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Meet the Leaders

VW5L3708VW5L3635useVW5L3693VW5L3654VW5L3702The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield held its annual Government Reception on Nov. 19 in the Carriage House at Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield. Sponsored by Baystate Health and Comcast, the reception provided business and community leaders with the opportunity to meet socially with local, state, and federal officials. From top to bottom: state Sen. Don Humason, state Rep. Aaron Vega, and Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay Wydra; PVTA Chief Financial Officer Patricia O’Leary, Agawam Town Clerk Richard Theroux, and PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes; Springfield Technical Community College President Ira Rubenzahl and Mike Knapik, executive director of Advancement at Westfield State University; Mayors Ed Sullivan of West Springfield, Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Richard Cohen of Agawam, and Richard Kos of Chicopee; Davis Foundation Project Director Sally Fuller, Western Mass. Economic Development Council President Allan Blair, and Square One President Joan Kagan.

(Photos by Driscoll Photography)


Legislative Symposium

DaleJohnstonEileenDrummRobertDeLeoRichardNealKathyAndersonKatePhelonTonyCignoliThe Greater Westfield, Greater Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, and South Hadley/Granby chambers of commerce recently staged the CheckPoint 2014 Legislative Symposium at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. A number of elected officials attended, ranging from U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to Bob DeLeo, speaker of the state House of Representatives, to the entire House and Senate delegation from the chambers’ communities. Seen here, from left, are Dale Johnston, executive director of the South Hadley/Granby Chamber of Commerce; Eileen Drumm, president of the Greater Chicopee Chamber; DeLeo; Carlos Gonzalez, president and CEO of the Mass. Latino Chamber of Commerce; Neal; Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber; Kate Phelon, executive director of the Greater Westfield Chamber; and Tony Cignoli, a political consultant who moderated the event.


Farmington Bank Reception

2014MA-EventMore than 200 area business leaders were on hand Nov. 13 as Farmington Bank, which recently entered the Western Mass. market with branches in East Longmeadow and West Springfield, staged an elaborate reception at the Springfield Sheraton. During the reception, John Patrick, the bank’s chairman, president, and CEO, announced the bank’s donation of $2,500 to Open Pantry Community Service in Springfield. Seen here is the bank’s Massachusetts team, from left: Patrick; Joe Kulig, vice president, Commercial Lending; Catherine Turowsky, vice president, Cash Management Services; Joe Young, vice president, Commercial Lending; Candace Pereira, assistant vice president, commercial loan officer; and Mike Moriarty, senior vice president, Commercial Lending.

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