NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

March 6, 2012

Business News in Brief


Newburyport resident named to Realtors' post

Kevin Wallace, a Realtor with Stone Ridge Properties in Newburyport, has been appointed communications/technology focus-area vice president for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors.

As vice president for communications/technology, Wallace is responsible for coordinating the initiatives of the MAR business plan relative to the association's communications and technology programs.

In addition, he will act as a liaison between leadership and all MAR work groups formed for communications and/or technology programs. He automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of his appointment as a focus area vice president.

Wallace was the legal affairs/member benefits vice president and member of the Executive Committee in 2011. A MAR director since 2007, he was a member of the Business Development Committee for several years and was the committee's chairman in 2010. Wallace was also a member of the Electronic Forms Sub-Committee in 2010.

On the local level, Wallace was the 2011 president of the North Shore Association of Realtors, where he also served on the Business Planning and Nominating Committees. He was the president of the Greater Newburyport Board of Realtors in 2007.

A Realtor since 2001, Wallace has earned his certified buyer representative professional real estate designation and received his loss-mitigation certification.

Sloan Consortium names Ives as COO

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of individuals, institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, announced an important leadership change. Board of directors president Meg Benke announced the promotion of associate director Kathleen Ives to chief operating officer for the organization.

In her current role as associate director, Ives directed the launch of Sloan-C's highly successful workshops, as well as other certificate programs and many other Sloan-C initiatives, including the establishment of the Sloan-C Institute.

She has extensive management and marketing experience. Previously she served as executive vice president and COO of The Kelsey Group, a market research and consulting firm specializing in online local media and mobile advertising, and was managing director of Electronic Services at Verizon. Ives holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix and teaches online.

Ives has worked in online technology for more than 20 years.

Parents Information Night at Our Secret Garden in Newbury

Our Secret Garden indoor/outdoor Nursery and Preschool invites parents, educators and the community to OSG's first Parents Information Night on Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 20 High Road, Newbury. The event is open to the public.

For more information about Parents Information Night or the school, contact 978-465-7070, or visit www.oursecretgardenfpcn.org.

To schedule an interview with the Rev. Nancy Haverington, contact her at 978-465-5597 or via email at ministernancy@aol.com.

Funeral homes renew affiliation with Lofty Oaks

Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Homes of Amesbury, Merrimac and Haverhill and the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Funeral Home of Newburyport have renewed their affiliation with Lofty Oaks Association, a N.H. organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in Massachusetts.

The firms arrange to have a tree planted for each service performed to provide a living memorial to honor the deceased and to renew the forest life of Massachusetts.

The memorial trees are planted in the spring and fall.

After each service, close family members and friends are informed that the memorial tree has been arranged for by Paul C. Rogers Jr. of the Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Homes & Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Funeral Home. When the tree has been planted, the designated people will receive a certificate of planting suitable for framing and keeping in the family's history.

Open House at Rowley Children's Center March 22

Rowley Children's Center will hold an open house on Thursday, March 22, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at 383 Main St.

The Rowley Children's Center is a developmentally appropriate private preschool. RCC offers a caring and nurturing environment, low child to teacher ratios and individualized attention. Lunch Buddies and Extended Day are available. For more information, call Nancy Garland-Wren at 978-948-7929 or email therowleychildrenscenter@yahoo.com.

Parents Information Night at Our Secret Garden

Our Secret Garden indoor/outdoor Nursery and Preschool invites parents, educators and the community to OSG's first Parents Information Night on Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 20 High Road, Newbury. The event is open to the public.

For more information about Parents Information Night or the school, contact 978-465-7070, or visit www.oursecretgardenfpcn.org.

To schedule an interview with the Rev. Nancy Haverington, contact her at 978-465-5597 or via email at ministernancy@aol.com.

Seminar on LinkedIn

Have you ever said to yourself, "I'm on LinkedIn but I don't really know how to use it. I don't get much out of it." You've heard all about Linked In, but how do you really use it to maximize its benefits? Do you use LinkedIn for your business? In this seminar you will learn how to create a winning profile so that potential new clients and customers will find you faster as well as how you can find and nurture leads. You will also learn how employers use it to search for potential employees and how you can best utilize it if you are looking for your next career opportunity. Hear from the dynamic Saundra Lee, CEO/President at Dubin & Lee, LLC, who will share her secrets and expertise on how to use the power of Linked In actively, not passively.

The seminar is sponsored by Dolan Financial Services and will be held at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Wednesday, March 21. Check-in and coffee begins at 7:30 a.m. Presentation runs from 8 to 10 a.m. Admission is $20 for chamber members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Patty St. John at 978-462-6680 X14 or visit http://business.newburyportchamber.org/events/details/linkedin-educational-seminar-how-to-use-it-effectively.

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