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Regional Business Leader Named to Great River Golf Club Staff

Alumnus Paul Timpanelli to head club’s corporate initiatives

Great River, one of Connecticut’s premier golf clubs, has selected Paul Timpanelli, former Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) president & CEO, to lead its outreach to local businesses and corporations.

Timpanelli, who led the BRBC from 1988 to this past summer, previously served the Town of Trumbull as first selectman. His distinguished business career and service has spanned philanthropic, academic, health care, civic and governmental organizations.

“We couldn’t be happier about Paul coming on board,” said Mark Appelberg, executive director at the golf club. “Great River is going through a major transition with our new relationship with Sacred Heart University. Improvements to the course and facility, new value-based membership options and the prestige of being home to Division I golf teams are some of the positive developments.

“Additionally, we strongly believe our club will now be the ideal setting for corporate membership for both business and leisure. Who better than Paul to lead that charge?

“I’ve seen the positive momentum of Great River accelerate, thanks to the backing and influence of Sacred Heart University,” Appelberg said. “With the addition of Paul Timpanelli, the forward progress continues.”

Timpanelli, a golf enthusiast who took on his new role right after retiring from the BRBC, said, “As a graduate of Sacred Heart University, I am thrilled to now have an exciting opportunity to continue to build the solid reputation of the school and each of its assets. Great River clearly is one of those assets, and I look forward to helping it continue to build its first-class reputation among our regional corporate community.”

Timpanelli is the recipient of numerous business and community service awards, including the 2009 Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Elizabeth Pfriem Community Leadership Award and the 2016 United Way Norman Leeds Giving Back to the Community Award.

Great River Golf Club is a semi-private club in Milford, overlooking the Housatonic River. Since its ownership changed hands in 2015, Sacred Heart and Great River management have adopted a new strategic vision that aims to provide golfers the best course, facility and member value in the region. Included in the plan is the goal to become a first-class home for businesses looking to host events, entertain clients and reward or honor employees

Golfing Magazine recently rated the golf club second best in Connecticut; Golfweek has rated it third best and Golf Magazine has rated it fourth. Golf Digest once named it, “One of America’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” It features a spectacular clubhouse and top-rated restaurant, and it offers both individual and corporate memberships. Great River is the home course to SHU’s men’s and women’s golf teams.