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SPRINGFIELD — The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) is seeking nominations for its Woman of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a woman in the Western Mass. area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community.

This award has been given annually since 1954. The first recipient was Julia Buxton, treasurer of Buxton Inc., founder of what is now known as the PWC and the first woman elected to the Springfield Chamber board of directors. Other past recipients include Carol Campbell, Kitty Broman, Iris Holland, Sr. Mary Caritas, Nancy Dusek-Gomez, Gale Candaras, Arlene Putnam, Mary Reardon Johnson, Ellen Freyman, Jean Deliso, and Anne Paradis.

Candidates must be gainfully employed in a paid, full-time position and live or work in the Pioneer Valley. Any woman in the Pioneer Valley may be nominated; no chamber affiliation is required. Nominee achievements can be representative of a lifetime of work or for more recent successes.

Nomination forms are available online at www.professionalwomenschamber.com or by e-mailing event committee chair Jenny MacKay at [email protected]. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 18.

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EAST LONGMEADOW — HUB International New England, a division of HUB International Limited, announced that Eric Martinez has joined the company as personal lines account manager. He will be based in the East Longmeadow office and will assist clients with their homeowner’s, auto, and personal-liability umbrella coverages.

Martinez joins HUB International with more than 10 years of experience in the personal-lines field. His past job responsibilities have included supervising and scheduling staff, resolving client issues, working to maintain carrier relationships, and assisting in planning and implementing marketing programs. His role at HUB International includes assisting in the day-to-day needs of clients, reviewing and updating policies and certificates, maintaining existing client relationships, generating new business, and keeping abreast of the changing market.

“Hiring exceptional employees is the reason that we can continue to delight our clients time and time again,” said Timm Marini, president of HUB International New England. “We are proud to be able to hire the best of the best. Eric’s personality and strengths will certainly be beneficial as we continue to expand into one of the largest agencies throughout New England.”

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HOLYOKE — The eighth annual Difference Makers award program, staged by BusinessWest, will be held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House on Thursday, March 31.

Difference Makers is a program, launched in 2009, that recognizes groups and individuals that are, as the name suggests, making a difference in this region. This year’s class was profiled in the Jan. 25 issue, and their stories can also be read online at businesswest.com. They include Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr.; Mike Balise, Balise Motor Sales, philanthropist (1965-2015); Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties; Bay Path University President Carol Leary; and John Robison, president of J.E. Robison Service and an internationally known advocate for people with autism.

Tickets cost $60, and tables of 10 are available. To reserve a spot, call (413) 781-8600, ext. 10, or visit businesswest.com/differnce-makers/difference-makers-event. Difference Makers is sponsored by EMA Dental, First American Insurance Agency, Health New England, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C., Northwestern Mutual, PeoplesBank, Royal LLP, and Sunshine Village.

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HOLYOKE — Gov. Charlie Baker recently visited the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home to tour the facility and swear in Michael Case as the new chairman of the board of trustees. Baker was joined by local legislators and visited with residents to discuss the administration’s ongoing commitment to supporting the facility.

“Meeting the needs of the Commonwealth’s veterans and their families is a top priority for our administration,” Baker said. “I am pleased to announce Michael Case, a 35-year war veteran and a devoted public servant, as the new chair of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and thank [outgoing board chair] Steve Como for his work on the board over the years. The mission and importance of this home is crucial, and I thank the staff for their dedication to providing quality healthcare for our veterans.”

Case is a Vietnam veteran who has served for more than 35 years in the Air Force and with the Massachusetts National Guard. He has served in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, and as part of rescue efforts during Hurricane Katrina. As a guardsman, Case also served as a police officer in Pittsfield for more than 20 years. During his career, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and served as commander of the Special Reaction Team. Recently, Case has assisted other veterans as the Veterans Service officer for the town of Washington. He sits on the board of directors at Mycom Federal Credit Union in Pittsfield and was elected to the Washington Board of Selectmen and the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee.

The Holyoke Soldiers’ Home is a state-funded, fully accredited healthcare facility that includes full-time residential accommodations, an on-site dental clinic, and a multi-service outpatient department.

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SPRINGFIELD — March Madness will be the theme for the Springfield Regional Chamber After 5 event on Wednesday, March 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Sponsored by Spherion Staffing, the after-hours networking event provides an opportunity for the business community to gather and network in an informal setting. Attendees will enjoy networking, trivia, and free-throw contests, as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and complimentary admission into the Hall of Fame.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for as low as $100. Reservations for the event are $5 for members and $10 for the general public. Sponsorships and reservations may be purchased online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by contacting Sarah Mazzaferro at [email protected].

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MONSON — The Ware branch of Monson Savings Bank is participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax preparation for those who qualify for this service.

Monson Savings Bank volunteers will help people prepare their federal and Massachusetts state taxes starting every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Those interested must call (413) 263-6500 to find out if they qualify and to make an appointment. The program is sponsored and funded by Springfield Partners for Community Action and United Way of Pioneer Valley.

“We are very pleased to help with this important program,” said Steve Lowell, president of Monson Savings Bank. “We see this as an extension of everything else that we’re doing to promote financial literacy as part of our Dollars & Sense activities.”

Added Paul Bailey, executive director of Springfield Partners, “we at Springfield Partners are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Monson Savings to provide this important service to the Ware community.”

Although the VITA program traditionally completes more than 5,000 free tax returns annually, said Sylvia deHaas Phillips, senior vice president, Community Impact at United Way of Pioneer Valley, “we realize there are many more people who could benefit from this important service, and we are pleased to expand our partnerships to make this happen.”

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AGAWAM — Meredith Wise, president of the Employers Assoc. of the NorthEast (EANE), announced the addition of four executives to the 18-member EANE board of directors: David Leslie, controller of Glenmeadow Inc. in Longmeadow; William Manthey, vice president and chief financial officer at Bridgeport Fittings Inc. in Stratford, Conn.; Erin Gisherman Minior, CEO of Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Rhode Island in Providence; and Michael Rocheleau, executive vice president and chief financial officer of PTA Corp. in Oxford, Conn.

EANE board members offer concrete counsel and valuable perspectives that help the organization remain at the forefront of employment relations and drive member engagement.

Leslie oversees the accounting and information-technology functions at Glenmeadow. Over the 19 years he has been with the company, he has negotiated tax-exempt bond and private-placement issues that have funded expansions and major renovations at Glenmeadow. He has overseen the responses to random audits by the IRS and DOL, both with successful outcomes. He is on the board of directors for the Community Music School of Springfield and has served on the board of directors of the East Longmeadow/Longmeadow Chamber of Commerce and East of the River 5 Town Chamber of Commerce. He remains connected to chamber service, sitting on two committees of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also an Aging Services surveyor for CARF International.

Manthey has been vice president and CFO at Bridgeport Fittings for 13 years, and has held CFO and administrative positions in general management for Connecticut manufacturing companies over the last 40 years. He is also a certified management accountant, a certificate he received in 1981. He is a former chair of the board for the Manufacturing Alliance of CT and negotiated its acquisition by EANE. In his spare time, he does volunteer work in the Cheshire, Conn. Lions Club and was a co-founder and now vice president of the Cheshire Half Marathon Foundation.

Minior is responsible for the workings of JFS and for all services under its mission to care for families and individuals throughout their life cycle. These services include the Counseling Center, Adoption Options, Lifeline RI, home care, the Kosher Mealsite in Cranston, R.I., and Kosher Meals-on-Wheels, AgeWell RI, and Moes Chitim (the annual Passover appeal). She joined the agency in 1997 as coordinator of elderly services and became director of professional services in 1999. Currently, she is a member of the CEO Council of the Assoc. of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies. She has been active in leadership positions with the Somerset Council on Aging, the YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has an extensive clinical background in social work and is an experienced instructor and supervisor.

Rocheleau has been with PTA Corp. for more than 20 years. Besides serving as executive vice president and CFO, his additional duties include serving as the general manager of the Oxford, Conn. business unit. Prior to joining PTA, he served as CFO for a multi-state plastics manufacturer with international operations, vice president of Operations for a multi-plant manufacturer and distributor of stainless-steel and specialty alloys, and corporate controller for a security and alarm company with significant growth fueled organically and through acquisitions. Early in his career, he held progressively more responsible positions in financial and operational accounting.

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LUDLOW — The Gove Law Office announced that attorney Jaclyn Packard has joined the firm, focusing her practice on civil and criminal litigation and trials, real-estate transactions, and estate planning.

“Jaclyn Packard is a wonderful addition to our growing law firm of professionals who represent the diverse practice areas Gove Law offers clients within the firm’s Litigation, Real Estate, and Estate Planning departments,” said Michael Gove, founding partner of Gove Law Office.

Having graduated cum laude from the Florida Coastal School of Law, Packard holds a license to practice law in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. In addition to being a practicing attorney, she is an active supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event and a volunteer with the Lawyer for a Day program.

The Gove Law Office, with offices in Ludlow and Northampton, is a bilingual firm with attorneys who provide guidance to clients in the areas of business representation, criminal and civil litigation, personal-injury law, commercial lending, residential and commercial real estate, estate planning, immigration, and bankruptcy. For more information, visit www.govelawoffice.com.

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WESTFIELD — Keith G. Roy Construction Inc., a construction and contracting company serving Massachusetts and Connecticut since 1946, announced that Joshua David Roy has been appointed vice president.

“Joshua is continuing a legacy of leadership at a local family-owned and -operated company,” said President Keith G. Roy.

Joshua developed his expertise by working side-by-side with both his grandfather, David, and his father, Keith, since his teenage years. He oversees and personally works on projects that include roofing; exterior builds, including decks and siding; as well as interior construction, including kitchens and baths. “I take particular pride in training our crew, project supervision, and customer service,” he said.

For more information about the company, visit kgroyconstruction.com.

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EASTHAMPTON — The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts announced that Liz Feeley was named director of philanthropy. She brings a wealth of blended experience in education and philanthropy to the organization.

Feeley received her bachelor’s degree in English from Lehigh University. After spending 21 years coaching intercollegiate women’s basketball at institutions such as Smith College, Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, and Holy Cross College, Feeley took her penchant for building relationships into the field of philanthropy. She brings a background in strategic planning, team building, volunteer management, and designing sustainable programs to the Women’s Fund.

Feeley’s work at both Smith College and Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a day-boarding school for girls in Greenfield, brought to the forefront of her consciousness issues that girls and women face each day. She looks forward to building relationships around the Women’s Fund’s mission of creating economic and social equality for women and girls in Western Mass. through philanthropy.

Prior to arriving at the Women’s Fund, Feeley served as director of Development at Amherst Montessori School. Previously, as director of Development and Alumnae Relations at Stoneleigh-Burnham, she led a team that increased fund-raising by 133% and alumni participation in the annual fund by 50% in three years. As director of Development, she also launched an initiative that increased the number of major-gift donors by 35% in two years. In five years, her team took fund-raising at the school to an unprecedented level by implementing a strategy based on stewardship, cultivating relationships, brand identity, creating sustainable programs, social media, and in-person visits across the country and in Asia.

While at Stoneleigh-Burnham, Feeley was instrumental in the planning and implementation of a $1.2 million two-year campaign. Her team coordinated and hosted a Leadership Symposium and Gala to launch the campaign that successfully raised money for a new student-center complex. She partnered with volunteer groups of parents, alumni, faculty, students, trustees, and others in an effort to advance the mission of the institution.