Chris Lemieux

Chris Lemieux

Red Heat Tavern

Chris Lemieux

A 25+ year veteran of the food hospitality industry.  I started to work in the industry immediately after turning 16 years old.  After graduating with a degree in Economics from UCONN I continued to pursue restaurant management.  I worked for a very prominent family-owned restaurant in Vernon for many year.  in 2009 my wife and I purchased a pizza restaurant in Guilford and operated it for four years.  After having 3 children we decided to move on from business ownership.  I connected with a good friend in South Windsor and did catering and banquets for many years.  I was approached with an offer to help start a new up and coming restaurant concept owned by Burtons Grill and Bar.  I accepted the offer to bring Red Heat American Tavern to South Windsor in February of 2018.  It is a very exciting time for us as the business is rapidly growing both in the location itself and throughout the east coast.     

Lynette Espinosa

Lynette Espinosa

Webster Bank

Lynette Espinosa

Lynette Espinosa joined Webster Bank over 28 years ago and currently is the Small Business Relationship Manager supporting Minority and Women Owned Businesses in the New England area. Lynette progressed through her banking career as teller, investment area support, to a Connecticut Branch Manager leadership role. As a Latina and a Hartford native, her passion as a Philanthropist is supporting and empowering the community she was born and raised in. Lynette sits as Treasurer on both the Executive Board of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board for the Center for Latino Progress and serves as Director for the Crossroads Community Cathedral Women’s Ministry. Lynette is a dynamic leader who inspires others through her boldness and endless dedication in supporting her community.

Kim Lachapelle

Kim Lachapelle

THE MAX Challenge of South Windsor

Kim Lachapelle

Kim Lachapelle is certified as a professional coach; credentialed through the International Coach Federation with over 3000 hours of professional coaching experience. She has over 30 years of management, leadership, business, and people development experience ranging from owning her current THE MAX Challenge of South Windsor fitness/nutrition studio, to leading a retail team of 750 managers and associates achieving over $100 million in sales. Kim also holds the position of Area Development Rep CT/MA for THE MAX Challenge Franchise.

Kim holds a Master of Management degree from Cambridge College, a professional coaching certification from the highly-regarded Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and a specialized Progressive Recovery Coach Certification. She is a bestselling co-author as well as a meditation recording artist.

Kim facilitates a variety of workshops focused around improving communication skills, knowing how and when to delegate to develop others, time management, improving on-the-job performance, in addition to vison board workshops, mindfulness & stress reduction strategies.

Giving back to the community is very important to Kim. In addition to hosting numerous community events for charity, she also serves as a volunteer coach for Stand Beside Them, an organization whose mission is to provide coaching services to our returning service members and their families/caregivers who may be encountering obstacles here on the home front. Kim received the Community Action Award from the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce in 2022.

For more professional details please visit Kim’s professional profile on Linked-In. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimlachapelle  and/or visit her websites to learn more about her services www.kimlachapelle.com or https://www.themaxchallenge.com/locations/south-windsor-ct/ 

Tywan Watkins

Tywan Watkins

Ion Bank

Tywan Watkins

Tywan Watkins has been a banking professional for 22 years and is currently a Business Relationship Officer and Branch Manager at Ion Bank in the South Windsor Office.  Tywan is dedicated to building strong relationships with his customers and takes pride in providing excellent customer service. He is passionate about helping his clients achieve their financial goals and works diligently to ensure that their banking experience is a positive one. Tywan is also dedicated to giving back to his community. He volunteers his time at local charities and non-profit organizations. Tywan is committed to making a positive impact in his community and he believes that by investing in people and supporting their aspirations, he can help create a better future. Tywan has been recognized for his commitment to excellent customer service and community involvement, receiving several awards throughout his career. He is a true asset to the banking industry and a model of what it means to be a caring and dedicated banking professional. Tywan serves as a Board Member for the South Windsor of Chamber Commerce as well as the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of numerous committees that serve the local communities.

Kevin Cooney

Kevin E. Cooney

South Windsor Volunteer Fire Department

Kevin E. Cooney

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 Babcock

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 McMahon

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

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 McAllister

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 Lovett

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.

Stacey Pellingra

Stacey Pellingra

Stacey Pellingra

HarborChase of Evergreen Walk

Stacey Pellingra

My name is Stacey Pellingra, I am the Executive Director at HarborChase of Evergreen walk. We are a Luxury assisted living located here in South Windsor. We have Assisted living services as well as a beautiful Memory Care. I am a Registered Nurse and have lived in the Town of South Windsor for 45 years. I have a passion for working with Seniors and have been doing so for the past 15 years.