, Newburyport, MA


July 12, 2011

Business briefs


Macintosh joins Bob Brandt & Associates

Deborah Macintosh has joined the financial services team of Bob Brandt & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. located in Newburyport.

As an associate financial advisor with the team, Macintosh works directly with clients to implement their financial plans, service their accounts, and make adjustments as their goals and needs change over time.

Macintosh brings more than 10 years of financial services experience to her new position. Previously, she worked for Infinex Investments, at the Institution for Savings, as a financial advisor and director of investment operations. There, Macintosh developed and oversaw individual investment plans for 250 clients and developed policies to ensure the bank was compliant with investment regulations. She also worked as a financial advisor with Smith Barney/Citigroup (now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney) in Danvers, where she built a strong client base and worked directly with clients to provide personal service and investment programs to meet individual client goals.

Macintosh is a member of the board of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society. She and her husband, Alan, live in Newburyport.

To learn more about Bob Brandt & Associates, visit their website at

Plum Island man named dealership sales manager

Dennis Pietro of Plum Island has been hired as sales manager at Jaffarian Automotive Group, a family-owned, full-service dealership. In the position, Pietro is responsible for managing and training the sales team and maintaining Jaffarian's high level of customer service throughout its sales operations. He comes to Jaffarian with 11 years of sales experience at dealerships, with nine of them in management.

Institution for Savings donates to Ipswich YMCA Early Education Center

The Institution for Savings, through its 2 Depot Square Ipswich Charitable Foundation, has donated $250,000 towards the construction of a new state-of-the-art YMCA Early Education Center set to open later this summer as part of the Powder House Village facility on County Road in Ipswich. The new center is part of a 50,000-square-foot complex that will also house 48 affordable housing units and a full-service Institution for Savings banking office. The YMCA's preschool will take up residence in half of the space while its afterschool program will take the other.

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