J. Kelly Hoey, author of Build Your Dream Network

| 01.09.2017 |

Our first Superstar for 2017 is J. Kelly Hoey, author of the new book Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World.J.

 

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Jeff Vitti, owner of Tipping Chair Tavern, Milldale, Conn.

| 12.20.2016 |

For many people, the notion of musically inspired performers abruptly declaring "Hey, let's put on a show!" is strictly the stuff of old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movies. But for Jeff Vitti, that rhythmic idea took him out of the stability of the nine-to-five world and into the more challenging realms of entertainment and food service.

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This week, our Superstar focus is aimed at a fast-rising executive in the African commercial property world.

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Dan Topalis, owner of Topalis Clothing, Norwich, Conn.

| 11.28.2016 |

Dan Topalis is no stranger to the worlds of creativity and commerce. As a painter, he has gained notice in the Eastern Connecticut art scene for his brightly hued interpretations of flora and fauna, and his work has been included in dozens of exhibitions and prominent collections. As a businessman, he has owned and operated three art galleries and is currently running Gallery at the Wauregan on Norwich's Main Street.

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Michelle Shemilt, founder and president, Nudy Patooty, Toronto

| 11.01.2016 |

For Michelle Shemilt, business inspiration was based in business perspiration. This is an entrepreneurial story that is literally based in sweat equity!

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Alison Fand Kosakowski, owner of Ally's Earth Treasures, Milford, Conn.

| 10.17.2016 |

Alison Fand Kosakowski, not unlike many entrepreneurs, never originally intended to start a business. Indeed, her initial career focus was massage therapy, not the corporate world.

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Dan Baer, owner of Dan The Deal Man, Naugatuck, Conn.

| 10.11.2016 |

When Dan Baer entered the work force, he was uncertain where to go with his career goals. So, it seems, he went as many places as he could.

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Shane Kenny, founder of FilterSnap, Atlanta

| 09.26.2016 |

Six years ago, Shane Kenny and his brother Aaron sold their 11-year-old Internet filtering software business to McAfee for over $10 million. Today Shane is back in the filtering business, but not the digital variety: he is the founder of a service called FilterSnap that delivers air filters to homes on a regular schedule to ensure timely replacement.

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Judah Thomas, founder and head pastor, ThriveChurch, Plymouth, Conn.

| 09.13.2016 |

Judah Thomas has always been entrepreneurial. "I had my first business at 16, when I started a screen printing operation with t-shirts and hats," he recalled. "In order to do t-shirt work, I had to learn basics of graphic design. From there, I ran businesses where I sold digital media, stock photography and footage. After that, I did search engine optimization, web design, logo design, branding and printed goods."

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Chad Paolucci, owner of Darkest Before Dawn, Meriden, Conn.

| 08.22.2016 |

Chad Paolucci started playing music when he was 12, and over the years he created work that was strictly designed for an audio environment. Yet more recently, his focus shifted to another sensory field and his mind became rich with ideas that required another instrument.

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