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Bartak joins regional planning commission
SPRINGFIELD — Jaimye L. Bartak of Deerfield has joined the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission as a senior environment and land use planner.
Bartak holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She most recently worked for Cambridge Systematics at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, focusing on federal policies and programs related to high-speed rail as well as the integration of environmental planning and infrastructure development.
Previously she worked at the Livable Communities Coalition in Atlanta promoting regional smart growth policies and practices.
At PVPC, Bartak will be working on a variety of water quality, stormwater, scenic byway, land use and open space planning projects.
Credit union names Smith chief lending officer
NORTHAMPTON — Jeffrey Smith of Northampton has joined Freedom Credit Union as chief lending officer. He manages the commercial, mortgage and consumer lending activities for the credit union.
He has 30 years of lending experience in financial services and has held several senior management positions throughout his career, including his most recent position as vice president at Florence Savings Bank.
Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono and has earned his master’s degree in finance from Western New England University.
He is president of the Northampton Rotary Club and is a member of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. Smith has also been an instructor for the Center for Financial Training since 1994, teaching courses on subjects such as real estate finance, marketing, accounting and analyzing financial statements.
Lajoie joins employment law firm
NORTHAMPTON — Annie E. Lajoie has joined the management-side only labor and employment law firm Royal LLP. She will focus her practice in labor law and complex employment litigation. Lajoie counsels companies on state and federal employment laws, including employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour, disability and leave, workplace safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules, affirmative action and contract negotiations.
She also consults on employee manuals, preparing non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements and conducting management training.
Lajoie is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Western New England University School of Law.
Relationship manager joins South Hadley media firm
SOUTH HADLEY — Thomas Newton of Wilbraham has joined Allen Media Inc., 21 College St., South Hadley, as relationship manager.
He was previously vice president of marketing and operations at Point Software Inc. in East Longmeadow, regional marketing and promotions manager at Comcast Spotlight in Bloomfield, Conn., and director of marketing and promotions at Saga Communications in East Longmeadow.
New homes being marketed in Whately
WHATELY — Delap Real Estate is working with Pine Plains Estates to promote a 45-home subdivision on Long Plain Road in East Whately.
The 52-acre subdivision is being developed using low-impact principles, including leaving mature trees untouched to create privacy between lots. Construction is planned in four phases. Homes in phases one, some of which are already complete, are being marked in the $90,000 to $92,500 range. Three house lots have already been sold.
The developer is John Wroblewski and the broker is Greg Haughton.