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Women in Business Excellence Award is…Me, Jill Merriam!

April 12, 2012
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Women in Business Excellence from CCSU School of Business! (not an emmy, but almost!)

“And I’d like to thank my incredible husband, my great kids, my brother Jeff, and of course, the Key Hyundai employees and customers…”

Thank you thank you thank you Central Connecticut State University for choosing little ol’ me, Jill Merriam from Hyundai of Milford and Key Hyundai of Manchester as the 2012 Hall of Honor Women in Business Excellence Award. No complaints, just fantastic news that reflects on my entire hardworking staff and the Key Hyundai customers, and is no way mine alone. But still?

Woot! I am wicked excited!

Back in December, I visited with the incredible Dr. Shiamack Shojai, Dean of School of Business at CCSU. I really want to reach out to local colleges and universities and share what I’m learning on the streets of small business America with the students about to enter the workforce.

Let me just tell you, CCSU is doing a topnotch job with their business students. These kids are getting book smart and street smart, and Dr. Shojai and his team are making sure Connecticut is ready to work. Unbeknownst to me, not long after that meeting, my marketing do-gooder, Kate, nominated me for the School of Business Hall of Honor, and this week, I got the good news.

Here’s what CCSU School of Business has to say about the Hall of Honor:

The Central Connecticut State University School of Business recognized community leaders in four different categories including:  Distinguished Graduate Excellence Award, Women, Minority or Disadvantaged Business Excellence Award, Entrepreneurship Excellence Award, and Corporate Partner.  The Purpose of the School of Business Hall of Honor is to encourage, recognize, and reward individual initiative and collaboration in achieving excellence in an endeavor that creates long-lasting value and has a significant impact on the larger community.

But seriously? This is a team effort and I am nothing without Key Hyundai employees willing to climb on board and lead where no automotive dealer has gone before: to stop pushing cars and start providing transportation solutions to match the customer needs.

On May 6, I’m honored to be part of the CCSU recognition awards dinner with fellow Connecticut businesses: United Technologies Inc. – Corporate Partner; Brian Newman of JH Cohen – Distinguished Graduate; and Dan Siracusa of Siracusa Moving and Storage – Entrepreneurship Excellence for their fine work in Connecticut. I am humbled to be part of this group.

Wow. Okay, enough bragging about my team. Time to get back to work!

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