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Friday, December 15 News

Business Briefs: Changes at Darien Rowayton Bank, Darien lawyer honored...

Online lender Laurel Road has appointed Scott Skorobohaty executive vice president of community banking.

Parent company Darien Rowayton Bank is in the process of adopting the Laurel Road Bank moniker of its student loan division. The change requires the approval of the state Department of Banking, which is accepting comments from the public.

Skrobohaty previously was executive vice president of commercial lending for Bridgeport-based People’s United Financial, and before that worked for Hudson Valley Bank. He has undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Denver.

Darien Rowayton Bank was founded in 2006, with branches in Darien, Norwalk and the Southport section of Fairfield.

Gaetano Ferro, a Wilton resident, who practices divorce and family law in Darien at Ferro & Battey, was recently named one of Connecticut’s top 10 lawyers for the fifth time.

That honor was bestowed upon him by Connecticut Super Lawyers and reflects evaluations by his peers. Ferro is the only Connecticut divorce and family lawyer to have ever been included in the Super Lawyers’ top 10.

An Equinox facility was under construction last month in Fairfield at the site of the former Southport Athletic Club, 222 Old Post Road

The fitness operator opened a temporary showroom across the street at 233 Old Post Road.

When completed, southwestern Connecticut’s third Equinox will have three floors of studios and equipment, as well as a spa and juice bar. Equinox also has fitness centers in Darien and Greenwich.

Houlihan Lawrence’s Commercial Real Estate Group has announced the addition of seven new agents to the company, including Darien resident Michael Imbrogno.

Imbrogno is involved in both the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the Leadership Institute through the Norwalk Chamber.

Maplewood Senior Living has promoted Tom Gaston to chief investment officer and Shane Herlet to chief operating officer. The Westport firm operates 15 senior living communities, including one in Darien, and plans new developments in Fairfield, New York City and Princeton, N.J.

Both Herlet and Gaston joined Maplewood in 2011 in operations and development roles, respectively. Both previously worked for Benchmark Senior Living.

Last month, a Westport commercial real estate firm announced multiple lease deals. Franco Fellah, executive vice president at HK Group, made the announcement Nov. 20.

JoyRide Cycling Studio extended their 4,207 square feet lease in Darien. They have three additional locations in Westport, Wilton and Ridgefield.

Connecticut’s Gold Coast became the wealthiest pocket of the nation last year, according to new federal estimates on average personal income, despite generating the third lowest income growth in the Northeast and ranking in the bottom 30 percent nationally.

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The Greenwich-Bridgeport corridor had average income of $106,700 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, up 1.1 percent from 2015 and a slower rate of growth from the 1.5 percent gain the previous year.

Passenger trips on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor increased 1 percent to 12 million total over the 12 months through September, with the rail line having local stops in Bridgeport and Stamford.

Nationally, Amtrak ridership was up 1.5 percent to 31.7 million passenger trips, with revenue up 1.1 percent to $3.2 billion in its 2017 fiscal year. Amtrak reported a $194 million operating loss, a 15.7 percent improvement from fiscal 2016.

As of September, Amtrak carried debt of $1.2 billion, down 64 percent from a decade ago.

According to recent predictions by The National Retail Federation, holiday sales are expected to increase by as much as 4 percent to $682 billion between November and December this year, compared to the same time last year.

At the same time, according to The Wall Street Journal, retailers are reporting offering fewer markdowns than in years past. In total, Black Friday discounts marked a 6 percent decrease this year, per price-tracking firm Market Track.

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