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BUCKS MEMBER STEVE VILLAMARIN HONNORED
Louis Villamarin said for him what makes the business stand out is personally treating clients as if they were one of their own.
"We treat every customer as we would want our family to be treated," he said. 
The other thing that makes the Villamarins stand out is family: Three generations of Villamarins have put their best efforts forward to make the business a success.
Key to that success was Louis' son, David Villamarin. In 1974, the junior Villamarin joined the business after college, eventually becoming company president.
He worked side by side with his father, expanding the business until his death in 2005 at the age of 53.
"He left quite a legacy behind, including two children. That legacy is now is in the hands of David's son, my very capable grandson, Steven."
For Steven Villamarin, following in the footsteps of his late father was an easy choice. 
"I have always loved this business and idolized both my father and grandfather growing up," he said. "I started in the business at a young age. I truly love this business and the people I work with." 
 Glen Cutrona changed it up a bit at this year's Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award Breakfast.
Everyone knew Miller as a renowned and beloved businessman and community mainstay, but Cutrona, the award selection committee co-chair, took the opportunity Thursday to put Miller's lesser-known side on display.
As one of the speakers during the program at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, he shared with the crowd of 300 nuggets gleaned from Miller's family.
Then Cutrona cut to the meat: Miller was a role model for the honorees, who follow in his footsteps as "they utilize creative business solutions to meet the challenges of everyday business and also long-term growth. They mentor others in the business community, and they show the ability to struggle through adversity every day of their lives."
Thirteen were recognized from the Island business community: Dr. Peter Albert; Claire Bisignano Chesnoff; Melanie Franklin Cohn; Barton Horowitz; Michael Lanza; Vincent DeMonte, Maria Buonsante and Stefano Sena; Eve Taranto and Doug Johnstone, and Steve Villamarin, Linda Villamarin and Louis Villamarin.
The breakfast is co-sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Advance.
After the formalities were out of the way, presenters Dr. Larry Arann, Ted Maloy, Jon Salmon and Tom Scarangello indulged in a good-natured bout of early-morning ribbing.
Scarangello noted that asking Steve Villamarin about transmissions proves taxing.
"Forty-five minutes later, when he's done telling you the history of GMC transmissions, you almost feel like you graduated from mechanics school," Scarangello said.
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