McMahon to be honored by Windsor Chamber of Commerce
By Gregory A. Scibelli - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Jun. 3, 2011
On June 24, the Windsor Chamber of Commerce will present the 2011 Jerry Hallas Memorial Award to Martin McMahon, considered widely to be a “true product of Windsor.”
McMahon is recognized for his business sense and work in the financial profession, working at several banks in town, and becoming branch manager at the Windsor Federal Savings Bank. Most recently, he completed his banking work at the Fleet Bank in Windsor.
He became a limited partner of Edward Jones Investments as a financial advisor, where he was recently made a limited partner.
McMahon said he enjoyed working on many different charities, including raising money for the Special Olympics and for the Boy Scouts Easter Seals. He has also worked on fundraisers for St. Vincent’s Hospital.
McMahon is a lifelong resident of Windsor and he was a member of the final graduating class of Stony Hill School. He would later graduate from Windsor High School in 1981. He attended and graduated from Villanova University and was married and had two children. His wife, Liza Gustafson, is also a native of Windsor.
McMahon would join the Chamber of Commerce and FirstTown Downtown, and is a past president of both organizations. He expressed appreciation to the Chamber for the award.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized by your business peers for something that you just enjoy doing,” McMahon said. “And that also means being involved in many aspects with the Chamber.”
He said the Windsor Chamber of Commerce is important to the community and he enjoys being a part of that.
“The Chamber is a great way to give back to the community,” said McMahon. “Windsor has been very supportive to me and my business.”
According to a press release from the Chamber of Commerce, The Hallas Award is presented each year to an individual who has contributed to the Chamber of Commerce, the Windsor community and typifies the ideals set forth by the late Jerry Hallas, who was one of 40 Windsor business people who re-established the Chamber in 1949.
McMahon will be honored at the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner, which will be held at the Hartford-Windsor Marriott. For more information on the award or to buy tickets, visit www.windsorcc.org or call 860-688-5165.
The Chamber press release also said McMahon is a lifelong swimmer, having swum around Manhattan, across both Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound and most recently navigating the rough waters around Alcatraz in California. His biggest accomplishment came at age 22, when he became the 39th American and first person from Connecticut to swim the English Channel.