Business Briefs: Begrowicz named Woman of Achievement; Main Street Hospitality gains finance VP; New chef at Allium; Berkshire Baby Box adds board members; Business Bootcamp

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By Wednesday, Aug 30 Trade and Commerce

Begrowicz named 53rd annual Woman of Achievement

Patricia Begrowicz. Photo courtesy Berkshire Business and Professional Women

Patricia Begrowicz. Photo courtesy Berkshire Business and Professional Women

Pittsfield — Berkshire Business and Professional Women has named Onyx Specialty Papers president and co-owner Patricia Begrowicz as this year’s Woman of Achievement. Begrowicz will be recognized at a dinner event celebrating National Business Women’s Week, on Monday, Oct. 16, at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

“She helped save 125 jobs when Onyx was formed and now 7 years later, Onyx employs 150 people and continues to provide career opportunities to Berkshire County residents. More importantly, she is an active member in the local business community and through her leadership roles on the Berkshire Business Roundtable and Associated Industries of Massachusetts, has raised the awareness of energy costs in the region that were going unnoticed and which are an obstacle to economic development here,“ said Onyx executive vice president and co-owner Chris Mathews.

Begrowicz currently serves on the boards of directors for AIM, PowerOptions, 1Berkshire and the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. She is also a member of BBR’s executive committee and serves on the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering Advisory Council. She actively supports local community organizations including Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Theatre Group, the Sisters of Joseph and others.

Begrowicz has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an master’s degree in pulp and paper engineering from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology. She has worked in the paper industry for over 30 years with roles in process engineering, research and development, operations, business development, and executive management.

–E.E.

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Main Street Hospitality announces new finance VP

Donald Hebert. Photo courtesy Main Street Hospitality Group

Donald Hebert. Photo courtesy Main Street Hospitality Group

Stockbridge — Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality Group, welcomes Donald Hebert, a financial manager with more than 25 years’ experience, as the company’s newly appointed vice president of finance.

Hebert is responsible for all aspects of MSHG’s financial health, management and reporting, including insurance and banking oversight and relationships. He will also lead in developing and implementing financial growth strategies across the board.

Most recently, Hebert served as the chief financial officer, director of corporate finance and treasurer for Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Prior to that he was CFO of Bowden Hospitality Management Group where he managed accounting, financial systems and back-office functions for full-service hotels. Over the span of his career, he also has served as CFO for telecommunications and aerospace firms in New England. Hebert is a graduate of the University of Maine and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Joseph’s College in Windham, Maine. He is moving to the Berkshires from Kennebunk, Maine, with his wife, Mary.

–E.E.

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Allium welcomes Berkshire native as new chef

Oliver Antunes. Photo: Angela Cardinali

Oliver Antunes. Photo: Angela Cardinali

Great Barrington — Mezze Restaurant Group has announced Oliver Antunes as the new chef at its Allium Restaurant + Bar.

A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, Antunes worked locally for several years at Rouge Restaurant and Bistro in West Stockbridge and Wheatleigh in Lenox. He then moved to Lyon and Paris, France, to pursue his culinary career and held positions of sous chef and chef de partie at Restaurant Le Bec and Restaurant Le Meurice from 2009 to 2012. His most recent experience included sous chef positions at California wine country establishments the Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena and Calistoga Ranch in Calistoga.

Antunes moved back to the area with his wife to be closer to family. As a chef with an appreciation for smaller restaurants and regional cuisine, Antunes is dedicated to the farm-to-table movement while building awareness of Berkshire food culture and an understanding of the region’s terroir. He will continue the restaurant group’s commitment to sourcing ingredients from local farmers, food makers and foragers in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Baby Box adds four board members

Dr. Claudia Gold.

Dr. Claudia Gold.

South Egremont — Berkshire Baby Box has approved the addition of four new board members: Linda Gillespie; Dr. Claudia Gold; Amie A. Hane, Ph.D.; and Jessica Provenz, who will serve as the secretary..

Gillespie has worked in early childhood education and development for 40 years. She directed an infant/toddler center for teen parents, ran parenting programs in homeless shelters, and trained early childhood professionals across the country and abroad. She is currently a trainer for the nonprofit organization Zero To Three.

Gold has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for 25 years and specializes in early childhood mental health. A faculty member at the UMass Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Program, William James College and the Brazelton Institute, Gold also works as a clinician offering parent-child consultations at Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires and as a consultant in human development at the Austen Riggs Center. She has authored several books, including the recent “The Developmental Science of Early Childhood.”

Hane is a developmental psychologist and an associate professor of psychology at Williams College, where she is a faculty member in psychology and in the neuroscience and public health programs. Hane is also the director of behavioral coding for Columbia University Medical Center’s Nurture Science Program where her research focuses on the social regulation of stress and demonstrates that quality of mother-infant interaction is associated with behavioral and physiological changes in children that persist across development.

A correspondent for Berkshire Magazine, Provenz has raised funds for area nonprofits including WAM Theatre and Berkshire Country Day School, whose development department she oversees. A two-time winner of the Lecomte du Noüy Award for emerging playwrights, Provenz is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Juilliard School.

–E.E.

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1Berkshire to hold second annual Business Bootcamp

Pittsfield — 1Berkshire has announced the return of its Business Bootcamp, now a fully formed program aimed at fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Berkshires with objective of providing participants with basic understanding of the essential elements involved in successfully starting and growing a business venture in the Berkshires.

Business Bootcamp will provide 12 workshops covering the Lean Canvas Business Plan model, legal structure, funding, marketing, pitching to investors, and extra focus on business accounting and design thinking. The three-hour workshops will be co-presented by faculty from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams paired with experienced business practitioners.

The free program open to students, entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners. The workshops will begin Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, Nov. 15. An online application form is available. For more information, contact 1Berkshire at (413) 499-1600 or info@1berkshire.com.

–E.E.


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