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2019 Practitioner of the Year

Our Practitioner of the Year Award recognizes an individual who is an outstanding example of excellence in the industry and has helped to deliver meaningful results to improve the connection between their employer or clients and their constituencies.

We're pleased to announce that at our 2019 Mercury Awards Ceremony on Oct. 24 in Hartford we will give our our 2019 Practitioner of the Year Award to Dan Meaney, APR, Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications at Connecticut Water Company.

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In his 25 years serving Connecticut Water, Dan has developed strategies and implemented communications that help customers, communities and shareholders appreciate the value of public water and the critical service provided by the Connecticut Water and its employees. He oversees all internal and external communications and ensures the company mission, to deliver clean fresh drinking water to the families and communities we serve, is woven into the fabric of its communications. 


Dan is the company’s spokesperson and works closely with the operations teams to make sure clear communication is quickly delivered anytime a community could be impacted. He leads the teams that are responsible for the company’s websites, social media, customer communications, community outreach, internal and external newsletters, and charitable giving, making certain they are always keeping the value of water, and the importance of the service the company performs in its communities, top of mind. Dan is also responsible for investor communications.


He serves as a director of the board of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, and is a past board member of PRSA’s Connecticut Valley Chapter and the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce.


Before joining Connecticut Water in 1994, Dan had a successful career in radio and television news. He received a “Heart of America” award for excellence in journalism for spot news reporting from the Kansas City Press Club.


He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, and master’s degree in management for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford.  Dan is married and has three children in college.

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