Barb Dimauro

CEO

Strategist. Team Builder. Workaholic.

Barb grew up working in the family business – an auto repair shop – and learned the value of hard work, honesty and ingenuity first-hand at a very young age. For fifteen years, she worked in newspaper and magazine publishing with stints in circulation, marketing and advertising management before branching off on her own and founding ADS. The publishing industry was a perfect place to develop strong skills in a wide variety of areas – but it also taught many lessons about being agile, changing with the times and embracing technology.

In 2015, Barb returned to college, earning a B.A. in Political Science from UMASS Amherst, ran several successful state and local political campaigns and began developing a client base for ADS. In her spare time she ran for local office, served a four-year term on her local planning and zoning commission and headed up a local political organization.

Barb is passionate about going above and beyond expectations and will never settle for the status quo. She loves to help others grow their organizations and thrives in marketing because of the melding of the creative with the analytical. She focuses on creating strategies to move clients ahead by listening and learning as much as she can about their business.

Barb is a native of Western Massachusetts and moved to Avon, CT in 2020. 

Michelle Harrold

Operations & Member Services Manager

Facilitator. Collaborator. Communicator.

Michelle is a master organizer and project manager, with special focus on the details that get projects done on time and with accuracy. Her collaboration skills ensure quality and expectations of stakeholders are always exceeded. Michelle is enthusiastic in helping ADS continue to excel to the next level.

Michelle is a native of the Midwest and received her Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University. Her career started with data management at Fiserv, Inc where she was responsible for the organization and storage of confidential financial information. She continued honing her organizational and management skills at Travelers Insurance, first in Quality Assurance and later as a Business Analyst. She took some time off to raise a family and volunteer with several organizations before returning to work at ADS.

Karen Stevens

FINANCE

Problem Solver. Analyst. Lover of Puzzles.

Coming from a career as a financial professional in the Treasury Department of Cigna, the global health services company, Karen is well-versed in a wide breadth of systems, data, and financial controls.

She also has extensive experience in all aspects of small business bookkeeping, particularly for non-profit boards and member associations. Her talent is optimizing operational workflows to find the most practical and efficient ways to capture financial transactions. She believes that the core business should drive accounting processes, not the other way around.

Karen lives on Federal Hill in Bristol in a 1910 Craftsman bungalow. Off work hours when not consumed by old house projects she serves on City of Bristol Historic District Commission.

Gigi Dimauro

Digital Marketing

Organizer. Motivator. Fast Learner.

Barb’s youngest child, Gigi, has always admired her mother’s tireless work ethic. Even as a baby, Barb would read Gigi books about marketing and business. Now an employee at ADS, Gigi supports Barb in all her business adventures. Gigi takes care of the details so that Barb can focus on doing what she loves – growing associations.

Gigi left high school early to start her studies at CT State and will graduate in May 2024 with an Associates Degree.  She was recently accepted at CCSU and will begin her studies with a major in Graphic Design this summer.

An accomplished artist, Gigi works in watercolor, oils and alcohol inks.  She is passionate about color theory and is currently developing a line of custom watercolor paints for her Etsy shop.  

Michelle Loto Buckley

web development

Magic Maker. Illustrator. WordPress Guru.

Michelle is the one who makes our websites beautiful and transforms ideas into stunning, user-friendly digital pages for ADS clients. She knows how to take a story, idea or concept and create visuals that help create a buzz.

Although she has a background in print and honed her skills at a publishing company, she is a whiz when it comes to website design and has created many websites for happy ADS clients. Michelle received her BFA in Graphic Design from UMASS Lowell with a concentration in illustration. While Michelle is an artist, she is a standout as a designer because of her can-do attitude, responsiveness and focus on the client.

Julia Goldberg

design

Layout Wiz. Creative Thinker. Learnaholic.

Julia received her BFA from the University of Connecticut and spent the first half of her career in the photography industry, but she found her calling at the intersection of art and marketing. With a focus on visual identity and print marketing, her design work serves as a tool to create connection between businesses and their unique target audiences. Julia’s work strategically infuses creativity and purpose to achieve meaningful results.

A lifetime learner, she is constantly expanding her skillset, staying up-to-date with the latest software and industry trends. Off the clock, she nourishes her creativity through a wide variety of pursuits, ranging from outdoor adventures, to growing mammoth sunflowers in her garden, to cuddling up with her cats to escape into a good novel.

Andy Markowski

Government Relations

Advisor. Advocate. Political Concierge.

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”. Andy eats, sleeps, and breathes politics….in a good way. So as an experienced government relations attorney (ahem…professional lobbyist), Andy helps associations navigate not just the lobbies, but also the hallways, backrooms, basements and revolving doors of state government, ensuring that they are aware of new and existing laws and regulations and reflect their best interests. Andy has worked at the state capital for nearly two decades, representing clients before the Connecticut General Assembly. He is passionate about what he does and does so with the highest ethical standards.

A native of Western Massachusetts, Andy received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union College. After a few years in Boston working in public relations and public affairs for the “Big Dig”, he had had enough of answering questions about whether or not the project was “on time and on budget” he dug his way back west and earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law. He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar (no, not that type!). When he takes the occasional break from fighting uphill to advance client’s interests, he can be found going downhill on the ski slopes.

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