Business briefs, Sept. 8, 2017



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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Tim Rice joins Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors in South Deerfield

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Tim Rice has joined Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors (CBUMR) as a full-time independent sales associate working out of the South Deerfield office.

Rice was the head of Rice Oil Co. for 25 years, and a past president of the YMCA of Greenfield. During his tenure with Rice Oil, Rice developed a chain of 21 convenience stores, purchased and consolidated 6 heating companies, managed their wholesale and commercial fuels, and oversaw their very successful packaged ice business. Tim is bringing this extraordinary business experience to successfully help the residents of the Pioneer Valley buy, sell or lease.

“We’re happy to have Tim on our team,” said Christine Aubrey, owner/broker of Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors. “He is one of the most respected businessmen in our region. We welcome him as a Realtor with our residential company as well as a commercial agent with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Commercial.”

For more information on these technologies or to speak with Tim about buying or selling a home or a commercial property, contact him at Tim.Rice@cbumr.com or 413-834-0622.

Cooperative Banks promote 2

GREENFIELD — Two employees at Greenfield Greenfield Cooperative Bank. were recently promoted.

Michael Tucker, president & CEO announced the following promotions of Jessica W. Laporte to administrative officer and Anthony J. Worden to senior vice president — commercial loans.

Laporte has been with the bank since 2013 and in her new role she is primarily responsible for directing the bank’s Bank Secrecy Act and fraud monitoring efforts. She has over 16 years banking experience and is currently completing her Bachelor’s of Science from Southern New Hampshire University. Jessica is based in the bank’s King Street, Northampton office. She lives in Belchertown.

Worden has been with Greenfield Co-operative Bank since 2009. He will be primarily responsible for the management of the bank’s commercial lending efforts. Worden has over 18 years of commercial lending and credit analysis experience. He received his B.A. and MBA degrees from UMass-Amherst and is a graduate of the Banking School at the Wharton School of Business. He resides in Greenfield.

Northampton Chamber conducting survey

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey asking about the business and community issues.

The chamber is working on a strategic plan as the organization approaches its 100th anniversary. “They’re determined to reach that milestone with a vision for supporting our local economy and our community in the best way possible — and differently than they do now,” according to a press release.

The survey can be reached at http://bit.ly/2gOvpYk. The deadline is Sept. 8.

Business After Hours at Apex Orchards set for Sept. 19

SHELBURNE FALLS — Join the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. for a beautiful evening of networking at Apex Orchards’ Farm Store on Peckville Road in Shelburne.

Enjoy refreshments on the patio with a spectacular tri-state view. Plus, there will be a Q&A with Apex Orchards’ Owner/Operator, Tim Smith. The cost of Business After Hours event is $5 for GSFABA members and $8 for nonmembers. RSVP in advance at 413-625- 2526 or info@shelburnefalls.com.

Webber & Grinnell makes Springfield Chamber’s list

NORTHAMPTON — Webber & Grinnell will be amongst local businesses and nonprofits to be honored at its annual “Super 60” awards ceremony to be held at Chez Josef in Agawam on Oct. 27, the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced.

Webber & Grinnell is a regional insurance broker, locally owned since 1849.

The “Super 60” awards program, now in its 28th year, recognizes 30 local companies and institutions with the highest revenue and 30 local companies or institutions with the fastest-growing revenue for a total of “Super 60” winners.