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BOSTON, August 11, 2014 – The Commercial Record has named its 2014 Women of FIRE honorees, an annual award recognizing the key female players in the local FIRE (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate) sector.

The fourth annual Women of FIRE award celebrates the best and the brightest women in the Connecticut FIRE industry. With the help of Commercial Record readers, a group of judges sorted through dozens of nominations and chose 13 brilliant, innovative leaders to be named this year’s Women of FIRE.

“We received many exceptional nominations for this year’s Women of FIRE, but I am pleased to announce that our search has finally reached a conclusion. We have narrowed it down to a deserving group of women who are rising to the top of this industry and achieving excellence on a day-to-day basis. They are pioneers, philanthropists and innovators, and their powerful influence is being felt on the keystone sectors of the U.S. economy,” said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of The Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record.

The August issue of The Commercial Record will include profiles of each winner. The winners will also be honored at the 2014 Women of FIRE Awards Luncheon on August 20 at The Hartford Club. Commissioner of the newly created Connecticut Department of Housing, Evonne M. Klein, will give the keynote speech.

For more information about the awards luncheon, click here.

Questions? Contact Emily Torres at (617) 896-5359 or email

The 2014 winners are:
Deborah Abildsoe, President & CEO, Asset Retirement Investment Associates LLC
Dana Chapel, AVP, Regional Sales and Service Manager, Chelsea Groton Bank
Jean Cherni, Senior Living Consultant, Pearce Plus Relocation & Senior Services
Beth DiLoreto, Regional Vice President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties
Jessica Dornelas, Attorney, Law Offices of Jessica Marques Dornelas
Lynn Giroux, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Essex Savings Bank
Nanette Pastore, Senior Vice President, Pearce Real Estate
Mary Reynolds, Consumer Operations Manager, United/Rockville Bank
Sandy Senich, SVP, Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Darcy Sledge, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties
Filomena Soyster, Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Deborah Stevens, Vice President – Special Assets Manager, Liberty Bank
Shirley Theriault, Vice President, Liberty Bank