The Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood, which is being honored by MassEcon with a Community impact Award. Photo: David Noel Edwards

Business Briefs: Community Impact Award for Tanglewood; award for Bissell; Brien Center to honor McGraw; Geary joins Balance Rock; Fill-the-Basket campaign

Salisbury Bank’s 14 branches in Berkshire, Litchfield, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties will collect nonperishable food items, household supplies and cash donations to be distributed directly to food pantries serving each area.

Tanglewood to receive 2019 Community Impact Award

Watertown — MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, has announced that Tanglewood will receive its 2019 Community Impact Award. Employing over 1,100 in a typical year — including full-time, part-time and seasonal staff, orchestra members and extra players — Tanglewood brings more than $100 million in economic activity to the Berkshires annually.

“On behalf of everyone at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, I will be honored to accept MassEcon’s 2019 Community Impact Award, recognizing Tanglewood’s cultural and economic contribution to the Berkshire region and Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” said Mark Volpe, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Boston Symphony Orchestra President and CEO. “We hope that Tanglewood’s annual impact on the region’s economy will only increase, as we present the first-ever fall/winter/spring season programming to take place at the beautiful new Linde Center for Music and Learning, from October to June.”

Tanglewood will receive the award as part of the 16th annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Fifteen other employers, including the Berkshire Food Co-op, will be honored as Team Massachusetts Economic Impact awardees as part of the annual ceremony, which recognizes three companies from five Massachusetts regions, selected by judges based on job growth, investment and community involvement since January of 2018.


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Greylock’s John Bissell recognized as CEO of the Year

Greylock Federal Credit Union CEO John Bissell. Photo courtesy Greylock Federal Credit Union

Pittsfield — The Cooperative Credit Union Association has recognized Greylock Federal Credit Union CEO/President John Bissell as CEO of the Year. The award was presented to Bissell last week during CCUA’s annual luncheon at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, drawing participants from across the CCUA’s four-state region.

Bissell was nominated for the award by his leadership team, unbeknownst to him. Their application to the CCUA read in part, “John leads Greylock through example. His own passion for a fair and just world is evident in his actions and his words. . . . His commitment to community development, financial empowerment, service to others, and diversity and inclusion personifies the credit union ideology. His driving principles of diversity and inclusion personify the credit union ideology of people helping people.”


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Brien Center to honor Robin McGraw

Robin McGraw. Photo courtesy Brien Center

Pittsfield — On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will honor volunteer, fundraiser and philanthropist Robin McGraw of Sheffield at its annual UNICO dinner.

As founder and president of Black Rock Foundation and senior director of the Donald C. McGraw Foundation, McGraw and his family have awarded grants to support education, health care, medical research and human services at the local, state and national levels. He is a member of many boards of trustees in Berkshire County and beyond. He is a retired paramedic and pro ski patroller as well as a 25-year volunteer with the Egremont Fire Department, in which he has served as captain and medical officer. He is a deputy in the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office where he serves on the opioid task force. At the Brien Center, McGraw has focused his commitment on helping the agency expand services to those with substance use disorders.

The event is open to the public; advance reservations are appreciated. For tickets and information, contact Mary Murphy at (413) 629-1272 or


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Balance Rock Investment Group welcomes Megan Geary

Megan Geary. Photo courtesy Balance Rock Investment Group

Pittsfield — Balance Rock Investment Group has added client services administrator Megan Geary to its financial services team. In her role, Geary will work in client relations, including processing account openings and closings, maintaining client information, assisting with qualified plan processing, and working with outside representatives and business professionals to coordinate clients’ specific needs as they arise. She will also provide administrative support to the operations manager and advisors and assist with special projects.

Geary joins Balance Rock from Southern New Hampshire University, where she worked first as a student finance counselor and then as an accounts payable coordinator. Prior to SNHU, Geary served for five years as finance manager of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, where she was responsible for all accounts receivable and payable for the national organization, as well as the financial stability of over 90 subsidiary chapters. She holds a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an Master of Science in education from SNHU.


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Salisbury Bank to kick off Fill-the-Basket campaign

Lakeville, Conn. — Salisbury Bank has announced that its 12th annual Fill-the-Basket food drive to help local food pantries feed those in need has begun. During the campaign, the bank’s 14 branches in Berkshire, Litchfield, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties will collect nonperishable food items, household supplies and cash donations to be distributed directly to food pantries serving each area. Local pantries are in need of a variety of donations including canned goods, cereals, macaroni and cheese, cake mix, peanut butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and tomato sauce. Household necessities such as paper towels, diapers, shampoo and soap are also appreciated. Fill-the-Basket will run through Friday, Dec. 20.