John R. Rathgeber is president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), the state's leading business organization, with more than 10,000 member companies.
The Association works to promote a healthy business climate, which encourages economic growth and job creation in the state.
Rathgeber is also president of the CBIA Service Corporation, which provides insurance and other fee for service programs to the association's members, and CBIA's Education Foundation.
Since joining CBIA in 1977 as staff attorney, Rathgeber has served in a number of positions for the organization including counsel, general counsel, executive vice president, chief operating officer and corporate secretary of the CBIA Service Corporation and the CBIA Education Foundation.
Rathgeber received a political science degree from Colgate University in 1972. He then earned his law degree with honors at Suffolk University Law School in 1976 and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar that same year.
He has also served on a number of public sector committees, councils and task forces concerning the economy, education, fiscal policy, transportation, health care and the environment.
Rathgeber is a trustee and officer of the New Britain Museum of American Art, and on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Center for School Change and the New England Legal Foundation.
Rathgeber lives in Kensington, with his wife Susan. They have three adult children.