PRLog - July 31, 2014 - WATERBURY, Conn. -- The Waterbury Regional Chamber announced that M. Catherine Smith of Middlebury, chairman of the board of the Mattatuck Museum for 12 notably accomplished years, vice president of the Elisha Leavenworth Foundation and president of the Fulton Park Conservancy, is recipient of the Chamber’s highly-prestigious 2014 Malcolm Baldrige Community Award. Carl Rosa, president of Main Street Waterbury, is recipient of the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s 2014 Leadership Award, and Diane Ploch, administrator of the Waterbury Region Arts & Culture Collaborative (ACC), is recipient of the Chamber’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award. The Malcolm Baldrige Award and Chamber Award 2014 winners will receive their awards during the 20th Annual Malcolm Baldrige Chamber Awards banquet on Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The event is once again being co-chaired by Carmen Anthony Vacalebre, chairman of Carmen Anthony Restaurant Group, and Jaci Carroll, founder of Jaci Carroll Staffing Services Inc. The dinner will include a silent auction to raise funds for economic development efforts of the not-for-profit Waterbury Regional Chamber.
Catherine Smith, Recipient of 2014 Malcolm Baldrige Award
One of the largest chambers in Connecticut, the Chamber (www.waterburychamber.com) currently has 1,100 member businesses. Lynn Ward, president and CEO stated, “We're delighted to present the highly-prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Community Award to Cathy Smith in honor of her role as an area leader. This award is given annually in recognition of individuals whose commitment to the Waterbury community has been exemplified by their vision and leadership in the area of economic development and growth. Malcolm Baldrige believed in community, leadership and volunteerism. That is why we additionally present our Chamber’s prestigious leadership and volunteer awards to individuals we believe exemplify the globally-recognized and honored world-wide achievements of business and community leader, Malcolm Baldrige.”
A former resident of Woodbury, Malcolm Baldrige guided Waterbury’s Scovill Manufacturing Company for more than two decades. He was appointed President Ronald Regan’s Secretary of Commerce during which time he implemented new laws to help American businesses grow. Malcolm Baldrige’s accomplishments are chronicled worldwide in newspapers, magazines, documents and journals. His name is well-known throughout United States business arenas, and in Russia and China where he negotiated trade talks during his tenure in Regan’s cabinet. He is acknowledged for his legacy of success through quality. Nominees for the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Malcolm Baldrige Award are considered for their community leadership, role in supporting employment opportunities, for enhancing the overall economic growth and quality of life, and for playing a leading role in initiating new business or development.
2014 Malcolm Baldrige Community Award recipient, M. Catherine Smith of Middlebury, is a prominent member of the Waterbury community, and highly-respected for leading a successful $8M capital campaign for the Mattatuck Museum and a $2M campaign for the museum’s new history exhibit, and creation of a clean, safe and well-lit Park Place adjoining the museum and YMCA buildings and parking area allowing visitors a pleasant experience when visiting the Museum and surrounding institutions. Ms. Smith currently serves on the boards of the Leever Foundation, Greenway Committee, Waterbury Public Art Committee, TIGER Grant Advisory Committee, Brass City Charter School Board, Waterbury Community Investment Initiative Board, COG Transportation Initiative, Gaffney Place Project, and Rose Hill Project. She is known for her partnering in saving and restoring Waterbury’s historic City Hall; raising $100K and establishing the City Hall Conservancy Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF) for gardens and public art; and for being instrumental in the success of numerous additional public campaigns throughout the Greater Waterbury region.
Recipient of the 2014 Waterbury Regional Chamber Leadership Award, Carl Rosa of Waterbury, CEO of Main Street Waterbury (MSW) which is celebrating its tenth successful year in 2014. Rosa is being recognized for his tireless leadership efforts within the Chamber. Currently he serves as chairman of the Leadership Greater Waterbury Steering Committee; treasurer of the Waterbury Region Arts & Culture Collaborative (ACC); a voting member of United Way Greater Waterbury; and the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. In 2012, he was honored as the Leadership Greater Waterbury Alumnus of the Year. Currently, Rosa combines his Main Street efforts with Young Professionals of Waterbury Region (YPOWR) by collaborating on key events that promote and educate Waterbury’s downtown to a growing generation. For ten straight years under his leadership, the MSW program received National Accreditation status by the National Main Street Center. In 2005, 40,000 “Waterbury Observer” readers voted Rosa "Waterbury Person of the Year". In 2006, he was awarded the Connecticut Main Street Center's Executive Director of the Year in recognition of his work as an outstanding professional in the field of downtown revitalization who has distinguished himself locally and regionally, representing exemplary efforts and demonstrated results. Also in 2006, he was named Waterbury Neighborhood Council's "Person of the Year."
The Waterbury Regional Chamber’s 2014 Volunteer Award winner, Diane Ploch of Oxford, administrator of the Waterbury Region Arts and Culture Collaborative (ACC) is being recognized for dedication and commitment to the Waterbury Regional Chamber through volunteerism and support. Ploch has been a Chamber member for 16 years and has generously volunteered her time and services to many Chamber activities and events including the Malcolm Baldrige Silent Auction Committee, Toastmasters, the Chamber’s annual membership campaign, Naugatuck Chamber’s fundraising Duck Day, the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s Ambassador Committee and Health Care Council, and for writing and producing the Health Care Council’s biannual “HealthMatters”
The Waterbury Regional Chamber is seeking sponsors and silent auction donations for the September 30th dinner. Webster Bank is the event’s platinum sponsor. Tickets are $150/person and reservations can be made by visiting www.waterburychamber.com, calling 203-757-0701 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.