2014 Hall of Fame Honorees
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The Honorable Senator Martin M. Looney, Majority Leader, Connecticut General Assembly
Senator Looney is in his sixth term as Senate Majority Leader of the Connecticut General Assembly, a leadership post to which he was first elected in 2003. He is also Chair of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee and Vice Chair of the Legislative Management Committee. Since being elected to the State Senate in 1992 and prior to his election as Majority Leader, he served six years as Senate Chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee; Chairman of the Banks Committee; and one term as Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee.
In 2011 and 2012, Senator Looney helped craft and lead passage of two bipartisan Jobs Bills to help businesses and manufacturers to expand by providing state subsidies for the hiring and training of previously unemployed new workers. Those bills also provide job-training support for post-9/11 combat veterans, a state tourism marketing campaign, and an incentive program for companies to “on shore” jobs back to Connecticut.
During his twelve year tenure as State Representative, he was appointed an Assistant Majority Leader and served as Chairman of the Planning and Development and the Government Administration and Elections committees; Chairman of the Appropriations Judicial Subcommittee; and Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
In 1982, Senator Looney was honored by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for sponsoring legislation to provide tax credit incentives to employers who create on-site daycare for employees’ children. In 1987, the Caucus of Connecticut Democrats named him “Legislator of the Year.” In 1993, the Connecticut Coalition Against Gun Violence honored him for his efforts to gain passage of Connecticut's assault weapon ban.
Senator Looney has served on the boards of the Fair Haven Community Health Center, Community Mediation, Inc., and St. Rose of Lima School in New Haven. He was a parish trustee and past president of the Saint Rose Parish Council. In 1992, he received the National Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate Award. In 1993, Notre Dame High School in West Haven named him an Alumni Knight of Honor.
After attending Saint Rose of Lima School and Notre Dame High School, he graduated cum laude from Fairfield University, where he achieved Departmental Honors in English and Theology. He was selected as a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow and earned a master's degree in English from the University of Connecticut. He received his J.D. Degree in 1985 from UConn’s School of Law. He is a partner in the law firm of Keyes & Looney. He is a practitioner in residence with the Criminal Justice Program in the Department of Public Safety at the University of New Haven and an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science Department at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
Senator Looney lives in New Haven with his wife, Ellen. They have a son, Michael, and are the proud grandparents of Matthew.
Arlene R. Ajami, Chief Financial Officer, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
A proud alumnus of Gateway Community College, Arlene Ajami brings leadership, vision and a wealth of executive-level accomplishments to her position as Chief Financial Officer for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC).
Widely recognized for her expertise in financial management and budgeting, Arlene is responsible for overseeing all finances for three non-profit affiliate organizations. She also manages the development and implementation of all technology and training tools for the organization. Additionally, Arlene plays an integral role in the human resource management, including benefits administration, payroll and regulatory requirements for 20 employees.
Arlene has also held positions as auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where she audited companies in the insurance, real estate, utilities and higher education industries, and accountant for James O’Connell, CPA, where she provided tax and audit support for two full-time CPAs. She earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Gateway Community College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Western Connecticut State University. In 2002, Arlene was awarded the Forty Under 40 Award by New Haven Business Times for her excellence in leadership.
She is active in GNHCC activities that improve the quality of life in Greater New Haven, including working at the annual Pizza Fest on the New Haven Green, which benefits The Connection, Inc., a local nonprofit that addresses family and community issues including substance abuse, addictions, crime, poverty and neglect. She is also an indoor cycling enthusiast and participates annually in the spin-a-thon at Fitness Revolution in Brookfield, Conn., which benefits Western Connecticut Regional Hospice.
She lives in Danbury with her husband Ed.
Natalia Salazar-Treloar, Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager II, Bank of America
Natalia Salazar-Treloar has over seven years’ experience in financial services. She began working for Bank of America in 2004 as a branch teller and steadily advanced in the organization from that position, later serving as a Personal Banker, Business Specialist, and Assistant Manager before assuming her current position in 2012. She now manages Bank of America’s Long Wharf office. A bilingual speaker, she is able to provide outstanding customer service to both English- and Spanish-speaking customers, That skill, combined with her strong analytical and problem-solving skills, strong work ethic and extensive general and banking computer skills, help her both lead and contribute to team efforts and the company’s success.
From 2000 to 2008, Natalia attended the University of Medellin in Columbia, where she studied Business Administration, Engineering, and General Studies. In 2004, she earned an associate degree in Business Administration from Gateway Community College, where she was a Dean’s List student. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Finance from Albertus Magnus College.
Natalia currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center. She lives in New Haven with her husband William, and they recently welcomed their firstborn child, Sofia.