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Larry Bingaman is president and chief executive officer of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA), an innovative water utility that sustains life, strengthens the communities it serves and protects natural resources for future generations.
Since taking the helm in 2009, Larry has led the RWA through many financial and operational successes, including the development of the company’s first integrated five-year strategic plan, the achievement of the highest bond rating in the RWA’s history and the establishment of new operating and productivity initiatives that have saved customers millions of dollars annually. Today, he is leading the RWA’s transformation into a 21st-century environmental services company, never wavering on the company’s commitment to manage its complex water system.
Larry leads with a keen focus on sustainable and conscious business practices and is deeply involved in the New Haven community. He is a past board chair for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Business Advisory Council at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Larry is a 2016 inductee into Gateway Community College’s (GCC) Hall of Fame and received the college’s Corporate Award for his commitment, dedication and support of higher education and social change. He is also a 2017 inductee into Junior Achievement’s New Haven Business Hall of Fame for his contributions to the prosperity of the region through his leadership in business and the community. Larry and his wife Martie are 2017 Alexis de Tocqueville Society award recipients for their personal leadership, contributions and long-time commitment to United Way and the community at large. Larry is also the 2019 recipient of the Greater New Haven Chamber’s Community Leadership Award and the 2019 School for Ethical Education’s John Winthrop Wright Ethics in Action Award for his commitment to ethics in his personal and professional life.
He is one of the first 100 founding members of the Conscious Capitalism Senior Leader Network, and founder and board chair emeritus for the Connecticut Chapter of Conscious Capitalism.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University at Long Beach and an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven. An honorary doctorate of humane letters was conferred upon him at SCSU’s commencement for the School of Business in 2021, and an honorary associate’s degree was conferred upon him at GCC’s commencement in 2018. Larry is also a 2019 inductee into the University of New Haven’s Honor Society for Experiential Education for his conscious leadership. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.