40 Under 40

 

(page 7 of 8)

Daniel Meiser • 33 • Mystic
   At 33, Daniel Meiser has already carved out more of a career in the Connecticut restaurant business than others accomplish in a lifetime. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, he landed an internship and subsequent job with renowned chef Daniel Boulud before returning to Connecticut to join the Max Restaurant Group. He soon made his way up the ranks to become the organization’s youngest general manager; following that tenure, he was instrumental in opening Hartford’s critically acclaimed eatery Firebox. His latest endeavor is the “farm and sea to table”-themed Oyster Club in Mystic, of which he is co-owner and general manager and which opened late last year to rave reviews.
Dina Mariani • 28 • Wilton
   Watching hopelessly as your father lost his life to blood cancer when you were only 14 would be devastating for anyone, but it also steeled Dina Mariani’s resolve to spend her life working to help find a cure. As deputy executive director of Wilton’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Connecticut Chapter, over the last two-and-a-half years she’s raised the society’s local profile by creating three events—an authors’ luncheon, 5K road race, and Hops & Grapes, a food, wine and beer tasting—that have resulted in a 38 percent net gain in charitable donations. “More importantly, we are now servicing many more blood-cancer patients in the Connecticut area,” says chapter Executive Director Jeannie Montano.
Veronica DeLandro • 35 • New Britain
   The colleague who nominated Veronica DeLandro for this honor describes her as a “dynamic young professional with outstanding quality and true commitment to her commu­nity.” We concur. In her professional life DeLandro is program director for College Summit CT, a nonprofit organization that helps school districts increase their college enrollment rates. When she’s not at work, she’s busy serving on the boards of the John E. Rogers Af­rican American Cultural Center and the Hart­ford Area Habitat for Humanity, as well as playing a key role at the Granville Academy Mentor Program at ESPN, which she founded.
Alison Fischer 37 • Westport
   The bridal business can be tough and highly competitive, with only a few shops making it big. Alison Fischer’s The Plumed Serpent, in Westport, is one of them. After picking up fashion experience with Nicole Miller and Ralph Lauren, Fischer set out on her own with a small prom-dress shop. Following a major makeover in 2007, she now presides over a 3,000-square-foot salon where brides-to-be, family and friends can view and choose from Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, Caro­lina Herrera and many others, along with bridesmaid and mother-of-the-occasion lines.
Andrew J. Lee • 39 • Glastonbury
   Andrew Lee is a vice president at Aetna, where he leads hospitalist solutions; he previously served as chief of staff in the Aetna president’s office. He’s passionate about his work—increasing value in health care—and also about bringing equity to Native Americans: As a newly minted master in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, he headed the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (USA Weekend profiled him as one of seven “Native American Standouts” in 2007). One of 36 North Americans designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he’s seen as, and sees himself as, someone who works across diverse communities to bridge differences—and make a difference—for the betterment of society as a whole.

 

40 Under 40

Reader Comments

comments powered by Disqus
 
ADVERTISEMENT