Business Briefs, Feb. 2, 2018




Thursday, February 01, 2018
Abramson-Clarke earns ‘Top Producer’ designation

GREENFIELD — Amanda Abramson-Clarke, a Realtor with Cohn & Company Real Estate Agency, has earned the company’s highest honor of Top Producer of the Year 2017.

This award recognizes her exemplary work in representing both home buyers and sellers.

A Greenfield resident, Abramson-Clarke has been an award winning agent since 2012. She earned the 2017 Platinum Award for outstanding sales and service.

Burton takes on new role

BOSTON — Mark Burton of Ashfield has been named manager of the Mortgage Partnership Finance program at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

In his new role, Burton is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of MPF, a program that enables financial institutions that are members of the FHLB Boston to sell fixed-rate mortgage loans, as well as select jumbo adjustable-rate mortgages, in the secondary market.

Burton joined FHLB Boston in 2015 as credit products manager and most recently served as vice president and secondary market sales manager.

Tierney president at Kuhn Riddle Architects

AMHERST — Aelan B. Tierney has become the third principal and the president of Kuhn Riddle Architects. Tierney joins Jonathan Salvon and Charles Roberts, who became principals in 2010 when Chris Riddle retired. John Kuhn will continue to work on selected projects.

Tierney had a lead role with the Kringle Candle flagship store and the Farm Table Restaurant project in Bernardston.

Kuhn Riddle Architects moves into the future as a woman-owned architecture firm, as Tierney now owns the majority share of the company. She will continue to work on architectural project design, while also taking on a larger role in day-to-day management of the firm, focusing on business growth and maintaining a strong connection with clients and business partners.

Other projects Tierney has played a lead role in include the Amherst Montessori School and Children First in Granby, the Olympia Oaks Multifamily affordable housing in Amherst; the PVPA Charter School Theater in South Hadley, and projects at American International College, Western New England University and Elms College.

Upton-Massamont moving Northampton office

Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, with four offices in the Pioneer Valley, is moving its Northampton office this month.

The company will relocate their Florence office to 112 Main St. in Northampton. According to a press release, “The new office will not only have the latest in real estate technology, it will be a hub for Realtors of Coldwell Banker Upton Massamont to learn and grow their businesses, a community center offering free programs for residents to learn about the ins and outs of buying and selling a home, and so much more.”

Locally owned by Christine Aubrey the other offices are in South Deerfield, Shelburne Falls and Amherst.

Big Y gives more than $209K to local breast cancer groups

SPRINGFIELD — Big Y is making donations totaling more than $209,000 to several breast cancer groups across the state. In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets donated proceeds from their October initiative “Partners of Hope” to 31 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Local centers receiving funds include La Esperanza Health Education Center and The Pink Way, both in Holyoke; and Cancer-Connection and Cooley Dickinson Women’s Health Care, both in Northampton.

Retreat’s internship program earns accreditation

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Brattleboro Retreat’s Psychology Internship Program has been awarded a full seven-year accreditation from the American Psychological Association’s  Commission on Accreditation.

“This is nothing short of national recognition for the high-quality treatment and training that takes place at the Brattleboro Retreat,” said Kurt White, the Retreat’s director of ambulatory services. “Very few APA accredited training programs are available in Vermont, and this will certainly help us attract the most qualified interns from across the U.S. to come here to train and work with us.”

The Retreat launched its psychology internship program in 2011. Since then, 14 individuals have completed the year-long commitment working 40 hours per week in various programs including the Retreat’s uniformed service program, Birches Treatment Center, and pain management program as part of their doctoral training in professional psychology.