We asked you to tell us: who are the next leaders in Connecticut banking? Who will be at the forefront of banking as we forge ahead? We have completed accepting nominations for the 2020 New Leaders in Banking Awards! We’re looking for the best of the best – the banking professionals who are blazing trails, accomplishing great things and will surely be at the top of the Connecticut banking industry in the years to come. 

The nomination criteria was simple: nominees must be employed at a CBA member bank, be an outstanding employee, manager or business leader, and be making a notable impact within their financial institution and community. The key to a well written nomination is providing the nominating committee with specific information illustrating how the individual’s achievements have had a positive impact on their organization’s business goals or mission and how their volunteer time and dedication improves the communities they serve.

The New Leaders in Banking award winners will be celebrated on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 at Mohegan Sun on the eve of BankWorld 2020. Nominations must have been received by midnight on October 18, 2019.


Introducing the 2020 New Leaders in Banking

Richard Balestracci, Chelsea Groton Bank
Andrea Barron, Dime Bank
Kasey Beckendorf, Union Savings Bank
Chad Belanger, Thomaston Savings Bank
Bjorn Bumactao, Webster Bank, N.A.
Deborah Hull, Fairfield County Bank
Courtney Jinjika, KeyBank
Susan Kiddy, Windsor Federal Savings
Karin O’Brien Newtown Savings Bank
Melissa Root, Connecticut Mutual Holding Company
Jean Stapf, Salisbury Bank & Trust Company
Alex Sulpasso, Guilford Savings Bank
Brock Wehry, National Iron Bank

Register to Attend

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Individual Tickets: $195 each

Reserved Table: $1,750

Table includes up to nine tickets to the dinner with 10th seat reserved for your award winner. If you purchase a Table, we will contact you to collect information for each individual attendee or you can send the names, company names and email addresses of each attendee to us via email at

Bankers who register to attend the New Leaders Awards reception will automatically be registered to attend BankWorld at no additional charge. All others must register separately.

**Vendors, Exhibitors and Sponsors – Access to the New Leaders awards is allowed only if you are also a BankWorld sponsor, exhibitor or paid vendor attendee.

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Please Note: This event has a policy of no refunds for cancellations.  All New Leaders attendees will be automatically registered for BankWorld and will receive email confirmation of registration for BankWorld and the New Leaders Awards Dinner approximately one week prior to the event(s).  For information on hotel accommodations, please visit the BankWorld “Attend” page.



If you have any questions regarding New Leaders in Banking registration, please email