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Barometer of Business

The 23rd annual Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield Super 60 awards luncheon was held recently at Chez Josef to celebrate the success of privately owned businesses that continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy. From top to bottom: Art Jasper, left, sales manager at Johnstone Supply, and Alan Stearley, financial advisor at the Gaudreau Group; Dr. Henry Julio East-Trou, center, executive director of Gandara Mental Health Center, accepts a Super 60 award for revenue from Luke Kettles, left, senior vice president at Hampden Bank, and Juan Campbell, vice president of sales at Health New England; Danielle Lord, vice president of operations at O’Connell Professional Nurse Service, accepts the award for overall growth alongside Campbell and Gordon Quinn, principal at Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn; from left, Lynn Ostrowski, director of Brand & Corporate Relations at Health New England, Pat Scheer, director of Quality Operations at Health New England, Michael Scheer, flooring contractor and consultant at Dimauro Carpet & Tile, and Peter Straley, president and CEO of Health New England; guest speaker Greg Bialecki, secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, addresses the gathering; keynote speaker Stanley Kowalski III, chairman of the board for FloDesign Inc. and founder of FloDesign Wind Turbine, speaks about the misses his ideas experienced before his current success and new ventures.


Super Model

Mike Balise, right, vice president of Balise Motor Sales, poses with Timothy Cardillo, general manager of Balise Lexus, at an unveiling of the new ES350 model at the dealership late last month. The event drew several dozen customers and potential customers to the facility on Riverdale Street in West Springfield.

Groundbreaking Event

Balise Ford in Wilbraham staged an elaborate groundbreaking ceremony for a new dealership on Wilbraham Road late last month. The 27,000-square-foot facility, which will feature 16 service bays and a QuickLane service center, is expected to open next spring. Seen here with ceremonial shovels in front of several Ford officials, are, from left, Hal Dewsnap, Ford regional manager; Michael Balise, vice president of Balise Motor Sales; and Wilbraham selectmen Robert Russell and Robert Bollard.


A Grand Opening

Laplante Construction hosted a reception on Oct. 18 to celebrate the opening of its new offices at 94 Maple St., East Longmeadow. The new, fully leased commercial building was designed with a residential look, and is also occupied by Northstar Recycling, M. Scott Investments, and Robert M. Phelan. From top to bottom: Bill Laplante, president of Laplante Construction; Paul Tierney, senior vice president of United Bank; and Brad Campbell, executive director of the Home Builders Assoc. of Western Mass.; Andy Crane, president of A. Crane Construction, with his wife, Tina. Ray Laplante, left, founder of Laplante Construction, with Bill Donovan, president of Donovan Oil Co.

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