The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) will honor seven state residents on Tuesday, October 23 for their work in helping to bring and produce meetings and events to Connecticut that have a profound impact on the State's economy. TheCTCSB Hospitality Industry Night and Bring It Home Awards sponsored by Eversourcewill be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel at 201 Washington Ave. in North Haven, Conn. Tickets are available now.


The CTCSB’s 2018 Bring It Home Awardees are:

  • John Heine of Northford, Conn., for bringing the Association of College & University Printers' (ACUP) Annual Conference to the Omni New Haven Hotel and Yale University in New Haven in April 2019;

  • Susan Keane of East Hartford and Beverley Henry of East Hartford, for coordinating the Council of State Governments' Eastern Regional Conference Annual Meeting at Mohegan Sun in August 2017;

  • Rich and Liz Parenzan of Trumbull, for coordinating the USA BMX East Coast Nationals to the T.R.A.C.K. BMX in Trumbull in June 2018; and

  • David Rocha of Simsbury, for bringing the USSSA (U.S. Specialty Sports Association) 2018 Northeast National Championship to East Hartford and Southington in July 2018.


The CTCSB’s 2018 Thomas J. Shortell Award, recognizing Connecticut residents who have had a long-term successful sports career, will be presented to: Suzy Whaley of Cromwell, a PGA Master Professional and the Vice President of the PGA. Ms. Whaley also is being honored for bringing the PGA of America Annual Meeting to the Connecticut Convention Center in October 2020. 


“Our organization’s 4th annual Hospitality Industry Night celebrates the positive impact of tourism and conventions, conferences, meetings and sports events on Connecticut – from job creation to local, regional and State revenue,” explains H. Scott Phelps, President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, the State’s official meetings and sports event sales and marketing organization. “We look forward to presenting our 2018 Bring It Home Awards to this group of dynamic Connecticut residents who have stepped up to help showcase our state, bringing visitors here and growing the economy.”  


The event will feature refreshments and networking, a social media photo booth and other fun activities, and raffle and auction prizes that represent the state’s hospitality industry. Fox 61 meteorologist Matt Scott will be the awards ceremony emcee.


To purchase tickets, go to OR contact CTCSB’s Director of Business Development Susan Henrique at 860-882-1101 or


   Event tickets:

CTCSB Members:                    $35 pp

Non-Members:                          $40 pp

Four-pack: Buy 4 together        $25 pp = $100


Major sponsors to date include Eversource, Bank of America, the Best Western Plus North Haven Hotel, and TAPSNAP 1188™. Sponsorship packages range from $200 to $2,500. For information about sponsorships, call Event Chair Roger Wierbicki at 860-929-9850 or the CTCSB’s Laura Soll at 860-688-4499.


Working in partnership with the state’s businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations, and their surrounding communities, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) markets all of the state – convention and meeting venues, hotels and attractions, and sporting venues – as a premier destination for international, national, regional and statewide conferences, conventions and major sports events. The Connecticut Sports Advisory Board, a division of the CTCSB, focuses its efforts on attracting and serving international, national and regional sporting events. Events booked by the CTCSB in the last fiscal year alone are projected to result in: $54,181,589 in spending by convention, meeting and sports events attendees during their visits to the state, generating over $3,121,389 in Connecticut taxes. In addition, more than 17,246 Connecticut jobs in the hospitality industry will be supported by these events as a result of these bookings.* For more information about the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, visit or call 860-728-6789.

(*Destinations International’s economic calculator FY 2017-18).