Scott Tasch ● 32 ● Ridgefield
In 2008, at age 30, Tasch was made a director at Opus Advisory Group, a wealth-and-benefit management firm located in Purchase, N.Y. In his new capacity, he took on a role in the firm’s decision-making process while continuing to guide his own high-net-worth clients through the complexities of creating, maintaining and transferring wealth. How capable is he? In 2007, he was named a charter member of the five-person investment committee for the national Make-A-Wish Foundation—charged with the planning and execution of the short- and long-term investment strategies for the charity.
Chad Wable ● 35 ● Cheshire
That he became president and CEO of Waterbury’s Saint Mary’s Health System at 33 is impressive, but it’s what he’s done with the job that’s earned Wable a place on this list. Under his leadership, Saint Mary’s has garnered recognition from state and national organizations for clinical quality and reached new heights in patient satisfaction. It was the first and only hospital to receive Gold and Silver awards for quality improvement from the American Heart Association, got another Gold for cardiac care and is top-ranked for delivering life-saving coronary intervention within 90 minutes of arrival. It was also one of the few hospitals in the state to post a positive operating margin in 2010.
Amy Brown ● 37 ● Glastonbury
Wethersfield native Amy Brown, M.D., M.P.H (both from Tufts), is considered a pioneer in robotic sugery for gynecological problems, having done hundreds of such procedures. What’s more, the young director of gynecologic oncology at Hartford Hospital has gotten patients accepted into important clinical trials and developed a robotic gynecologic surgery curriculum. The hospital last year recognized her achievements with the Young Practitioner Award, given to a physician in practice less than five years who has demonstrated outstanding innovation and creative vision as well as leadership, excellence in clinical care, research, teaching and advocacy on behalf of medicine and the hospital community.
| || Daniel Albanese ● 36 ● Torrington |
Now in his 10th year of providing physical therapy in his hometown of Torrington, Albanese is owner of Maletta Pfeiffer & Associates Torrington Physical Therapy and, more recently, Torrington Wellness LLC. The physical therapy arm provides everything from massages to custom orthotics and Wii training. Torrington Wellness sells weight- management and nutritional supplements to consumers and also wholesale “wellness solutions” to doctors and health professionals so, as Albanese puts it, “they can earn an ancillary income to battle the decreased reimbursements and other battles they face to stay in business.”
| || Rina Fochi ● 34 ● Newington |
Implausible as it may seem, Rina Fochi, at 34, has been with Stew Leonard’s for 19 years. At 15 she took a job as a deli hostess, later won a Stew Leonard’s College Scholarship and continued working there right through college, eventually becoming an HR specialist. Today, she’s responsible for 350 “team members,” and also leads the charge for local community involvement on behalf of the Newington store. She organizes coat and food drives, arranges for children’s tours of the store and coordinates charity walks. The company was recognized by Newington Human Services with the Outstanding Organization of the Year award largely due to her efforts. Fochi is also a sought-after speaker on team management.