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If you’re worried about Connecticut’s future, you’ll probably feel better after visiting with the people on these pages—nominated for inclusion by their co-workers, neighbors, business associates and even family members. We hope you gain as much encouragement from meeting them as we did.

Israel Caro III • 33 • New Britain
   In 2006, Israel Caro founded Cronus Con­struction with two partners, and in just six years it has evolved from a general contracting company to a full-service enterprise that serves the woodworking needs of both residential and commercial customers, making everything from cabinets to porches to siding. Cronus also renovates and restores homes, especially in Hartford, where Caro works with CIL (a nonprofit development and education organization that creates housing for low-income families) and Connecticut LAMPP (Lead Action for Medicaid Primary Prevention) in removing lead hazards from residences to protect children from lead poisoning.
Nicole Macey • 30 • Enfield
   Nicole Macey took a job with Travelers Insurance right out of college and never looked back. She started out working in various units in the company, including a two-year stint as executive assistant to Chairman and CEO Jay Fishman, and is now director of finance–international development, representing the company in London, Ireland, Brazil and Canada. But Macey is also accomplished in other ways. She participates in the Big Brother Big Sister program, and spends a week of her summer vacation each year volunteering at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, founded by Paul Newman for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Ryan Bingham • 29 • Torrington
   When he was elected mayor of Torrington in 2005 at the age of 22—thus becoming the youngest mayor in the history of the state and still living in his mother’s basement—Ryan Bingham made headlines across the nation. The son and grandson of former members of the state legislature (both his mother and grandfather represented Torrington), Bingham has emerged as a political force in his own right and continues to make headlines, winning a second two-year term in 2007 and, in 2009, winning the first four-year mayoral term in city history. He has also helped to lead efforts to revitalize downtown Torrington and has used social media to keep constituents in the loop, regularly Tweeting from meetings, his office and around town.
Emily Byrne • 30 • New Haven
   As the founding director and developer of New Haven Promise, Emily Byrne helped to create an innovative college-scholarship program that provides tuition assistance to students who wouldn’t normally have the resources needed for higher education. Following the initial success of that program, Byrne—a former deputy chief of staff for New Haven Mayor John DeStefano—was tagged by new state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor to be director of strategic initiatives, among other things helping set policy and determine legislation that will aid Connecticut in its quest to improve education for all students. As she says, “There’s no better wealth creator, crime-prevention plan or economic-development initiative than ensuring that kids—our future—get an excellent and equal education.”
Mari Rebane-Mazzotta • 37 • Middletown
  Plastic surgeon Rebane-Mazzotta, who hails from Estonia, recently opened Middlesex Plastic Surgery Center, a private practice in Middletown where she offers cosmetic procedures, reconstructive surgery and treatment for facial and extremity trauma. But Rebane-Mazzotta also uses her exceptional skills to help those in need. She has traveled to Haiti to repair cleft lips and palates, as well as to Ecuador on a mission to treat children with a variety of problems including craniosynostosis, ear deformities, cleft lips and palates. She says, “I am still looking for avenues where I can contribute my time in Connecticut.”


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