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SPRINGFIELDBusinessWest is looking for nominees for its fifth Continued Excellence Award, and will accept nominations through Friday, May 3. The winner of the award will be unveiled at the magazine’s 40 Under Forty gala on Thursday, June 20.

Four years ago, BusinessWest inaugurated the award to recognize past 40 Under Forty honorees who had significantly built on their achievements since they were honored.

The first two winners were Delcie Bean, president of Paragus Strategic IT, and Dr. Jonathan Bayuk, president of Allergy and Immunology Associates of Western Mass. and chief of Allergy and Immunology at Baystate Medical Center. Both were originally named to the 40 Under Forty class of 2008. The judges chose two winners in 2017: Scott Foster, an attorney with Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas (40 Under Forty class of 2011); and Nicole Griffin, owner of Griffin Staffing Network (class of 2014). Last year, Samalid Hogan, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (class of 2013), took home the honor.

“So many 40 Under Forty honorees have refused to rest on their laurels,” said Kate Campiti, associate publisher of BusinessWest. “Once again, we want to honor those who continue to build upon their strong records of service in business, within the community, and as regional leaders.”

Candidates must hail from 40 Under Forty classes prior to the year of the award — in this case, classes 2007-18 — and will be judged on qualities including outstanding leadership, dedicated community involvement, professional achievement, and ability to inspire. The award’s presenting sponsor is Health New Enlgand.

The nomination form is available by clicking here. For your convenience, a list of the past 12 40 Under Forty classes may be found here. For more information call Bevin Peters, Marketing and Events Director, at (413) 781-8600, ext. 100, or e-mail [email protected].

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WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Eastern States Exposition (ESE) announced the following staff appointments and promotions:

Robert Gottsche Jr. was promoted to Sales manager. He will be responsible for all Big E vendors and concessionaires, and will oversee ESE’s year-round event coordinators. Gottsche first joined the staff of the Exposition in 1983 and became an event coordinator in 1991. He worked in the Special Events department for eight years during the Big E as well as the Sales department as a show coordinator throughout the year. In 1999, he began overseeing Young Building exhibitors during the fair and quickly added vendor and vendor-space sales and contracting to his list of responsibilities.

Throughout the year, he will contract all commercial vendors and food concessions at the Big E. As the Fair approaches, he will place all on-grounds sales outlets inside and outside all buildings and grounds. Gottsche is also responsible for all year-round event coordinators and will serve in that capacity as needed.

Steve Ferraro has been named captain of Parking & Security. He will oversee all parking for weekend events and the Big E, as well as assist Cliff Hedges, director of Public Safety & Security, with scheduling security staff for 24-hour and event coverage. Ferraro started working at ESE at age 14 when his father, the late Albert Ferraro, a long-time Big E employee, oversaw parking for the Exposition.

A graduate of Springfield Technical High School, Ferraro continued his education at Springfield Technical Community College studying metal machining before starting a career at Lenox in 1978 as a tool and die maker. During his time there, he built machines and traveled around the world as an installer. He brought machinery to Italy, set up a band-saw center in China, and trained stateside co-workers on cutter grinders that were brought back from Switzerland. Meanwhile, he also worked as a parker at ESE during his free time. He stepped into the position of Parking manager in 2015.

Terri Brown is ESE’s Creative Arts/New England Center program manager. She has been affiliated with ESE since 2011 as the building’s 4-H coordinator, served as assistant to the Creative Arts coordinator in 2017, and became co-coordinator of the department in 2018. In her new position, she will oversee the management and administration of all contests, 4-H participation, displays, and the New England Center stage.

Brown graduated from Southwick High School, Holyoke Community College, and the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a degree in zoology. She is a retired government accountant and is active in 4-H in Southwick.

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EAST LONGMEADOW — Lifelong learning is an important concept to Bay Path University, and its Strategic Alliances division is moving that undertaking from the classroom to the boardroom with its upcoming Career Transition series. This series, designed for women entering the workforce or planning a career transition, contains five independent sessions that speak to various stages of career growth and development.

Presented in partnership with Johnson & Hill Staffing and the Bay Path University Advisory Council, each session of this five-part series will cover a different stage of career transition, from landing one’s first professional job to preparing for a promotion, to rebooting one’s career. Each session will be hosted by a Bay Path staff member or a Johnson & Hill staffing specialist.

The decision to partner with Bay Path for this initiative was easy for Johnson & Hill Staffing President Andrea Hill-Cataldo. A long time Bay Path supporter and a current member of its board of trustees, Hill-Cataldo has a long history of being invested in the work of furthering women’s education. Her mother was a member of the Bay Path class of 1957, and in 2000 she established the Barbara Brodeur Hill ’57 Endowed Scholarship in her memory.

“At Johnson & Hill, we are proud to partner with Bay Path University on this important series of career-transition events,” said Hill-Cataldo. “As a woman-owned business, Johnson & Hill values the opportunity to serve as a strategic career resource to the women in our community. Bay Path University has long been a leader in the field of higher education, and in educating women. It’s exciting for us to partner with them on a series that will provide concrete next steps for women who are all in different stages of their career.”

Sessions will be held at Bay Path’s Phillip H. Ryan Health Science Center in East Longmeadow. The first session, “The Foundation of Your Career: Landing Your First Professional Job,” was held on Feb. 25. Upcoming sessions include “Breaking Out: Orchestrating a Career Reboot” on Monday, March 4; “Do You Have the Executive Presence to Get That Promotion” on Monday, April 1; “The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence” on Monday, May 6; and “Your Third Act: What’s Next?” on Monday, June 3. Each session is an independent offering.

To sign up for a session or to learn more, visit www.baypath.edu/careertransitionseries.

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SPRINGFIELD — Throughout the month of March, American International College (AIC) will use the college’s website and social-media platforms to recognize groundbreaking and influential women who have boldly stepped forward to lead, make new discoveries, and break down barriers.

The diversity of women featured will represent a cross-section of disciplines including medicine, the sciences, humanitarianism and social justice, political and public service, athletics, and the arts and entertainment. Biographical profiles will feature historical women including Massachusetts native and women’s suffrage pioneer Susan B. Anthony to current day voices such as Tarana Burke, who gave the phrase ‘me too’ its strength, as well as young women to watch, like 14-year-old entrepreneur Alissa Chavez from Albuquerque, N.M., who proved everyone can make a difference with her creation of an alarm system that alerts parents when the temperature inside vehicles rises to unsafe levels for children.

Beginning March 1 and each day throughout the month, AIC will celebrate outstanding women who have helped shape their world, often overcoming significant challenges to forge a path and inspire future generations. 

To join AIC in this month-long tribute, visit AIC at www.aic.edu, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanInternationalCollege, or on Twitter at @aiconcampus.

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SPRINGFIELD — Aerosmith will bring “Deuces Are Wild — East Coast Run,” a special edition of its Las Vegas residency show, to three MGM Resorts properties: MGM National Harbor in Maryland on Aug. 8, 10, and 13; Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City on Aug. 16 and 18, and MGM Springfield on Aug. 21, 24, 26, and 29.

Along with never-before-seen visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions, the performances will be presented in L-ISA Hyperreal sound, allowing fans to feel a deeper connection to the band. The MGM Springfield shows will take place at the MassMutual Center.

To take the “Deuces Are Wild” spectacle on the road, Aerosmith has partnered with Fireplay, who provided veteran show director Amy Tinkham (Paul McCartney, James Taylor) and show producer Steve Dixon (Guns N’ Roses, Justin Timberlake) to bring a custom-designed version of this show to each of these three unique venues. Joining the Aerosmith creative team is Grammy-winning producer Giles Martin, known for creating the soundscape the Beatles’ “Love” by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas; production and lighting designers Josh Zangen and Nick Whitehouse, also of Fireplay (Justin Timberlake, Coldplay), and the groundbreaking visual and special-effects studio Pixomondo, known for its work on Game of Thrones.

M life Rewards loyalty members as well as SiriusXM, Live Nation, and Ticketmaster customers will receive access to a presale beginning Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. To join the M life Rewards program, or for more information, visit mlife.com. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

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HOLYOKE — Raúl Gutiérrez, assistant professor of Spanish at Holyoke Community College (HCC), has been selected as an Engaged Scholar for 2019-20 by the Eastern Region Campus Compact, a regional partnership of colleges and universities dedicated to promoting civic engagement.

Gutierrez was one of 12 scholars picked for the inaugural, 18-month program that includes academics from 11 other institutions from Maine to Washington D.C., including Lehigh, Ithaca, Swarthmore, Dartmouth, Georgetown, and Yale. Scholars were selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates nominated by college and university presidents and chief academic officers.

“Campus Compact is thrilled to welcome the first cohort of the Eastern Region Engaged Scholars Initiative,” said Marisol Morales, vice president for Network Leadership at Campus Compact, the national network. “The interest in the program and the caliber and diversity of all the applicants was extraordinary. The goal of this program is to develop and support equity-minded, community-engaged scholars and practitioners who can shape the future of this field.”

Gutiérrez, who lives in Holyoke, is coordinator of HCC’s Foreign Language program, coordinator of the Center for Public Humanities at HCC, and adviser to the HCC LISA (Latino International Students Assoc.) Club. He also spearheaded the creation of a new Latinx Studies program at the college that will begin in the fall 2019 semester, and he teaches Spanish literacy to migrant farm workers through Head Start in Springfield.

“The idea behind the Engaged Scholars program is create a cohort of scholars focused on working in the community,” said Gutierrez.

His specific projects will focus on two areas: building a civic-engagement/service-learning component into the new Latinx Studies program and continue to work with migrant farm workers.

“I want to work with them to create an oral history around their experiences as immigrants and as farm workers, with the end goal of establishing a repository for their stories,” he said.

Gutiérrez was born in Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The 12 Engaged Scholars will participate in an 18-month ongoing learning and leadership process that includes professional development, collaboration, and scholarship to help the individual participants and the cohort strengthen their scholarship, research, and impact. Scholars will participate in in-person and online learning opportunities, including retreats, regular meetings, and the national Campus Compact Conference to be held March 25-27 in Providence, R.I.

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LONGMEADOW — In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Bay Path University’s On the Move Forum will present Harvard University’s Barbara Nobles Crawford to speak on the United Nations Women’s Day theme “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.”

This event, happening on Thursday, March 8, will unite people and organizations who are committed to advancing women, inspiring girls, and innovating for change, as well as implementing effective networking and resource sharing for future success. Attendees are invited to have lunch, learn, and lead.

“There will be dialogue, networking, resource sharing, and relationship building,” said event founder Janine Fondon, assistant professor of Undergraduate Communications at Bay Path. “We hope to advance women and girls, and in particular women and girls of color, by connecting the dots and helping women find tangible ways to reach their goals, build new skills, and take advantage of existing resources — all to break barriers and remove obstacles to success.”

The On the Move Forum, now in its third year and brought to fruition through a united effort by a team of community members and Bay Path staff, faculty, and students, explores the timeline of women’s history and the women’s rights movement, sparking a community conversation about gaps in that history, including the contributions of underrepresented groups of women from Western Mass.

The forum will use history, literature, and philosophy to engage the audience in exploring the status of women regarding race, ethnicity, culture, age, sexual orientation, and set pathways for advancement and the progress. Topics to be covered include discovering how the women’s rights movement and the civil rights movement interface; deepening understanding of past and current social, political, and economic issues as they pertain to women; and setting new paths for advancement in the future.

The On the Move Forum will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Blake Center at Bay Path University. This free event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. For more information and to register for this event, visit onthemoveforum.eventbrite.com.

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NORTHAMPTON — Hampshire Power is once again supporting Monte’s Cancer Connection Campout by facilitating donations to the Cancer Connection for every new contract signed with the local electricity supplier.

“Monte’s Cancer Connection Campout exemplifies how a community can come together to do good,” said Todd Ford, executive director of the Hampshire Council of Governments (HCG), which manages Hampshire Power. “Hampshire Power is proud to be a part of that community and help power the values of our customers.”

Hosted by 93.9 the River, Monte’s Campout is taking place on the grounds of the HCG-owned Old Courthouse in Northampton today and tomorrow, Feb. 27 and 28, to raise money to support the Cancer Connection.

“HCG generously allows us to use their lawn for the event. The campout wouldn’t be nearly as successful without the use of this location,” said Monte Belmonte. “And for them to give more through Hampshire Power is exceedingly generous. Also, they let us drink and set things on fire.”

Cancer Connection is a local nonprofit that relies solely on independent donations to provide free services to those diagnosed with cancer, their family members, and caregivers. Donations go directly to facilitating the free programs and services Cancer Connection provides to the community.

“Cancer Connection welcomes Hampshire Power’s customers’ commitment to the community,” said Beverly Herbert, executive director of Cancer Connection. “Donations ensure that everyone in our community has access to the strength and hope that our free services offer them along their cancer journey.”

With every signed energy contract, Hampshire Power offers customers a rebate of up to $75. During the months of February and March, new customers can have their rebates donated to Cancer Connection to enhance fundraising efforts around Monte’s Campout.

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SPRINGFIELD — Two professors at Western New England University have been awarded $30,000 in seed funding by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) Acorn Innovation Fund. 

Dr. Vedang Chauhan and Dr. Jingzhou “Frank” Zhao were among 13 grant recipients statewide, including researchers from Boston University Medical Center, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and UMass. The funding is designed to assist researchers in testing the viability of their technologies and potentially bringing the research to market.

The Acorn Awards are funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and overseen by MTTC, enabling public and private research universities and medical centers in Massachusetts to lead the nation in translating basic research to the market, creating jobs and spurring economic development.

This year’s recipients, selected from a field of 53 applicants, were chosen based on a project’s technical merit, commercial viability, project plan, and strength of team, according to Vinit Nijhawan, interim executive director of MTTC.

“The strength of the selected projects demonstrates that Massachusetts leads the nation in translating basic research to the market,” he said. 

Chauhan, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, said he is researching “design and control system optimization testing of an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT) system for small engine applications.” Continuously variable transmission technology is widely used in modern vehicles to improve fuel efficiency and performance. However, small engines currently cannot meet power requirements to utilize the technology. Chauhan’s goal is to build, implement, and test an E-CVT system for small engines, evaluating endurance, reliability, and performance.

Zhao, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, leads the College of Engineering’s Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing Lab. The grant funding, he said, will support a project covering “production of silica-coated metal nanoparticles using electrospraying,” a technology that holds the potential to achieve much lower manufacturing costs and much higher throughput than existing methods. Acorn funding will support the research activities of Zhao’s team to obtain proof-of-concept evidence.

MTTC accelerates research commercialization at Massachusetts public and private research institutions. The center enables the state’s universities and medical centers to translate basic research to the market by connecting science and technology to a pool of business talent and capital. MTTC was founded in 2003 by the Massachusetts Legislature.

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BERLIN, Conn. — Comcast recently announced the appointment of Evan Broslovsky as vice president of Customer Experience for the company’s Western New England region, which is headquartered in Berlin, Conn. and includes more than 300 communities in Connecticut, Western Mass., Western New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.

In this newly created regional role, Broslovsky will be responsible for regional implementation of the company’s multi-year strategy to transform the customer experience. He will partner with all functions of the business to ensure customers have the best possible engagement with the company during each interaction; whether it’s digitally, over the phone, in one of its retail stores, or during a technician appointment at their home or office.

Prior to joining Comcast, Broslovsky spent nine years as vice president of Contact Center Operations at Priceline.com, where he oversaw more than 800 customer-care agents in six locations across the country. 

He also has an extensive history in the cable industry that spans 17 years. His first role was that of a care agent, and he quickly grew in the ranks to supervisor, assistant manager, and finally to manager of care operations overseeing a team of six supervisors and 120 care agents at Cablevision and its predecessor companies. Broslovsky then joined Time Warner Cable as director of business operations, with responsibility for call centers that supported 1.4 million customers.

“I’m excited to welcome Evan as our region’s first vice president of Customer Experience,” said Michael Parker, regional senior vice president of the Western New England region. “We’re committed to respecting our customers’ time, simplifying their experience, and making it right if we fall short. I’m confident Evan’s leadership, background, and proven results will help us achieve these goals.”