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Deremius Williams • 37 • North Haven
   Deremius Williams is a born leader. At Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield she holds the position of executive director of provider network management. But her tireless philanthropic work for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sets her apart from the pack. In 2011, she earned the organization’s Woman of the Year award, which pitted her against other fundraisers across the country dedicated to helping children with blood cancer. Williams raised more than $32,000 for the cause. She also sings with the Brothers and Sisters of Christ gospel group and is a board member of Leadership of Greater Hartford.
Slava Frayter • 39 • Cos Cob
   Frayter came to Connecticut 13 years ago from Latvia with his wife and two small children. He spoke no English and didn’t have a job, but with a young family he had no time to waste. He moved furniture at an antiques store, then worked in a warehouse. During lunch breaks he taught himself English. In 2000, he was hired as a shipping manager by Newtec, an international satellite communication firm based in Belgium. It was the opportunity he’d been waiting for. He quickly rose through the ranks and now is a vice president in charge of Newtec America, where they describe him as “a great colleague, team player and manager.” American dream? Check.
Brendan Muldowney • 30 • Fairfield
   Brendan Muldowney, chief engineer at well-known Carriage House Studios in Stamford, has been nominated for a Grammy Award this year in the category of “Best Engineered Album (nonclassical)” for his work on The Next Right Thing by Seth Glier. Muldowney says, “I knew I wanted to make records for a living the day I first heard Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.” He began learning about the music business wrapping cables as a studio assistant at New York City recording studios, but it wasn’t long before he was developing a reputation of his own as a top engineer. He’s worked with John Scofield, Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Krantz and Diana Ross. “I always remember that it’s the artist’s record we’re making,” he says. “It’s my goal to bring out the absolute best in each one of them.”
Roger Wierbicki • 36 • East Hartford
   Wierbicki’s early business career was brushed with glamour—during his undergraduate years at Central Connecticut State University he interned for the PolyGram Label Group and Island Records and worked for Bon Jovi Management during the 1995-96 “These Days” Tour. Later, he was employed with the New Jersey Nets during the team’s 2001-02 and 2002-03 NBA Finals runs. Currently, as director of sales at DATTCO Bus Co. in New Britain—where he was the leading student sales representative from 2003 to 2011—he helps clients fulfill their travel needs by managing one- and multi-day tours and international travel.
Stacey Violante Cote • 39 • Canton
   Stacey Cote, now director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Clinic at The Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, has been with the center for 10 years. She advocates for teens struggling against tremendous odds—neglect, abuse, homelessness—helping to improve their lives. She is also the lead attorney for the Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Project, where she works tirelessly to protect newcomers from perils such as homelessness and sex trafficking. Cote also chairs the Connecticut Team for Runaway and Homeless Youth. She was instrumental in helping pass legislation that requires police to notify the Department of Children and Families when they arrest a youth involved in prostitution. (One in three runaways is lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home.)

 

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