On the Job/Business Briefs, Feb. 16, 2018




Thursday, February 15, 2018
Oakes, Stacy complete credit union certificate program for Franklin First

GREENFIELD — Rachel Oakes, loan officer, and Holly Stacy, teller, with Franklin First Federal Credit Union have both successfully completed the Credit Union National Association financial counseling certification program, earning the titles of Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors.

Franklin First will now begin offering financial education, counseling, and credit building loan products to help their membership. “Our goal is to help educate, support and empower those who are in need so that we may help build a better, stronger and more resilient local community,” said Oakes. 

This certification initiative was a joint effort between Franklin First and Greylock Federal Credit Union. Greylock helped in development efforts with Franklin First’s financial and community outreach programs, and paid for the both Oakes and Stacy to complete the certification course.  Franklin First President/CEO, Michelle Dwyer said, “We were overjoyed and thankful at the graciousness of John Bissell (Greylock FCU, CEO) and the Greylock team in helping us get our program up and moving. They really embraced the cooperative spirit, saw that we wanted to make an impact in our community, and really gave us the guidance and tools to do that.”

Tractor Supply stores donate pet food

The Tractor Supply Co. stores in Greenfield and Orange are donating 20 bags of pet food, apiece, to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption.

“More often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption,” said Robert Ryczek, manager of the Greenfield Tractor Supply store. “Our goal at Tractor Supply is to do our part in helping adoption efforts in our community because we know that pets are more than just dogs and cats, they are family.”

The Greenfield store presented the pet food donation to the Dakin Humane Society in Leverett, while the Orange location made its pet food donation to the Sterling Animal Shelter.

New worker-owners at PV Squared

GREENFIELD — PV Squared, a worker-owned cooperative and Certified B-Corp solar installation company located in Greenfield, has added five new worker-owners to the ownership team.

The new worker-owners — Daniel Berry, Daniel Gomez, Doug Dedischew, Elliot Henry, and Ian Tapscott — have worked at PV Squared for at least two years before being promoted to worker-owner. PV Squared started with four co-owners in 2002 and has since grown to 44 employees, 24 of whom are worker-owners.

“​One of our founding principles is that we are stronger together, and as such, we’re excited to see the shared leadership and ownership of our business grow,​” said Andy Toomjian, a member of the design and sales team.

Murphy joins Bacon Wilson

Meaghan E. Murphy has joined the firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C., as an associate attorney. She is a member of the firm’s litigation department, where her practice is focused on labor and employment law.

Murphy is a graduate of the Western New England University School of Law, and received her B.A. from Amherst College. Meaghan works primarily from Bacon Wilson’s Springfield location, and is licensed to practice in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. The firm’s offices are located in Springfield, Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, and Westfield.

UMass Five president to retire

HADLEY — UMassFive College Federal Credit Union President and CEO Katherine Hutchinson has announced her plan to retire once the board of directors selects a new leader, which it expects to have in place no later than the third quarter, 2018.

“We are grateful for Kathy’s leadership and all that she has done in her 42 years of service to our members,” said Robert Harrison, chairman of the board of directors, said in a press release. “We wish Kathy all the best in her upcoming and well-deserved retirement.”

Hutchinson has been the credit union’s president and chief executive officer since January 1997. She joined UMassFive College Federal Credit Union in 1975 as a part-time teller.

“I am grateful to have spent 42 years serving the members of UMassFive College Federal Credit Union, and deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead it for the last twenty. I am very proud of what my UMassFive colleagues have accomplished together during two decades of both successes and challenges,” said Hutchinson. “The work we have done together gives me great confidence about the credit union’s future success.”

Sipitkowski joins Upton-Massamont

NORTHAMPTON — Lynn Sipitkowski has recently joined Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors in a new Main Street office as a Realtor.

Sipitkowski has a background in the legal secretarial sciences, mortgage lending services, is a licensed massachusetts appraiser and has a real estate brokers license. She has been a Realtor since 1980 and will receive an award for her long term membership in the Realtors Association of the Pioneer Valley.