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Published: 2/10/2021 4:33:37 PM
Adam Quenneville named ‘Master Contractor’

SOUTH HADLEY — Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding Inc. of South Hadley is a recipient of the 2020 Master Contractor Award from Duro-Last Roofing.

The achievement places Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding in the top 23% of Duro-Last contractors, consistently installing the highest quality roofing systems in 2020, the Saginaw, Michigan-based company said.

In order to achieve this award, a contractor must have installed more than 50,000 square feet of Duro-Last roofing systems, scored in the “outstanding” category on all commercial installations, and warranted five or more commercial jobs in 2020.

Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding Inc. will receive a plaque and Master Contractor apparel bearing the Master Contractor logo, plus the recognition of being in the top 23% of Duro-Last contractors.

NEPM names senior director of development

SPRINGFIELD — New England Public Media has tapped Heather Gawron to lead its fundraising division. As senior director of development, Gawron will oversee the nonprofit media organization’s fundraising efforts, including grants, on-air fundraising campaigns, and its planned and major giving programs, contributing to the organization’s overall budget of $10 million. She will also lead NEPM’s targeted fundraising effort for programming and endowment.

Gawron has worked for a decade as a development professional, most recently at American International College, in Springfield, where she was executive director of institutional advancement. Her work with alumni yielded remarkable growth in engagement of the alumni base and landed one of the largest-ever single donations made to AIC.

Prior to AIC, Gawron worked for Alstom University, headquartered in Paris, France, and helped launch five international corporate university campuses across Europe and Asia.

New appointments
at Big Y

SPRINGFIELD — Big Y Foods Inc. has announced the following new appointments:

Brian D. Cromack of Belchertown to night manager at Southampton store; Tori Atkins of Easthampton to supply and packaging buyer at Store Support Center in Springfield; Christopher Elliot of Florence to senior manager of store design, procurement and energy at the Store Support Center; Sara M. Busch of Russell to employee services representative at South Hadley store; Jamie J. Murphy of South Hadley to employee services representative at Palmer store; Matthew R. Holmes of Springfield to frozen food and dairy manager at Amherst store; and Katie R. Letendre of Ware to bakery sales manager at Amherst store.

Easthampton woman earns faculty of the year award at STCC


When Denise “Daisy” Flaim started as an adjunct professor at Springfield Technical Community College in 2004, she couldn’t wait for the day a full-time position would open at the college.

The Easthampton woman’s opportunity to teach full time finally arrived in 2008. Hired as an English professor, Flaim focused on connecting with students to help transform their lives. She demonstrated a dedication and commitment to her craft that did not go unnoticed. STCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Geraldine de Berly recently announced Flaim was the recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award for 2019-2020.

Flaim has taught several writing and literature classes at STCC in addition to serving as chair of the Liberal Arts/General Studies Program for one year. She applies her past work experience, which included professional writing jobs.

Flaim earned her master’s degree in liberal studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and a bachelor’s degree in Honors English with a government minor from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

She lives with her husband, Tom Klitus, a videographer. They have a daughter, Jessie Klitus-Flaim, a recent Clark University graduate in Theatre Arts. Their son, Emmett Flaim, works at Emily Williston Memorial Library in Easthampton.

Maureen Sullivan Media launches new website

HOLYOKE — Maureen Sullivan, president and chief creative officer of Maureen Sullivan Media, has announced the launch of her agency’s website.

The website is the first for the marketing, media, and events business, which was founded in 2014.

Sullivan, who worked with Bill Cole of Tiger Web Design to create the website,

For past eight months, Sullivan worked on design and content for the website with Cole and Sandra Costello of Sandra Costello Photography, who took the website’s branding photos.

Sullivan’s goal for the website was to make it reflective of her business brand and personal style, while being responsive as well as easy for clients to navigate.

Hebert named
president of young
professionals group

Barbara Hebert is the new president of the Hampshire County Young Professionals for 2021.

Hebert is originally from Northampton and has worked in the Valley since graduating from Framingham State University in 2012. She has been a project manager for Common Media, a web development shop based in Greenfield, for the last six years. Hebert joined the NAYP events committee in 2015 and has been helping plan networking events since. In 2019, NAYP joined forces with the Amherst Young Professionals to co-host events on a more regular basis. The events went so well that both groups decided to officially merge, and the Hampshire County Young Professionals was born.

Hebert lives in Chicopee with her husband, Evan. She replaces Nick Stern, who will remain on the board.

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