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Occhiogrosso Gets Engaged

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roy1Maybe good things do happen once  you leave the governor’s office.

They have for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s former senior adviser and chief strategist,  Roy Occhiogrosso.

 The well-known former strategist and spokesperson for the guv  got engaged to Meagan Cowell over the weekend . 

And Cowell was someone he met while working for the governor, but he didn’t remember that part.  

“We actually met for the first time over the phone,” he said about the love connection with Cowell who works at the state OPM office.   “It was during the transition after Malloy got elected and I was one of a few people who were interviewing various applicants for different jobs in the administration,” he continued. “We traded phone calls a few times, and by the time we connected the job I was supposed to interview her for had been filled, but there was a similar position still open at OPM. ”

And while she was hired as a Senior Policy and Communications Aide there, Occhiogrosso, now managing director  at Global Strategy Group , was clueless when the two had their first date.

” I of course remembered none of this,” he said. ” I interviewed a lot of people! So on our first date I was like “so, how’d you get this job?”  She gave me a look and was like “you interviewed me!”

The “I do’s” take place in the fall.

Occhiogrosso Employed Again

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royoWhen former Gov. Dannel Malloy’s top aide, Roy Occhiogrosso, (shown right in picture)   said he had some other possible  career plans, he wasn’t kidding.

Shortly after stepping out of the politicial limelight as the guv’s main  handler, Occhiogrosso  is going back to  Global Strategies Group.

This from the political public relations and consulting company firm today:

“Global Strategy Group today announced that Roy Occhiogrosso will rejoin the firm as Managing Director in the Hartford, CT office.

Occhiogrosso, formerly a partner with GSG from 2003 to 2010, returns to the firm after serving for the past two years as senior adviser and chief strategist to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy. A top consultant on Governor Malloy’s successful campaign bid in 2010, Occhiogrosso has since overseen all communications operations for the Office of the Governor. In addition, he has served as chief spokesperson and speechwriter, and advised on the framing of all major policy issues for the Administration.

“We are delighted that Roy is rejoining GSG,” said Jon Silvan, CEO. “His deep expertise in private and not-for-profit sector communications, combined with his vast experience in government and politics makes him an incredible asset to our team and to our clients.”

“We think Roy and Tanya will make a top-notch team,” said Silvan.

“I look forward to continuing to build GSG’s strong presence in Connecticut, and to extending the firm’s unrivaled combination of critical thinking and on-the-ground results that it provides for clients,” said Occhiogrosso. “I am excited to return to such an outstanding team.”

“Roy’s work in Connecticut and his deep experience in the Northeast region will be a huge asset to our office,” said Tanya Meck, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Communications. “I’m really looking forward to working with him on behalf of our current and future clients.”

Occhiogrosso was named one of Connecticut’s “50 Most Influential People” by Hartford Magazine in 2012. Prior to joining Governor Malloy’s administration, Occhiogrosso was a partner with GSG from 2003 to 2010, where he helped grow the firm’s practice areas in public affairs, strategic communications, media relations, political strategy and public policy for a broad array of political, corporate and advocacy clients. Earlier in his career, he served as a communications and political strategist for numerous candidates for public office at the local, state and national levels.

Occhiogrosso will be based in GSG’s Hartford, CT office beginning on January 14.”