Hartford Business Journal

October 10, 2016

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G R E AT E R H A R T F O R D ' S B U S I N E S S N E W S w w w. H a r t f o rd B u s i n e s s . c o m For more B2B news visit OCTOBER 10, 2016 Volume 24, Number 45 $3.00 Subscribe online H A R T F O R D B U S I N E S S J O U R N A L Who are the best business-to-business companies in Greater Hartford? Go to HartfordBusiness.com/bobpoll to place your votes today! Polls Close: October 14th Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 8 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 14 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Corporate Profile: PG. 19 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 First-Class Flyer Cleveland-based Flexjet LLC recently showed off the newest, top of the line midsize business jet in its fleet at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, hoping to whet the appetites of the state's high-net-worth residents and business executives. PG. 3 EXECUTIVE PROFILE Mr. Nice Guy Clarus Commerce CEO Tom Caporaso's easygoing management style was influenced, in part, by a health scare in 2001, when doctors found a hole in his heart, forcing him to have open-heart surgery. PG. 5 CT casinos focus on growing Millennial gaming experience By Norm Bell Special to the Hartford Business Journal M ove over Baby Boomers. Connecticut casinos are creating new spaces and embracing new games in an effort to pry open the wallets of Gen Xers and Millennials. The demographic of aging Baby Boomers signal the necessity for change, executives at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun agree. Baby Boomers will remain the heart of the casinos' business for some years to come. But young- er generations are not interested in passive games, particularly slot machines, and casinos must find ways to cater to younger tastes. These younger generations demand interactive action and more control over the out- come of their wagers, research shows. They also crave different amenities — from new enter- tainment options to off-site experiences. One of the casino industry's responses is skill-based games, which made their debut at the recent Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. More than 25,000 gaming insiders poked and probed a range of games that look like they had been trans- planted from a Dave and Buster's amuse- ment center and fitted for wagering. There were video auto races and shoot- er games utilizing the same video game Continued on page 15 Danger Arena is a first-person action game that pays out based on how many robots a player can destroy. P H O T O | C O N T R I B U T E D THE BIG Ask Children's Museum future relies on $25M fundraising effort By Matt Pilon mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com A fter nearly 60 years in a West Hartford building with mounting maintenance expenses and an uncertain lease, lead- ers of the Children's Museum say they will need to raise about $25 million over the next seven months to secure the institution's future. The museum, which last year provided pro- gramming to more than 100,000 people in area classrooms and at its Trout Brook Drive home, plans to ask the legislature when it convenes in January to allocate as much as $15 million in bonding to help it build a larger facility about a mile away, on the West Hartford campus UConn plans to vacate a year from now. The museum also wants to raise up to $10 million in private donations. Executive Director Michael Werle said Continued on page 16 P H O T O | S T E V E L A S C H E V E R Children's Museum Executive Director Michael Werle standing on a parking lot at UConn's West Hartford campus where he wants to build a new facility that could cost $25 million.

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