, Newburyport, MA

July 26, 2011

Business briefs

Dixon executive chef at Loretta restaurant

Kip Dixon has been named executive chef at Loretta Restaurant. For the past year, he served as evening chef. Having grown up in Mobile, Ala., he brings a distinct Southern flair to his cooking. "Kip is an inventive chef who merges French, Cajun and Caribbean flavors with locally sourced New England ingredients," said Ted Epstein, owner of Loretta. "He's got an incredible range, from comfort food with a twist to signature dishes. We are thrilled to have him at the helm." Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Loretta has 47 seats and offers convenient online ordering for take-out food.

QSC Group announces certification

Bill Goss, president and senior consultant of Quality Systems Consulting Group (QSC Group), Amesbury, announced that the company is now certified to the International Standard for Quality Management, ISO 9001:2008. This certifies that QSC Group has all the processes in place to ensure the highest level of service and quality, as well as total customer satisfaction. QSC Group assists organizations of all types and sizes with the various ISO and other standards such as 9001, 13485, 14001, 19770-1, 27001, AS9100C and the FDA GMP. Goss can be reached at or 978-766-4164.

Chances at Lenair Self(s) Healing Center

The Lenair Self(s) Healing Center, with offices in Massachusetts and Vermont, has changed the name and scope of its services based on the evolution of the work of its founder, Rhonda Lenair. What was once called a Specialized Program is now called the Self(s) Healing Experience (SHE).

Lenair, a self-described prophet, luminary, healer and medical intuitive, opened her first healing center in 1987 in Peabody.

SHE is a way to become one with your highest power, attain instant enlightenment and the sanctity of inner peace; it has produced for over 21/2 decades for people worldwide that have effortlessly outgrown their self-sabotaging behaviors and out-of-control thoughts without any pain, withdrawals, treatments, therapies, meetings or side-effects. These issues include excessive drinking, smoking, eating disorders, as well as anxiety, stress, relationship issues and more.

SHE is now conducted in-person with three private sessions over a two-day period. SHE via phone is also available in a 20-minute private session. The Lenair Self(s) Healing Center is accepting new clients at its Newbury location. A free introduction SHE will take place on Sunday, July 31. Call 888-412-8392 or email to make a reservation. For more information, visit the website at

New leadership at tourism bureau

For almost six decades, the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau has been the active promoter of Boston's North Shore area in marketing the region as a tourist destination to domestic and international travelers. Created in 1955, it is one of 16 regional tourist councils in Massachusetts, which works directly with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

Starting Aug. 1, Sue Ann Pearson, a native of Newburyport, will be the new executive director for the organization. She has been active as the executive director for the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Summer Music Series for the past four years.

Pearson brings more than 20 years of experience to the position throughout companies on the North Shore; she has worked as director of marketing for the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, at the Crane Estate as publics programs and events manager, at Montserrat College of Art as the associate director of annual giving and special events and at the North Shore Music Theatre as the audience services member.

The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau offices are located at the Maria Miles Visitor Center on I-95 southbound, Exit 60 in Salisbury. The NBCVB website is, and Pearson can be reached at 978-465-6555.

Rochester Electronics will Supplier Excellence Award

Rochester Electronics, the world's largest authorized manufacturer and distributor of end-of-life and mature semiconductors, recently received, for the second consecutive year, the Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Rochester received the award at a recognition ceremony held at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover on April 13. Raytheon recognizes its suppliers based on three important factors: on-time delivery measures, sustained performance on quality, and commitment to continuous process and quality improvement.

"To be recognized as a high-quality semiconductor supplier with exceptional customer service by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems is an honor for Rochester Electronics," said George Karalias, director of marketing and communications at Rochester Electronics. "Receiving the Supplier Excellence Award is further evidence of customer satisfaction resulting from dedication to delivering authorized, high-performance end-of-life and mature semiconductor products in a timely manner."

Worldwide corporate headquarters are located at 16 Malcolm Hoyt Drive, Newburyport. Sales offices are also located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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