, Newburyport, MA

November 22, 2011

Business News in Brief

Amesbury Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

Business leaders and residents attended the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation's 14th annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Amesbury Sports Park. Secretary Gregory Bialecki, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, delivered the keynote address at the dinner and business meeting.

Accepting her second term as chairwoman of the board of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Anne Bonaventura of The Provident Bank, began by recognizing former executive director Bill Piercey and thanking him for his leadership and many accomplishments over just nine months. She added that a search to find a replacement is under way. She then gave an overview of the chamber's past accomplishments and future goals, acknowledging the organization's challenges and its successes.

Bonaventura highlighted new and continuing initiatives, including developing creative ways to draw shoppers to retail businesses; building on the success of the Fall Business Expo to connect members with each other and residents; and creating industrial and nonprofit committees to share resources and best practices on their unique business challenges.

Board Treasurer Paul Gagliardi presented Bonaventura with the Board Member of the Year Award for her dedication and numerous hours spent on behalf of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce over the past year.

During the business meeting, the following individuals were elected as officers of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation, the Alliance Charitable Foundation, and Amesbury Industrial Foundation for a period of one year: Anne Bonaventura, The Provident Bank, chairwoman; Barbra Vogel, Ovedia Artisan Chocolate, vice chair; Paul Gagliardi, Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, treasurer — Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation/Alliance Charitable Foundation; Rick Bartley, Bartley Machine Company, treasurer — Amesbury Industrial Foundation; and Tom Streep, Edward Jones, clerk/corporate secretary. Serving three-year terms as members of the corporations are: Wayne Barbaro, Amesbury Chair Company; Anne Bonaventura, Barbra Vogel; and Dave Mansfield, The Provident Bank. Serving a two-year term is Paul Gagliardi; and serving a one-year term is Peter Corrigan, Shaheen Bros.

State Rep. Mike Costello introduced keynote speaker, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki. Bialecki highlighted projects in Amesbury that highlight his and the governor's commitment to supporting growth and development in the commonwealth, including a recent $1.25 million state grant for the Lower Millyard renovation project.

Bennett to speak at college Nov. 29

On Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m., Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, N.H., features Jacalyn E.S. Bennett, president and founder of Bennett and Company sharing an inspiring story of how she became one of the country's top designers building a business and successful 30-year career that spans all aspects of the apparel industry and demonstrates a commitment to human rights and social consciousness. For info and to register ahead:

Elder Services ranked in top 100 small places to work

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. (Elder Services) is proud to announce being ranked one of the top 100 small places to work in the Boston Globe's 2011 Top Places to Work in Massachusetts listing. This is the second year Elder Services has received this recognition, the agency's standing moving up the list to 16 out of 100 small businesses. The ranking was published on November 6, in a supplement to the Sunday Boston Globe.

The Boston Globe engaged WorkplaceDynamics, specialists in employee engagement and retention, to survey employees anonymously at 237 participating companies, receiving completed surveys from 73,813 individuals. To compile the ranking, each employer was measured according to six factors: direction, execution, managers, career, conditions, and pay and benefits.

Elder Services prides itself on creating an open, accepting and diverse work place; allowing for growth and achievements at all levels. It is an honor for the staff to anonymously report positive and encouraging feedback about their work experience for a second year in a row. For the past 37 years Elder Services has worked to create a parallel work environment to the services and support we offer elders in the Merrimack Valley.

Shaheen Bros., Inc. announces recent new hires

Shaheen Bros., Inc. recently welcomed two new employees to their Amesbury office. Mark S. Desiderio will be serving as a buyer in the purchasing department. He brings to this position over 20 years of experience in the culinary arts and restaurant fields as well as five years of service in the U.S. Navy. Desiderio also earned his certificate in culinary arts from the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts in St. Augustine, Fl. In his new position, he will be responsible for purchasing various lines and assisting with marketing and inventory control. Desiderio is a resident of Fremont, NH.

Craig Grabowski is the newest member of the Shaheen Bros. sales team. He also brings to this position many years of professional experience rising through the ranks of the industry from line cook at La Cirque in New York to hotel manager in Maine to executive chef in an independent restaurant in New Hampshire. Most recently, Grabowski and his wife operated the Lovin Spoonfull Catering and Café© in Deerfield, NH, where they were known for their involvement in the local community. Each Thanksgiving, with the help of local donations, they provided a free dinner for those in need. Grabowski will be serving operators in the Southern New Hampshire area.

Women's luncheon Nov. 29

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced that a special women's luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Ristorante Molise. Members and nonmembers are invited to network and share in the story "Living Our Legacy" of guest speaker Dr. Russette M. Lyons. Ristorante Molise is at 1 Market Square, across from the Provident Bank. To register, visit Admission for members is $25, nonmembers 35. This event is sponsored by Charlene K. Dolan, CFP AIF of Dolan Financial Services.

AeroShot Pure Energy names Mechanica as first agency of record

AeroShot Pure Energy, a revolutionary new brand that delivers consumers an on-demand airborne shot of instant energy, has named Mechanica as its first agency of record, according to Ted Nelson, chief executive officer of the independent brand development firm. The account was awarded after a regional review and billings were not disclosed.

The highly anticipated retail launch is expected in Boston and New York City in January 2012.

AeroShot is the first product from Breathable Foods, Inc, an independent spin off of Paris based ArtScience Labs, which launched in 2010 and established an office in Cambridge, MA., in 2011. ArtScience Labs is a network of labs that combine the sciences and arts to create breakthrough products founded by Harvard Professor David Edwards.

Working with AeroShot's CEO, Tom Hadfield, Mechanica will create a full suite of marketing and brand experience programs including, brand strategy, naming, design, packaging, brand ID, creative, website development, sales, retail and trade marketing support in addition to social media, public relations and sampling/experiential/campus ambassador programs.

New work will appear as part of the product launch in 2012 and Mechanica will handle media planning and buying chores as well. Currently, the pre-launch site is live and free sample codes are available for redemption and request.

PCI Synthesis announces successful FDA inspection

PCI Synthesis, Inc. (, a 12-year-old custom chemical manufacturer of new chemical entities (NCEs), generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and other specialty chemical products, announced the successful completion of its eighth FDA inspection of the company's commercial manufacturing site in Newburyport.

Additionally, PCI received its sixth product pre-approval; with that pre-approval, PCI's partner expects to launch a new drug in 2012. Over the past year, PCI launched five new proprietary APIs in the laboratory for the generic and OTC markets with exclusive supply agreements, exceeding its goal of four per year.

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center announces organizational changes

The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, an organization working to stop domestic violence and assist abuse victims, announced that Jay McGovern has been chosen as its new director of development. McGovern assumed the post on Nov. 21, vacated by Elaine Cohen, who is retiring after serving for five years heading up the organization's development initiatives.

McGovern is a Newburyport resident and last served as the chief development officer for Boston MedFlight, and prior to that, he was vice president of development for Special Olympics Massachusetts. Having earned an MSW from Boston College, McGovern has served as a senior development officer for several nonprofits, including Children's Hospital Boston, Hallmark Health, Lawrence General Hospital and Anna Jaques Hospital, where he was vice president of Development twice, for a combined total of 14 years. At the Crisis Center, McGovern will be responsible for managing all aspects of the organization's fundraising, donor relations and community outreach efforts.

Each year, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center provides free support, counseling and education services to about 1,300 victims of domestic violence, including 150 children. The organization provides help through its 24-hour hotline, one-on-one counseling, emergency shelter, legal and court advocacy, community outreach programs and increasingly, it is viewed as a national leader in its successful efforts to identify those most at risk of being murdered and preventing that from happening.

Open house at Our Secret Garden

Our Secret Garden Nursery and Preschool, along with the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will host an open house, ribbon-cutting event, and wine and cheese celebration on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 20 High Rd. Our Secret Garden is an all-inclusive school providing children 2 to 5 years of age with a unique, nature-based curriculum and learning experience. All are welcome to attend this event. Call Anne Wilt at 978-462-6680 ext. 13 to make a reservation, or visit for more information.

Coffman contributes to examination questions

Dallas W. Coffman, CLU¬Æ, ChFC¬Æ, EA, CFP¬Æ serves as a subject matter expert for Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP¬Æ Certification Examination. On Sept. 14-15, Coffman participated in an Item-Writing Workshop in San Diego, Calif., which focused on writing examination questions targeting the job tasks that define the work of the Certified Financial Planner™ professional.

The job tasks were identified and verified through an extensive Job Analysis Survey of CFP® practitioners conducted in 2009 by CFP Board. A Job Analysis Study is conducted approximately every five years and serves as the basis for the development of the blueprint for the CFP® Certification Examination.

Coffman grew up in Newburyport and graduated NHS Class of 1975, Bentley College Class of 1979 and has lived in North Reading since 2001. He is also a branch manager with LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. He founded Whitman Financial Services, LLC in 1983 and has been located in Wakefield ever since. His office is at 382 Lowell St., Suite 203, and he can be reached at 781-246-0902 or via email at

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