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president, CEO Business council readies for new leadership

October 3, 2018

After months of searching, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council has found its next president.

The organization announced Monday that local business owner and Derby resident Dan Onofrio will succeed Mickey Herbert, whose contract ends this month, as the new CEO and president of the business organization.

“It is with great pride that I will turn over the reins of the BRBC later this month to Dan Onofrio,” said Herbert in a news release. “I am confident he will continue to transform our region’s premier business association — a task I have enjoyed immensely for the past two years.”

Onofrio brings an array of experience to his new role at the 700-member business organization. He is a franchise partner in three Rita’s Ice locations in Connecticut and he has held several positions in the corporate arena with Environmental Data Resources. During his tenure at EDR, its business grew from $45 million to over $70 million through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions, according to a BRBC press release.

He is also a member of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Shelton Town Committee, and an adviser for the Valley Community Foundation in his hometown.

“I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves together with our dedicated staff, affiliate chambers, board, members, local and state officials and volunteers to continue building upon the past successes and working towards a prosperous future full of opportunity and growth for the businesses and stakeholders that make up the Bridgeport community,” Onofrio said in the news release.

The BRBC began its search for Herbert’s successor this spring in anticipation of his expiring two-year term. Herbert, who has been a member of the board for years, ascended to the role as his predecessor Paul Timpanelli was preparing to retire after nearly 30 years at the helm.

“I am determined that my two-year commitment here not be in vain,” Herbert said. “The BRBC is going to thrive and I intend to make sure that happens.”

Following the transition, Herbert plans to return to his role on the council’s board, helping Onofrio as he gets oriented in his new role.

There are still a several events scheduled prior to his departure, including a business expo at the Webster Bank Arena on Oct. 17.

In his final month in the role, Herbert said he also plans to spend time preparing Onofrio for his Nov. 1 start date, expressing his confidence in his successor.

“I think I’ve served that role well, and I think Dan will serve that role well, also,” Herbert said. “He has a term that we love called ‘return on involvement,’ and he said it was his intention to make sure our members got a return on involvement. We usually use return on investment.”

Jordan.grice@hearstmediact.com

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