CRMA Annual Awards Luncheon

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) has honored four of Connecticut’s leading retail businesses for their responsiveness to customers, superior business practices and outstanding community involvement.  At the organization’s annual awards luncheon, the association also recognized two individuals who have had an impact on the retail industry and state.

The annual Awards ceremony honored Munson’s Chocolates (Retailer of the Year), Fleet Feet Sports (Excellence in Customer & Community Service), EbLens (Special Recognition Award) and Macy’s (National Retailer of the Year).  The association’s Distinguished Service Award was presented to Marc Green, owner of Lux Bond & Green, and the inaugural Legislator of the Year award was given to  State Senator Len Fasano (34th District) of North Haven.

Munson’s Chocolates – Munson's is a third generation candy family, and Connecticut's largest retail chocolate manufacturer. Munson's Chocolates was founded by Ben and Josephine Munson in 1946, and the first store was in Manchester and in currently located in Bolton, where all of the candy is manufactured.

Fleet Feet Sports – Fleet Feet Sports provides personalized attention to customers, driven by the leadership of owner Stephanie Blozy, for whom retail is a second career and life’s calling.  A rigorous training program for employees ensures that customers receive knowledgeable and dedicated attention at the West Hartford location, recently expanded as the business has grown.  Stephanie has been running since she was 5, and switched from a career in meteorology to help others, especially kids and those new to running, reap the rewards of a healthy lifestyle to achieve what they thought wasn’t possible.

EbLens – Eblens sells the best in name brand urban clothing and footwear for the entire family, with 38 locations in four states, including 18 in Connecticut.  The business began in New Britain, and continues to have a presence there. EbLens has grown into New England’s premier destination for clothing and footwear designed for a modern urban lifestyle.

The Annual Awards Luncheon, held at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on November 18 with catering by the Max Restaurant Group, brought together more than 200 people representing retail businesses throughout the state.

The program for the annual Awards Luncheon day also included a focus on the upcoming session of the State Legislature, with a report on current legislative task forces reviewing various aspects of state tax policy and other issues impacting the retail industry.

We are thrilled to recognize outstanding Connecticut retailers who go the extra mile for customers and employees.  The set a standard of excellence that is reflected throughout the industry in Connecticut.  CRMA is also very pleased to recognize the leadership, insight and accomplishments of Marc Green within the retail industry, and Senator Fasano at the State Capitol.  They both personify what leadership is all about.

Sen. Fasano has served the 34th Senatorial District communities of Durham, East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford since 2003.  Following his re-election in 2014, the Senate Republican Caucus elected Fasano to serve as Senate Minority Leader for the 2015-16 legislative session.  He is the President and Founder of Fasano, Ippoito and Lee, a law firm in New Haven, and is an East Haven business owner.

Marc Green, past chairman of the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association, is owner of Lux Bond & Green, a Connecticut business since 1898.  Green was honored for his leadership of and service to CRMA, advocating for retailers throughout Connecticut.  He served as association chairman for seven years.

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