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Richard Simione, C.P.A. to Receive National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter Award

August 27, 2013

PLANTSVILLE, Conn. – The National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, has named Richard C. Simione, C.P.A., to receive its 2013 Connecticut Executive Choice Award. Simione will be honored at an awards ceremony to be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.


Simione, a senior partner with Simione, Macca and Larrow, LLP since 2001, received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Providence College. In 1999 he received the Veritas Award, which honors alumni of Providence College and other outstanding citizens for their contributions to church, community and profession.

Simione’s professional achievements include being a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is licensed to practice in Connecticut, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and California.

Richard Simione, who is a member of the Connecticut Chapter’s Board of Trustees, is the immediate past chairperson at the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. He served as treasurer from 2007 to 2009, chairperson from 2009 to 2010 and in 2011 took on the role of chair of governance.

Simione’s involvement in the community can be seen in numerous other areas. He is a past chairman of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the past president and treasurer of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce. Simione also serves on advisory boards for the School of Business at Quinnipiac University and Leadership Greater New Haven. Simione has also served as a cabinet member for United Way of Greater New Haven, as well as a board member at Cheshire Academy and the Festival of Arts and Ideas.

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 and honor Simione along with Maureen Magnan, the chief of staff for the Connecticut House Democrats, and Thomas Santa, CEO of Santa Energy Corporation. Jeff Stoecker, of NBC Connecticut, will be the emcee for the evening.

The awards 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 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

To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to get involved, please visit


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. 

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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