Member Spotlight: Todd Smith

Todd Smith, Pavement Protectors in Branford, CT

Todd Smith Pavement ProtectorsPlease describe your ideal customer/client.
Our ideal customer is a home or business owner looking to maintain, repair and brighten up their asphalt driveway or parking lot.

What are your primary responsibilities?
I run just about everything at Pavement Protectors from sales to scheduling, customer service, billing, advertising, inventory, maintaining equipment, etc. but I enjoy what I do and I have a great team of guys that I work with so it’s not overwhelming.

What do you love about your job?
I love exceeding customer’s expectations. We often get calls or letters from customers letting us know how great of a job we did on their property and how much they enjoyed dealing with us.

Name your favorite Chamber service, program or event.
I truly enjoy the business connections hour the most both personally and professionally. I always like meeting new people and the BCH meetings have helped me expand our business to people I normally wouldn’t be able to get in front of to speak to.

What are some of your interests or hobbies?
I like to think of myself as a fairly decent artist, I paint murals in my spare time as a side job. Additionally, I love sports and staying active. I help out with a youth fitness program for boys and girl’s high school sports teams in Branford to help them stay in shape year round.

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
Customer service is the most important thing to me. This may sound cheesy but I truly think if you’re a good person and you care about your customers needs as if they were your own, no matter what business you’re in, you’ll be successful – or at the very least you’ll be appreciated. A lot of people want to make money but very few want to help others in the process. People trust me with their money and their homes. I do my best to make them happy and exceed their expectations.

Each month, we profile a Chamber member, who is randomly drawn from attendees at the monthly Business Connections Hour, held the third Wednesday of the month.

The Medicine Shoppe: Restoring the Hometown Feel of Care

The Medicine Shoppe in Old Saybrook is here to restore the hometown feel of care, explains pharmacist Laura Craven. "We offer free delivery, personalized pillbox packaging on prescriptions, one on one care and much more. We will also make transitioning from your current pharmacy easy and hassle free. Stop in today and experience personalized care!"

The Medicine Shoppe, 535 Boston Post Road

Caitlin Nuhn Named Program Director at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding

Old Lyme, CT (April 11, 2016) - Caitlin Nuhn of Westbrook, CT, has joined High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. as Program Director. In this role, she will oversee High Hopes’ therapeutic riding programs which serve more than 1,500 participants a year.Caitlin_Nuhn

A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, Caitlin earned a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She is a life-long equestrian whose association with High Hopes goes back to her high school years when she volunteered with the organization.

Most recently, Caitlin served as Director of Training and Employment at Vista Life Innovations, Madison, CT, where she provided organizational leadership and oversaw all aspects of program services. “Caitlin is a wonderful addition to our team,” said High Hopes’ Executive Director Kitty Stalsburg. “Her extensive work within the Human Services field and direct client contact will bring of a high level of expertise to High Hopes.”

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High Hopes is one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding centers in the United States, operating since 1974 and accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. High Hopes is committed to providing the highest quality service to all who might benefit, regardless of their financial means.

Member Spotlight: Dianne Hunt-Mason

Dianne Hunt-Mason, APRN and Psychotherapist

Describe your ideal customer/client.DHM
A person who is goal-focused and insight-oriented.

What are your primary responsibilities?
Diagnosing and treating issues regarding mental health.

What do you love about your job?
I get to help people live their best and most productive lives.

What is your favorite Chamber program?
The membership meetings are so high powered and productive!

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
Find something you love to do and then find a way to make a living doing it.

Submit Your News to the Chamber Web Site

We welcome news from our members. Do you have a new hire, a change in location, an anniversary, promotion or news you'd like to spread? Submit it here.

Below are Step-by-Step instructions for logging into the Member Information Center (MIC):

1.            Begin at the Chamber’s home page

2.            Click on MEMBER LOGIN in upper right hand corner (located above the search bar)

3.            Enter your individual representative log in credentials, and then submit

4.            In the left hand column, click on "NEWS RELEASES"

5.            Click on the blue button, "ADD NEWS RELEASE" and enter your information

If you are unsure of your user name and password, please call 860 388-3266 or email the chamber office and we will send you an invitation to create your credentials.

Once you are logged into the MIC you have tools and resources at your fingertips to help you maximize your member benefits, including submission of news and press releases. 

We reserve the right to publish only information we determine to be acceptable.


Member Spotlight: Sybil Nassau

Sybil Nassau is Branch Manager of the Gluten Intolerance Group Shoreline East

How can Chamber members benefit from your organization?
Education and information about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. We are the only
support group located on the shoreline.member profile photo

What are your primary responsibilities?
I'm responsible for supporting the mission: awareness and education for the community, support for members, and to be a source of information.

What do you love about your job?
The diversity of membership, recognizing talents and abilities of members and involving them in projects. Planning events. Responding to needs of others, and helping members acclimate toa  new diet.

My favorite Chamber events:
I love the way the Chamber draws members together and responds to changing needs.

My interests and hobbies:
Reading, gardening, travel, enjoying two great grandchildren and grown grandchildren!

What is your personal philosophy on how to be successful?
Figure out your strengths and abilities, find a career/job that lets you fly while doing what you love, and you will be successful!


Member Spotlight: Marie Mozzi

Marie Mozzi, vitality coach, is owner of Get Real With MarieMMozzi_copy

How can chamber members benefit from your business?
I can help individuals or businesses find their vitality again! Productivity is a byproduct of how we ultimately treat ourselves. Energy, efficiency and success come from functioning at peak performance. With the right food, exercise and stress reduction, performance can only increase! There are so many confusing messages. Allow me to provide the truth by dispelling myths associated with wellness.

A business environment needs to promote personal success rather than one that creates a self sabatoge effect with morning danish and donuts, and little or no focus on personal well being. I’ll provide a motivational overhaul on “dirty habits” of the workplace that will ultimately increase productivity, morale and improve overall health. I also work with individual clients, families and groups providing programs that include the three powerful components of health-food, exercise and life balance issues (stress reduction, sleep etc)
Stop complicating the process to just feeling better! There are sooo many myths out there.

Primary Responsibilities
As owner of Get Real my responsibility is in educating individuals and groups on the truths around optimal living. I am passionate about sharing that message. I use a variety of modalities to help create personal lifestyle programs, provide educational lectures and seminars to groups and community members.

What do I love about my job?
I love the aha moments! Coaching to a place where a company or individual embraces and implements a “different” way to reach their goal rather is so exciting. My soft spot and work with teens and young adults is also a passion of mine. They really want to know the truth on feeling good---we just have to tell them!

Favorite Chamber event-- Ummm… not fair. It is hard to pinpoint one favorite Chamber event. I can’t do it! Each one of them has their own flair. Bottom line for me is seeing Community members support and honor one another. That’s my favorite part.

Hobbies, interests- I guess you could say I’m a performer at heart. I love to dance and sing. With an Italian and Irish background I love to cook! Over the last few years I’ve enjoyed taking family recipes given to me by clients and flipping them around to contain all natural and healthy ingredients. Never say never!!

Personal philosophy- Always remain a student and learn from everyone you meet. Even in a handshake there is a message. Build relationships, never being too busy to offer some help. You know that it will come back tenfold!!


Be a Trendsetter in 2016

Promote your business while supporting the work of the Chamber. We are offering three levels of
yearlong sponsorship. And if you commit by January 15, we will include a very special bonus.

TRENDSETTER -- starting at $500
Custom designed for your marketing strategy and budget

INFLUENCER -- starting at $1,500
  • sponsor a Community Event
  • yearlong logo on Chamber website
  • Wave sponsor
  • print & social media exposure

VISIONARY -- starting at $3,000
  • premier sponsor of community event
  • yearlong presenting sponsor of business program of your choice
  • yearlong logo placement in two places on Chamber website
  • yearlong Wave sponsor
  • print & social media exposure

Email "I'm In" to the Chamber office and let's get started promoting your business today!

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