. 

Representatives of the 2014 Business Champions Awards Winners – from left to right: Kevin Armata (Windsor Marketing Group); Greg Gondek (ACT Group); Per Hellsund (CyVek, Inc.); Cindi Gondek (ACT Group); Dr. Richard Fichman (Fichman Eye Center); Carolyn Stanworth (BL Companies); Robert Davis (Premier Accounting Group); Paul Bergantino (Numotion).  Photo credit: J. Fiereck Photography.   

The judges for the 2014 Business Champions Awards were Manon Cox, president and CEO of Protein Sciences Corporation; Josh Hagstrom, co-founder and vice president of sales for Interscape Commercial Environments; and Marilyn Risi, executive director of the Upper Albany Main Street Program.

The 2014 Business Champions Awards was presented by: Hartford Business Journal and MetroHartford Alliance. Sponsors were: Webster Bank (presenting sponsor); Cox Business, Grant Thornton, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, The Pita Group, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP and The Walker Group (event sponsors).  Event partners, include:  Co-Communications, Event Resources, Keep In Touch Media, J. Fiereck Photography, Panera Bread, R2 Graphics, RFX Motion Design and The Perfect Promotion.


About Hartford Business Journal
Hartford Business Journal is the only audited weekly, subscription-based business publication in Connecticut. Whether it’s market trends, the latest merger news or an update on state government, this award-winning weekly is the “must read” for area business leaders. Hartford Business Journal has a total readership of 25,000 affluent and educated business decision makers in the 61 towns that make up Metro Hartford. For more information, please visit or call 860.236.9998.

About MetroHartford Alliance

The mission of the MetroHartford Alliance is to compete aggressively and successfully for jobs, talent and capital for the Hartford Region and to ensure that the Hartford Region is a premier place for all people to live, work, play and raise a family.  Through its members' intellectual capital and financial investment, the Alliance is able to implement key strategies that further our regional goals of job growth, wealth creation, and talent attraction and retention. Visit for more information.

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