Christopher P. Bruhl, President & CEO
Chris Bruhl joined The Business Council of Fairfield County in May 1990. He serves on a variety of boards, including the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century, the Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education, the Connecticut Employment & Training Commission, the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, the Sea Research Foundation’s President’s Council and the Stamford Partnership.
Chris has been a frequent consultant, writer, and speaker on the subject of economic development and non-profit management, with particular interests in community planning, institution building, and the relationship between educational quality and economic competitiveness. He is a contributing author to two books and was, for four years, the director of a national training program for non-profit board and staff, conducted in affiliation with faculty from Yale University. He holds a BA, in American Civilization, from Brown University, an MA, in English, from Louisiana State University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Joseph McGee, Vice President, Public Policy and Programs
Joseph J. McGee is Vice President, Public Policy and Programs, The Business Council of Fairfield County. Joe has worked extensively with the business community, civic organizations and government officials in the areas of economic development, transportation, housing, energy conservation, environment and tax and fiscal policy.
His community leadership roles reflect his commitment to these priorities. He is currently Co Chair of The Commission on Economic Competitiveness and a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection.
Joe’s major focus at the Business Council is the development of high speed commuter rail.
Following the aftermath of the extreme storms in 2011, Joe was appointed as Co-Chair of The Two Storm Panel in 2011-2012 by Governor Malloy. In 2010, he served as Co-Chair of the Policy Committee for Governor Daniel Malloy’s Transition Committee.
Before joining The Business Council of Fairfield County, Joe was Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic Development, Chairman of the Connecticut Development Authority and Chairman of Connecticut Innovations, Inc. from 1990-1994. He served as Vice President at People’s Bank between 1979 and 1990. Prior to joining People’s Bank, Joe served as Staff Director for Congressman Stewart McKinney in Washington, D.C. from 1971 to 1978.
Gary Breitbart, Director, Growth Company Advisory Services
Gary Breitbart joined The Business Council to establish Growth Advisory Services, an initiative seeking to accelerate the growth of small companies in Fairfield County. Growth Advisory Services is designed to help firms with less than $50 million in revenue and less than 100 employees find and access local and statewide service providers, funding sources and other resources both from the public and private sector.
Gary is also the founder and President of PCF Consulting, a consultancy that works with multi-channel retailers, software start-ups and other business service providers to address their strategy, e-business, marketing, technology and operating challenges.
Before launching PCF, Mr. Breitbart was an Executive Vice President with Charming Shoppes, a leading plus size woman’s fashion retailer where he was President of the Interactive Division. He also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Daffy’s, a NY based regional off-price fashion and home goods retailer. Prior to this retailing focus, Mr. Breitbart spent over 20 years working primarily with business-to-business firms, helping them increase their growth and profitability. He served in a variety of executive roles, including as a CEO, COO and Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer with operational and P/L responsibilities for both large and small companies. These include firms Prudential Financial, Aon, AT&T and NatWest Bancorp. As well, his experience includes considerable work with start-ups, turnarounds and accelerating growth of large, established brands through re-positioning, branding, and product and channel improvements.
Gary holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business, a Masters in Professional Studies from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tanya Court, Director, Public Policy & Programs
Tanya Court joined the organization in June 2002. Prior to joining The Business Council, Tanya served as Executive Director of the South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) where she played an instrumental role in galvanizing regional municipal support in transportation planning and communicating the transportation infrastructure needs of Fairfield County to Hartford, and to the State Department of Transportation.
Most recently, Tanya had served as Regional Liaison with the Agency for Workforce Innovation for the State of Florida.
Emily Gordon, Program Manager, Stamford 2030 District
Emily is the Program Manager for the Stamford 2030 program an initiative launched through the partnership of The Business Council of Fairfield County and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Her role involves supporting the executive director in benchmarking sustainability goals for participating Stamford businesses and engaging new members.
Emily holds a Master of Community Planning and Development degree from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine along with a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. Most recently she co-led the Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities application process for the city of Portland, Maine as a part of her ongoing work in the sustainability field.
Cynthia Lyon, Director, Higher Education and Human Capital Services
As Director, Higher Education and Human Capital Services, Cynthia’s work seeks to enhance the quality and retention of the region’s talent pool; build strong and diverse functional relationships among employers and educators; broaden early corporate exposure for students through experiential learning; and engage faculty, students and institutional leaders in The Business Council’s activities, which are designed to generate regional economic growth.
Prior to joining The Business Council, Cynthia consulted to a variety of organizations designing and implementing strategic initiatives. She has assisted Fortune 100 corporations, middle market companies and nonprofit organizations with streamlining business processes, developing programs and structure, and creating initiatives from the bottom up. Previously, Cynthia served as a Director for The Business Council of Fairfield County, leading an initiative to strengthen the boards of nonprofit institutions. Cynthia was the Executive Director of Operations for Vestron Inc., a Stamford-based producer of major motion pictures, including Dirty Dancing.
Cynthia received her BS degree from Cornell University in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. She received her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in Marketing and Finance.
Cynthia is a former member of the Carmel Academy Board of Directors, a K-8 private day school in Greenwich, CT.
Lisa Mercurio, Vice President, Fairfield County Information Exchange
Lisa Mercurio is the Director of the Fairfield County Information Exchange, responsible for data collection and analysis about the people, companies and jobs in Fairfield County. In addition, Lisa manages the organization’s communication functions including marketing, web and online content and press contact. Lisa has held a variety of positions within The Business Council including Program Manager and Director of Professional Development Services. Prior to joining The Business Council, Lisa was employed at Nine West Group, Inc. as an Wholesale Account Executive. Lisa received her BA in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Randi Norum, Controller
Randi Norum joined The Business Council in July 1997. Prior to joining the organization, Randi served as an associate at an accounting firm, and worked independently as an internal controller for small businesses, and financial manager for high income families, medical practices and corporations.
- Accounts Payable/Receivable
- Financial Audit
- Payroll/Employee Benefits
Roderik Woody, Manager of Administrative & Information Services
Rod Woody joined The Business Council in 1988 as Assistant to the Director of Business Expo. In 1992, he was promoted to Manager of Administrative & Information Services. Rod holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a minor in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.
- Database Development & Maintenance
- Fairfield County Business Database