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United Way of Pioneer Valley Elects Ben Markens Board Chair

SPRINGFIELD — Ben Markens, president and CEO of Springfield-based the Markens Group Inc. (TMG), was elected chair of the United Way of Pioneer Valley’s (UWPV) board of directors during the organization’s 93rd annual meeting and celebration last week at Chez Joseph in Agawam.

Markens has served as vice chair of UWPV’s board for the past two years, and is succeeding outgoing Chair William Messner, president of Holyoke Community College.

At TMG, a boutique association management and consulting firm, Markens has been helping companies and nonprofits drive vision, strategy, and operational excellence for the past three decades.

“I am honored to help UWPV advance its mission by serving as chair,” said Markens. “During my tenure, I plan to focus on aligning strategy with UPVW’s overall goal of creating meaningful and measurable impact to better communities across the Valley.”

During his address to the 200 guests who attended the annual meeting and celebration, Markens stressed his plans to encourage increased engagement among board members, volunteers, and other shareholders. This will help UWPV achieve its community impact goals in the areas of education, financial stability, health and well-being, basic needs, and emergency assistance.

“Not only does Ben have a keen business sense and the strategic vision to move UWPV forward, he has a deep commitment to bettering the lives of those in need,” said Dora Robinson, president and CEO of the UWPV. “Through his leadership, I believe we will be able to expand impact and achieve our goals.”

To support UWPV, visit uwpv.org. To learn more about TMG, visit markensamc.com.

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