Making News in Business, Jan. 13

  • Matt Abramovitz

  • Kevin DeRosa

  • Camille Theriaque

Published: 1/12/2022 8:12:14 PM
Modified: 1/12/2022 8:11:22 PM
UMass legend Marcus Camby, brewery partner up

SPRINGFIELD — University of Massachusetts and National Basketball Association legend Marcus Camby joins Massachusetts based White Lion Brewing Company in a strategic partnership.

White Lion currently distributes a small independent portfolio of artisan brands in Massachusetts; primarily the western part of the state. Camby’s goal is to help open new markets throughout New England and the Tri-State as well as release his own portfolio of beer brewed by White Lion.

Camby and the brewery announced their partnership at an event Thursday at White Lion Brewery.

Camby is a native of Connecticut and played three seasons for the UMass Minutemen. He was selected second overall in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.

NEPM has a new leader

The board of directors of New England Public Media (NEPM) has announced that Matt Abramovitz has been hired as the new president of NEPM.

In his role as president, Abramovitz will be responsible for leading NEPM’s efforts across radio, television, and digital media platforms, furthering its mission of serving the people of western New England by providing trustworthy journalism, cultural content, events and initiatives, educational services, and community engagement.

Abramovitz is currently vice president of programming for New York’s WQXR, one of the nation’s leading classical music stations and part of New York Public Radio. He helped launch WQXR as a public station in 2009 and served as its program director and interim general manager.

Abramovitz started his nearly three decades in media at the renowned jazz station WBGO in Newark, New Jersey. He later joined Sirius Satellite Radio, where he was a member of the original music team at launch and programmed stations for jazz, blues, and rock.

Abramovitz is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his master’s degree from Cornell University. He has served on the board of the Public Radio Program Directors Association since 2014.

Abramovitz succeeds Martin Miller, who announced his decision to retire as president of NEPM last year. Miller will continue to support NEPM by serving as an advisor to the organization in its ongoing fundraising and development efforts. Abramovitz will formally take over leadership of NEPM on Feb. 1.

Greenfield Savings names new VP

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Savings Bank has hired Kevin M. DeRosa as vice president for the Retail Distribution Network.

DeRosa will oversee the retail operations of all GSB offices and the bank’s contact center, which includes teller and customer service in the lobbies, the call center, and the teller services offered through the bank’s network of Teller Connect ATMs. Teller Connect ATMs provide GSB teller service via video.

DeRosa earned a bachelor’s in business finance and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He has graduated from the CUNA Management School as a Certified Credit Union Executive and has also earned the designation of Credit Union Compliance Expert. He has recently received a National Excellence Award from the Credit Union National Association for developing a solutions-based sales program.

He is also an adjunct professor at Vermont State Colleges and at the Community College System of New Hampshire where he has taught since 2014. DeRosa looks forward to getting involved in the communities in both Franklin and Hampshire counties.

HCC Foundation’s 4 new board members

HOLYOKE — HCC Foundation Inc., the nonprofit fundraising arm of Holyoke Community College, has added four new members to its board of directors, including three alumni.

Wendy Fox ’16, of Holyoke, is director of curriculum development for Onramp Invest, a crypto-asset management company. A graduate of HCC and the Isenberg School of Management at UMass, Fox worked with the UMass Foundation Board and UMass Alumni Board as an administrative fellow for corporate engagement at the university.

Maura Greaney ’93, of Brooklyn, New York, is director of philanthropy, development communications and special events for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Greaney has an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising, grant writing, event planning and development. A Holyoke native and the daughter of two HCC alums, Howard and Ellen Greaney, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s from UMass Boston.

Erin Godfrey, of Ludlow, is director of Odyssey House, a program of Viability, a Holyoke nonprofit that supports individuals with disabilities and other societal advantages. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Godfrey’s husband, Chris Godfrey, attended HCC through the support of the college’s veterans programs, and both were involved with the HCC Military Club while he was a student.

Camille Theriaque ’12, of Holyoke, is a licensed clinical social worker with MiraVista Behavioral Health Center in Holyoke. As a student at HCC searching for a second career, Theriaque, a retired Holyoke firefighter, received a “29 Who Shine” award from the state Dept. of Higher Education as well as a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke and a master’s degree from Smith.

The Foundation board approved the appointment of the new directors to three-year terms at its annual meeting on Dec. 7.


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