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Allison Depaola

Allison Depaola is a partner at Floman Depaola, Attorneys & Counselors at Law. Originally from North Branford, Connecticut, she graduated, Summa Cum Laude, in 2005, from Quinnipiac University School of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing in 2005. She then attended Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she co-created and managed the Quinnipiac Guardian Ad Litem training course and became a certified Guardian Ad Litem. In 2008, she graduated, Cum Laude, and was admitted to practice in both Connecticut and New York. Allison is an active member of the American, Connecticut, New York, and New Haven County Bar Associations, and serves on the Board of Directors for VISTA Endowment Fund for the VISTA Vocational & Life Skills Center, and the Orange Chamber of Commerce.

Allison was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2015, and also awarded Director of the Year. by the Orange Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

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Scott Drozd

Scott Drozd is the Chief Executive Officer at FCP Euro, one of the most highly recognized brands and fastest growing eCommerce providers of OEM & Genuine parts for European cars. With only $9,000 initial equity investment Scott bootstrapped the company surpassing $20 Million in annual revenues, experiencing double digit top line organic growth every year since its inception. FCP was recognized in both 2011 and 2012 by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the United States.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and was recently awarded AIA’s Young Executive of the Year for 2015. 


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Bob Ruffolo

Bob is the founder and CEO of IMPACT, an agency he formed in 2009 to help people and their organizations succeed by changing the way they market themselves online. Since its founding, IMPACT has achieved its status as one of HubSpot's first Platinum Partners in less than 2 years, and secured its place as one of the top inbound marketing agencies in the country. In 2012, its first year of being a partner, IMPACT was also awarded HubSpot's Rookie of the Year award and recognized for its outstanding content.

Bob is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and was inducted into their School of Business Hall of Honor in 2014 for entrepreneurial excellence. In the same year, he was also recognized as one of Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under Forty. Beyond being driven to grow IMPACT, Bob strives to be at the forefront of the inbound marketing movement and loves helping similar agencies execute their growth.  

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David Tate

David C. Tate is a clinical and organizational psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University. He is the co-author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business, and has been featured as a key-note speaker and lecturer for local, regional, national, and international audiences. He works with for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations around the issues of coaching, leadership, conflict resolution, team building, family business governance, strategic planning, and promoting healthy organizational development.

Dr. Tate served on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut’s Family Business Program and now coordinates the National Association of Corporate Directors (Connecticut Chapter) Family Business Governance Roundtable. He is the Chair of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program and Co-Founder of the Connecticut Consulting Psychology Group. He received his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty. He also earned a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute.