Catherine H. Smith, Chair
Department of Economic and Community Development
Catherine Smith is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, expanding affordable housing opportunities and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities. Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed her to the position in April 2011.
Prior to joining DECD, Commissioner Smith had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry.
She began her career at Aetna in 1983 and held various management positions, including chief financial officer for Aetna Financial Services. Later, at ING, she served in numerous leadership positions, including chief operating officer for ING U.S. Financial Services; president of Health, Education and Government Distribution; and CEO of the U.S. Insurance businesses. In 2008 Smith was named CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services, one of the largest defined contribution plan managers in the United States with more than $280 billion in assets under management and administration.
Smith has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and in the media and has been named to U.S. Banker magazine’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Nonbank Women in Finance” and The 401kWire’s “100 Most Influential People in Defined Contribution.” Smith is vice chair of Outward Bound, USA. She also serves as chair of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.
Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and received a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut.
|Karen K. Buffkin
Office of Policy and Management
Karen Buffkin is deputy secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), the governor’s staff agency. OPM plays a central role in state government, providing information and analysis used to formulate public policy for the state and assisting state agencies and municipalities in implementing policy decisions on the governor’s behalf.
Prior to working at OPM, Buffkin served as general counsel to the state comptroller and the State Board of Labor Relations. She also served as special counsel and assistant corporation counsel in the Corporation Counsel’s Office for the City of Hartford. Deputy Secretary Buffkin currently serves on the governor’s Business Tax Policy Review Task Force. Buffkin sat on the board of the Connecticut Development Authority until it merged with Connecticut Innovations on July 1, 2012.
Deputy Secretary Buffkin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of arts in political science. She received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law and was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1992.
|Michael A. Cantor
Cantor Colburn LLP
Michael Cantor is co-managing partner of Cantor Colburn LLP, a leading national firm specializing in intellectual property law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Patent Law Association, the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the International Trademark Association. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He also teaches patent law and procedure as an adjunct professor in patent law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Within five years after he joined the law firm Fishman & Dionne, Cantor was named a partner, and the firm evolved into Fishman, Dionne & Cantor. At the time, the firm had approximately 10 patent attorneys. Cantor and his co-managing partner Philmore Colburn have grown the firm over the past 15 years at an unprecedented rate. Today, Cantor Colburn LLP is a full-service intellectual property firm with robust patent, trademark, copyright and litigation practices. The firm has more than 100 attorneys and patent professionals in offices in Hartford, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Houston and Detroit. Cantor Colburn ranks among the top 10 largest patent firms in the United States. Cantor Colburn’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, select high-tech startups, universities and numerous mid-sized companies in the United States, Japan, Korea, Europe, Israel and the Americas. Cantor has represented businesses from a broad range of industries, including high technology, entertainment, and consumer products, and he is a frequent speaker and author on intellectual property issues.
Cantor has been actively involved in educational outreach geared to introducing school-age children to engineering and the world of invention. The firm sponsors the Cantor Colburn LLP Scholarship for the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering as well as a lecture series at the University of Connecticut School of Law directed to intellectual property and entrepreneurship issues. The Cantor family personally sponsors the Cantor Family Scholarship for the University of Connecticut School of Business. He serves on the boards of the University of Connecticut Foundation, the Connecticut Technology Council, the University of Connecticut Engineering Advisory Board, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and he is a corporator of Hebrew Health Care. Boards he has previously served on include the Connecticut Development Authority and the University of Connecticut’s Institute of Material Sciences Advisory Board. Cantor and his wife, Shari, are active supporters of the American Heart Association, the UConn Hillel and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Shari Cantor is deputy mayor of the Town of West Hartford.
Cantor graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. with honors in chemical engineering/materials engineering in 1980. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1983.
Cantor was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
University of Connecticut
Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D., is the provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of Connecticut. Prior to that, he served as dean of engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Choi brings to the Connecticut Innovations board in-depth knowledge about energy conversion and environmental pollutants – in particular, soot that is emitted during combustion, which has been the focus of his current research effort.
Before joining the University of Connecticut in 2008, he served as department head of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies at Drexel University. Choi has helped to develop national outreach and educational programs with federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, NASA and the U.S. Department of Education.
Choi is the recipient of a number of national awards for teaching and research and in 2007 was elected president of the International Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. He serves on the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority Board of Directors.
Choi earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and received a bachelor of science degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Choi was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors by Senate President Donald Williams.
Director of Innovation and Outreach at Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Gail Coppage serves as the director of innovation and outreach at Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU), reporting to interim president Philip E. Austin of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. She is responsible for championing innovative efforts throughout the 17 institutions of ConnSCU; driving the development and launch of new initiatives and services for ConnSCU; and helping to contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of opportunities and efforts supporting students, faculty, staff and industry. She also promotes economic development activity and workforce development within the State of Connecticut.
Gail assists the president in leading a change in culture and growing new innovative initiatives throughout ConnSCU with the encouragement and direct support of diverse partnerships at the local, state, regional and national levels. Her role is viewed as that of a change agent and facilitator, providing opportunities for new tools, training and implementation of state-of-the-art innovative approaches. She supports the vision and strategic direction of the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, working across all two- and four-year institutions of ConnSCU to establish it as a model of a successful, reorganized, innovative system of higher education in Connecticut.
Prior to joining ConnSCU, Gail served as the state director of workforce development for the Community College System, which received several federal grant awards in support of student success, workforce training and innovative new programming. She also worked at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), where she served as the state director of business recruitment, specializing in the financial services, information technology and distribution and logistics industry clusters. In this role, Gail was responsible for the continued advancement of the statewide industry cluster initiative while supporting efforts to provide workforce training to new companies relocating to the state of Connecticut. She has also held managerial, elected and appointed positions in both the financial services industry and local and state government.
Gail serves on numerous boards including the National Education Council of the Manufacturing Institute and the National Leadership Council of the National Skills Coalition.
Gail holds an M.S. in public administration from Central Connecticut State University and a B.S. in music education from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She is also certified as an economic development finance professional.
of Energy and Environmental Protection
Daniel C. Esty is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). DEEP is the state agency charged with conserving, improving and protecting the state’s natural resources and environment and ensuring that Connecticut has a clean, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply.
Prior to becoming commissioner, Esty was Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale University. He held faculty appointments in Yale’s environment and law schools. He also served as director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Center for Business & Environment at Yale.
Esty is the author or editor of 10 books and numerous articles on environmental policy issues and the relationships between environment and corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, globalization, governance and development. His recent prize-winning book Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage argues that pollution control and natural resource management have become critical elements of marketplace success and explains how leading-edge companies have folded environmental thinking into their core business strategies.
Esty’s career includes serving in a variety of senior positions for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as practicing law in Washington, D.C. Esty received the American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy for “pioneering a data-driven approach to environmental decision making” and developing the global Environmental Sustainability Index.
Esty served four years as an elected planning and zoning commissioner in his hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut, and served on the board of directors of The American Farmland Trust, Resources for the Future, and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. In addition, he served as an energy and environmental policy adviser on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and as a member of the Presidential Transition Team.
Esty holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from the University of Oxford, and a law degree from Yale University.
Esty was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
Alan K. Greene, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer
AKG Partners, Ltd.
Alan Greene is chief executive officer of AKG Partners, Ltd., a consulting firm in Darien, Connecticut. Greene provides strategic planning and financing alternatives to small, startup technology companies and serves on the board of directors of many of the companies he advises.
For over 30 years, Greene worked for Price Waterhouse in various capacities, including as managing partner of the Stamford office, national director of tax services, and managing partner of the corporate finance group. Greene was admitted to the Price Waterhouse partnership in New York in 1974.
Greene was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors by Senate Minority Leader John McKinney.
Joseph J. Kaliko
President and CEO
Gaming Innovations International LLC
Joseph J. Kaliko serves as president and CEO of Gaming Innovations International LLC, which designs innovative gaming products and services for lotteries and their suppliers internationally. He is a member of the Connecticut and Ohio bars and is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As an inventor, Kaliko has been awarded patents which have been used to launch businesses in the U.S. and abroad.
During the past two years, Kaliko served as special advisor to Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM), where he co-authored a report on the state of the state’s intellectual property commercialization and monetization activities. He also worked closely with legislators to secure the passage of Public Act 11-243, signed into law by Governor Malloy in 2011, to enhance legal protections for volunteer first responders throughout the state. Kaliko has served as a first responder in Greenwich and sits on the board of directors of the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation.
Kaliko has extensive experience in IP and patent law. Since the early 1990s, he has specialized in procuring and licensing gaming technology patents. For the past 30 years, he has operated a successful IP law practice in Stamford and Greenwich, serving Fortune 500 companies as well as individuals. Prior to that, he served as patent and general counsel for Schlumberger Ltd companies in the U.S. and abroad. He was also a member of the patent staff at Bell Labs, where he focused on the patentability of software, identifying and protecting intellectual property in telecommunications, electrical, computer and applied bio-medical disciplines. While there, he also managed mergers, acquisitions and international technology transfers.
In addition, Kaliko was a member of the technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he worked for the government defense contract facility in Whippany, New Jersey. While there, he developed software for the Spartan and Sprint anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems, integrating radar, missile hardware and early real-time multiprocessor computing technologies as part of a team of scientists laying the foundation for present-day missile defense shields.
Kaliko holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Montclair State College and a master’s degree in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He completed his doctoral studies in operations research at NYU’s School of Engineering and went on to earn his juris doctorate studying law at both Seton Hall University and Capital University.
Kaliko was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
|Richard T. Mulready
Chairman and CEO
RM Bradley Management Corporation
Richard T. Mulready, chairman and CEO of RM Bradley Management Corporation, started the company in 1975 in Hartford. His real estate career, which spans 44 years, began in mortgage banking and lending, and evolved to include property management, brokerage, development and consulting.
Mulready is the majority shareholder of RM Bradley, which manages approximately 6.5 million square feet of commercial space. He has developed several premier properties in the Greater Hartford area, including Metro Center One, a 325,000-square-foot office building and adjoining 1,200-space parking garage; and 800 Mountain Road, a luxury condominium project.
Mulready earned an MBA, with a specialization in real estate and urban land economics from UCLA in 1968, after his undergraduate work at the University of Hartford and Holy Cross College. He has served as a member of the board of trustees of St. Joseph College, and as a member of the board of directors of Gaylord Hospital, the Hartford Stage Company, the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, The Hartford Architecture Conservancy and St. Francis Hospital. He currently serves on the board of directors of Connecticut Innovations and the board of finance of The Metropolitan District Commission.
Mulready was elected to the Connecticut state legislature as a state representative from the 20th Assembly District in West Hartford in 1986. He was re-elected in 1988, 1990 and 1992. During his latter two terms, he served as the chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, and as a member of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee.
Denise Lynn Nappier
State of Connecticut Office of the Treasurer
Denise Lynn Nappier is the first African American woman elected to serve as a state treasurer in the United States and the first African American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut. She was elected in 1998 and reelected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman to be elected treasurer in Connecticut history.
Since she took office in 1998, Nappier’s accomplishments have been extraordinary. In addition to overseeing $52 billion in state funds, she has saved Connecticut citizens and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars. The asset recovery and loss prevention program that she established, the first of its kind in treasury history, has recovered nearly $1 billion. Treasurer Nappier also initiated and successfully led efforts to establish a tax deduction for Connecticut families who contribute to CHET college savings accounts in order to encourage Connecticut residents to save for higher education; this program has become one of the most accessible and affordable college savings programs in the country. In addition, Nappier was the architect of a coalition of housing, business, community and municipal leaders to establish the Housing Trust Fund for Growth and Opportunity, aimed at increasing affordable housing for working families in Connecticut. She was also the original proponent who worked with legislators to enact Connecticut’s landmark Gift Card Law, which prohibits expiration dates and non-use service fees on gift cards sold in Connecticut.
Throughout her administration, Treasurer Nappier has served as a catalyst and effective advocate for financial literacy for people across the state, working with the private sector and community- and faith-based organizations to expand financial education programs. She also led efforts to create Connecticut’s Individual Development Account program, a matched savings program designed to help working families attain financial goals.
The Nappier administration has shattered numerous records in returning unclaimed assets to rightful owners. The state’s Second Injury Fund, which administers injured workers’ claims, has not raised assessments on Connecticut businesses for 13 consecutive years, saving Connecticut businesses $653 million. In addition, Nappier’s ingenuity and leadership in the management of the state’s debt program have saved Connecticut taxpayers more than $657 million.
Treasurer Nappier is one of the nation's leading institutional investors working for corporate reform on issues including executive compensation, conflicts of interest in accounting practices, independence and diversity of board members, and disclosure of financial risks of climate change. She proposed and co-chaired the Institutional Investor Summit on Climate Risk, held at the United Nations in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010.
Widely respected by her peers, Treasurer Nappier served five terms as treasurer of the National Association of State Treasurers and is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Connecticut Chapter, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. The Hartford native previously served as Hartford city treasurer for nearly 10 years, and as executive director of Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture.
Nappier was named as one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk Management magazine (2006 and 2010) and one of the “50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business” by Black Enterprise. She has also received the Corporate Responsibility Leadership Award from Citizens for Economic Opportunity (CEO), the National Association of Investment Companies Pacesetter Award, and the Good Housekeeping magazine Award for Women in Government in recognition of her advocacy of responsible corporate behavior and high ethical standards. In 2008, she received the prestigious Legend Award from Plan Sponsor magazine.
She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She holds honorary degrees from Teikyo Post University, Trinity College, Briarwood College, the University of Hartford and the University of Saint Joseph.
Administrative Assistant to the Mayor
City of Torrington
Stephen Nocera serves as administrative assistant to the mayor of the City of Torrington, Connecticut. In this capacity, Nocera manages a wide variety of matters on behalf of the mayor and the city, including media inquiries, state and federal grant applications, and constituent matters for both the mayor and the city. He also manages staff in the mayor’s office during the mayor’s absence. In addition, Nocera provides technical expertise to the Municipal Renovations Committee.
Prior to joining the mayor’s office, Nocera held several positions that provided experience with the legislative process and communications.
Nocera received a bachelor of arts in political science from Marist College and was a Hansard Scholar at the London School of Economics in London, England. Nocera was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors by House Republican Leader Lawrence Cafero.
John Olsen serves as president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, which consists of approximately 500 affiliated labor unions involving more than 200,000 union members statewide. He has served in this capacity for more than 20 years, having first been elected to the post in 1988. Under Olsen’s leadership, the AFL-CIO’s commitment to political education, legislative action, grassroots organizing and community mobilization has strengthened organized labor’s voice as an advocate for all of Connecticut’s working families.
Olsen got his start in the labor movement as president of the UA Local 133, the plumbers’ and pipefitters’ union, and later he was elected to the Connecticut AFL-CIO Executive Board. He subsequently served as general vice president and then as secretary-treasurer, the second-highest ranking position in the statewide labor movement.
In addition to his leadership positions in labor relations, Olsen served as secretary-treasurer of the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and the Connecticut Executive Training Committee.
Olsen was first appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors in 1989. He was reappointed by former Governor M. Jodi Rell.
Alexander D. Pencu, Esq.
Meister Seelig & Fein LLP
Alexander D. Pencu is a partner at Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, a full-service commercial law firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Stamford, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Pencu concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation and products liability. Pencu has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startup enterprises in a wide variety of matters from “bet the company litigation” to routine business disputes involving breach of contract claims, business torts, unfair trade practices, trade secret misappropriation, shareholder derivative suits, securities, antitrust, disputes from the sale of businesses and non-compete claims.
Pencu has presented at seminars and has authored legal publications, most recently for organizations such as the Westchester & Fairfield County Association of Corporate Counsel and the international legal publication JURIS. Pencu is active in the Democratic City Committee for the City of Stamford. Prior to joining Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, Pencu was an attorney with Robinson & Cole LLP and served in the cabinet of former City of Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy’s administration.
Pencu is a graduate of the University of Rochester (B.A. 2000 in economics and political science) and the University of Connecticut (J.D. 2004). He is admitted to practice in the Connecticut and New York State Courts, the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Pencu was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
Paul R. Pescatello, J.D., Ph.D.
President & CEO
Connecticut United for Research Excellence
Paul R. Pescatello is president of Connecticut United for Research Excellence Inc. (CURE). CURE is a statewide, member-supported coalition of over 100 educational and research institutions, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and other supporting businesses. It is dedicated to promoting the growth and increasing public understanding of biomedical research and science in Connecticut, such as CURE’s ongoing work to support stem cell basic research (including its successful advocacy for $100 million in funds for such research) and promote the translation of that research into new companies and therapies.
Pescatello is an attorney and lobbyist with over 20 years of technology, public affairs and public policy experience. As special counsel to the governor, Pescatello was responsible for drafting and lobbying technology company tax and economic development “cluster” legislation for Connecticut. He sits on numerous boards, including Developing World Cures Inc., a startup neglected disease drug discovery company. Pescatello is chair of the New England Biotech Association and co-chair of We Work for Health Connecticut. He also serves on the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Umbilical Cord Blood Bank Committee, the Statewide Biobank Feasibility Study Committee, and the Healthcare Working Group’s Clinical Trials Supersite Subcommittee.
Pescatello received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He also holds a B.A. in political economy from Colorado College.
Pescatello was first appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors in 1989. He was reappointed by former Governor M. Jodi Rell.
Raphael A. Santiago
Santiago Law Group LLC
Rafael A. Santiago is the managing member of Santiago Law Group LLC, a business law firm providing legal counsel, solving problems and delivering value for businesses throughout Connecticut. Santiago maintains an active legal practice in corporate, commercial and financing transactions. He regularly represents both buyers and sellers in structuring, negotiating and documenting sophisticated business acquisition transactions. He also represents institutional lenders and business entities in structuring, negotiating and documenting sophisticated single- and multiple-lender corporate, commercial and real estate financing transactions.
Santiago is an active participant in many professional organizations, including the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, the International Law and Practice and Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Business Law Section of the International Bar Association, and the Inter-American Bar Association. He currently serves on the Connecticut Bar Association Standing Committee on Long-Range Planning, the American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Committee, and the Latin America Law Initiative Council. He has also served on the American Bar Association Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession.
Santiago served as the national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association from October 2000 until October 2001. He served on the Board of Governors of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation. Santiago is a founding member and past member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association. He has chaired its Fundraising Committee and is an active participant in the association’s mentoring program.
Santiago is active on the boards of numerous community-based organizations, including Guakia Inc., Old State House Inc., and Beth El Temple of West Hartford Inc. He was appointed in 2000 to the State of Connecticut Advisory Commission on Multicultural Health and currently serves on the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System.
Santiago earned his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Tufts University. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut School of Business Administration and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Santiago was appointed to the Connecticut Innovations Board of Directors by former Governor M. Jodi Rell.
David M. Siegel
North Shore Ventures LLC
David Siegel’s professional career spans 35 years. He first served in the public sector for six years as an assistant attorney general and as an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts. He then entered the private sector as an attorney in Boston, specializing in litigation and real estate law, representing large real estate companies and developers in acquisitions, dispositions and development. Also, he served for eight years as general counsel at The Hamilton Company, a major Boston real estate owner and developer.
In 1997, he moved to Connecticut to join Konover Properties, now the The Simon Konover Company, a real estate firm with a large portfolio of hotels, office buildings, retail centers and apartment communities. Working directly for Simon Konover, the founder and president, Siegel served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for nearly a decade. In charge of the company and its operating units, including its management divisions and its development and construction units, Siegel gained extensive hands-on experience in a myriad of asset classes and business operations. Under his direction, the company significantly expanded its portfolio through numerous development projects and acquisitions, and Siegel was instrumental in the underwriting, structuring and financing of these deals.
Since leaving Konover in 2007, Siegel was associated with Corridor Ventures, a student housing company in Avon, Connecticut, where with his partners he sourced, underwrote, capitalized and closed approximately $70MM of student housing properties in the eastern United States. Most recently, he worked with Propark Real Estate Advisors LLC, an affiliate of Propark America, a national parking company headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut. At Propark, he played a key role in the underwriting, permitting, construction and capitalization of the country’s first “green” parking project, a 4,200-car LEED Gold facility called Canopy Airport Parking, serving Denver International Airport, that opened for business in November 2010 (www.canopyairportparking.com). Siegel is a partner in this $20MM project, which is performing well.
Siegel now serves as the principal of North Shore Ventures LLC, consulting and working with real estate owners and investors, combining his extensive operating expertise with his experience underwriting, structuring and capitalizing complex real estate projects. He maintains his affiliation with Propark Real Estate Advisors for deals relating to parking.
Siegel graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Boston College Law School and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Also, he holds real estate broker licenses in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. He is a member of the Commission on Disabilities for the Town of West Hartford, Connecticut, where he resides with his family and enjoys playing clarinet in local community groups, hiking and tandem bicycling.
|Christopher J. Swift
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.
Christopher J. Swift is executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services. As the company’s CFO, Swift is responsible for finance, treasury, capital, accounting and investor relations. Additionally, Swift has oversight of the newly formed Enterprise Transformation Office, which is charged with managing, coordinating and tracking the company’s strategic progress. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Swift joined the company in March 2010 from American Life Insurance Company (ALICO), an operating company of American International Group (AIG), where he held a variety of executive leadership positions, most recently, vice chairman, American Life Insurance Company. Prior to his role as vice chairman, Swift held executive positions including global CFO of AIG Life and Retirement Services, and EVP, CFO, and head of annuity operations for American General Life Insurance Companies.
Swift began his career at KPMG focused on financial services. He rose through the ranks at the firm and was eventually appointed head of the Global Insurance Industry Practice. In this capacity, he was responsible for matters ranging from strategic and regulatory to audit, risk, advisory and tax services.
Swift received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University and earned a certified public accountant designation. He is a member of the International Insurance Society.