Stockbridge — On Wednesday (September 6) Mary White, owner of Barnbrook Realty, was recognized by the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year for 2017. Under a tent on the back patio of the Norman Rockwell Museum, an overflow crowd which included friends, colleagues, elected officials, local business leaders and family – some coming from as far away as Ireland – assembled to honor and congratulate White.
State Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli presented a Proclamation from the Massachusetts House of Representative that saluted White’s accomplishments, and the award itself was presented by last year’s honoree, Vijay Mahida, owner of Irinoula Hospitality, Inc., which manages the Hilton Garden Inn in Pittsfield and the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Great Barrington.
As explained by Dawn Stanyon, the Chamber’s Membership and Public Relations Chair, the recipients of this award are determined by a vote of the Chamber membership according to criteria that consider both business success and contributions to the community. White’s record is strong on both counts. In 1980, twenty years after moving to Great Barrington to marry and raise a family, she became a licensed Real Estate Broker. In 1984, she purchased Barnbrook Realty Corporation, which, with offices in Great Barrington and Lenox, has grown to become a leader in its field and an exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.
At the same time, she has taken on leadership roles in many community organizations: New Marlborough Planning Board for 12 years, New Marlborough Board of Appeals for 3 years, Berkshire County Board of Realtors (Board of Directors) serving as president in 1996 and again in 2001, Massachusetts Association of Realtors (Board of Directors), Construct Inc. (Board of Directors) for 12 years, the Community Development Corporation of Southern Berkshires (Board of Directors) for 8 years, the Thursday Morning Club (Board of Directors), the Fairview Hospital Gala Committee, and the Great Barrington Rotary Club (Board of Directors.) She was awarded Rotary’s distinguished Paul Harris Award in 2016. She is also active in her church.
And, as the speakers at the event confirmed, Mary White is never without a smile or a helping hand.