Westfair’s 2021 Persons of the Year
Compiled by Phil Hall and Peter Katz
Choosing an individual to be named Person of the Year is never easy, but selecting one business leader who stood out in this strange and remarkable year proved to be a thankless task. In both Westchester and Fairfield County, there were a surplus number of business professionals whose achievements helped to cauterize the chaos created in 2020’s pandemic and redirect the region back into a growth pattern.
For 2021, the Business Journal is paying tribute to 10 men and women who stand out in their respective industries for their intrepid and intelligent leadership skills and for an indefatigable spirit aimed at success. Our Persons of the Year have changed the region for the better, and as we head into 2022 we are grateful to have them working among us to secure a better and brighter tomorrow.
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Margaret Feeney is in a unique position to see the future of the region’s high-tech sector. She is the director of the UConn Stamford Technology Incubator Program — more commonly known as TIP Digital — which launched earlier this year in collaboration with the nonprofit StamfordNext. The program offers startups in the data science space a variety of perks, including lab and office space, participation in educational and networking events, access to UConn’s research facilities, and input from industry mentors and UConn’s entrepreneurs-in-residence. Under Feeney’s direction, a new wave of data sciences startups is establishing their presence, with 23 companies in the program’s first year cohort. Rarely has one person like Feeney been in a position to help so many startups grow in such a short period of time.