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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  • Matt Howe

    Director, Sales & Marketing
    Matt leads CONNSTEP’s sales and marketing teams, working across market segments to ensure our business...
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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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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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  • EJ Howard

    Regional Manager
    EJ Howard is responsible for the account management and business development for the Eastern region of...
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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

  • Jack Crane

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

    Business Growth Services
    Anna works with manufacturers and other businesses to analyze and assess their current state, working...
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  • Terry Collins

    Continuous Improvement
    Terry provides consulting, training, facilitation, and mentoring to manufacturers, healthcare institutions,...
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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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  • John Granatelli

    Cybersecurity
    John provides support both internally and externally, helping CONNSTEP and its clients identify, understand,...
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  • Helena Reilly

    Cybersecurity
    Helena provides cybersecurity assessments, conducts risk analyses and performs compliance reviews with...
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  • James Habecker

    Quality Management
    Jim manages CONNSTEP’s Quality Management Services.
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  • Mike Varney

    Quality Management
    Mike offers CONNSTEP’s Quality Management Services to small- to mid-sized manufacturers.
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  • Erik Fogleman

    Technology
    Erik provides a broad technical and market understanding of automation and Industry 4.0 products and...
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