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Westport Firm Mourns Colleague Killed in Sky Dive Accident

Colleagues at Westports Greenfield Consulting Group today are mourning the death of Jan Chandler, a 46-year-old managing director of the firm killed in a California sky diving accident.

Chandler, who lived in Trumbull and who was an experienced sky diver, was killed Friday in Perris, Calif., during a jump at a World Cup sky diving event.

She was part of a 124-member group of experienced skydivers that was doing a series of jumps, Dan Chenfeld, general manager of Perris Valley Skydiving, told the Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside.

“The jump went great,” he said. “It was a very controlled and staged procedure. Everything was fine. We don’t know what happened.”

He said ChandlerҒs parachute opened and there were no obvious signs of distress from the veteran skydiver.

Eyewitnesses reported that she landed at a high rate of speed, Chenfeld said.

She was found on the ground, beneath her parachute.

Chandlers husband Christian was jumping with her as part of the large group of skydivers.

Andrew Greenfield, CEO of Greenfield Consulting, which has its offices on Riverside Avenue, told the Connecticut Post: ғJanice was a magnificent person. She lived life to its fullest and was taken away at much too young an age.

At Greenfield, Chandler specialized in marketing research. Prior to joining the Westport firm, she was senior brand manager for Heublein, Inc., where she managed the company’s largest brand, Smirnoff vodka.

She received a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut.

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