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August 10, 2020 — 40 Under 40 Awards

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34 Hartford Business Journal • August 10, 2020 • www.HartfordBusiness.com 40 UNDER FORTY 2020 But the number of accomplishments you've fit in before 40 is. Congratulations, Amanda on being named one of this year's 40 under 40! We do advertising, branding, PR, design, strategy, media, digital. mintz-hoke.com Age isn't always an impressive number. Amanda Garner Age: 38 Company: Mintz + Hoke Title: Account Director No. of years with current company: 3 Town where I live: Simsbury Town where I work: Avon College: University of Connecticut Highest degree: University of Hartford, MBA A manda Garner is a strategic marketer with more than 16 years of experience helping to drive and deliver strategic marketing and communications that achieve val- ue for local and national businesses. As a marketing professional, Garner has a wide range of experience plan- ning and implementing various types of campaigns and has considerable ex- perience within the healthcare market. She has provided integral lead- ership and customer growth for Mintz + Hoke and is a champion of her clients' business. Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty: • I've worked tirelessly with Mintz + Hoke leadership to achieve a sig- nificant increase in new business and organic growth. • I am a leader of young girls, help- ing them to better understand and harness their potential through Girl Scouts of Connecticut. • I am a huge advocate of Connecticut and always find ways to support lo- cal small businesses across the state. • I confront every challenge through hard work and determination, and find my biggest losses are my greatest learnings. Ford Gurall Age: 38 Company: GRE Title: Founder/Managing Principal Town where I live: Simsbury Town where I work: Hartford College: Bowdoin College Highest degree: Bachelor's degree in literature F ord Gurall is the founder and managing principal of GRE, a real estate advisory and owner's representative firm that provides a comprehensive range of real estate strategy, development, construction planning, and project management services. Gurall has successfully managed development work valued in excess of $750 million, including 1 million square feet of life science spaces and more than 1,000 hotel keys. In 2015, Gurall formed GRE to deliver a $7-million hotel portfolio renova- tion. Today their team manages single real estate programs valued in excess of $250 million. Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty: • In five years GRE has grown its ca- pabilities significantly, starting with a $7-million project and now man- aging $250 million-plus projects. • GRE is a national leader in coordi- nating highly complex life science projects that will advance the fight against COVID-19. • In 2020 GRE will complete the world's most efficient diagnos- tic testing laboratory (for Quest Diagnostics) servicing 40 million patients in the Atlantic region. • Honored that GRE maintains a track record for delivering com- plex projects on time and under budget.

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