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New chairman at business council

The Business Council of Fairfield County announced the election of several officers to its board of directors, including a new chairman.

Reyno A. Giallongo Jr., chairman & CEO, First County Bank, has been named chairman; James Fitzgerald, executive vice president, Northeast Commercial Division of Wells Fargo Bank N.A., has been named vice chairman; and Pamela Elkow, partner, Robinson & Cole L.P.’s metro New York office, has been named secretary.

Additionally, Kenneth Seel, office managing partner, KPMG L.L.P.; and Janet Steinmayer, CEO,Appleseed Food Frontiers L.L.C., have been appointed to the board’s executive committee.

Of Giallongo’s selection, Christopher P. Bruhl, president and CEO of The Business Council of Fairfield County, said, “Rey’s investment in the economic health of the region and his involvement in the issues central to the Fairfield County community, made him an ideal choice to lead the Business Council as Chairman. For the past three years, Rey has served as a director and has led our small business growth network. The work of The Business Council will greatly benefit from the dedication of his leadership and expertise that he will now lend as chair.”

“I am excited by the opportunities this new role brings,” Giallongo said. “The Business Council and its membership have a strong history of applying solid data and discourse to the issues that impact the quality of life in the region. I look forward to continuing in that tradition, and hopefully deepening our impact in the years ahead.”

The Business Council was formed in 1970 by the merger of three organizations, the oldest of which dated to 1890. Today, it is a private, nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer board of senior executives and served by a professional staff. It has more than 200 corporate and nonprofit members.

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