Month: January 2016

George Brookner
Passes Away

George BrooknerFamily, friends, and community lost a great man on January 28, 2016. George Michael Brookner, 79, of Norwalk died peacefully surrounded by his family at Norwalk Hospital.

George was a 1954 graduate of Pittsfield High School in Pittsfield, MA, he graduated from Syracuse University in 1958, later receiving an MBA from Sacred Heart University. While at Syracuse, he was on the varsity baseball and swim teams. A veteran of the US Air Force, he held a pilot’s license. He worked in the aerospace industry for the Link Division of General Dynamics and for Pitney Bowes. Most recently, he had retired from Euro Post.
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Speaker — February 17, 2016
Frank Huck
The functions, processes and challenges of Darien’s Board of Finance

Frank HuckFrank Huck has been a member of Darien’s Board of Finance since 2013 and is currently its vice chair. He was elected in 2013 as a Democrat.

A 1969 graduate of Harvard College and a 1972 graduate of Stanford Law School, Frank was a corporate lawyer with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, first as an associate and then as a partner, for 40 years, retiring in 2012.

He was the senior warden at Saint Luke’s in Darien for two years, until earlier this month. He recently completed serving on the Commission on Connecticut’s Leadership in Corporation and Business Law, which was created pursuant to a state statute.


Robert J. Kammerer
Passes Away

Robert J. KammererRobert J. Kammerer – business leader, mentor, friend, husband, father, avid golfer and grandfather-died at the age of 78 on Friday evening, January 22nd at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, CT.

Bob was born on March 29th, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the fifth of five children of Roy and Sarah Kammerer. He attended local schools and DeLaSalle High School. He excelled in many sports and was an all-state player in basketball, baseball and football. He played basketball at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota, and graduated from St Cloud University.
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Speaker — February 10, 2016
Jayme Stevenson
First Selectman, Town of Darien
State of the Town update

Jayme Stevenson has served as Darien’s First Selectman since 2011, and has been a member of the Darien Board of Selectmen since 2009.

Jayme has lived in Darien for 24 years with her husband and 5 children. She has served on a wide variety of Darien non-profit boards including The Depot, the Darien Nature Center, and First Congregational Church Nursery School. She has also served as PTO Chair for Royle Elementary School and Darien High School.

First Selectman Stevenson is pleased to provide Darien Men’s Association with a “State of the Town” update that will include a review of town operations, the outlook for changes in the near future, and her work with the new regional Council of Governments.

She is looking forward to answering our questions.

Harry Emmons passes away

Harry EmmonsHarry Irving Emmons, Jr. a long time resident of Darien, CT died January 15, 2016 at age 89.

Harry grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and was the son of the late Harry and Grace Emmons. Harry graduated from Holderness School, Plymouth, New Hampshire and attended Bowdoin College before serving at the Merchant Marine Academy in Castine, Maine and in the U.S. Army.
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Speaker — February 3, 2016
Mark Albertson
On Syria

MarkAlbertsonMark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine. He has authored several books, including On History: A Treatise; and, is finishing volume 1, Sky Soldiers: The Saga of Army Aviation. An avid speaker, he travels Connecticut presenting a variety of historical topics and current events. He teaches as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College for the Extend Studies Program and for the Lifetime Learners Institute.
Mark’s talk on Syria will focus on the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. How ISIS is filling a void left by the United States pull out; and the Russian intervention and what that has to do with the current situation in Ukraine; the competition between Russia and Saudi Arabia selling oil and gas.

January 27, 2016
Thomas M. Joyce
The Evolution of Equity Trading

Thomas M. Joyce PhotoMr. Joyce will address the evolution of equity trading from the “stone age” several decades ago, when the NYSE was predominate with its fixed commission rates, to the present day with all the changes in electronic trading, considerably higher volumes, internationalization, changes in the overall structure of the exchanges, compressed spreads between bids and offers, and the advent of the phenomenon of high speed computer program trading.

The book Flash Boys by Michael Lewis was certainly an eye opener for many, notwithstanding the errors throughout the book, in terms of the sheer, almost incomprehensible speed of the trading. The good news is that the data says equity trading in the US has never been better for the retail investor. Tom will discuss this and more when he visits.

Tom Joyce is a recognized leader in the financial services industry. He has over thirty years of experience, both domestic and internationally. He is currently Executive Chairman of Arxis Capital.

Prior to Arxis, Tom was Chairman and CEO of Knight Capital Group. He joined Knight in 2002 and retired in July 2013. From January through May of 2002, Mr. Joyce was Global Head of Trading for S.C. Bernstein & Co.
Before that, he held a variety of leadership roles in the Global Institutional Equity business at Merrill Lynch & Co, during his almost fifteen years there.
He is a member of the Boards of Special Olympics Connecticut; the Alfred E. Smith Foundation; and Salisbury School. Mr. Joyce received an AB in Economics from Harvard College.

He has resided in Darien with his wife, Lisa, for almost thirty years. They have three children.