Donald Droppo ● 36 ● Avon
Droppo is president and CEO of Sandy Hook’s Curtis Packaging Corp., the first printing and packaging company in North America to be Forest Stewardship Council certified, meaning it uses 100 percent clean, renewable energy and is 100 percent carbon-neutral. The company, Droppo says, “believes in a safe, healthy work setting that conducts itself in an environmentally responsible manner.” As a result, Curtis is “a model for other small to midsized manufacturers here in Connecticut and nationally,” says John Rathgeber, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.
Lauren Fister ● 31 ● Norwalk
There’s a definite theme running through Lauren Fister’s resumé. First she did stints at Martha Stewart Living and Food & Wine. Now she’s senior designer at Studio Snaidero SoNo, which designs and remodels kitchens. In the meantime, she’s parlayed her loves of food, cooking and photography into chatN’chow, a lively blog on restaurants, local food happenings and recipes. In 2011, she’s embarked on something aq little different: spreading kindness (visit randomnotesofkindness.com).
Matt Wiggin ● 36 ● West Hartford
After a decade or so as an operator in the Democratic Party statewide as well as in the Hamden and New Britain mayor’s offices, Wiggin has found a new home with Aetna. His first duties at the insurance giant were in strategic planning, where he helped relaunch the behavioral-health business. More recently, as head of business communications, he’s been helping the company and its customers digest the enormous complexities of the new federal health-care law. “My ability to adapt and learn new things has been tested,” he says, “and I’m proud of the work we have done to help people through this time of change.”
Anthony Truino ● 33 ● Fairfield
A celebrated salesman at only 33, Truino is a top producer at Shelton-based Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife. Much honored within the company, he was one of 25 financial advisers selected by MetLife to launch its Retirewise program, an onsite financial educational initiative for Fortune 500 companies in the tristate area. He was even asked by Barnum Financial to develop a workshop so that others, especially those younger, could learn his “secrets of success.” Truino is the current president of Barnum’s Foundation for Life, providing grants and volunteers for initiatives in area towns.