Worcester Center for Crafts Unveils Half-Million Dollar Expansion
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The facility's rejuvenation was made possible by a donation of $250,000 pledged by the Stoddard Charitable Trust and The Fletcher Foundation, which was in turn matched by Worcester State University, whose President, Barry M. Maloney, will speak at the ceremony.
“The investment partners are ensuring the viability of the Crafts Center and have set the stage for its future success and service to the community,” says Craft Center executive director Honee A. Hess. The funding was used to improve work spaces, safety, ventilation, and install new, energy-efficient kilns, among other projects.
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49. Frederick Eppinger, Grafton
The one-time college baseball player now runs one of the nation’s largest insurance companies. Under Eppinger’s leadership Hanover has continued a long tradition of community giving, which extends back to Allmerica Financial (Hanover’s most previous name) and the old State Mutual Life Assurance Company. In addition to make major donations to renovate the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts as well as Fitton Field at the College of the Holy Cross, Eppinger’s Hanover has also invested heavily in the CitySquare mixed-use development project in downtown Worcester.
48. Ralph Crowley Jr., Worcester
Crowley’s family owns Polar Beverages in Worcester, runs Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton, and is a big supporter of the local community, donating cash as well as countless cases of Polar soft drinks and seltzer waters to worthy causes. He is a trustee of the Crowley Family Foundation, with assets of $153,000.
43. Jack Wilson, Westboro
Wilson did a remarkable job of running the UMass System - in the wake of former Senate president Billy Bulger’s forced resignation, in 2003, for refusing to rat out his brother, Whitey, before a Congressional committee . Like the younger Bulger, Wilson’s departure also came under a harsh spotlight. He decided to receive his base salary of $425,000 - the same as his replacement, Bob Caret, and more than most university presidents - while taking a one-year sabbatical. Wilson also received $150,000 in deferred compensation. The UMass System board subsequently backed the payments and Wilson, who finished his sabbatical, is now the Distinguished University Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies and Innovation at UMass Lowell. His wife, Judi Wilson, is also among the Richest and Most Influential People in Central Mass.
27. Charles Koch, Milford
Koch had served as chair, president and CEO of Charter One Financial since 1995. Previously, he had been president and COO since 1980 and president and CEO since 1988. Koch has been a director of Union Security Insurance since 2005. He serves on the boards of Citizens Financial Group, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, and Home Properties. He also serves on the Board of Directors of John Carroll University and the chair of the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University.
25. Theodore Jeffcoat, Rutland
Until recently, Jeffcoat served as the COO and senior vice president of Eastern U.S. operations at Inergy as well as vice president of Inergy Gas. On October 7, Inergy Midstream, completed its merger with Crestwood Midstream Partners. The combined partnership is named Crestwood Midstream Partners and trades under the ticker CMLP on the New York Stock Exchange. In addition, Inergy, the owner of CMLP's general partner, has been renamed Crestwood Equity Partners. The NYSE ticker symbol has been changed from NRGY to CEQP. Jeffcoat has more than 20 years experience in the propane industry. He spent nine years with Star Gas Partners, where served as a vice president of operations for the East. He joined Inergy in 2004 through the Star Gas Propane acquisition.
23. Gerry Gates, Princeton
Gates has been president of American Stop Loss Insurance Brokerage Services since 2005. He joined American Stop Loss in 2002. Prior to then, he held senior strategy and marketing management positions over an 18-year period at UMass Memorial Health Care, Provident Insurance and Paul Revere Insurance.
22. Michael Cunningham, Harvard
Cunningham has practiced as a pediatric otolaryngologist since 1989, for many years at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and more recently at the Children’s Hospital Boston. He is currently otolaryngologist-in-chief of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at the Children’s Hospital Boston, and professor of otology and laryngology at the Harvard Medical School. He is the previous director of the Harvard Residency Program in Otolaryngology, and presently serves as a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education committee responsible for overseeing otolaryngology residency and fellowship training in the U.S.
21. ANTHONY AND Susan Consigli, Milford
Consigli Construction is – and, as the company states, “always will be” - a family-owned business. Founded in 1905 as a masonry contractor, Consigli has grown from its roots as a well-respected local contractor to a leading construction manager and general contractor serving clients across New England and New York. Now in its second century of operation, the company is run by the fourth generation of family ownership, President Anthony Consigli (Susan’s husband) and Vice President Matthew Consigli. They continue the legacy of the Consigli name as genuine builders who understand the construction process at a deeper level. They also provide accessible leadership to their clients and a personal commitment to the success of every project.
Budd has been senior vice president and chief development and strategy officer at Sonic since this August. He also serves as a managing director and partner of Boston Consulting Group, where he is a member of the Retail and Consumer practices. Prior to joining BCG, he held management positions in operations, marketing and finance with GE Capital.
Bartlett joined American Tower in 2009, coming from Verizon Communications, where he served as senior vice president and corporate controller. At Verizon, he was responsible for corporate-wide accounting, tax planning and compliance, SEC financial reporting, budget reporting and analysis, and capital-expenditures planning functions. He also served as both chief compliance officer and principal accountant. In more than 25 years with Verizon and its predecessor organizations, Bartlett held several leadership positions both in the U.S. and abroad. He served as president and CEO of Bell Atlantic International Wireless, responsible for all wireless activities in Latin America, Europe and Asia, and was also an area president in Verizon’s U.S. wireless business, responsible for all operational aspects in both the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. In 2013, Bartlett was appointed to the Board of Directors of Equinix, a global interconnection and data center company.
14. Ronald Sargent, Hopkinton
Sargent was elected chairman of the Staples Board of Directors in 2005 and has served as CEO since 2002. He has held a variety of leadership roles in the company. He was appointed president and COO in 1998, leading Staples' worldwide operations, retail superstores, delivery business, supply-chain management and merchandising and marketing initiatives. In 1991, he was responsible for launching Staples' delivery business. Sargent began his career at Staples in 1989 as regional vice president, leading the company's market entry in Ohio. His favorite office product: Staples’ One–Touch stapler.
Rice has been owner of Weiner and Rice since 1986 and has always worked in public accounting. He received a Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. Rice is a long-term member of the BNI Financial District Chapter. He enjoys watching Boston sports teams.
Remillard is the retired founder CEO of Commerce Insurance, which is now owned by Spain-based Mapfre Insurance. He is a trustee of the Remillard Family Foundation, with assets of $1.7 million. Remillard believes strongly in giving back to the community. His foundation has made more than $21 million in donations since 2005.
Papadellis comes from a working-class background. As he told the New York Times for a 2009 profile, “My father owned a small chain of soft-serve ice cream stands and fast-food restaurants outside of Boston. I worked in the family business from the time I was a toddler running around parking lots picking up discarded cups and utensils. Later I helped prepare food. Schoolwork came first, but almost every Saturday a parent would drive me to an eight-hour day at our store in Ashland, Mass. In middle school, I received my first lesson in take-home pay: my check was less than the $3.50 an hour I thought I was making. My father explained that Social Security and taxes were being taken out of my pay. He said the government took what it needed.”
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The always-affable Grenon is also trustee of the David R. Grenon Family Trust, with assets of $1.9 million, Since 2011, the trust has donated more than $100,000 to a wide range of community endeavors, including Assumption College, the Diocese of Worcester’s Adopt A Student program, and UMass Memorial Foundation.
Mastrangelo joined CNC Software in 2005, the company was only a few years out of start-up mode. Founded in1993, CNC Software is one of the oldest companies in the PC-based CAD/CAM industry. The company was built on the concept of providing an inexpensive PC-based CAM system at a time when most other systems were expensive CAD-oriented products. CNC Software was one of the first companies to introduce CAD/CAM software designed for both the machinist and the engineer, providing a practical solution to both markets. While the original version of Mastercam focused on two-dimensional CAM, it was also one of the first micro-based CAM packages to include CAD capabilities. With Mastercam, the engineer could construct his or her own parts quickly and easily as well as machine them, for an affordable price.
In 2008, Raytheon tapped Michael Hoeffler to run its evaluation team on key military and other programs. Hoeffler replaced Charles 'Ed' Franklin, who retired from Raytheon after 10 years with the company. In his role, Hoeffler reports directly to Raytheon's chair and CEO, William Swanson. Hoeffler is responsible for conducting independent evaluations on a wide variety of critical issues and programs, helping his evaluation team to disseminate best practices and drive process improvements across the company. Previously, Hoeffler served as vice president of Future Naval Capability for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, where he was responsible for managing the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer program. Since joining Raytheon as an engineer in 1969, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of Raytheon's worldwide air traffic management business. Under his leadership, Raytheon became the No. 1 provider of air-traffic control systems throughout the world. He also served as the lead for IDS strategic planning and as a program manager for several of military, commercial and international programs.
As the 14th employee of EMC, which was founded in 1979, Heiser is passionate about perpetuating the company’s history and culture with employees. He has held his current position at EMC’s RSA security division since 2011. He reports to Art Coviello, executive vice president, EMC and executive chair of RSA, and to Pat Gelsinger, president and CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure Products. With 3,000 employees worldwide, more than 30,000 customers, and more than 25 years in the industry, RSA is the acknowledged leader in information security and a vital component of EMC’s strategy to help customers store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. In his role as president, Heiser oversees all aspects of RSA’s business operations, including worldwide sales and services, channel strategy, product development, marketing, strategic business and financial initiatives, IT, and technical support. He joined RSA in 2008 as senior vice president of global customer operations and was promoted to COO in 2010.
Goss joined Bain Capital in 2001 as managing director and CFO. In 2004, he was also named COO, a role he held until 2011. Today, he is focused exclusively on the firm’s investor-relations efforts. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Goss was EVP and CFO of Digitas, a rapidly growing, worldwide Internet professional-services firm, which he helped take public in 2000. Prior to Digitas, he was EVP, CFO, and a member of the board of directors of Playtex Products. Goss was a senior associate at Bain Capital from 1987 to 1989.
Factor, a Clark University graduate, has a hugely challenging job at TJX. His job is to keep the off-price retail giant’s enterprise architecture – corporate speak for a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization - and running smoothly and well. He must be doing a great job. TJX is ranked 119 in the most recent Fortune 500, and is the No. 2 top-performing company in the latest Boston Globe 100 ranking of the top businesses in New England. As the Globe reported, TJX earned the second highest spot on the list “thanks to impressive business growth last year.” The company, which operates TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods, among other business units, boosted sales by 12 percent, to $25.9 billion. Profits jumped by about 30 percent, to $1.9 billion.
??. David “Duddie” Massad
Duddie has come a long way since his lower-class upbringing on Worcester’s East Side. This year, Massad’s bank, the largest in Central Mass. continued to grow in assets, when Commerce Bank & Trust bought Boston-based Mercantile Capital and its subsidiary, Mercantile Bank & Trust, for $26.5 million. The deal gives Commerce Bank a physical presence in Boston. Commerce Bank now has combined assets of $1.6 billion, with 16 retail banking offices serving people and businesses across central and eastern Mass., including three offices in the Boston metro area.
Not bad for a guy who, in his teens, was a barker at the old White City Amusement Park in Shrewsbury. And, who continued to scrape his way up from the economic bottom, operating the old Webster Square Cinema, with Abbie Hoffman as his manager. And, who made it rich with car dealerships: Duddie Ford in Westboro, which is now a Herb Chambers dealership; and Diamond Chevrolet, which began in Worcester and relocated to Auburn in recent years.
In the last few years, Duddie has been quite generous in giving back to his beloved community. In 2005, he donated $12.5 million for the new Emergency and Trauma Center at UMass Memorial Health Care's Lake Avenue campus in Worcester. The center bears his name. The Duddie Massad Emergency and Trauma Center. Proudly for him, it’s located across Route 9 from where he shouted out to potential amusement-park patrons.
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