Business in brief: Feb. 3, 2013

Tony Sheridan, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, is asking business leaders to attend the annual Connecticut Business Day, March 6 at the capitol in Hartford.

"This is a great opportunity to have an impact on our state government and a chance to meet with legislative leaders, agency officials and other policy makers. I hope business owners in our part of the state will consider taking some time and going to Hartford on that day," Sheridan said.

The program, sponsored by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the Legislative Office Building.

Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.CBIA.com.

Mary E. "Beth" Mancini, president of Ann McBride Real Estate Inc., a third generation real estate firm based in Gales Ferry, has announced that Adam K. Mancini, grandson of the founders of the company, Ann and Ken McBride, has been named president and chief operating officer of the corporation.

Mancini has been with the company since 1997 and previously served as its vice president. He is a real estate broker, licensed in Connecticut, and is a member of the national, Connecticut and eastern Connecticut associations of Realtors. He resides in Stonington with his wife Lorena and their three children.

The firm specializes in real estate sales, rentals and property management.

Waterbury-based Webster Bank has announced that University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will be a spokesperson for the financial institution.

Coach Ollie's contract with Webster covers three seasons and consists of personal appearances and media endorsements on Webster's behalf.

James "Jimmy" Nicholas, founder of Jimmy Marketing and EasyWebCreations.com, was named Connecticut Marketer of the Month by the state chapter of the Glazer Kennedy Inside Circle.

This award was the first given for the state chapter. Nicholas was one of the three finalists who were selected based on a unique marketing campaign, the results, and presentation to the group. The winner was selected by a group of entrepreneurs and business leaders from both New York and Connecticut.

Norwich-based industrial distributor Consumers Interstate Corp. has announced the launch of a multimillion-dollar upgrade to SuperSupplies.com, its award-winning online ordering portal.

Originally launched in 2000, SuperSupplies.com, has helped CIC become an industry-leading distributor of industrial and business supplies. More than 65 percent of all of CIC's orders are placed through SuperSupplies.com, significantly higher than the industry standard of 10 percent, the company said.

Dime Bank Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to the Martin House for the purchase and installation of new locks for resident room doors.

Martin House is a residential program that provides support services to as many as 56 people who were homeless or threatened with homelessness primarily due to mental illness.

For more information, visit www.martinhousect.org.

Webster Bank has announced the promotion of three officers.

Rosemary Gaidos has been promoted to executive vice president, consumer deposits, a newly created position at the bank. Previously, Gaidos was senior vice president, head of bank operations and security.

William E. Wrang has been promoted to executive vice president, commercial real estate group. In 2012, Wrang's commercial real estate group set records for originations, balances, and contributions to earnings, growing its loan balances by $268 million, or 16 percent, to $1.8 billion.

Amy Jakobeit has been promoted to senior vice president, Customer Care Center. In her new role, Jakobeit is responsible for Webster's interaction with customers via telephone and online chat. Jakobeit joined Webster in 1992 and moved to the Customer Care Center in 1995 to help develop it into one of the bank's primary distribution channels.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut has announced that its Military Affairs Council will meet at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the chamber office in Waterford.

Chaired by Mark Nickerson, deputy first selectman in East Lyme and owner/operator of GEICO of Waterford, the council is responsible for a variety of events and programs, including the chamber's annual military appreciation breakfast.

Additional details may be obtained by contacting Megan Cronin at the chamber at 860-701-9113, or visiting www.ChamberECT.com.

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