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.
Sarah Nielsen, Executive Director
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 since the late 1980s. Together, along with their 2 children and their dog, Jasper, 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.
Anita Mielert, Secretary – 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.
Richard Bahre, Treasurer – Richard A. Bahre is retired 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.
Bill Daum –
Bryan DeVoe –
Nord Christensen –
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. Tracy co-founded Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc., a not-for-profit professional theatre company in May of 2009 along with Sean Harris and Darlene Zoller. She serves as co-founder and Executive Director for Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. Just prior to this, she spent four years (2004 – 2009) serving as Director of Off Campus Programs and Facilities for The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford. In addition to Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc., Tracy currently serves on the board of directors for the following non-profit organizations: The Hartt School of the University of Hartford; the Connecticut Dance Alliance; Simsbury Main Street Partnership and as Co-President of the Park Road Association.
Katie French – Katie French is a native of Simsbury and is a well respected leading Realtor in the Farmington Valley. Katie has a high regard for Simsbury, the lifestyle it offers and the excellent education that is available. Along with being a successful businesswoman in town she has fond memories of growing up here, riding horses and bikes on our trails and exploring the woods and mountains. Katie is also on the Board of The Simsbury Land Trust and Simsbury Cemetery Association.
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, and now have three beautiful, bright and loving daughters-in-law and eight 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 & Gift Shop, 3rd generation florist started by Tom’s grandfather in 1909. They took over ownership over 45 years ago. We opened the shop in Simsbury over 38 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. Serving as on the Simsbury Zoning Board Of Appeals, Board Member of Simsbury Main Street Partnership and Past President, member of several Simsbury Commissions and Committees over the past years.
Jan Losee – Jan is the general manager of the Simsbury Inn.
Terri-Lee Urquhart –
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.