On the Move: Union Savings Adds Shawn Gregory as Vice President

Shawn Gregory (Contributed

Union Savings Bank has announced that Shawn Gregory has joined the bank as Vice President and Home Loans Manager.

Gregory is responsible for the management of the bank’s construction portfolio as well as new business development for commercial loans. She works in the Ridgefield office at 100 Danbury Road.

Gregory brings over 17 years of experience in commercial mortgages, construction, commercial and industrial lending and new business development. She also has extensive experience in credit administration, risk management, policy development and underwriting. Most recently she was Chief Credit Officer, Senior Vice President for Fieldpoint Private Bank and Trust.

Waterbury’s Kizelnik joins the CironeFriedberg tax team

Zev Kizelnik (Contributed)

CironeFriedberg has welcomed Zev Kizelnik, CPA, as Senior Tax Manager. Kizelnik will manage complex tax orders for business and private clients.

A Waterbury resident, Kizelnik brings 14 years of tax and accounting experience preparing and auditing federal and state tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations and not-for-profit organizations, as well as tax returns for trusts, inheritances and gifts.

Most recently, he was a tax manager in the Connecticut office of a large national accounting firm.

IN THE NEWS: Waterbury Headmaster Gorman receives award

Waterbury Public Schools Supervisor Joseph Gorman received the 2022 Professional Honor Award from the Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

“If your actions somehow inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then those are the true and enduring rewards of leadership,” said Gorman, Supervisor of Health and Exercise at Waterbury. “I am honored to accept the Professional Honor Award.”

The recipients of this award are caring professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and students in every aspect and committed to improving the future by investing in educational efforts that support the growth of our youth.

Minkoff named keynote speaker for the forum

World-renowned fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff will be the keynote speaker during the Business Women’s Forum on March 15, 2023.

The Business Women’s Forum, now in its 40th year, is Connecticut’s largest and longest-running conference for women in the state dedicated to professional and personal development. The event will take place at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Throughout the day, attendees will hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and trainers, have the opportunity to network with hundreds of other professional women, and have a chance to win prizes.

Minkoff is an industry leader in luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, all with contemporary bohemian designs. After developing an affinity for design in the high school costume department, Minkoff moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

In 2001, she created a version of the “I Love New York” t-shirt as part of a five-piece capsule collection that appeared on The Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation. In 2005, Minkoff designed her first handbag, which she called the Morning After Bag. This iconic bag sparked her career as a handbag designer.

In 2018, she launched a podcast, Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff, which focuses on the stories of resilience failure and success from luminaries like Katie Couric, Bozoma St. John and Jessica Alba.

Additional speakers for the Business Women’s Forum 2023 will be announced in the coming weeks.

To become a sponsor, visit ctbwf.com or call the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation at (203) 757-0701.