Meeting/Event Information

Focus on Growth - Incentives for CT Businesses

March 20, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Indian Hill Country Club
111 Golf Street
Newington, CT 06111

We can all agree that the costs of doing business in our modern age can be quite substantial. What if we told you that the State of Connecticut offers programs to help with some of these costs? Well, if you are a company operating in the state of Connecticut then you cannot afford to miss this event.

APICS Hartford County and the Hartford IMA are proud to present you with an opportunity to inform you about the programs and incentives available to your company. Learn how to take advantage of these programs to help develop your workforce and hear success stories that came from them.

Join us on Tuesday March 20th at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington from 5:30-8:30 for networking, dinner and our presentation.

Speaking at the event will be:

  • Keri Lamontagne of Office of Apprenticeship at the CT Department of Labor
  • Bart Kollen, Deputy Commisioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Todd Berch Program Manager Office of Apprenticeship at the CT Departmernt of Labor
  • Charles Daniels, CFO of Wepco Plastics


 Agenda for the event will be as follows:

  • 5:30 Registration and Networking
  • 6:15 Dinner
  • 7:15 Presentation


   About our Speakers:

Keri Lamontagne is the Manufacturing Field Representative for the CT Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training. With 20 years of experience in workforce development strategies, Keri promotes Registered Apprenticeship as a comprehensive method to develop a skilled workforce. Keri possesses a great wealth of knowledge on how Registered Apprenticeship can combine hands-on skills training with classroom instruction. Additionally, she is an expert on the other programs offered and administered by CT DOL with partners such as the Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Manufacturing Innovation Fund which supports training for manufacturing companies in CT.

Bart Kollen joined the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) as Deputy Commissioner in February 2016. He is responsible for managing the business development, financial review and compliance departments focused on attracting and retaining businesses to and in the state of Connecticut. Prior to joining DECD, Bart worked at Voya Financial (formerly ING US) and ING Insurance where he served in several different capacities since 1997. Prior to joining ING, Bart worked for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in Washington D.C. on grassroots and public policy concerns.

Todd Berch  is currently the Program Manager in the CT Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.  A product of the apprenticeship program in Connecticut, Mr. Berch attended W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury, where he studied heating and welding. He then received his certificate in HVAC (heating/ventilation/ air conditioning) from New England Technical Institute in New Britain. Mr. Berch joined the Connecticut Department of Labor on Feb. 19 2016. Mr. Berch has experienced Apprenticeship from all ends of the spectrum. In addition to working in his fields, he has taught at Bullard Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport, as well at the Porter and Chester Institute in Stratford. He then became a member of the Steamfitters Union, where he also was an instructor.   He and his 12 Office of Apprenticeship co-workers are dedicated to getting the message out every day about the program’s advantages. “I believe that we need to do is start getting the word out about the trades and manufacturing -- which is going through a renaissance in this state– to prospective students at the age of 16 or 17 or while they are in middle school about the lucrative life long career opportunities within Connecticut,”

Charles Daniels has been the Chief Financial Officer at Wepco Plastics for five years and is also the President of Connect Energy Resources. Prior to these roles he owned a construction company, a small business consultancy and worked for the Marriott Corporation. He has a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. In 2017 he was awarded CFO of the Year by the Hartford Business Journal and also earned his CMA. Charles is active in manufacturing workforce development groups, his church’s leadership, town government, is a youth mentor, and a member of IMA Hartford Chapter.


$35.00 Members
$40.00 after 5:00 pm March 16
$30.00 Earlybird rate before March 8

$40.00 Non-Members
$45.00 after 5:00 pm March 16
$35.00 Earlybird rate before March 8