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Branford Business Recognition Awards

The Economic Development Commission periodically presents its Business Recognition Award to a Branford business that is a leader in its field and that contributes to making Branford a better place to live and work.


EDC Award Presented to Pat Munger Construction

At its April meeting the Branford Economic Development Commission presented Pat Munger Construction Co. with its “Business Recognition Award”.  Founded in 1968, Munger Construction is a leader in commercial construction along the shoreline.                                    

In 1992, Dave DeMaio become president and CEO of the company, secured LEED AP certification and established “SOLAR mungergreen” in 2009. Munger’s work can be found from Greenwich to Rhode Island,  rendering them the Mellon Award of Excellence.  Two prominent Munger projects include the Stony Creek Brewery, completed last year, andAmerican Polyfilm’s state–of-the-art facility on East Main Street, a major U.S. manufacturer of polyfilm products. Both buildings were designed by local architects, Joe Sepot and Tony Terry, respectively, and have put Munger Construction in the “Hall of Fame” for steel construction. Pictured in the gallery above are [l to r] EDC chairman Perry Maresca, Pat Munger Construction president Dave DeMaio, vice president Pam DeMaio, and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.

Business Award presented to Controlled Air, Inc.

For thirty five years Controlled Air, Inc.has been in the forefront of HVAC design and installation, providing the most economically and environmentally efficient systems for commercial and institutional buildings. The company is a sponsor of the CT Green Buildings Council and has received the industry’s Johnson Controls Award for Innovation and Outstanding Performance.

Founded in 1980, Controlled Air remains a family owned and operated, and has several employees who have been with them from the start.  Pictured presenting the award at the EDC’s February 17, 2016 meeting in the gallery above are [l to r] EDC chairman Perry Maresca, EDC member Joe Gordon,Controlled Air president Vincent Chioccio, vice president Michael Chioccio, and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove. 


Connecticut Hospice receives EDC Award

Considered the birthplace of the American hospice movement since its founding in 1974, The Connecticut Hospice offers pain management, inpatient and home care, inter-disciplinary care, hospice arts and bereavement support;

With over 300 employees, it is one of the largest employers in town, is affiliated with dozens of hospitals across the state, and serves as a teaching environment for students at Yale, UConn, and Quinnipiac Universities.  In 2014 The Joint Commission, the national accreditation agency that evaluates health care organizations, certified CT Hospice as the first palliative care teaching hospital-hospice in the nation.  Pictured presenting the award at the EDC’s November 18, 2015 meeting are [l to r] EDC chairman Perry Maresca, EDC member Joe Gordon, VP and CFO Tom McGovern, Director of Volunteers  Joan Cullen, Director of Development Linda Laucella, and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.      

Birbarie Marine EDC Award Presentation    

For almost 70 years, Birbarie Marine has provided the shoreline with boat sales and service, marine supplies and accessories, repairs and winterization, as well as slips and storage at their Indian Neck Avenue marina on the Branford River.  Skip Birbaire and his sister, Mindy Birbarie Kahl, are the second generation to operate the family business.           

Presenting the award at the Commission’s September 16, 2015 meeting are [l to r] EDC chairman Perry Maresca, EDC member Joe Gordon, Skip Birbarie, and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.  

EDC award presented to Ford of Branford

The Ford brand has been sold in Branford for more than eighty years. Ford of Branford moved to its current East Main St./Rte. 1 location in 2004 when it succeeded Wilson Ford, and recently completed a major expansion and renovation.        

Pictured presenting the award at the July 15, 2015 EDC meeting are [l to r] EDC member Joe Gordon, Jeff Zoufaly Ford of Branford Director of Sales, and EDC chair Perry Maresca.  

Vaiuso Farm receives business award

The Vaiuso family has run the Vaiuso Farm Inc. farm, green-house and nursery for nearly 90 years.        

Now the fourth generation of Vaiusos operates a state-of-the-art facility, supplying quality plants year ‘round  to independent garden centers, florists and non-profits throughout the northeast.     

Pictured presenting the award at the EDC’s April 15, 2015 meeting  award are [l to r] EDC Chairman Perry Maresca, Mark Vaiuso, EDC member Joe Gordon, Joe Vaiuso, First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, and Chris Vaiuso.

EDC recognizes K&G Graphics

Roger Guay and Romauldas “Romey” Kaminskas have owned and operated K&G Graphics for nearly four decades, providing printing and copying services to Branford’s diverse business community as well as to dozens of non-profit organizations.  

Pictured presenting the award at the EDC’s January 21, 2015 meeting are [l to r] EDC member Joe Gordon, K&G’s “Romey” Kaminskas and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.


Gibson & Donegan Law honored by EDC

The Commission presented the law firm of Gibson & Donegan with its “Business Recognition Award” at its meeting on November 19, 2014.                    

In addition to a broad array of legal services, attorneys Gibson and Donegan have served the town in numerous capacities, including with the Branford Community Foundation, the Festival Corporation, the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission, and as Probate Judge. Pictured presenting the award are [l to r] EDC Chairman Perry Maresca, EDC member Joe Gordon, Attorney John Donegan, Attorney David Gibson, and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.

Brewer Bruce & Johnson Marina receives EDC award

Brewer Bruce & Johnson's Marina has been located at the end of Block Island Road since the 1960s, and today offers more than 500 slips at its 16 acre facility, and another 150 slips at its west yard just across the Branford River on Goodsell Point Road.  With more than 20 full time employees,Bruce & Johnson's offers slips, boat storage, repair and maintenance services to hundreds of seasonal guests, as well as boaters in transit.  In addition to its marine service, the marina also offers education programs, summer concerts, and other community events at no cost, and is home to the popular Dockside Restaurant. Presenting the award at the EDC’s meeting on September 17, 2014 are [l to r] Chris Johnson, head of the mechanical department, Brian Dombroski, asst. manager, EDC chairman Perry Maresca, Bruce & Johnson’s general manager Ed Vianney, and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.  

EDC presents award to Branford Book & Card Shoppe

For more than four decades the Branford Book & Card Shoppe has been owned and operated by the Esposito family at its prominent Main Street location, directly across from the Branford town green.                                   

Presenting the award  at the EDC’s June 18, 2014 meeting are [l to r] EDC Chair Joe Gordon, Sal Esposito from the Branford Book & Card Shoppe, as well as  PS Stationers, and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove. 

Towne Pharmacy receives business award 

Today Towne Pharmacy is owned and operated by the third generation of the Ward family, carrying on the tradition of personal service and community involvement.

Presenting the town’s “Business Recognition Award” at the EDC’s April 16, 2014 meeting are [l to r] First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, EDC chairman Joe Gordon, Towne Pharmacy owners and managers Karen Ward Ragonese and Vince Ragonese.

Premier Subaru receives EDC business award

Premier Subaru dealership opened on North Main Street/Rte. 1 in 2000, with owner and general manager Bob Alvine addingPremier Kia to his new car lineup in 2013.

Premier is an active member of the community through its support of the Community Dining Room, Branford Road Race, branford  jazz-on-the-green, Branford Chorale, and numerous regional, state and national causes.                                               

Pictured at the February 19, 2014 EDC meeting are [l to r] First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, EDC chairman Joe Gordon, Premier Subaru owner and general manager Bob Alvine, and Premier Subaru sales manager Tom Backes. 

Last Updated: Thu, 06/20/2019 - 1:50pm