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May 6, 2019 — C-Suite Awards

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www.HartfordBusiness.com • May 6, 2019 • Hartford Business Journal 3 EDITORIAL Greg Bordonaro | Editor, ext. 139, gbordonaro@HartfordBusiness.com Gregory Seay | News Editor, ext. 144, gseay@HartfordBusiness.com Matt Pilon | News Editor, ext. 143, mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com Sean Teehan | Staff Writer, ext 145, steehan@hartfordbusiness.com Joe Cooper | Web Editor, ext. 127, jcooper@HartfordBusiness.com Stephanie Meagher | Research Director Heide Martin | Research Assistant Steve Laschever | Photographer BUSINESS Christopher Santilli | Publisher, ext. 124, csantilli@HartfordBusiness.com Donna Collins | Associate Publisher, ext. 121, dcollins@HartfordBusiness.com Lauren Stroud | Events & Project Manager, ext. 137, lstroud@HartfordBusiness.com Christina Zuraw | Events Coordinator, ext. 134, czuraw@hartfordbusiness.com Shannon Vincelette | HBJ Office and Events Coordinator, ext. 122, svincelette@hartfordbusiness.com David Hartley | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 130, dhartley@HartfordBusiness.com Kristen P. Nickerson | Sr. Accounts Manager, ext. 133, knickerson@HartfordBusiness.com Raki Zwiebel | Credit and Collections Manager Valerie Clark | Accounting Assistant/Office Manager Jill Coran | Human Resources Manager PRODUCTION Christopher Wallace | Art Director, ext. 147, cwallace@HartfordBusiness.com Liz Saltzman | Creative Director, ext. 140, lsaltzman@HartfordBusiness.com Peter Stanton | CEO, pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Joseph Zwiebel | President, ext. 132, jzwiebel@HartfordBusiness.com Mary Rogers | COO/CFO, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com SUBSCRIPTIONS: Annual subscriptions are $84.95. To subscribe, visit HartfordBusiness.com, email hartfordbusiness@cambeywest.com, or call (845) 267-3008. ADVERTISING: For advertising information, please call (860) 236-9998.Please address all correspondence to: Hartford Business Journal, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hart ford CT 06103. NEWS DEPARTMENT: If you have a news item: Call us at (860) 236-9998, fax us at (860) 570-2493, or e-mail us at news@HartfordBusiness.com. Hartford Business Journal accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or materials and in general does not return them to the sender. Hartford Business Journal (ISSN 1083-5245) is published weekly, 49x per year - including two special issues in November and December — by new England Business Media, LLC, 15 Lewis Street, Suite 200, Hartford, CT 06103. Periodicals postage paid at Hartford, CT and at additional entry points. Tel: (860) 236-9998 • Fax (860) 570-2493 Copyright 2019. All rights reserved. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Hartford Business Journal P.O. Box 330, Congers, NY 10920-9894 www.copyright.com HartfordBusiness.com (860) 236-9998 Tyler Grill | CEO & Co-founder, GoodWorks Entertainment Group By Sean Teehan steehan@hartfordbusiness.com G oodWorks Entertainment Group's first venue purchase was a bold one. The three-year-old company headed by CEO and Co-founder Tyler Grill last month bought Infinity Music Hall's Hartford and Norfolk locations, in what Grill called an initial step in the company's plan to develop a network of venues. GoodWorks is a young company, but it's a descen- dant of GEG Presents, a live entertainment company focusing on act booking and concert promotion that was also co-founded and run by Grill. With a collective 10 years experience putting on and promoting live acts at southern Connecticut venues, Grill now wants to take the show north. "Over the last decade we shared on a some- what regular basis show data and artist offers with [Infinity Hall's] previous owner and tal- ent buyer," Grill said. "Our programming was very similar and the distance between Fairfield County and the Hartford market was ideal for routing bands through Connecticut as they travel between Boston and New York." How will shows at Infinity Hall change under your leadership? When it comes to the Hartford location we plan to expand on the genres/types of talent that Infinity was previously booking over the last few years. We will significantly increase the number of general admission shows that will attract a younger audience. In addition to expanding the programming, we will also make improvements to the production, sound, lights and venue layout. How do you think development in Hartford's Front Street district benefits Infinity Hall? The benefit of being on Front Street in general is the cross pollination between all the businesses lo- cated on Front Street; we all benefit from each other. The more patron traffic in the Front Street area, the greater exposure we all gain. If we draw 600 fans to a concert, most of them will want to have dinner prior to the show. The more people going out to dinner that see Infinity Hall, the greater the chance they will check out our website and purchase tickets. You've done a fair amount of entertainment work in Fairfield County. How do you think the Hartford market will differ? The markets are very similar. One of the main rea- sons we purchased Infinity Hall was how well their programming lined up to ours in Fairfield County. Our larger vision is to have a national network of GoodWorks-branded venues across which we can book the same artists. With that said, each market will have its own local flavor that makes it unique. What community partnerships do you see in store for Infinity Music Hall? Fundraising events, family programming and an adventure-film series are just some of the ways we plan on working with the community. Newsmakers VERBATIM Seeing green "Regulating and taxing cannabis sales will generate significant new revenue for our state and local governments." Kebra Smith-Bolden , co-director of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, testifying in favor of a bill that would legalize recreational pot use in the state and assess a 6.35 percent gross receipts tax on retail cannabis sales, among other taxes. Tyler Grill

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