Litchfield Crossings executive named to NAPW's Woman of the Year Circle

NEW MILFORD — Kristen Gizzi, executive director of the company that owns Litchfield Crossings in New Milford, has been named a VIP Woman of the Year Circle inductee by the National Association of Professional Women.

Gizzi was honored for her leadership in entrepreneurship. She is general counsel, director of development and executive director of ECCO III Enterprises, a Yonkers, N.Y.-based heavy construction and real estate company. The Gizzi family owns ECCO III Enterprises.

Gizzi uses her legal experience to manage contract evaluation, dispute resolution, leasing and marketing for the company.

“My expertise in evaluating the totality of any given circumstance in order to provide sound advice is drawn from my legal and business background,” Gizzi said. “I believe one’s integrity and reputation are paramount to success. It is those values, and my continued willingness to learn and grow as a person, which have allowed me professional growth and success.”

Litchfield Crossings, 169 Danbury Road, is home to Kohl’s, Big Lots, Panera Bread, Home Goods, Petco and several other businesses. Gizzi oversees all operations at the shopping center, including compliance with municipal regulations and maintaining business relationships with tenants.

“I am an integral part of the executive team,” she said. “I participate in all aspects of decision making and manage a large, growing real estate portfolio.”

She has also made a special effort to incorporate Litchfield Crossings and ECCO III Enterprises into the New Milford community. Litchfield Crossings launched LFC Cares, which supports organizations such as New Milford Historical Society, Vietnam Veterans of America, Water Witch Hose Company No. 2, Alzheimer’s Association, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, SPCA of Connecticut, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Gizzi also works with Hope’s Door, The Phoenix and the Rose, and New Milford Hospital.

“We are a family business and we’re old-fashioned in some ways,” Gizzi told The News-Times in a previous interview. “We believe in values and integrity. We would never put our name to something or invest in something that we couldn’t stand behind. We wouldn’t invest in a retail center of this magnitude and put this much energy into something in a place that we thought didn’t also have those values.”

The National Association of Professional Women, or NAPW, is a networking organization exclusively for women and has more than 850,000 members. Former television personality Star Jones is president of the publicly traded company.

“I’m pleased to welcome Kristen into this exceptional group of women,” Jones said of Gizzi’s induction into the VIP Woman of the Year Circle. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

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