Honors and Awards
Frank Rowella Jr.,
managing partner of
Reynolds & Rowella,
with offices in
Ridgefield and New
Canaan, won a Five
Star Wealth Man-
ager award in the category of taxation,
one of a select group of 14 taxation
professionals to do so. This award
represents less than two percent of
candidates surveyed by Five Star
Professional from among a group
of 14,400 financial professionals
throughout Connecticut. This is the
second consecutive year that Rowella
has been named an award recipient.
Howard L. Carver, retired managing
partner at Ernst & Young, Hartford, was
inducted to the Junior Achievement of
Southwest New England's Business
Hall of Fame in April.
Credit Union Presi-
Edward Danek Jr.
was chosen to join
the Federal Reserve
Bank of Boston's
First District Community Depository
Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC)
for a three-year term.
BlumShapiro sponsored "Lessons
in Leadership," a discussion series
for area business, educational, and
nonprofit leaders interested in im-
proving their leadership understand-
ing and skills. The breakfast pro-
gram, held at the University of Saint
Joseph over six dates from Febru-
ary to April, was based on the book
Credibility: How Leaders Gain and
Lose It Why People Demand It.
Mark I. Harrison, managing partner
at Meyers, Harrison & Pia in New Ha-
ven, spoke at the Benjamin N. Cardozo
School of Law in New York, NY on the
"Use of the Forensic Accountant in
Divorce Cases" on February 27.
Jay Rasmus, a partner at Mahoney
Sabol & Company in Glastonbury,
shared highlights of the 2012 Ameri-
can Taxpayer Relief Act with the
WomenLead networking group at its
a manager at the firm, also recently
spoke at a session on trust and es-
tate planning and related tax conse-
quences at The Lodge at Cold Spring
in Rocky Hill.
Bradford Hamel, a retired CPA, was
recently elected first selectman of
Addison, ME. Upon his retirement
from industry, he and his wife moved
to Maine. He is also a member of the
Addison Volunteer Fire Department,
Addison Fire House Construction
Committee, and the treasurer of the
Union Church of South Addison.
UConn alumnus and Huskies fan
James Agonis, a retired CPA, donated
$125,000 to establish the Chris Dailey
Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will
provide financial support to non-players
involved with the women's basketball
team. The fund is open for donations.
Department of Revenue Services
raised $2,025 for the American Can-
cer Society with a daffodil sale. Buy-
ers had the option of purchasing cut
daffodils, potted daffodils, or daffodil
teddy bears, or donating the items to
area cancer patients.
Duane E. Sauer, a recruiting manager
for Robert Half Finance & Accounting
in Hartford, spoke to students, busi-
ness owners, and Rotary Club of West
Haven members at West Haven High
School's "Career Shadow Day," spon-
sored by the Rotary Club. Sauer spoke
about strategies for high school stu-
dents to better position themselves to
maximize their college education and
post-college career search potential.
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CTCPA Recognized for Exemplary Marketing Results
The Connecticut Society of CPAs received the 2012
All Star Award from Constant Contact. Each year,
Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select
group of businesses and nonprofits who are success-
fully leveraging online marketing tools to drive success
for their organization. CTCPA's results ranked among
the top 10 percent of Constant Contact's international
customer base. Ranking was based on level of engagement with email cam-
paigns and events; email open, bounce, and click-through rates; event regis-
tration rates; use of social sharing features; and use of reporting tools.
Renner Receives Connecticut
Executive of the Year Award
has been named
ecutive of the Year
by the Connecti-
Association Executives (CSAE). The
award recognizes an outstanding
professional in association or other
nonprofit management. Renner has
served as executive director for the
past 16 years. During his tenure, the
association has grown to 6,000 mem-
bers, 75 percent of all certified public
accountants in Connecticut.