Paul Timpanelli Named to Great River Golf Club Staff

News Story: November 17, 2016

Great River, one of Connecticut’s premier golf clubs, has selected former Bridgeport Regional Business Council president & CEO, Paul Timpanelli, to lead its outreach to local businesses and corporations. Timpanelli, who had served as president of the Business Council from 1988 to 2016, was previously the elected First Selectman for the Town of Trumbull. His distinguished business career and service has spanned philanthropic, academic, health care, civic and governmental organizations.


“We couldn’t be happier about Paul’s coming on board. Great River is going through a major transition with our new relationship with Sacred Heart University”, said Mark Appelberg, executive director at Great River. “Improvements to the course and facility, new value-based membership options and the prestige of being home to Division I golf teams are some of the positive developments.”

“Additionally, we strongly believe our club will now be the ideal setting for corporate membership for both business and leisure. Who better than Paul to lead that charge?”

Great River ownership changed hands in 2015. Sacred Heart and Great River management have adopted a new strategic vision designed to provide golf enthusiasts the best course, facility and member value in the region. Included in the plan is the goal to become a first-class home for businesses looking to hold events, entertain clients and reward or honor employees.

 “As a graduate of Sacred Heart University, I am thrilled to now have an exciting opportunity to continue to build the solid reputation of the school and each of its assets. Great River clearly is one of those assets, and I look forward to helping it continue to build its first-class reputation among our regional corporate community,” Timpanelli said.

Timpanelli is the recipient of numerous business and community service awards, including the 2009 Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Elizabeth Pfriem Community Leadership Award and the 2016 United Way Norman Leeds Giving Back to the Community Award.

 “Since the day I came on board, I’ve seen the positive momentum of Great River accelerate, thanks to the backing and influence of Sacred Heart University. With the addition of Paul Timpanelli, the forward progress continues,” Appelberg concluded.

Great River Golf Club is a semi-private club located in Milford, Conn. It has been recently named second in the state by Golfing Magazine, third in the state by Golfweek and fourth by Golf Magazine. Golf Digest once named it “One of America’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” It features a spectacular clubhouse and top-rated restaurant and offers both individual and corporate memberships. Great River is affiliated with Sacred Heart University and serves as home to both its men’s and women’s golf teams.