Business Briefs, Dec. 1, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017
New president for Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley

SOUTH HADLEY — Edward Alford of South Hadley has been elected president of the 1,800-member Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley.

Alford, owner of Advanced Global Realty, will oversee the association’s activities and operations including meetings of the board of directors, and act as a liaison to the association’s various committees. He is the official spokesperson of the association on issues related to the real estate industry and the local housing market.

Other local 2018 officers and directors include Kelly Bowman of Sunderland as president-elect; and directors Peter Davies of Easthampton and Janise Fitzpatrick of Belchertown.

Organized in 1915, the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley is a professional trade organization serving Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.

RSVP awardedexpansion grant

NORTHAMPTON — RSVP of the Pioneer Valley, a regional seniors volunteer service agency, was awarded a competitive $110,000 Senior Corps expansion grant. Fifty grants were given out nationwide, and HCG received the only one in Massachusetts.

Formerly RSVP of Hampshire & Franklin Counties, RSVP will now be known as RSVP of the Pioneer Valley. RSVP began serving Hampshire County in 1973, expanded into Franklin County in 1999, and now serves Hampden County as well.

RSVP volunteers are part of a network of 600-plus people 55 and over. Staff connect individual volunteers with service opportunities.

As part of the expansion, RSVP is recruiting Hampden County partner organizations that are seeking volunteers, and hiring an additional staff member to connect volunteers with opportunities to serve in Hampden County. The volunteer coordinator will manage the recruitment, retention, and recognition of senior volunteers, with a special emphasis on Spanish-speaking volunteers and programs.

Berger joins board of ILI

NORTHAMPTON — Attorney Dan Berger, a partner in the law firm Curran & Berger of Northampton, has joined the board of directors for the International Language Institute of Massachusetts.

Berger has been an attorney at Curran & Berger since 1998, and is active in immigration matters locally and nationally. He is a founding member of the American Alliance of International Entrepreneurs, an honorary member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and the regulatory practice coordinator for the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers.

Berger is a graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School and lives in Northampton with his family.