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Published: 4/28/2021 1:26:20 PM
Florence Bank names Gilbert as VP

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has appointed Douglas Gilbert of Agawam to the position of vice president/commercial lending.

Gilbert comes to Florence Bank with more than 27 years of banking experience, most recently at Country Bank, where he served as first vice president and team leader in the Commercial Lending Department. His duties there included managing the commercial lending team and an extensive loan portfolio. His experience also includes serving as vice president and head of commercial lending at Easthampton Savings Bank and as assistant vice president in commercial lending at Westfield Bank.

Gilbert is a certified public accountant who earned an undergraduate degree from Westfield State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Connecticut. He also serves on the board of the Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation.

Hampshire Power expands energy services

EASTHAMPTON — Hampshire Power Corporation (HPC) recently received approval to expand its community energy services to clients in Rhode Island, Maine and New York. 

Hampshire Power says it is unique because it can communicate directly with utilities to monitor customers’ energy usage in real-time to mitigate risks of default and attrition and provide clients with impactful data. The core of Hampshire Power’s service is its focus on stable and reliable commercial and industrial customers across multiple industries.

Hampshire Power is an energy management firm and retail energy supplier. For more information on Hampshire Power, visit or contact Stephen Condon at

HG&E earns national clean energy recognition

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) has been recognized as one of a handful of utilities nationwide for its leadership in transforming to a carbon-free energy system by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and is on the 2021 Utility Transformation Leaderboard.

This is a significant recognition and only 10 utilities were cited for their leadership in carbon reduction.

According to SEPA, the transformation requires much more than clean energy generation. The national organization launched the inaugural Utility Transformation Challenge to make a comprehensive, honest assessment of U.S. electric utilities’ progress toward a modern, carbon-free energy system.

SEPA conducted and analyzed multiple surveys designed to measure meaningful progress across multiple dimensions of utility infrastructure, programs, strategy and operations. Survey responses were received from 135 individual utilities, representing more than 83 million customer accounts, or approximately 63% of all U.S. electric customer accounts. The report examines the utility industry’s transition to a clean and modern energy system by exploring four dimensions of utility transformation: Clean Energy Resources, Corporate Leadership, Modern Grid Enablement, and Aligned Actions and Engagement.

James Lavelle, Manager of Holyoke Gas & Electric, said he was grateful for the recognition, noting that Massachusetts has established a road map to net-zero by 2050 and HG&E is well positioned to meeting this target, as well as the incremental targets set for 2030 and 2040. The municipal utility has a large and growing renewable portfolio with 94% of electricity coming from carbon-free resources in 2019.

Formed in 1902, HG&E is a municipally-owned utility company providing electricity, natural gas, and telecommunication services to over 18,000 customers.

Monadnock Media announces change in leadership

HATFIELD — Monadnock Media’s board of directors has approved Alan Hoff to succeed Steven Bressler as executive director. Bressler will continue at Monadnock as creative director and founder.

“The Board has been impressed not only with Alan’s skills managing the business side of Monadnock, but also with his understanding of Monadnock’s unique culture,” said David Glassberg, president of the board of directors.

Hoff was one of Monadnock’s early employees, working for the company from 1991 to 1996. He left to pursue a career in software development, holding management positions at Avid Technology, Cinedeck, and SeaChange International. He returned to Monadnock in 2019 as managing director.

Bressler began Monadnock Media in 1980. During his 41 years of leadership, the company has designed and produced award-winning multimedia experiences for major museums across the country, including the FDR Presidential Library, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Boston Museum of Science, the Choctaw Cultural Center, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. Several years ago the company began focusing on projects that highlight marginalized histories and promote social justice. Currently, Monadnock is working on the renovation of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Civil Rights Memorial Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

“Museums are becoming more engaged with their communities and social issues. From its founding, Monadnock has sought to inspire visitors to consider issues differently. This is now more vital than ever. I’m excited and honored to continue this mission,” said Hoff.

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