SOUTH HADLEY – Greenfield Cooperative Bank will be hosting a Fall Festival at its South Hadley branch, located at 487 Newton St., on Saturday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We’ve been looking forward to hosting a celebration like this since we opened last January,” said Courtney Huxley, Branch Manager at South Hadley, “and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone. ”
According to a press release from the Greenfield Cooperative Bank, a Northampton Bicycle volunteer will be at the bank to perform free bicycle safety checks, and there will be two designs for Cannondale bikes with helmets.
Additionally, attendees can get a pumpkin at Millstone Farm, get their face painted, or donate pantry items to Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The South Hadley Fire Department will provide gifts for children and safety information, and balloons, popcorn, apple cider and a variety of other snacks will be available.
GREENFIELD – Shannon Martineau has joined the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (CDC) as Director of Finance. She will be based in the organization’s office at 324 Wells St.
“We are extremely delighted that such a dedicated and experienced person is joining our team,” John Waite, executive director of the Franklin County CDC, said in a press release. “Shannon will help grow our programs to reach even more entrepreneurs and small businesses in the West Mainland. “
Martineau has over 15 years of retail banking and nonprofit experience, most recently as the Money Matters Program Coordinator for Community Action Pioneer Valley. According to the release, the Montague native hopes to make a difference in the lives of others by using her background in financial accounting, tax law, grant writing, small business counseling and organizational leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
ATHOL – The Athol Savings Bank recently announced the promotion of four employees.
■ Alice Sibley, who has been with Athol Savings Bank since 2002, has been appointed Vice President of Business Development.
■ Kim Drudi has also been appointed Vice President of Business Development. She has worked for Athol Savings Bank since 1978.
■ Jennifer McLaughlin, who has been with the bank since 2013, has been appointed Assistant Vice President – Head of Financial Services. She will oversee the Gardner and Ashburnham offices, as well as manage the bank’s high performance chequing account program.
■ Tabitha Fournier has also been appointed assistant vice-president – responsible for financial services. Fournier has been with the bank since 2008 and currently oversees the main office service center in Athol. Over the next few months, she will also oversee the Winchendon office.
GREENFIELD – Michael E. Tucker, CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, has been appointed by the Federal Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection to its Advisory Board of Community Banks.
In this role, Tucker and his fellow advisers will advise the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on a wide range of consumer financial issues and emerging market trends, according to a press release from the Greenfield Cooperative Bank. This appointment is for a two-year term starting October 1.
Tucker, a resident of Easthampton, has served as CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank since 2002, as Director and Audit Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 2014 to 2020, and as Director and Chairman at Scale of the State of the Massachusetts Bankers Association from 2008 to 2014, the release said.
SPRING FIELD – Western Massachusetts Start-ups hired William Dziura, a Deerfield resident, as the new director of development.
Dziura will plan and evaluate fundraising campaigns and activities; obtain donations from individuals, foundations and businesses; and developing relationships with the community, according to a press release from Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts.
“We are delighted that William is joining our team,” said Jennifer Connolly, president of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, in the statement. “We offer our programs free of charge to schools and community groups, which means our fundraising efforts are critical to our success, making this position a vital role within our organization. I believe that with his unique background and experience in education and giving, William will do very well in this role. “
Most recently, Dziura was Director of Annual Giving at Elms College, while simultaneously working as an Assistant Professor. Prior to his fundraising career, he was an eighth grade English teacher at Mater Dolorosa Catholic School in Holyoke and director of student engagement and leadership at Elms College, the statement said.
“I am delighted to help Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts realize a bold 21st century vision for the benefit of children and young adults in Western Massachusetts,” Dziura said in the statement. “We owe it to today’s students to provide comprehensive training in labor market preparation, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. “
FirstLight Power, an energy generation and storage company with facilities in Northfield and Montague, has selected Stephen Pike as vice president and general counsel.
Pike joins FirstLight after serving as CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) for six years. According to a press release from FirstLight, he will be part of the company’s management team and will report to President and CEO Alicia Barton, assuming the role of Marc Silver, who recently announced his retirement.
“I am incredibly happy to welcome Steve to our growing management team. Steve brings a rare combination of in-depth legal expertise and extensive leadership experience in the clean energy sector that will be a significant asset to FirstLight as we advance our mission of decarbonizing the regional power grid, ”said Barton said in the statement. “I also want to recognize and thank Marc Silver for his many years of service and contributions to building FirstLight.”
According to the release, Pike brings more than eight years of experience in the clean energy industry, as well as more than a decade as an outside general counsel for private and publicly traded companies, advising on matters of transaction, commercial and operational.
“I am delighted to join FirstLight at a time of dynamic change and opportunity in the electricity delivery industry,” Pike said in the statement. “FirstLight’s vision to decarbonize the electricity grid and develop a clean, reliable, affordable and fair electricity system is a natural continuation of the goals I have pursued in the public sector over the past eight years. ”