Benjamyn Frye

Benjamyn Frye

Benjamyn Frye

Skyline Financial Federal Credit Unon

Vice Elect

Benjamyn Frye is the Chief Operating Officer at Skyline Financial Federal Credit Union. He is an experienced banking leader with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Benjamyn offers a full banking relationship—from deposits to loans to business needs—to help his customers achieve their financial goals. Just like his customers, Benjamyn is passionate about helping his community thrive. He has previously worked with the Salvation Army, Junior Achievement, and was a campaign chair on the United Way board.

Liliana Serrano Rojas

Liliana Serrano Rojas

Liliana Serrano Rojas

Innomarket Innovative Solutions LLC

Secretary

Liliana is a professional with over 15 years experience in Strategic  Marketing, Communication, Sales and Organization of Events and Conventions.

Her commitment to clients includes the creative development of their ideas  to the complete  implementation of their projects.

She has worked in companies specialized in City Marketing and Political marketing,  for both the private and public sectors.  

Lili currently works as Director of City Marketing and Strategic Marketing at Innomarket Innovative Solutions LLC. 

She is a Mother, a professional, an entrepreneur, a dreamer, but most of all she is  a doer. 

Gladys Ortiz

Gladys Ortiz

Glays Ortiz

The GO Affect

Treasurer

Gladys Ortiz is the CEO and founder of The GO Affect, a proud latina and mother of 3 beautiful children located in Connecticut.

I pride myself in helping women and men thrive in their everyday lives. I very am fortunate to be an expert in my field for the past 20 years and hold numerous certifications in Leadership and Coaching.

It is important for me to build solid connections while continuing to grow existing relationships, this is something that takes time and requires a great deal of trust.

I am passionate about helping my people work through the mind drama that hinders them from taking action.

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Vasanth Kainkaryam

4 Elements direct primary care

President Elect

Vasanth Kainkaryam, MD, MS is a board-certified Internist and Pediatrician, and holds a Masters in Health Informatics.  Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to have held a variety of roles as a physician, as a medical director, and as a Chief Medical Officer.  He started 4 Elements Direct Primary Care to focus on what he believes is the most important aspect of health care: the doctor-patient relationship.  In this innovative model, he has brought together knowledge and expertise to build a health care experience that is truly focused on the relationship with the patient, building rapport, and meeting people where they are with a holistic approach, all while understanding that health is far more complex than a list of diagnoses or drug interactions.

Colleen Sullivan

Colleen Sullivan

Colleen Sullivan

south windsor physical therapy plus

President

SA dedicated physical therapist, Colleen received her Masters in PT from Springfield College, MA in 1997. During her many years of professional practice Colleen has provided training in injury prevention, women’s health, post operative rehabilitation and spinal stabilization programs. Colleen opened PT Plus in South Windsor in 2006 where she maintains the highest standards of patient care. She is a provider who truly listens to her patients and provides appropriate treatment to address overall function and wellness of every individual. She prides herself in the fact that PT PLUS is a comfortable and fun environment for patients to truly thrive during their rehabilitation process. Colleen loves the outdoors and staying active. She participates in both golf and soccer leagues, as well as Boot Camp and yoga. Colleen has special manual certifications in GRASTON and Dry needling as well as training for patients with Vestibular and Post Concussive disorders.

BizTalk w/ Anil & Basanth

BizTalk w/ Anil & Basanth

Episode 11

BizTalk w/ Anil & Basanth

May 11, 2021

Topic

Computer Coding

Guest

Anilkumar & Basanth Marigowdar

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Jennifer Lovett

Episode Details

Watch the video to learn more about

  • Code Ninjas and their connection to South Windsor
  • What coding means and how it is used
  • Why programmers and software developers are among the fastest growing occupations
  • Why small businesses should invest in internal development of IT resources through training programs

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guests

Anilkumar
Anilkumar is the COO and Co-founder of RoboWarriors LLC. On the professional front, he has 20 years of experience as a Senior R&D Engineer with an acute interest in solving customer problems with innovative ideas and the latest technologies. Taking forward his passion for teaching, he enjoys teaching kids the art of logic building and the design & development of robotics and Drones. In his spare time, he enjoys music, sports, and teaching the Kannada language.

Basanth Marigowdar
Basanth Marigowdar is the CEO and co-founder of RoboWarriors LLC. With 20 years of IT experience at various capacities and passion for teaching technology, his learning center Code Ninjas located in Manchester, CT offers coding and robotics courses for kids age 7 and above to elevate their creativity and problem-solving skills. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, biking, and hiking.

Anilkumar
Code Ninjas

Basanth Marigowdar
Code Ninjas

Intro

MKT BOOTCAMP:

Introduction

Thursday, April 29, 2021  |  3:00 pm

Presented by Jill McAllister, Marietta St. Onge, James Babcock, John Barber, & Liliana Serrano

Event Details

 

In this first kick-off session, you will meet each of the presenters who will give a brief overview of each workshop. We will also share a few of our favorite apps that you can begin to use right away in your marketing. We’ll define some often-used marketing terms to expand your understanding of different strategies and concepts.

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Headshot & Bios

MKT BOOTCAMP:

Headshots & Bios

Thursday, June 24, 2021  |  3:00 pm

Presented by Marietta St. Onge

Event Details

 

Business Headshots and Bios…OH MY!

Your business is built, your brand created and your company is open for business. But what will people say when they read your biography and look at your headshot? Will they be able to recognize you from your headshot when you meet in person? Will your bio make them yawn or sit up and stare in awe? In this one-hour program we will review how to craft the perfect headshot and bio that will get you noticed above all others. Howoften to update both and what kind of headshots and bios belong on your social media, website and speaker packets. It might still be difficult to write about yourself. You may not want to be photographed…ever. Even for the most confident person, self-promotion can be exhausting. But never fear! There are a few ways you can keep your “about me” writing and visuals on point—without pulling your hair out.

Web Optimization

MKT BOOTCAMP:

Web Optimization

Thursday, July 8, 2021  |  3:00 pm

Presented by James Babcock

Event Details

 

Web Optimization –  take Charge with knowledge. 

Your web presence isn’t just your website and a bunch of pretty pictures.  Together, a functional website and strategy to get customers there can be intimidating and expensive.  Learn how to take control and measure returns on your digital investments.

Google My Business

MKT BOOTCAMP:

Google My Business

Thursday, July 22, 2021  |  3:00 pm

Presented by James Babcock

Event Details

 

Google My Business – is it worth it?

The cost of listing your business in the most important digital directory might surprise you.  If you provide local or regional services, learn why the 100% FREE listing is a must.

LinkedIn & Bios

MKT BOOTCAMP:

LinkedIn

Thursday, August 5, 2021  |  3:00 pm

Presented by Marietta St. Onge

Event Details

 

There are more than 350 million professionals on LinkedIn. How do you stand out? Like every social media platform, LinkedIn has its own culture and purpose. Think of it like a business conference (to Facebook’s reunion-like atmosphere or Twitter’s house party). LinkedIn is for business. People expect you to talk about business and aren’t offended when you talk about your business or product as long as you’re tactful and offer value to whomever reads your posts and comments.  In this one hour class, we will go over the basics of LinkedIn. How to use the 80/20 rule, how to engage and connect with your network, and your professional profile, how often to post. Come and learn how to put your best business face forward and succeed with LinkedIn.

Email Marketing

MKT BOOTCAMP:

Email Marketing

Thursday, August 19, 2021  |  3:00 pm

Presented by Jill McAllister

Event Details

 

Email Marketing Quick Start Seminar

We understand that kick-starting your email marketing strategy can be a daunting task. It takes all of the things that small businesses and non-profits don’t seem to have- time, effort and budget. This workshop is designed to assist you with finally taking the email marketing leap.  Whether you are looking to get started with email marketing or you know there are some best practices you missed when starting out, we will get you off and running (or continuing to run) on the right foot!

In this presentation we’ll cover:

  • Why email marketing must be a part of your marketing strategy
  • The 7 elements to successful design
  • How to grow your email list
  • How to write your email
  • How to design your call to action
  • And much more!

Writing

MKT BOOTCAMP:

Writing

Thursday, June 10, 2021  |  3:00 pm

Presented by Jill McAllister

Event Details

 

In this session, you will learn how to write to fit various placements online and in print. We’ll take sample content and find ways to adjust it. We might even throw a little grammar in the mix!  If you stumble on what to say, where to say it, and how to say it, this class is for you. If you have something you’ve written but would like it critiqued or to see how to adjust it for different placements, please email it to jill@tonsha.com and we’ll use it as samples in the class.

Marketing Plan

MKT BOOTCAMP

Marketing Plan

Thursday, May 13  |  3:00 pm

Presented by Liliana Serrano

Event Details

 

How to build your Marketing Plan:

A marketing plan is a significant portion of your overall business plan and is designed toidentify your ideal target market and how you’ll reach it.

Below the topics that we will develop more in depth during the bootcamp:

 

Business Information
Headquarters, mission statement, marketing team, etc.

Introduction / Goals
What you’re hoping to achieve and how

Competitive Analysis

SWOT Analysis
Identify your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Target Market
Explain who you will be marketing to

Buying Cycle
How, when and where your buyers buy

 

Unique Selling Proposition
Explain what differentiates you from your competition

Brand
Discuss how your brand is currently perceived and how you’d like it to be perceived

Website
Talk about how you plan to improve your website

Marketing Channels
Explain how you will use the following channels to achieve your goals
– Content marketing
– Social media marketing
– Email marketing

SEO
Explain how you SEO strategy will be incorporated

Measurements and KPIs
Detail how you’ll be tracking the progression of your marketing plan

Marketing Strategy and Tactics
– Recap your strategy in a brief synopsis
– Include 4 – 5 tactic initiatives

Episode 10: BizTalk w/ Kim & Noelle

Episode 10: BizTalk w/ Kim & Noelle

Episode 10

BizTalk w/ Kim & Noelle

March 2, 2021

Topic

Inclusive Employment

Guest

Kim Morrison & Noelle Alix, Co-founders of BeanZ & Co.

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

James Babcock

Episode Details

Watch the video to learn more about

  • What having an intellectual and developmental disability means
  • The high unemployment rate of 80% for individuals with IDD
  • The educational background and training of individuals with IDD
  • Benefits and challenges of being an inclusive employer
  • How a small business would go about creating a position for someone with IDD and the available resources

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guests

A restaurateur and caterer, Kim Morrison is passionate about making the world a better place to eat, work and live. Founder of The New England Pasta Company and co-founder of the inclusive café and coffee shop, BeanZ & Co., Kim is creating hope and inclusive employment opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Kim’s daughter Megan who has Down syndrome was the inspiration for Kim to partner with long-time friend Noelle Alix in opening BeanZ & Co.—a place where everyone belongs. Kim and Noelle’s mission? To promote inclusive workplaces everywhere.

Noelle Alix is an inclusive employment advocate and co-founder of BeanZ & Co., and by day is a finance attorney with the international law firm, Vinson & Elkins LLP. Appreciative of all those who made inclusive education a reality for her daughter Cate who has Down syndrome, Noelle was eager to do her part to break the next glass ceiling of inclusive employment for those with IDD. Noelle and Kim have witnessed the benefits of doing so at BeanZ & Co. and encourage other employers to follow their lead—one employer, one employee at a time.

To learn more about Kim Morrison and Noelle Alix and BeanZ & Co.’s inclusive employment mission visit: beanzandco.com

Kim Morrison
BeanZ & Co. Co-Founder

Noelle Alix
BeanZ & Co. Co-Founder

Episode 9: BizTalk w/ Heather Oatis

Episode 9: BizTalk w/ Heather Oatis

Episode 9

BizTalk w/ Heather Oatis

February 23, 2021

Topic

COIVD-19 Vaccine

Guest

Heather Oatis, REHS/RS, Environmental Health Officer, Town of South Windsor

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

James Babcock

Committee Members

James Babcock, NewHeight Creative LLC

Michael Sanzo, Imperial Oil & Plumbing Co.

Annie Mohanty, New York Life

Jennifer Lovett, Crystal Financial Insurance Services

Vasanth Kainkaryam, 4 Elements Direct Primary Care

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About Heather

Heather has worked in the field of public health since 2007 after graduating with a BS in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. She has worked with the Town of South Windsor for four years. Prior to that, she was with the Manchester Health Department and Ledge Light Health District. Heather is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health from the University of New England.

Heather Oatis, REHS/RS, Environmental Health Officer

Episode 8: BizTalk w/ Liliana Serrano Rojas

Episode 8: BizTalk w/ Liliana Serrano Rojas

Episode 8

BizTalk w/ Liliana Serrano Rojas

January 21, 2021

Topic

City Marketing

Guest

Liliana Serrano Rojas, Innomarket Innovative Solutions LLC

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

James Babcock

Committee Members

James Babcock, NewHeight Creative LLC

Michael Sanzo, Imperial Oil & Plumbing Co.

Annie Mohanty, New York Life

Jennifer Lovett, Crystal Financial Insurance Services

Vasanth Kainkaryam, 4 Elements Direct Primary Care

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About Liliana

Liliana is a professional with over 15 years experience in Strategic Marketing, Communication, Sales and Organization of Events and Conventions.

Her commitment to clients includes the creative development of their ideas to the complete implementation of their projects.

She has worked in companies specialized in City Marketing and Political marketing, for both the private and public sectors.

Liliana currently works as Director of City Marketing and Strategic Marketing at Innomarket Innovative Solutions LLC.

She is a Mother, a professional, an entrepreneur, a dreamer, but most of all she is a doer.

 

 

 

 

Liliana Serrano Rojas
Innomarket Innovative Solutions LLC

Episode 7: BizTalk w/ Daniel Rosow

Episode 7: BizTalk w/ Daniel Rosow

Episode 7

BizTalk w/ Daniel Rosow

December 22, 2020

Topic

Real Estate

Guest

Daniel Rosow, Real Estate Advisory Group LLC

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

James Babcock

Episode Details

Learn more about the following questions

  • Many landlords and tenants are struggling with rent, volume, productivity, and leaving a lease can be hard. What strategies have you employed?
  • What is your recommendation for businesses that are thinking about buying commercial property and offices vs. leasing, or those that are leasing and are thinking of buying?
  • How has COVID changed commercial property management and what new techniques have you implemented?

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guest

Dan Rosow, owner of REAG NE, has a 25+ year career in commercial, retail and industrial real estate. He is a member of numerous industry associations and frequently moderates real estate marketing sessions around the country. Using his vast experience, he leads his firm in representing clients as buyers, sellers, and tenants, implementing the correct strategies to accomplish their real estate goals. The firm also specializes in repositioning under-performing assets.

Daniel Rosow
Real Estate Advisory Group LLC

Episode 6: BizTalk w/ Peter DeMallie

Episode 6: BizTalk w/ Peter DeMallie

Episode 6

BizTalk w/ Peter Demallie

November 12, 2020

Topic

Civil Engineering Industry

Guest

Peter DeMallie, Design Professionals

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Annie Mohanty

Amy Pinard

Episode Details

Learn about:

  • Design Professionals, Inc. and what they do
  • Projects they are currently working on
  • How the pandemic has effected the business and employee morale
  • Recommendations for businesses just starting out
  • Thoughts on the biggest challenges for small businesses during this time and how we can overcome them

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guest

Peter DeMallie is President of Design Professionals, Inc., a sixteen person multi-disciplinary consulting practice with offices in South Windsor. Services include civil engineering, landscape architecture, land surveying and urban planning. Since the firm’s inception in 1986, DPI has been involved in over 4,000 land development projects, ranging from residential communities, retail centers, industrial developments, office buildings, houses of worship and parks to educational facilities. Our primary market is New England’s Knowledge Corridor. Mr. DeMallie was educated in the Westport public schools, attended Hiram College in the Cleveland area, and obtained a graduate degree in community planning from the University of Rhode Island. He has held a number of positions in the South Windsor Chamber, including a term as President, and he is presently Chairman of the New England Knowledge Corridor Partnership, the economic development agency for the nation’s 20th largest market – Metro Hartford/Springfield/New Haven, with a population of nearly 2.9 million. He resides in South Windsor with his wife Anne. They have two children, Erin and Peter, both of whom are married, and four grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

Peter DeMallie
Design Professionals, Inc.

Episode 5: BizTalk w/ David Brooke

Episode 5: BizTalk w/ David Brooke

Episode 5

BizTalk w/ David Brooke

October 15, 2020

Topic

Real Estate

Guest

David Brooke, Brooke Group Real Estate

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Michael Sanzo

Amy Pinard

Episode Details

Watch the video to learn more about

  • Trends in real estate since Covid-19.
  • Thoughts on where the commercial and residential market will be over the next year.
  • The increase in more people investing in outdoor living spaces since Covid-19.
  • South Windsor being ranked 12 in the country as the top places to live by Money Magazine.

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guest

David Brooke is founder and Team Leader of Brooke Group Real Estate at eXp Realty; a vibrant, ever-growing team of energetic, knowledgeable and dedicated agents and staff who are committed to providing their clients with an experience that reflects the company’s vision statement “Demand Excellence.” David holds himself and his team to the highest standards of integrity and his valued clients can be confident of exceptional customer service throughout the entire transaction process; whether buying, selling or investing.

David and his team are dedicated to consistent growth, both professionally and personally and their strategic training and education in all areas of real estate practices and procedures is an integral part of the company’s culture. In addition to being a licensed real estate agent in both CT and MA, David’s background as a licensed real estate appraiser brings added value to his client services and an increased depth of knowledge. Utilizing state of the art technology and offering step by step support and guidance, clients can be confident David and his team are committed to their utmost success.

David and his team at Brooke Group Real Estate was ranked in the top 1% of the Keller Williams company, with over 52 million in sales and 300+ homes sold in the last 12 months. Along with his outstanding customer service that has been recognized with multiple “Best of Hartford” nominations and extensive 5 star reviews, David has established himself as a proven real estate agent and trusted leader and businessman.

 

 

 

David Brooke
Brooke Group Real Estate

Episode 4: BizTalk w/ John Carbone

Episode 4: BizTalk w/ John Carbone

Episode 4

BizTalk w/ John Carbone

September 22, 2020

Topic

Healthcare Plans

Guest

John Carbone, Access Health CT

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Jennifer Lovett

Amy Pinard

Episode Details

Watch the video to learn more about

  • What is Access CT and who’s using it.
  • Programs and options for small businesses.
  • Why a business would go Access Health CT rather than go to an insurance company directly and what role does an insurance broker have in that process.
  • Next steps for small businesses to learn more about the programs or enrollment.
  • 30 seconds worth pearls of wisdom to viewers.

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guest

As Director of Access Health CT SHOP and Product Development, John works with employers, brokers, vendors and carrier partners to increase the visibility, membership and understanding of our Small Group products and Standalone dental plans.

Prior to joining Access Health CT, John held positions with MD Health Plan, HealthNet and The Health Consultants Group. His over 25 years of working experience in the healthcare industry has provided him the understanding and intellectual capacity to act as an assertive, driven leader with an abundance of expertise focused on a client-centered approach.

 

 

John Carbone
Access Health CT

Episode 3: BizTalk w/ Dr. Geeta Nayyar

Episode 3: BizTalk w/ Dr. Geeta Nayyar

Episode 3

BizTalk w/ Dr. Geeta Nayyar

September 17, 2020

Topic

Healthcare IT & Innovation

Guest

Dr. Geeta Nayyar

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Amy Pinard

Episode Details

Watch the video to learn more about

  • Why it’s important to look at different groups of people (culture, age, etc.) from a health perspective and the role technology has with that.
  • How the work environment will change due to Covid-19.
  • How can employers use health technology to keep employees healthy.
  • If the way TeleHealth is paid for will change.
  • How to and where to get resources to design an employee health program.

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guest

Dr. Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A., is a nationally recognized leader in healthcare information technology, a physician executive, a frequently sought-after public speaker, and an author with unique perspectives that bridge clinical medicine, business, communications, and digital health. Dr. Nayyar currently serves as Executive Medical Director for Salesforce.

As a specialist in rheumatology, Dr. Nayyar maintains active practice and faculty affiliation with the University of Miami and serves on the University of Miami Medical School Alumni Association Board. She also has held several positions in media and with professional societies, including as the host of “Topline MD TV,” and as a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) board of directors.

In her free time, she enjoys volunteering and helping train medical students at the University of Miami Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS). Dr. Nayyar also enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her daughter and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geeta Nayyar, M.D., M.B.A.

Episode 2: BizTalk w/ Lissa Robinovitz

Episode 2: BizTalk w/ Lissa Robinovitz

Episode 2

BizTalk w/ Lissa Robinovitz

September 2, 2020

Topic

Diversity

Guest

Lissa Robinovitz, LR Business Solutions, LLC

Hosts

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Annie Mohanty

Amy Pinard

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About The Guest

Lissa Robinovitz, SPHR, is Founder & President of LR Business Solutions LLC, a Human Resources consulting firm. The firm partners with organizations to develop practical strategies to overcome challenges, exploit opportunities, and achieve results in every stage of the business lifecycle.

Ms. Robinovitz offers clients over 25 years of diverse HR experience, from small businesses to global Fortune 500 corporations. She holds a BS in Business/HR, an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking & Innovative Practices, and is Past President of the Human Resource Association of Central CT, a 400-member affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

When not working, Ms. Robinovitz is a dedicated community volunteer, supporting Hospice, Palliative, and Vigil patients and families in private homes, residential facilities, and hospitals for nearly 20 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Lissa Robinovitz
LR Business Solutions, LLC

Episode 1: BizTalk w/ Cesar Lopez

Episode 1: BizTalk w/ Cesar Lopez

Episode 1

BizTalk w/

Cesar Lopez

September 2, 2020

Topic

Data

Hosts & Guests

Vasanth Kainkaryam

Amy Pinard

Cesar Lopez

Committee Members

James Babcock, NewHeight Creative LLC

Michael Sanzo, Imperial Oil & Plumbing Co.

Annie Mohanty, New York Life

Jennifer Lovett, Crystal Financial Insurance Services

Vasanth Kainkaryam, 4 Elements Direct Primary Care

Sponsored By

Crystal Financial Insurance Services

About This Episide

Cesar Lopez from The Hartford joins host Vasanth Kainkaryam and co-host Amy Pinard to talk about data. Watch the video above to learn more!