Business Briefs


Jean McGran of Norwich recently joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Assistant Vice President, Regional Sales & Service Manager. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the bank’s Groton, New London, Niantic and Waterford retail teams. Prior to joining Chelsea Groton, McGran spent six years as an area manager for First Niagara Bank and was a branch manager for Bank of America for over 20 years prior to that.

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Kenneth Labbe has joined Lyman Real Estate as a sales agent. He has more than 25 years in real estate in the Sunbelt and on the East Coast. He spent 10 years in leading positions in real estate consulting and valuation practices, mainly with two multinational accounting firms, Deloitte (Los Angeles) and Arthur Andersen (Hartford). He lives in East Haddam.


The Board of Directors of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union has named Wayne Burgess of Uncasville as its newest Director and also announced a new Vice Chairwoman, Treasurer and Secretary to serve on the seven-member board that oversees eastern Connecticut's largest credit union.

Burgess, who is the longtime President of the Southeastern Connecticut Central Labor Council, had served on Charter Oak's Supervisory Committee since 2008 and was the Chairman of that committee since 2013.

Barbara Gregg of Quaker Hill will serve as the Board's new Vice Chairwoman to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Mel Olsson of Mystic. Olsson had served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2012 and had been a member of Charter Oak's Board of Directors since 1995.

Gregg's previous responsibilities as Board Treasurer will be assumed by Paul McGlinchey of Oakdale, who had previously served as the Board's Secretary. Those responsibilities are now assumed by Board Member Paul Filippetti of Mystic. Gregg is the first woman to serve as Vice Chair of Charter Oak's Board of Directors. She has served on Charter Oak's Board of Directors since 1989 and was the first woman in the credit union's history to serve as a member of the Board.

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BNI Coastal chapter will host a visitor's day at 7:15 am June 20 at Charter Oak Credit Union's headquarters community room located at 1055 Hartford Tpke., Waterford. The Coastal chapter has several open categories it is looking to fill.

The Groton Business Association will host their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 29 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Submarine Force Museum at Sub Base New London. Lt. Cmdr. Reginald Preston, the officer in charge of USS Nautilus, will discuss the planning process for the museum's next 30 years.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will hold its next Business After Hours networking event on Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center at 109 Pequotsepos Road in Mystic. Co-hosted with Gourmet Galley Catering. Admission is $15 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members, and includes complimentary food, refreshments, and entry to the evening’s door prize drawing. Advance registration is encouraged to avoid an additional $5 walk-in fee. New and prospective Chamber members are encouraged to come early for a Member Benefit Workshop beginning at 4:30 p.m. Those attending the workshop can attend the Business After Hours for free. Sign up online at www.ChamberECT.copm/events or call (860) 701-9113. 


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will hold a Political Candidate Academy, a two-session, non-partisan introduction to government service intended for political newcomers and experienced candidates alike. The first session on Thursday, June 22 covers the basics of running for public office, and the second session on Monday, June 26 delves into details of how to be at the center of a winning campaign. A one-time $35 fee covers admission to both sessions. Attendance at both sessions is mandatory. Sign up at or call (860) 701-9113. 

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will present a Regional Tribal Update Business Breakfast on Friday, June 23, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at the New London Holiday Inn, 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd. Chairman Rodney Butler of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Chairman Kevin Brown of the Mohegan Tribe will present their respective tribes’ developments and deliver an update on the tribes’ progress towards constructing a joint casino in the Hartford area. Admission is $17 for Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT members, $25 for non-members, and includes breakfast provided by Holiday Inn. Register in advance to avoid an additional $5 walk-in fee at or call (860) 701-9113. The Regional Tribal Update Business Breakfast is made possible through the support of the A/Z Corp.

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT's 29th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, July 10, at Mohegan Sun Golf Club, 7 Dows Lane, Baltic. See pricing and reservation info at or call (860) 701-9113. The tournament was originally scheduled for June 5.


The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for KnittyGrittyYarnGirl on Thursday, June 22, 5-7 p.m. at McCook Point Park's Pavilion in Niantic. KnittyGrittyYarnGirl is a mobile yarn boutique that brings yarn to the people for private parties, celebrations, events, fundraisers, and more. Admission is free and open to the public with no RSVP necessary. Learn more online at or call (860) 701-9113.

Wm. Cole has opened at 862 Stonington Road, Stonington, and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays noon-4 p.m. The home decor/gift shop offers such items as vintage chippendale bamboo and new laquered rattan to jewelry and gifts. The business is owned and operated by long-time area resident Chelsea Parilla.


Wendy Gencarelli, Financial Services Manager at Westerly Community Credit Union's Dunn's Corners Branch, has received her Series 6, Series 63, and Life and Health Insurance licenses. She is now a registered representative of CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. and a licensed insurance agent. She has been with WCCU for over 12 years.

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Center for Hospice Care received a donation from Scott Gladstone of Wireless Zone at the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event held at the Healing Garden at Center for Hospice Care. The $6,500 check was from proceeds from their recent “Sneaker for a Buck” campaign, and along with the Wireless Zone Foundation’s contribution earlier in the year, brings their total gift to Center for Hospice Care to $12,000. Wireless Zone stores in Groton, New London, Putnam, North Windham and Dayville participated.

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