December 7, 2018

CBIA elects manufacturing veteran as board chair

Photo | CBIA
Photo | CBIA
Chris DiPentima, president of Pegasus Manufacturing, has been named chairman of CBIA's board of directors.

Connecticut's largest business lobby says its newly reshuffled board of directors on Thursday elected a Middletown manufacturing executive as chairman.

Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) elected Chris DiPentima, president of Pegasus Manufacturing, to succeed Mary Kay Fenton, executive vice president and chief financial officer of New Haven's Achillion Pharmaceuticals.

CBIA's board on Thursday also tapped two vice chairs: Jeff Hubbard, market president of Key Bank; and Jennifer DelMonico, managing partner of Hartford law firm Murtha Cullina LLP.

CBIA's 46-member board plays a key role shaping the lobby's policy agenda.

DiPentima joined Pegasus, a division of manufacturer Leggett & Platt Inc., in 2002 and evolved the company's front-office operations, CBIA said. Prior to Pegasus, he served eight years as a trial attorney representing clients in litigation involving labor and employment, contracts, workers' compensation, personal injuries and other matters.

He also currently serves on the advisory board for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund and is a member of the Connecticut contingency of the National Governor's Policy Academy for Best Practices in Manufacturing.

DiPentima is a former board member of the the Connecticut Technical High School System and a former president of Aerospace Components Manufacturers.

CBIA named 14 new people to its board in early November.

In the upcoming 2019 legislative session, the business lobby will be faced with a progressive Democratic agenda focused on raising the state's minimum wage from $10.10 to $15, increasing paid family and medical leave and legalizing recreational marijuana.

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