The CONNSTEP Team

Your business will benefit from the expertise and knowledge that the experienced team at CONNSTEP brings to your organization and its employees. We’re dedicated to helping Connecticut’s manufacturing and business community successfully thrive in a competitive environment.

Leadership

  • Beatriz Gutierrez

    President & CEO
    Beatriz leads the development and execution of CONNSTEP’s strategic plan, supporting Connecticut manufacturers...
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  • Jeff Orszak

    Director, Strategic Growth & Technology
    Jeff assists Connecticut companies with innovation and product development. He is responsible for coaching...
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  • Mike Stimson

    Director, Strategic Engagement & Process
    Mike manages the continuous improvement and quality delivery teams to ensure the delivery of impactful...
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  • Robert Blakey

    Controller
    Robert manages all areas of accounting at CONNSTEP and is responsible for financial planning, compliance,...
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  • Doug Narins

    Sales Manager
    Doug leads the team of CONNSTEP’s experienced Regional Managers.
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Regional Managers

  • Bob Allard

    Regional Manager
    Bob Allard is responsible for account management and business development for the Southern Connecticut...
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  • Burr Brown

    Regional Manager
    Burr Brown is responsible for account management and business development for the Southwest Region of...
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  • Carol Grosso

    Regional Manager
    Carol is responsible for account management and business development for the Northwest region of Connecticut...
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  • Kathleen Milazzo Swahn

    Regional Manager
    Kathleen is responsible for account management and business development for the greater Hartford region...
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Consultants

  • Bill Horowitz

    Business Growth
    Bill works with manufacturers and other businesses to analyze and assess their current state, engaging...
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  • Jack Crane

    Senior Advisor
    Jack provides manufacturers with guidance and mentoring in strategic planning, marketing, new product...
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  • Matin Karbassioon

    Continuous Improvement
    Matin provides consulting, training, facilitation, and mentoring to manufacturers, healthcare institutions,...
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  • Frank Murphy

    Continuous Improvement
    Frank provides consulting, training, facilitation, and mentoring to Connecticut manufacturers and service...
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  • Carissa Roman

    Continuous Improvement
    Carissa provides consulting, training, facilitation, and mentoring to Connecticut manufacturers and service...
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  • John Granatelli

    Cybersecurity
    John provides cybersecurity assessments, conducts risk analyses and performs compliance reviews with...
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  • Anna Mumford

    Cybersecurity
    Anna provides cybersecurity assessments, conducts risk analyses and performs compliance reviews with...
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  • Rachele Brown

    Quality
    Rachele works with manufacturers to identify quality improvements in a number of certifications including...
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