Relationship building is the key to long-term business success – whether you’re a solopreneur, small business owner, or part of a larger organization, building a network of trusted professionals will help you grow your business.
The MEWS+ Leads Group is a networking community of professionals in the greater Middlesex County region focused on building relationships, sharing knowledge, developing and exchanging referrals, and supporting members to achieve their business goals.
The MEWS+ Leads Group is a non-competitive professional group with a respectful and engaging environment where our members and guests build relationships built on trust, commitment, and community.
Our bi-weekly business meetings are held virtually on Tuesday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and are focused on learning more about member businesses, and generating and sharing referrals.
Our in-person social events allow us to get to know each other better as people – forging friendships and strengthening the network.
For the past ten years, Kathryn has been a Healthcare Benefit Consultant priding herself on providing unexpected customer service and educating her clients on the need for and the benefits of insurance. Kathryn is passionate about working with small businesses to protect their employees and families through medical, dental, vision, short term disability, life, accident, cancer, and specified disease insurance policies, and is licensed in sixteen states, including much of New England and the Mid-Atlantic area.
When not guiding business owners on smart insurance decisions, Kathryn can be found competing in triathlons, Spartan Races, and scuba diving.
Sarah is a CPA licensed in Connecticut, with 20 years of experience in the profession. She runs a virtual tax practice specializing primarily in individual and small business tax returns. With processes and tools in place, she makes the tax preparation process easier on the client. The client portal streamlines the process, document sharing and communication, and is user friendly/intuitive. Her practice can handle all related state returns needed based on residency and/or income earned in multiple states.
With clients throughout the US as well as overseas, all enjoy personalized attention from an experienced professional.
As the Manager of Business Development & Operations, Jason manages the organization’s day-to-day operations and is responsible for creating, implementing, and managing sales and marketing initiatives. To build customer engagement, Jason has authored numerous white-papers, blog posts, and articles, and utilizes his expertise in social media marketing and client engagement to increase Endecom’s market share.
Walt is the owner of Walt Jedziniak Photography in East Hampton, Connecticut. A portrait studio that takes pride in providing unique experiences for clients and creating the perfect products for them to capture and preserve precious family memories.
Walt specializes in families, high school seniors, corporate headshots, pet photography, maternity portraits, modeling portfolios, and boudoir.
Ms. McKinley-Bell is the Principal Consultant for Shoreline HR Consulting and has been a HR Executive, Manager and Entrepreneur for over 30 years. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh and holds a Master’s in Business Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management from UCONN. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Ms. McKinley-Bell is also certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Shoreline HR Consulting, established in May 2019, specializes in assisting small and medium-sized employers on the full spectrum of Human Resources needs, from Onboarding, Compensation, Performance, Conduct and Conflict Management and Workplace Investigations to Employment Law Compliance, Employee Handbooks and Employee Relations. Employers receive the benefits of a full-service Human Resources Department without the ongoing costs.
Rebecca Mead is the Principal at INQ Creative, a full service, integrated agency specializing in strategy, marketing, content, code, and creative for non-profit organizations, professional services businesses, and professional associations.
Vincent (“Vin”) Merola is an associate at Murtha Cullina LLP and a member of the Business and Finance Department, the Privately Owned Business Group and the Emerging Companies Group. He represents a wide range of clients from startups to mid-sized companies. Vin is a transactional attorney, handling mergers, acquisitions, re-organizations and other commercial transactions. He also has extensive experience negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements. Vin has also advised various franchisors with respect to brand growth and development on a global scale as well as mitigating associated risks.
Previously, Vin served as Lead Counsel – Corporate Governance at Subway World Headquarters. During his tenure at Subway, Vin focused on corporate governance and compliance, working on high impact projects, including corporate re-organization of the brand’s entity portfolio, overseeing third party due diligence, records retention and electronic signature compliance on a global scale. Vin’s hobbies include golfing, kayaking, hiking and comic collecting.
At Edward Jones, every strategy we offer and every solution we recommend is based on what’s most important to you. Once we understand your priorities, we can help you identify specific financial goals and develop strategies to help you work toward achieving them. Working confidentially with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. We also have thousands of firm associates and advanced technology supporting our office to help you reach your financial goals.
Mike Robidoux is a benefits consultant with ID Shield. He offers unique benefits that center around Identity theft. Mike specializes in helping people protect themselves against the devastating effects of Identity Theft. He helps individuals (families) as well as businesses, across all 50 States and all Provinces in Canada. The Business programs are a voluntary benefit that can enhance the benefits package that your company already offers, and there is no direct cost to the business owner. Look at it as helping make sure that the employees personal problems don’t become personnel problems. Mike also offers Identity Theft plans specifically for businesses.
Mike lives in East Haddam with his family Mike is active in the community, he is a board member of the East Haddam Business Association, on the Economic Development Commission and is also active with Scouts and schools in town.
At Citizens Bank, you’ll be served by a team of business banking professionals dedicated to helping you reach your potential. Your Citizens Bank team starts with David Saia, your Relationship Manager. With over 20 years of experience in bank operations, management, strategic planning and problem solving, Dave seeks to create a tailored banking experience — grounded in listening and understanding your business and needs, now and in the future.
Charlie began his insurance career with a short stay at the Hartford Insurance Company servicing AARP auto policies. From there he moved on to working with independent insurance agency software systems sales. Then he jumped in to large system sales to insurance companies, then in 2009-began his career as an insurance agent. Overall, Charlie has over 32 years of experience working in the insurance industry.
Star-Schein Insurance Agency offers all forms of insurance with the exception of financial (Variable) insurance products.
We are looking for new members, in the following professions, to join :
Personal injury attorney
Real estate agent
Real estate attorney
Mortgage / loan officer
Restaurant owner/ food service / caterer
Home improvement professionals including contractor, plumber, electrician, painter
Lawn care / landscaper
Business / life coach
If you are interested, let us know – we’d love to meet you.
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