Making News in Business, Sept. 30

  • Fort Hill Collision in Amherst.

  • William Dziura


Published: 9/29/2021 11:27:33 AM
Masshire job fair Oct. 6

Masshire Franklin Hampshire Career Center will host a virtual job fair on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. At the job fair, propspective job seekers can chat about opportunities with regional companies that have dozens of job openings right now.

No-cost training opportunities may be available for qualified candidates. To learn more and pre-register for this virtual event, go to for instructions.

Junior Achievement hires
new development director

SPRINGFIELD — Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts is announcing the hire of a new development director, William Dziura. A resident of Deerfield, Dziura will work to plan and evaluate fundraising campaigns and activities, secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations and develop further relationships with the community.

Dziura earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from The College of Our Lady of the Elms and a master’s degree in English literature from Trinity College. Most recently, he held the position of director of annual giving at Elms, while simultaneously working as an adjunct professor. Prior to his career in fundraising, he worked as an eighth grade English teacher at Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke; and director of student engagement and leadership at Elms College.

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts was founded in Springfield in 1919. Today more than 13,000 students in grades K–12 in western Mass. participate in its programs annually. For more information, visit

Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau taps Tucker

GREENFIELD — Michael E. Tucker, chief executive officer of Greenfield Cooperative Bank, has been appointed by the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to its Community Bank Advisory Council.

In this role, Tucker and his fellow committee members will advise bureau leadership on a broad range of consumer financial issues and emerging market trends. This appointment is for a two-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2021. During this period he will also continue in his role as a director of GCB.

The Community Bank Advisory Council advises and consults with the CFPB on consumer financial issues related to community banks. Advisory committee members have a broad level of expertise across the range of issues under the Bureau’s jurisdiction. Mr. Tucker brings a wealth of experience to serve in this role, having served as CEO of GCB since 2002, as a director and audit chairperson of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 2014 to 2020, and a director and statewide chair of the Massachusetts Bankers Association from 2008 to 2014.

Mr. Tucker is a graduate of Holy Cross College, and received his legal degrees from Western New England University School of Law and Master of Law in Banking Law (LLM) from Boston University School of Law. He is also an honors graduate of the Massachusetts Bankers School for Financial Studies and the Graduate School of Banking at Fairfield University.

He is admitted before the Massachusetts and Federal bars and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He and his wife Janet live in Easthampton.

Fort Hill Collision earns certification

AMHERST — Fort Hill Collision Services of Amherst is now a certified collision repair shop, which ensures customers that their collision repairs will adhere to the latest industry quality and safety standards.

This new certification guarantees that collision repairs will be performed according to the manufacturer’s repair protocol by a properly trained and qualified technician, using the correct tools and equipment for the job.

This certification was provided by Assured Performance Collision Care of Aliso Viejo, California, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that promotes automotive safety within the collision care industry.

The automotive collision repair certification process is rigorous; less than 5% of all body shops in the U.S. are able to meet the stringent requirements imposed by the manufacturers to ensure quality and safety in their repairs.

The Dowd Agencies acquires Wilcox Insurance Agency

HOLYOKE — The Dowd Agencies has acquired the Wilcox Insurance Agency, founded in 1923, and have merged their operations and will now be known as Wilcox-Dowd Insurance.

This acquisition adds two more branches in Westfield and Feeding Hills, expanding Dowd’s locations throughout the Pioneer Valley to eight offices.

Wilcox Insurance Agency was founded as Westfield Mutual Insurance Agency in 1923 by Raymond Wilcox who was eventually joined by son Malcolm, grandson Scott and great-grandson Robert, who now leads the agency under The Dowd Agencies umbrella.

The Dowd Agencies, including Dowd Financial Services and Dowd Wealth Management, serves people and businesses in western Massachusetts with personal insurance, commercial insurance, employee benefits and financial needs. Established in Holyoke in 1898 by James J. Dowd, The Dowd Agencies has locations in Hadley and Southampton in Hampshire County.


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