The Simsbury Main Street Partnership board of directors is made up of local business owners, residents and community partners. All of the members have a vested interest in the success of our town, along with preserving the heritage and charm of Simsbury.
Rich Correia, President – Rich is a member of the Retail Leasing and Investment Properties Group at RM Bradley. He has over 28 years of real estate experience and has completed a wide range of development, re-development, brokerage and consulting projects. Rich came to the Greater Hartford area in 1990 as a consultant at Simsburytown Shops. He oversaw a complete renovation of the property and increased the occupancy rate from 30% to 100%. In 1993, he became the Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of Simsbury. Rich has had many additional successes in his career including being a co-founder of The Shoppes at Farmington Valley, a 450,000 square foot lifestyle center located in Canton, as well as brokering and obtaining zoning approval to bring The Riverview, a 36,000 square foot banquet facility, to Simsbury.
Rich is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and has been a panelist for the largest revitalization conference in the state through the Connecticut Main Street Center. Since 1995, Rich has organized an Economic Development module for the AP Economics class at Simsbury High School. He facilitated a charette process with local and national real estate professionals providing their insights to the students. He has also worked with the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. Rich has served as Vice President of the Farmington Valley Visitors Association and is the former President and co-founder of the Simsbury Chamber Music Festival.
Rich originates from Massachusetts and has two sons Jared and Joseph.
Melissa Brett, Vice-President – Melissa, a native of Northampton, MA, moved to Simsbury in the late 1980s when she got married to life-long resident, John Brett. Melissa worked up to becoming a team manager at CIGNA in the 1990s and then systems manager for Maximus before the birth of their second child. Then in 2004 they purchased Welden Hardware where John had been working at for over 15 years. Together, along with their 2 children and their dog, Gracie, you will find John & Melissa running their store. Melissa has been a board member since 2006, and in 2010 was awarded CT Board Member of the Year. The Brett family are active members of their church, where they both serve on the leadership team, and Melissa is the worship team leader. John & Melissa believe that being a small business owner means being a part of that’s town’s economic development, and must be involved in community growth, economic development and sustainability.
Grace Connors, Secretary – Grace is a native of New York City. She was a Personnel Interviewer with The International General Electric Company in New York City, then married and moved to Connecticut. She and her husband had three children (now she has three grand children) and she worked in life insurance marketing before retirement. Grace has been Secretary to the Board of Directors at the Simsbury Main Street Partnership for ten years.
Richard Bahre, Treasurer – Richard A. Bahre is Vice President /Senior Banking Specialist at Simsbury Bank. Dick Bahre is a life-long Farmington Valley resident. He has been in banking since 1969 and has worked in the Farmington Valley, serving businesses and retail customers since that time. Dick is also involved in community and industry organizations including as Charter Treasurer of the Simsbury Main Street Partnership, Inc., Treasurer of the Simsbury Lions Club and past president of the Hartford Chapter of the American Institute of Banking.
Steven Antonio – Steven has been a lifelong resident of Simsbury and graduated Simsbury High School in 1981. He continued his education at Bryant College receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant and Hospitality Management. After graduation Steven returned to Simsbury to assist his parents in the operation of Antonio’s Restaurant which they had opened in Simsbury in 1964. Steven expanded the business in 1993 to include Hoops N’ Hops Sports Bar and also took over full operations of the family eatery. Steven eventually married his high school sweetheart Lisa Pagani and they share 3 children now in the Simsbury School System. Steven is passionate in his love of Simsbury and is proud to be included as a board member of the Simsbury Main Street Partnership.
Jackson Eno – Jack Eno has over 30 years experience in the financial service industry. His career includes over 30 years in the Banking and Trust business. He is currently the Vice President of The E&M Group/Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Previous positions include Senior Vice President at Bank of Boston, Vice President at Hartford National, and President/Founder of Simsbury Bank and Trust. His community involvement includes President of the Simsbury Cemetery, Member of Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of Simsbury Main Street Partnership, and Board of Directors for the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.
Tracy Flater – After an extensive career in the for-profit restaurant business, Tracy merged her passion for the performing arts and knowledge of business management to become an arts administrator in the non-profit sector. She is the co-founder and executive director of Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. located in West Hartford, CT, where she has been since May, 2009. Prior to PTG, Tracy spent nearly five years as the Director of Off Campus Programs and Facilities for The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Simsbury Main Street Partnership, she also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and a board member for the Connecticut Dance Alliance. Originally from Boston, Tracy has spent the last 17 years raising her three children in Simsbury.
Jewel Gutman – Jewel has been active in town since shortly after she moved to Simsbury in 1961: served on the Board of Education from 1969 to 1984, the last 4 years as chairman. Jewel also chaired CREC (Capitol Region Education Council) and CABE (Conn. Assn of Boards of Education). She has served on the Republican Town Committee (4 years as chair), the Board of Ethics, chaired a Charter Revision Commission, served on the Board of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, and also as its President, as well as served on the Simsbury Community Television board. Jewel has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. She has a loving basset hound named Romeo. I also serve on the boards of the Bridge of Flowers. In Jewel’s word, “I like the way the town has grown.”
Tom Horan – Tom is a Hartford area native. He married my beautiful wife, Mary Margaret Browne, in 1968 and they we subsequently had three sons, Tom, Jr, Brian and Matt. They now have three beautiful, bright and loving daughters-in-law and four great grandchildren – with one more on the way. The Horan’s have lived in town for over 40 years. Tom is the owner/president of Horan’s Flower Shop, Inc. They took over ownership over 42 years ago. We opened the shop in Simsbury over 34 years ago.
Over the years Tom has been involved in Hartford community groups as well as associations in Simsbury. Some examples: Past President of Parkville (Hartford) Community Associations, Past President of Parkville Business Association, Past Chairman of FTD’s Connecticut Unit, Past President of Central Connecticut Allied Florists’ Association, Past Vice President & Board Member of Connecticut Florists Association. Now Serving as Secretary to the Simsbury Zoning Board Of Appeals, Board Member of Simsbury Main Street Partnership and Past President, member of the Simsbury Democratic Town Committee, member of several Simsbury Commissions and Committees over the past years.
Linda Gelineau – Linda grew up in Simsbury and graduated Simsbury High in 1969. After working in her field for 37 years she decided to open her own business, L Designs Hair Salon. In addition to, working in the salon, Linda, has been an educator for Beauty Seminars International. Her work has been published in numerous international publications.She feels strongly about giving back to the community that gave so much to her growing up. She has a great passion for her craft as well as her business. She wanted to be a part of Simsbury Main Street Partnership because of their dedication to help businesses in Simsbury. Linda lives in Unionville with her husband Phil.
Anita Mielert – Anita Mielert has lived in Simsbury over 35 years and has been involved in public service for most of that time. She is currently on the Board of Finance and has served as First Selectman, on the Board of Selectman, Charter Revision Commission, Historic District Commission and Historic District Study Committee. Her introduction to both the community and to public service was through many years in the Simsbury Junior Women’s Club. In addition, she serves on the board of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and as an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She and her husband Wolf raised their three sons here, and they all continue to live in central Connecticut.
Carole Wagner – Carole grew up on Long Island, spent the majority of her adult life in Houston until she recently married Rick Wagner, Jr., a long-time & well-known family in Simsbury. Carole was a real estate broker for over 30 years in Texas. Carole was a rep on the Residential Design Review Committee in Texas. She is a passionate republican. Rick & Carole have 2 daughters and 2 sons, and one grandson. Carole is also a proud cancer survivor.
Rich Wagner – Photography was a hobby during a 20 year career in retailing as a vice president with May Company and Federated Department Stores in Pittsburgh and New York. In 1984 Rich began a custom framing business. Imagine it Framed is located on Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, CT. The shop has recently been designated as one of “America’s Top 100″ custom framers by Decor Magazine. Currently, his work is in private collections all over the globe, and hangs in public corporations and private foundations from San Diego to Hartford. Rich teaches at digital photography seminars all over the world. Recent locations have included Paris, Greece, Bermuda, the Bahamas, London, San Francisco, and Denver.
Sarah Nielsen, Executive Director