AT&T announced that the company’s regional vice president for external and legislative affairs, John Emra, will be its new Connecticut President.

Emra joined the company in his current position in 2001. He worked for AT&T in a consulting role in Washington DC prior to that and has worked in politics for more than two decades. 

He is a 1992 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and serves on a number of boards including CAPA Connecticut, the Connecticut Technology Council, Gateway Community College Foundation, and the Connecticut Economic Research Council (CERC).

AT&T’s prior Connecticut President, Rodney Smith, retired earlier this summer.

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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