Making News in Business

  • COLTON ANDREWS

  • JESSICA WALES

  • MICHELLE SEARS

  • KIMBERLY ZABEK

  • JARED CYHOWSKI

  • MARISHA MARKS

Published: 11/9/2020 9:03:14 AM
Building trades council electsAndrews president

HOLYOKE — Colton Andrews, 29, has been elected president of the Pioneer Valley Building Trades Council, one of the region’s largest construction labor groups.

“It is an honor and privilege to accept the position of president for the Pioneer Valley Building Trades Council,” said Andrews. “The Building Trades and the Laborers especially have been an impactful and influential part of who I am today, and I embrace the distinct privilege of serving the thousands of dedicated hardworking men and women.”

A third generation union laborer, Andrews brings 11 years of experience working in the building trades in western Massachusetts. Andrews, of North Adams, serves as business manager for Laborers Local 596, where he safeguards workers’ rights for nearly 600 union members. He also serves as an executive board member on the Western Mass Area Labor Federation and the Massachusetts Building Trades Council.

Wales new VP, branch manager, for Florence Bank

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has hired Jessica Wales of South Hadley to the position of vice president/branch manager of its Granby and Belchertown offices.

Wales received her bachelor’s degree in management from Ashworth College, and is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration in marketing there. Additionally, Wales is a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies.

Wales is a recipient of Florence Bank’s Community Support Award, recognizing employees who are active participants in community events and donate their personal and professional time to local nonprofits. She has also been recognized by BusinessWest as a member of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014.

She serves as a board member of the United Way of Hampshire County and is a member of its finance and investment committee. She also serves as a committee member of both the Western Mass Women’s Business Network and Cooley Dickinson’s Golf FORE Health.

Sears VP of finance at Neighborhood Health Plan of RI

GRANBY — Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, a not-for-profit health plan founded to serve Rhode Island’s at-risk populations, has appointed Michelle Sears vice president of finance.

In this position, Sears, of Granby, will bring over 22 years of finance and accounting experience to lead and provide oversight to Neighborhood’s finance division. Sears will also serve as the finance contact for external entities, including the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.

Before joining Neighborhood, Sears held several finance leadership positions at Health New England in Massachusetts during a 20-year tenure, most recently director of financial services and previously interim chief financial officer.

Sears has served on the board of directors as well as the executive and finance committees for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Westfield State College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Our Lady of the Elms College.

STCC adds Marks as academic staff

SPRINGFIELD — Marisha Marks of Northampton was appointed instructional designer in the Center for Online and Digital Learning at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield.

Marks has extensive experience as a faculty trainer and instructional designer having worked both in higher education and for multiple nonprofits. Marks has worked comprehensively with faculty on best practices in online and blended formats. Her experience at UMass Amherst as an instructional designer working under pressure with multiple faculty and with an increasing number of courses makes her highly suited to assist STCC in elevating its presence in the online arena.

She holds a graduate certificate from UMass Boston in instructional technology and design, a master’s in education from McGill University as well as a bachelor’s in biology and environmental science from McGill University.

Greenfield Savings promotions andassignments

GREENFIELD — Jared Cyhowski has been promoted to loan operations specialist at Greenfield Savings Bank. Cyhowski will provide residential and consumer loan servicing. He started his career at GSB in 2016 as a teller supervisor and was previously promoted to customer service representative in the bank’s call center.

He graduated from Fitchburg State University with high honors in communications and a minor in English.

Cyhowski has volunteered at community events, including Superhero Nights for Kids, where he wore a “Mario from Nintendo” costume and The Great Falls Festival in Turners Falls. He lives in Montague.

Kimberly Zabek has been appointed as the assistant manager of the Greenfield Savings Bank Hadley office. Zabek will oversee the daily operations of the office and assist customers with their banking. She joined Greenfield Savings Bank in 2011 as assistant manager in Shelburne Falls, and in 2015 was promoted to manager of the GSB call center. She was most recently assistant manager of the South Deerfield office.

An active community volunteer, Zabek has served on the board of the Friends of Children in Hadley and is a member of the South Deerfield Women’s Club. She lives in Greenfield.




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