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Gatling Named 2008 MS Corporate Achiever

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter has named James H. Gatling, president and CEO of New Opportunities, Inc., a 2008 MS Corporate Achiever one of only 12 leaders within the Hartford region to be  so named.

A resident of Southington, Conn., Gatling received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va. in 1970 and his master’s in business administration from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn., in 1978. He went on to receive his doctorate in business administration from LaSalle University in Mandeville, La., in 1994 and his honorary doctorate of letters in humane letters from Teikyo Post University in Waterbury, Conn., in 1997. Gatling has been the president and CEO of New Opportunities, Inc. 232 North Elm Street in Waterbury, Conn., for 28 years.

“I joined the Connecticut Chapter’s fight against multiple sclerosis because I witnessed first-hand the guidance and support they provide to those affected by MS,” says Gatling. “When a dear friend was stricken with this devastating illness, I saw the effect it had on all those around her and it moved me to get involved and support this cause until a cure is found.”

Gatling is involved in several professional and civic organizations including serving as the chairman and founder of the Afro-Latin-Indian Festival & Scholarship, the president of the Connecticut Association for Community Action, a charter member of the Hartford chapter of Africare and a former member of the board of directors of United Way. He is also a lifetime member of the NAACP.

Established by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter in 2000, MS Corporate Achievers is a recognition program honoring some of Connecticut’s most influential leaders while at the same time raising critically needed funds to ensure ongoing scientific research and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with MS. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by an advisory council board for making outstanding contributions to business, civic and cultural enrichment.

Through participation, honorees join an elite leadership network sharing a commitment to making Connecticut a better place in which to live. Since 2000 honorees have raised nearly $550,000 to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

“Mr. Gatling is truly an effective leader within New Opportunities, Inc., and throughout his community,” said Lisa Gerrol, Connecticut Chapter president and chief professional officer. “He is committed to raising funds in the fight against MS and devoted to elevating life within the Hartford region, his hometown of Southington and the state.”

To nominate a candidate for MS Corporate Achievers 2009, please contact Kara Preston, associate vice president of development, at 860-714-2300, ext. 233 or kpreston@ctfightsMS.org. To learn more about MS and its effects, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.

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Communications Specialist
Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 249


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