Business Briefs: Feb. 19, 2021




Published: 2/18/2021 1:33:52 PM
Freedom Credit Union accepting donations for ‘Gift of Warmth’ drive

SPRINGFIELD — One in seven children in Massachusetts is growing up in poverty. And amid the lasting pandemic, many families are facing increased challenges meeting basic needs.

That’s why Freedom Credit Union — which has branches across Western Massachusetts, including in Greenfield and Turners Falls — is joining other credit unions to once again support the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and its A Bed for Every Child program by participating in its 11th annual “Gift of Warmth” blanket, clothing and pajama drive this month.

“There are a lot of comforts many of us take for granted: a soft bed, a warm blanket, cozy pajamas. Sadly, there are also people — many of them children — who go without,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said in a press release. “In past years, we have accepted donations of clothing and blankets, but to keep things simpler and safer during the pandemic, we are instead requesting that our members and the community make cash donations at any of our branches this month.”

Money raised throughout February will be used to buy new blankets and clothing, including pajamas, for children in need throughout the region.

“Our members have always been generous when it comes to helping their neighbors in our community,” Welch said. “Every child deserves a good night’s sleep in a warm bed, so we are hoping to make a strong impact this year.”

FirstLight names new board chair

BURLINGTON — FirstLight Power, which has facilities in Northfield and Montague, has elected Stephan Rupert as chair of its board of directors. This follows the departure of the company’s previous board chair Phil Giudice, who is joining the Biden-Harris Administration as special assistant to the president for climate policy.

“We wish Phil great success as he brings his talent and expertise to advance the nation’s climate and clean energy leadership,” Alicia Barton, CEO of FirstLight, said in a press release. “We are fortunate to have a strong board of directors, and Stephan will provide immediate leadership as our new board chair. ... We are well positioned to play a pivotal role in the region’s transition to a decarbonized energy future through our array of regional, clean energy assets including pumped-hydro storage, battery storage, hydroelectric generation and solar generation.”

“We congratulate Phil on his new role as special assistant to the president, and thank him for his invaluable contributions to FirstLight,” Rupert said in the release. “As a longtime clean energy entrepreneur, executive and former state official, Phil will bring immense experience to the national stage, and it heartens me to know that President Biden’s administration is tapping leaders with Phil’s passion, skills and expertise to play a leading role accelerating our nation’s path to a clean energy future.”

Rupert, who has more than 20 years of experience in international mergers and acquisitions, asset management and operation, first joined FirstLight’s board of directors in 2016, according to the release. He currently serves as managing director of infrastructure investments at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) where he oversees capital investment and asset management for the Americas.

Greenfield real estate agent earns award

GREENFIELD — Corinne Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Real Estate at 116 Federal St. was recognized as a recipient of the platinum level President’s Award from the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley for 2020 sales volume. The platinum level is the highest of the four award levels given out each year by the association.

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