Newtown EDC Commissioners. (Paul Fadus missing)

Who We Are

The Newtown Economic Development Commission’s mission is to implement orderly and planned economic development that is in keeping with the character of the town. We seek to involve all the agencies, commissions, boards and departments and residents and business owners in Newtown which are involved in, or affected by economic development.

Contact us by email at or call us at (203) 270-4281

Commission Members

D-Dent, Amelia2/16/16-1/6/19203-426-879610 Country Squire Lane
R-Gogliettino, Steve1/6/18-1/6/21
R-Mihalcik, Matthew1/6/17-1/6/20203-815-799993 Berkshire Road SH
D-Owen, Cramer Hill*1/6/18-1/6/21
R-Rau, Robert1/6/17-1/6/20203-426-222612 Lake Road
R-Roussas, Nick5/1/17-1/6/19
R-Roznicki, Al1/6/18-1/6/21203-270-6330169 Hanover Road
R-Thompson, Wes**1/6/16-1/6/19203-426-1905190 Walnut Tree Hill Road
U-Trado, Dana2/16/16-1/6/19203-223-23567 Concord Ridge

* Vice-Chair

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Amelia Dent
Amelia Dent
10 Country Squire Lane
Newtown, CT 06470

Amy is a retired executive recruiter in the financial services industry and its related technology.  She is also a former business owner, buyer and marketing executive.  An accomplished researcher she was Research Director for a Congressional campaign and was the Legislative Assistant to the Speaker of the House of the State of Connecticut.

Her strong commitment to Newtown, where she’s been a resident since 1978, is apparent.  She’s been at various times a member of the Board of Education, which she also chaired; Legislative Council; and the Fairfield Hills Authority.  Post 12/14, Amy was asked to and assumed the responsibility for responding to all written and email requests addressed to the school and worked with the larger advisory committee that was established to standardize policy with regard to donations.  She was appointed by Julia Wasserman as a member of the taskforce to study the Connecticut Allied Healthcare Workforce needs.

A member of Trinity Church since 1980, Amy has served on the Vestry and various commissions.  She’s also worked on major fund raising efforts for Ann’s Place and Western Connecticut Health Network.

Matthew Mihalcik
Matthew Mihalcik
93 Berkshire Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

I was born and raised in Seymour, CT and am a recent transplant to Newtown. I am married to a lifelong Newtown resident, Melissa, and moved to town in 2010. Since moving here I have developed a great appreciation for the sense of community that Newtown possesses.

I started my banking career in Newtown working as a teller providing seven day banking services. I quickly fell in love with helping others and progressed into management. I currently work for Newtown Savings Bank in Southbury where I am the Assistant Vice President Branch Manager.

Local businesses are especially important to me because my wife and I own a special events floral design company, Floral Designs by Melissa.

I have a bachelor’s degree from Central CT State University in Criminology with a minor in Political Science. I also completed a certification in Forensic Accounting from Post University. Currently I hold the following financial licenses:

FINRA Series 6
FINRA Series 63
CT Life and Health Insurance

I also volunteer as business counselor for the Western CT chapter of SCORE. SCORE is a volunteer organization that helps people start new businesses and grow existing businesses. I was recently appointed to the CH Booth Library Board of Trustees as well. Being involved in the community has always been important to me since the time I was a young child in Boy Scouts. I am proud to say that I kept that sense of community throughout my time as a Boy Scout and made the rank of Eagle Scout. Now as an adult, I continue to show this interest by being involved in such organizations as the EDC, SCORE & CH Booth Library.

Cramer Hill Owen, II
Cramer Hill Owen, II
Newtown, CT

Cramer Owen has spent over 35 years managing, advising and leading manufacturers and financial services enterprises on ways to grow and profit by expanding product & service sales throughout the world. A subject matter expert on asset based financing & leasing, Owen has successfully represented and assisted multinational manufacturers, their finance subsidiaries and independent global finance enterprises in achieving growth and profit objectives.

In 2016, Owen established an advisory enterprise, CH2 Capital Advisors, LLC to provide consulting services to industrial manufacturers and financial services enterprises. In addition, Owen is a consultant for SCORE, a national, nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Prior to this, Owen was National Leasing Manager with Key Equipment Finance, a division of Key Bank, N.A. In addition, Owen spent over three decades in various management roles with multinational banks and manufacturers including Rabobank, Wells Fargo, GE Capital, Daimler A.G. and PACCAR Inc.

Owen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management with a Masters of Business Administration in finance.

Owen has been a resident of Newtown since 1996 with his wife, Maureen Crick Owen.

Al Roznicki
Al Roznicki
169 Hanover Road
Newtown, CT 06470

Mr. Roznicki has over 40 years of professional experience in various marketing, sales, financial and administrative positions in the healthcare and aerospace industry. Expertise has been developed in contract negotiation, research and development administration, organizational research, acquisition analysis and strategic and long range planning, having directed those functions at AMF (1960-65), Perkin Elmer (1965-72) and Technicon Instruments Corporation (1972-88). He has worked closely with prominent professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan Center) and the University of Pittsburgh in the development of advanced management practices and has written a variety of manuals for several major companies.

While working with Technicon, he established a Joint Research Laboratory for the development of various monoclonal antibodies in China and held the position of Co-Chairman of the Joint Board of Directors. The venture with the Shanghai Second Medical University was conceived, negotiated, implemented and operational in a period of nine months from initial contact with Chinese officials.

Mr. Roznicki was a founder of Business Development Resources Incorporated. The company, established in 1988, provided services to clients in strategic and long range planning, business planning and financial analysis, marketing and sales development, product development and investment funding. BDR Medical, a spin off of Business Development Resources Inc., was established in 1992 and provided a wide range of chemistries to hospitals and private laboratories for the determinatio and quantification of specific analytes in blood.

Prior to the sale of the company in 1992, Mr. Roznicki was a principal, CEO and member of the Board of Directors, of MedMark International Inc. The company provided decontamination / sterilization instrumentation for the safe processing of medical infectious waste to hospitals and private laboratories. Mr. Roznicki majored in economics at Bucknell University with a minor in chemistry. Linking both business and technical degrees provided the basis for work in the high technology market segment. In addition, he has acquired an Executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Wes Thompson
Wes Thompson
PO Box 189
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
  • SCORE Danbury, Newtown
  • Newtown Economic Development Commission
  • Danbury Hospital Patient/Family Advisory Council and PIC
Dana Trado
Dana Trado
7 Concord Ridge Road
Newtown, CT 06470

I have over 20 years of providing business and personal financial, management, and tax advice in Fairfield County.  I am a Certified Financial Planner® and the founder of Wealthitude, Inc., a personal wealth planning company, with a mission of providing comprehensive financial advice to help everyone achieve their desired level of wealth.  My passion has always been to help businesses and individuals and I plan on bringing this passion to the Newtown business community as a member of the EDC.

I grew up in nearby Ridgefield and moved to Newtown in 2004 with my wife, Tracey, who owns a design business, TCT Designs, LLC, and is a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Newtown.  We have three children aged 10, 8 and 4 and we all love the Newtown community.

I am excited to be a part of the Newtown EDC and hope to bring some unique and fresh ideas to the commission on how we can serve as the ambassador for the success of all Newtown business owners.  I believe our town has such a unique combination of traits that sets us apart from other communities and we are poised to become one of the preeminent towns in the state.