The official award ceremony is Dec. 13 for Danbury’s top entrepreneur award given annually by both the city and the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.
“If you think about the spirit of the award, the entrepreneurial spirit, Paul Dinto exemplifies that spirit,” said Stephen Bull, president of the Chamber.
Dinto is a graduate of the Henry Abbott Technical School in Danbury, and he worked for Ducci Electric from 1963 to 1987, when he retired as executive vice president and founded his own firm. Now 26 years later, Paul Dinto Electrical Contractors Inc. based in Middlebury employs 185 field electricians, estimators, project managers and field engineers.
The Cecil J. Previdi Award is given every year to the city’s top entrepreneur in honor of Cecil J. Previdi, a Danbury business owner of Danbury Printing and Litho, a company grown by Previdi by using modern business techniques and methods. Previous winners have included Anthony M. Rizzo, Stew Leonard Jr., Farooq Kathwari and James Marquis, among others.
Ralph MacIntosh, chairman of the chamber's Previdi Award Committee and president of Del-Tron Precision in Bethel, said Dinto has taken electrical contracting to the next level.
In addition to running his electrical contracting business, Dinto has also chaired the Danbury Hospital Development Fund, the Savings Bank of Danbury board of directors, and he has been a contributor and leader at Ann's Place in Danbury.
"He started in 1987 with one employee and finished the year with 35," MacIntosh said. "He has, what, 185 employees. I've worked with him on several boards. He's a leader in everything he does."
For information about the Leader's Luncheon on Dec. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, exit 2 on I-84, contract the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce at 203-743-5565.