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Business Leaders Inducted Into Hall Of Fame At Bridgeport Banquet

Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Western CT, and board member Philip Palmieri, right, present an award to Jack Barnes, CEO and President of People's United Bank.
Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Western CT, and board member Philip Palmieri, right, present an award to Jack Barnes, CEO and President of People's United Bank. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Local business leaders were inducted last month into the Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut's Dr. George R. Dunbar Free Enterprise Hall of Fame.

The honor came at a banquet in Bridgeport attended by 260 people. Guests included Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Hall of Fame Honorary Chairman John Ciulla, President of Webster Bank, and Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, among others.

The hall of fame inductees are Jack Barnes, President & CEO of People's United Bank; Traci Morris, CEO of Brookfield Global Relocation Services; John Stafstrom Jr., Member, Pullman & Comley; and Philip White, CEO of Better Packages.

The honorees were lauded for their role in both their business and community by Bernadine Venditto, Junior League President who said the  "business and community role models" demonstrate "leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and community caring."

Junior Achievement also presented the Outstanding Educator Award to a Bethel High School teacher, Monica Black, and the Outstanding Volunteer Award to Jennifer Brand from Prudential Annuities.

Proceeds from the banquet will support Junior Achievement programs in western Connecticut .

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