WATERBURY, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has named President of Mercury Fuel Service, Inc., Michael Devino Jr., to receive a 2014 Connecticut Executive Choice Award. Devino will be honored at a ceremony to be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
Family owned and operated since 1947 when Mercury Fuel Service was founded by Devino’s father, Michael Sr., and his uncle, affectionately known as Babe, Devino started working at the business when he was a young man.
What started as two brothers operating out of a three bay garage and one 500-gallon delivery truck, the fledgling company grew over half a century into the thriving enterprise it is today.
In the 50’s, Mercury took over the old Richfield Oil plant on Porter Street; in the early 60’s, purchased the adjacent land on Lafayette Street and erected their current main office; in the early 70’s began installing heating and air conditioning systems; and, in 1992, doubled the size of its home office to accommodate the ever growing enterprise. The business boasts 26 company operated gas stations throughout the state of Connecticut, and supplies more than 70 more with fuel.
Now a father of three, Devino’s two grown daughters, Stefanie and Sarah, also work with the company. In 2007, Devino was recognized as the Oil Marketer of the Year by the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association.
In addition to his life-long support of the family business, Devino has maintained an active role in the Waterbury community, utilizing his love of music to give back to local non-profits. As musical director of the Devino Brothers Ol Skool Horn Band, Devino has played for multiple local charities including Waterbury Hospital. Of the ten-member band, lead singer of the band, Linda Ransom-Casey, is the person who first introduced Devino to multiple sclerosis.
The Connecticut Executive Choice Awards honors business leaders in the Hartford and New Haven counties. The awards honor Connecticut professionals who have made significant contributions to the business, civic and cultural betterment of our community.
This year’s awards night will feature keynote speaker Ken Gronbach. Fellow honorees include Robert J. Fiondella, Principal of Wealth Preservation Partners, LLC; Thomas M. Lescalleet, Senior Vice President of Griffin Land, LLC; and Denise W. Merrill, Secretary of the State of Connecticut.
The awards take place Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. After a cocktail reception, the program will include the award presentations and a keynote address from motivational speaker Ken Gronbach.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Funds raised by the chapter through events, such as the Connecticut Executive Choice Awards, fund scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter to people in Connecticut diagnosed with MS.
The Aqua Turf Club is located at 556 Mulberry Street in Plantsville. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meg Staubley at 860.913.2550, ext. 52524, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to get involved, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.