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Published: 1/22/2018 1:06:42 PM
Family Business Center promotes Pecha Kucha Night

AMHERST — The Family Business Center of Pioneer Valley will hold its first PechaKucha Night, allowing 12 individuals to take the stage, each of them giving an inspired talk about a passion, talent or unique perspective.

PechaKucha, which is Japanese for chit-chat, is a presentation format comprised of 20 slides, each showing for 20 seconds. An entire talk is 6.67 minutes. The slides are photos, with few or no words. The center will provide coaching on building the slide deck, and giving the talk.

Members and partners of the business center are encouraged to volunteer, but this opportunity is open to any business owner or manager of a closely held Pioneer Valley company.

The event will be at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on April 17. Contact Ira Bryck for more information, at 835-0810,, or see

Freedom Credit offers more ATMs

NORTHAMPTON — Freedom Credit Union now offers its members access to over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs as part of a new partnership with Allpoint, a surcharge-free ATM network.

Allpoint Network ATMs are within Freedom’s branch footprint as well as nationwide and beyond. Complementing and expanding upon the credit union’s existing fleet of ATMs, the Allpoint surcharge-free ATM network makes cash access quick, easy and fee-free for Freedom Credit Union members.

New name, new hire for financial office

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton branch of Family Legacy Partners, led by Karen Curran and Molly Keegan, announces its company name change to Curran and Keegan Financial. The company’s office remains in Northampton.

This name better reflects a personal promise to help guide clients’ financial futures. Curran and Keegan offer a combined 22 years of service as independent financial advisors and sponsor numerous community events. Keegan is chairwoman of the Hadley Select Board, and Curran sits on the boards at Safe Passage and Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

The company is beginning its fourth year by adding a new client services associate, Kori Ferris. Ferris has 12 years of experience in higher education, most recently leading the office of financial aid at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. She lives in Greenfield.

Brewster named VP at Greenfield Bank 

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Savings Bank has promoted Tara Brewster to vice president of business development. Brewster’s position includes developing long-term strategies and outreach to perspective customers, including small business and individuals for lending and account services. She joined GSB as a business development specialist in late 2016.

Brewster is active in volunteering on the committees and boards of a wide range of community organizations.

Before joining the bank, she worked for independent small businesses and multimillion dollar companies, including seven years as a small business owner of Jackson & Connor in downtown Northampton and in a wide range of management positions.

She is a Northampton native and graduate of Smith College. She lives in Florence with her husband and two children.

Realtor Association leadership installed 

SPRINGFIELD — Edward Alford of South Hadley was installed as president of the 1,800-member Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley on Jan. 9 in the organization’s 103rd installation ceremony. Donald Thompson, the 2008 president of the Association, served as emcee for the event.

The other officers installed were Kelly Bowman of Sunderland as president-elect; Sue Drumm of Agawam as treasurer; Elias Acuna of Springfield as secretary; and Rick Sawicki of Erving as immediate past president.

The directors installed include Shawn Bowman of South Deerfield; Peter Davies of Easthampton; Janise Fitzpatrick of Belchertown; Sara Gasparrini of Wilbraham; Sharyn Jones of Longmeadow; Cheryl Malandrinos of Wilbraham; Sue Rheaume of Wilbraham; and Russell Sabadosa of East Longmeadow.

Young Professionals Society has new board member

HATFIELD — Maggie Ducheney, executive assistant at Valley Educational Associates, has recently joined the board of the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield.

Ducheney oversees the social media and marketing, fundraising, community outreach and administrative activities at Valley Educational Associates. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration and is a notary public.


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