CDCSB welcomes new board member
Great Barrington — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire has announced the addition of Thomas Doyle of Alford to its board of directors.
Doyle is co-founder and broker at Gateway Berkshire Real Estate & Services LLC and serves as treasurer/secretary on the board of Berkshire Multiple Listing Service Inc. He is the managing member of real estate development and management company TOPA Enterprises LLC. Before moving to the Berkshires with his wife, Paula, in 2012, Doyle spent 40 years working with Pershing & Company, the Chicago Board Options Exchange and Rochdale Securities in the institutional equity and options business where he served in roles from chief operating officer to co-chief executive officer. In the Berkshires, he has been actively involved in a variety of organizations including Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Grace Church.
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Berkshire Baby Box named finalist for nonprofit award
South Egremont — The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has announced that Berkshire Baby Box has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Nonprofit Excellence Awards for its success as a small nonprofit. The awards will be presented at MNN’s annual celebration of Nonprofit Awareness Day at the State House on Monday, June 5.
MNN’s independent panel of nonprofit and business leaders reviewed over 120 Excellence Award nominations that highlighted the work of nonprofits across the state and chose 26 finalists ranging from large human rights coalitions to small arts organizations. Nonprofits across the state will also be engaging in a social media campaign on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram leading up to Nonprofit Awareness Day and will use the hashtag #nonprofitsmakesense to highlight their contributions to their communities.
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Mad Macs founder completes Goldman-Sachs program
Pittsfield — Mad Macs has announced that founder and president Scott E. Kirchner has completed his scholarship in the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses entrepreneurial training program at Babson College in Wellesley, an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services.
In addition to his duties with Mad Macs, Kirchner is also a board member for 1Berkshire, Berkshire Theater Group, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. and the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Pittsfield with his wife and two daughters.
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Berkshire United Way celebrates with Live United
Pittsfield — Berkshire United Way held its Live United community celebration on Friday, April 28, at the Country Club of Pittsfield. More than 200 community members attended the breakfast event and corresponding awards ceremony that honored the organization’s volunteers.
The Robert K Agar Jr. Volunteerism Award, which honors an individual or group who represents the spirit of volunteerism in the Berkshire community, was presented to Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems.
Julie Salatino, judicial secretary in Berkshire Juvenile Court, was the recipient of the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart Award, which recognizes an individual or group of individuals who are there for those in need in the community.
Cindy Race, Lindsey Reilly and Brenda Briggs of Covestro received the JC Penney Employee Campaign Coordinator Award, which recognizes outstanding workplace campaign volunteers who help increase their companies’ participation and dollars raised.
Guest speaker Caitlin Pemble, director of agency talent acquisition and development initiatives for Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and co-chair of Berkshire United Way’s Pittsfield Promise coalition, spoke about the spirit of volunteerism and why she chooses to volunteer with Berkshire United Way.
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RBC Wealth Management promotes local financial advisors
Minneapolis — RBC Wealth Management has promoted Brooks Sherman and Matthew Chester to associate vice president – financial advisors. Additionally, Chester was recently named as branch director of RBC’s Pittsfield office. In addition to the promotions, RBC noted that, in 2016, Chester earned the educational designation of certified financial planner through the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., and Sherman earned the chartered financial analyst credential offered through the CFA Institute.