Making news: People in Valley business
Bank names new marketing director
NORTHAMPTON — Monica S. Curhan recently was named senior vice president and marketing director for Florence Savings Bank.
Curhan joined the bank in June, having worked previously at Citizens Union Savings Bank in Fall River. She attended Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. Curhan also holds the certified financial marketing professional designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C.
She is a member of the New England Financial Marketing Association and the Harland North East Users Group.
Amherst fair to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters
AMHERST — The Amherst Town Common will come alive Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County hosts its 33rd annual Amherst Crafts on the Common. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine.
The fair showcases jewelry, ceramics, furniture and more for sale from more than 100 juried artisans.
New this year, the fair will also include a variety of children’s activities. Families can come and enjoy balloon entertainment provided by Ed Popielarczyk, face painting and glitter tattoos with The Happy Face Painter, and inflatable fun from Party Patrol Rentals. Music will be provided by Stewart James and the Memphis Flyers, Who da Funk It, Larry DuLong, SPF4, Lisa Martin and Al Fuller.
The fair will also feature a silent auction and a sale of more than 6,000 gently used children’s books.
Food will be available from local restaurants, including Paradise of India, Great Wall, The Bistro Box, Carol’s Original Kettle Korn, White Hut, and Flayvors of Cook Farms.
The fair is sponsored by Lia Honda of Northampton and Lia Toyota of Northampton (of the Lia Auto Group), Florence Savings Bank, Pioneer Valley Saab, Hart & Patterson Financial Services, and Betterliving Patio & Sunrooms of the Pioneer Valley.
Professionals group partners with food bank
WHATELY — The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Northampton Area Young Professionals have teamed up to fight local hunger.
NAYP is a membership-based organization founded to develop and enhance opportunities for the next generation of the area’s business leaders.
The Food Bank is pleased to be this month’s featured nonprofit at NAYP’s networking event on July 10 at the North Country Garden Center. This event will be the first joint networking social with the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce.
NAYP members will also volunteering at the Food Bank on July 17.
UMass dean named distinguished professor
AMHERST — Tim Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed a Distinguished Professor following approval by the UMass Board of Trustees.
Anderson was recommended for the honor by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Provost James V. Staros, who cited his “stellar record as one of the entire field of chemical engineering’s most outstanding researchers, teachers, and university citizens.” Anderson joined UMass Amherst in March after 35 years on the faculty of the University of Florida, where he was appointed a Distinguished Professor in 2008. An elected fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Engineering Education, Anderson also directed the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, which was created by statute to promote collaboration among the state’s 11 public universities and conduct energy research, education, outreach and technology commercialization. Anderson’s research focuses on electronic materials processing and on what is known as thin film deposition of materials, primarily by chemical vapor deposition. He holds nine patents and is the author or co-author of several books and book chapters and more than 225 scientific papers and journal articles.