As a group they are probably some of the best-known names in the state, retired Ernst & Young managing partner Howard Carver, Chase Enterprises vice president, Atty. Cheryl Chase, Stanley Black & Decker chairman and CEO John Lundgren and retired UConn men’s basketball head coach, Jim Calhoun.
On Wednesday it was their business acumen and their philanthropic efforts being celebrated at the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s 33rd annual Business Hall of Fame.
The four were inducted into the organization’s Business Hall of Fame, and more than 350 people turned out at the Hartford Marriott Downtown to celebrate the occasion and the honorees.
“I was surprised to receive this honor,” said Carver, a former J.A. president and board member. “It’s a great honor for me.”
Calhoun, who received the organization’s 2013 Spirit of Achievement Award was the center of attention for many of those attending, because although he may have stepped down as head coach of the team, he is still the go-to guy when it comes to talking college basketball.
And on this night it was women’s basketball that he was talking up.
“They are a great bunch of kids,” he said about UConn’s women’s basketball team that on Tuesday won the school’s its 8th NCAA women’s basketball championship. “And Geno (Auriemma) is one of the most effective women’s basketball coaches in history.”
Chase, herself a Junior Achievement alumnus while a student at Hall High School, was her usual modest self when it came to be chosen for the award. But couldn’t help but become far more animated when it came to the newest addition to the family.
“He is beautiful and so happy,” she said whipping out a picture of new grandson Dylan Jasper Chase-Dyer, son of her daughter, Dara, and son-in-law, beIN cq sports network commentator Ross Dyer.
Although grandson and parents live in southern Florida, Chase has already figured out how to miss business and pleasure so “Grandma” and husband “Grandpa” Stuart Bear, have regular visits with the nearly four-month-old baby.
A beaming Chase explained she is a principal in the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, noting it is in the perfect location, near her daughter and son-in-law’s home.
“We are finding more reasons to go down there on business,” she said smiling.