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The following business incorporations were recorded in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties and are the latest available. They are listed by community.


Armstrong Educational Associates Inc., 7 Pomeroy Lane, Suite 5, Amherst, MA 01002. Stephen Armstrong, 113 Huntington Road, Hadley, MA 01036. Student tutorial services.

F40PH Preservation Society Inc., 130 Blackberry Lane, Amherst, MA 01002. Rowan Christopher De La Barre, same. Preservation, education.


Functional Art Inc., 7 Prospect St., Chester, MA 01011. Michele Klemaszewski, 33 Maple Ave., Chester, MA 01011. Manufacture and sales of window treatments.


733 Chicopee Street Inc., 733 Chicopee St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Timothy J Driscoll, 22 Scott Hollow Road, Hollow, MA 01040. Restaurant, bar, real estate.

Desmarais Plumbing & Heating Inc., 318 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Robert E. Desmarais, same. Plumbing and heating.

Dynamic Network Solutions Inc., 31 Loveland Terrace, Chicopee, MA 01020. Michael Thomas Malley, same. Computer consultants.


Emporium Newsstand Inc., 444 North Main St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Rakeshkumar Patel, 2 Stadler St., Belchertown, MA 01007. Newsstand and smoke shop.

Chicopee Salty Dog Inc., 12 Chatham Circle, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Michael Buehrie, same. Bar.


Franklin-Hampshire Counties VFW District 13, Department of Massachusetts Home Association Inc., 18 Meadows St., Florence, MA 01062. Joseph P. Grabon, 246 Chestnut St., Turner Falls, MA 01376. Fraternal, patriotic, historical, and educational comradeship for members.

Earth First Flooring Inc., 131 Main St., Florence, MA 01062. John K. Asselin, 56 West Pelham Road, Shutesbury, MA 01072. Flooring sales and installation.


Diamond Cut Straight Edge Inc., 547 Amherst Road, Granby, MA 01033. Tyler E. Scheinost, same. Retail Internet sales.


Five Fifty-Five LTD., 174 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Quillon Xylor Swane, same. Create and sell artwork.


Hadley Auto Express Inc., 210 Russell St. #212, Hadley, MA 01035. Amir Mikhchi, 18 Foxglove Lane, Amherst, MA 01002. Motor vehicle repair.

Flying Object Center for Independent Publishing, Art, & The Book, Inc., 42 West Str., Hadley, MA 01035. Emily Pettit, 104 South St., Apt. 2R, Northampton, MA 01060. Artistic and literary development and education to promote literacy, professional development in the arts, and to establish programs, workshops, forums, trainings, and public performances relevant to independent publishing, printing, art, and design.


Hampden Bagel Nook Inc., 34 Somers Road, Hampden, MA 01036. Samir Ahmad, 14 Rideway Road, Hampden, MA 01036. Sandwich and breakfast shop.

Graduate Pest Solutions Inc., 79 Martin Farms Road, Hampden, MA 01036. Brenda D. Olesuk, same. Pest control and extermination.


Alois Importing Co. Inc., 108 Cabot St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Aloyce C. Assenga, 71 Craig Dr., West Springfield, MA 01089. Importing of goods.

AW&T Auto Wholesale & Transport Inc., 395 Maple St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Oussama M. Awkal, 46 Ogden St., Springfield, MA 01151. Used auto sales and transport.


Dunbar & Associates Inc., 188 East Dugway Road, Lenox, MA 01240. Stuart M. Dunbar, same. Create, sell, and promote computer development, system development, business analysis and software implementation.


D&D Industries Corp., 95 Dunsany Dr., Longmeadow, MA 01106. Brian John Danahey, same. Wholesale — adhesive products.


East Street Deli Inc., 223 East St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Eric S. Boyer, 56 Cote Road, Monson, MA 01057. Deli restaurant with takeout and catering.

Dacruz Inc., 167 Center St., Ludlow, MA 01056. Rosa M. Dacruz, same. Real estate management.


Center for Biography and Social Art, Inc., 41 Hubbard Ave., Northampton, MA 01060. Signe Schaefer, 15 Hillside Ave., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Provide courses of instruction, public workshops, lectures and discussion groups on building community, human development, life phases, gender and to support research on life themes through conferences, publications, and Web sites.


Donna Thomas Realty Inc., 71 Quincy St., North Adams, MA 01247. Donna M. Thomas, same. Real estate broker.


Alchemy Initiative Inc., 50 Melville St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Jessica Conzo, same. Charitable, educational and literary.

Daddyo’s Inc., 511 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Lydia R. Kuzia, same. Restaurant.

Dolce Dental, P.C., 100 Wendall Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Nieca J. Faggiloi DMD, same. The practice of dentistry.

Enlightning Strikes Inc., 34 Kathy Way, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Donna M. Yerkes, same. Own and operate a liquor store.

Gemi Management Company Inc., 130 Pittsfield-Lenox Road, P.O. Box 3029, Pittsfield, MA 01201. George L. Haddad, 150 Blythwodo Dr., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Automobile dealerships.


Allen Media Inc., 21 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075. David Allen, same. Marketing, consulting, and advertising.


AK Wireless Inc., 455 Sumner Ave., Springfield, MA 01108. Ho J Han, 9 Kimbell CT. #811, Burlington, MA 01803. Retail wireless store.

All Waste Trash Management Inc., 181 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01103. Richard Barnes, 1187 Shaker Road, Westfield, MA 01085. Trash removal and asset management.

DB Wireless Inc., 1356 Boston Road, Springfield, MA 01119. Ho J Han, 9 Kimbell CT #811, Burlington, MA 01803. Retail wireless store.

D.F.S. International LTD., 29 Cadwell Dr., Springfield, MA 01104. Francesco A. Daniele, 47 Jamestown Dr., Springfield, MA 01108. Import and distribution of food products.

Green Street Logistics Inc., 216 Mount Holly Dr., Springfield, MA 01118. Gary Samuel Linsky, same. Provide green building technologies and training programs designed for persons involved in the criminal justice system.


Dairy Market Inc., 54 Bridge St., South Hadley, MA 01075. Fardooq G. Shaikh, 34 Bridge St., South Hadley, MA 01075. Convenience and grocery food store.


Good Scents Garden Corp., 17 Matthews Road, Southwick, MA 01077. Claire M. Kenna, same. Landscape design and maintenance.


Baystate Dental Management Inc., 1795 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103. Kevin Coughlin, same. Professional management services for persons or entities performing dental services.

BH Wireless Inc., 1380 Main St., Springfield, MA 01103. Ho J Han, 9 Kimbell CT. #811, Burlington, MA 01803. Retail wireless store.


Eclecticorp Inc., 14 Cedar Lake Dr., Sturbridge, MA 01566. William Jacob, same. Photography.


Andre’s West Side Sports Shop Inc., 645 Westfield St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Chad Andre, 40 Forest Ridge Road, West Springfield, MA 01089. Sporting goods store.

Association of Slavic Immigrants of Massachusetts Inc., 801 Main St., West Springfield, MA 01089. Fedor Songorov, 1085 North St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030. Appointment transportation, interpreting service: Russian, Turkish, English, citizenship classes, basic computer classes, driver license test, family counseling services.

Colton Express Inc., 19 Colton Ave., West Springfield, MA 01089. Semen Shapovalov, same. Trucking.

Drisdelle Inc., 115 Morton St., West Springfield, MA 01089. John R. Drisdelle, same. General carpentry and home improvement.

Briefcase Departments

Multiple Factors Drive Construction Prices Higher
WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the fifth consecutive month, prices for construction materials increased, rising 1.1% in February, according to the March 16 Producer Price Index (PPI) report by the Department of Labor. Year-over-year, construction materials prices are up 6.1%. A number of categories experienced significant increases in materials prices in February. Steel-mill product prices jumped 4.7% for the month and are up 13.3% year over year. Iron- and steel-producer prices were up 2.8% in February and are up 16.8% over the last 12 months. In addition, prepared asphalt, tar roofing, and siding increased in cost by 0.6% for the month and are up 2% over the past 12 months. Categories in which prices declined include softwood lumber, down 2.7% in February, but up 0.2% compared to the same time last year. Crude-energy prices increased 0.9% for the month and are unchanged from the same time last year. Overall, the nation’s wholesale prices jumped 1.6% in February, the largest increase since June 2009. Year over year, wholesale finished-goods prices are up 5.8%. Anirban Basu, chief economist at Associated Builders and Contractors, noted that the data reflects a weakening U.S. dollar, ongoing expansion in the global economy, and unrest in the Middle East. He added that the current data does not reflect the recent events in Japan.

Gender Gap
Widening in
Retirement Confidence
SPRINGFIELD — Retirement plan investors had a “good year overall”; however, it appears that economic uncertainty and market volatility have contributed to lower levels of investing confidence and generally more conservative investing behavior among participants. MassMutual’s Retirement Services Division conducted an online survey between Nov. 15, 2010 and Jan. 15, 2011 of 1,517 participants in retirement plans on the MassMutual platform. MassMutual’s data indicates that men believe the stock market will improve vs. decline in the next 12 months at a ratio twice that of women. Overall, only 37.3% of participants are confident in making their own investment decisions. However, women were significantly less confident in making their own investment decisions (25.9%) compared to men (44.1%). At the same time last year, the percentages were 32.8% for women and 47.8% for men. The survey indicates that anxiety about having adequate savings to retire is increasing. Among participants who made a change in their approach to investing in the last 12 months, 61.7% became more conservative compared to 38.3% who became more aggressive.
‘A Closer Look at the Berkshires’ Contest
PITTSFIELD — The Quality Printing Co. is once again sponsoring “A Closer Look at the Berkshires” photography and art contest. The 2012 full-color calendar will feature the top 12 winners of the contest. Application forms are available at most Berkshire County libraries, as well as area Chambers of Commerce, the Prime Outlets in Lee, the Berkshire Mall, the Berkshire Visitors Center in Adams, and numerous photo and framing-supply stores throughout the region. Full-color photos, transparencies, slides, paintings, and digital images with a horizontal format are being accepted. Cash prizes totaling $1,050 will be awarded, and all entrants will receive a 2012 calendar. The deadline for submissions is April 29. For more information, contact June Roy-Martin, manager of communications, at (413) 442-4166, ext. 119, or [email protected]

Agenda Departments

‘Web Advertising’ Workshop
March 30: Derek Allard of Gravity Switch will present a workshop titled “Web Advertising” from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield. The morning program is sponsored by the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). Allard will discuss organic search-engine strategies, paid options to help attract visitors to your Web site, defining relevant keywords to target, the importance of Web-site content, building inbound links to your Web site, and paid advertising with Google AdWords and Facebook. The cost is $40. For more information, call the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or visit www.msbdc.org/wmass.

Financial Forum
March 31: Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. and the Council of Churches of Greater Springfield will host the “Hope, Faith, and Healing Financial Forum” beginning at 6 p.m. at Cambridge’s office at 67 Hunt St., Agawam. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. The educational summit will bring together financial experts, public officials, and clergy to discuss the financial challenges facing the region and opportunities to empower area residents. State legislators, lenders, and other community leaders will also be in attendance. For more information or to register, contact Thomas Fox, Cambridge’s community outreach director, at (413) 241-2362 or [email protected] For more details on Cambridge Credit, visit

Healthy Back Class
April 2, 9, 16, and 30: The YMCA of Greater Westfield Inc. on Court Street will sponsor a Healthy Back Class on Saturdays during April from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. Instructor Paul Warner, owner of Body Wise Physical Therapy, will teach the basics of back care that can make the difference between a healthy back and an aching one. The cost is $35 for YMCA members, $55 for non-members. For more information or to register, contact Charlene Call, member retention/wellness director, at (413) 568-8631, ext. 305.

USO Dinner Dance
April 2: U.S. Senator Scott Brown will be the keynote speaker for a 1940s-themed dinner dance titled “As Time Goes By” as the Pioneer Valley United Service Organization (USO) hosts its first formal event to mark its 70 years of service to local families of the Armed Forces. The event is planned from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Brown will speak at 8:30 p.m. The event for the local USO chapter, which operates out of the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, will also honor Checkwriters Payroll, Clear Channel/KIX 97.9, Big Y World Class Markets, and local heroes from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, in addition to the Pioneer Valley USO Volunteer of the Year. The evening will begin with a welcome reception, followed by the dinner and program with Brown and the awards presentation. The evening will end with dancing to 1940s swing, R & B, and music from the era of Motown performed by the O-Tones. For tickets or more information, call Al Tracy at the USO Office, (413) 557-3290, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.pioneervalleyuso.org.

Workshop on Web Sites
April 6: Derek Allard of Gravity Switch will present a workshop titled “Making the Most of Your Web Site” from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield. Allard will discuss defining goals for a Web site, elements of a good home page, writing content to pull people in, measuring success and failure, and common Web site mistakes to avoid. The cost is $40. The Mass. Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC) is sponsoring the workshop. For more information, contact the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or www.msbdc.org/wmass.

Science Hoaxes Lecture
April 6: Richard Sanderson, curator of physical science for the Springfield Science Museum, will present a lecture titled “Believe It or Not: Science in the Age of Misinformation, Hoaxes, Bad Science, and Bad Astronomy” at 10:10 a.m. and again at 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall at Springfield Technical Community College, Armory Square, Springfield. Sanderson’s appearance is presented by the Ovations Series, and the public is welcome to attend.

Chief Scott Roast
April 7: Dr. Bill Cosby will be among the dozen or so ‘inquisitors’ during Holyoke Police Chief Anthony Scott’s Retirement Roast at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner begins at 6, with a cash bar. Tickets are $40 per person or $375 for a table of 10. The menu includes salad, chicken breast with sweet sausage apple stuffing, red bliss potatoes, vegetable, dessert, coffee, and tea. For tickets, call Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn at (413) 736-4538, or the Holyoke Police Department, chief’s office, at (413) 322-6901.

Chamber’s ‘Shining Stars’
April 8: The Castle of Knights on Memorial Drive in Chicopee will be the setting for the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Shining Stars” event, which includes recognition of the Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. For more information, call the chamber office at (413) 594-2101.

‘Performance Appraisals’ Workshop
April 12: Attorney Susan Fentin of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., of Springfield, will present a workshop titled “Performance Appraisals: Rewards and (Yes) the Risks” at the Human Service Forum Nonprofit Risk Management Conference at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton. The daylong event includes breakfast and a keynote address, followed by workshops in which Fentin and participants will analyze the top risks facing human-service and nonprofit organizations. Other workshop topics include “For EDs/CEOs Only: Let’s Talk About Risk,” “Financial Risk Management,” and “Facilities/Property Management.” For more information on the program, visit www.skoler-abbott.com.

Mobile Tech Workshop
April 13: Chris Amato of Knectar Design and Jeff Hobbs of Advanced Internet will lead a workshop on the various critical aspects of the shift to a mobile-technology landscape from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield. The workshop is sponsored by the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). Amato and Hobbs will discuss how mobile and smart-phone technology has surpassed expectations to become the leading communications and application technology platform for users in many market sectors. The cost is $40. For more information, contact the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or www.msbdc.org/wmass.

Public Health Series
April 13: Dr. Leonard Morse will be the keynote speaker as the Desmond Tutu Public Health Lecture Series continues at American International College, 1000
State St., Springfield. The 10 a.m. talk in Griswold Theatre will focus on education to address patterns of behavior that promote and preserve one’s health. The event is free and open to the public. A reception for Morse will follow in the west wing of the Sprague Cultural Arts Center. For more information, call (413) 205-3231.

Royal LLP Open House
April 14: Royal LLP will conduct an open house for the public from 5 to 8 p.m. to celebrate its new offices at 270 Pleasant St., Northampton. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Side Street Café. Anyone planning to attend should RSVP by April 4 to [email protected] or call (413) 586-2288.

Marketing Basics Workshop
April 20: A workshop led by Dianne Doherty of the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC) will focus on the basic disciplines of marketing, beginning with research — primary, secondary, qualitative, and quantitative. Topics will include advertising, public relations, and the importance of developing a marketing plan. Doherty’s presentation is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. at the TD Bank community room, 175 Main St., Northampton. For more information, contact the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or www.msbdc.org/wmass.

Not Just Business as Usual
April 26: Al Verrecchia, retired CEO and chairman of the board of Hasbro Inc., will be the keynote speaker for a program titled Not Just Business as Usual, presented by the Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) Foundation. The STCC Foundation will capture the energy and excitement of the college’s past, present, and future at the unique affair to will be staged at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. In addition, two past Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame inductees, Balise Motor Sales and Smith & Wesson, will be honored for their continued success and contributions to the local community. A cocktail and networking reception is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a dinner program from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $175 each or $1,500 for a table of 10. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit STCC. For more information, visit www.notjustbusinessasusual.net.

CPA Workshop
April 26: Timothy Murphy, partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., of Springfield, will present a workshop titled “Continuing Legal Education” to certified public accountants from 3 to 5:40 p.m. at the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College, Homestead Avenue, Holyoke. For more details, visit www.skoler-abbott.com.

Understanding Financial Reports
April 27: Robb Morton of Boisselle, Morton & Associates will lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on how to read financial statements. Following the presentation at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield, a lunch is planned as well as a question session. The program is sponsored by the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). The cost is $40. For more information, contact the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or www.msbdc.org/wmass.

Cash-flow Workshop
May 4: Robb Morton of Boisselle, Morton & Associates will present a workshop on the basics of cash flow, how to improve cash flow, the timing of cash inflows and outflows, how cash flow is different from profit, and how to determine your company’s cash flow. The cost is $40. The 9 to 11 a.m. program is planned at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield, and is sponsored by the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). For more information, contact the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or www.msbdc.org/wmass.

Online Tools Seminar
May 11: From FourSquare to YouTube, Yelp, Groupon, Facebook, Google Places, Twitter, MagCloud, and Issuu, there is an array of low-cost, easy-to-use online tools that allow small-business owners to attract new customers and enhance relationships with existing ones. Larri Cochran of Fresh Table, LLC will present a talk from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield, on who is using which tools so you can identify where your customers are online and which tools fit your business. The seminar goal is to create an integrated marketing strategy that maximizes returns for manageable efforts. The cost is $40. The program is sponsored by the Mass. Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC). For more information, contact the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or www.msbdc.org/wmass.

Springfield 375th Parade
May 14: The Spirit of Springfield is seeking community involvement for the city’s 375th birthday celebration, which will include a parade that represents all that Springfield has to offer, its roots, and its future. If you have a business or group that would like to get involved in the festivities, call (413) 733-3800 or e-mail [email protected]

May 17-19: EASTEC, the East Coast’s largest annual manufacturing event, will once again be staged at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. For exhibition or registration information, call (866) 635-4692 or visit www.easteconline.com.

Using New Media
May 18: Gretchen Siegchrist of Media Shower Productions and Robert Malin of Malin Productions will lead a presentation from 9 to 11 a.m. that will teach participants how they can use the new media to grow their social-media reach and influence. After an overview of different types of online videos for businesses, they will look at various platforms for sharing videos online, including YouTube. The cost is $40 for the presentation at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, 1 Federal St., Springfield. The Mass. Small Business Development Center Network is sponsoring the event. For more information, contact the MSBDC at (413) 737-6712 or www.msbdc.org/wmass.

40 Under Forty Gala
June 23: BusinessWest will present its 40 Under Forty, Class of 2011, at a not-to-be-missed gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, beginning at 5 p.m. The 40 Under Forty program, initiated in 2007, has become an early-summer tradition in the region. For more information on the event or to order tickets ($60 per person, with tables of 10 available) call (413) 781-8600, ext. 10; or visit www.businesswest.com.

Summer Business Summit
June 27-28: The Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis will be the setting for the Summer Business Summit, hosted by the Mass. Chamber of Business and Industry of Boston. Nominations are being accepted for the Massachusetts Chamber, Business of the Year, and Employer of Choice awards. The two-day conference will feature educational speakers, presentations by lawmakers, VIP receptions, and more. For more information, visit www.masscbi.com.

Western Mass
Business Expo
Oct. 18: Businesses from throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties will come together for the premier trade show in the region, the Western Mass Business Expo. Formerly known as the Market Show, the event, produced by BusinessWest and staged at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, has been revamped and improved to provide exposure and business opportunities for area companies. The cost for a 10-by-10 booth is $700 for members of all area chambers and $750 for non-members; corner booths are $750 for all chamber members and $800 for non-members; and a 10-by-20 booth is $1,200 for all chamber members and $1,250 for non-members. For more information, log onto www.businesswest.com or call (413) 781-8600, ext. 10.

Building Permits Departments


The following building permits were issued during the month of March 2011.


Fitness First
60 North Westfield St.
$45,000 — Repairs to damaged roof system

Western Mass Electric Company
198 Springfield St.
$200,000 — Construction of retaining walls


IAT Partnership LLC
49 Boltwood Walk
$7,500 — Foundation only for mixed-use commercial and residential building

Slobody Development Corporation
101 University Dr.
$9,300 — Alter existing lab space


Chicopee Housing Authority
94 Riverview Terrace
$56,000 — Restore unit from fire damage

News Corporation Dow Jones
200 Burnett Road
$4,500,000 — Construct addition and new interior layout


Town of East Longmeadow
124 Pease Road
$376,000 — Pump station upgrades


Homesavers Council of Greenfield
2 Pray Dr.
$11,000 — Construct reception area

Saga Communications of New England
81 Woodward Road
$9,315 — Re-shingle


Edward and Joseph Hardy
165 Russell St.
$80,450 — Interior wall build out

Chamisa Corporation
31 Campus Plaza Road
$15,948 — Interior renovations


104 Whiting Farms Road
$426,000 — Construct new bakery


Town of Southwick
661 College Highway
$3,600 — Site work improvements


Caring Health
1049-1063 Main St.
$9,500,000 — Renovate three buildings for use as a walk-in health care center

Cutting Edge Pizza, LLC
1762 Boston Road
$110,000 — Remodel of existing retail space

Springfield Center I Associates, LLC
1365 Liberty St.
$86,000 — Construct new space in existing Hollywood Video

Stop & Shop
1600 Boston Road
$5,000 — Install temporary office partitions


Centro Heritage SPE 6, LLC
231 East Main St.
$80,000 — Interior renovations to commercial retail space

Lower Mill Inc.
77 Mill St.
$564,000 — Office build out of existing first floor


Rasim Ibrahimov
205 Allen Park Road
$6,000 — Re-occupy existing retail store

Town of West Springfield
200 Park St.
$107,000 — Replace 18 windows in public library

Commercial Real Estate Sections
Ludlow Mills Project Takes Several Big Steps Forward

Kenn Delude says that, when officials at Westmass Area Development Corp. announced their intentions to acquire the former Ludlow Mills property in July 2008, they expected that it would take considerable time to secure the financing and handle the myriad other details needed to make the complex deal happen.
And they were right.
But most of the work on this phase of the ambitious project — amassing the $13.1 million in state grants, private debt financing, and equity investments for needed infrastructure improvements, site-remediation work, and acquisition of the buildings and land — can now be relegated to the past tense, said Delude, president and CEO of Westmass. He told BusinessWest that a purchase-and-sale agreement on the sprawling complex, identified by the clock tower that has become, in many ways, a symbol of Ludlow, should be completed in a matter of months.
And then … well, thus begins the next, probably equally challenging phase — re-tenanting the more than 1.4 million square feet of existing mill space in 66 buildings and developing more than 100 acres of adjacent green space. It is in many ways the most ambitious undertaking, and certainly the largest brownfields yet, for Westmass, which celebrated 50 years of doing business last fall, and an effort that will play out over at least the next 15 to 20 years and create and retain 2,000 to 2,500 jobs, said Delude.
“We knew it would be an exceptionally long lead time, but things should move much faster now,” said Delude, who expects the property to be ready for the marketplace by early 2013.
So, in a way, the protracted acquisition and site-preparation process should actually work to the benefit of WestMass, he continued, noting that, while the economy is in recovery mode and there is some pent-up demand for distribution and manufacturing space (which is what most of the Westmass inventory is targeted for), there should be much more by the time the Ludlow Mills project is fully ready for the market.
“We’ve been below the radar in a lot of ways on this project,” he explained. “During this recession, we’ve been doing our homework on this site; this is the time to get the i’s dotted and t’s crossed, and be prepared so that, when the economy does turn around, you’re there in the marketplace with a fresh resource that is hopefully attractive enough to spur economic development.
“I’m not going to suggest that we were market-timing by any means,” he continued, “but this was a prudent use of our time and resources in this recessionary period when we haven’t seen a great deal of activity.”
Breaking down that $13.1 million, where it came from, and how it will be allocated, Delude said the key to getting things moving was the securing of more than $5 million in state grants for road improvements, other infrastructure work, and site remediation.
“And that was the catalyst for us being able to go to private lenders, area banks, for a development loan for the project, and this request was well-received,” he explained, adding that Westmass borrowed from the scripts for previous projects, ranging from the Agawam Regional Industrial Park (built on the site of the former Bowles Airport) to the Chicopee River Business Park, and sought to involve a consortium of local banks.
At present, six such institutions are involved, he continued, adding that negotiations have been finalized with all but a few.
“With their participation comes the ability to share the risk that’s involved in a project of this type,” he said. “This is the model we’ve used in the past, one in which the local lenders would take portions of a project that had strong community benefits and regional impact.”
Delude said subsurface environmental and geotechnical investigations at the property were scheduled to commence on March 21 as a final step in advance of the acquisition of the property, with that work expected to be completed in early May, putting Westmass on track to acquire the property in June. Permitting, a zone change, and infrastructure commitments will be worked on simultaneously over the next two to three months.
These infrastructure improvements include the reconstruction of State Street, which runs parallel to the property, as well as water-distribution system upgrades, bringing a natural gas line down through the property so it can be converted from oil to gas, storm drainage, sidewalks, street lighting, and other amenities.
Marketing of the complex has already begun in some forms, said Delude, adding that it will become more comprehensive over the next several quarters, and, as with all Westmass projects, it will be local, regional, national, and even international in scope, with the efforts of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. accounting for most all of the work in the latter two categories.
And with the Ludlow initiative, there will be one unique constituency to target, he continued, referencing the approximately 30 existing tenants in the mill complex, ranging from some warehouse and distribution operations to a kitchen-remodeling business to a fire-restoration company.
“We have businesses there that we need to work with and find accommodations for, and hopefully they can be the seeds for success moving forward,” he explained, noting that roughly 35% of the square footage is occupied with ventures employing a few hundred employees. “These businesses have strong potential for us; we want to sit down with them and talk about options we can make available to them that perhaps haven’t been available. If they fit the mold, perhaps this means new construction or owner opportunities as opposed to leasing.”
Meanwhile, with the acquisition, Westmass will assume property-management responsibilities, he continued, adding that this is another new challenge for the agency and will require additions to the staff.

George O’Brien can be reached at [email protected]

Chamber Corners Departments

(413) 787-1555
• April 5: ERC5 Marketing/Membership Committee, 8 to 9 a.m., Reminder Publications, East Longmeadow.
• April 5: Springfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, 12 noon to 1 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
• April 6: ACCGS [email protected], 7:15 to 9 a.m., the Delaney House, Holyoke. Cost: members $20, non-members $30.
• April 8: ACCGS Legislative Steering Committee, 8 to 9 a.m., TD Bank Conference Center, Springfield.
• April 13: ACCGS After 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Balise Lexus, Riverdale Road, West Springfield. Cost: members $10, non-members $20. 
• April 20: ERC Board of Directors’ Meeting, 8 to 9 a.m., the Gardens of Wilbraham, Community Room, 2 Lodge Lane, Wilbraham.
• April 20: ACCGS Ambassadors Meeting, 4 to 5 p.m., EDC Conference Room, Springfield.
• April 21: ACCGS Executive Committee Meeting, noon to 1 p.m., TD Bank Conference Center, Springfield.

Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield
• April 21: Ice Breakers, 4 to 5 p.m., 350 Grill, Worthington Street, Springfield. YPS’ first networking workshop will show how to make a positive first impression at a networking event and how to take the first steps toward building relationships that produce referrals.
Cost: free to members of YPS, NAYP, and HYPE. $20 for non-members, which includes admission to both the session and the Third Thursday event that follows at Adolfo’s from 5 to 8 p.m. Free parking. Space is limited. To sign up, email Jack Toner at [email protected]
Chicopee Chamber of Commerce
(413) 594-2101
• April 8: Shining Stars Banquet, 6:30 to 10 p.m., Castle of Knights, Memorial Drive, Chicopee. Honoring the Business of the Year, Chicopee Electric Light; Citizen of the Year, Jeff Sattler/NUVO Bank & Trust Co.; and Chamber Volunteer of the Year, Marie Laflamme/Centennial Insurance Agency Inc. Cost: $60.
• April 20: Salute Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m., Kittredge Center/PeoplesBank Conference Center, Holyoke Community College. Pre-registration cost: members $18, non-members $25.
• April 27: Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m., Marcotte Ford, Main Street, Holyoke. Pre-registration cost: members $5, non-members $15. Sign up online at www.chicopeechamber.org

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
(413) 773-5463
• April 1: Communities That Care Coalition Meeting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Great Falls Discovery Center. 
• April 1: Green River Festival Performer Line-up Release Party, Bart’s Café, Main Street, Greenfield. 
• April 16 and 17: Franklin County Home Show and Green Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Franklin County Fairgrounds, Greenfield. Sponsors: Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Greenfield Business Assoc., Franklin Community Cooperative. Cost: $2 donation at the door.
• April 22: Monthly Breakfast Series, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Greenfield Community College. Program TBD. Sponsored by Greenfield Savings Bank. Cost: members $12, non-members $15.
Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce
(413) 584-1900
• April 6: April Arrive @5, 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored and hosted by Lia Toyota, King Street, Northampton. Cost: members $10, non-members $15.
• April 29: 19th Annual Great Northampton Chamber Auction, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Pages Loft Restaurant and Events, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Atwood Drive, Northampton. Sponsored by Coca-Cola Refreshments. Entertaining evening with food, a silent auction of more than 250 items, and a live auction. Cost: $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Northampton Area Young Professional Society
(413) 584-1900
• April 14: Northampton Area Young Professionals Party with a Purpose, 5 to 8 p.m., hosted and sponsored by Fitzwilly’s Restaurant & Bar, Main Street, Northampton. Cost: members free, non-members $5.
South Hadley/Granby Chamber of Commerce
(413) 532-6451

• April 25: Reception at MHC President’s House, 5 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College. Special guests and speakers. Opportunity to talk with Lynn Pasquerella, president. Free.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
(413) 568-1618
• April 14: WestNet, a business networking event, 5 to 7 p.m., the Ranch Golf Club, Sunnyside Road, Southwick. Cost: members $10, non-members $15. Table tops available for $25. Cash bar, free hors d’oeuvres. Walk-ins welcomed.

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Hometown Heroes

Hometown Hero Nate Lare

Hometown Hero Sirdeaner Walker

Stephen Bryant, president of Columbia Gas

The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter held its ninth annual Hometown Heroes breakfast at the MassMutual Center earlier this month, honoring nine local residents who acted selflessly to change (and sometimes save) the lives of others. At top, Hometown Hero Nate Lare, who alerted residents when a fire gutted their apartment complex, shares a moment with his mother, Roberta Garabedian, after receiving his award. Middle, Hometown Hero Sirdeaner Walker, an advocate for safe schools who has become an effective anti-bullying voice in the wake of her son’s suicide, is presented with her award by Earlon Seeley of Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C., another event sponsor. At bottom, Stephen Bryant, president of Columbia Gas, the event’s presenting sponsor, addresses the audience at the MassMutual Center.

He’s Leaving the Nation’s Poor Health in His Wake

Peter Straley President and CEO of Health New England

Peter Straley President and CEO of Health New England

Peter Straley was talking about the Connecticut River — specifically, a winding stretch in Northampton — and how almost no one knows that it’s an ideal spot for waterskiing.
Or didn’t know.
“Maybe I should keep quiet about this,” he said with a laugh, adding that one of the things that makes this spot perfect is a lack of congestion, which he expects will continue even though he’s effectively blown his cover. Waterskiing isn’t a hugely popular sport in these parts, and it’s not something one enters into easily.
Although maybe they should, said Straley, president and CEO of Health New England, adding that he started with this activity in his youth — his grandparents built a summer camp on a lake in the Adirondacks the year he was born (1954) — and continued through his life. But it became much more than a summer-vacation pursuit when he discovered that stretch of the Connecticut River many years after one of his many career twists and turns (they’ll be chronicled later) brought him to Western Mass.
He considers it perhaps his favorite way to put the pressures of the day aside for an hour or two, and physically and mentally reboot.
“I remember a performance coach telling me, ‘Peter, you’re expected to be on all day, every day — people don’t expect the CEO to ever have a bad day or ever be in a bad mood — and of course, no one can do that,’” he explained. “She said, ‘when you have a 7 a.m. meeting followed by a full day of internal meetings, and then a 7 p.m. event, you have to carve out a time when you can let down and be offstage, because if you don’t, you’re just fooling yourself; no one can sustain that continuously.’
“She told me that, if I was passionate about something, whether it’s waterskiing or running or whatever, I should carve out an hour and just go do it; I’d come back renewed,” he continued. “And so I do try to leave here and go off and do something, and often, it’s waterskiing.”
Before and after he takes this time to relieve stress and stay fit, Straley does a lot of things that, collectively, work to diffuse the notion of the “big, bad insurance company,” as he called it on several occasions. This includes everything from being very visible in the community to inviting guests to his office to take a few minutes on his ‘Bogo Board,’ a contraption designed to help improve one’s balance.
The perception of large health-insurance companies has taken a number of hits over the years, especially as rates continue to climb and companies of all sizes struggle to meet this necessary but often-perplexing cost of doing business. The most recent controversies involved Blue Cross Blue Shield paying $8.6 million to CEO Cleve Killingsworth after he resigned roughly a year ago, and revelations that Blue Cross and other insurers paid their board members five-figure stipends at a time when relatively few nonprofits did so (the practice has since been halted at Blue Cross, and the others are considering a similar tack).
“When these people [at Blue Cross] look at the scope of their company — it’s a multi-billion-dollar corporation — and compare themselves to the for-profit world … there’s lots of people making that kind of money,” Straley said of Killingsworth’s departure package. “So when they do objective compensation analysis, which everyone does, from that truly rational perspective, with rational meaning objective, you get there. But then, when you say, ‘how does that play out in the environment we’re in today, in the state we’re in today, with the increased levels of scrutiny they have?’ — it just doesn’t work.”
Straley had much more to say about the reasons why he believes health care costs, and especially insurance, continue to soar. Chief among them, he said, is a propensity among many Americans to simply make bad decisions when it comes to their overall health and well-being. And as he said this, he referenced his father, who died the day he turned 51.
“While I don’t know this for a fact, I believe that he could have lived a much longer, more productive life, and I would have known him much better had he made different choices in his life,” said Straley, noting that his father was a heavy smoker, drank more than he should have, didn’t have a good diet, and didn’t do enough to avoid or deflect the stress that came with a high-pressure job in the insurance business.
His father’s death at a young age — and the causes of it — have prompted Straley to take words and advice from his mother and compose them into a white paper he drafted last fall called “My Mother’s Health Plan — Everything I Need to Know About Good Health I Learned from My Mother.”
“Health care is extremely complex, and therefore you may believe that the solutions to decreasing health care costs are also complex,” he writes. “However, my mother’s health plan offers a simple solution to bending the cost curve in the right direction.
“When you take a moment to think about it, you can summarize the important components of good health into three categories: 1) physical activity/exercise, 2) good nutrition, and 3) practicing prevention,” he continued. “These are all things your mother told you do to. It most likely sounded like ‘turn off the TV and go out an play,’ ‘eat your vegetables,’ and ‘wash your hands and brush your teeth!’ Thinking back, this message was about taking responsibility for my own health and well-being.”

Fruits of His Labor
As Straley talks about this responsibility, one can clearly see that he is passionate, if not obsessed, with his desire to see individuals make smarter choices, become healthier — and, perhaps most importantly, have the workplace become a real force for helping people down this road.
His father’s early death has something to do with this, obviously, but he says an equally impactful catalyst came with the events of 9/11, or, to be more specific, with an exercise Health New England, headquartered on floors 15-17 in Monarch Place, had undertaken just a few days after the terrorist attacks.
“That’s when I realized you could change things from work,” he explained. “I heard all these stories about people who couldn’t be rescued [from the Twin Towers] because they couldn’t make it down the stairs. Shortly thereafter, we decided we should have a fire drill here, because we’d never had one.
“Well, we did — and it was scary,” he continued. “People just couldn’t make it down the 15, 16, or 17 flights of stairs. I realized that, if this was real and all 25 floors of this building emptied out at once, people would have been trampled just like they were in New York.
“That’s when I decided that we just had to do more,” he went on, adding that HNE already had programs in place to promote healthier living, but they weren’t “grabbing people,” as he put it. “So we set off on a journey back then, thinking, ‘if what we’re doing isn’t really affecting everyone, then we have to try more, we have to do different things, and we have to take some harder positions.”
Thus began an initiative that goes well beyond walking programs, reimbursements for gym memberships, and participation in Weight Watchers.
Referencing his father one more time, Straley tapped the side of his head a few times as he talked again about choices, responsibility, and doing the right things.
“He knew up here that all those things were not good for him,” he explained. “But knowing something isn’t enough to motivate behavioral change. I believe — and I’m wrong in a lot of my beliefs, so I may be wrong about this one, too — that the workplace is the best place to motivate change. And this is a radical idea for a lot of people.
“They think, ‘I go to work, I do my job, I’m myself, you can’t change me, and I go home and I live my life,’” he continued. “I believe the workplace is where you can make these kinds of changes; you’re there eight, nine, 10 hours a day … it’s a pretty self-contained biosphere, and, generally speaking, it’s a supportive environment.”
How Straley arrived at the corner office at HNE and eventually led the company to its current leadership role in health and fitness is an intriguing career-development story, one he says has no “rhyme or reason,” and starts at Vermont’s Middlebury College, where he majored in a subject far removed from both health care and insurance — geology.

Stone’s Throw Away
“It really worked well for me, because it was a blend of outdoor work and intellectual work — this was the early ’70s, when tectonic plates were first discovered,” he recalled. “So the science was going through a revolution, and this is a recurring thing for me; I’ve always been attracted to things where you don’t have to be an expert to have a contribution. In most aspects of science, you had to have a Ph.D. and 30 years of research before you could actually contribute something new. But this was new — the research didn’t matter anymore; as an undergraduate student working with an inspired professor, you could contribute something.”
But job opportunities in this field were limited, he said, adding that, fortunately, he was also making strides in another field coming its own — computer science. He took every computer course Middlebury offered (two), eventually landed a job in a computer lab on campus, and took his first career step as a systems analyst for Squibb in New Jersey.
Later, he held several positions, including vice president of R&D for Amherst Associates, a Amherst-based firm that developed software for the health care industry. While there, he earned an MBA at UMass, and eventually went into management-consulting work at the Northampton office of a firm called Jennings, Ryan & Kolb.
“It was fast-paced, exciting work, and I really enjoyed it,” he recalled. “You’re sitting in this room with the board of directors, and you’re a 30-year-old kid. And you had to be right. You couldn’t be saying, ‘I think you do this — you had to prove that this is what they should be doing. It was a great experience.”
In the course of that work, Straley worked with a number of hospitals, including Baystate Medical Center, where the assignment was to form Bay Care Health Partners, a three-hospital, 720-physician managed-care contract organization serving Western Mass. “I had actually developed an expertise in building these things,” he said. “Why? Because no one else was doing it; it was a new thing, you could jump in really quickly and be an expert on it. I wrote the book on it — actually, I edited the book on it.”
After he set it up, Baystate asked him to run it, which he did for three years, essentially following the advice that he had been giving to others as a consultant. And when there was an opening at Health New England in 1997, he said he was brash enough to aggressively pursue the position.
“I didn’t know coming here what the challenges were going to be,” he continued. “I didn’t know that health care was going to implode and there would be all this national stuff. But I did know that I had enough faith in my ability to run a business, I knew a lot about health care, and I could figure out the parts I didn’t know.
“And it’s a job that’s allowed be to use all my skills,” he continued. “We’re a big IT company here, and we‘re trying to figure out how to redesign the health care system, so that consulting background is helpful, and we’re a service organization, and we’re about health. It was not my plan to come here, but it’s turned out to be a great place for me personally, and I think the company’s done pretty well under my tenure.”

The Shape of Things to Come
Straley told BusinessWest that he’d lived in Western Mass. for many years before waterskiing suddenly became a much bigger part of his life.
“Through my kids, I met a guy who had a boat on the river, and it turned out that he was an avid waterskier; I’d never even heard of anyone waterskiing on that river,” he said gesturing out his office window to the Connecticut. “Our kids played soccer together, and I remember asking him if I could invite myself to go waterskiing some day; I wasn’t shy about it.
“We’ve been skiing together ever since,” he continued, adding that, unbeknownst to most in this region, a section of the river near the Oxbow provides ideal conditions for this sport.
“What you want is glass,” he explained, referring to calm conditions and little traffic from other boats. “You don’t want other people around — you want it all to yourself. The other thing that makes it good is that this river is long and narrow and it curves; if there’s a wind out of the west, the river curves, and you can find a place where you’re not into the wind and there’s no chop. No matter which direction the wind is coming from, you can find a place that’s calm.”
Several years ago, Straley bought his own boat, one he says is good for one thing and one thing only, and that’s pulling waterskiers in a straight line. “You have to get people out of the water quickly and without a lot of effort, so you need a powerful engine,” he explained. “The second thing you have to do is not create a wake, because a wake is disruptive, and the third thing is that it has to be highly maneuverable so you can go where you want to go.”
The waterskiing is part of Straley’s work to alleviate the stress and burnout that claimed his father more than 30 years ago and threaten many business owners and managers today as they try to pack work and life into what always seems like too few hours.
“Sometimes I’ll leave at 4:30, go ski for an hour, put my suit back on, and go to a 7 o’clock event,” he said. “I’ve been off having a complete release of mind, body, and soul, and I’m really happy when I come back; I’m a lot happier than anyone else in the room because I got away.”
He finds other ways to find these releases, such as jogging and biking. The common denominator is putting the pressures of the day aside for a while, knowing that they’ll be there when you get back, but you’ve managed to spend at least an hour away from it all.
“The most important thing is relaxing your mind,” he told BusinessWest. “When your body is moving, and when your body is engaged in doing what it knows how to do, your mind is then free to think and to imagine, and I get more good ideas by not trying to think about good ideas. If you occupy your body in a fun, productive, challenging thing, your mind is free to imagine.”
One of these good ideas, he believes, is “My Mother’s Health Plan,” co-authored by Lynn Ostrowski, director of brand and corporate relations at HNE, and distributed at various events in recent months, including the Affiliated Chambers’ Outlook luncheon, attended by roughly 1,000 people. As he talked about it, Straley summoned a term most Baby Boomers would be familiar with, although it hasn’t been used much lately.
“The boob tube — your mother was always telling you to turn it off and go outside and play,” he recalled. “That was pretty good advice that people have gotten away from. People of all ages need to get outside and play more. And they need to eat their vegetables — something else their mother told them to do — and brush their teeth.”
All this brings him back to the high cost of health care, and how doing all these things can move the needle in the right direction. It can be done, he told BusinessWest, but it won’t be easy, because changing individuals’ behavioral patterns is quite challenging.
“We try everything,” he said of HNE’s efforts to promote health and well-being. “And each thing grabs one more person and brings them along, but no one thing grabs everybody, so you have to be committed to meeting people where they are right now and just get them to take the first step.
“The reason I think people don’t sustain the change is that they actually know up here that they should do it,” he continued, tapping his temple again for effect, “but the task is so daunting, there are so many moving parts, and their lives are so complex and fast-paced right now, they can’t figure out the first step. If we can help them with that first step, and they have success, then it’s easier to take that second step.”

The Bottom Line
Straley’s white paper, dated November 2010, is identified as “Volume 1, Number 1,” a strong hint that there are more of these to come.
The next installment may involve thoughts on personal responsibility and how to assume some, he said, adding that this assignment involves people of all ages and social strata — and employers as well.
And it is one of the foundations of a multi-pronged approach that he firmly believes will bring down the cost of health care in this country.
“I don’t expect the 15th floor of Monarch Place to be the epicenter of change,” he said, “but we do expect to have an impact, and we do expect that we’ll export that impact to any place else that will listen.”
He seems quite willing to do everything in his power — and that of his company’s — to make a real difference in this matter.
And that includes letting everyone in on his favorite spot for waterskiing.

George O’Brien can be reached at [email protected]

Departments People on the Move

PeoplesBank announced the following:

Tammy Bordeaux

Tammy Bordeaux

• Tammy Bordeaux has been appointed Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. She joins PeoplesBank with more than 13 years of banking experience and is working at the North Main Street office in East Longmeadow. She is President of East of the River 5 Town Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors for the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield. She is also President of the East Longmeadow Rotary Memorial Scholarship Foundation and a member of the East Longmeadow Rotary Club; and

Amybeth Perry

Amybeth Perry

• Amybeth Perry has been appointed Branch Officer. She joins PeoplesBank with more than 10 years of banking experience and is working at the 610 Memorial Dr. office in Chicopee. Perry is the former President of the Westfield Rotary Club and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She is also serving on the membership committee of the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Directors for the Galaxy Community Council and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.
Webber & Grinnell Insurance Agency of Northampton announced the following:
• Kevin Hart has joined the firm as an Account Executive and will develop new commercial-line accounts; and
• Adam Lafield has joined the firm as a Commercial Lines Assistant.
Nicholas P. Helides has joined United Bank, based in West Springfield, and will manage and be the lead lender of United’s new Loan Production Office at the Cummings Center in Beverly. In the newly created position, Helides will introduce the United Bank brand and the bank’s established commercial real-estate lending services to an expanded marketplace.
Michael Gregory Jr. has been promoted to Vice President, Financial Advisor, at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s wealth-management office in Springfield.
Anthony M. Sylvia, P.E., has joined Tighe & Bond Inc. of Westfield as a Project Manager for its water-resources and civil-engineering practice. He is slated to work primarily in the Pocasset office, reinforcing the firm’s continued growth and expansion in Eastern Mass., Cape Cod, and Rhode Island.
Joe Hoelzer has been named President and CEO at Süddekor LLC in Agawam. His areas of expertise include strategic planning and execution, profit planning and P&L management, organizational restructuring and leadership training and development, as well as continuous process improvements, multi-plan management, and Six Sigma/Lean implementation. He also specializes in executive management, change management, and turnaround management.
Community Enterprises Inc. of Northampton announced the following:

Benjamin A. Bristol

Benjamin A. Bristol

• Benjamin A. Bristol has been named to the Board of Directors. Bristol is an Associate Attorney at Royal and Klimczuk in Northampton;

Stephanie Burbine

Stephanie Burbine

• Stephanie Burbine has been named to the Board of Directors. Burbine is Vice President and Cash Management Officer at Florence Savings Bank;

Brittney Kelleher

Brittney Kelleher

• Brittney Kelleher has been named to the Board of Directors. Kelleher is a Commercial Loan Officer at Westfield Bank;

Gainer O’Brien

Gainer O’Brien

• Gainer O’Brien has been named to the Board of Directors. O’Brien is Co-creative Director of Darby O’Brien Advertising and Public Relations in South Hadley; and

Joseph D. Wendover

Joseph D. Wendover

• Joseph D. Wendover has been named to the Board of Directors. Wendover is Outreach Manager for the Walgreen’s Connecticut distribution center.

MaryLynn Murray

MaryLynn Murray

MaryLynn Murray has joined Phillips Insurance Agency Inc. of Chicopee as the head of New Business Development.
The Hampshire Council of Governments has named Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs the Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Hampshire and Franklin Counties. RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin Counties currently coordinates 700 volunteers, age 55 and older, providing support to area nonprofit organizations.
Sanderson MacLeod of Palmer announced the following:
• Mark N. Borsari has been named President. He joined the firm in 2007 as Vice President of Strategy & Development. During his four years as vice president, he maintained the company’s market leadership in manufacturing mascara brushes for the cosmetic industry while expanding the medical, industrial, general cleaning, and firearm markets. In addition, he led an enterprise-wide LEAN manufacturing initiative, achieved record-setting sales levels, and was the inventor and product-development leader of a patent-pending product, the Z-Tip, a new way of putting a protective tip on a twisted wire brush; and
• Jim Pascale has retired from the firm after serving a 46-year career in manufacturing, including 20 years as President of Sanderson MacLeod. During Pascale’s tenure, the firm experienced significant growth and developed into an international leader in the production of twisted wire brushes.
Janet Uthman has been named Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Comcast’s Western New England Region.
Dr. Robert V. Chircop has been appointed to the Cardiology Staff at Noble Hospital in Westfield. He completed his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed both his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
Kevin O’Donnell has been appointed Assistant Vice President at Berkshire Bank, based in Pittsfield.
Michele Houghtaling has been promoted to Director of the Hampshire Council of Governments Tobacco Control Program. Her focus is in working with tenants and landlords to ensure smoke-free living environments.
Steven Lowell has been named President of Monson Savings Bank.
Nicholas Strom-Olsen has been named Assistant Vice President at Berkshire Bank, based in Pittsfield. He serves the Vermont market and works out of the trust offices in Manchester Center and Rutland, Vt.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas of Springfield announced the following:
• Kelly A. Koch has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Domestic Relations Department;
• George W. Adams IV has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Business-Finance Department;
• Christopher J. Visser has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Litigation-Alternative Dispute Resolution Department; and
• Abena A. Mainoo has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Litigation-ADR Department.