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Kevin O'Leary has been appointed Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at Mystic Seaport. This newly created position reports to the Senior Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and provides direction and oversight to the Museum's Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Communications, and Digital Content teams in support of the institution's combined revenue goals. Prior to joining the Museum, O'Leary was the Director of Business Development for Guru Media Solutions in California and Vermont. He lives in Middletown, R.I. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.

Chelsea Groton Bank promoted 21 employees following a Board of Trustees meeting. Katherine Allingham of Preston, Senior Vice President, Director of Compliance and Risk Management; Kelly Allard of Sprague, First Vice President; Richard Balestracci of Stonington, First Vice President; Tamela Higgins of Westerly, First Vice President; Jean McGran of Norwich,  First Vice President; Kristin Zummo of East Lyme, First Vice President/Director of Business Intelligence; Melinda Burridge of Waterford, Vice President; Chrissy Caplet of Bozrah, Vice President, Operations and Security Manager; Jennifer DeLucia of North Franklin, Vice President; Sarah Dion of Oakdale, Vice President; Dawn Sandvoss of Mystic, Vice President; Lisa Fields of Griswold, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Manager; Vira Fiore-LaBrecque of Waterford, Assistant Vice President; Maria Grenier of Scotland, Assistant Vice President; Sara Lundy of Oakdale, Assistant Vice President; Yana Kozleva of Preston, Assistant Vice President; Rebecca Magner of Pawcatuck, Assistant Vice President; Mandy Crispim of Norwich, Assistant Treasurer; Damen Norton of Groton, Assistant Treasurer; Elizabeth Owen of Norwich, Assistant Treasurer; and Timothy Rich of Norwich, Assistant Secretary. For more information, visit www.chelseagroton.com.

NETWORKING

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT will host its first Business After Hours of 2022 on Jan. 26 at Mystic Luxury Cinemas, featuring networking and a movie. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or at 860-701-9113.

WORKSHOPS

SCORE will host:

"Website Planning 101," Jessica Baldwin, co-founder of Cardsetter, Tuesday, Jan. 25, noon-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

"Developing Your Marketing Playbook (or 5 Thrifty Marketing Plays for Small Businesses)," Sarah Blecher, Thursday, Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

"Small Business Loans: Issues and Options," Chelsea Groton Bank, Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, Small Business Administration, and Community Investment Corporation, Thursday, Feb. 10, noon-1:30 p.m., Zoom."

"How to Start & Run a Successful Non-Profit," SCORE counselor Bob Potter, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at anne.driscoll@scorevolunteer.org.

HONORS

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club has been named a Boaters' Choice Award Winner by Marinas.com for the fourth consecutive year. The 2021 recipients list includes a diverse range of marine businesses, from private yacht clubs to public service yards, and locations from the west coast to Marinas.com's hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. Stonington Harbor Yacht Club offers dock space to visiting boaters, May-October on their 240-foot floating dock just inside the breakwater on the starboard side of the harbor. Dock guests are welcome to dine in the restaurant and make use of the many amenities including showers, laundry, ice, water, electricity and Wi-Fi. Reservations can be secured by visiting www.dockwa.com/stoningtonharboryachtclub.

GIVING

The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded $319,864 in funding to 37 organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut. This round of charitable giving brings total grants awarded to $1,114,764 for 2021, the largest annual giving amount in bank history, and the second year in a row surpassing the million-dollar milestone.

The recipients included: Madonna Place, Norwich, $5,000; Martin House, Inc., Norwich, $1,500; Thames River Community Service, Inc., $4,000; Ledyard Food Pantry; Pomfret Food Pantry; Project Pin (People in Need) Food Pantry (Moosup); Friends of Assissi Food Pantry, Danielson; Interfaith Human Services of Putnam; St. Vincent de Paul Place, Norwich; St. Mary's Food Pantry, Griswold. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit: www.centrevillebank.com.

The Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation has awarded $4,750 in grants to four organizations dedicated to supporting arts and culture, as well as youth services. The grants were announced Jewett City Savings Bank President and CEO Michael Alberts. A $1,500 grant was provided to the Trustees of Roseland Park; the Preston Historical Society, Inc. was awarded a $1,250 grant; Opera New England of Northeastern Connecticut and Northeast Opportunities for Wellness, Inc., received $1,000 each. For more information, visit www.JCSBank.com.

MEMBERSHIP

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT welcomes its newest members: Krave Wellness, LLC; Swad Tandoori restaurant, New London; Just Dump It, Old Lyme; and Mohegan Trading Post, Ledyard. Visit www.ChamberECT.com to discover the full Chamber member directory.

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