Business briefs, Oct. 27, 2017


Thursday, October 26, 2017
Banker joins Greenfield Co-op

Mark C. Zacek has joined the GCB Financial Services division of Greenfield Cooperative Bank as a wealth management advisor, according to Michael Tucker, the bank’s president.

Zacek has over five years’ experience in financial services. Before transitioning to financial services, he worked as an engineer and business manager with Monsanto and Cytec for about 23 years. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors as well as the Amherst and Northampton Chambers of Commerce.

Tucker stated of Zacek, “Mark is dedicated to working with his clients on wealth management and plans to help attain the full and satisfying retirement they desire. His expertise in long term care is just one of the tools used to work toward those goals.” Zacek is based at the 67 King St. office of Northampton Cooperative Bank, a division of Greenfield Cooperative Bank. He is a graduate of Montana State University and lives with his family in Amherst.​​​​​​

Athol Hobby Lobby wants to open
in January

ATHOL — Construction is underway on a new Hobby Lobby store at 223 Reservoir Drive.

The Athol store is projected to open in early January. The location will join Hobby Lobby’s stores in Holyoke and Seekonk. According to a press release from the company based in Oklahoma City, Okla., “the location will bring about 35 to 50 jobs to the community paying $15.70 per hour for full-time and $11 per hour for part-time associates.”

“We’re tremendously excited about becoming a part of the Athol community,” said Kelly Black, director of advertising for Hobby Lobby.​​​​​​

CHD gets Freedom Credit Union

Freedom Credit Union recently made a $1,000 donation to the Disability Resources Program of CHD, a nonprofit social service agency that serves western Mass.

The money will be used to improve access for children and adults to age-appropriate social, emotional and physical opportunities through adaptive sports and recreation, according to the credit union and CHD.