Plainville Chamber of Commerce Announces 110th Annual Awards Recipients
Plainville, CT –The Plainville Chamber of Commerce will hold their 110th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on April 24, 2018 at Nuchie’s Restaurant in Forestville, CT. The Chamber Awards honor those businesses and individuals whose actions create a positive impact upon the Plainville economic community.
Business of the Year – Farmington Bank
Farmington Bank is a full-service community bank providing personal, small business, commercial and government financial solutions in Plainville at their East Street and New Britain Avenue locations. Farmington Bank is dedicated to business development, consumers and community. During the last several years, Farmington Bank has offered free seminars to better educate the community in the areas of cyber-crimes, and start up business skills. They work closely with the Town of Plainville Economic Development Office to expand Plainville businesses as well as to move businesses into our community. Additionally, Farmington Bank has supported the community by serving as members of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce, Plainville Food Pantry, Plainville Rotary, Wheeler YMCA and have also provided career counseling and classes through Junior Achievement. This award will be presented to Antonella Calabrese, VP and Branch Manager.
Distinguished Women in Business Award – Jane Carney, Painting and Decorating, Inc. (PDI, Inc.)
Jane started her career at age 9 working for her Mom and Dad at Carney’s East End Variety Store in New Britain. Currently, she is the President/Owner of Painting and Decorating, Inc., (PDI, Inc.), a Women Owned and Operated multi service Paint Contracting Company. PDI, Inc. specializes in quality interior and exterior painting services covering all areas of commercial, institutional and residential. PDI, Inc. was founded in 1973. Jane joined PDI, Inc. in 2009 as a Project Manager. She purchased the business in 2013. Jane, a resident of Plainville relocated her business from New Britain to Plainville in 2014, 6 months later. In addition to her demanding job, Jane is an active member of both the Greater New Britain and Plainville Chamber, and has been a sponsor for the Plainville Girl’s Little League for several years. She served as a Plainville Chamber Board Member from 2015 to 2017 and was instrumental in the planning and success of the Plainville Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament and has provided support through hosting and attending Business after Hour Networking and other events.
Beautification Award – U-Haul Moving & Storage of Pinnacle Rock
On March 24, 2016, the real estate arm of Amerco, parent company of U-Haul purchased the North Plant building from Industrial Connections & Solutions, LLC, formerly General Electric.
The 183,711 square foot building that sits on a 15 acre property was vacant for seven years. The U-Haul sustainability program reduces the impact on local environment by reusing existing buildings along with repurposing and recycling all building materials verses demolishing it and building from the ground up. Will Cintas, Owner’s Representative is overseeing the construction that is still continuing. U-Haul will expand the company’s product and service lines along with new landscaping that will enhance the building and surrounding area.
U-Haul Company of CT is committed to our town and as a Plainville Chamber member looks forward to supporting events as well as organizations that benefit our community as a whole. This award will be presented to Will Cintas, Owner’s Rep.
Distinguished Community Leadership Award – Shirley Osle, Assistant Town Manager
Shirley has served the Town of Plainville for 38 years. As Assistant Town Manager, she provides a key leadership role that extends to work on budgets, special projects, purchasing, community events and all aspects of Human Resources. Shirley received the Town’s Distinguished Budget Award for 17 straight years. She implemented the Community Human Services Committee that quarterly brings together all town related human service agencies. In addition, she actively served in many capacities as a Rotarian, including Rotary President, Chair of the Penny Sale, and is currently Rotary Scholarship, Rotary Foundation and Rotary Golf Tournament Chairs.
Shirley is also active as a Plainville Chamber Board Member and United Way Allocation Committee Member and is an active volunteer in the schools.
She was instrumental in the launch of the Plainville Pumpkin Fest. For many years she served on the Project Graduation Steering Committee and Downtown Block Party Committee.
Shirley’s leadership skills were notably demonstrated when she was appointed Interim Town Manager twice when circumstances required this. This was an enormous responsibility and Shirley continued to deliver exceptional service during this time. Shirley accepts each challenge with courage and commitment to the Town.
Non-Profit of the Year – Rotary Club of Plainville
The Rotary Club of Plainville is a 501 C 3 organization comprised of dedicated volunteers. Each week, the club meets locally to either plan or work towards supporting the community as well as in international initiatives.
The Rotary holds three (3) major fundraiser each year, the annual Plainville Rotary Penny Sale. Golf Tournament and Citrus Sale.
Over the past 5 years, their volunteerism and support have resulted in over $130,000 in scholarships and donations of over $75,000 to community organizations.
Their volunteerism and commitment to the community is demonstrated by rolling up their sleeves and supporting many Plainville projects such as the Gazebo at Linden School, repaving the walking path at Norton Parks and the Gold Star Memorial Monument in Veteran’s park.
A team from the Rotary Club supports Rotary International project, such as Shelter Boxes, the eradication of Polio initiative and physically installed mechanisms for pure drinking water in villages of Honduras.
In addition, The Rotary Club has also lead the formation of the PHS Interact Club. This club is for students who are interested in tackling issues in the community and helps to build leadership skills and foster the next generation of Rotarian Leaders in Plainville.
This award will be presented to Gregg Karall, Chairperson.
Distinguished Family in Business Awards: Tabitha Wazorko Manafort, Principle, TWM Development and Quinn Wazorko Christopher, CEO, M&T Transmission.
Tabitha Wazorko Manafort started her TWM Development business 10 years ago. She is instrumental in saving Plainville homes that have historic value. Tabitha sees the potential in gems too many overlooked or considered candidates for demolition. Among them, former health director Dr. Tortolani’s home on Maple Street and former Linden Street School principal Esposti’s home on Hough Street. As evidence of her pride in her town and country, she places an American flag near the front door in memory of her father, the late veteran, school board member and Plainville native, Tom Wazorko.
Active in the community, Tabitha served on the Plainville Board of Education, the Plainville Community Pantry Board, and has been a volunteer basketball coach in the town’s Recreation program. She also served on the Board of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. She and her husband, Justin Manafort, can be counted on to support a cause or sponsor an event and Tabitha regularly contributes her repurposed furniture creations as raffle prizes for Plainville fundraisers.
Quinn Wazorko Christopher assumed the role of CEO in Sept. 2017, following the tragic death of her husband Ted Christopher, a Plainville native and longtime Plainville business owner.
Ted, a NASCAR race car driver and owner of M&T Transmission on South Canal Street, died when the plane he was a passenger in, crashed while transporting him to a race on Long Island. Within days of his Sept. 15 death, Quinn, with heroic support and help of the Christopher family, her own family and a myriad of friends, made the decision to step in as business CEO and maintain rather than close her husband’s successful Plainville company. Since September, she has focused on learning as much as she can about the intricacies of running the business and has maintained its success and is steering its growth.
Quinn is a three-term Plainville town council member and former town constable Active in the Plainville Democratic Town Committee before her recent move to Southington, she and her late husband were well-known for their contributions to a variety of Plainville non-profits and causes, a commitment she continues today.
These sisters are exemplary role models in their own way and in their own businesses. And they are also stellar proof that family matters. The two have turned to each other on more than one occasion as mentors, nudging the other and insisting “it can be done.”
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available for the April 24th event through the Plainville Chamber of Commerce Website. www.plainvillechamber.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.