People in Business: July 12, 2021 edition


Beth ward has joined MGM Springfield as head of community affairs, MGM announced on Wednesday.

Ward will be the primary media contact for the billion dollar resort casino and she will be involved in social responsibility initiatives including philanthropy, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

An award-winning journalist, Ward brings more than 30 years of experience, having most recently worked for Western Mass News, where she reported and anchored the evening news, MGM said. Ward left Western Mass News in September.

Ward said she would continue to host the high school quiz show “As Schools Match Wits” on NEPM-TV, Channel 57, for its 14th season.

Ward holds a BA from Western New England University.

She began her television news career as a producer for the morning news on WFSB-TV, Channel 3, in Hartford, before moving to WWLP-TV, Channel 22, in Springfield, in the mid-1980s. Four years ago, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked as a reporter and presenter at CNN and then at local stations.

Ward and her family returned to Massachusetts after six years, and she spent the next 10 years at the WGGB as a news anchor. She left the news in 2004 to start her own public relations and consulting business. She returned to abc40, now known as Western Mass News, in 2016.


Louis & Clark Pharmacy in Springfield, an independent pharmacy since 1965, appointed Kara james its president.

Co-owner of the pharmacy, James previously held the position of Director of Pharmacy. She has been with Louis & Clark since 2012.

“I have spent the past eight years learning and growing with Louis & Clark,” said James. “In my new role, I will ensure that we continue to provide the exceptional customer care and service that we are known for, while also expanding with new services and technologies that allow us to meet increasing demands as new needs arise. healthcare evolves. This role will take me from overseeing our daily operations to a global vision and the development of continuous improvement strategies.

James, a resident of Ludlow, received her doctorate in pharmacy in 2012 from the Albany College of Pharmacy. She is also certified in pharmacy vaccine administration from the American Pharmacists Association.


Allied Flooring, Painting and Design, a home improvement provider for homeowners, contractors and business owners, recently hosted Jorge Morgado as a partner in the company and president of sales.

“I am delighted to welcome Jorge as a partner and lead the sales team,” said Mario Tedeschi, President of Allied. “Jorge and I have spent decades competing, respecting each other and admiring each other’s work. Our relationship grew stronger over the past few years when he became our sales representative for Tarkett. I have seen how much care and dedication he devotes to his clients; this connection has led us to become partners.

Morgado has over 25 years of experience in the flooring industry, starting his career in high school and most recently as Vice President of Residential Affairs, Eastern Region, for Tarkett, the third largest manufacturer. of flooring in the country.

A resident of East Longmeadow, Morgado graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in business administration. He is involved in the community and currently serves on the board of directors of the East Longmeadow Soccer Association.


Home builder and developer in Western Massachusetts Alan J. Tabin joined B & B Real Estate in Holyoke as a licensed real estate agent.

Tabin has been active in the real estate industry throughout his adult life. As a co-owner of Home Improvement Associates, he has grown his construction business over three decades, building custom homes, investment properties, rehabilitations, residential and commercial renovations. His real estate development background includes a residential subdivision of new homes and Jacob’s Edge, a 25 unit condominium project in South Hadley.

Tabin grew up in Holyoke, graduating from Dean Technical High School. He lives in South Hadley.


Greylock Insurance Agency announced that André Alcaro, a producer of commercial lines, earned his Certified Professional Insurance Agent designation from the American Insurance Marketing and Sales Society.

The designation stands for professionalism and a commitment to excellence through technical knowledge.

Alcaro joined Greylock in March 2018 and resides in North Adams.


Market mentors, a Springfield-based marketing, advertising and public relations agency, has announced the addition of five new members to its team.

Elizabeth barry, from Wethersfield, Connecticut, joined the agency as a public relations specialist. She has extensive experience gained through time spent producing morning news at FOX61 and WFSB in Hartford. A graduate of Endicott College and Southern New Hampshire University, Barry holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in communications. In her new role, she writes press releases as well as short and long texts, and strives to gain media opportunities for clients.

Chase hoffman, from Southampton, has joined the team as Account Executive. With previous agency experience, he graduated from Westfield State University and holds a communications degree with a concentration in public relations.

Christophe Proulx, from Granby, Connecticut, joined the agency as a digital advertising specialist. A graduate of American International College and Westfield State University, with Google Ads and Analytics certifications, he leads digital advertising campaigns on Google and social media.

David smith, from Windsor Locks, joined the firm as a content writer, writing short and long texts for digital and print placements, websites, blogs and social media. After graduating in communications from the University of Connecticut, he worked in broadcast media at WWLP-22 News in Springfield and Fox61 in Hartford.

Sara West, from West Hartford, is an Account Executive, leveraging her education at the University of Colorado at Denver and her experience climbing the industry ladder. His primary responsibilities include account management and the creation, management and execution of multi-channel marketing campaigns integrating SEO, social media, inbound marketing, HubSpot, email, mail / print campaigns and events to promote customer acquisition for customers.


Florence Bank recently announced the appointment of Erin defoyd as marketing communications manager. Defoyd, who lives in Hampshire County, comes to the bank with over 20 years of banking experience and strong ties to the communities served by the bank.

She recently held the position of Marketing Manager at a local community bank. His duties included implementing marketing strategies to increase brand awareness, creating communication materials, supporting media planning, website management and social media administration.

Defoyd graduated from the New England School for Financial Studies in 2018 and is pursuing studies in Marketing at Southern New Hampshire University.


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