The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) has presented its “2015 Bring It Home Awards” to six state residents for their contributions to making the state a successful meetings, convention and major sports events venue. The presentations were made on May 12, 2015 as part of the Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. 

“Our Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau’s ‘Bring It Home Awards’ recognize residents who help to secure the booking of conventions, meetings and sports events in our state’s venues and hotels,” explains H. Scott Phelps, Interim President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “It is important to thank individuals who have a commitment to bring their events into our state – along with the economic activity, jobs and tax revenues they produce. These meeting and events generate millions of dollars in revenue annually for our State and local economies. Their attendees stay at hotels, dine in restaurants, visit our attractions, shop at retail establishments, and the organizers contract for a variety of local services necessary for running a successful event.”


At the May 12 ceremony, “Bring It Home Awards” were presented by the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau to:

  • Hartford resident John V. Bazzano, the City of Hartford’s Town & City Clerk, for bringing the International Institute of Municipal Clerks’ 69th Annual Conference to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on May 17-20, 2015;

  • Stratford resident Patricia Patusky, Director and Superintendent of Recreation for the Town of Stratford’s Recreation Department, for bringing the Amateur Softball Association of America’s (ASA) Girls Eastern Territorial Fast Pitch Softball Tournaments to Stratford during the past few years including the 14U in 2014 and the 12 U and 10U this summer on July 29-Aug 2, 2015;

  • Chief James P. Wardwell and Sergeant Adam Rembisz of the New Britain Police for bringing the American Association of Police Polygraphists’ Annual Conference 2016 to Mohegan Sun on June 9-18, 2016;    

  • Manchester resident Stacey Stachow, Museum Store Manager at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, for having brought the Museum Store Association’s 60th Annual Retail Conference & Expo to the Connecticut Convention Center on April 17-20, 2015;

  • East Haven resident Don Westfall, General Manager of Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford, for bringing a wide variety of sports events to our state. In fact, from now through November, the Connecticut Sportsplex will welcome over 30,000 athletes, officials and spectators for numerous events. 


The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), a public-private partnership, works with the state’s businesses, institutions, nonprofit organizations, and surrounding communities to market all of Connecticut – 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.