Making news in business, May 30

Nicole Blais

Nicole Blais

Carla Cosenzi, far left, owner of Tommy Car Auto Group, recently donated appreciation gifts to nurses at Cooley Dickinson Hospital shown here and at Holyoke Medical Center.

Carla Cosenzi, far left, owner of Tommy Car Auto Group, recently donated appreciation gifts to nurses at Cooley Dickinson Hospital shown here and at Holyoke Medical Center. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Michelle Raskevitz

Michelle Raskevitz



Published: 05-29-2024 9:34 AM

Szynal inducted into business honor society

SPRINGFIELD — Hatfield resident Diana Szynal, president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, was honored with an induction as an honorary member into the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma AACSB Honor Society in April. The induction ceremony was hosted by the College of Business Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter at Western New England University.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a student can receive in an AACSB-accredited business program.

Szynal’s honorary induction acknowledges her exceptional professional achievements, leadership, and commitment to advancing business education. According to Dean of the College of Business, Sharianne Walker, Szynal was selected as an honorary inductee not only because of her rich business experience but because she has played a pivotal role in fostering economic growth, advocating for local businesses, and supporting entrepreneurship in the Springfield region.

The 2024 Beta Gamma Sigma Class featured 19 undergraduate and graduate inductees who had demonstrated requisite member levels of extraordinary achievement in academics and service. Szynal delivered the evening’s keynote address where she encouraged students to never forget the value of hard work and perseverance throughout their business careers.

Head Start leader reelected to state board of directors

SPRINGFIELD — Nicole Blais, chief executive officer of Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield Head Start, Inc. (HCS Head Start) was recently reelected to the Massachusetts Head Start Association (MHSA) board of directors and additionally will serve as treasurer.

MHSA serves as the voice of nearly 30 Head Start/Early Head Start’s across Massachusetts. The not-for-profit membership organization provides collaborative learning opportunities, leveraging partnerships, and advocating for Head Start programs.

Blais has spent most of her entire career with Head Start. Beginning in 1996 as the parent education and support specialist for HCS Head Start she was responsible for ensuring that Head Start performance standards and other regulations related to parent involvement were upheld at all times. For a decade she developed and implemented various parent and family engagement programming.

In 2012 Blais transitioned to the position of director of community engagement where she again spent almost another 10 years supporting the work of HCS Head Start.

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Blais is a lifelong resident of Springfield.

bankESB promotes Raskevitz to VP

EASTHAMPTON — bankESB recently promoted Michelle Raskevitz to vice president, learning and development.

Raskevitz, of Easthampton, joined bankESB as a teller in the bank’s College Highway office in Southampton, and is about to celebrate her 30-year work anniversary at bankESB. She has held various roles, primarily in the realm of training, and was most recently assistant vice president, learning and development.

Raskevitz obtained her associate degree in business administration from Greenfield Community College, as well as multiple diplomas and certificates from the Center for Financial Training. She also graduated with honors from The New England School for Financial Studies in 2013. She has an extensive background of community involvement and volunteer experience with organizations like Credit for Life and the Easthampton High School Council, and currently is chairperson of the executive board of directors for the Center for Financial Training.

Girls Inc. to host Women in Trades Day

HOLYOKE — Girls Inc. of the Valley will hold a Women in Trades Day on Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m., a meet-and-greet with professionals from diverse careers to help expose youth to different career opportunities that they may not be familiar with.

Youth will have the opportunity during this event to visit different trade stations and learn how they can join each particular field. The Holyoke Fire Department, Sherwood Auto Performance, and LiftTruck Parts & Service, Inc. will be joining the event, along with a variety of other professionals in different fields. This is a wonderful chance for kids to explore their interests, ask questions, and get inspired about their future.

The event will take place at Girls Inc. of the Valley headquarters, 480 Hampden St., in Holyoke.

Budget Auto Repair forms partnership with U-Haul

HADLEY — Budget Auto Repair LLC has signed with U-Haul Co. of Massachusetts and Ohio Inc. to serve as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer for the Hadley community.

Budget Auto Repair, owned by Kevin Michelson at 8 Pine Hill Road, will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pickup for boxes.

Normal business hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

U-Haul has teamed with independent dealers to offer rental equipment to do-it-yourself movers since 1945.

Cosenzi honors nurses on Nurse Appreciation Day

NORTHAMPTON — For the fifth consecutive year, the Tommy Car Auto group donated appreciation gifts to over 500 Cooley Dickinson Hospital nurses for National Nurses Day on Monday, May 6.

Chief Nursing Officer Cynthia Marlin gathered a group of nurses to accept the donation. Carla Cosenzi, owner of the Tommy Car Auto Group, says she made the donation to extend the company’s gratitude to all the incredible nurses who work tirelessly to keep us healthy and safe.

“Your dedication, compassion, and hard work are truly remarkable. Thank you for all that you do, today and every day. Your unwavering commitment to patient care does not go unnoticed,” she said.

Cosenzi says that giving back to the community isn’t just important to her, but that she sees it as essential.

The auto group also donated to nurses at Holyoke Medical Center.