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Monday, March 12, 2018
Realtor Association honors members

SPRINGFIELD — The general membership meeting of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley took place Feb. 15 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

A total of 72 real estate agents were recognized with a President’s Award. The Newcomer Award and Young Professional’s Network Innovation Award were also presented. Five new Realtor and affiliate members were inducted into membership.

Books were collected to be donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children honoring the association’s long-term commitment to the hospital.

Carter new director at Viability Inc.

NORTHAMPTON —​​​​​​ Vernon Carter has been appointed as director of diversity inclusion and employee engagement, a new position at Viability Inc.

He is responsible for evaluating the current state of Viability’s employee demographics and recruitment needs to help determine where the agency needs to develop a more inclusive work force. His will act as an employee liaison, assisting in identifying staff training needs, recognizing emerging leaders within the agency and helping to establish career paths.

United Personnel wins best of staffing

SPRINGFIELD — United Personnel, a staffing firm serving Massachusetts and Connecticut, has won Inavero’s 2018 Best Of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to clients and job seekers.

Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the employees they have helped find jobs.

United Personnel received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from a significant amount of both clients and candidates placed in jobs, resulting in the recognition. Less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada have earned these awards.

Bonzagni joins Bulkley Richardson 

SPRINGFIELD — Intellectual property attorney Mary Bonzagni recently joined Bulkley Richardson as a partner.

Her work involves prosecuting, defending and licensing patents for a variety of inventions, as well as challenging the patentability of both pre- and post-grant patents in a number of countries throughout the world.

In-depth experience as a chemist has equipped her with a unique perspective and allows her to provide clients with both a legal and scientific strategy. Bonzagni also advises businesses on strategic aspects of trademark, copyright and trade secret protection.

Bulkley Richardson, with offices in Springfield and Amherst, has provided legal services to local and national clients for nearly a century.

Anytime Fitness has new location

NORTHAMPTON — Anytime Fitness is open for fitness at 135 King St. For membership information, call or email the gym at 570- 7070 or NorthamtonMA@anytimefitness.com. Membership at one Anytime Fitness club gives members access to more than 3,000 clubs worldwide at no extra charge.

Nationwide, the average Anytime Fitness club has about 800 members. The gyms are staffed roughly nine hours a day, but members can access the club whenever they like using a computerized key-fob system.

Nominations sought for service award

SPRINGFIELD — The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts is seeking nominations from throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties for the Pynchon Award, which recognizes citizens who with distinguished service to the community.

The Order of William Pynchon was established by the Advertising Club in 1915 to recognize and encourage individuals whose lives and achievements typified the ideals of promoting citizenship and the building of a better community in western Massachusetts.

Past recipients include war heroes, social activists, teachers, volunteers, philanthropists, historians, clergy, physicians, journalists, public servants, and business leaders.

To nominate an individual, submit a one-page letter explaining why the nominee should be considered. Include biographical information, outstanding accomplishments, examples of service to the community, organizations he or she is or has been active in, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of at least three people who can further attest to the nominee’s eligibility for induction into the Order of William Pynchon.

All nominees will be considered and researched by Pynchon trustees. Nominations must be submitted by March 30 to: William Pynchon Trustees, Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, P.O. Box 1022, West Springfield, MA 01090-1022, or by e-mail to info@adclubwm.org.