Business group honors Shelton businessman, official

State Sen. Kevin Kelly
State Sen. Kevin Kelly

A Shelton businessman and public official have been honored by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC). They received Regional Impact Awards from the business organization.

Eric Hendlin, managing principal of Shelton-based Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala P.C., won the Volunteer of the Year Award.

State Sen. Kevin Kelly, whose district includes all of Shelton, received the Legislator of the Year Award.

The awards were presented at the BRBC’s 141st annual meeting and luncheon at the Trumbull Marriott on June 8, attended by over 300 business and community leaders.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Eric Hendlin, managing principal of Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, is in his sixth year as BRBC treasurer. He received the BRBC’s Barnum Financial Group Impact Volunteer of the Year Award.

Working with nonprofits is one of Hendlin’s areas of expertise, so he’s been able to offer guidance to the BRBC’s leadership and finance operations. He also serves as a volunteer on numerous nonprofit boards.

Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala is an accounting firm located on Corporate Drive in Shelton.

Legislator of the Year Award

State Sen. Kevin Kelly, representing the 21st District, is considered an avid supporter of the jobs growth agenda of the state’s business community. Kelly was given the AT&T Regional Impact Legislator of the Year Award.

According to the BRBC, Kelly “is conscientious and articulate, and the regional business community counts [Kelly] as a reasonable voice for a pro jobs agenda.”

Kelly’s district includes all of Shelton as well as parts of Monroe, Seymour and Stratford. He is a Republican in his third term. Kelly lives in Stratford and is an attorney.

Showcasing development efforts

The BRBC event was a celebration and showcase of both regional economic development and the businesses and individuals that have had a positive impact on the greater Bridgeport area.

Highlighted were the economic contributions of the region’s higher education leaders (Fairfield University, Housatonic Community College and Sacred Heart University), and the region’s hospitals (Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center).

The event was sponsored by Aetna, Bank of America, People’s United Bank, and UIL Holdings Corp.

Other award winners

Other Impact Award winners were:

— Stratford’s Business Education Support Team (known as BEST), a partnership between the Stratford Chamber of Commerce and the Stratford public schools, won the Educator of the Year Award. The group  facilitates collaborative relationships between business and education.

Bridgeport Bio-Diesel, which produces bio-fuels from brown and yellow grease, won the Green Business Award. The company is greatly increasing its production capacity and employees — going from 6 to 35 positions — at the new Eco-Technology Park.

Bridgeport Landing and Steelpointe Harbor Development won the Economic Development Award. Four new businesses — including a Bass Pro Shop — are expected to open at the waterfront site off Interstate 95 by the end of this year.

About the BRBC

The Bridgeport Regional Business Council is an 800-member organization of businesses within the Bridgeport region working to create an environment for business expansion, retention and recruitment that will result in jobs and tax base growth.