tribes casino copyHARTFORD:  The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribe[s], released a rendering of their planned East Windsor entertainment and gaming facility. The two tribes also highlighted the benefits of Senate Bill 957 authorizing the casino and which would include an infusion of funding to assist the state's tourism industry.

According to the tribes the proposed development will be a “world-class,” 200,000 square foot gaming and entertainment facility with 2,000 slot machines and 50 to 150 table games. The Senate bill requires the facility to pay a 25% tax on its slot machines and a 25% tax on its table games.

The tax is similar to the fees being charged by the state of Massachusetts on the MGM Casino in downtown Springfield.

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HARTFORD: Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Awards. According to the Department of Economic and Community Development, The Connecticut Governor’s Tourism Awards recognizes those who “go above and beyond to enhance both the appeal of our state as well as the health of our economy.”  There are five categories for recognition and nominations are being accepted through Monday, April 7, 2017. Connecticut Governor's Conference on Tourism, will be help Thursday, May 4th at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Categories for Award and Your Nominations

2017 Tourism Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes either an individual or a group of individuals who “exemplify the positive impact volunteers can have on the success of Connecticut’s travel and tourism initiatives.”

Who’s eligible for nomination:

hearstNorwalk: Hearst Connecticut Newspapers have consolidated their office into a regional headquarters at Merritt 7 Corporate Park, Norwalk. Hearst has signed a new 11 year lease for 30,251 square feet in building 301 in the six building, 1.4 million square foot office complex.

Margaret Egan, Senior Vice President, Clarion Partners the owners of Merrit 7 said, “this brings their entire Fairfield County workforce to a Class-A workplace environment, allowing Hearst to optimize its operations."

By Mason Advertising

Microsites can be a creative playground for brands with a specific campaign, message, or call-to-action to showcase. Rather than be limited by the presentation and structure of an existing website, a microsite allows the brand to design a new experience that’s especially well-suited to the desired outcome, whether that’s awareness, advocacy, sharing, purchasing, or some combination of results.

So what is a microsite, and how might it come in handy?

A microsite is, in many ways, just what it sounds like: a small web property, limited in size and scope, which serves as an auxiliary website for a larger ‘parent’ site. It has its own URL and is typically designed and branded independently from the parent site.

A microsite often houses a unique promotion, a highlighted topic, a focused campaign, an alternative brand experience (such as a branded game), or a particular product or piece of content. It is usually just a few pages deep and might even be contained on a single page.

giardino MasonBETHANY: Joshua Giardino has been name the Director of Digital Strategies & Analytics at Mason an  “integrated marketing communications firm.”

Giardino was previously Manager of SEO & Marketing Solutions at Ipullrank, a Digital Marketing Agency in New York and the Bilco Company of New Haven as an IT Project Manager. A graduate of the University of New Haven, Giardino is a volunteer instructor at the Start-up Institute.

The agency release says that Giardino “will utilize his strategic methods for content auditing, keyword research, market analysis, site analytics and reporting to improve Mason’s marketing automation capabilities, and modernize the agency’s proficiency as a full-service partner.”

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Publishing Company’s Move Into Digital Publishing to Include Targeted Content
Business New Haven and New Haven magazine publisher Second Wind Media Ltd., is launching MAS: a Connecticut wide, Marketing, Advertising and Sales content channel. According to Editor and Publisher Mitchell Young, the digital effort will include an email newsletter, a webzine and social media.

Putterman Photo 11 26 14 3HARTFORD: The Connecticut News Project, publisher of The Connecticut Mirror and its sister websites TrendCT and CT Viewpoints, has named West Hartford resident and communications professional  Bruce Putterman as its new chief executive officer and publisher. The Connecticut Mirror is a nonprofit online news publication covering state and federal government, public policy, and politics.

Ulysses B. Hammond CNP’s board president said. “To be accountable to our mission and audience, this means CNP needs to be agile and cutting edge. Our board was very impressed by Bruce’s leadership skills, record of innovation, business experience, collaborative style, and knowledge of Connecticut. His combination of skills is just what we need to advance our mission.”

Putterman succeeds  Dave Daley a former editor for the online news site Salon, who had a short stint first taking the helm in July 2016, Daley moved on to be  a senior fellow with FairVote, a Washington, D.C.-based voting rights organization.

For sixteen years Putterman has run a West Hartford-based consulting practice focused on providing strategic planning and marketing services to private companies as well as  nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and public agencies.

Putterman offered that  his primary goal is to “make more information on more topics accessible to a growing number of people to promote greater engagement in democracy and public policy in Connecticut. The Connecticut Mirror has developed a stellar reputation for reporting by its outstanding journalists. I want to help build on that foundation.”

Putterman served as an elected member of the West Hartford Board of Education from 2003 through 2015, including three years as chair of the board (2011 to 2014). He received a Bachelor of Arts in history and an M.B.A. in marketing from Cornell University. He and his wife, Teri Bayer, live in West Hartford and have three children.

americafoodNEW BRITAIN: More competition is coming to Connecticut’s Supermarket market.  America’s Food Basket is expected to open before the end of April. The 22,000 square foot market will join another in New London, and is part of a now 47 store chain with outlets in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island.

America’s Food Basket LLC is a Cooperative, first established in 2007 and  says that it “supports and unifies independent retailers across the Northeast United States. With continuous growth on the horizon, America’s Food Basket operates within all five boroughs of New York, and expands into New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.” The New Britain store is part of an expansion of corporate owned stores.

In January AFB signed a long term agreement with the 18 billion Minneapolis based Supervalu foods as the wholesaler supplier to all of its stores.

MANCHESTER: Dalia Alberdi had been appointed as Director of Admissions and Marketing at Manchester Manor. Alberdi will be the facility’s liaison with its referring hospitals to facilitate patient admissions.

“We are thrilled to have Dalia join our team and strengthen our already best-in-class service to patients and their families,” said Billy Nelson, administrator of Manchester Manor. “Dalia will also build solid, dependable relations with area hospitals to ensure easy transition and exceptional care for our incoming residents.”

Alberdi comes to Manchester Manor from Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She is a graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. For more information, visit and

pimentel job2HARTFORD: Job Pimentel has been rolling with BMW Dealerships for years, from his home in Watertown to San Juan, Puerto Rico to Albuquerque, NM. Now Job has new employment at New Country Motor Car Group BMW in Hartford as its new General Manager.

dialSTAMFORD: Henkel Corp. based in Dusseldorf, Germany has a wide range of consumer and industrial products, and has more than 50,000 employees. The company has facilities throughout the United States and its US headquarters are in Rocky Hill along with the research division for its adhesives business.

ireneMIDDLETOWN: The Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, will be a little more flush as Makiaris Media Services, is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with a donation of 30 food items to the pantry.

The media consulting agency founded in 1987 will also be re-vamping its website, launching a new logo and marketing materials. Founder and CEO Irene Makiaris attributed the agency’s longevity and success to the her staff, saying, “our management team has a combined experience of over 140 years,” adding “what sets us apart is our dedication and commitment – we never stop learning, [we’re] always negotiating from a position of knowledge.”

HctglcARTFORD: The Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber (CTGLC) is looking for volunteers to help the group in planning of the its 10th Anniversary Gala.

CTGLC is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year: from Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities (CABO) in 2007 to Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber (CTGLC) in 2017 and the Gala Celebration is center stage.

If you are interested in being a part of the Gala Planning Committee contact

John Vincent Pica-Sneeden, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The first committee meeting will be in late February. 

gem logoNew Haven: GEM Advertising has been named Agency of Record for Griffin Health  a 160-bed acute care community hospital serving more than 130,000 residents of the griffin hospitallogoLower Naugatuck Valley Region in Connecticut. GEM Advertising is a full-service agency with additional locations in Vancouver, British Columbia; Boston, MA; and Chicago, IL.

GEM Advertising CEO, Chris Bartlett, said, “we’re thrilled to be in the position to both clarify and sharpen the Griffin Health brand. With their philosophy of advocating for preventative healthcare and treating the patient first regardless of their clinical diagnosis."

According to the agency the marketing campaigns will include “media planning (traditional and digital media), website revamping, design, copy, social media marketing and public relations and collateral materials.”

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MILFORD: Kevin Hall Design, a graphic design and consulting firm, is celebrating 25 years in business. The firm specializes in branding, logos and package design, for which the firm has won numerous national and state-level awards.

As one of Connecticut's leading logo designers, Hall has also written extensively about the importance of logos and trademarks and its positive impact on a company's bottom line. Some of Hall's clients include Hummel Bros., Jamaican Gourmet Coffee.....

grazianoNEW HAVEN: The former publisher of the Hartford Courant and General Manager of Fox 61 Richard Graziano has been appointed General Manager of WTNH and WCTX. The station was recently purchased by Nextstar Media Group [Nasdaw: NXST] of Irving, TX as part of the company’s $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General.

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HARTFORD: The date has been set and registration is open for The Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism [registration link] on May 4th at the Connecticut Convention Center.

The confab comes at a time that Connecticut’s largest tourism draws, the Foxwoods and the Mohegan Casinos are bracing for significant competition from new casinos, in neighboring Massachusetts and New York.

The Nutmeg tourism industry is said to employ more than 60,000 people, nearly a third at the two Casinos and their immediate vicinity. The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development [DECD] says, that overall tourism employment grew 13.6% in the past ten years and the Department of Tourism says that more than 1.6 million people visited Connecticut in 2015.

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DANBURY: The sharing economy will plow its way into a new market if James Albis has his way, with the launching of his new company and app Snohub. With the company’s app homeowners can find a snow plow provider without being a contracted account. Snowplow drivers can pick up a little extra business. Currently Snohub is available in Fairfield and Westchester County, NY.

Elm City Express Master 1200px copy 360 360 86 sha 100NEW HAVEN:  Professional “football” is coming to New Haven in the form of The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The Elm City Express has joined the league as an expansion team and the club will compete in the Northeast Region’s Atlantic Conference. Just last month, Aron Sarwar and Hami Kara announced that they were bring soccer and the league to Hartford.

The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid.  And has more than fifty teams spread across the country in cities as diverse as Perkaski, Pa., Fort Worth Tx., Chattanooga Tenn., Miami, Fl., and now Hartford and New Haven.

“We’re very excited about adding another team in Connecticut,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented. “We are also enthused by this ownership group, one that has international connections and massive experience.  Our fans and supporters will be treated to an incredible rivalry between Elm City Express and Hartford City FC.  There is no question that it’s an exciting time for NPSL soccer in Connecticut.”

Critics said Lady Gaga was also a winner at the Superbowl and now the superstar has announced her world tour will include the Mohegan Sun Arena on November 10th.

Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the ‎Joanne World Tour starting on August 1st in Vancouver, BC with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the U.K. before returning to North America in November and December this year.  Tickets prices can be rich with some going at $399 but are also available at $49. Tickets go on sale February 20th.


NEW HAVEN: After a seven year run Mark Higgins, the general manager of WTNH and WCTX-TV, will be heading south to Media General’s western Carolinas CBS affiliate, WSPA in Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.

Media General purchased WTNH then corporate parent LIN Media in 2014. WTNH/WCTX is the nation’s 30th largest market and WSPA/WCYW is the 37th largest market.Paul Spingola, director of marketing and digital media at WTNH/WCTX, said he will serve as interim general manager until a permanent one is named.


truminoBranford: Miami Bay Beverage LLC is changing its name to trimino Brands. trimino, is a leading protein water in the functional beverage category, and according to the company has “experienced explosive growth since its launch in late 2014.”

Bob Leary, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of trimino Brands said, “the change was made to better reflect the core brand and to position it for exciting brand extension coming in 2017.”

Match Buffalo NY 1 730x502NORWALK: - Match Marketing Group [Match] has acquired Chicago-based creative agency, Trisect. The company says the acquisition “adds capabilities and personnel to further strengthen its position as North America’s leading end-to-end integrated marketing agency.”
Trisect has delivered marketing campaigns for PepsiCo, Kawasaki, Chicago Bears, Slim Jim and Mike’s Hard Lemonade among others.


NEW YORK: Pepsi’s [NYSE: PEP] legal team of Monique N. Bhargava, Michael S. Elkin and Scott R. Samay of Chicago’s Winston & Strawn LLP, filed a response to Fairfield’s Betty Inc. [Advertising], that the soft drink company used copyrighted material pitched to Pepsi by Betty. Betty claimed the that the beverage company used its ideas for a Super Bowl ad.

New York federal judge Kenneth Karas will rule on the company’s dismissal request of  Betty’s suit. Pepsi contends its “Joy of Dance” Super Bowl halftime ad, was “substantially” different than the ideas presented in Betty’s pitch.

unh royWEST HAVEN: Subroto Roy, Professor of Marketing at the University of New Haven, in a paper coauthored with K Sudhir, the James L Frank Professor of Marketing at Yale University and Mathew Cherian CEO of HelpAge, India, wrote in INFORMS Journal of Marketing Science that small changes in the wording of a fundraising letter can increase donations by more than 300 percent.

newhavenlivingHARTFORD: The Hartford Courant announced it is ceasing publication of its New Haven Living magazine and its New Haven-focused edition of CTNOW, at the end of 2016.

According to New Haven magazine publisher Mitchell Young on launching by the Courant, several accounts were told by Courant representatives “New Haven magazine would be out of business in ninety days.”


WEST HARTFORD:The Connecticut Food Association (CFA)named Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), as the recipient of CFA’s Outstanding Industry Leader award at its 2016 Person of the Year banquet.  Wayne Pesce, CFA president, said “Leslie is a tireless champion for the nation’s food retailers and wholesalers and we’re thrilled to recognize her efforts in advocating on behalf of the food retail industry.”

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BOSTON & FARMINGTON:  The digital agency Primacy has hired Matt Cyr  as VP, Strategic Practices and lead for the agency’s higher education practice. Cyr will help account teams “provide strategic consulting, grow and deepen relationships” with Primacy’s existing education client base, and work with the business development team on prospective client activities within the industry.

FinalSaluteLogo5SUFFIELD:  Windsor Marketing Group (WMG) has announced the goal of hiring at least 12 military veterans in the upcoming year. 

In announcing the program, CEO Kevin Armata said “Veterans sacrifice some of the best years of their lives in service to our country and protecting our freedoms, yet it is no secret that many have had trouble finding employment as they make the transition back to the civilian workforce.” 

WMG has 185 employees and recently added 250,000 square feet to its facilities. 

tisonNORWALK: The Maritime Aquarium appointed Tina Tison Director of Marketing. Tison joins The Maritime Aquarium from Media Storm of Norwalk, where she served as a Managing Director for 10 years. Tison served as the senior executive on top brands including FX, Food Network and ABC Family and led integrated consumer marketing.

The Maritime Aquarium is  Connecticut’s second-largest family attraction; an aquarium rated by reviewers as one of the Top 20 aquariums in the U.S. and No. 1 in New England.  Previously, Tison held VP titles at both Grey Worldwide and Young & Rubicam in New York. She worked with top CPG brands, including P&G, Kraft, Campbell’s Soup and ConAgra Foods

cox 15MOHEGAN: Amber Cox was named the vice president of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun and the National Lacrosse League’s New England Black Wolves. Cox will manage operation of both teams.

Cox comes over from the Houston Dynamo (MLS), where she had been the chief marketing officer since Jan. 2015. She previously worked as the associate commissioner of women’s basketball for the Big East, and spent nine seasons in the Phoenix Mercury’s front office.


WESTERLY, RI: Kelley Tremaine, 48, former Advertising Director for the New Haven Register, Niche Products at the Hartford Courant, among other senior Connecticut media,  has been appointed associate publisher of The Westerly Sun, the Mystic River Press and the South County Press.

Elliot White, president of the Sun Media Group, is also publisher of the Meriden Record Journal and appointed Tremaine, who will head the advertising operations and report to Shawn Palmer, senior vice president and chief revenue officer.


eri gaulinBROOKFIELD: Indian Motorcycles are among the most storied bikes in America, originally manufactured in Springfield, Mass., home of the Indian motorcycle museum.
The Indian brand and its sister brand Victory are both owned by Polaris [NYSE: PII] in Medina, Minnesota.

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