Thrive lands at The Landing for seaside after hours in Marblehead
(Aug. 18. 2021) The Chamber's new Thrive initiative enjoyed a night out by the sea Aug. 18 as The Landing in Marblehead Harbor hosted the group for an After Hours flavored with fresh, local fare; refreshing cocktails and lively conversation. The Landing's General Manager Robert Simonelli and Executive Chef Alex Pineda showcased the restaurant's new branding and creative cuisine as the Thrive Planning Committee announced the group's plans for monthly events beginning in September built around the group's mission of empowering women to succeed professionally and personally. Tickets for Thrive's official kickoff luncheon on Sept. 9 at Spinelli's in Lynnfield — featuring guest speaker Virginia Buckingham of Marblehead, the former head of MassPort at the time of 9/11 — are on sale now. Click here for tickets: web.northshorechamber.org/events/Thrive-Kickoff-Luncheon-with-Virginia-Buckingham-11/details.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett highlights youth, substance abuse initiatives at Chamber Public Policy Breakfast
Aug. 17. 2021) Police chiefs from across the North Shore joined the region's business community and local and state officials as the North Shore Chamber welcomed Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett as guest speaker for its Public Policy Breakfast Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Hawthorne Hotel in downtown Salem. Blodgett offered an insider's perspective on the role of the modern-day Prosecutor, while sharing his pioneering work with drug diversion and at-risk youths. The Peabody native who is now in his fifth term upholding justice in Essex County also shared his thoughts on calls to defund police departments and the rise today in gun permit applications. Thank you to District Attorney Blodgett; our host, Michael Harrington and the Hawthorne Hotel; and our sponsor, Brad Small of Solomon Private Wealth, for a great morning and a well-received program.
Networking under the Tidewater Tent at The Essex Room at Woodman's of Essex
(Aug. 13, 2021) What a terrific night networking under the Tidewater Tent at the Essex Room at Woodman's of Essex. We were thrilled to have such a great crowd join us for the hottest night of the summer! Thank you to Maureen Woodman, Lauren Sweet and the entire team at Woodman's for hosting us and keeping us well hydrated and fed and to our newest Chamber member — Chococoa Baking Company of Newburyport and Julie Ganong — for sending us home with their renowned whoopie pies. Don't miss our After Hours next week at The Landing in Marblehead on Wednesday, Aug. 18, from 5-7 p.m. We invite men and women to come learn more about Thrive — the Chamber's new initiative to empower women to success. Click here to register: https://web.northshorechamber.org/.../Thrive.../details
Are you prepared for a cyberattack? — A recap of the Chamber's Aug. 4 Cybersecurity Business Insight Breakfast Forum
(Aug. 9, 2021) Three experts in the field of cybersecurity shared their strategies and recommendations for positioning your business in the face of growing data breaches and attacks at the Chamber's Business Insight Breakfast Forum on Aug. 4 at Blue Ocean Event Center at Salisbury Beach. The featured speakers — Mack Barber, vice president of business development for DayStar; Abigail Kilgore, senior vice president of client relationships for USI Insurance Services; and Jeff Lauria, partner/vice president of technology for iCorps Technologies — provided an overview on critical steps companies should be taking to guard against attack and to be best positioned to recover if one should occur. The program was sponsored by iCorps Technologies and DayStar. Sorry you missed the forum? The Chamber plans to revisit the topic at a Business Insight Breakfast Forum on Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Danversport in Danvers. Stay tuned for more details.
North Shore Chamber joins state economic development officials, local leaders in Salem for small business and downtown roundtable
(Aug. 5, 2021) Karen Andreas, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the challenges facing local businesses post-COVID-19 during a roundtable discussion led by Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll at The Hotel Salem in downtown Salem on Thursday, Aug. 5. Kennealy and his team were in Salem for the latest stop on his statewide small business and downtown conversation tour. Following a walking tour of downtown Salem businesses, including Oak + Moss gift shop, Rockafellas and Coon's Card and Gift, Kennealy led a discussion on the state's economic recovery efforts and what's being done to help communities and businesses rebound following the pandemic. Andreas outlined four bullet points that are among the priorities for Chamber members — a call for no more mandatory COVID-19 shutdowns, easier reporting methods for employers to notify of workers' refusal to return to jobs, relief from rising unemployment insurance costs, and more formalized opportunities to assist businesses in funding paid internships. North Shore Chamber board member George Carey, owner of Sea Level and Finz restaurants in Salem and Newburyport, along with representatives of Red's Sandwich Shop and Coffee Time Bake Shop spoke out on the ongoing labor shortage in addition to the escalating costs on goods along with the supply issues that they are facing. Also joining in the roundtable were Sen. Joan Lovely; representatives of Salem Main Streets, Destination Salem, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Salem Planning Department; as well as Larry Andrews of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
Announcing the Chamber's 2021 Diamond Award honorees (Aug. 3, 2021) The North Shore Chamber of Commerce has named six outstanding women of influence and leadership in the region as its inaugural Diamond Award recipients. The Chamber received numerous nominations highlighting a diverse group of extraordinary women business leaders and role models for the 2021 awards. Six women who demonstrate a commitment and passion for leading with purpose, empowering women, serving others and making an impact were ultimately chosen. They are:
Judy Cranney, vice president and chief operating officer of Care Dimensions
Laura Kurzrok, community advocate and retired executive director of Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
Hannah Ginley, chief people officer of Windover Construction
Nancy Palmer, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northeast Hospital Corporation, which operates Beverly and Addison Gilbert, Gloucester hospitals
Jo Ann Simons, president and chief executive officer of Northeast Arc
Sara Stanley, executive director of Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC)
The Diamond Awards Review Committee included Alan Berry, president, C.P. Berry Homes; MaryAnn “Mo” Levasseur, president, Profile Research, Inc.; William Luster, president, Charing Cross Realty Trust; Karen Andreas, president and chief executive officer of the North Shore Chamber; and Sonya Vartabedian, communications director of the North Shore Chamber. The North Shore Chamber will honor its Diamond Award recipients at a breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Kernwood Country Club in Salem. The public is invited. Tickets are $45 for Chamber members and $65 for nonmembers. In addition, breakfast sponsorships are available. Visit here for tickets and more information: web.northshorechamber.org/events/Sept-21-Diamond-Awards-Breakfast-29/details. The Diamond Award honorees will also be spotlighted in the September 2021 issue of the Chamber's Impact Magazine. Celebrate their achievements with a congratulatory ad in Impact Magazine by contacting Cheryl Begin, Director of Sales & Marketing, at 978-774-8565, ext. 101, or email@example.com.
Enjoying a glorious Summer After Hours at Gloucester's Beauport Hotel
(July 27, 2021) A crowd of more than 75 enjoyed a picture-perfect night connecting with business colleagues on Tuesday, July 27, as the North Shore Chamber celebrated a return to its After-Hours Networking Events at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester. Guests enjoyed great conversation and impeccable hospitality while soaking in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic from the Beauport's oceanside terrace. Thank you to Jeanne Hennessey and the team at Beauport and all who attended for a memorable evening.
North Shore Chamber celebrates a well-played 2021 Golf Outing
July 19, 2021 More than 130 golfers hit the links at Ipswich Country Club on Monday, July 19, for one of the North Shore Chamber’s most successful Golf Outings. The day featured competitive play (with a tiebreaker among four teams for third place); sought-after raffles for Red Sox tickets, overnight stays and more; exclusive swag bags, a delicious dinner, and an all-around good time.
Congratulations to our winners: First Place TD Bank: Derek Davoli, Wyatt Hogan, Bob Marshall and David Litchfield Second Place People’s United Bank: Dave Eidle, Ron Valentine, Mike Ponchak and Andrew McInnis Third Place The Resource Connection: Janet Santa Anna, Margaret Macrillo, Cyndi Brierley and Virginia Silver Men’s Closest to the Pin Bob Villella, with North Shore Bank team Women’s Closest to the Pin Mary Anne Clancy, Institution for Savings Men’s Longest Drive Gary Patten, with Jason Hutchinson Financial Advisor team Women’s Longest Drive Tina Paulsen, Newburyport Bank
A huge thank you to our sponsors: Exclusive Eagle Sponsor North Shore Bank Birdie Sponsors Meridian Associates C.P. Berry Homes People’s United Bank Lunch Sponsors Institution for Savings Groom Construction Longest Drive Sponsor REV Kitchen and Bar Closest to the Pin Sponsor DMS Design LLC Hole Sponsors Cape Ann Savings Bank Coastal Windows & Exteriors
Thank you also to the numerous companies that donated golf prizes, raffle prizes and items for this year’s swag bags, including People’s United Bank, TD Bank, Salem Five Bank, USI Insurance, Solomon Private Wealth, the Beauport Hotel, Cataldo Ambulance, Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Hampton Inn Salem, Boston Peabody Marriott Hotel, Sheraton Four Points Wakefield, Cabot Lodge in Beverly, Coastal Windows, Landing Restaurant in Marblehead, Burton’s Grill and REV Kitchen and Bar. We are grateful to Ipswich Country Club, along with golf pro Dave Lazarakis and events director Melissa Nolet and their team, for hosting us on this wonderful day. And we applaud all of our golfers, who happily endured a little rain before the skies cleared to ensure a hole-in-one event! Click here to view more photos from the tournament.
The Chamber hosts U.S. Rep. Moulton for Public Policy Breakfast (July 14, 2021) U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton focused on what he sees as the top three priorities facing the nation — transportation, mental health and defense — as he addressed 100-plus members of the area business community at The Chamber's Public Policy Breakfast Forum on Wednesday, July 14, at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.
Laurie King, left, Care Dimensions’ first Walk for Hospice participant of 2021, was supported by her daughter Kaitlyn in April for her first-ever 10K run.
Care Dimensions holding virtual Walk for Hospice July 14, 2021 Care Dimensions, the largest Massachusetts provider of hospice and palliative care for adults and children, has opened registration for the 34th annual Walk for Hospice. The annual fundraiser that benefits patients, their families and their caregivers will once again be held virtually, allowing participants to individualize their walks before the Sept. 19 deadline. “This year, it’s easier than ever to be a walker, donor and fundraiser, and the timing and the design of your walk is all up to you,” Vice President of Philanthropy Donna Deveau said. “We invite you to personalize your Walk for Hospice by mapping out the activity and the route that is as meaningful for you as your support is meaningful for us.” The fundraiser will culminate with a virtual celebration Sept. 19 that will be viewable online. For assistance registering or donating, call 978-223-9787. Visit www.CareDimensions.org/Walk to register, start a team, join a team or donate.
$10M TD Bank loan to help empower students with special needs July 6, 2021 TD Bank's New England Education, Not-for-Profit and Government Finance Group has closed a $10 million loan that will help empower students with special needs. The loan will go directly to the private, nonprofit Cotting School in Lexington for the enhancement and expansion of its facilities. Cotting focuses on educating children with special needs and aims to help them achieve their highest potential and level of independence. The school currently has 110 students, ranging from ages 3 to 22, from Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. "TD Bank is pleased to support an inspiring school, whose mission is aligned with our own organization's commitment to diversity and inclusion and furthering the advancement of individuals with diverse abilities," said Daniel F. Shimkus Jr., Commercial Regional Group Manager for TD's Education, Not-for-Profit and Government Finance Group. "By using this funding to expand and renovate its facilities, the Cotting School will continue to provide a supportive and positive environment where students with special needs can grow and develop." The funding will be used to partially finance the construction of a 25,000-square-foot addition, which will include a full-size gymnasium, two candlepin bowling lanes, a fully accessible climbing wall and academic space. The remainder will be financed with fundraising proceeds. The deal was closed by Aubrey Theall, Senior Relationship Manager, TD Bank. To learn more, visit www.td.com/us.
Jim Rudolph named a Massachusetts 'Go To Lawyer'
Jim Rudolph, managing partner of Rudolph Friedmann LLP, has been named a Massachusetts Go To Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The “Go To Lawyer” award recognizes the top business lawyers across the Commonwealth and highlights lawye rs who are experts in their field. Attorneys were nominated by their clients and colleagues for their expertise in business law, including signature accomplishments, representative cases and professional distinctions and chosen by a panel from Lawyers Weekly. A member of The Chamber's board of directors, Rudolph maintains offices in both Boston and Marblehead. For years, he has provided advice and counsel to businesses throughout Massachusetts, helping clients navigate challenges and achieve their goals. Rudolph has helped numerous clients with their most complex business matters, “bet-the-company” cases, and counseling on day-to-day issues. His skills are enhanced by his years of leadership in many of the Commonwealth’s business and philanthropic communities, where he has built deep relationships with a diverse group of leaders.
Salem Five adds new commercial bankers to lending division
Salem Five added a new team within its Commercial and Industrial Lending Division, hiring three new commercial bankers in June 2021 to further the division’s growth and serve businesses. The team will be led by John Rogers, a senior vice president with more than 30 years of experience helping individuals and businesses. The other team members are Joseph Bonavita, a vice president with 25 years of experience; and Gregory Carroll, a vice president with more than 10 years of experience. “Serving C&I customers is a priority at Salem Five and we’re excited to have John, Joe and Greg here to help us maintain and further that objective,” said Kevin Rourke, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Salem Five. “We believe their background will help us serve our existing clients, while bringing new businesses to the bank.” The team is located in the bank’s Georgetown office building, which also houses professionals with expertise in cash management and insurance, among other services provided by the bank to its customers. Rogers has been a commercial banker and private banker in the Boston market for more than 30 years and was most recently a commercial lender at Brookline Bank and, before that, Santander Bank. He is a graduate of Roger Williams University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also earned a master’s degree in Finance from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Bonavita has worked in variety of commercial banking positions at both Bank of America and Citizens Bank. He is a graduate of Bentley College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Carroll has also held a variety of commercial banking positions at Eastern Bank and Brookline Bank and is also a graduate of Bentley, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance.
North Shore Music's Nascembeni welcomed back to the spotlight
North Shore Music Theatre General Manager Karen Nascembeni's "magical" reunion with her theater friends in New York City last month was captured as part of The Wall Street Journal's poignant The Great American Reunion series. Nascembeni, who lost her husband, Steven, to COVID-19 in March 2020 while simultaneously battling the coronavirus herself, was surprised by friends as she was welcomed back to New York City for the first time in 15 months with a party at Don't Tell Mama NYC. The evening included a celebration of Steven Nascembeni's life, as well as a celebration of Karen's strength and resilience. View the Wall Street Journal piece: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-great-american-reunion-covid-reopen-vaccine-summer-11622375755