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Art Tanner

Art TannerArt has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Following MIT he served in the US Army for 3 years, with the bulk of it at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC, attaining the rank of Captain.

Art’s work life was at Standard-Knapp, Inc., Portland, CT, an employee owned manufacturer of packaging machinery. Initially involved with the company’s international operations, he later headed the management team for 30 years, retiring in 2010. During his final 5 years, he served as CFO as well as President and Chairman.

He was actively involved in community service in the Middletown, CT area, including 25 years as a director and eventually board chair of the Northern Middlesex YMCA, corporator and then director of Liberty Bank, corporator of Middlesex Hospital, and founding member and eventual co-chair of the Health Care Council of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce. He has recently served as board member and Treasurer of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute in Syracuse and the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT. Over the past few decades he has also served his communities in the roles of chair of an Inland Wetlands Commission, member of an Economic Development Commission, and chair of a Zoning Commission.

When he retired, Art and his wife, Robin Leeds, created a small consulting company, Noank Consulting Group, whose mission is to work with non-profits to improve their governance, strategic planning, financial planning and ability to cope with stress. They tap into their collective career and community service experiences to do this work.

Art has been sailing for over 60 years. Starting with the tiller of a Comet in one hand and a book in the other while he taught himself the basics. Teenage and college years were spent crewing on races and cruises on a series of cruiser/racers his dad had, and occasionally there were schooner races. At 27, he bought and raced a Soling – big mistake, way over his head! Subsequent sailing involved racing Snipes and Lasers, a series of cruisers based in Essex, CT while his kids were growing up, and now daysails a J80 a 10 min. walk from his house. The photo above captures his delight at helming Stars & Stripes, an IACC boat, in San Diego a couple of years ago.

Art and Robin live in Noank, CT, a small village at the mouth of the Mystic River, and have a great view of the river. They take great delight in some of the spectacles such as the departure and return of the Morgan. The high point of their lives is when any of their 3 kids, sons and daughters in law, and 4 grandkids come to enjoy the view with them.

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