Kevin Cooney

Kevin E. Cooney

South Windsor Fire Department

Chief Kevin E. Cooney is a 39-year member of the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department; an all-volunteer, 120-member organization. He started his fire service career following in his Dad’s footsteps and rose through the ranks, and has been serving as Fire Chief since 2012. He is thus starting his 11th year as Chief of the Department.

In addition to serving with the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, Kevin just retired after a 25-year career as Fire Officer with the Manchester Fire-Rescue-EMS Department / IAFF Local 1579.

Chief Cooney is Commander Emeritus of the Connecticut Statewide Honor Guard (CTHG). He is a co-founding member of the CTHG and is still active with the organization. Kevin is also a former Commander of local Honor Guards with South Windsor and Manchester (IAFF Local 1579) Fire Departments. With his Honor Guard passion, he has been active with the Foundation during the Memorial Weekends as well as local and State Memorials. Kevin is well known and respected for his long tenure of attending LODD services throughout New England supporting the families and Brothers and Sisters of our Fallen.

Chief Cooney holds numerous Officer/Instructor certifications from the CT Fire Academy and National Fire Academy and is also a Certified Fire Marshal.

Chief Cooney is active with many fire service organizations: member of IAFC/VCOS, he is a past President of the CT Fire Chief’s Association, past Treasurer and Secretary of the CT Fire Department Instructors Association, was a past Director and Deputy Coordinator of the Hartford County Fire Emergency Plan, member of the NFA Alumni Association (former CT Co-coordinator), member of the CT IAAI, member of the CT Fire Marshals Association, and many fire related groups. He also serves on the CT Fallen Firefighters Memorial Committee and is presently on the Advisory Committee and Board of Directors for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Locally, in 2013 he was honored as the South Windsor Irish Parade Fire Marshal for the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He serves on the Board of Directors for the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce, representing the South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department, and he is a life-long South Windsor resident and attended local schools.

Kevin resides in South Windsor with the love of his life, Christine, their daughters, and grandchildren.

James Babcock

James Babcock

NewHeight Creative, LLC

James graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and a minor in Environmental Sustainability.  He started his marketing business in 2016 to initially serve heating, plumbing, air conditioning and fuel providers throughout the country.  

In 2017, James expanded and began servicing all types of clients, mostly small to mid-sized businesses.  James enjoys working with people he can impact.  

James joined the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and built the new website while working with the office staff to manage event registrations and online payments.  

In addition to his time volunteering on the technology committee, First Responder’s Breakfast committee, and Holiday Social committee, James volunteers his time coaching Pee Wee hockey in Avon, Connecticut.  

David McMahon

David McMahon

Edward Jones Investments

David has been in financial services since 2013, after receiving his BS in Finance from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia. He became a licensed financial advisor and investment advisor representative in 2016, and moved his practice to Edward Jones Investments here in South Windsor in 2019. David helps serious, long-term individual investors achieve their financial goals by understanding their needs, implementing tailored solutions, and partnering with them throughout their lives to stay on track. Whether the goal is preparing for retirement, preparing for the unexpected, preparing for future education expenses, David uses an established process to deeply understand what’s most important to his clients, and help them make the decisions that are in their best interests.

Outside of work, David loves to spend time outdoors with his wife Krystal and their twin sons, Micah and Noah.

Victor Dorobontu

Victor Dorobantu

OtherDesigns

Victor Dorobantu founded OtherDesigns in 2006. He started out printing custom magnets and offering them online, and since then he has grown exponentially year-to-year. OtherDesigns now offers a full range of printing and design services to clients all over the world who turn to us because, Victor believes, he has created the perfect niche – fast service, low prices, and a personal touch. “I talk to people all the time who tell me they are using an online printer because they think it’s cheaper. The quality is so-so, but they think they are saving money,” he said. “OtherDesigns offers much higher quality, personal assistance and one-on-one service, and I can almost always match and often beat those prices.” Victor is a believer in customer interactions, constant communication and supreme customer service. Outside of work he is a vintage posters collector, traveler and espresso enthusiast. Victor lives in South Windsor with his wife Einat and their two girls, Leah and Maya-Zoe since 2006.

Stacy Camiros

Stacy Camiros

Webster Bank

Stacy Camiros has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry. As a Vice President and Manager at Webster Bank, she is responsible for the achievement of customer service, employee development, sales, operations and cross-sell initiatives in the South Windsor Banking Center and market area.  Stacy graduated from Wagner College with a BS Degree in Economics and Business Administration, and has worked in South Windsor for the past eight years.  She is dedicated to serving her local community and has been an active supporter of the United Way  for many years.  In addition, Stacy has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce for over seven years, as well as participated on many Chamber Committees.  As a member of the Webster Bank family, Stacy supports their mission to help individuals, families and businesses achieve their financial goals and looks to continually give back in the communities in which she serves.

Jill McAllister

Jill McAllister

Tonsha Marketing Agency

Jill has more than 20 years of marketing experience and more than 10 years in the telecommunications industry as a national account sales and marketing team manager. She formed Tonsha Marketing Agency in 2014 to serve small to mid-sized businesses, non-profits, credit unions and municipalities.

Jill is skilled in developing a clear understanding of her clients’ businesses and industries, and creating marketing plans that match objectives, competitive pressures, and allotted budgets. She oversees the creative processes of branding, re-branding, copy writing and graphic design. The agency also offers print, advertising, public relations, website, SEO, social media and content marketing services.

Jill holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, is a published author, a Solution Provider with Constant Contact, YEXT certified for digital presence and reputation management, and attends continuing education marketing classes at the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of the University of Hartford.

John Barber

John Barber

CHH Engraving, Inc.

John Barber is the owner of CHH Engraving/Promotional Marketing. He is a 35 year veteran in the promotional marketing field, who is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to help his clients Make Their Message Stick.

John is an active Rotarian in Agawam, MA., currently serving as President. Believing that making connections is vital to business and to the Chamber, John leads the twice monthly Morning Leads group at the South Windsor Chamber. In his non-work time, he enjoys walking, biking, golfing (badly) and traveling with his wife.  They have visited 46 US states and are well on their way to their goal of attending a baseball game in every major league park – 19 out of 30.

Jennifer Lovett

Jennifer Lovett

Crystal financial insurance services

Jennifer has been an active member of the Chamber since 2005, along with serving on a variety of State boards, Commissions, and Non-profit organizations-always bringing her expertise in insurance and business to the table.

She created her business in 2006 from scratch, and has since become the leading enrollment agency for health insurance in the State of CT. In her spare time, she lobbies in Washington as a Presidential Board member of the National organization, Health Agents for America, fighting for lower health insurance premiums and reforming healthcare as we know it.

In 2011, Jennifer’s agency received the “Business Expansion Award” from the Chamber and she states her most impactful memory of the Chamber is the support she received from the members during her first couple of years in business, when her business was most vulnerable.

Annie Mohanty

Annie Mohanty

Annie Mohanty

NEW YORK LIFE

Annie Mohanty, Financial Services Professional with New York Life,  is a long time resident of South Windsor. She joined the Chamber in 2017. Annie strongly believes in the potential of Young Adults and empowering them to make decisions with confidence ! She is a Mentor in TEMS and SWHS, Fundraising coordinator with the Boy Scout Troop 62 SW and Chairs the Outreach Committee at the Chamber. Annie looks forward to being a valuable resource to the Chamber and the Community. 

Samantha Gonzalez

Samantha Gonzalez

Samantha Gonzalez

Manchester community college

Past President

Samantha Gonzalez is an Associate Professor at Manchester Community College where she teaches courses in Communication and co-coordinates the General Studies degree program and oversees the College and Career Success courses. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Hartford, and is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut.  She has spent the last twenty years working in higher education in both public and private institutions.

Samantha has a deep history in South Windsor having grown up in town and was pleased to join the Chamber in 2016.  Since her appointment, she joined the planning committee for the Greater Hartford Women’s Conference which she Chaired in 2018, 2019, and 2021 as well as the committee for the annual Restaurant Crawl.  Samantha resides in town with her husband of twenty-five years, Michael, a former South Windsor Board of Education member, and her three children.

Benjamyn Frye

Benjamyn Frye

Benjamyn Frye

Skyline Financial Federal Credit Unon

Vice President

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

A 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