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Jamie Jones • 35 • Shelton
   In 1999, Philip Jamison “Jamie” Jones, a sixth-generation farmer, planted the first vines that would be the foundation of Jones Winery, a successful addition to the 164-year-old Jones Family Farms. Since then, Jones and the winery have gone on to win accolades—including this magazine’s Best Connecticut Wine in 2010 and 2011—while bringing the family name to a new group of consumers. Jones is also first vice president of the Connecticut Farm Bureau, president of the Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association, and last year was appointed by the governor to the Governor’s Council for Agricultural Development.
Jason J. Giulietti • 31 • Somers
   Like many of the up-and-comers on this list, Jason Giulietti’ wears many hats. His professional title is director of alumni relations for the University of Connecticut Health Center, but his volunteer contributions and titles demonstrate his passion and dedication to the community: He is president of the board of directors of the New England Economic Partnership; president of the alumni board of directors for the Department of Public Policy at UConn; and former president of the board of directors of the Hartford Area Business Economists. He also has served on the boards of the Hartford Club, the New England Public Policy Center and the Greater Hartford chapter of the UConn Alumni Association. In his “spare” time, he finds time to mentor high school and college students.
Stephanie Bendiske Klewicki • 39 • East Hampton
   A speech and language pathologist and board-certified behavior analyst, Klewicki envisions a future for special-needs children in which they realize their full potential. To that end, in 2009 she established the Children’s Advancement Fund Inc. (CAF), which assists families of children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, learning disorders and other disabilities in accessing medical therapies, social skills training and community programs. CAF’s need-based financial assistance often permits families to stay with their current therapy providers, ensuring continuity of care. Klewicki has also developed a social skills program, offered through CAF, to help children learn how to interact more effectively at home, in school and in their communities. Says one nominator: “[Stephanie] doesn’t even want to take the small salary allotted her by the CAF board. She really is the heart of the organization.”
Ali Parmelee • 36 • New Haven
   Ali Parmelee is a strategist, social media specialist and co-owner of Think Creative Group, a website, marketing and branding firm she started with a partner in 2004. The group’s clients include the Yale Department of Surgery, Santa Energy and Long Wharf Theatre. Parmelee and company volunteer their marketing services to the American Red Cross, and recently initiated “Do Good. Think Big,” a contest for nonprofits that awards an online branding strategy. She’s also a passionate animal-rights supporter, and rescued a boxer/pitbull nine years ago, who is now her constant companion.
Nick Lloyd • 37 • New Haven
   Recording engineer, musician and entrepreneur Nick Lloyd took a deteriorating New Haven firehouse, turned it into his personal pastime, and in the process brought new, needed life to an area of New Haven. Lloyd’s Firehouse 12 is now a high-tech recording studio by day and a cutting-edge jazz club at night. Local up-and-comers and accomplished jazz masters perform on most Friday nights. Patrons travel from Boston and New York City to attend concerts here, and the reviews are stellar. Add to the mix Lloyd’s critically acclaimed Firehouse 12 Records label, which he co-founded with Taylor Ho Bynum, as well as the upstairs loft he shares with his family, and we’d say Nick Lloyd has achieved the American dream—or at the very least the New Haven dream.

 

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