Waterbury Regional Chamber: Annual Baldrige Awards Slated

WATERBURY — Giuseppe “Joe” Pisani of Middlebury, president of Pisani Steel Fabrication, Inc., of Naugatuck, has been named the recipient of the Waterbury Regional Chamber’s 2019 Malcolm Baldrige Community Award. The award will be presented during the 25th annual Malcolm Baldrige Chamber Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 25 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

The evening will include a silent auction and is a major fundraiser for the not-for-profit Waterbury Regional Chamber, supporting the group’s public policy and economic development efforts.

“For 25 years, the chamber has presented our prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Community Award to a business leader in the region who is committed to economic development and growth in Greater Waterbury,” said Donald C. McPartland, chamber chairman and an attorney with the law firm Moore, O’Brien and Fonti. 

“Our chamber is thrilled to present this year’s award to Joe for all of his immensely generous contributions to and support of the Greater Waterbury community.”

Pisani Steel Fabrication, Inc. in Naugatuck was founded in 1988 by Joe and his father, Frank Pisani, as a welding company. Today, it specializes in producing structural steel and miscellaneous metals for the construction industry.

Over the years, it has grown substantially and currently serves a variety of sectors, including constructing government buildings and schools, strip malls, corporate parks, manufacturing and industrial buildings throughout Connecticut, as well as in New England and New York.

Nominees for the Malcolm Baldrige Community Award are considered for their roles in supporting employment opportunities, for enhancing the overall economic growth and quality of life in the region, for playing a leading role in initiating new business or development and for their community leadership.

In addition to Mr. Pisani, the chamber will honor William J. Palomba, marketing manager for Blasius Chevrolet Cadillac, with its 2019 Leadership Award, and Donna Johnson, community relations liaison for Diagnostic Radiology Associates in Waterbury, with its 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Leadership Award is presented to a chamber member who demonstrates leadership and contributes to accomplishing the chamber’s mission to serve its members as a network, resource and advocate.

“Bill is a tremendous asset to the Waterbury Regional Chamber Board and Executive Committee, and especially our Public Policy Committee,” said Lynn Ward, chamber president and CEO.

The Volunteer Award is presented annually to a member who dedicates time and expertise to volunteering for the organization.

“Donna’s efforts on behalf of our Health Care Council show her commitment to the chamber’s mission,” Ms. Ward said. “Her knowledge and support have contributed to the tremendous success and growth of the council.”

Additional sponsors and silent auction donations are sought for the September 25 dinner event.

Tickets for the 25th annual Malcolm Baldrige Awards Dinner are $150 per person or $1,750 for a table of 10.

Reservations may be made online at www.waterburychamber.com, by sending an email to info@waterburychamber.com or by calling the chamber at 203-757-0701.

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