Hartford Business Journal

June 5, 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 JUNE 5, 2017 Volume 25, Number 24 $3.00 Subscribe online the biggest sales lead generation day of the year on 2017 until the ALL NEW Only 3 days June 8th Index ■ Executive Profile: PG. 5 ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 9 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 10 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 19 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 24 Second Act After being mothballed for years, Kaman Corp.'s K-MAX helicopter is back in production. Find out how and why the famed helicopter, unique because it lacks a spinning tail rotor, is coming out of retirement. PG. 3 FOCUS: BUSINESS OF SPORTS Tourney Preview When the Travelers Championship tees off later this month, it will feature one of the most high- profile golfers the tournament has ever attracted: Rory McIlroy, the No. 2 golfer in the world. Find out how tourney organizers recruited him. PG. 8 CT companies stake ground in gender-parity movement By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com C orporate America is looking to diversify its c-suite and broader workforce and it wants the public, particularly women, to know about it. In two separate announcements this year, Farmington-based United Technologies Corp. and General Electric unveiled aggres- sive plans to hire more women in executive and technical roles. UTC recently pledged to have women hold half its approximately 1,000 corporate leader- ship positions around the world by 2030, rough- ly doubling the number in senior roles today. GE, which is based in Boston but still has a significant Connecticut presence, said in February it wants 20,000 women to fill sci- ence, technology, engineering and math (STEM) roles by 2020, with gender parity in all its technical entry-level programs. It's even airing TV commercials promot- ing its gender-diversity play. The pledges are part of a growing trend Region's older office space gets a youthful makeover to woo tenants, talent By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com A youth movement is underway among the Hartford region's urban and sub- urban office buildings. Aging downtown Hartford skyscrap- ers, including the Gold Building, Goodwin Square, CityPlace I and The Hartford's mid- town campus, have completed, or are close to, makeovers of their entry lobbies, common areas and/or office suites, installing such amenities as seating and sitdown or standup tables accessible to mobile phone-charging stations and free Wi-Fi. Sleek technical "help desks," fitness centers and outdoor patios also are among offerings for which landlords say tenants and their employees clamor. The suburban landlord of 500 Enterprise Drive in Rocky Hill recently replaced most of Continued on page 12 Continued on page 17 OFFICE REFRESH Westport landlord Brian Kohn (above) inside the remodeled atrium in his Goodwin Square office tower, 225 Asylum St., in downtown Hartford. (Below) New seating and planters adorn the reworked entry-lobby at CityPlace I, 185 Asylum St. Gail Jackson, United Technologies Corp.'s VP of diversity, is among about 280 top female leaders at the company. P H O T O S | B I L L M O R G A N P H O T O | C O N T R I B U T E D

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