Zorena Named 2008 MS Corporate Achiever
ORANGE, Conn. — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter has named Richard J. Zorena, CFP and vice president of Wealth Management for Citi Smith Barney, a 2008 MS Corporate Achiever — one of only 18 leaders within the New Haven region to be so named.
A resident of Orange, Conn., Zorena received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and graduated with cum laude honors from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., in 1985. Zorena became a certified financial planner for Citi Smith Barney, located in New Haven, Conn., in 2006.
“Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease and there currently is no cure,” said Zorena. “My job has acquainted me with multiple clients affected by MS and I have become involved with the National MS Society to honor them; it is the least I can do.”
In 2007 Zorena was reappointed to a second term as an alternate for Board of Finance in Orange. He serves as president elect at Paugusset Pool & Tennis Club, is a member of the Orange Rotary and the Investment Advisory Committee to the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious order in Hamden, Conn.
“My wife Joan has given me three beautiful daughters, Courtney, Lauren and Clare. Without her support I could never be as involved as I am and, for that, I am truly thankful,” said Zorena.
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. Zorena is truly an effective leader 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 New Haven region, his hometown of Orange 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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