Author Archive | Joseph Bednar

Sheryl Shinn

Age 33: Senior Vice President, Hampden Bank Sheryl Shinn loved studying math — even though she had no idea what career it would lead to. “My favorite subject was mathemetics,” said Shinn, who selected it as a major at Mount Holyoke College. After graduation, with an additional major in Statistics and a minor in Computer […]

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Andrew (left) and A.J. Crane

It’s Who You Know

A. Crane Construction Will Build Just About Anything Andrew Crane says a “goofy motto” has long been at the heart of what A. Crane Construction is all about. “Picnic tables or bridges,” he said, “it doesn’t matter.” Not that he’d plaster the slogan on a sign or anything. The storefront in the Aldenville section of […]

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David Fontaine

Hitting the Road

Builders Extend Their Reach to Keep Their Crews Working Over the past few years, commercial builders in the Pioneer Valley have lamented an influx of competition from contractors outside Western Mass. With opportunities sluggish and margins tight, many Springfield-area builders are returning the favor, seeking work — and often finding it — in Eastern Mass. […]

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Open Road

Auto Insurance Gets Competitive in Massachusetts The last time Massachusetts introduced market competition to auto insurance, the experiment lasted only 12 months. Now, 30 years later, the state has once again shifted away from its fully regulated system into something called ‘managed competition.’ The state insurance commissioner vows to steer clear of past mistakes and […]

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