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Therell Wayne “Scoop” Knight has been a Zamboni driver at the XL Center in Hartford since it was called the Civic Center, way back in 1980, when Whalers, not Wolves, plied the slippery slab. Now 57, he leads a seven-person crew and is the dean of ice making and resurfacing in Connecticut and beyond.
And while it might seem like a somewhat dated profession, the job of being a butler, or as it is better known today, a household manager, is alive and well. North America’s only licensed academy for people wishing to pursue the profession is in Toronto.
“Moooooo.” It’s not often you can start an article with the noise a cow makes, but when you’re talking about Stew Leonard Jr., the man in charge of the Disneylandlike supermarket empire, it makes perfect sense.
Christopher Soder, CEO of The Priceline Group, made the decision years ago to leave a regional sales VP job with AT&T and look for work with a dot-com. It was a burgeoning field, lots of people were making lots of money, and he wanted to be a part of it.
John Patrick has an office in Farmington and lives in Glastonbury, but he’s a native of East Hartford. And naturally, there’s a very big soft spot in his heart for his hometown. We met there for lunch, at the legendary Augie & Ray’s Drive-in. We had the daily special.
What!? No suit, no tie, no graying hair at the temples? He may not look the part, but he is the real deal. Smith leads a corporation with 650 employees, 18 branch locations, a fleet of more than 130 trucks and annual sales close to $500 million.
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