Founded in 1984 as The Western Mass. Business Journal, BusinessWest is the region’s most respected business publication. Since its founding, the magazine has featured timely, informative, entertaining articles that essentially turn a mirror to the region’s business community, the people and institutions that define it, and the issues confronting it.
Started as a bi-monthly, BusinessWest doubled its frequency in 2005 in order to better serve its readers and become both more visible and more viable in the Western Mass. region. In recent years, BusinessWest has moved well beyond its printed publication with a highly interactive Web site, participation in numerous networking, education-oriented, and fund-raising events across the region, and the introduction of its own signature events.
These include 40 Under Forty, an annual program that recognizes the rising stars in the local business and nonprofit communities. BusinessWest’s 40 Under Forty Gala in the late spring has become an event not be missed. The same can be said of its annual Difference Makers banquet, at which individuals and organizations, chosen by the magazine’s staff, are honored for the contributions within the community.
Looking forward, BusinessWest will continue to develop new and exciting ways to serve the region’s business community, and, to borrow the name of its newest signature event, make a real difference in Western Massachusetts.
|Associate Publisher Kate Campiti has extensive experience in management, leadership and sales. Kate is a graduate of UMASS Amherst with a B.A. in Communications and Political Science. After working as a sales executive with OneStar Communications, she began her career with BusinessWest and the Healthcare News in 2000. Kate can be reached by phone at:
|Editor George O’Brien is one of the region’s most experienced and respected journalists, with more than 30 years experience as a writer and editor. Before coming to BusinessWest in 1995 as editor, he was the long-time editor of the Westfield Evening News. He attended the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Journalism and English and minoring in History. He can be reached by phone at:
|Senior Writer Joe Bednar is a veteran writer and copy editor with more than a decade’s experience covering Western Massachusetts. Formerly a reporter with the Westfield Evening News and Waterbury Republican-American, he has been on staff of BusinessWest and the Healthcare News since 2001. He attended Evangel College, majoring in English and Journalism. He can be reached by phone at:
|Art Director Mike Nasuti has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design and illustration. Before coming to BusinessWest and the Healthcare News in 2005, he was a news artist/illustrator at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton and The Springfield Newspapers. He attended Massachusetts College of Art, majoring in Fine Arts. He can be reached by phone at:
|Senior Graphic Designer Nikia Davis began her career with BusinessWest in 2003. She is a graduate from UMASS Amherst with her B.A. in Art and Journalism. Prior to joining BusinessWest, Nikia worked in graphic design at JWG Associates in Needham, MA. Nikia can be reached by phone at:
|Sales and Marketing Coordinator Melissa Hallock graduated from Arizona State University with her B.A. in Broadcast Management and Communications. She spent two years as sales and promotions assistant with Infinity Broadcasting before joining BusinessWest in 2006. Melissa can be reached by phone at: