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On Tuesday, October 3, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) will honor eight state residents for their work in helping to secure and promote meetings and events that have a profound impact on the State's economy. The CTCSB, the State’s official meetings and sports event sales and marketing organization, will present its 2017 Bring It Home Awards and two major leadership honors at the organization’s third annual “Hospitality Industry Night” from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Boathouse at 20 Leibert Rd. in Hartford. Register now at or contact CTCSB Director of Business Development Susan Henrique at 860-882-1101 or

The CTCSB’s 2017 Bring It Home Awards will be presented to:

  • Matt Fleury of Hartford, for bringing the Association of Science – Technology Centers’ (ASTC) 2018 Annual Conference to the Connecticut Convention Center next October 2018. Fleury is the President and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center;
  • Jason Guyot of Mystic, for bringing Baseball Winter Weekend to Foxwoods in January 2017. Guyot is Vice President, Resort Operations & Development for Foxwoods Resort Casino;
  • Luis Lopez of Ridgefield, for bringing the CT Salsa Fest to the Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in May 2017. Lopez is the founder and owner of Latin Moves Dance Studio in Stamford;
  • Raymond Pineault of Glastonbury, for bringing the Barrett-Jackson Auction to Mohegan Sun in June 2017. Pineault is President & General Manager of Mohegan Sun; and
  • Elaine Sangiovanni of North Haven and Trish Wang of Farmington, for bringing the U.S. Figure Skating’s World Junior Synchronized Team Selection Event to the Connecticut Synchro Skating Classic (CSSC) at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury in February 2017. Both are members of the Hamden Figure Skating Association.

The CTCSB will present its first-ever Distinguished Leadership Award to: Donald A. DeVivo of Berlin, the President of the family-owned DATTCO, Inc., based in New Britain. He is Vice Chairman of the American Bus Association and a Board member of the New England Bus Association.

The CTCSB’s Thomas J. Shortell Award, honoring Connecticut residents who have had a long-term successful sports career, will be presented to: Aidan Charles of Guilford, for bringing both USA Cycling’s 2017 Cyclocross National Championships to Riverside Park in Hartford in January 2017 and the New Haven Grand Prix to Downtown New Haven in September 2017. Charles is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, Inc. in Middletown.

“Our Hospitality Industry Night celebrates the positive impact of tourism and conventions, conferences, meetings and sports events on Connecticut – from job creation to local, regional and State revenue,” explains H. Scott Phelps, President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “We look forward to presenting our 2017 Bring It Home and Industry Leadership Awards to several dynamic Connecticut residents who have stepped up to help promote our state and grow the economy.” 

Guests will enjoy appetizers served by Black Bear Saloon in Hartford, samplings of craft beer by Back East Brewing Co., and liqueur tastings by Hartford Flavor Co. A cash bar also will be available.

Enhancing the evening will be a variety of Live and Teacup auction items including: a pair of round-trip Norwegian Airlines tickets from Bradley International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland; golf foursomes at Lake of Isles in North Stonington; two (2) tickets and town car service to a 2018 Yankees vs. Red Sox baseball game at Yankee Stadium; and a private movie screening party with refreshments for you and 49 friends at Hartford’s Spotlight Theater in the Front Street District.

The 2017 Hospitality Industry Night Chair is Roger Wierbicki, a CTCSB Board member and the Director of Development for DATTCO Inc. Sponsors include Bank of America, the Connecticut Airport Authority, Black Bear Saloon, Hartford Flavor Company, Back East Brewing Co., Powerstation Events, and Riverfront Recapture.

Admission for CTCSB members is $35; Non-members pay $40; and a $100 Company 4-Pack includes admission for four (4) people.

TO REGISTER for the October 3 event, go to and Browse Events for CTCSB Hospitality Industry Night & Awards, or contact CTCSB Director of Business Development Susan Henrique at
860-882-1101 or

A variety of sponsor opportunities are available, ranging from $200 to $1,500. For information, contact CTCSB President Scott Phelps at 860-882-1102 or


Working in partnership with the state’s businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations, and their surrounding communities, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) markets all of the state – convention and meeting venues, hotels and attractions, and sporting venues – as a premier destination for international, national, regional and statewide conferences, conventions and major sports events. In the last fiscal year alone, $69,597,748 was spent by convention, meeting and sports events attendees during their visits to the state, generating over $4,364,448 in Connecticut taxes. In addition, more than 24,083 Connecticut jobs in the hospitality industry were supported by these events as a result of these bookings.* The CTCSB is a public-private partnership that is funded by dues from members and by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Connecticut Office of Tourism. The Connecticut Sports Advisory Board, a division of the CTCSB, focuses its efforts on attracting and serving international, national and regional sporting events. For more information about the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, visit or call 860-728-6789.


(*Per Destinations International’s economic calculator FY 2016-2017)