BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has chosen Thomas S. Santa, chief executive officer of Santa Energy Corporation, to be honored at the Connecticut Executive Choice Awards to be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
In 2004, Santa, of Redding, was appointed as CEO of Santa Energy Corporation, a wholesale and retail marketer, which supplies petroleum, natural gas, propane and electricity to homes, businesses and institutions throughout New England. Prior to joining the company, which his grandparents created in 1940, Santa worked for Fletcher Thompson, Architects & Engineers, in Bridgeport and, while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps, worked for two years as a structural engineer in Morocco.
Santa received a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Bridgeport. Santa also holds a Connecticut license to be a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager, which has played a large role in the work that he has accomplished in the energy field.
Santa has pioneered the application of future trading to manage energy price risk for consumers. He has also worked extensively with Brookhaven National Labs and various refiners to improve the operational reliability of heating fuels.
Under Santa’s leadership, the Santa Energy Corporation is now developing a comprehensive energy management strategy designed to optimize fuel choice while incorporating advanced conservation and energy purchase strategies. Santa has been instrumental in entering the Santa Energy Corporation in the renewable, alternative fuels business with bio-diesel, bio-heat, compressed natural gas and propane Autogas.
Santa has also been involved in a number of business and civic associations. He is the immediate past chairman of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and is vice chair of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. Santa is a member and past chairman of the Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut and in 2010, he was the ringmaster of the Barnum Festival on the 200th anniversary of the birth of P.T. Barnum. He is currently president of the organization. He has also served as chairman of the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association.
The Connecticut Executive Choice Awards honors business leaders in the greater Hartford and New Haven counties. The awards honor Connecticut professionals who have made significant contributions to business, civic and cultural betterment of our community.
This year’s awards night will feature a keynote speaker and will honor Santa along with Maureen Magnan, Connecticut Chief of Staff for the House of Democrats, and Richard C. Simione, CPA & Partner at Simione, Macca & Larrow, LLC.
Jeff Stoecker of NBC Connecticut will be the emcee for the evening.
The award ceremony will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17, 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.
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.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to get involved, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.
Molly Sweeney, of Hebron, is a sophomore at Assumption College, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Sweeney is interning with the Communications Department of the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.